The theme at my yoga studio is the Summer of Love right now so it feels like the perfect time to make a new seasonal blog. I would like to post more frequently but life just has a way of using up the time and effort regular blogging would require.
Among these life moments include a lot of work. Maybe more than I should have taken on because in three months I gained nine pounds. Yep, you heard that right, nine. I have a number of financial goals that I am working towards right now and when I hit an eight day stretch of 17-hour work days (up at 10am, work, lunch, work, dinner, work until 4am, repeat) regular exercise fell by the wayside. After that job was done I was working to catch up on my other jobs and I couldn't get back to regular workouts. This was compounded by repeated attempts to eat more intuitively than I was ready for and a willful lack of weigh-ins. Whoops.
It's pretty obvious attempting to get by without regular exercise and trying to eat intuitively does not yet work for me (if it will ever). It was a learning moment, and it helped reveal to me the area I continue to struggle the most with is to ensure exercise is a regular part of my daily life. I have easy access to all the tools (Wii fit, exercise DVDs, a bike trainer, a yoga membership, a gym membership, shoes), but the willpower to use them each day, that's much harder to come by in comparison to everything else I need to accomplish each day.
It's a work in progress and my drive and willpower have been renewed for the summer. Keeping to a new exercise routine and back to counting every calories I'm already down two and three-quarters pounds. Six and one-quarter to go measured with weekly weigh-ins.
What's helped the most is knowing that weight gain during maintenance is not a failure. Rather it is only a natural part of the experience. Everyone gains weight during maintenance and then we work it back off. The only way we might have a chance to avoid this yo-yo cycle is to robotically control every aspect of our lives, our environments, our activities, and our food. I have watched people attempt to do this, and to me it is a level of deprivation that I am unwilling to employ. It is a level that would deny me mental health and happiness.
Actually I think of this whole experience as a success. I tried a number of behaviors during a period of time when I was overworked and they didn't work. And now I've moved back in the right directions knowing what I shouldn't do along with what I could try.
It's all a matter of trying, learning and trying and being happy in the process. There's plenty of happy going on right now.
I'm reading Pam Peeke's book The Hunger Fix which is teaching me a lot about the complications of food addiction. In addition it's providing me the reassurances I need to reinforce what I am doing each day is best for my longterm goals (especially when my internal cheerleader gets drowned out with self-doubt).
At work I enjoy my jobs and benefits and luckily I have been offered additional hours which will advance my financial aims. I won't have to worry as much over the car repairs, loan payments, annual vet visit, insurance payments, prescriptions, and computer replacement parts that are filling my plate right now.
My herb garden is doing fantastic, and I'm also growing mitsuba and shiso from seed to use in my Japanese recipes.
I just found the keys to making the best scrambled eggs ever courtesy a Gordon Ramsay video tutorial (low heat, crack egg directly into the pan, stir constantly with a spatula, keep moving the pan on and off the heat, and season at the end). I never realized before I was overcooking the eggs into oblivion, which might have been why I didn't like scrambled eggs. I never knew what I was missing!
In August I will be completing my first 5K, a Color Me Rad fun run, though I need to get my training program rolling here. Yikes!
I'll also be attending a family reunion where I get to show off my gorgeous new pixie cut. My stylist recommended it because it goes great with the long oval shape of my face. This is a very happy change from the puffy round face it used to be!
I have developed a fab design for my ace of spades tattoo, and hopefully I will get to the parlor soon to get it completed. I can't wait!
The best is that I'm back in the saddle with all of the healthy habits I need to keep maintaining my weight.
All in all it's the summer of love and I'm going to enjoy every bit.