Words to live by: “Just say no” & “Just do it”

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I’ve been living by two phrases this week: “Just say no” and “Just do it.”

Here are two real-life examples of how they come into play:

1) Brain: “CANDY!! CANDY!! CANDY!!” Filter: “Just say no.” Result: “I will have an apple instead.”

2) Brain: “You don’t have to go to the gym in the morning before work. STAY IN BED BUDDY! RELAX! You can go to the gym tonight after work. You’ll probably be tired after a long day, but you’ll make this promise to yourself and you’ll do it, probably.” Filter: “Just do it.” Result: 30 minutes of cardio four times this week.

I’m starting to realize that in order to change my lifestyle for the long haul, I have to consciously make each and every decision to be healthy, one by one, all day, everyday. ‘Just say no’ to the bad, ‘just do’ the good.

The quest to cook every meal at home continues. This week I cooked all of my breakfasts at home, and lunches and dinners included chicken wings, tostadas, lasagne and broiled chicken with Cambodian kampot peppercorn. I had a chivito sandwich for lunch at Puerto Madero Market on Friday because we were out of food so I went grocery shopping and picked up something there at the market. On Thursday I had the Sprouts deli make me a sandwich, hold the mayo, so I could rest my back at home.

Meals were quicker this week than last and I think the speed will continue to pickup as I get better at utilizing my ingredients and my kitchen space.

As for the scale: Last week I weighed 237.5 lbs. Today, I weigh 234.5 lbs.; a one-week loss of 3 lbs.

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