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10 Weeks to New Orleans

Friday, March 09, 2012

A few days ago, Bradley and I booked our summer vacation. We are going to New Orleans! I am so very excited. I have been once before, over ten years ago, and I fell in love with the city. I am absolutely thrilled to be going back.

Not gonna lie, I had a really bad week last week. Sure I had hormones but I can't blame it all on that. I just... wanted to give up. To stop measuring everything so closely. Somehow I've got to learn to deal with the blues I get at least once a month. For now though, I am feeling better. And although I'm a bit bummed that I took some steps backward, at least I didn't lay down and die.

I do pretty well having a deadline; having my wedding looming over me was something that kept me pushing on when I wanted to quit before. So since we have booked our trip now, I have another deadline. I know at some point you just have to learn to live your life, but I have to be gentle with myself and do what works for now. I have to work with the personality I have, not the one I wish I had; same goes for the body I have, right now.

So we have 10 weeks until our trip. One big reason why I went so astray this week was because I failed to plan.. and you know what they say about that. I had been keeping up with buying groceries pretty well but this week, I just... didn't. And that meant restaurants twice a day, and we've already been down that road.. plus craving sweets and not telling myself no. Which is easier to do when I don't have acceptable snacks/"treats" in the house. A sugar free chocolate pudding... good way to satisfy a craving. A huge brownie and full fat ice cream? Not such a good way.

Realizing how critical planning is (for probably the hundredth time), I planned out breakfasts and lunches for myself for the next 10 weeks. Well, I am still missing the last week but I will figure it out this weekend. My plan is to eat the same thing for breakfast every day for the workweek, and then take the same lunch 3 days of the week. Every week I will change what it is I am eating for my breakfasts and the 3 lunches. The other two days for lunch I can go out, but only from a list I created of healthy things to order from places around my work. It's got a lot of variety on it so I shouldn't get too bored. I'm going to give myself one cheat day a week but instead of eating HOWEVER much I want, I'm just going to eat WHAT I want - meaning, not too worried about nutrition, as long as it doesn't exceed my calories for the day.

For workouts, I am going to do: one day of running, one day of Jillian Michael's No More Trouble Zones video, one rest day. Repeat. On rest days or when I feel like it, I will add in yoga. I have been feeling like I am actually switching my workouts up TOO often.. I'd like to see how effective something is if I stick with it in the long run.

I'll make changes to this plan if I have to to ensure that I don't get off track for some stupid reason like boredom. I'd rather change it than fall off the wagon. But I think it is a pretty solid plan because all my lunch and breakfast ideas have protein in them and I will be eating something different every week, plus it allows for going out occasionally.

Something good is that I am still sticking to my Lent commitment. I haven't even had any cravings yet! (That will be the real test, lol). I'm really proud of myself for that, this is the longest I have been without pizza in a couple years. The funny thing is that once I told myself I am not going to eat it, I haven't really had that much trouble. I realized about myself that I do pretty good with rules, but not so good when I have more freedom. I know that sounds backwards but if I tell myself "OK you only have this one (or two) rule," I can follow it better than if I just tell myself to make "a healthy choice" or "eat in moderation." I know moderation is the ultimate goal but it seems that for now I need much more structure than that.

I guess any new lifestyle is like being a kid again... at first you need someone to hold your hand, to set borders for you. Then when you get more mature in it you can govern yourself. Right now, I am definitely in the infancy stage. I have a lot of knowledge but I am just now starting to grow the tools I need... and it's going to take a while. I'll get there though... recently I came across the quote "If you're tired of starting over, then quit giving up." That really really stuck with me. This time, even when I fall down, I'm going to get up again.
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    nola is the bomb!!!! you have to eat chargrilled oysters at dragos!!!!! we are 3 hours from nola and go over whenever we possibly can, even if it's just for lunch. the culture and the atmosphere are amazing
    2261 days ago
    You are doing great! Vacation sounds FUN! emoticon
    2262 days ago
    So much to look forward to!! One day at a time, within the great plan you've got, and you'll be rockin' Bourbon Street!
    2262 days ago
    Good job planning!!!! I am happy when I plan dinner for the workweek on Sunday!!!! You are going to do awesome!!!!
    2263 days ago
  • *KATY*
    I blogged about how critical planning is for me, too. It really is vital! I ran out of groceries and I was stuck with zinger and cake temptations at work.

    Good luck and I'm putting that quote in my arsenal. Thanks for posting!
    2263 days ago
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