Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I have returned!
It feels like forever.
Anywho, a lot - and I mean A LOT - has happened since my last peetering blog in December.
First off, my company made the official split right before Christmas and thanks to that my life kind of exploded and had to chaotically be rearranged. I'm working a new schedule, now, which is nice so far! Instead of the whole six days on, two days off nonsense pre-split, I'm now working 10 hour shifts Tues-Fri and I get every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off. Weekends! Social Life! HOORAY!
On top of that I was officially promoted to supervisor and have since been managing my own shift as a salaried employee (no clocking in and out for me!). The raise should be considerable, and I get my first check post-raise this week. I'm really excited at being able to put 100% of that extra earnings into savings so I can pay off my debt faster and get on with my bigger financial goals.
That's the big jist of everything. Even though I only work 40 hours a week on paper, being salaried has mean I come in early, stay late, and even show up to work on my day off for planning meetings and training of all sorts. Since this is a brand-spanking-new company there is a lot to do to get things off the ground and stable and whatnot.
Considering all of that, I haven't been tracking my food at all. Of course that means I've gained back even more weight. Well, a lot of weight. 20 pounds to be exact. At my doctor's appointment on Monday I weight in at 213 lbs. YIKES.
Yeah, I'm pretty ashamed. I never wanted to bump myself up and over Onderland. I'm done beating myself up about it, though. I have to accept that this was a very busy transitional time in my life (oh yeah, the holidays were in there somewhere) where I simply didn't have time to be vigilant over my eating habits or my emotional eating tendencies. That's okay. Regression is always part of any serious journey, isn't it? Sometimes other things take precedence in life, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Well even after struggling for the past year, I'm ready to put my food back down.
Seriously. It's go time.
Yesterday was an optimistic start to getting back on track. I portioned out my food well and watched my calories. Here's a snap shot of how the day went:
16 oz water before leaving for work
2 veggie spring rolls (160 cal) @ 1:15pm
10oz coffee with sugar free creamer (22 cal)
8 oz caffeine-free rooibos tea
Spinach Salad (340 cal) @ 6pm
33 oz bottle of water (over several hours)
Broccoli Beef and Brown steamed rice (530 cal) @ 10:30 pm
8oz cup of coffee with sugar-free creamer (22 cal)
Cheesy Broccoli Rice @ 2am (225 calories)
GRAND TOTAL: 1299 calories, 57 oz of water
Not a bad start.
It's my intend to get off processed foods again and bulk up on the fresh fruits, veggies, and meats. For now though I'm going to focus on what I call The Big 3: Keeping in calorie range, drinking enough water, and avoiding emotional eating. Those will be the hardest, but re-mastering those three will pave the way for more, longer successes down the road.
I'm not ready to start fantasizing about long term goals again such as how much I want to weight when and all that jazz. Right now, it's all about one day at a time.
One day at a time.