I have been doing a lot of thinking these last 48 hours. I decided to take yesterday off from exercise and it was torture. I really missed it and noticed that I was much crankier than usual, my hubby even commented. But I realized that I had worked out every day for nearly 3 weeks and thought that maybe my body needed a rest.
Since I wasn’t exercising (or does shoveling food into your mouth count as exercise?) I started thinking about the upcoming month. I toyed w/the idea of just maintaining during December but then realized that having a plan to maintain is telling myself that I can’t do it. I’m not saying that anyone who is planning to maintain through the holidays isn’t making a good plan, it’s just a plan that doesn’t work for me. I realize that my losses may be more inconsistent than usual but in all honesty I’m generally inconsistent w/my weight loss so maybe it will be a normal loss. Who knows? At this point I still want to be below 230 by the end of the year. Even more importantly, I want to fit into the size 16 pants that I bought. If I stay focused I can do it.
I also started worrying (prematurely) over the 2 week break we have at Christmas. As much as I’m looking forward to it, I’m scared that I’ll pack on a million pounds b/c I’ll be out of my normal routine. And then I realized, I’m home for 2 months in the summer and I’m more successful losing weight in the summer than during the school year. So I just need to create a new routine; one for the school week and one for days I’m not at school whether it be a weekend or more extended break. Either way, I need to realize that weekends and breaks are part of life and shouldn’t be feared.
So today was the first step back on the path toward my goal. I am on plan for food and had a great workout (70 minutes on the treadclimber, 1400+ calories burned). I have a few obstacles this week in my regular schedule, tonight or tomorrow I will map out how I will stay on-plan regardless of these changes. I know there will be some days during December that are going to involve high-calorie food and I’m going to partake but 3 or 4 days throughout the month cannot turn into 31 days of the month! I started this journey last year about 10 days before Christmas and was able to lose weight during the holiday season, I can do it again.
Progress toward workout goal: 115/250