Tuesday, July 10, 2012
One year ago today, I joined SparkPeople. I wasn't at my heaviest weight, but I was heavier than I had been, and I reluctantly admitted I needed to track and control what I ate.
That decision started me on a trend to weigh less and be more fit. This morning, I weighed in at 161, or 35 pounds less than a year ago. I've been nominally in maintenance for 9 months, though I slowly lost more weigh at first. The weight trend has been sideways for about 3 months now.
I'm definitely in a better place than I was a year ago. I may not be headed in as good a direction. Lately my motivation for fitness has been sketchy. Yesterday work blew up again, with a long hours project that nominally gets complete a week from today; but in practice, it's likely one of a series of fire drills that will want a lot of sedentary time. Fire drills like this plus weak motivation to start with is not a good combination. Throw in an injured foot that doesn't let me run, or walk as fast and far as I'd like to for stress relief, and I'm a little concerned.
The bright spot is the diet. I've done really well at staying within range, and if I need to I can adjust the range. A year ago I never would have predicted that controlling what I eat would become the easy side of the fitness equation to keep up with.
I've also learned in the past year that diet and exercise aren't the whole picture. The third major piece of the fitness puzzle is getting enough sleep. I didn't do well with that for years, and I didn't even know I was doing poorly. Fairly early in my SP membership, I set a goal of getting to bed by 10:30 six nights a week. I've met that goal most of the time, and turned myself into a synthetic morning person. This is great when I'm getting to bed on time, but not so great when I don't because I still wake up early. This is an area that still needs some attention, but it's easier to be motivated about getting sleep than about getting exercise.
That's kind of where I am, a year later. I'm at a healthy weight. I'm eating right. I can do pullups, and I can do pushups. Right now I can't run, bummer. I'm mostly getting enough sleep, though that needs attention. I'm wimping out on exercise more than I should.
And now I should be off to bed . . . but I think I'll squeeze in a few more keystrokes for the paid job before I head that way.