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Do you stop instead of just slowing down?

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After a pretty stressful morning I posted this on my Facebook page just before lunch.

Redesigning the blogs is even more stressful than writing a book! I’m having a “why am I doing this to myself” moment.

But you know what won’t help … stress eating.

I couldn’t make it to the gym this morning so I’m squishing it in at lunch. I need to do something mindless for a bit.

#wycwyc

It’s funny — well, not funny ha ha but you know what I mean — as soon as I hung up the phone on my morning conference call I went straight to the fridge to see what I could eat.

I wasn’t hungry. I had a big breakfast of scrambled eggs and banana pancakes with the kids. I also made more of my experimental chocolate fridge oats and had them as a late-morning snack.

Nope, I just wanted to feed the stress.

Such a problem for me!

After I posted, Sarah commented,

Mindless Exercise > Mindless Eating

I never thought about it that way but YES!

I did end up going to the gym at lunch and it was just what I needed — no phone, no email, no kids, nothing.

It was a glorious hour all to myself.

It’s amazing how much my view on exercise has changed these past 10 years. When I originally lost the weight I did it mostly by changing my diet. Yes, I upped my activity but I was anti-gym, anti-working out.

Then… all this happened.

Slowly.

Steadily.

Just like tonight’s training run!

I headed out after The 3-Year-Old went to bed. I was tired and a little sore but I was still looking forward to it. The weather was gorgeous! Cool and breezy.

I just ran, slow and steady, for 30 minutes.

At first I was being hard on myself for being slower than normal for my past few runs but then I realized, slow is better than not going at all.

Going Slow > Stopping

Right?

10 years ago this mentality helped me shed 70 lbs and now it’s helping me reach fitness goals I never thought possible.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you simply refuse to stop, even through plateaus and snail-pace progress.

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Do you stop instead of just slowing down? 

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There are 13 comments so far.

    emily

    July 29, 2014

    i really needed to read that last line. so pertinent to what i’ve been sorting through in my own life. thank you :)

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      You are so welcome!

    Christy Swords

    July 30, 2014

    that is how i continue to run – i self talk – you can slow down as much as you need to – but you can’t stop!

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      Me too. I also don’t fear the occasional walk break. It helps keep me going.

    Jules Biggirlbombshell

    July 30, 2014

    Yes for this post and it goes full circle for me. Stopping became my stress go to when I stopped the binge (stress) eating stuck in the middle of habit changes overwhelmed me because going slow not fast within the process of change seemed unnatural

    It is all changing now due to many many factors one of which you helped Institute. Thank you. #wycwyc

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      You are welcome! I know I told you this but I missed you. :)

    RG

    July 30, 2014

    I tend to trivialize small amounts of effort. Instead of cobbling together pieces of effort, I would rather take a break and come back when I can give something my full effort. I know that’s the opposite of wycwyc, but not completely. If marathon training says 30 min, then speed doesn’t matter anyway. If the schedule says hill repeats, half assing it is pointless.

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      See, I disagree. I don’t think it’s pointless. Moving is better than not moving. How is sitting on the couch any better then taking an easy run instead of hills if you aren’t 100%?

      RG

      July 30, 2014

      Sure, I know you disagree, but you asked our opinion. Mine is that if I half ass a hill repeat workout, then I deprive myself of both the break of a day off and the success of pushing my llimit on the hill. 30 recovery is almost the same as a day off in my book. The point is to reschedule the hill repeat during the week on a better day. or pick a training that doesn’t involve speed work I guess. Half assing it is like taking your blackberry on the weekend but not responding to any emails, its just stress without completion. This applies to projects, I remember diddling around on an important task for months, stressing on vacation etc,and when I finally got my act together and did it, it took a week of calm, focussed work.

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      I think we may define half-assing differently. :) And I still value your opinion even if I disagree.

    Michele

    July 30, 2014

    We have a small gym at my job but we have some decent equipment in there. Most days I just sit at my desk during lunch and surf the internet. Today my co-worker and I got changed and walked over to the gym. We did about 15 minutes of upper body with light weights and then walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Was it a lot? No. Was it better than sitting at my desk? Heck yeah! I didn’t even realize I had a #wycwyc moment!

    Mindy Lee

    July 31, 2014

    This reminds me of a great quote I saw while sitting in the dentist chair of all places…”Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

    Nice work getting out there. I am going to go walk the stairs in my office building…#wycwyc!!!

    edna

    August 2, 2014

    no…don’t like slow much either