...and not a good one!
OK, so 7/1 I started to put more focus on me again...getting more consistent and higher intensity workouts in, trying to eat better, etc. Soooo...it lasted until the 4th HAHAHA! Quite a record there, let me tell you.
And actually from the 4th - 8th it wasn't ALL bad. I was more careful about what I ate and how much I ate than I would have in the past. I didn't get as much exercise in as I had hoped...partly because of the heat and partly because I think I overdid it with the kettlebell workout. Honestly I think it took me 3 days to walk normally again! The other main reason for a lot of my lack of ambition was due to lack of sleep. Up late every night from Wedn through Saturday (4th celebrations Wedn; older daughter home from Jersey - pulled in around midnight Thurs; out with our other daughter for her 21st bday Friday; attempting to wait up for the same daughter to get home with her friends she went out with Sat), by Sunday I really started to feel like crap.
So...4 days of relative inactivity, hot, humid weather, going each day on 5-6 hours of sleep, eating too many carbs, drinking too many "adult" drinks = feeling tired, bloated, crampy - really just completely blah.
Sunday morning - even though it was still quite warm and humid out, I had to get out and go for a walk. It wasn't a fast-paced walk and we didn't walk as far as normal, but I had to do something. The only way I could explain it was that I felt like my body was just going to explode!
Monday morning, temps and humidity were much lower, so after 4 loads of laundry, I mowed the yard working up a good sweat! Monday evening, a nice walk with my hubby.
This morning - another nice walk with a friend.
I've also been more careful on the eating. Eating more fresh veggies, fruit and salad and less carbs and snacks. Plus, I've gotten between 7 and 8 hours of sleep the last couple of nights. And of course, a large reduction in alcohol intake!
I can say I'm feeling a WHOLE lot better today than I did a couple days ago. When I restarted this "me" focus last week, I thought I was really going to need some good motivation to get me through. I wasn't wrong. This past weekend reminded me how gross I feel when I do not treat my body well. I'm quickly re-learning how well I feel, when I do things that are good for me.
So, the next time you go on a binge or fall off the wagon or whatever else you want to call it, pay attention to how you feel. It makes getting back to the healthier choices a little easier knowing that you'll feel so much better overall.