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Tough Enough

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I started working out  in 1995 after a few years of cigarettes, all day pizza fests and keg beer had taken its toll on my 19 year old body. I will never forget the day I was truly ashamed of how bad I had allowed it to get.   My roommate and I decided to go hiking with some guy friends that were avid bikers and rock climbers and it ended up being one of the most miserable days of my life. I remember one guy actually going up and down the hill (aka Mt Everest) and constantly cheering us on as he RAN past us up to the top and back down again. I also remember the pathetic looks from some of the other guys as they not so patiently waited for us throughout the hike. I remember that hike being at least 10 miles and about 4 hours to get to the top. Pretty sure it was 4 hours… and probably less than a mile. The reality was that I was overweight and miserable and those two always seemed to go hand in hand for me. I wasn’t comfortable because of what I looked like and I also felt gross becaus…
Today was better… My life has been kind of stressful lately. In a good way though. I could have worse problems than being stressed and busy about building and opening the business of our dreams in two weeks. My brain is on hyper-speed and I have so much on my “to do” list I don’t even know where to start some days. My food hasn’t exactly been great lately. I ate McDonalds on Saturday… twice. I also had a massive amount of sushi AND Cold Stone (though I did manage a healthier protein smoothie there). Ya know what? It was GOOOOOD. I did not regret it one bit. You know why? Because having a few days of emotional eating will not set me back. I have always had a relationship with food, sometimes it has been pretty great and sometimes it has been more on the abusive side. There were times in my life when I would let a few bad days turn into a bad week, throw off my workouts and ruin my entire attitude and self-worth. I found that it was the residual guilt and the actions it created that r…