Friday, January 18, 2013
I have been insanely busy at work. As in, I usually get home at 5 and maybe work another 1/2 hr in the evening. I have been getting home at 6 and then putting in another 4-5 hours after the kids are asleep. Last night, when I sent out my last email at 11:10 PM, I thought about whether to take a walk and decided my health and sanity would be better if I stayed home.
But then tonight wasn't any better. At 11:00, I had a lot left to do but was losing focus. And I couldn't just go to sleep because I had to wait until I got a spreadsheet from a colleague. So I put on my sneakers and went for a solitary walk. It was late, I was tired, and i only walked at about a 3 MPH pace. But I did 40 minutes with occasional bursts of jogging and mostly brisk walking.
And though I am sure I will regret it when the kids drag me out of bed at 5:30 tomorrow, I am glad I did. One skipped workout is okay if circumstances require, but do it too often and the habit is gone.
These were okay days eating wise. Not great, not terrible. Because I've been getting home from work later than usual, I have been walking in the door ravenous to cranky kids. I scoop up one or two, sit down at the table, and scarf down all the scraps from everyone's dinner plates. Then I do bedtime stuff (because that's how late I get home) and then eat dinner properly. Because I am coming in and attacking the food, I have no real idea how much I'm eating. It is healthy food -- salmon and veggies one night, chicken legs cooked with brown rice and veggies the next -- but I've gained at least half my weight by overeating healthy food. It's a good thing I am not tracking my food this month because I honestly don't know if I ate 1 cup of brown rice or 3.
The worst part is there is a delicious pot of veggie soup in the fridge that I haven't made a dent on because I am too hungry to warm it up (and too laden with grumpy kids to eat soup).