Pushing through the 2 week slump

Monday, January 19, 2015

I've been working on my "baby steps" plan for the past two week and a half weeks. Some Fireball whiskey and I got a little too friendly Friday night and I was pretty hungover the next morning. 2 weeks in is the point, any time I start to make healthy changes, where I usually throw in the towel and go back to what wasn't working for me...overeating, pasta is my best friend, and drinking very little water.

However, I want this time to be different from the others. So Saturday morning I threw together some eggs, spinach, and a little Parmesan for breakfast along with some multi-grain flat bread rounds. Ate a salad for lunch (I did figure out my "eyeballing" of serving sizes of salad dressing is so far off the mark. Seriously, you NEED to measure that). I went to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner, but I put half of the meal in a to-go box for later.

Both Saturday and Sunday I wound up doing some housework. I was feeling amazingly productive and oddly got some decent sleep for once. Clothes washed, homemade laundry detergent made, bathroom cleaned, 2 loads of dishes washed, vaccuumed some, packed up the Christmas tree and decorations, and straightened up the utility room. Today I had to work, but I made myself get on the recumbent bike for 7 miles. It wasn't fast, it was light to moderate intensity...but it was something. I did it for 30 minutes.

I'm going to make some mistakes along the way, but I need to get it in my head that this is not about perfection and I just needed to regroup at the next opportunity. I made that decision on Saturday morning. And it will happen again. But the only way I'm going to have any long term success is to not throw in the towel when I fall face-first in the mud.

I'm a little late with these, but my week 3 goals have been:

1) Hit calorie goal 5 out of 7 days.
2) Drink 60 ounces of water every day.
3) Stretch at least once a day.
4) Do some sort of light activity (housework, biking, bodyweight exercises) at least 3 out of 7 days.

My consultation with the doctor is tomorrow. Thanks for all the suggestions and comments from my previous blog. I'm going to talk to him both about the amnitryptiline and a Vitamin D deficiency. Oddly enough, I've slept well the last 3 nights with a bedtime of 1am - 10am. It's weird, and I don't know why my body is gravitating to that kind of bedtime on it's own, but hey, I'll take what I can get if I can actually sleep. And luckily enough I have a flexibile job.
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  • no profile photo CD13046058
    Small steps add up! Good for you for eating only half of your Mexican entree - that's one of my biggest weaknesses!

    2384 days ago
    Well good luck w/your consultation!
    2385 days ago
    I think your plan is a good one, and I'm a huge proponent of the small steps concept. emoticon
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  • ZINGIE825
    Sounds like you are on the right track. I usually am an all or nothing dieter/exerciser. I'm aware and this time and trying not to worry about being perfect. Every step we take in the right direction is toward health. Good luck this week as you move forward!
    2385 days ago
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