‘Excuses’ Is My Middle Name

What has been the theme of my life for the past month and a half? Making excuses. Constant excuses. My shoulder is injured; I don’t have time to go the gym with all these RMT appointments; It’s my birthday; It’s my work Christmas party; It’s my friend’s Christmas party; another work Christmas party; it’s Christmas….blah blah blah blah… Long story, I basically gave up on diet and just ate and drank anything I wanted. Amazingly, I didn’t really put on much weight but I didn’t take any off either. I was still going to the gym and doing some light cardio, but that just helped me to be able to binge more. The best part was the Christmas break when my parent’s house was hit by the ice storm and we had no power for over 80 hours. I ate a lot of chips and cheese…When you are freezing cold the only thing that makes it feel better is lots and lots of fat! Luckily, the holidays are OVER and I have enough motivation from my ill-fitting clothing to get my butt back into gear.

Just in time, Bodybuilding.com gave me 100,000 reasons to shape up with their 12-week transformation challenge! The last time I did one of these I got really into it and got into the best shape I had been in in years. I plan to do the same thing this time. No more excuses, as hard as that is. I find that it is really had to make others understand why you are choosing not to eat and drink unhealthy things, and that makes being social really difficult, but in the end it is always worth it.

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Over the past week I have been much better with diet and the gym, and I’ve been trying to experiment with new healthy recipes. I haven’t seen any changes yet, and I probably need to be a lot more strict to see that happen. I’ve started using my SparkPeople account to track my calories again and that is definitely going to help. I’m not a huge fan of calorie counting, but it is useful to know what you are really consuming. I’m hoping that will help me to get a handle on my dieting issues again. I’m going to continue to experiment until January 13th when the contest begins, then it’s all seriousness all the time.

I hope you join me!

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