Monday, October 01, 2012
Start of fall. This is my favorite time of year. The cooler weather is quite welcome in the South. While I used to look forward to getting out in the summer time, I now find it too hot to be outdoors where I live! Spring and fall tend to be my optimal time for walking on beaches and enjoying strolls in the park.
It is also my favorite time of year for cooking. Warm soups, stews, and roasts. Mmm mmm mmm.
Unfortunately, it also tends to be the time of year when I start gaining back the weight I lost in the summer.
So my October goals are to beat the historical trend. There must be a way to at very least maintain. Weight loss may not be likely due to the birthdays and holidays that comes up in my circles at this time of year. But maintenance would sure help. It would be nice to not have all my work undone for a change.
I mentioned that I tend to be outside more in the fall, so it might seem odd if I say that I become less active. It's true that I am outside more, but I believe I get exercise more regularly in the summer when I'm working out indoors. Again, this is due to the environment where I live. Walking around in the summer afternoon is asking for heat stroke in the South.
My September goals got completely blown apart, so I am already out of routine with my exercise. And I'm feeling it. I am not liking the fit of my clothes. I haven't rebounded, but the warning signs are there. First order of business is getting back to my morning exercise. I don't have a lot of things going on at the moment that would prevent me from making this routine (school plans fell apart for this semester).
Only blocking issue is motivation. I'm out of the routine, so it's tough to kickstart back into the habit. Just gotta get it done.
The next issue is diet. My love of soups, stews and roasts could actually help me in this regard, actually. Soups can be extremely cost and calorie efficient, depending on how you make them. Although I am not a low-fat dieter, I have never been a fan of heavy cream based soups. I always preferred clean, light soups. I just made a batch of chicken soup last night that I'll eat all week. Without the addition of rice or potatoes, it is a very low calorie/low carb lunch.
I've done a pretty good job of tapering back my wine/beer consumption. I'm cutting it back simply because I can do without the extra calories at the moment.
The only trouble spot I foresee immediately is I still have birthday cake left. Time to invite neighbors over to help us finish it, I guess!
Good luck on your October goals!