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Friday, August 09, 2013

No, I'm not exactly a winner right now... that is the sound of realization.
Please excuse this blog if I'm a bit whiney, I'm also going to be honest, take responsibility for my actions, and make a plan.

I'd been feeling it... that slight discomfort when gaining weight... but I was definitely in denial. No, even though I wasn't consistently tracking I was fine, no I don't need to track the beers from last night, oh and I'll just give myself a week to normalize back to a weight I like better before entering my next weigh-in. I'm sure most of us have been there.

My excuse this past week was that it was my period and as I was applying for a job (and took FOREVER to get the job application done, but it's now submitted!) I was cutting my exercise, spending more time sitting and, consequently, less time sleeping. I'll be fine! I'll enjoy this weekend with my boyfriend and do an official weigh-in on Monday.

I haven't been to my boyfriend's in about a month (slightly long-distance, more convenient for him to come to me). I was debating stepping on the scale... so I did. He has one of those scales that tells you how much up or down you are (and it must somehow have memory for two or more people or maybe he never uses it)... and it told me I was UP 1.4kg (about 3 pounds).

I'm not freaking out over that but it speaks to a longer trend. Please excuse what is to come, it is a bit much but I just let my mind go for a few minutes. My last weigh-in was April 22 (15.5 weeks or 109 days ago). There is nearly a 10 pound weight difference. That means that, on average, I have gained between 0.5 and 0.75 pounds per week. I had to go a little further... That is about 42 grams per day. Not much at all... but obviously it adds up!

I'm mostly done whining (next whine minor and on a different topic).

What to do today... did I feel like going to the mall? I saw online this skirt and top I like at Zara and maybe if I get that job interview... I decided against the mall and took a walk instead. I tracked it, it ended up being about 9K/ 5.6mi so not too shabby! This is when I had a chance to do some thinking... until my back started killing me! I have had a slipped disk in my back since I was a teenager and it really only flares up when I do start gaining weight... it's an indicator I need to make some positive changes! Luckily I was only about 20-30 minutes from the house.

The changes I am going to make are not major. I need to get back to tracking and be more mindful when I eat. I am going to seriously limit those foods I know I don't need! Also, I want to give myself the suggestion that if I happen to be hungry after dinner, I eat fruit.

I want to stick to my yoga and zumba workouts (usually 2-6 times per week though I am giving myself a 10-day yoga challenge starting Monday, decided that on Wednesday). I'd like to become more comfortable on my bike and use that more, I'd also like to get out for a hike or two before the summer is over! I can do the exercise part (just might want to make sure I have ibuprofen handy, just in case my back flares up!). Exercise is not a problem, I just need to GO!

My sleep has also been rather irregular lately. My plan for next week is to get into bed between 10-11 where I can read for a while or just go to sleep. I know sleep makes such a difference!

I can manage this!

Now, the first question is, if I go out for dinner with my boyfriend, where do we go... I might take some time to look up a few healthier options!

Have a wonderful weekend, sparkfriends!
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