On previous business trips, after work, I would go out with my customers or co-workers and throw back a few beers or cocktails, then have a nice dinner and maybe dessert. If I was on my own, I would get into more trouble by finding a local pizza place, grabbing one to go and heading back to the solitude of my hotel room to devour most (or all) of the pizza, maybe some candy and watch tv.
Tuesday night was different for this new Clydesdale. Same drinks after work with the fellas at a local brewery. Had a great amber ale (my first in weeks/months), then had the shrimp tacos with minimal guacamole.
Back at the hotel room, I let the food and beer settle in and was too tired to work out. On a positive note, I didn't have any candy or snacks with me...just water and diet green tea. But I slumped into some tv watching, got more tired. At 9:45pm, I decided turned the tv off. I set the 5am wake-up call with the front desk. Then, I changed my clothes...
...into my workout gear and headed to the workout room at the hotel. I did 30 minutes of solid cardio, then stripped down to my workout shorts and hit the beautiful outdoor pool. Flanked by palm trees, this huge pool was lit from below and otherwise was very dark. The moon was way off to the side, just like a nightlight. It was gorgeous and I alternated between just floating and doing some light swimming.
(not the same pool, but it looked light this, only bigger)
I'm so grateful that I have changed my life. A recent blogger-friend recently got after someone who was reaching to God for help in their weight loss struggle. I certainly don't blame God for my bad choices that got me to 325 pounds...I know that my choices to grab pizza, candy and a lot of tv got me there.
But I ABSOLUTELY believe that God helped me get the discipline to make these changes in my life.
Any fool can dig themselves into a deep hole, but they usually need some help in climbing back out. I had help from many people (including many of you) as I have dug myself out, but I also attribute it to help from God.
Weigh-in is Saturday...it will be a good day.