Sunday, July 13, 2014
I knew I had been putting on weight. My fat pants were getting tight again. I knew I had been eating out a lot. I knew I had been drinking a lot of pop. And I knew I was drinking a lot of coffee creamer and a little bit of coffee. Then last week I stepped on the scale. Uh-oh...all those "knews" had literally added up.
A few things happened that contributed to my weight gain:
1) Last July I had a goal to ride a 74 mile bike ride. We managed 69 miles. Not too shabby. After the ride was over, I lost my exercise goal. I didn't want to hop on my bike for a quick 10 mile ride during lunch. I wanted to sit.
2) In the fall I was serious contender for a new job in Kenya. I started allowing myself "one last pop because they won't have vanilla cokes in Kenya." This "one last" habit gave myself permission to a lot of bad eating habits and eating out.
3) I found out after a nine month interview process and going to Kenya that I didn't get the job. I was depressed, disappointed and was mourning the loss of a job I so thought I had and wanted. I ate to comfort myself.
4) work got crazy this late winter/early spring. I was always behind. I couldn't sleep. I wanted comfort food.
It was a hard year emotionally and physically. My waist line and weight reflected it.
Change is still coming in 2014. I'm kind of tired of all the stress and angst it has brought and more is to come... But there is some change I'm going to work to control--what goes in and what I do.