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Recovering From My First Stumble of the Year

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I've been really pumped about getting a fresh start on SP in 2012, keeping up with the January Jumpstart Challenge, and joining a BLC-18 group next week. I've been tracking my food and fitness carefully, and have been very conscious of everything I'm doing in light of my goals to get in shape.

Then I made a dumb mistake. I stayed up too late last night. My daughter came home very late to visit while I was on the phone with my sister-in-law, and by the time I got off the phone, spent time talking with my daughter, then wound down by reading a chapter or two, it was almost 1 am by the time I got to bed. I'm paying for it today: I've been pretty much worthless all day, just reading the paper, napping, and eating....

I started out fine with a healthy breakfast and a pretty good lunch, but with my brain in a fog from lack of sleep, my defenses were down and I happened to find that last part of the cookie dough that I had never baked at Christmas. Arrgghh! I ate the whole thing! Whoa. Take a deep breath, and let's regroup. I took the painful step of recording my indiscretion in my food tracker, then I went to the January Jumpstart to get my daily video exercise in. Now I need to go walk, then finally get my day started on the right track. Sure it's 4:30 pm, but better late than never, right?

What did I learn today? Well, I realized that it's hard to stick to your goals when you don't get a decent amount of sleep. It felt like an out-of-body experience, watching myself fall back into the self-destructive habits so quickly. So I guess I need to add to my list of self-improvements goals to get to bed at a decent time each night, and to be on guard if for some reason I don't get a good night's sleep. Easier said than done sometimes, but acknowledging the problem is the first step, and now I'll be more aware of the danger next time. I guess I should be glad this happened so early in my new program so I'll be better armed for future ambushes from the anti-weight-loss fairy!

Bring it on, 2012! For I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength!
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    We all have our good days and bad days:) So you had a stumble. Call it that and let's make tomorrow a better day! You can do it!! One day at a time, make it the best you can. emoticon
    2361 days ago
    Karen, I can really relate to the lack of sleep causing weightloss problems. I do not think that anybody is 100 percent everyday, you just have to acknowledge that no one is perfect and pick yourself up and keep moving forward. It is good that you were able to pinpoint what triggered your bad day, and now you know what you need to do. emoticon

    Karla (Light Blue Bombshells)
    2361 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing the right things. Just don't let your fall set you back. Get back up again tomorrow. You'll be fine. The teams you mentioned will help you get to where you need to be. I'm a part of both (so I know from experience, sort of). As for sleep, I completely agree with you, which is why I'm trying to figure out how to get more of it. I'm doing fine with little sleep, but I'm also pushing myself probably a bit hard. I would be so much better (health-wise), if I got more sleep. I'll wish us both luck on that one emoticon
    2361 days ago
    I totally get you! I love cookie dough too and something like that is okay but only in moderation. Don't beat yourself up over it sweetie. You got this! You seem to know exactly what it is that you want - keep your eye on the prize (not the cookie dough..hehe). I hate staying up late...always makes me want to nibble then I sleep in and that throws my whole day of eating off. Wish the little things in life were simple ..little did we know, right?! Keep your head up girly, you can do this!! NO NO NO, YOU ARE GOING TO DO THIS! Oh yeah, and by the way...WTG on getting this off your chest..blogging on here helps a lot!!!
    Let me know if you need anything!!
    Amanda (Light Blue Bombshell)
    2361 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/4/2012 7:45:08 PM
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    We will all stumble many times on this journey, but we'll get there if we keep on going. Don't look back. Just do the next right thing. And, boy, are being too hungry, angry, lonely or tired some major triggers. But we continue to learn how to address them without turning to food. Good you blogged about this. xo, ~~ Barbara (Light Blue Bombshell)
    2361 days ago
    I completely understand!! I'm always up too late at night and need to work on that as well.
    2361 days ago
    What a great attitude you have, Karen! We all stumble from time to time; the important thing is that we get back up again. Which reminds me of a quote from "Batman Begins":

    "And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."

    Here's to picking ourselves back up, as many times as it takes!
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    2361 days ago
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