Tuesday, January 17, 2012
It's been a long time since I've written a blog - about 4 years, 3 months. It really does seem like just yesterday when I was here back in 2007. My whole life has done a complete 180-turn around. Things changed drastically for me in this time, some for the better, some that were extremely painful (and still hurt to this day)!
I was promoted in January 2008 at my job, but with this promotion came about 12-14 hour days, working 6-7 days a week. I was stressed out, and I wasn't getting to the gym or eating the way I had in 2006 and 2007. Needless to say, with this added stress and the fact that my healthy lifestyle was on a temporary hiatus, I was not able to continue the streak of my weight loss and I actually gained back ALL of the weight that I'd worked so hard to take off in 2006-2007, PLUS some!!
The good news is that by the fall of 2009, being disgusted with processed foods, and because of a special request made by someone who at the time was very important to me, I started to cook almost all of my meals at home.
By cooking the food yourself, you are in charge of the fat, the sodium, and any other ingredients that go into the meal. I also learned that I'm a pretty damn good cook, and that I enjoy it. It's become easier and easier for me to do, and it makes taking lunch to work even easier. Plus, home cooked meals taste so much better than a pre-packaged meal.
I did find a gym that opened up down the road from where I live, but I honestly can't stand it. Too many men there and when I work out, I prefer to be around women, not men. So, I'm probably going to cancel the membership this year and stick to working out at home. As much as I know I'm not as motivated to do it from home, I do not really have a choice. I know that once I start to incorporate my work outs back into my daily routine, the weight will start dropping again.
Ironically, after dropping the weight that I put on in 2008-2009, I am now right back EXACTLY where I was weight-wise in 2007.
It's been a lot easier to get back into tracking my food than I thought it would be. I'm looking forward to where this journey will take me by the end of this year...stay tuned...