In 5 weeks I’m heading to Miami. Four days of fun, sun and a trade show meeting hundreds of people. Traveling is a new perk to my job and I love it. In April I went to New Orleans…next year the show is in LA! In August I’m headed to Atlanta for hot, humid days of tank tops and skirts. In September our customers are joining us in Portsmouth. It’s going to be a busy summer and the only thing I can think of is: If only I could drop 10 pounds.
Last week when I found out I was going, I started thinking about how much weight I could lose in 6 weeks. At the least I should be able to drop 5 pounds right? Less than a pound a week…should be easy-peasey. Despite knowing how my body functions and how hard it is to lose weight, I started going through the best diet for the job. South Beach? No, it just doesn’t work for me. Especially being semi-vegetarian and only eating chicken and fish. Rice and beans are a main staple for me. And there’s no way I’m giving up fruit. What about Weight Watchers? All healthy food, good system… then I stopped. I was right back into the “just go on a diet” mindset I’ve been on since I was 13. Diets DON’T work. I know that. I was setting myself up to fail even as I ran through the benefits of each system. Sure, it might work for a week or two but then what? I don’t want to spend the rest of my life counting points or avoiding bread. The thing I really need to change is my thought process.
I need to stop thinking I will somehow have a better time if I just lose weight. But it’s not about just accepting who I am and shrugging my proverbial shoulders. I know I’d be healthier and feel better if I dropped the inches. But I’m already on the right path; Yoga and the weight classes I am taking twice a week will do wonders for my arms in those tank tops. My hikes not only bring me strong legs and lungs, it brings me peace and alone time. Writing my blog keeps me grounded and reminded that I’m doing the right things. There’s no need to get caught in the diet trap.
Things won’t happen overnight. My arms may not be as tone as I’d like in 5 weeks. But I’ll reach my goals without diets. Without quick fixes. It will only come with patience and persistence. Slow and steady wins the race. And I am the Turtle. Hear me roar!