Saturday, November 19, 2011

Surviving the Whirlwind

Hello my friends -- yes, it has been too long since I posted. It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks with new initiatives at work, a quick trip to see my friends on the coast, a doctor's visit (planned), and a car in the shop (definitely unplanned).

Last week, I had a great loss. This week, not quite all of it came back. That part was not fun. And I can pretty much own it all. Between the travel, the meetings, the new work plans, and a couple of small details, my meals ended up being more guesswork than real tracking. I worked out but not quite the same plan I had wanted for my week. Sometimes you just have to roll with these the best way you can, and hope for the best.

Several of my pals and I have discussed this malaise we seem to find ourselves in on our weight-loss (or maintenance) journeys. So we have a plan for this week, based on our problem areas: one who has a weigh-in near the weekend is going to track her entire day, openly and without reservation, to keep herself accountable. Another who is having trouble getting back on the cooking track is going to plan her weekly meals on Friday and share the plan with us when we see each other this weekend. She is also asking us to hold her accountability for her cardio - so I will be texting her each evening: "Did you walk tonight?"

And as for me, I am going to bring in my exercise logs showing where I've worked out or done at least 30 minutes of activity four times this week. So that requires that I have a plan and stick to it! So M-W-F definitely for workouts, and a good walk after Thanksgiving dinner too -- and not just the "oh, let me walk Maddox around town for a while." I mean a REAL walk. One for just me!

So here is to our success this week!!! And here's to a successful start of the holiday season: remember, the food is important, but not as important as the people and the joy of the events on the horizon. Don't obsess about food so that you're a real wet blanket on the season -- and yet, don't use "it's the holidays" as an excuse to overindulge. It's all about making it work, enjoying things in moderation, and not giving up on yourself, your goals, your new life.

And in everything, give thanks!

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