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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Well, I made it through yesterday. The first of Oct, the first of the government fiscal year, and the first day of the shutdown. For now, I'm working but they are uncertain how long we'll be funded and if the IDIOTS in Congress don't figure things out who knows what will happen. Sorry, just getting very pent up about this whole situation. Trying to take one day at a time and not let the uncertainty of it all get me stressed.

My goals for October are simple, try to reach my monthly fitness goal (700 min) which theoretically, should be doable as it's not that outrageous, and stay on track every day but the select days I know will be exceptions. I've changed my tracker to reflect my minutes rather than my weight. I am SO sick and tired of gaining and losing the same 2-4lbs. Most people say that's normal fluctuation but for me who's maintaining only a 10lb loss, that's almost half of what I lost, losing and gaining it regularly. I'm also usually quite consistent in my weight and don't fluctuate that much. It means I haven't made any progress in about a YEAR. Yes, I reached the 10-11lb loss this last November and have been averaging it for almost a year now without any additional loss that I've been able to maintain. I'd still like to see what I look like with an additional 10 lb loss but at this point I'm aiming for 5, or at least noticeable change in my body and tone.

My "staying on track" nutrition-wise will be obviously within calorie range, and mostly modified paleo. I allow myself dairy as part of modified paleo bc I love my cheese and greek yogurt and need any extra calcium I can get. If not modified paleo that at least keep my carbs in check.

Cheat meals/days for the month:
11-14th- I have friends staying with us for the whole long weekend and I will not subject them to my dietary restrictions, and we will be going out a lot to eat. My goal is to not overdo it but at least allow myself those days to not be picky about where we eat and what I eat.
Oct-? Whatever day we go to the amusement park. We bought tickets that includes admission plus the Fright fest and you are not allowed to bring outside food in. I'm sure there will be no healthy options there.
Oct 27 - the Sunday dinner I wrote about recently that's become a regular occurrence with my friends
Halloween emoticon - Not sure if we are doing anything official, but what is Halloween as an adult without some Hocus Pocus and a festive beverage? emoticon

I'm hoping that if I outline this all in front of me and realize how many days it actually will be (7--that's a full week!) I'll be less inclined to cheat outside of those days. And, just because they are designated "cheat days" does not mean I should blow the whole day away.

Easier said than done. Here's to hoping the government straightens this mess out!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRI_BABE 10/8/2013 2:29PM

    Have a great October. The shutdown is affecting so many people. Grrr.

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LEB0401 10/4/2013 1:40PM

    Are you furloughed since you posted? If so, try Crossfit Annandale. They're offering free classes to peeps affected by shutdown. I think you would LOVE it.

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CHODGES83 10/3/2013 4:44PM

    Looks like a reasonable plan. Stay positive- you can do it!

This shutdown is just nonsense, my husband is one of the nonessentials that have been furloughed. Yuck.

Anywho...Hocus Pocus is such a delight. Enjoy yourself!

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CARADAWN 10/3/2013 9:59AM

    Looks like you have a fun month ahead! Enjoy your time with your friends and keep healthy emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 10/2/2013 5:52PM

    Hoping this shutdown goes by quickly and our congressmen can get their acts together! Thinking of you and everyone else who is directly affected by this.
I think your plan for October is a great one. 700 fitness minutes is totally doable! I think it also helps to plan out your "cheat" days. Hopefully, it will help you stay motivated to eat healthfully and get some exercise in on your regular days.

You know, there is actually a beer CALLED Hocus Pocus that you can drink while watch Hocus Pocus emoticon Whoaaaa lol.

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BONOLICIOUS2 10/2/2013 3:15PM

    Ahhhhhhh yes!!!!! Hocus Pocus and an adult beverage and mayyyybe some candy?!

Sounds like you have a very reasonable plan. Try to go easy on yourself but you can do it!

I'll be sending you lots of good vibes with this VERY stupid shutdown. People from this area are really feeling it, everyone except the ones making the decision emoticon Alright I'm done before I get into dangerous territory! GOOD LUCK!

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ELISELOVE1 10/2/2013 1:01PM

    i will also watching hocus pocus emoticon

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KELLYFIT123 10/2/2013 11:57AM

    I don't work for the government, but my position is grant-funded. A couple of years ago, when the project I was working on wasn't refunded (meaning my organization did not get the grant a second time), it was SO STRESSFUL. My boss, who is not exactly reliable, was saying that she would figure something out. But that didn't make sense, because my salary came 100% from a funding source that was no longer. She made promises, but the finance director was not as hopeful. WHAT A STRESSFUL TIME! I went out looking for a new job immediately. I was lucky to get one, but the 2 months or so of uncertainty were awful.

When that unreliable boss got a new grant a year or so later, I did end up coming back. I love the work. When my current funding ends, I like to think I could handle the stress of uncertainty a little better the second time around.

When there's nothing we can do to solve the problem, too much worry is a useless pursuit.

And you are in a better situation than my BF. He worked 4 hours yesterday and is off all day beginning today. I hope they solve this crisis soon.

Good luck with your 7 days this month of fun and friends. Maybe the uncertainty of the govt will also help keep you on track.


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DIETER27 10/2/2013 9:40AM

  Best of luck to you!

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