I’m sure this is no surprise, since it seems to be a difficult time for most people, but I’m struggling with weight loss and exercise right now. This is the second year in a row that I’ve allowed the holidays to be an excuse to not complete a full 90 days of ChaLean Extreme. I always start strong with good intentions and then slack off because of errands, meals out with friends, being tired, etc. It’s always something.
At this point, I’m leaning toward getting back to ChaLean on Monday. I’m running tonight and since the weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the 30s for the weekend, I can definitely log some miles in the mornings. Since I have less than one mile left to hit my goal of 150 miles run in 2011, I figure why not reach a little further and hit 175 miles?
The rest of this week, I’ll focus on running and next week I’ll get back to strength training with ChaLean. It isn’t the workouts I’m dreading, just the time it takes to exercise and shower while juggling holiday errands. I realize it’s basically an excuse to be lazy, but stressing out about it won’t help either.
I’m returning to this plan on Monday:
Monday: ChaLean Extreme
Wednesday: ChaLean Extreme
Friday: ChaLean Extreme
Saturday: Running or other activity (snowshoeing, hiking, DVDs, etc.) based on what sounds like fun that day.
Sunday: Yoga/Stretching video
I apologize ahead of time if I start giving more frequent updates on exercise activities, but I feel like I need to make myself accountable again. The running has been better now that I’m running weekly with a group and feel accountable to them. I actually look forward to it and need to find a way to have that same feeling about the workouts I do at home.
Now for the confession: Last night I finished up some Christmas errands and spent the rest of the evening with my butt glued to the couch…eating. It started with not one, but two grilled cheese sandwiches. Then, I moved on to a frosted sugar cookie. Next were the pretzels with Hershey hugs melted in the middle. Lastly, I sat down with a container of spritz cookies with the intention of finishing them off. There were about 20-30 of them in the container. While I ate them, I was conscious of the fact that I only needed one or two. After about ten of them, I acknowledged that what I was doing was crazy because the taste was no longer satisfying and I definitely wasn’t hungry. I finally put the lid back on and walked the container back to the kitchen. I managed to stop eating the rest of the night. I realize my binge could have been worse, but it still wasn’t pretty.
The worst part is that I don’t really understand the reason for the binge. I wasn’t feeling stressed, I wasn’t very tired. Sure, I was teary-eyed watching the A Home for the Holidays special for the Dave Thomas Foundation, but I wasn’t sad so it shouldn’t have caused the binge. Whatever the reason, I’m moving on. Until Monday, I’ll focus on Intuitive Eating, logging some miles, and enjoying the holidays with those I love.