God is good. I worked up the courage and weighed myself this morning.
I'm only up 2 pounds since I fell off the wagon. I thought it was going to be much worse.
My eating over the past few days has been spotty: too restrictive at times and too lax at others. I'm not overly worried about it. This just means I need to work out a rhythm that works for me. It looks like I need to balance my calories heavier during the day and lighter in the evening. It is easier for me to go light when I'm at work and have other things on my mind, but when I do that, I'm starving at night and eat too much and too much of the wrong things.
I pushed a little too hard with the exercise bike and had to rest for a couple of days.
I'm having to scale back a lot from where I was before I hurt my hip. I need to build up the muscles around my knees to take more pressure off the joints. Right now, my knees start hurting long before I'm physically tired from the exercise. This too will pass, but it's going to take a lot of the dreaded p-words (patience & perseverance).
One of the big goals on my bucket list is to finish a marathon. I've got a lot of work to do before I can even think about running, but I'd like to try the Flying Pig next May. Here is my (tentative) plan:
1. Use the exercise bike to build up my legs and stamina.
2. Work at losing 2 pounds per week. At this rate, I should hit my goal weight in December.
3. Start running when I am below 200 pounds and see how my knees take the pounding. I may need to lose a little more weight to run consistently.
4. Once I know my knees can take it, train for a half marathon - there is one locally in October. If I can't make that deadline, I'll do the 1/2 at the Flying Pig and work up to the full marathon length for next fall.
5. Re-evaluate as life happens, but never give up.