I was watching the season opening locker room chat for the football players at the University of Alabama the other day. In the video, the coach was talking about how it's the little choices that are going to make the difference in their season. He used the example of water vs. soda after a work out. Even though the obvious choice is water, it's up to the players to make that small choice everyday. With enough small choices, a big change will happen.
So often I think there is going to be a major fix for weight loss. That maybe eating zero carbs will work, or cutting out all saturated fats, or eating organic, or completing a certain work out. In the end though, it's just a matter of choices. I choose to be the size I am by eating McDonald's for dinner, or drinking 3 sweet teas a day, or being too busy to work out. It's my choice. This is such a hard concept for me to grasp because I think if I got to choose I would be a size 6. The good thing is, I do get to choose. I don't have to be overweight. It's so easy for me to blame my family genes, or society (isn't everything society's fault?) or my busy schedule, but the truth of the matter is it's my own doing. There is no medical reason for me to be heavy, so the only reason I am is because I've chosen this path.
I try to think about this at 4:50 am when my alarm goes off. The last thing I want to do is get out of my cozy bed and get to the gym, but it's one choice that will aid me in my journey. (Side note: I made it to the gym twice last week, and so far every day this week, so please don't think that I am Super Woman making it to the gym 5 days a week.) So I'm turning over a new leaf in weight loss and making healthy choices. I know it will be hard, but if I don't do it now, when will I?
"Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do." -Shaq