My nice daily healthy lifestyle routine got quite distorted in December.
-work: many days off, and working with a team in different time zone and different holiday schedule. Officially I worked on 27th and 28th December only, but practically I worked a few hours every day, on demand.
-sleep: I went to bed late because everybody in the family stays up late, and I wake up when I normally do - I stay in bed and go back to sleep but the quality is not the same
-food: I let Christmas cookies turn off my rational thinking and portion control so I overate almost every day
-exercise: yesss, this is something I can say something good about! I stuck to my plan and missed only one or two ST sessions - though I didn't manage to work out first thing in the morning and I missed that.
So, my short term goal for 2013 is to get back on track:
-go to bed in my preferred time 10:30 even if DH and kids stay up late
-avoid overeating in the evening
-avoid trigger foods and eat as I usually do (3 meals, 2 snacks, stay within range)
-do not skip snacks - if I want to skip a meal, I can skip dinner, but not the other meals
Long term goals:
1. change my ST routine:
-basically I have been doing the same ST workouts in the past 18 months, using the same weights (5 pound dumbbells)
-after hearing from many SP friends doing some research myself, finally I decided it is time I improved my ST routine
-I already bought a barbell and I'm going to buy adjustable dumbbells (now I'm using the ones of my son but adjusting the weights every time is demotivating)
I would appreciate advice from those of you who do weight lifting.
What exercises do you find effective and safe? What weights do you use?
2. increase my running distance
My Sunday long run is usually 10K, rarely in ideal conditions 15K.
My goal is to run the 15K every second week, and if that goes well, train to run a half marathon in the spring, before weather gets too warm.
I know I'll decrease distance back to 10K or less in summer because I don't really enjoy running above 20 oC / 70oF.
3.get binge free and stay binge free
It is a lot of fuss (tracking food, eating 5 times a day, checking trigger factors when I come home from work) but I know it's worth.
The problem is I seem to forget it when I'm in the mood and there is nothing I can do about it directly.
The good news is, the better I stick to my healthy lifestyle routine during the day, the smaller is the risk of getting in the mood is. So I have the power to influence this.
My 2011 was a year of success: 6 months of weight loss and 6 months of solid maintenance.
My 2012 was OK: 6 months of solid maintenance, and 6 months of mild fluctuation in eating/sleeping/exercise habits and weight. Never near as bad as pre-Spark times, though.
I want 2013 to be a success: solid maintenance of healthy habits and weight, because that's the way I feel the most energetic and happy.