Sing me a song of a lass who is gone, say could that lass be I
Friday, September 23, 2016
Full disclosure: I am not Scottish. Anyone who has ever watched the TV series "Outlander" knows that this is how the theme song starts.
I was very late to jump on the Outlander bandwagon. I don't watch much TV. Had no interest in Outlander until one day a co-worker took an afternoon off to see the cast in New York. She explained the show to me. This was as Season 2 was starting. My interest sparked, I watched the first episode (my cable service provides Starz on Demand).
After that I was hooked. While the rest of the world was watching Season 2, I was watching Season 1. While the rest of the world experiences "Droughtlander", I have been watching Season 2. But that's not all. I was definitely confused about some things, so I started reading the books while simultaneously listening to the books on audio. After ripping almost 100 CDs to Itunes (36 of which I had to rip twice because I ripped to the wrong format), this has been keeping me very busy. I am now halfway through the third book, Voyager (by Diana Gabaldon), which is the basis for the upcoming Season 3. I will probably take a break from this series when I am done with Voyager. At least for a few months.
So what does all this have to do with Sparkpeople and weight loss? More than you would think. I think it has helped and hurt at the same time. Earlier this year I was introduced to OA podcasts and drew a lot of inspiration from them. Now that I am binging on Outlander, I have all but stopped listening to them, and that is not necessarily a good thing. I did listen to a couple recently and drew inspiration.
I feel like I have been drifting and have lost focus. That's why I wonder if I am the lass who is gone. I've lost about 15 pounds since the start of 2016, but it was all in the first four months. In the last five months I have been bouncing back and forth, losing and regaining the same 3 to 4 pounds. I had to lower the weight on some of my strength training exercises because I couldn't handle the higher amounts. I had to back out of a half marathon two weeks ago because I was simply not prepared (not to mention that it was extremely hot).
I have found for the past few years that I do not do well on my challenges during the summer. This year was no different. I was so disengaged in the three challenges I participated in.
BLC32 began a few weeks ago, and the 5% Challenge starts tomorrow. I am truly hoping to be more engaged this time.
I have also drifted terribly as far what I think are my two biggest eating problems: binging and staying away from sugar. The last few days I have tried to take control. I realize that quite simply, I obsess about food. I think about food and restaurants way too much. And my latest focus is to try to get away from that. That's where maybe reading all things Outlander may help a little. As for sugar, I forgot how good it feels to be pretty much sugar free.
I did discover and made a paleo type banana muffin. No flour or oil, and only a small amount of sugar (which I am going to cut down on next time and maybe cut out completely eventually). I made them twice this week. That is a victory because I tend to talk about doing this stuff without actually doing it. There are chocolate chips in the muffins, but that's ok.
Anyway, this lass is hoping to come back. See you around!!
And for another shameless plug, the theme song (title of this blog) is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.