Our Own Worst Enemy

How is it that I can work out to the point where my shirt is drenched, my face is red, my heart rate is up and I feel so good afterwards that it carries me through the day – but yet I can still succumb to the chocolate chip cookie?

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How is it that I can work out to the point where my shirt is drenched, my face is red, my heart rate is up and I feel so good afterwards that it carries me through the day – but yet I can still succumb to the chocolate chip cookie?

Unlike others, for me the hard part is not the working out part. I have no problems heading to the gym 3 times a week and doing my workouts. I enjoy them and if I skip a day or am out of my normal routine, I feel out of sorts.

You would think that after schlepping to the gym and busting my butt that it would be easy to turn down temptations. I could say to myself, “I just sweated out 2 miles on the treadmill. Is that ice cream really worth it?” Most of the time, I am able to do the right thing and remember no matter how much or how hard I work out I can easily eat my way through any calories burned in one sitting. I can also say no a lot of the time, as this is what enables me to maintain my weight loss.

I do try to pick and choose my indulgences. If I am in a situation with tempting foods, but I am not hankering for it, I can say no. I was at a kiddie party today and there were a ton of desserts besides the birthday cake. There was brownies and my favorite chocolate chip cookies, but I decided not to indulge for 2 reasons. I know myself by now that I can be an all or nothing type eater. I know my motto is “real food in moderation,” and that you can indulge on occasion. But I know sometimes, especially when it comes to desserts, that I can be a binger. Most of the time I would rather just say no if I feel strong then have a little that may or may not set me off to wanting more.

I am also going to a baby shower tomorrow and I know if I started eating poorly today, it would just carry over to the shower and I would go way overboard. So, I got through a very tempting situation but yet felt like I was snacking the whole rest of the day. Ed was out and I decided to take the kids to McDonalds, as it has a play area to kill the evening. I ate a healthy soy burrito before we left and considered that my dinner. Why after being so proud of myself for behaving at the party do I start eating their leftovers? As well as their ice cream and a chocolate chip cookies?

I always say you have good days and bad, but I do sometimes feel I am my own worst enemy. I work so hard with the workouts and can be so strong most of the times then others it doesn’t matter how many hours I was in the gym, if I want to eat that cookie or pizza, then it’s going in my mouth. I choose to forgive the slip ups and try to enjoy my indulgences instead of beating myself up. I know that I am only human and this is my battle for the rest of my life.

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...