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Bad day yesterday, but it ended on a high note.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

May
7
2008

Man, I had one seriously crappy day yesterday. For the most part I’m a very positive person, but yesterday everything was irritating the daylights out of me. I have no idea what brought that on. Actually, I think it was work-related stress, but even that doesn’t usually get to me the way it did yesterday. I wound up going to bed pretty early, and then I woke up this morning at 4:30 AM. Thankfully I was able to fall back asleep until 6:00 AM.

So last night around dinner time I was intensely craving Chinese food – specifically General Tso’s Chicken. It was all I could think about! I’d have to say that last night was the most severe craving for junk food that I’ve had since I started my cut back in late March. I came dangerously close to giving in, but I did not. I had to fight one heck of a mental battle, though! I thought about how crappy I’d feel this morning, both physically and mentally. I reminded myself that even though I’ve made good progress, I still have work to do. I sat down at the computer and read through a few of my daily news updates, specifically the ones in which I committed to reach my goal with no cheats. Doing these things allowed me to put aside my stress and refocus on what I needed to do. It worked.

Of course I fully realize that one cheat meal wouldn’t have killed me. That’s not the point, though. The point is I enjoy challenging myself in different ways. Cutting down to 6% body fat with no deviation from my planned diet is a definite challenge. “Tests” like last night may seen insignificant to some, but I don’t feel that way. Life is full of choices, and most of them are important on one level or another. If I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to follow through and – no matter what – I never make excuses. I’m not saying I’m always successful at everything I do, but even in failure I guarantee that you won’t ever hear me making excuses.

You see, what I’m doing isn’t just about fat loss. I’m mentally stronger today than I was yesterday, and that personal growth doesn’t exist in some sort of fitness vacuum; it will benefit me in all areas of my life.

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