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December's been a wash

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Oh, my, how the mighty have fallen. emoticon

What happened to me this month? I guess my incredibly busy schedule just caught up with me. My final project for my masters grants class was due halfway through the month and I was so focused on that, and so tired of the gym job (where multiple shifts I had to stay multiple extra hours because I'm a sucker and my relief called in...) that I just couldn't face sticking around there to work out afterwards, even when I did have the time (which seemed to be rare with a destination wedding and all of the holiday events and such!)

My eating hasn't been terrible, but I haven't been tracking, either, and I definitely don't think I've been drinking enough water. Back to the basics, I guess!

So, like it will be for most everyone, I am sure, January will be a time to focus on re-connecting with my motivation and healthy routine. Much of my lack of success this month can be directly attributed to me not planning ahead well enough. Many times I found myself without healthy food in the house. Many times I ended up "grabbing something quick" because I hadn't planned ahead for snacks. I let myself get too hungry instead of keeping the furnace going on low. I drank too much. I ate too many sweets.

On Christmas day I managed to avoid dessert and didn't actually eat all that much (and we had a lot of vegetable dishes) so there is still a part of me that is making better decisions than I might have long ago. I am happy at least that I don't seem to have gained much back, but I don't have any hope of hitting 137 by New Year's, which I was sure I would.

Right now I don't have any specific weight or exercise goals other than to get back into losing mode instead of maintenance, and to do more than just walking (I have been averaging maybe 5,000-6,000 steps which is OK but definitely not great).

Hope everyone has a wonderful NYE! Here's to a re-Spark for 2014! emoticon

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    I always find it amazing how much I resonate with where you're at! I had almost the exact same December... well, minus the destination wedding... and the schooling... and covering extra shifts... and I guess I had dessert at Christmas... lol... BUT what I really mean is in reference to missing the basics but still behaving relatively well. I'm convinced that there's just something about the busyness of December that makes routine and healthy habits very difficult to employ. I always just thought it was like any other month, just with more food - but there's definitely something deeper about the month that makes you have to work harder for your health goals. Thankfully January seems to offer a deep breath, as I'm starting to slide gently back into my pre-December groove.

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    Don't beat yourself up. You accomplished some pretty great stuff regardless and once the craziness of the holidays is over, you will be back on track for sure. It's always a tough time of year. Ugh, I got sick so haven't been able to work out in a week. I'm so looking forward to 2014 starting and getting over this damn virus. God, between the stomach issues and now this virus, I feel like November and December have been a wash. I haven't gained weight though. At any rate...keep staying positive and have a happy New Year. 2014 will be awesome!!

PS: One of my goals for 2014 is going to be making sure I pre-plan meals and snacks for when I'm on the go and have gigs. You just reminded me of that. I'm the same way if I get busy and don't have healthy snacks prepared. Definitely going to make that a priority. :-)

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JENRAQTAY87 12/27/2013 1:17PM

    As I am reading all of my blog subscriptions, I am noticing a trend! You are certainly not alone! Let's respark the flame! emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 12/26/2013 8:33PM

    Just chalk it up to practice at maintaining, if that helps. It sounds like you did a good job of not getting totally derailed, and are more than ready to regroup and get going again. I just started a 30 day challenge thread on the paleo diet team if you'd like to join in. You don't have to do paleo to join; the more that join, the more we can support and motivate each other.

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WALKMEHOME 12/26/2013 6:59PM

    Best of luck to you - you can totally get back into the right mindset!

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ABAKER34 12/26/2013 6:42PM

    This week has been terrible for me. Tomorrow is definitely start over day for me. I have to weigh in tomorrow and assess the damage, but however bad it is, I'm not going to let it get me down, in the end I know I've lost a lot of weight this year and I will continue to do the same next year!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 12/26/2013 3:50PM

    I'm right with you on refocusing for the new year. A few more days of grace while I get my plan together and then IT'S ON!

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AJR2013AJR 12/26/2013 3:18PM

    Come on, now, December is NOT over yet! Congratulations on making better decisions on Christmas dinners are always tough!

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ADF1981 12/26/2013 3:03PM

    I'm looking forward to the new year as well. Sounds like you've done well! December is a tough month with being busy and food.

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