Sunday, January 29, 2012

11 days off (I can't believe it's been that long already!!), and I feel like I'm completely back at square one. I'm only a little surprised that it took exactly one day too fall back into not eating enough again (under 1200 cals) and skipping every meal before 2 in the afternoon. I missed working out for the first 5 days, and now I'm dreading going back to the gym tomorrow. I managed to watch every season of Storage Wars, Hoarders, and 30 Rock on Netflix during my sick break...TV being something I had really gotten away from, but that I now find myself craving again. I have zero motivation to rejoin any of the challenges I just "sounds hard" to me after a "whole" 11 days of forced sloth. While I realize it is impossible, I feel like I've gained back every pound that I've lost...which is just making me sad. And depressed and lazy is just not a good way to start off my week.

On the plus side, I think I've become slightly more rational during this break. I am 100% certain that I was not taking enough rest days, even though I had convinced myself that I didn't need them. I'm now planning to shoot for 2 days off per week from serious exercise. The odds of me ever not doing anything at all on these days are slim to none because I'm just a "busy" person, and sitting around the house is usually not an option for me. BUT...I'm going to commit to doing nothing more strenuous than walking, light hiking, or yard work on the "off" ST on these days either!!

I'm going to "restart" my SP diet also. I can't help but notice that I started carb cycling, and got REALLY sick a week later. It's bringing back bad memories of the Atkins it might not be a bad idea to go back to calorie counting, whether it works or not. At the end of the day, I'd rather be fat than while I might end up giving it another try sometime in the future, I'm thinking it might be a better idea to go back to basics for a few weeks, and maybe pick up the calorie cycling again once I'm back in the calorie groove.

So to summarize...the next week is going to be pretty hard for me...I can just feel it.
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    Hard but possible. ....You CAN do it. The Jess I know and love can do anything she sets her mind to. It's just a case of being single minded.
    2636 days ago
    I am an addict...I sooooo get it and have really been trying to cut back on somethings....but then I also find I put a lot more effort into the time I have....

    Feeling like a sloth is exactly it....once you start back it will all just feel like you never left...

    Hoarders on Netflix...will have to check that out for sure...and Storage Wars....hmmmmm

    We actually just got Netflix last week so trying to find my way through things...
    2638 days ago
    I know how you feel - over my months with SP I have had some time away, when I have been on holiday - or when I was sick with the 'flu.
    You feel so unmotivated, and like you have undone your good work - not so however.
    Every journey begins with a single step - so start some good habits, and before you know it you will be back to it!
    Good luck!
    2640 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2012 2:00:26 AM
    Welcome back. You will be back into everything quickly. I agree on the workouts. I started to hurt myself and had to cut back on things. You have to listen to your body.
    One thing I noticed is that whenever I burn some serious fat I feel pretty awful. My doc said this can happen if you release enough junk back into your system. So maybe the carb cycling is just that? Take care and enjoy your workout!!!

    2640 days ago
    Hey sweetie. Glad to see you back into action. I am with you on the working out tip. I have realized that I was doing way too much with my exercising. My shoulder is feeling it as well as my knees. I have been doing ST almost daily and working out 7 days a week some weeks. I think when we get into that mode, it is more like being obsessive and not just healthy.

    So, I applaud you immensely honey. Be good to your body and it will be good to you. Slow doesn't mean it isn't working! I am trying to remember that on a daily basis.
    2640 days ago
  • JANDK156
    All the muscle you've built and toned did NOT disappear! You're just feeling like a "sloth" (that made me LOL cos you are anything BUT!) cos you've been away from it. I'll lay odds you take to it all again like a fish to water. And welcome back, I missed you!
    2640 days ago
    You can do it!!

    It was so hard for me to get back on track, too, after first being sick for 2-3 weeks in December and then being bad - holidays - alcohol, chocolate, sweets, salts - you name it - and little or no exercise. My daughter actually came to Spin class with me - to "help me out" because I was so afraid "I couldn't do it anymore." Needless to say - it was work - but it all came back pretty quickly! It will for you, too!

    Good luck and have a wonderful week!!
    2640 days ago
    Sometimes just the knowledge of change is what changes us.
    2640 days ago
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