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Excuse vs. Rebuttal vs. Planning

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ok, so I've been terribly lax both about tracking my food and getting exercise in for most of July. I think I've worked out maybe 3 times this month (dedicated workouts, not at-work moving around, which for most of my job involves a lot of walking and stairs). At first it was because of a wicked sunburn right above my bikini line (fabulous fail on my part, I know), which made movement difficult the first week of July. And then... well, and then. It just kept going. The 2nd week of July I was working the first couple days, then had to go to Vegas for a job interview, then was working the entire weekend when I got back. And last week I was apartment hunting/viewing, which is exhausting, even if it's no more than searching on craigslist. The end result is that I've been losing and gaining same 3 pounds over and over since May and this month I've been staying more at the top range of that.

The point of all this? Not to validate my excuses. Here's why they don't work.
Week 1. Excuse: sunburn. Rebuttal: Should have at least been tracking my food (which would have been good, because I probably ate less as I was very much disinclined to move and go to the kitchen). It should have made me drink lots of water as well. Also, could have worked on strength training my upper body (if I figured out a way to move where cloth didn't rub on my skin).

Week 2. Excuse: Lots of work and a road trip. Rebuttal: My friend's place in Vegas has a fitness center and a pool. Granted I was there for less than 24 hours. I even threw workout clothes in my bag. What did I forget? Sneakers. Blast. But I could have done laps in the pool instead of hanging out indoors with her enormous Giant Malamute puppy (seriously, he's like 5'3 in length and comes up to the kitchen table in height. Adorable.) Upside, Vegas is frickin hot, so I was drinking a LOT of water, definitely. Also, it makes the heat here in Los Angeles seem like nothing. Downside, interviews stress me out like no other, so there may have been indulging in a coffee and comfort pastry afterwards. And then a drink. With nachos. I should have worked out instead for the stress relief. But it's Vegas, baby! ;)

Week 3. Excuse: Busy apartment hunting. Rebuttal: I could have scheduled workout sessions during the day (was viewing places sometimes during the day and sometimes in the evening with my roommate), which would have helped me focus. Also... maybe could have marched in place (or moved in any way, really) while on the computer and making phone calls to view places. And, it should have been easy to track food since I was home most of the time.

I know... coulda, woulda, shoulda. But hopefully it will teach me something for future planning, which brings me to...

This week... I have to do an open house Wednesday night, which means Wednesday cleaning. Maybe starting to think about packing up everything. Looking for furniture (and a refrigerator) either at a discount store or on craigslist. So I will schedule exercise, starting with zumba tonight at 7:30. I haven't gone in about 3, edging on 4 weeks now. Eez no good. And I will track my food like it's my job (given that I don't have many jobs this week, hehe. Just Saturday, though that's 6am-2am. Yes, 20 hours).

Oh, and I found an apartment and signed the lease last Friday! It was our first choice apartment, too. Our lease starts August 1st, but we're moving in this weekend. So, gotta get my exercise in early this week.

Sorry for the long post. I don't want this to snowball into quitting and having to restart. I'm putting my plan down on (virtual) paper and getting back on track, damnit.
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NANCYSINATRA 7/24/2012 12:02PM

    Sounds like my July. Don't think I had excused though, just didn't do anything that I am suppose to. Love the rebuttal/plan idea. For me it's about finding my mojo again, and just doing it. Great plan you have!!

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CHACKER2 7/24/2012 10:33AM

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HMEGHAN02 7/23/2012 7:07PM

    Thanks! I actually just got back from dragging my roommate with me on a 40 minute walk (with spurts of jogging thrown in) as well, and she agreed to come with me to Zumba tonight! Which means that I really have no excuse not to go now. :)

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VICTORY2XS 7/23/2012 6:05PM

    I like your idea of excuse-rebuttal-plan.

Glad you found an apartment. I know how frustrating it is to find a place that fits your needs and your budget. At least that is done now!

Best wishes to you as you forge ahead!

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