Monday, April 09, 2012
Well, this is depressing.
After not weighing myself for 2 1/2 weeks, I find that I've actually gained 3 pounds!
Granted the last few weeks have been very stressful and instead of planning ahead and making smart/healthy choices, I gave myself permission to eat badly on occasion. I had a friend visiting for a week and hardly exercised, we moved unexpectedly and I ate things that I shouldn't have, and I splurged big-time at my boyfriend's birthday party! However I have also worked out 6 days in a row! A record for me. And I thought that I would at least be where I was 3 weeks ago. It's a little discouraging to think that I could gain 3 pounds so quickly when I've been going to the gym so much! Of course I didn't weigh myself at the beginning of the week, and it could be I actually weighed more, lost the weight, and don't even realize it... But still!
I recently read a Spark article that said that while exercise is important, it's not as important as what we put into our bodies throughout the day. Basically, we spend 8 hours sleeping, 17 hours living our lives and making decisions on what to eat etc, and only one hour exercising! When you look at the numbers, it seems pretty obvious that our decisions in those 17 hours far outweigh the one hour of exercise that we get. And I don't even exercise for a full hour! I guess I'm just living proof that exercise is not the great equalizer I once thought it was.
It's just so upsetting that a few bad choices can undo so many good ones! Do I really have to be perfect all the time?! Aaaargh!!!
Ok. Enough whining. All of this is really just excuses. This is supposed to be a long journey because the longer I build those good habits, the more likely I will be to succeed and keep that weight off in the end! I just have to remember that some months will be better than others and whatever setbacks I face, the key is to get back up and keep on going. Always move forward!
And what I've learned from this, is to Plan Ahead! I already know that I have a problem making good decisions when I'm in social situations, so I should learn to plan for that! Bring my own healthy snacks, so I don't feel left out, and eat in moderation! Instead of giving myself permission to eat badly in stressful situations, I should say, "ok-how much am I going to regret this later on?" Is that one donut really worth all the extra self-loathing? On top of everything else?
The good news is, that all this time at the gym has really improved my endurance and I really feel like my legs have become stronger and more toned! Also, just think how much worse it would have been if I hadn't been going!
Now, I just have to practice what I preach... my bf's sister is going to be visiting us for a week and since we're planning to take her out every night during her visit, I know I'm not going to be able to get to the gym very much. So I need to plan ahead: bring lots of healthy snacks so I don't over-eat or make bad choices at restaurants, try to pick activities with movement instead of just sitting around, and drink lots of water and get lots of sleep!