Sunday, December 08, 2013
I have not been here forever. I really need to start sparking again.
I've had a rough time with maintenance since returning from Europe in early August. I've never gotten too far out of maintenance range but I've been consistently out more than I've been consistently in since school started. I know what my trouble areas are. I need to work on addressing them though.
1) Sleep. Because of some family issues, I've been getting less than 6 hours of sleep most nights. I know I need 7 to feel rested and 'less than 6' sometimes means less than 4 so I am operating with a large sleep deficit. Even if I got back to 7 hours of sleep a night, I'm not sure how long it would take to recover from this deficit. It's definitely the issue that I'm going to have the most trouble addressing.
2) Food & drink. When I'm tired I make bad food choices. I really think this is how I ended up needing to lose 50 pounds to begin with. I'm really good Monday to Thursday but it's sort of a free for all Friday-Sunday. I'm working on making better decisions on the weekends. Trying to reduce the splurging to JUST Saturday. But I don't want to go back to the hyper vigilance I used while losing weight. DH and I have really enjoyed our regular date nights in 2013 and we want to continue them. It's very hard to eat clean (like I did while losing weight) while eating out.
3) Exercise. I think I took too much of a turn towards cardio after injuring my shoulder early in 2013. I've been doing Beyond Bootcamp since September and my shoulder (and whole arm) is feeling SO much better. I think I am ready to go back to lifting heavy. I just need to figure out how I will fit it all in - 2 centergy classes, 1 core class, running before one centergy class and after the core class, ... means I can probably lift heavy OR do Beyond Bootcamp but not both. It's a hard choice because Beyond Bootcamp is social and I enjoy that.
128.8 this AM with a goal weight of 126. Really, really hoping to get to goal before Christmas. I have a physical in early January so I am highly motivated to be at goal. Just can't let myself get so exhausted that I forget my goals!