My home almost burned down on Friday night. Here's the crazy story...
Late Friday evening, after I had recorded this week's TT fat loss coaching call, I went out for my weekly reward meal with friends to a local pub/restaurant.
I had an amazing chicken thigh stuffed with bacon and brie cheese, accompanied by vegetable ravioli and pan fried mushrooms. Plus, I had my usual Friday night cold beer (Alexander Keiths was the brand, for those of you keeping score).
I was only gone 90 minutes...
...but by the time I got back to my building, there were 8 fire trucks and 3 cop cars on the street, and firefighters and cops were swarming throughout my building.
In the 90 minutes I was gone, time one of the condo units on the 3rd floor managed to catch fire, and the sprinkler system flooded both the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Fortunately, I live on the 5th floor so there was no water damage...
As I walked in, one of the police officers said, "Hey buddy, you should probably just go open a window in your place and then go for a walk. All that smoke in here is bad for your lungs."
Then it hit me...Uh-oh! Bally the Dog was upstairs by himself! His poor little doggy lungs!
So I flew up 5 flights of stairs, burst into my condo, and was relieved to be greeted by a barking and happy dog.
Fortunately, the smoke hadn't collected in my unit, but we still opened all of the balcony doors and went for a long, late-night walk through the neighborhood.
Everything is back to normal now, but it reminded me to be grateful for everything I often take for granted. Couldn't imagine losing my lil' pup or my place.
And there's a lesson here for you too.
Recently on the TT forum, there have been a couple of folks who have concerns about their progress.
Like many people who start a fat loss program, they got off to an amazing start, losing 5-10 pounds in the first 2 weeks. But now they are "only" losing 1-2 pounds per week.
And they are worried.
But they shouldn't be.
Instead, they should be grateful about the great results they have achieved so far.
They should be grateful for the life-long healthy habits they are building each day.
Little things like that which will add up to a belly fat-free lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
So let's be grateful today. For the little things. The small improvements. The habits we are making. The bad habits we have
And let's keep living the TT lifestyle day-in and day-out, doing short workouts and eating delicious, whole, natural foods.
Stay safe and be grateful for all that you have,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
PS - If you want to get maximum results in a short amount of time...
...one of the secrets to success is social support.
You need to have someone to talk to. Someone to encourage you on tough days. Someone to tell you that what you are doing is the right thing, even when others at work and home give you a hard time.
Please join us on the TT forum.
PPS - I just added a "Home Video" tour of my house and where I do some of my workouts.
I invite you to come into my home...just watch the video on the TT Member's site. You'll get some great home workout tips.
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