Some Days, It Feels Like You Just Can't Win
Monday, December 01, 2014
I'm still stuck in my plateau on weight. I'll lose weight and feel like I'm on a good trend, then it'll just all come back again and start me over. It's majorly discouraging.
I've tested for sleep apnea (nope), gotten my headaches pretty much under control (woo! even if it required medication), and continue to work out regularly and not go crazy with food. So I took a hard look in other areas of my life to see if I could figure out what's going on with me.
Whenever I have time off and I'm visiting with my folks (either me to them, or them to me), I always lose weight. This past visit, I lost six pounds the week they were here (they didn't stay off). Whenever my parents are around, I don't particularly watch what I eat, and I don't usually go to my workouts (either because I'm out of state, or because I'd rather be spending time with them). Yet, I lose weight.
I think I've narrowed it down to two factors. Sleep timing, and general movement:
When I'm spending time with my folks, I don't get up quite as early as I have to for work, and as a consequence, I'm more alert, in a better mood, have more energy, and am less susceptible to my headaches. It's not the number of hours of sleep (I get 7-8 every night), it's the timing of those hours. I've never in my life been a true morning person, and it's only becoming less and less so over time. Instead of having to be at work at 08:00, even just a shift to 08:30 makes a huge difference for my energy levels, my mood, and my headaches.
Where I got general movement from, is when I'm with my folks, we're rarely sedentary. I don't always get as many steps as I do from my hard workouts, but I'm moving more throughout the entire day. I think this is the key, instead of relying on working out really hard.
I've already talked to my boss about adjusting my work hours and currently, it's a no go. I'm not giving up on it and will continue seeing what I can do to adjust.
The other challenge is to find ways to constantly keep moving while at work, when my job is basically anchored to the computer. The nature of my work means I can't just stop every hour for mini-workouts, and I don't currently have the resources to attempt a standing workspace. (Additionally, my boss is strangely against standing workspaces, and nobody's quite sure why. I'm going to have to keep working on that too)
So... A potential plan, but currently doomed to never get off the ground. I continue to brainstorm, but ultimately, I'm not sure what to do.