Monday, December 23, 2013
I feel like I do this all the time: Something sidetracked my fitness and eating, I gained weight, and I finally reached a point where I was too disgusted to continue and so I'm back on SparkPeople. But I guess that's better than not getting back on SparkPeople at all.
Last year it was stress at work, which led me to revert back to bad snacking habits. I have started to understand my bad habits so this year I will make an effort to break them so that when I get stressed again, I won't revert back to them. I am going to try to stop snacking when I work, which seems to be what screws me over. I discovered, however, that if I drink something strong tasting like coffee then I don't desire to snack quite as much, so I'll try that.
I also got a very bad case of plantar fasciitis in my left foot maybe from using my Vibrams. I think I am still landing on my heel a bit in the last half of my run. However when I tried other cushioned shoes, it only seemed to make it worse because it enabled me to land on my heel even more, plus I always had bad arch pain with cushioned shoes whereas I have no arch pain with the Vibrams. It's kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't. This year, I will again try training in my Vibrams and be more disciplined about stretching and exercising my foot so that the plantar fasciitis can get under control. I now have a special sleep boot which seems to work well, although it makes for not as great a night's sleep. My goal is to run the Honolulu Marathon in 2014.
I think my biggest challenge is to break my bad eating habits in such a way that I won't revert back to them when I'm stressed, which I always tend to do. It's too easy to go out and buy chips when I'm stressed because eating comfort food seems to help me meet my deadlines easier. I know it's all mental and I really need to try to break this bad mentality. I'm looking into some books to read and maybe paying for some coaching.