Sacrificing More than Just Dessert

Day 1: I will get to gym tomorrow, traffic is terrible and now I am going to miss my favorite class anyway.

Day 2: My work meeting ran longer than expected; it will be too late to cook a healthy meal by the time I get home. I will grab takeout today and eat better tomorrow.

Day 3: I should probably go visit my mom, it’s been awhile; I will hit the gym hard on the weekend though…

My list of distractions was long. With these distractions I always had a reason for not reaching my goals.

I realized I needed to change my priorities in order to get what I wanted. What do I want? I want to lose weight. I want to get toned and be stronger. But who doesn’t? Everyone wants to be fit, be healthy and look amazing. It’s not the wants that distinguish us, it’s the sacrifices. So I changed the question. What was I willing to give up in order to get what I want?

It’s not the wants that distinguish us, it’s the sacrifices. So I changed the question. What was I willing to give up in order to get what I want?

Once I changed the question things started to fall into place. I made a list of things I was willing to put on hold or sacrifice in order to achieve my weight loss goals.

Here it is:

  • Waking up early to get to my morning workout class so work doesn’t get in the way.
  • Hitting the gym at least 3 times a week before I take an evening off to visit family, go shopping or working on a new creative project. This ended up being a huge motivation tool for me because I love family time.
  • Taking 90 minutes on Sundays to meal prep for the week. Yes it only takes 90 minutes; mostly I pre-cut my vegetables and meats for the week.
  • Taking 5 minutes a day to log my food on the Poundaweek app. Each week this helps me gain insight and control over what I put in my body.

These simple sacrifices have changed my life. I have gained a work, family and life balance that works for me. More importantly, I am more positive, healthy and I am closer than ever to reaching my goals.

What are you going to sacrifice to achieve your weight loss goals?

Stay tuned for the second part of my personal journey to a happier me. I hope my story inspires you.

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