Back in June, when I went to my friend in LA to help him with his dying mother, I fell out of the exercise/eating right saddle. I still haven't had the courage to get back in.
My health has suffered as a result. My immune system is below where it's ever been before as evidenced by the infections I have gotten and cannot get rid of.
Last week, I got on the scale and almost cried. I have almost undone all the good work and progress I had made until then. I had gained 10 lbs back. I was devastated. God bless my friend who has been encouraging me to get back to our Monday/Wednesday spin class. I found reasons not to go last week. But on Friday, we finally went. I just about died. Back in June, I had gotten to the point where I could go almost 45 minutes on the eliptical without any problem. I would vary my intensity between 5mph and 9mph. Friday - I was dragging by minute 5, and could barely stay in the 4.-- mph range. But she was on the machine next to me, so I didn't dare get off. I made it 20 minutes. Then I did some strength training. I couldn't wait to leave.
We went again Saturday, and I did a bit better on the eliptical (probably helped that football was on the monitor above me!). I also increased my weights on the machines. I felt good. Exhausted & tight, but not sore, and definitely felt a sense of accomplishment.
Today I weighed myself (since I forgot yesterday morning) and I've gained another 2.2 lbs. I'm DEVASTATED!!!!
So I need to get back in the saddle. I need to get back on the bandwagon, and all those other cliches, but I need to get myself back into the habit of eating healthy, and making healthy lifestyle choices - including exercise.
So here's my goals for this week. Next week, I'll write my new goals and report on how I met my goals this week.
HEALTH: I will take all my pills every day this week. I won't "forget" or put them to the side, because they truly are 'out of sight, out of mind'.
EXERCISE: 3x/week. Monday & Wednesday spinning class. Strength training and eliptical on either Friday night or Saturday afternoon.
FOOD: All meals will be as close to 40:30:30 as possible. I will incorporate more fruits & vegetables into both lunch & dinner. Where possible, I'll try for a more alkeline diet, but I'm not cutting out all my meat protein!
I will eliminate fast food & junk food completely (no real hardship, really). I will have 1 sweet per day; either mid-afternoon or after dinner. It will NOT be the whole 1/2 gallon of ice cream again (in all fairness, that did take 4 days to complete). Instead it will be the 40 calorie fudgesicles I've been neglecting in my freezer.
SPIRITUAL: I will make it to church at least once this week, but I will be prepared for both.
RELAXATION: I will take that bubble bath I meant to take yesterday sometime this week. Maybe Thursday..... I will get a mani/pedi this weekend (OK, economic times are hard, I'm giving it to myself, but I will get it done). Ruby Red Slippers on my toes, and clear (as always) for my fangas.