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My video message is short. It's totally in line with the beautiful Laurie and what she said yesterday in the Nibbles Facebook group:

Not going to lie - I feel a bit off the rails this go around, but something Carey Lynn posted hit home with me as well as something Roberta posted today and I want to “weigh in“ on this issue (more about my quotes later):

No one joins these challenges with anything but the best of intentions. Most of us start after days, weeks or even months of planning for that moment when the stars align and we can now once and for all get fit!! woo hoo. WE HAVE GOT THIS!! Our lives are in perfect alignment with our intentions and we are KILLING IT! We eat well. We hit the gym on point each and every day with consistency. We are like saints and we are rewarded with a lower number on that scale. We lose pounds. We lose inches. Clothes we have not yet given up on start making it back into rotation. We buy new smaller clothes. For those of us who finish a first challenge (which in itself is incredible), we make some progress throughout and think, “I can do this forever! I’m in the groove....”

AND THEN HERE IS WHAT SEEMS TO HAPPEN:

1. Worst case scenarios — A friend or family member becomes ill, is injured, dies, or just needs us to help with a difficult time. We lose or change jobs. We have fights or divorce our significant others. Or maybe we fall ill, need surgery, become injured or depressed.

2. Best case scenarios — we get promoted. Someone in our family gives birth, gets married, or just needs us to help them plan an awesome event. We get promoted or start the career we have been dreaming of. We get married or have a baby ourselves. We get invited to parties, take vacations have celebrations and experience joy.

3. all of the above

In other words—we don’t live in perfect bubbles where everything is either amazing or is complete shit. SO WHY DO WE FEEL LIKE WE CAN ONLY DO FITNESS WHEN LIFE IS STANDING STILL?!?

I have had the biggest epiphany in the last few months and that is simply NEVER GIVE UP. There is no such thing as cheat days, days off, vacations

Logging my foods is part of what I do. Going to the gym and planning other active workouts is what I will do. I am not bragging at how perfect I am:

This includes logging the pieces of lemon pound cake a client made me for my birthday that I felt obliged to eat because she was so proud to share her grandma’s recipe (okay it was friggin delicious too). This includes the night when I swore I would have one measured 5 oz pour of wine and then ended up finishing the bottle. It includes the workout I skipped to binge watch Outlander Season 2 and sleep most of the following day. Those calories in and those calories out were all logged.

I am so done with all or nothing. That attitude got me to from 150 to 132 and back to 156 within a year. That was my biggest yo-yo ever and what made it worse was it wasn’t gradual. It was literally my range within a 12 month period.

THIS is my life now and being disciplined enough to log meals for 5 solid months and start and finish a challenge has got me to lose, then maintain and (eventually) lose again. What will not occur is a regain. yo-yo no more. There have been no rebounds or days off in 5 months. Yes, my eating may be off a day here and there and it takes me longer than 12 weeks to finish 12 weeks worth or workouts, but I never get a pass for an undocumented free-for-all. PERIOD. There are no cheat days — just days I have to log. I can be satisfied and see progress or not so much and figure iut how to save the rest of the day, week, or month. This mentality will no doubt get me through the holidays. No vacationing from a healthy lifestyle.