I just have to keep reminding myself that the sacrifice isn't more than a drop in the barrel in the scheme of my life. Would I rather have these 5 beers, or be able to teach my future children how to ride a bike? Are these cheese fries necessary, or would I rather look back on my life at 80 years old and smile about how much I've seen? I know these type of rationalizations sound totally over the top, but at some point, I have to think like that, and why not now? I could say yes to these 5 beers, or cheese fries, but if I do every time, I'll never make any progress. There is always another special occasion. Once I hit my goal, I have more wiggle room, literally and figuratively, to pick and choose my cheat moments. But I have to hit that goal first. By then, I will have learned a large amount about nutrition, and myself, and I will have earned it.
I managed to go out to dinner with my Mom and Sister last night. I ate my chocolate shake (delicious, if I do say so myself), while they ate their meals. As big of a bummer as it is, it wasn't too difficult honestly. I was proud of myself. I'm still proud of myself. The cherry on top was that at the end of the evening, I had enough energy, AND motivation, to do some exercise with my boyfriend. Amazing! Normally, I would be totally pooped and just want to smoke some weed (gasp!), eat a snack, and go to bed.
Something like that, yup! But, I just exercised, showered, and went to bed instead. And the best part about it was....I had such a great morning!! I was so motivated because I proved that I can change my lifestyle. Now, I will try to build off that motivation, and in one months time, I already know my life will have done a 180. It will be amazing, and I will be more happy than I've been in years. This weekend will be a giant test, because it's my first weekend on the diet, but here goes nothing!!