I saw a PBS special with Dr. Amen and his book “The Amen Solution: The Brain Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Keep It Off.” One of his brain healthy ways to lose weight is “Killing the ANTS.” He’s not talking about the little creatures that crawled around in your 5th grade ant farm, but the Automatic Negative Thoughts. Those ANTS often keep us from losing weight. I realize that I have so many negative thoughts that go through my mind about my weight every day. I was reading an article and a lady said she thought about being fat every time she got dressed. I wish I only thought about my weight when I got dressed. But anyway, I decided to Kill the ANTs today. When I looked at my reflection and saw that extra roll on my side, I told myself something positive. I said “you had a protein shake for breakfast, you started out the day the right way.” Later this evening, my little sister actually invited me to meet her at the gym. She told me she was working out for an hour and a half, and asked how long I was staying. “I don’t know” I told her as she gave me a disapproving once over look. When I got up to the indoor track, the little ANT voice said, “you haven’t worked out in a week, you’ve never gone that long without working out, you’ll never get back to Week 5.” I rejected that thought, and did 5 extra minutes of the warm up walk. I decided to do one more day of Week 4 before actually moving on to week 5. I was so shocked, after a week of being super-busy/tired/lazy, that I was able to complete all 4 interval runs. It felt so good. I wasn’t even exhausted after my run, so I didn’t have a good excuse to leave the gym. I sat down for a few minutes to catch my breath and then got on the elliptical next to my sister. We pedaled and talked for 20 minutes. She still had a half hour advantage on me, which of course bothered my competitive nature, but I was satisfied just to get moving again.