So, here it is the first week of May... And any headway I made in March disappeared in April.
I do have extenuating circumstances ~~ an almost month long depressive episode (for lack of a better term) that left me with only enough mental, emotional and physical energy to do the basics of getting to work, making sure the kids got to school and ate, etc. Just nothing left over to use for planning and preparing healthy meals, let alone get some exercise in.
I've also run into a situation with work. It used to take just over an hour for me to get to work and about an hour and 15 minutes to get home. Well, major road work has screwed that all up. It now takes a minimum of an hour and half either way ~~ and I've actually had a couple days where it took well over 2 hours just to get to work. This screws up my entire day as getting in late means I work later to still get my full day in, which means I leave later and get home later ~~ usually not 'til around 7pm. And then it's time to do dinner, make sure kids got homework and chores done as well as any housework I need to do... And then it's bedtime. And leaving earlier isn't always an option as when my husband travels I've got to get the youngest to daycare and they don't open 'til 6:30. By the time I get her dropped off, it's like leaving at the same time pre-road work.
So. Ugh. Just UGH.
Now that I am feeling better, it's time to get back on track. I try to get a little walking in during lunch by running errands or walking to actually get lunch in a nearby shopping area. I'm working harder at packing healthy foods at least to snack on if not for lunch itself. I know I have to get up earlier ~~ now if I could just get my husband to let me go to sleep earlier (he usually likes to watch TV 'til 11) ~~ then I could fit in at least a little exercise, of any sort, before heading to work. And weekends, I've got to do more physical activities on the weekends.
I've discovered lately that I don't seem to have much tolerance for sodium anymore. I eat the slightest bit (processed foods, eating out, junk foods, etc.) and I bloat something fierce, so I'm trying to reduce my salt intake by eating fresh foods or healthier versions of prepared foods that are lower in sodium. I really do not feel well when bloated ~~ tend to also feel a little nauseous.
We've got a vacation coming up next month ~~ a cruise from LA to Mexico (and back). While I do not have unrealistic expectations, I would like to see a few pounds dropped and definitely a lot of the bloat gone by then.
Eating a healthy breakfast
Packing healthy snacks for work
Packing a healthy lunch and/or walking to get lunch
Reducing sodium intake
Adding more bits of activity to my day
Working with my schedule to fit in more solid exercise
Up the amount of activity I do on the weekends
Wish me well