Deciding It’s Okay

Hello! After trying to figure out how to put this, I’ve decided…

Short Story: I am not going to stress myself out about continuing down the weight loss road until after Father’s Day – due to all I have going on right now. I will exercise and just do my best not to gain.  
Long Story: Exercise and eating better have really become a part of who I am.  In fact, the busy mornings I’ve had the past week or so have thrown my workout schedule off and it’s been getting to me.  Its gotten to me for two major reasons….
           (A)  I’ve had a routine of going to work out right after dropping my kids off at school and then coming home to shower before heading on with other commitments each day.  However, in the past week or so I’ve had school volunteering commitments and doctor visits during that early time and it’s pushed my workouts to later in the day, which sometimes means not at all.  My evenings have been full, almost every single evening, for the past month bouncing between two different projects, so there’s no time for the workouts then either. 
           (B)  When I don’t have time for an hour-long intense cardio workout that means I’m not burning the same amount of calories I’m used to consuming, so I gained a little.  In other words, I can’t fudge the extra calories/treats, because I’m not working out as intensely right now to make up for them. 
Being that I’ve been planning on what I’m going to do this summer with regards to my workouts and what I want to do to finish up my weight loss and get to goal this has really gotten me down at different moments.  
So, after thinking and praying about it….I decided…
School is over on Friday. 
My doctor’s visits are done, for now.
One of my major projects that requires so much practicing will be over June 17th.
And then I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things. 
I don’t plan on letting all my good eating and exercise habits go out the window during the next two weeks, but I kind of needed to make a conscious decision to allow myself to not fret about losing more weight or getting back into my normal (read: more intense) workouts until this next week or so is over.  
I had to tell myself it is okay.  This is my life.  There are times my life is going to be busy and I will make it through.  
Summertime is coming.  
I have 30 pounds to lose to reach my goal, and a plan to help me get a chunk of that off this summer. 
I have been having issues with my hip flexor and I have a workout plan I’ve already kind of started to help me get stronger and figure out what I need to do to help this issue clear up so I can run regularly again. 
But it can wait.
I have some commitments that will be memories I will cherish forever if I will allow myself the time necessary to focus on them.  They aren’t taking over my life, they are blips on the huge screen of our family history, but I don’t want to miss them because I just had to get that workout in, or that diet plan followed.
And it’s okay.  
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3 Responses to Deciding It’s Okay

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dad and I were just talking this a.m. about balancing your Faith, Family and Weight Loss. You seemed to be finding a good, spiritually healthy balance in all this. Without your faith and family, all the rest doesn't matter.
    love you lots,
    MOMa

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  2. It sounds like you need to figure out how to add more flexibility into your workout schedule. For me, if I cannot get my morning exercise in then I do find something else to do later – even if it is just 10 minutes of weights or a youtube workout. I like how you are thinking this through and not letting yourself get stressed over that which you cannot control.

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  3. Leah, this makes total sense. I think it's about trusting yourself, God and what you have accomplished so far. You'll get back to it because you like you said, it's part of who you've become! Grace! And by the way, you are a COMPLETE inspiration to this gal!!

    And thank you so much for your encouraging words on my last couple of posts. Thanks for reaching out. I hope you have a great June and here's to summer!

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