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Yesterday was a scary and busy day for my family.  My husband’s mom and sister were flying in from California so we took the day off from school to get all the last minute cleaning done.  I had to take my 11 year old to an orthodontist for a consultation while my 16 year old drove to the train station to pick up my husband.  What was supposed to be a simple task, turned into something rather scary!

When I got home from the consultation I received a phone call from my daughter that she was lost and in Illinois.  She had jumped on a wrong freeway and didn’t notice that she had until she drove past the “Welcome to Illinois” sign.  Dear daughter was really shook up so we had her stop at a store, go inside and wait until we found her.  It took us almost an hour to finally find her because the store clerks kept giving us horrible directions to the store.  Thank God for cell phones in emergencies.

This got me thinking this morning of how this relates to some women’s fitness journeys.  You begin with a predawn plan or diet and start out with great intentions then something in life causes a detour, maybe an illness, a catastrophic event, laziness – something, and you find yourself going down a different road entirely – maybe the wrong direction.  What causes this to happen?  Why do you do this to yourself?

I think you just don’t have a strong enough “why”.  There will be a lot of people starting New Year’s Resolutions that relate to health, weight loss and fitness.  Very few will actually complete that resolution because they just don’t have a strong desire to accomplish it.  They want to lose weight, get healthier and look better but their is no driving force behind it.  Nothing that will keep them going when the going gets tough, because it will get tough – life happens!

If you are gearing up to get in shape this New Year’s, figure out why you want to do it first.  Don’t just tell yourself you want to lose weight and look better.  Weak reasons! 

Ask yourself these questions:

What is the specific reason you want to lose weight? 
What is holding you back? 
What are you doing that isn’t helping? 
What will you do every day to get you to your goal weight?
What is your goal weight?
What date will you get there? (Don’t be ridiculous now!  Be realistic or you will fail.)
Who will help you?
What will you change in your life?
Why do you want to do all this?
What/Who will it effect?
What will you look like when you’re done?
What will your life be like when you’re done?

Really think about these things this year.  Write your answers down and put them where you can read them every day.  Build that burning desire.


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Soraya and Kalena - The Babies

My teenager received her driving permit on Thursday.  What an exciting time for her.  She waited quite a while before taking that test.  She scored a 100%.  She is growing up fast!  I sure can’t believe she is graduating from high school in two years.

To celebrate and as a treat, we went out for ice cream.  We rarely keep junk foods in the house.  Sometimes they make their way in if we have out of town guests or someone gives us some, but most of the time they are not allowed in.

The reason being that you can really sabotage yourself if you know it is a trigger food for you and it’s in the freezer or pantry.  Trigger foods cause binging.  For myself, I have to keep baked goods out of the house.  I can’t have just one brownie or cookie.  Once I’ve had one I want another. 

Since you keep a food journal (You do right? Cause if you don’t we need to talk.) you can identify which foods caused a binge or negative reaction.  Once you’ve identified trigger foods, make an effort to keep them out of the house and only have them as a treat when you are OUT somewhere.  If you love cookies, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy one when you are at a restaurant, a friends house or a church potluck.  Keep yourself busy by staying away from the food table.  Move around the room talking to everyone.  You can’t eat while your talking (well, at least without spitting food at someone). 

Do not sabotage your weight loss efforts by making trigger and junk foods easily available in your home.  Your home should be your safe zone.

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