I'll preface this with this = my folks visited us this last weekend. Of all things to derail, this was it.
It wasn't horrible though. The alcohol-free bandwagon slowly fell apart but in the end the damage was a mere 500g gain and I can deal with that. I can recognise where it fell apart and as I said to hubby, I'd rather have a 'bad' week (ie. a gain) and go 'Well I knew that was coming because we did XYZ' rather than have a 'bad' week and be left crying on the bathroom floor wondering where I'd gone wrong with my perfect week of calorie counting and planned out exercise. If you know what I mean.
It wasn't all a loss though. I mean. Last week I got into the rhythm of lunchtime walks once the heat had died down (literally, I wasn't walking in 40 degree heat, that's just asking for trouble!) so last Wednesday I managed to do 4.9kms in 49minutes and the following Thursday extended the route to make it a 5.6km walk in 55minutes. Win!
Friday was a write-off because I had a half-day at work so I could finish cleaning the house and welcome my folks (they arrived at 1pm on the Friday).
The weekend wasn't all bad; it's just more the fact that carefully orchestrated meal planning go out the window a little. We did a LOT of walking though; on Saturday we 'shopped' from 9am to 5pm virtually non-stop. My feet wanted to drop off and die. They were swollen. I think it's because of all the walking that my gain was only half a kilo.
The worst part of the weekend was the Sunday night after they'd left and we were feeling a bit empty from their sudden absence (I like my folks) which saw us walk down to the pub with some friends and spend the next 5hours drinking.. again it's that whole 'empty calories' concept of wine. Two bottles of red = easily 1,000 calories. Again, saved by the walking-off component of the evening (4km round-trip).
I remember hubby saying to me the next day 'I feel so bad that we've just ruined everything' and I said so calmly 'It's okay, we can't change what we did, just go back to doing what we were doing so well'. Again it's that concept of not dwelling on the so-called 'failures' and just getting on with the good stuff. Granted, hubby has kind of just said 'meh' to the alcohol ban (greatly in part because Dad left him a carton of beer at our house) so he's been back to drinking 'normally', whereas I'm happy to go without again.
I think that's the trick though. I never wanted to quit drinking entirely. I just wanted to scale it back; i.e not on work-nights and not EVERY weekend. I went 2 weeks without drinking, and then we slipped up and had a night out with friends. I've not had a drink all week, I have no plans to drink this weekend, or the next.. but I know when I'm in Sydney for a business trip at the beginning of Feb, I'm going to be catching up with my brother so we MAY have a drink or two, but I also know that I'll be in the middle of a business trip and have a training class to go to the next morning so it will be controlled.
I'm just not in the habit of beating myself up anymore over this kind of stuff. A hangover is punishment enough really.
All that aside. This week has been pretty good. Yesterday we went for two walks in fact. I went for 4.5km (48mins) yesterday during my lunch break, then later that evening (10pm) we took the puppies (now that we have them back *squee*) for a 2.5km walk (28mins) to tire them out before bedtime. So yesterday it was a whole 76mins worth of walking (and 7km covered).
Last night I made us chicken drumsticks in a sweet soy marinade with sweet potato wedges and a tomato, cucumber and capsicum 'salsa' in cos lettuce leaves, see piccy:
I also spoiled myself a little earlier this week with a trip to the hairdressers:
Now the big question for today, is that my gym is running the 'Get Foxy' 12wk challenge again this year. It starts in March and goes for 12 weeks (duh) and it's the same as last year. You gain points from doing workouts/classes/group workouts/personal training/food coaching etc and at the end it's the most points wins. I came 8th in my gym last year, managed to lose about 8kg and 30cm overall. I'm thinking if I spend the next 3 months doing what I'm doing (playing with my diet and exercise to see what works for me), then I'll be starting the challenge off nice and strong..
The only thing is that my membership will go from $40/fortnight to $160/fortnight to cover the two personal training sessions and two food coaching sessions each fortnight.. wondering if it's worthwhile or if it's another gimmick... thoughts?
Hope everyone is having a good week :)