Friday, June 21, 2013
It's been a busy few weeks and even though I am on vacation from work for another week, life is still moving at a fast pace. I've really struggled the last couple of weeks to find time to exercise, cook, Spark, and take time for myself. I definitely have a tendency to focus on the negative...my scale hasn't budged lately, and I've been putting in very little cardio time...I've made some food slip-ups...
So today I want to take a look at some of the victories from this period.
Even with a string of family visits, both here and out of town, I've made decent food choices and tried to log all my meals. I find it very frustrating to log meals that I eat out or away from home. I love accurate data and the control I have over my food when I eat at home. I took my niece to an amusement park on Tuesday. Anyone who's tried to eat well in this situation can probably sympathize with the lack of healthy choices! I went to the BBQ Pit and ordered a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, hold the blue cheese, hold the bun, extra tomatoes and lettuce. The cook offered to cut up the chicken and serve it over the veg, so I ended up with a relatively healthy salad with grilled chicken. It would have been so easy to order a steak bomb or just give in and have that fried dough or the onion rings that I LOVE! Other victory meals include the delicious salad I had yesterday with my Mom on a rocky beach for a picnic lunch. Her town doesn't have many healthy lunch options, leaning heavily towards fried seafood and pizza. We had to search to find the right place to order takeout but both ended up with good, fresh, healthy lunches.
Another recent victory was running my second 5K last Sunday. I wasn't feeling well for the two weeks prior and hadn't been running consistently while sick. I had wanted to run this race, but hadn't registered so still was on the fence on Saturday night. I posted to Facebook "should I or shouldn't I get up early and run a 5k tomorrow?". So many people posted on my status to GO FOR IT! When I woke up and saw all those messages, I didn't think twice... I got up and got down to the race, registered, and then enjoyed the extra hour before the race walking in the nearby park. I had friends running with me at my first 5K; this one was all me! It was also big! A couple thousand people turned out. It was so cool to see this colorful ribbon of people running on some of the busiest roads in my town with traffic stopped for us. I didn't run as fast as my first 5K, but it was a harder course and a hotter day. I was so proud of myself for getting out there and making it through the race. I even had enough gas in my tank for the final stretch to put on speed to the finish line.
I'd love to report that with everything going on I've been able to lose weight, but the victory here is that I've managed to maintain what I've lost. Today is the first day I've hopped on the scale and shown any progress. Hoping that is the beginning of getting back into weight-loss mode. All things considered, I'm happy to have kept my weight under control while eating out so often and having less time to spend exercising.
My other big recent victory is the consistency I've been bringing to my strength workout. I'm on a 24 day streak with strength! Strength is the part of my exercise routine I'm most likely to skip, so this is huge for me. I've made it a priority with the goal to do it every day, rather than 3x a week which was my old goal. That way I don't tell myself "I'll just do it tomorrow". I alternate doing exercises for arms/legs and core. When my Mom saw me a couple days ago (she saw me last in April) she commented not just on my weight loss, but also on how strong my arms look! Love it! I don't see it because I look at myself every day, but it's nice to hear that my hard work is paying off.
I'm hoping I can start getting my routine back soon and spend more time on cardio and cooking. Those two pieces make me feel more successful and in control of my journey. I'm looking forward to going to a yoga class today with a friend. I've been doing yoga at home so a class will be an interesting change of pace and a new experience for me. Tomorrow my father and step-mother arrive for a week long visit! I want to make a plan today for how I will juggle my time while they are here to be able to maintain the consistency I've established and get back my cardio time. Planning on a long run today since I have this one day free for myself (and the house cleaning, grocery shopping, meal planning, laundry and bed making and all the other errands and tasks I need to do before they arrive!).