30 days

Monday, April 01, 2013

So it's been a while since I've blogged. I've fallen off the fitness wagon as well as the healthy eating wagon. I decided to start eating all kinds of meat again, and it just so happened along the same lines I gave up on healthy eating. I'd get into the terrible thought process of "I'll do better next month/week/day" and use that as an excuse to gorge myself on junk. I know I should feel bad, but it felt pretty good at the time. I'm a victim of the clean plate club where I feel I have to eat everything that is on my plate, some times others' plates as well, and I get a ridiculous amount of satisfaction over feeling "full" or even overly full.

It's rough, especially paired with the inevitable weight gain that goes with it. Luckily I think I've only gained five or so pounds from the bad habits (doesn't account for muscle loss). It's tough to say for sure as I've been slacking on going to my MWF morning boot camps - especially the Friday weigh-ins (I even had a nightmare that my class & instructor ridiculed me for my weight gain - which, of course, would never really happen).

It's been a combination of bad weather, lack of sleep, and work trips that have kept me away from the gym - but let's all be fair, it's really all about a lack of motivation and will power.

For a while, I was really quite depressed over the 5-ish pound weight gain, then I reminded myself I've still sustained a pretty good loss and try to remind myself that focusing on numbers is detrimental, that I am actually in control (because otherwise I'll sink into work eating disorder habits).

So that's that personal info purge.

So now, I have two simple 30 day challenges going on for myself. The first is no alcohol for 30 days (since one of my best friend's weddings). I'm on day 16 of that and I'm pretty proud of myself. I just returned from a work trip to DC with plenty opportunities for FREE alcohol. At a dinner I even took a glass of red wine but let it sit throughout the meal, not even a sip. If I can just get through the next two weeks, especially tonight where I'm sure I'll be offered a thank you drink for house-sitting and April 13th when we have a bout in Memphis, I'll succeed.

The second "challenge" is to ride my bike every day in April. This will require a bit more planning and willpower. I'm lucky that at this point my bike was already in good shape because I know if it needed any maintenance, no matter how small, I would've used that as an excuse. I biked to a meeting today, so day one is complete. I'm hoping after this I will at least bike around the block to meet this challenge.
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    Lifestyle change is no easy matter.
    Staying at it is the key.
    I just find that beer or any alcohol for that matter is a trigger for me,
    which makes it hard to control eating.

    1782 days ago
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