Monday, December 09, 2013
When I last wrote, I was trying to find a way to continue the momentum of the health and wellness program we were having at work. I joined another Sparkgroup thinking it would help as it was already set up as a program...and I tried but failed. Truthfully, I work hard at my job and it takes up a lot of hours per week (certainly more than 40), and was spending several hours a week also working out, meal planning, shopping, preparing, etc. The fact is, I was totally burnt out on all of it. So those new healthy habits went by the wayside, and I began to eat. I call it disorganized eating (when you fail to plan), emotional eating (layer cake and donuts of sadness and stress), tired eating (if I sit and eat I don't have to do the laundry, clean the house, etc.), not getting enough sleep (getting home from work at 8pm, eating dinner then, it's hard to get to sleep by 10), and the bad habits continued to snowball.
There was one major thing missing in all of this. The motivation. I lost sight of my goal. As I began to rack up a grand total of 18 additional pounds found...bah!...I realized that I'd forgotten why I was doing all that hard work in the first place. I will be turning 60 in August of 2014. And I want to be healthy, fit, and at my goal weight. It is achievable through hard work and perseverance.
Okay, phew, back on track...but wait! What really went wrong last time (and all of those other times I fell off the wagon)? I realized that what I was doing was not sustainable. I was tired of having to come up with meal ideas, substitutions, etc. So what was I going to do about it so that I can achieve and maintain success this time? Well, I need a less rigid workout schedule. I am adding short bursts of exercise into my life, mixing up the after work with some early morning short bursts, which I think would be more sustainable. How cool to leave work and just go home a night or two per week, knowing I've pretty much gotten in 45 minutes of exercise?
Also, I bought a new book, by Dolvette Quince of the Biggest Loser. He has an interesting eating plan, which is 3 days clean (about 1200 calories), 1 "cheat" day (about 1500 calories), 2 days clean, and one additional cheat. I've done it for six days now and am loving it.
I'm also incorporating more strength training into my workouts, per Dolvette.
And for an additional motivation and support, my daughter is doing this with me, which helps us both.
We weigh in on Wednesday morning, so I'll be sure to update you all as to how we are doing. I'm excited to see how it goes. Stay tuned...