My War Against Weight – Episode 4: Roadblocks to Wellness

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What's In Your Way Roadblock Barricade SIgnExcuses. We’ve all used them. I’m too tired to work out. I don’t have time. Eating healthy is expensive. Diet starts tomorrow. It is so easy to push off what’s perceived to be a difficult task to the next day, then the next and so on. In the meantime our lifestyles of convenience continue to harm our bodies and prevent us from achieving a healthy state of wellness.

Scheduling our daily activities is simply an exercise in setting priorities. Family. Work. Social life. These things all take up our precious time. Where can we squeeze wellness in? But once you realize how critical your wellness is, it’s really easy to bump it up on the priority scale and take the necessary time for it each day. Without wellness, all other commitments in our lives can no longer be attended to. Not to sound like a TV commercial but:

  • If you get sick, you can’t work
  • If you can’t work, you don’t get paid
  • If you don’t get paid, you can’t take care of your girlfriend
  • If you don’t take care of your girlfriend, you will die alone

You see where this is going. But if we make wellness as high a priority as everything else we deal with, it’s not so difficult to make it a bigger part of your life. You think gym fees and healthy foods are expensive? How much are you spending on eating out and partying? Working out takes too much time? How much time do you spend on the couch watching TV? Need to spend time with your family? Go out and do a physical activity with them.

One of the things I learned recently is that most of the choices we make in life are either a step forward or a step back on the road to wellness. This really helped me put things into perspective each time I was faced with a wellness related issue. If I avoid excess carbs for a week that leaps me forward to better wellness. If I eat a Snickers bar, that minute of sugary satisfaction will feel great, but will take me back a few steps. Going to gym? Take another jump forward. Chug down a six pack at a party? Take a few jumps back.  Realizing that each decision I make dictates my position on the wellness scale really helped me to put my decisions into perspective. As a result I occasionally allow myself to take a few small steps backward as long as I know that overall I continue to trudge forward in the right direction. Every step in the right direction, even baby ones, will get you closer and closer to wellness.

wellness2Goal: Lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks

Weight Lost Week 4: 1.5 pounds

Total Weight Lost: 5.7 pounds

Challenges This Week: I fortunately bounced back this week but not as much as I wanted to. It was tough to eat clean with my father’s 70th birthday party as well as his Father’s Day celebration the next day. I have more than four pounds to lose this final week in order to reach my goal. Can I do it? Check in next week to see!

Next Week: The Final Outcome

More Posts: My War Against Weight
My War Against Weight – Episode 0
My War Against Weight – Episode 1: Why?
My War Against Weight – Episode 2: Food = Fuel
My War Against Weight – Episode 3: Let’s Get Physical

8 comments
Chuggy_Bear
Chuggy_Bear

Keep up the good work, Myong! I had a stomach virus the other week, I lost 5 pounds very quickly, but most of it was H20.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  I too will need to go on a diet...doctor scolded me...no sugary stuff, no starches, etc. It will be tough to live without ice cream....

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

awesome, myong, i have nothing but admiration for the way u've stuck to ur new healthy. u lost 5.7 lbs in a month, i have no doubt u'll keep going.

Keopu Reelitz
Keopu Reelitz

Even if you don't do it in the next week, it sure sounds like you're on a great path!

Myong
Myong

@Chuggy_Bear yikes! Stomach virus doesn't sound fun, especially for someone who eats out as often as you do. Glad you recovered!

Myong
Myong

@Annoddah_Dave Yeah, those carbs are so good to eat, but so bad for your body. Good luck on your change in diet!

Myong
Myong

@nonstopmari Thanks Mari! Yup, no matter what the outcome next week I'm going to continue to bring my weight down.

Myong
Myong

@Keopu Reelitz Thanks so much! Support and encouragement like yours really help me to keep on track. Very much appreciated! Thanks for continuing to read and comment!

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