Saturday, August 24, 2013
The past few days, I have felt super old. I pulled a muscle in my hip during Zumba (as if my week needed another bad experience) and have been limping ever since. I'm feeling a little better today, but I know I'm still not totally healed.
What's frustrating about this is the time I have to take off from the gym. I am limited entirely to arm workouts until the injury heals. But, because of my tendinitis and carpal tunnel problems, I don't like to work my arms more than a couple days a week. Soooo I have a feeling that my weigh-in on Wednesday won't be as successful as this past one. At least I know I'm not worsening the injury by working out through it and further aggravating the muscles.
Despite that, I'm really starting to understand the difference between a diet and lifestyle change. I went to Outback last night and got the same healthy options I always get when I go there, but I also had a glass of wine. I knew it would set me over on my calories a little, and that I couldn't do extra workouts this weekend to counteract it. But everything was still in moderation. I turned down dessert and didn't get candy when my friends and I went to see a movie. I didn't even crave it. I don't really consider last night a slip up or a cheat because I don't think of myself as being on a diet to cheat on. As long as I eat most of my meals at home (which is also helpful to my bank account), and as long as I keep my home free of unhealthy trigger-foods, it's okay to go out to eat on occasion. It's okay to go over my calorie limit on occasion. If it takes me a year to lose the remaining 12.8 pounds until my initial goal weight, that's fine by me. It's an improvement over the past, where I have gone balls to the walls (pardon my French) with restricting foods and spending hours at the right at the beginning and found myself feeling burnt out and quitting only a few weeks late. I feel like I'm really learning how to be a healthy person rather than how to be a dieter. After all, even my healthiest friends still enjoy a little Taco Bell every once in a while.