Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I thought I'd give you guys an update on how my November is going so far. I'm not going to lie. It's been a tough month for me so far.
November is my least favorite month of the year. It's dark all the time (sun already sets at 4 pm here), it's always cloudy and foggy. The weather affects my mood so much, and every year around November, I just start losing my energy. I'm tired all the time. I find myself feeling sad/depressed for no apparent reason. I go through the motions but I just feel... melancholic. The mornings are especially tough - I've never been a morning person, but the darkness just makes it so much worse. Going for a walk isn't at all tempting in this weather when the nature just seems... dead.
It's tough. Especially when you're an emotional eater. There's so little to do (because it's dark and cold) that cooking/baking/eating/watching TV seems like the only comforting, fun thing to do. You know? I've been having a tough time avoiding emotional eating, it's a constant battle. So far, I've been mostly successful and I'm really proud of myself for tracking my meals and for doing as well as I have this month despite everything. Emotional eating is a really tough habit to break. A lot of you probably know what I mean. If I feel sad/anxious/depressed/tired - FOOD! Food is the solution! A tub of ice cream and some TV! That MUST BE THE ANSWER! But it's not, and I know it. I feel like I'm being tested right now, pushed to my limits. I try to add in some small treats here and there and it helps a little. Right now I'm just trying to hold this together, no matter how hard it is sometimes.
I'm not going to make any excuses - the weather is what it is, I can't help it, I just have to stay focused on my goals and do the best that I can!
For the rest of the month, my goal is simply to survive this month without gaining any weight! Honestly, that sounds like a realistic to me right now. If I lose weight, GREAT (!!!), but the important things is that I MUST MAKE SURE I DO NOT GAIN ANY WEIGHT.
My updated goals for the rest of the month are:
- Have a calorie deficit of at least 300 calories a day (6 days a week)
- Go for a walk. (7 days a week)
- Do strength training. (3 days a week)
- Track my meals and post my daily calorie differential on my blog. (7 days a week)
How is your month going?