Monday, October 21, 2019
I apologize for not blogging on the last two Sundays. Life (work mostly) has been really hectic and I have had to prioritize. Which leads me to the title of this blog, consistent inconsistency. My journey seems to be constantly changing, and my belief is that if I am going to succeed some things must remain constant and others have to change.
On the constant side are my daily weigh-ins and measuring my blood sugar. I also take my blood pressure a couple of times a week. I know that some people hate daily trips to the scale because they get too attached to the numbers. I won't say that I have never been a little disappointed in the numbers I see there, but it keeps me honest. The reality check of the weigh-in stops me from back sliding too far when life gets crazy. If I don't weigh myself for a few days, those days have turned to weeks and then months and suddenly I am asking why I regained 60 pounds. So I'm consistent in taking my data.
On the inconsistency side, there is this blog. I really value the support I receive here from all of you and I hope to give some of that back here in the blog but when things get crazy time spent on Sparkpeople is one of the first things to go. If it is a choice between spending an hour here or going to the gym for an hour, I go to the gym.
The gym is in a gray area between consistent and inconsistent. In the summer when my time was a lot freer I went seven days a week. I still aim for that, but in practice I get there five days a week. To fit it in at all, I've had to start getting up at 4:30 AM (you heard me!) to be at the gym when their doors open at 5. This is NOT my normal biorhythm!
Once I'm at the gym I become inconsistent again. All summer I did basically the same workout every day: 2 hours of cardio and an hour of weights (alternating upper and lower body days on the latter). Now I can barely fit in an hour a day total and I find that I really mix up what I'm doing. Some days I spend the entire hour on the treadmill. Other days I do something that resembles a crossfit workout, and yesterday I went for a brisk one hour hike.
Lastly, my intermittent fasting is both consistent and inconsistent. All summer I did 16/8 fasting. At the start of the semester it was 3 36-hour fasts per week. Now I am constantly mixing it up. Sometimes I don't even know how long a fast is going to be until it ends. I have set out to do a 36 hour fast and quit after 20 hours. Other times I have set out to do 16 hours and felt so good that I keep going. The only consistent part is that I keep fasting.
So I am sorry that the blogging has become one of the inconsistent parts. But I'm still out there despite my on-line silence and this it is still working and I still have my goal of being non-obese by my February doctor's appointment!
Best to you all.