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Feeling sluggish but staying focused

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This month is off to a very busy beginning. I've been swamped with volunteer and side-job projects and my social calendar is starting to fill up. All of this activity is a refreshing change from my quiet, laid back schedule. What it means, is that I don't have as much time to consistently blog.

I am struggling to maintain my new eating habits. This time of year, I turn into a slug. All I wanna do is eat carbohydrates and sleep. So it's a good thing that I have activities to distract me. If I get too bored, I get depressed, then I fall into the eating/sleeping pattern, which is not good.

So, I'm allowing for myself this time of year. I had forgotten what an uphill battle it is for me to function when there's so little daylight. I'm starting to shift my focus away from dropping the remaining 15 pounds to just keeping up the healthiest eating and exercise habits possible so I don't totally relapse.

Superbowl weekend was rough. I ate way too much! On a brighter note, I consistently hit the gym. Today I had dental work done, so it's no surprise that I hardly ate anything at all. My workouts this workweek have been torpedoed by my volunteer obligations. If I don't get any exercise tomorrow, I'm sure I'll be stir crazy.

This sounds odd, but I'm starting to feel "fat" again. Is my mind's eye playing tricks on me or am I reminding myself that I still have work to do? For example, in my body combat class the other day, I realized I was the biggest person in the room. I also got some pictures taken and (once again) looked busty and dowdy. On other days, I look in the mirror and I'm quite pleased with myself. I haven't reconciled the two images in my mind I guess, but it's a challenge.

Guess I'll close here. It's bedtime, so I'd better rest so I can make wide food choices tomorrow.

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    My sister tells me it takes something like a year per 25 lbs. lost to get used to your new body image. That's about right for the relatively small amount of weight I lost; I'm used to where I am, a bit over a year into maintenance.

    I can relate to feeling fat with no visual or scale evidence of that. I don't know what to do about it other than record the numbers and take historical pictures for future comparison. I think I get a more realistic view of myself from photos than from the mirror, My mind plays more tricks with what I see in the mirror than with what I see in photos.
    1813 days ago
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