June 19-23 2017
I have been saying this for a while now....(like 30 years!!!) I've got to loose some weight and get back to my active routine...BUT everything is about FOOD!!!
The weekends are always difficult. The cabinets call out..."open me, come on, you know there is something yummy and totally unhealthy in here", "How about a little snack while you watch tv?"calls the fridge......add that lunch or dinner on a weekend is a norm for us...at least during the work week, I'll have some built in safety measures....although someone always has a birthday, or a new baby, retirement, or some luncheon. Being on the road most of the day also opens the opportunity to pick up fast food in a pinch, and by the time the days ends..Dinner is always easier when its made over the phone....GEEZE!!!
This week I had vowed (again) to get back to healthy...Sunday was to be my very last (LOL) cheat day....Father's day "Dunch" ( termed by the Beale men dinner and lunch). Mark's choice,.... so we had DUNCH at The Cracker Barrel....
Being my "Last Meal." I ordered (no not a burger this time) but the Sunday special of boneless fried chicken and all those yummy sides.
IT WAS ALL SOOOOO YUMMY!!! Although I did try I was unable to lick my plate clean...and we left completely satisfied.
Later...I devised my back to healthy plan. A. gym in the morning, B. healthy food choices, C. walking daily (I've got to get my back strength up to hike.) D. Incorporate swimming/biking or some activity into my afternoons and E. Evening Dog walks.
Monday.....I had a scheduled of to do's with all of the above fit nicely into my day...(I had read somewhere, if you write it down your more likely to do it. HA!)
Mark and I had a good routine of 4am gym which was pretty consistent for awhile. (this was several months ago). I haven't gone since before my trip to Florida with the girls. (WOW...there is membership money flushed down the toilet.)
Ready to GET BACK to routine...I OVERSLEPT!!!! Day 1 First Fail!!!
That is OKAY...I still have multiple activities to do on my schedule and I will absolutely stick to my food journal. (Of course I could ALWAYS go to the gym later.)
That was of course until I got a text from my co-workers reminding me that we were meeting for breakfast at Stella Diner for Monday morning meeting.,....WHAT!!!! Do I even have enough willpower to say NO to diner foods???
I could have risked my impulse to really stuff it in and opt out of a meal at the diner and have a grapefruit before I left for the day. (Which was my original intent.) or I could face the reality that there is ALWAYS going to be FOOD in my face. Instead I choose to eat sensibly at the diner.
My next "plan" for the day was to walk during my lunch break. As my job allows I am often out in the community near a local park during break time. I had decided that I would find a park/trail or simply walk in the areas I would be around at lunch time.
I had an appointment in Liverpool at 1pm..so I figured I would walk Onondaga Lake Park for my lunch break and head to my 1pm appointment. Well my 1pm canceled...then he called and wanted to talk for 45 minutes....I never left my desk....So there goes that idea.
Okay,,,I can still take a dip in the pool or ride my bike (which has been used in the total of three maybe even four years of ownership been used 5xs.) when I get home this afternoon. I got home after work and it was RAINING!!!
I GIVE UP!!! I had homemade mac and cheese for dinner...
The next day gave me another reason to fail. Overslept...missed the gym, rain....had to get groceries...there always seems to be something...I sat in the parking lot of one of Syracuse's inner city park prepared to walk but was a little spooked when I saw a group of teens hanging around (am I really afraid of a bunch of teens?...well no, but anything could happen.) ,,,,I did not however come home and ruin things with a totally unhealthy fatty dinner. Better then the day before I guess...
By Wednesday I was determined....Opps! Oversleep,,,,missed the gym...appointment canceled...only a little rain,...I decided that I needed to STOP making excuses and JUST DO IT!!! I WILL TAKE MY LUNCH WALK!!!
My afternoon appointment had confirmed, I ate a healthy lunch at my desk while fielding phone calls and doing notes...and saved my lunch break for a walk before my afternoon appointment.
I drove myself to Onondaga Lake Creek walk and started DAY 1 of my walking back to fitness. I began with one section of the trail.
Dinner made (still sticking to a healthier approach.) Bike up from the basement and primed for riding, pool actually looking like someone would swim in it..I took both dogs for a walk to complete the successful day.
I realize that all of my first few day mishaps were....quite HONESTLY....EXCUSES!!! I could have found time to go to the gym even if it wasn't at our 4am decided time. I have an umbrella and I have never melted in the rain. Perhaps I couldn't swim or bike while it was raining...BUT it wasn't ALWAYS raining. I could have walked while I was talking to my client who had canceled...I could have faced my fear of teens...(This had to be the biggest excuse.) and walk like I had planned.
I think I simply put to many expectations on my plate...having a plan is great..but having a plan to gym, walk...bike/swim...then walk the dogs all on my very first day back to getting fit is setting myself up to fail.
Moving forward...I am sticking to making time to walk...be it a lunch stroll, walking the dogs or on the treadmill...If it is all three and more...then its a bonus.
Thursday was suppose to be an easy day at work. I had one appointment in the morning...planned my walk then two in the afternoon. I also planned to address the endless amount of paperwork I had to do. I thought this would NOT be a problem. \As it so happened I somehow got behind, never did all the work I planned to do, BUT I did get my walk in (even though it was rushed and I started my new app 1/2 into my walk...I still did it and according to the mapMywalk app I burned 139 calories, if I started the map at about 1/2 in that would be about 270 calories. I'm liking this tracking thing and I went to a new place....
But...for the most part I was walking alone...except for these little fishies...
To bad I didn't realize that it had the wrong date until after I left. Opps!
I can't wait to see where my next stop will take me.
I intend to keep going....Friday was a flop with regards to my lunchtime trail walk. Time constraints got in my way and I never even got a break.
Weekend looks busy with Graduations and Birthdays...I will try to stay on my good eating plan....but until then TTFN!