Friday, September 06, 2013
Wow, it's been AGES since I've updated this blog. Part of my silence is because I've been very busy lately and I'm about to start grad school, but it's also because I've taken my eye off my goal a bit and I feel like I haven't had much to say.
I did something amazing earlier this year. In May, I completed a challenge in which I cycled 31 miles and then walked 42 miles (in the same day) for Maggie's, a local cancer care charity. It took me 21.5 hours to complete the event and I had blisters for weeks, but it gave me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and drive to do other multi-stage events.
However, since that challenge, I've slipped into a premature maintenance cycle. I had more travels after that event and the summer has been busy, even at home, so my focus on weight loss has gone by the wayside. One the one hand, I'm glad I haven't gained back any weight, I'm still FAR from my goal and it's too early for me to be in maintenance. I guess I've found a little comfort zone here at my current weight and I can't seem to get out of it! But admittedly, I haven't been trying very hard...
I need to shake down some more weight so I can get to a new "set point." Yesterday I went out for my first serious run since July and I'm going to focus more on my nutrition starting immediately. I've been doing some amazing healthy cooking this summer, but the good effects of it have been diluted by too much drinking and sweets. I don't want to gain the "freshman 15" in grad school - in fact, I'd like to LOSE my own "freshman 15" throughout the year. That's going to be my grad school goal: whatever I weigh on the first day of instruction (next Thursday), I will weight at least 15 pounds LESS by the time instruction finishes in June.
In the short term, I have a head cold and I'm taking it easy today. A couple of days ago, I made the "Lifesaving Lentil Soup" from the Spark People Cookbook. I put in a bit of extra chili flakes, not knowing that I would need it so badly later in the week. There's enough left for one bowl, so that will be my lunch. I'm going to spend the rest of the day reading on the sofa with my box of tissues by my side. I can hardly wait to get better so I can continue getting back on track! In the meantime...*sniff, sniff*