To say this has been a long, difficult week would be a colossal an understatement. The combined effects of stress and lack of sleep had me in a zombie-like state for a couple of days earlier in the week, but over the past few days I’ve made a strong recovery. This morning I’m feeling confident that no matter what happens with my current job I’m going to be just fine. As I mentioned yesterday, the health and fitness foundation I’ve worked so hard to build over the past six years has definitely been a key component in my ability to deal with this situation. Also, the support of my family, friends and the JSF community gave me an incredible boost of confidence when I needed it most.
Family, friends and health. I’ve always maintained that these are the most important things in my life, and the events of this week reinforced that belief ten-fold. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but I’m having trouble putting into words just how much you all helped me deal with this situation. Thank you.
My diet has remained perfectly clean all week long and I’ve avoided the strong temptation to numb myself with alcohol. Unless you have an alcohol problem, I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a drink here and there; however, using alcohol to deal with stress can be a very dangerous path. That’s why I’m choosing to completely abstain right now. I prefer to have a couple drinks to celebrate and have fun, and to not use it as a crutch when times are tough.
As for “cheat” meals, now that I’m maintaining I suppose I could have one if I wanted, but the desire has not been strong. Right now I’m really enjoying eating clean. With everything that’s been going on, the structure and strictness of my diet and exercise routine feel like an old, comfortable pair of shoes.
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Have a wonderful Friday!