I know it's been a while since you have heard from me... but it's because I have been busy. Not in a bad "I am too busy to work out, how could I even get on SP" way, but in a "If it is a choice between blogging and cardio, I pick cardio" kind of way.
I guess that is why when I started with spark people let's say... 9 years ago... I wasn't as successful as I wanted to be. I would blog my little heart out and be SUPER active on all the groups I was in. The problem was that I had to tear myself away from my computer and from the sparkuniverse in order to work out. I was still very sedentary.
That's the difference with my life now. I am not on sparkpeople as much and as actively as I once was because I am actually putting 30+ minutes into my workouts MINIMUM every.single.day. It also doesn't help that I am now basically working 3 full-time jobs within my 40-hour work week at the place I love working. There is no longer time for me to jump on spark people in the middle of the day to blog or whatnot.
But I'm still here. When I came back to sparkpeople early last week, I had this magical game plan that I was going to blog EVERY.DAY. In all reality, that was just unrealistic with my lifestyle and the activity level I need to have in order to be successful at my weight loss journey.
Now, not everything is rainbows and butterflies over here. I have a confession to make. I was not a good girl today with my eating. It was one of my coworker's birthdays. She not only brought in cupcakes, she brought in GiGi's. Yep. 780 calorie cupcakes. I can't even imagine how much sugar. I couldn't resist. I ate one. It was so overloaded with sugar that I was sick to my stomach. Hours later, there were still a few sitting outside of her desk. I ate another one. 1560 calories today came from cupcakes. UGH.
What kills me about this is that this is how my weight loss goes. I had a great three days this week - I came back from a weekend vacation up in weight and lost 6.3 pounds over three days. I know a lot of it was bloat, but I was smaller than I was when I left for vacation. I was proud. Then I sabotaged myself with stupid cupcakes.
Let me regress a bit here and tell you about said vacation. Most of my vacation was spur of the moment. I didn't know we were really going! Friday my fiancée and I had the day off for the holiday weekend. She let me know during the week that Friday was going to be a solo day - we were going to do our own thing. My thought waking up Friday morning was to bust out my cardio so I could chill the rest of the day. Great plan, right? a 5k and 5 miles on the bike later, I get home to my girlfriend telling me to pack my bag because we are going to Madison for the day then heading to Wisconsin Dells Saturday morning! Ahh!! 50,000+ steps later, I came home Sunday night exhausted. (Yes, 50,000 steps in 3 days for a woman who use to struggle to get 5,000 most days.)
The only picture I really have of us during the trip - we kept our phones away all weekend!
(Which is the opposite of the life we use to have)
I loved my trip. I loved being exhausted at the end of the night. It helped me sleep more soundly at the hotel to say the least. My favorite part was not completely planning every moment. I really can see my life changing into an active and healthy life!
So when I got home from work, I decided I needed to jog/walk. I also took my puppy, Zoie. (The 7-year-old named her)
I was just going to run down about 5 blocks to the end of the road and back... but once I got there I decided I really needed to burn some calories. I took the longest walk (with a handful of sprints) that I have taken since I moved into my new house in December. When I got home, I mapped out my walk (thanks Sparkpeople!) and it was 2.25 miles! I didn't burn all of the 1560 calories that I ate today from the cupcakes, but it was significantly better than just going 10 total blocks!
Anyway, I guess the moral to my story is stay away from tasty cupcakes, or at least look up the nutritional value first!! And also that life (and weight loss) is all about checks and balances. Eat bad - work out more. Eat well - you can have a lighter workout day, or have the best of both worlds: eat well - work out hard.
If I can keep myself from sabotage, I know I can kick this weight. So, I am here. I am real. I am doing this!