Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Today was definitely one of those days where I had to convince myself to exercise. I was looking forward to an awesome workout all morning until the unthinkable happened: I couldn't get hungry. I waited and waited for my breakfast to wear off, but once I realized that it had been more than 5 hours since the last time I ate, I went ahead and had my snack. Bad idea...
I tried to sneak off and get some exercise in by speed walking to the farthest bathroom in the building a couple times (I drink a ton of water, so it was necessary either way) and doing squats and other exercises in the stall. I have not felt that uncomfortably full in awhile. I finally felt normal by the time my lunch rolled around, so I ate the entire meal that I had brought. Bad idea, once again... I spent the rest of the afternoon feeling lethargic and out of sorts. That feeling followed me all the way home, dreading working out. Thankfully, I firmly believe in the theory that if you dress up and show up for a workout, you'll go through with it 90% of the time.
It was also a Peak10 workout day, so I told myself that I did not have to do the whole thing, just the first 20 minutes at least. As I knew I would, once I get past the first 20 minutes, I was in it for the long haul. I was about to go into one of the final 2 peaks when a foreign exchange student from Czechoslovakia came knocking on the door to sell me books. I tried as hard as I could to get rid of him before my heart rate dropped to normal, but he was pleasantly not understanding why I kept telling him I did not want to buy anything or why I was standing in my scroungy clothes with my hair tied in a bun, my bangs swept back in a headband so that they were sticking out at all kinds of angles, pouring sweat and incredibly red-faced. I ended up redoing that whole section. I also can't be mean, so he's going to come back tomorrow. =/
It was so hard to work out, and I still was not that motivated while I was doing it. I actually felt like a little bit of a wimp during a couple of the Peaks. Perhaps this is the lull that ensnares so many people who enter maintenance. You spent so much time and energy learning healthy habits and getting into shape, and now you achieved it!! What are you going to do next?
I just don't! What should I be trying to do with myself? I'm in the best shape of my life, my health is so much better than it was, and I am now at a healthy weight. I'm still working on getting all of my calories in, but what about fitness? Food is only part of the equation... I thought measuring myself instead of weighing would be good, but I have nothing to compare it to and it does not help me create new goals. I need goals to keep me motivated in my endeavors... Has anyone else hit a bump in the road like this? That might be a good one for a forum...