Archives for the month of: March, 2013

In 3 days it will be 6 months since I started my healthy living journey.  Along the way I have learned a great deal: about my limitations and abilities, about clean eating, about running, about strength training, about coffee and almond milk and quinoa…

All of it has shown me that I have a lot more to learn.  But…I am off to a good start.  Even if I have to remind myself periodically that I’m not on a “diet” and that all these changes I’m making are meant to be permanent.

It’s something I don’t think I’ve ever thought about before in my previous weight loss attempts. Sure, I’ve kept food journals and counted calories and opted for the low-fat option on the restaurant menu. But always with an eye toward doing what was necessary to get to the intended goal. It was as if I was subconsciously saying to myself “Yeah, that bacon cheeseburger looks and smells good now, but it will taste really good 25 pounds from now! Order the grilled salmon.”  It was as if I was working hard and depriving myself to get to a point, and then once I got there all bets would be off. No wonder I felt like I was constantly trying to lose weight!

Now with everything I have learned and am still learning, my choices involve a more complex range of analysis: How many calories will I have to burn to balance out this cookie?  Will I be able to say no to this bottle of sweet tea once I reach my goal weight?  Does my goal weight even reflect my fitness goals? If I skip this core exercise today, how much harder will running 3 miles be tomorrow?

And always, the overarching question: Will I be able to sustain this long-term?

That is the nagging question after every success, every good decision, every plan made.  Because if it’s not something I can see myself doing a year from now, what is the point of doing it now? Seriously, what? So I can get to my goal weight that much faster, only to ascend right back up the scale when I stop whatever good thing got me there in the first place?

Now, that sounds a lot like “It’s not worth it to work hard, so why bother?”–but it’s not. You see, I’m trying to think long-term. That means if I can see myself O’Ding on milk chocolate the first time I get my hands on some after several months off, I decide I will just limit myself to a few ounces a week instead of swearing it off completely.  If I can’t see myself working out for an hour 6 days a week just to maintain a physique I achieved in two months, I don’t even start that. Sure with working out 5 days a week for 30 minutes a pop, it might take me five months to get there (wherever “there” is), but at least I have a better chance of staying there.

Frankly, it’s better this way. I don’t have days where I fall to pieces because I couldn’t resist a cupcake.  I realize that a cupcake here and there is not going to derail my goals as long as they are reasonable, sustainable goals. Ultimately, though, I hope to have learned enough and practiced enough, and succeeded enough, along the way that I prefer a nice fresh fruit smoothie over that old cupcake anyway. 

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If you happen to be in the Chicago area and are looking for a fun, engaging, vibrant, and thought-provoking way to spend your St. Patrick’s Day, join me at The Riverbank this Sunday, March 17 for The Riverbank Exchange. I will be there, of course, but if that’s not reason enough (hehe), there will be great discussion and great people! (And I’m not making any promises, but there might even be food! If there’s not food, I will be more than happy to bake you some cookies to make up for it.) So come on! What’s your excuse?

The Riverbank Ministries

Hello All,

Grace and Peace be with you. I am so excited about this month and personally want to extend a warm invitation to The Exchange this Sunday, March 17th 2013 happening at The Riverbank, Chicago.

What is The Exchange ?
The Riverbank Exchange is a wonderful platform where Guest Ministers can infuse, teach, encourage and uplift The Riverbank family with a special word of faith and power based on God’s word.

Do This –
I want you to come to "The Exchange" with our special guest – Rev Niyi Eboda; bring someone and do spread the ‘word’ to your respective networks. Use the attached flyer, post and share it. Do it right away!

We’ve saved you a seat actually a few seats and I am personally looking forward to seeing you all. God’s Grace be with you always,

Pst Flo

Sr. Pastor – The Riverbank
www.theriverbank.org
312-602-2792
@theriverbank

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