When last we saw our intrepid hero (i.e. me), he was facing a cliff-hanger of epic proportions (literally). He had plateaued, become relatively inert, started to despair, and wallowed in frustration. I needed a break. So I took one.
My “goal” for my break was to take my mental energy off my weight and health, and while I wasn’t planning to abandon all my new practices, I didn’t want to be tracking everything every day, only to see no progress. I stopped in early February, and planned to go to the end of March. That was this past Sunday.
So what did I do over the previous seven weeks?
On the positive side, I didn’t go completely crazy. I didn’t throw away my plans to eat breakfast more regularly, although I didn’t try to fight that hard to make it at home either. For snacks, I gave myself a break from preparing them by taking a financial hit, and so I bought my veggies at work more often than pre-chopping them at home. » Read the rest
If you’ve read my blog in recent weeks, you’ll have noticed a trend. Lack of movement. Increasing despair. Frustration. Wallowing.
I am struggling to keep with my program, and to get ANY momentum at all, ranging even from eating healthier with my snacking and breakfast times all the way through to actual being ready for exercise. I’ve been trying various things to “re-energize” my approach but most of it is frankly just not working.
So today marks my last post on this topic until Spring hits. I’m just focusing too much on negative sides of what I’m not accomplishing that it is starting to affect my overall mood and emotions. I’m taking a break. No, I’m not stopping, no, I’m not giving up. But I had to let go of the constant tension and I did that today.
I desperately wanted a quick comfort boost and my normal outlets — a creamy hot chocolate or an actual frozen hot chocolate from Timothy’s — were not getting the job done. » Read the rest
While I should be doing a full update for measurements and everything, I’m really not feeling it at the moment. And so I didn’t do an update on Wednesday. But someone asked after a previous post if I was going to post about what I was using for resources — websites, apps, etc. — and I wrote this up last weekend, so if anything might jive for others, I might as well share.
I tried out a bunch of apps, and very few resonated with me. I tried weight trackers, nutrition ones, stuff about exercise, and a raft of others. In the end, I’m only happy with four of them, and right now, I’m almost down to using only two for two specific elements.
The first area is almost unrelated — I like to jumpstart my brain with some puzzles in the morning. Not “physical health”, more “cognitive health”, I guess. » Read the rest
Last week’s post was brought to you by Debbie Downer. I confess that I’m really “not feeling it”, the weight loss journey. I’m holding steady a few pounds above what I was earlier, which is a miracle considering how much I’m screwing up my diet regularly. I’m kind of giving myself a pass for the month of January, with a view to going hard again in February. But as part of my coping mechanisms, I’m trying to latch on to brightness wherever I can find it in the journey. And I didn’t really talk about a spark I felt back in December.
I had a good day. Actually, I had a great day. That doesn`t sound like much, does it? Sure, I mean, great days are good, but so what? Because it had been so long since I had a day like that, I think that I’d forgotten they exist. It was like my “new normal” over the last ten years defined good days within a narrower and narrower set of parameters. » Read the rest
Earlier, I had posted about getting through the holidays and my leave, and not only did I not get completely derailed on my goal, but I also even managed to knock a couple more pounds off and break my plateau. But since then? I have hit a wall. Actually twice. The first time was significant, but merely figurative; the second time was slightly less significant, but literal.
The figurative wall
Winter tends to hit me hard, with a strong desire to just hibernate until Spring, and I don’t have a lot of coping mechanisms that are that effective at beating that lull. I’ve tried lots of things, most didn’t help.
Trips to warmer Southern climates DO help, but we tend to do those every couple of years, not every year. Too many other demands on our budget. It also sometimes backfires, particularly if the timing doesn’t coincide well with the winter blasts — if I go too early, the post-vacation blasts can run pretty long; if I go too late, I’m often too run-down before I go. » Read the rest