I've been remiss in my blogging duties lately because I went out of town last weekend. It was a really nice trip back to Joplin for a good friend's wedding, but honestly I did what almost everyone does at weddings: eat and drink too much. My friend tested my willpower with cake, cookies, and a take-home candy bar. I did better than I thought, but not as well as I would have liked, so when I got back to Lincoln Sunday, I vowed to get back on track.
That seems to be the cycle for my get-healthy-lose-weight-diet plan: I vow to get back on track, then something happens and I slip up, then I vow once again to stick to my diet. I'm sure everyone out there can relate to what I'm saying. The long and the short is, as a culture, we like to eat and drink when we celebrate. And what's life without a little celebration? I've realized my goal shouldn't be to stay on track each and every single day. It should be to enjoy the wonderful moments like my friend's wedding - but make it my goal not go overboard. It seems much more manageable, and much more likely to be successful. It's kind of like having my cake (a small piece) and eating it too (yum). So armed with this new goal, I'm ready to move ahead.
We had a really nice community walk last night at Holmes Lake Park. I brought the pups and they enjoyed strolling the more than two mile course around the lake. Walking is such great exercise. It's low impact for beginners or people with health issues, but it still gets your heart pumping and your body burning those calories. It's also fun because you can do it with friends (or in my case, dogs). And if you haven't been out to Holmes Lake, I really recommend it. It's one of the most beautiful spots in the capital city. So if you've been struggling to find a way to ease into regular exercise, take some steps in the right direction and go for a walk!
We're four weeks into our 12 week Go Red Challenge, and so far I think I'm doing ok. I was on vacation the first and fourth weeks, but the second and third went really well. I don't have any more trips coming up, so in the run up to the Go Red Gala (hope to see you there) I'm planning to up my exercise and fine tune my diet. I still hope to make it to my 25 pound goal, but it will take some hard work. I'm up to the challenge - hope you are too! Stick with your goals, it'll be worth it in the end.