By FAR the toughest thing in this competition has been eating healthy.  I have loved food my whole life and up until the past few years, I was one of the lucky ones that could eat anything and everything without worrying about consequences.  (I wish I took more advantage of it!)  Therefore, this has been my downfall.

I can get myself to the gym, I can go for runs, and I love the feeling of being sore the next day.  I also work a job where I am on my feet and walking around for the whole work day except during my break.  In the activity-and-burning-calorie department I'm pretty solid.  It's the whole consuming-calories-department that I'm struggling in.  I've definitely made better choices so far, said no to pizza multiple times, no to all desserts, been eating more veggies, etc.  I guess I'm just expecting the pounds to just melt away quickly.

I know I didn't put on this weight overnight, so I shouldn't expect to lose it overnight either.  But I do wish the scale would move more just to give some positive reinforcement that my sacrifices were doing something.  It is at this point that I begin to give up because I don't see any change despite doing what feels like so much.

Patience is a virtue.  I really wish I had more of it!  But no giving up!  I'm so glad I have all of you to know that I'm not in this alone.  Tomorrow I'm picking up some things at the store to make healthy eating easier and more interesting.  Someone put a picture up earlier that said:

"Strength:  Anyone can workout for an hour, but to control what goes on your plate the other 23 hours... that's hard work."

Never read a truer statement.  Time to put in that hard work.