My final exams and final projects for school totally stressed me out this semester, and it was all downhill from there. The holiday meals started, cookies were baked, and I regressed- I basically unhinged my jaw and swallowed everything in sight. Recovery was slow because I was kind of depressed between Christmas and New Year's (for various reasons).
But yesterday I started getting organized for the new year, and I bought a new sketchbook and listened to my iPod. I felt so much better, I finally got back on the treadmill! It felt really good, too, and I slept really well last night.
Now I just need to eat healthier, too. For better or for worse, I've finished my Christmas candy, so there's no more temptation, and most of the cookies are gone. I need to go shopping at Aldi's, where I buy most of my healthy snacks.
The last time I checked, less than a week ago, I was still just under 200 lbs. I'll have to weigh myself again, but right now I'm more concerned about feeling better than what I weigh.
I'm really excited about getting back on track. I really want to work on getting my weight down, but my motivation that will keep me on track is just remembering how good it felt to be healthy. Plus, I'm not starting from scratch- I've already started losing weight since I put myself to the test in the summer. I just want to lose more now.
I'm thinking of trying a couple of other motivational strategies. When I buy my new calendar for the year, I'm thinking of putting a sticker on each date that I exercise. I'm also going to make a list to remind myself of healthy food I like to eat, so I don't overlook a healthy option when I'm not sure what to eat. (For example, I often forget we have egg substitute in the house. It's great to cook and eat on wheat toast for a snack or lunch.)
This is going to be a great year! I'm going to try to reach my target weight by 2012. :)