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Not the best November

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hurricane Sandy came up the east coast late last month and when she came, she left my diet and routine in a complete frenzy! I’m lucky that where I live in Southern Maryland, we only dealt with high winds and rains and the only damage that my house sustained was several branches down in the yard – luckily none on the house. For that, I am extremely thankful. But I don’t know what happened to my diet since she came? I do know what happened to my exercise regime, though.

I’m a DoD contractor, so that means that when the federal government closes I cannot go to work; however, if I don’t want to use those hours as annual leave, I have to make them up. The DC region was closed for 2 days, which put me at 16 hours that I have to make up by the end of this month – that doesn’t seem too bad, right? Well, considering I have a tight schedule and live an hour away from my work site and have to work around day care hours and evening activities, that proves more difficult!

I had a great schedule going, I work from 7am – 3pm and I’m home by around 4pm on Monday and Thursday because I have Crossfit at the box at 5pm. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday I would leave my office at 3 and head downstairs to the gym in my building for an hour, then rush home because my son has football practice from 6-8, then of course cooking healthy meals, keeping the house in order, running errands and completing my course work for graduate school. So basically, I NEED my work hours to be what they are (7-3), instead though, I’ve been working until 4-4:30 every afternoon trying to make up those hours, For the past 2 weeks I’ve only been at Crossfit once per week (and I pay $150 / month for 2 sessions per week, so when I miss them, I just miss them!) I’ve had no time for extra gym time, it’s been rush, rush, rush for everything and with it being dark when I leave for work and getting dark before I even get home, it leaves me exhausted physically and mentally so I’ve been making poor food choices. I’m disappointed in myself.

Life gets so crazy and sometimes I can be going so strong and the slightest thing can derail me. It’s been about 3 weeks of bad choices and Thanksgiving is this week, so I’m hoping to get it back together, make both of my Crossfit classes this week and thankfully, after next week my schedule will get back to normal and I can start being at the gym 5 days per week. I feel that I need both – healthy eating and working out – I can’t just do one for whatever reason, so when I don’t make them gym my food choices get bad, but when I’m at the gym I choose like a champ – I guess because I just think of the workout I just completed and I am not trying to be counter-productive. But when I’m not working out, I’m just like “yeah, ok, whatever” So today, I’m going to leave at regular time so I can make it to my box for Crossfit tonight, yes, I’d love to get more hours made up, but I have a weight loss and health goal and I’m really failing myself and I need a hardcore work out to get me back on track. I packed healthy meals and snacks for work today and have a very healthy dinner already prepared for after Crossfit. I am going to get back to the good choices that I need. I miss the energy that I had and the sleep! Now, I’ve been back to restless nights and even waking up snacking at night emoticon I was over that for the past few months, but when my exercise routine fell off, everything went south from there.

So head held high, I’m NOT a failure, I fell off, I made some bad choices and I realized it and now I’ve got my eye on the prize and I’m ready to move forward, and succeed!
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