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Stepping off the ledge

Of course, that's stepping off the ledge the good way.  That's off and onto the solid floor of the penthouse.  Not off and into the open air, only to fall (into eating, and bingeing, and laziness, and eventually my death).  Nope, I was at a crossroads.  I could have gone down the path I went down every day in my past.  Or I could have moved into marvelous light.  But I think I chose something in between.  Here's what happened:

I was on my way to the gym.  It was about 10:30 am, and I had already had my breakfast sandwich and my apple.  I wasn't hungry.  I knew I had hunger coming, but I wasn't really hungry.  As I came down the stairs at work, I saw that our Administrative Assistants were cleaning up the counter by the  showroom (where we host clients).  I knew that meant that there was food in the kitchen.  So, where did I go?  To the gym?  Nope.  To the kitchen.  To see what was leftover.  To scavenge.  That's what got me into trouble in the past.  And it had the chance to completely sink my day.  And it almost did.

I looked on the counter.  Slices of banana bread.  No threat there. 

Then I looked under the first foil lid on the counter.  It had dry home fries.  No threat there.  I just told myself that it wasn't going to ttaste any good. 

Then I looked under the second (and last) foil lid on the counter.  Jackpot!  It was breakfast burritos.  There were like 25 of them.  I grabbed one.  Took a bite.  Yum.  Then I grabbed another for after I finished the first one.  And I stepped away.  And to the cabinet to grab a plate.  I then proceeded to place three more burritos on the plate and into the fridge--for later, I guess, even though I brought lunch stuff and had plans for dinner.  I finished the second burrito in my hand.

From there, with poor decisions behind me, I started to finally make some good decisions.  I went in and kicked my own butt in the gym.  Then, right after showering and getting dressed, I went straight into the kitchen at work and put those darned three other burritos back into the tray.  Finally, a win!  Take that bad habits and poor choices.  

I guess there were some good things that came out of this experience.  First, I can tell you all how I struggled (like I need to do that again).  Second, I can take some solice in the fact that I only ate 2 of those 5 possible burritos.  Third, I had a good workout.  

When was the last time you stumbled?  And what did you do to to get through it? 

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Total Miles: 55
Total money raised: $182.50

Wednesday:
30 minutes on elliptical

15 minutes on stair stepper
100 situps
50 push ups
2 60-second front planks
2 30-second side planks on each side
prayed
read the bible
read my devotion

Total:
60 minutes on exercise bike
60 minutes on elliptical

60 minutes on stair stepper
500 situps
250 push ups
4 60-second front planks
4 30-second side planks on each side
2 miles walked/ran
1 Bikram Yoga Session
prayed
read the bible
read my devotion
fasted

Weekly Calorie Count:
Sunday: 2,755 Calories
Monday: 1,595 Calories
Tuesday: 2,195 Calories
Wednesday: 2,220 Calories
Thursday: 2,355 Calories
Friday:
Saturday:

Daily Average: 2,224 Calories.

3 comments:

  Bardess

May 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Congratulations on recognizing and correcting the bad habits and indulging in the good ones!

  South Beach Steve

May 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Do you know how you felt when you were running as a kid, but you knew you were about to fall? That is how I have felt lately. Have a stumbled? A bit, but I keep feeling like I am barely staying up.

Good job on stopping where you did.

  Tara

May 21, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Ugh, the dreaded office food. Beej, you did alright in my book. Heck even if you had eaten the 5 burritos and gone to the gym it would have been alright because while the contemplating of the 5 burritos may have been unconscious, the decision to go to the gym was conscious.

No matter what had happened you would have examined the situation and made choices based on what you did.

That my friend is a step in the right direction!