Work Smart, Not Hard


After a far too long interruption of my diet and get healthier plan (caused a plethora of reasons and excuses), I made arrangements to get back with Sadist this past Monday. This was a workout I was both looking forward to, and dreading. I anticipated him going none too gently on me after such a long hiatus. Luckily for me, I was not wrong (do you hear the implied “Yippee?”). While we did not do the dreaded legs workout that I was anticipating, he did start me off on chest, shoulders, and biceps… Today I have T-rex arms.

Working on getting my diet back on track after the holidays, and getting my rear back into the gym will be the same challenge I faced on July when I first began all of this, but so long as I go in slow and steady, and not push myself to the point of burn out, maybe this time I will have learned a valuable lesson…

Gotta Have Faith

                                Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.
                                                                                          — Zig Ziglar

Alright, I am starting. Again. (I really hate that word when it comes to the number of times I have started and stopped a diet in my 43 years!) I am not overly proud of that, but we do what we do, and I know I am not the only one who has followed this pattern. I have my first appointment (in a long time) with Sadist on Monday, and I am sure he will put me through the paces, that is why I call him Sadist, after all.

I am taking this week to readjust my diet. I am going to focus on more protein, by means of protein shakes, and less food right now. I know that after the holiday gluttony, this will be a challenge, but I need to kickstart this newest campaign.


If I look up at the Zig Ziglar quote at the top of the page, and believe it, I will know that I am capable of this. We all just need to have a little more faith in ourselves.

What To Do?

I’m sitting here at the end of the day on January 3 of the new year, wondering what to do. I mean, I know what I NEED to do, especially after being derailed by  excuse, excuse, blah blah blah. The “what to do” part comes here, my blog. Do I get back to writing it? sharing the battles with my self control, emotions, daily life, and weight? or do I forgo the blog? Don’t get me wrong, I really love the writing, but I enjoy sharing more than just the diet “stuff.”  It was the diet successes and setbacks that garnered the most responses.

Honest towards ourselves and towards anyone else who is our friend; brave towards the enemy; magnanimous towards the defeated; polite always: this is how the four cardinal virtues want us to act.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

So, as I wade back into the diet and weight loss pool, and get back to where I was when I last posted so long ago, I still have my reasons for wanting to be healthy. I still have my goals. I still have myself. I just really want to have the strength in myself to follow thru this time, and not push myself so hard that I burn out, and not listen to the nay-sayers.

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.
— Marcus Aurelius


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