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Back at it again

Monday, December 23, 2013

I feel like I do this all the time: Something sidetracked my fitness and eating, I gained weight, and I finally reached a point where I was too disgusted to continue and so I'm back on SparkPeople. But I guess that's better than not getting back on SparkPeople at all.

Last year it was stress at work, which led me to revert back to bad snacking habits. I have started to understand my bad habits so this year I will make an effort to break them so that when I get stressed again, I won't revert back to them. I am going to try to stop snacking when I work, which seems to be what screws me over. I discovered, however, that if I drink something strong tasting like coffee then I don't desire to snack quite as much, so I'll try that.

I also got a very bad case of plantar fasciitis in my left foot maybe from using my Vibrams. I think I am still landing on my heel a bit in the last half of my run. However when I tried other cushioned shoes, it only seemed to make it worse because it enabled me to land on my heel even more, plus I always had bad arch pain with cushioned shoes whereas I have no arch pain with the Vibrams. It's kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't. This year, I will again try training in my Vibrams and be more disciplined about stretching and exercising my foot so that the plantar fasciitis can get under control. I now have a special sleep boot which seems to work well, although it makes for not as great a night's sleep. My goal is to run the Honolulu Marathon in 2014.

I think my biggest challenge is to break my bad eating habits in such a way that I won't revert back to them when I'm stressed, which I always tend to do. It's too easy to go out and buy chips when I'm stressed because eating comfort food seems to help me meet my deadlines easier. I know it's all mental and I really need to try to break this bad mentality. I'm looking into some books to read and maybe paying for some coaching.
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    Thanks for the encouragement, guys!
    1605 days ago
    Welcome back! Your goal to run the marathon gives you something concrete to envision and motivate you. I'll enjoy reading about your progress.
    1609 days ago
    Unfortunately, I think most Sparkpeople have been there, the getting off track and then coming back again. I know I have. Just try to make this time be the time you stick around for good. I'm going on a few months of consistency right now, which is more than I had done before. Everytime I come back, I recognize how the community here enables my power to get become the best me. I really need to remind myself that this place makes me a healthier person, a lighter person, and a happier person.

    1610 days ago
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    1610 days ago
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