Recovering From My First Stumble of the Year
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I've been really pumped about getting a fresh start on SP in 2012, keeping up with the January Jumpstart Challenge, and joining a BLC-18 group next week. I've been tracking my food and fitness carefully, and have been very conscious of everything I'm doing in light of my goals to get in shape.
Then I made a dumb mistake. I stayed up too late last night. My daughter came home very late to visit while I was on the phone with my sister-in-law, and by the time I got off the phone, spent time talking with my daughter, then wound down by reading a chapter or two, it was almost 1 am by the time I got to bed. I'm paying for it today: I've been pretty much worthless all day, just reading the paper, napping, and eating....
I started out fine with a healthy breakfast and a pretty good lunch, but with my brain in a fog from lack of sleep, my defenses were down and I happened to find that last part of the cookie dough that I had never baked at Christmas. Arrgghh! I ate the whole thing! Whoa. Take a deep breath, and let's regroup. I took the painful step of recording my indiscretion in my food tracker, then I went to the January Jumpstart to get my daily video exercise in. Now I need to go walk, then finally get my day started on the right track. Sure it's 4:30 pm, but better late than never, right?
What did I learn today? Well, I realized that it's hard to stick to your goals when you don't get a decent amount of sleep. It felt like an out-of-body experience, watching myself fall back into the self-destructive habits so quickly. So I guess I need to add to my list of self-improvements goals to get to bed at a decent time each night, and to be on guard if for some reason I don't get a good night's sleep. Easier said than done sometimes, but acknowledging the problem is the first step, and now I'll be more aware of the danger next time. I guess I should be glad this happened so early in my new program so I'll be better armed for future ambushes from the anti-weight-loss fairy!
Bring it on, 2012! For I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength!