I’ve hesitated writing this post for a little while now because I honestly feel like a broken record. I’ve been struggling with the same few pounds for several months and keep vowing to recommit and restart, and just haven’t. The past two weeks have been particularly bad because not only have I been eating pretty poorly and far too much like has been the case for several months, but I’ve also been really inconsistent about exercising. And now, 3/4 of the way through my half marathon training, is not the time to start slacking.
I think the bottom line is no matter where you are into your journey, you have to fight for it. Every day. There’s a part of me that will always choose sleeping in over getting up to workout, french fries over a side salad, and eating to the point of being uncomfortable instead of satisfaction. Lately, I feel like I’ve let that part of me take over way too much of my decision making.
Last week, I didn’t go to the gym or run outside ONCE. I did my 10 mile run last Saturday, and then didn’t do any form of physical activity (besides walk or bike to work) for the entire week until yesterday. I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting up to workout before work, and I know that’s what i need to do to be consistent because I have so much going on at night and it’s too easy to make excuses for other things I need to do.
So yesterday morning when I woke up, rather than sit in bed watching Gossip Girl for a few hours like I did on Saturday (I know), I got right up and headed to the gym. Even though I had 9.3 miles on my training schedule, I just could not convince myself to want to do it. Rather than avoid activity all together like I’d been doing the last two weeks when that has happened, I decided to walk to the gym and do SOMETHING.
I got on the treadmill and ended up running 2.5 miles before having to stop because I got a nasty blister on my right foot. I think my feet were starting to forget what running shoes felt like… After I had to stop running, I went on the stairmaster for 20 minutes, and then I did some stretching, ab work, and pushups. One hour and almost 700 calories later, I remembered why my body loves exercise.
And, I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence or not, but the meeting topic this week for Weight Watchers is “Move More, No Excuses.” Lately, I’ve felt like the meetings I’ve been leading have been more for me than for the members!
After getting home yesterday, I made myself a healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs on an english muffin with salsa and grapes, and then spent a little time working on a menu plan for the week.
Here’s what I came up with:
|Monday||Savory Oatmeal w/Spinach + Cheese||Tempeh Chili Verde||Grapefruit + Cottage Cheese||WW Pasta w/chicken sausage + sauce|
|Tuesday||Pumpkin Oats w/cottage cheese||Tempeh Chili Verde||Egg drop soup, pear||Spicy Lentil Tacos|
|Wednesday||English Muffin w/PB + Banana||Spicy Lentil Taco Salad||Grapes + Greek Yogurt||Scrambled Eggs w/Black Beans, Cheese, Salsa + Corn Tortillas|
|Thursday||Savory Oats||Tempeh Chili Verde||Banana mashed w/ Greek Yogurt + Stevia|
|Friday||WW Waffles w/PB + Banana||Spicy Lentil Taco Salad||Grapefruit + Greek Yogurt||TBD|
Just having a plan in place makes me feel a lot better, and my goal is to use this week to really transition my body back into workout out consistently in the mornings. When I do, I set each day up for success and make better eating decisions because I think twice about reaching for a (third) cookie in the office, or going out for lunch rather than eating what I have packed.
My goals for today:
- Drink 2 bottles of water while at work.
- Get outside for a 10 minute walk mid-day.
- Get into bed by 10:30pm.
What’s one thing you want to focus on today or this week?
Let’s do this!