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Fighting Weight

Confession: I've let myself go. Since the beginning of the year, I've gained 15 lbs. Now, that's not how that's supposed to work. The weather is nicer, I should be more active. Yet, here I am. I've been lazy about my intake and even lazier about my output. For a while now, I've surrendered on my weight. I consider my condition to be temporary, but if I don't get my head in the game, it'll become permanent! The truth is, I'm having a hard time getting motivated.

I've written many times before about our health being a spectrum and always moving towards health or away from it. I've been so discouraged about my weight and, considering that I was less than 10 lbs from my goal weight just five short months ago, I'm even more discouraged now. I know that this is going to take some radical action to get myself back on the horse.

We all find ourselves moving in the wrong direction from time to time. Whether it be with our weight or our spiritual life, sometimes life just happens. When it does, like it's doing right now, I just need to take my own advice and never surrender.

A good place for me to start is by getting back to basics. I don't have a good food plan and I haven't been using my food diary like I should. My day needs to start with a weigh-in, I need to hit my water goal, and I need to stop skipping meals, snacking, and binge eating. I don't often get that hungry and most days I could make it until mid-afternoon before feeling hungry. Yet, despite not "feeling" hungry, I need to eat. I need to plan a breakfast, and then I need to eat that breakfast.

Night prep is another area where I've been slipping. I used to have a whole evening routine that included some cleaning and preparing my attire for the next day. I need to get back to taking 30 minutes in the evening to get my next day set up. I need to lay out my exercise clothes so that when dawn comes and my writing is done, I can put on my workout clothes, eat breakfast with Benedict, and hit the trails.

The most important thing for me to do right now is to not surrender. We all get to this point when we can either start fighting back or we can just surrender and drift downstream. Don't surrender on your weight. Don't surrender on your health. Don't surrender! Make a plan and stick with it!