Thanksgiving - lost the battle but not the war
Saturday, December 01, 2012
So..... it's been unbelievably long since I've blogged here. I've been doing a decent job of tracking calories & semi decent with exercise - but I just haven't been blogging. A whole heck of a lot has gone on since my last post... but starting with the most recent...
Thanksgiving - Boy, did I eat this Thanksgiving. I should be used to having 2 Thanksgiving dinners by now, and some years, I negotiate the whole thing a lot better. This year, I knew I that I was piling too much on my plate, but I plowed through anyway.... and topped it off with multiple desserts. This year we ate Thanksgiving at my mom's house on Thursday (overate), started preparing to host our own on Friday - at which time I picked on food I was making & ate a large slab of pie that I took home from my mom's house (to be fair, I always have a generous portion of my mom's apple pie, because it is a once a year thing and the best apple pie IMO, but this year I did it Thursday & Friday).... and I finished the weekend strong by hosting Thanksgiving for my in-laws, and over eating again. And during the whole 4 day weekend, which included a day of prep, a day with 7 straight hours of hosting relatives, and a full day of clean up, I only exercised on Friday.
The result? Up 3 lbs by the following MOnday. Holy crap. That's pretty amazing - almost impressive, if it weren't so embarrassing.
But, there's no need to linger. My exercise isn't back up to regular levels yet, but I'm improving. I've been logging my food, and at least staying closer to in range. And as of right now, it looks like I may have shed about 1 of those 3 holiday pounds. (so much easier on than off *sigh*).
Overall, I'm still down from the beginning of the year, that's good. And I'm still pretty pleased that I managed to maintain my weight during those 2 crazy weeks that we were most affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Over a week of sitting in a house without power where we ate a lot of defrosting meat in the beginning - Clif bars, nuts, trail mix and canned soup towards the end - in short, high sodium, high calorie, easy to eat too much munchies - - - and over a week without power [no treadmills] or running water [no showers - which really put me off doing anything that would make me excessively sweaty] - followed by another week where I stayed in a hotel for work [our building couldn't open for a solid 2 weeks - another story in itself] which meant hard to navigate hotel food [but, mercifully, a hotel gym & running water] - but also, crazy late night, work hours, sitting in a room with all of your co-workers from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, with people dumping all of their "sorry, Halloween was cancelled this year, so I'm bringing my candy to you"-candy all over the room).
And speaking of Sandy, I still don't think I've run a combined 26 miles since the date that I was supposed to run 26.2 at the NYC marathon. Which kind of made me regret the way I ramped up the carbs in my diet immediately preceding the late cancellation announcement.
But, I am running a bit, and I've started some weight training - and in less than 2 weeks, I'll be starting my training program for the NJ marathon in Spring. I'm hoping that all of my NYC training won't be a total waste - maybe I'll be more prepped for NJ-M this year, and I'll PR. Hopefully. Last I checked, NJ-M still hasn't been able to confirm that they will be able to use the planned course for the marathon. Certainly, if things don't change dramatically by May, there won't be any of those miles on the boardwalk, since just about all of the boardwalks on the NJ shore have been washed away. .... and they have not been able to confirm the safety of all of the street course either, as some of those streets are still closed to the public.
I am very happy to see that NJ-M is raising funds for Sandy victims this year - It only makes sense. The NJ-M is held together by the shore community.
See what happens when you blog after you haven't blogged in a long, long while.
Brain dump. Sorry, about that ( I apologize, to no one in particular, as there is often no evidence that anyone reads these entries anyway).
Maybe I'll look back on this in another few months as a strange, rough time that I am glad to be past.