Thursday, February 06, 2014
It jas been a terrible week for me. Anxiety, panic, laziness, uncontrolled eating. My work is getting new management and lots of changes. We got 4 emails today with things we have to do before Tuesday next week. The weather is frustrating. Due to snow days, my son won't be able to participate in graduation (he has plans to be out of town).
I know that if I would just go exercise, I would feel more in control but my brain is the poster for entropy- just a whirling fray. I can't concentrate long enough to change my shoes, let alone make it to the gym or the basement. I want comfort and, unfortunately, that is food.
I feel bad not just because I'm shooting myself in the foot, but I'm not helping my team in the 5% Challenge. I have never posted so many zeroes. If I gain weight, I'm hurting the team. I know- it's not life threatening or earth shattering but makes me feel even worse.
There are lots of people with way more to deal with and I should suck it up- but sometimes it's easier to "sit on the couch and eat chips"
Life is like the ocean and the tides ebb. I'll get out of this funk and I hope it's soon.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I know, I know. The key to losing weight is the lifestyle changes. Exercising regularly. Eating healthy food, not high fat processed things. And it does work - at a reasonable pace. You lose 1 or2 pounds a week - and after you've lost some, you plateau. Then you lose some more. But when it's slow, it's not obvious. People don't notice unless they haven't seen you for a while. And that's OK. You're not doing it for accolades. You're doing it for the right reasons-- health, longevity, stamina, self esteem.
BUT, it sometimes hurts to see the ads. "Lose 25 pounds with Lipozene without changing your diet or activity!" "I lost 40 pounds in one month by eating 400 calories a day and taking HCG" "Take hydroxycut - and if one is good, 2 is better." One woman I work with has lost 90 pounds in 4 months by eating under 500 calories a day and taking hydroxycut. And people are always saying, "Wow, you have lost weight!" "you look great!" But is she doing herself any favors? When will the weight come back? What is she doing to her health and metabolism?
There's also the exercise thing. It being January, a whole group have joined Planet Fitness as they have every January and are bragging about going two or three times, but if the past is any indication, they will go only until maybe mid-February, pay the gym til May, then stop. Meanwhile, I keep up my twice a Zumba, 8-10 races a year, long walks on the weekends to train for 13.1s, strength training with DVDs in my basement. But it's a habit - nothing to talk orbrag about.
So, yes, I am the tortoise. I will win the race but I would like one of those sweet endorsement deals.
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