Well, I weighed in (not officially, just a check-in), and it seems that there is an upward trend. I mean, yeah, I could blame water retention. I could blame stress. And technically, I am still "officially" right on schedule for my September 1 weight loss goal.
But here's the deal: I don't WANT creep. Especially not UP. And, upon examination, I have only exercised for 537 minutes this month. That may seem a lot to some, but for me, it's not enough. I try to aim for 1ooo minimum, and, well, I haven't done this little exercise since my husband was in the hospital three years ago.
I've done very well calorie-wise, although probably not vegetable-wise. I have resisted temptation to overeat a good 90% of the time (maybe going over by 150-300 calories), and I've only gone super-crazy (3000-3200 calories) twice. This is a triumph, considering back in April I had 6 days were I consumed over 3000 calories, and only had 4 days where I was on target.
But the exercise has slacked off in both intensity and duration, so I'm going to recommit to concentrating on getting my fanny moving. Will it be hard? Yes. Work has been totally out of control. I have never been this busy in my life, and people are screaming for their instruments, and I must confess that I am getting fatigued and making mistakes that cause me to have to go back over my previous work. Will things get better and settle down? Yes, they will. But right now it is the heat of battle and will definitely get worse before it gets better.
So, my main #backontrack goal is to get my exercise minutes back up to 1000 for August, and hopefully burn more calories along the way. It seems strange to me that it's easier to control my eating than to get my butt up and move. I can think of so many excuses to keep working or sitting, and all it takes is just 10 minutes at a time. The whole deadline vs. fitness quandary is paralyzing.
My plan for the first seven days of August is to just get moving for 10 minutes a day. Just to get back into the swing of it. The next seven days, I will have to have a more focused plan. Perhaps a Spark cardio video and a Spark strength training video, or something. One crisis at a time.
To all of you who are participating in your own #backontrack challenge, best of luck!