Things have been BUSY lately. I haven't tracked for about two weeks and I don't know if I have too much time to track right now. What I am going to do is see how I'm doing without tracking food and if I can't intuit then I'll have to get back to food tracking.
I moved. I moved in with my boyfriend. I had many reservations but it's been good. Even my cat, who had previously run away from him, is seeming to like this arrangement. I'm now living about a 40-minute walk from work and, as spring is finally blooming, walking to work has proved to be a wonderful way to start and/or end my day. I can either walk down city streets or to the river and along the pathways there. If I get comfortable on my bike sometime soon, I can bike to work in less time. For the mornings I'm late or the days that it is raining, the train station is about an 8 minute walk from here. I still have my gym membership, and the gym is just a 10 minute train ride away. I couldn't give up zumba.
Food-wise, I have insisted on plans so that not only is grocery shopping easier and we're less wasteful, but also we can plan to be healthy. So far it's working out. Tonight I'll cook, I think it will be veggie quiche and salad.
In terms of my work, I have doubled my days at the office, from 2 to 4. Previously I had spent my extra three days trying to apply for more me-appropriate jobs, write up my dissertation into articles, other academic stuff, and catch up on errands. Now I have just one day (today) and ideally I'll just figure out how to be more efficient. I also received an offer to teach three courses at the University this next year, one in the fall and two in the winter. It's a lot of work, I've only taught one of them before and that took a long time to sort through materials and design, now I'll have two more to organize! It's good though, it's not a permanent position, but ideally will help me towards that end, if that's the path I end up taking.
Back to body/health/weight issues. Upon moving in here, I felt like I bloated immediately after a week of clean eating. Coincidentally, it was also my pms time so the bloat was not solely because of a little bit of food I hadn't been eating. I also have switched to my boyfriend's scale that immediately told me I was 7 pounds heavier than my scale had told me I was. Feeling less bloated and healthier again, the scale still says I'm 5 pounds more than what I had thought... and in all honesty, I don't really care. I think it's an example of weight being just a number because I don't believe that I've gained 5 pounds. However, since I will now be using that scale, I have adjusted my Sparkpeople weight, though I haven't made my goal any lower than what it had been. Over the next 15 weeks, I'd like to trim a pound a week. With the spring in season, I think I can do this. I also, for the first time in a long time, took some photos that can be my 'before' images to compare too. Here they are:
Side. Concentrating hard to take the photo!
Have a lovely Monday, Sparkfriends!