Weigh-In Weeks 4-7: Life Took Over
Yes, you read that right. I couldn’t remember when I last posted my weigh-in.
I looked at the calendar and noticed I have been gone for 3 entire weeks.
Where has the time gone?
As I’m sure you can relate, life happened. It’s back to school time for us and I grossly underestimated just how much time going to work, getting the kids ready for school, AND blogging would take. So while this is not an excuse, it was just my reality. I simply didn’t have the time to sit down and document my journey. However, you can be assured I have been doing pretty well and I did weigh-in faithfully each week.
For the most part.
Now that it’s been a few weeks, I am hoping to get back in the swing of things and share what I have been up to.
First Up – Weekly Weigh-in
Each week I have lost and I’m averaging about 2 lbs a week which is great! I think I am over the hoping for big losses. I can’t control what the scale says. At this point, as long as I’m not going back up when I weigh-in, I’m happy.
Next – Lessons Learned:
Back to school is an exhausting time! Going from the lazy days of summer vacation to getting back into routines and schedules PLUS remembering to eat healthy and exercise was tough. Here is how I made out.
I HAVE managed to stick to my eating plan. This part was the easiest for me. Being back at work means I am not sitting and wondering what the next meal will be nor do I have time to lament about the food I want to eat but I can’t. In this way, I have it made.
The difficult part is I don’t usually take a REAL lunch break where I can sit, relax and think about the food I am eating. As a result, I don’t savor my food and I don’t pay attention to what I am eating. I am just shoving it in, checking email, and moving on to the next task at work. This worries me because I do not what to get to a place where I forgot I ate or I am not emotionally satisfied because I didn’t take the time to enjoy my food.
For three out of the past four weeks, I have meal prepped. Each Sunday, I make my lunch for the week, organize my snacks, and place it in containers so I can just grab it in the mornings and go. It’s been great since I don’t have to think about my meals while I am out of the house. This past week, I didn;t meal prep and it was tough trying to determine what I was going to eat each day. I will definitely go back to meal prepping.
This has been the most challenging part. Even before going back to work, I have had a love hate relationship with exercise. I do not look forward to exercising each day but I love the way I feel afterward.
During the summer, since my daughter works at a gym, I would go to pick her up from work and we would workout together. It didn’t really matter we were getting home late each night because I didn’t have to be someplace in the morning. Exercising was easy peasy since I had to go there anyway and I had a workout partner.
(For clarification, I am an early riser so I am usually up by 5 am no matter the time I go to bed. Many times, I would go to Starbucks. HOWEVER, there is a BIG difference between having to be a work by a certain time and strolling into Starbucks whenever I felt like it.)
Since we are back in our school routines and my kids have afterschool activities, I’m finding it extremely difficult to exercise, get everyone where they need to be and to do homework, eat dinner, and other mundane daily tasks. It is too easy to say I have to pick someone up or drop someone off instead of working out. Three of the four weeks, I still managed to exercise 4-5 times a week. This past week I did nothing.
As you may have noticed, this past week has been the problem week. I think that I have just been exhausted and was putting too much pressure on myself to do things the way that I had originally planned. I got enough sleep and had to learn to let go. Maybe I can’t work out every day after school. I may have to consider working out on the weekends or at night instead of right after school. Maybe a mixture of both is the solution. I have to try a few different ways to see what I like best.
I have to learn to give myself permission to forego the gym and concentrate on setting up a good home life. I also made sure I got enough sleep. Now that I feel rested I’m ready to get back in the swing of things and hit the gym to get that workout in.
Finally – This Week’s Message
Give yourself permission to not be perfect. Sometimes, we embark on this journey thinking now that you have made a decision to lose weight, every week will be smooth sailing. It will not be. There can be various reasons for a non-perfect week. Somethings just may be out of your control. All that matters is that you do not give up. There is nothing wrong with starting over and simply forgiving yourself when things don’t go as planned.
Leave a comment below to share how you manage to deal with life’s uncertainties.