Getting Back on Track
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
So as some of you know, I've been a bit off-track for the past two months. It started small, with missing a workout here and there (or an entire week for finals), eating out more often, and having an extra beer at parties. By last week, I wasn't so much back in my old habits as I was in new, sometimes worse habits. I was working out once a week at most, drinking much more than I want to (even with weight loss reasons aside), having diet sodas daily, eating my homemade ice cream with lots of fudge, and having bar food almost every night--mostly cheese fries. Not good!! Somewhat surprisingly, I haven't actually gained any weight back, but I obviously haven't been losing any, either.
The ice cream I tend to keep at 2-6 spoonfuls a day, so I'm not really worried about it (6 spoonfuls for me is about 100-120 calories, so well worth the indulgence). The rest of it has GOT to change.
Thanks to the carbonation, carbs, and sodium, I'm a bit bloated, and I know I've been dehydrated. Patrick and I made a deal that we will cut back on drinking and limit eating out to once a week. I would like to cut liquor completely out and limit beer to once or twice a week max. Wine is what I drink most often at home or out with my family, but with friends, it tends to be beer. I enjoy the wine more and I savor my glasses, so it is my best option. Today was water only, and I'm on my 11th glass. I can tell my body really needed it! I think I will implement a new rule that I can't touch alcohol unless I've already had at least 8 glasses of water, and I have to have an extra glass of water per drink.
I think the workout routine I was in back in April and May was too intense for me. I was spending at least an hour doing intense cardio (mostly elliptical or treadmill with high incline) 5 days per week, and that's a lot to keep up with. Right now, I'm focusing on just getting my butt off the couch and moving. I spent an hour and a half swimming Monday, and the past two days I've done Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. Since I live in Texas, heat often keeps me from wanting to work out, so the DVDs help. I want to get back to working out 5 days a week, but maybe just do 30 minutes of low-impact stuff most of those days. I also really need to add strength training, which I've never been consistent about.
My New Year's resolution was about being healthier, and I really feel like SparkPeople helped me get to a healthy place. I want to get back on track not just to lose weight, but so that my body feels good again. I felt great when I was working out and eating right, and lately, I've felt lazy and miserable. I definitely want to lose weight, and that will keep me motivated, but I want the energy back that I had a couple of months ago. As delicious as they are, cheese fries and beer just aren't worth how I feel.