Since my last weigh-in, I spent five days with my family, four of which were in the gorgeous mountain hamlet of Highlands, NC, for my cousin Sarah’s wedding. Because we’re such a food-focused family, there were many, many temptations while there. Though I was cautious with the choices I made, I never felt deprived the entire time. Of course, it helped, as I wrote in that Fun Friday post linked above, that I didn’t have the normal emotional stress of feeling like I didn’t fit in with the rest of the family nor the emotional turmoil that going to a younger cousin’s wedding usually has on me, thanks to having worked through some of my own emotional and spiritual stuff in the past few weeks.
Since coming back, I’ve been not only exhausted, but feeling like I had to rush to catch up with work I needed to do this week, including preparing to teach an all-day workshop for my local writing group on Saturday. Trying to plan out meals and/or cook this past week just wasn’t going to happen. But still, I don’t feel like I really ate too badly. And the scale somewhat agreed with me today. I was down 0.4 lb. from two weeks ago.
I’m making two commitments this week:
1. I will eat only what I already have in the house this week (unless I run out of salad stuff/frozen veg—that I will buy more of). I think I’m pretty much down to just chicken in the freezer, and I have some bacon and eggs, and soups for lunches. So I’m not going to run out of food. But I need to stop these almost daily trips to the grocery store to just pick up one or two things. That’s getting me into trouble not just with sticking to the food plan but also budget-wise.
2. I will walk the one-mile circuit of the neighborhood at least four times this week. And since we’re still supposed to be having temps in the low to mid-eighties all week, that means getting up early to do it. I’ve also set the DVR to record several promising-looking exercise programs off Fit-TV (several are 30-minute exercise videos based off of learning to belly-dance). But those would be used as an auxiliary to the walking, not a substitute for it. What I’d really like to do is walk in the morning and do one of those videos at night. But my only commitment is to the walking.
Later this week, I’ll get back into what I posted two weeks ago about frustration and start trying to answer, or at least delve into, some of those questions I posed.