Thursday, December 29, 2011
I thought I'd blog a quick note on what's been going on with me over the last couple of weeks and whatever progress has been made on the end of year goals.
The first couple of weeks after I set my goals, things went very well. I tracked my food every day, and managed to stay within range. I also kept to my exercise goal of 3 hours a week. I really enjoyed the focus on fitness at that time, and I think my body is thanking me for it too! I love the fact that I reversed a common trend - instead of going into an end of the year slump, I became a little more energized. I think that the end of the year goals may end up being a jump start for the next year.
However after the first couple of weeks, I left town...I stopped tracking my food...I stopped weighing in...I stopped going to the gym. Honestly, I think I needed a break from being so rigid about tracking, and I let myself indulge a little bit.
Not to fear, the backslide isn't a total one. Here are the good things I have been doing this break:
1. Going to the grocery store with family and menu planning. I am eating out significantly less this trip.
2. Taking neighborhood walks a couple times a week instead of going to the gym. My sister and I walked circuits in the neighborhood that would last from 45 minutes to an hour. The weather here is perfect, and there is enough sunshine and great scenery here that there is no excuse not to walk! The neighborhood is perfectly walkable, which is something I have been taking advantage of.
3. I have been watching my portions pretty vigilantly when I do eat out.
Using the tracker, and keeping tabs on my exercise minutes does keep me honest, and it is shocking how many calories are in things....tracking calories is definitely a habit I need to consistently follow for now, until I have a better understanding of the nutrition content of foods, and where I need to be. Periodically checking now makes it pretty clear why it is so easy to gain...and so hard to maintain.