Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hanging in and pressing on....

It's been a tough two weeks. I've had a couple of small gains which haven't really added up to much.... except that they are gains --- UGH!!! I tell myself that it is the busy season, and this is true. Between musical events -- 3 different concerts/performances, just as many choir practices, plus our yearly caroling/party -- and being chained to my desk with work (reports, reports, reports, and ... oh yeah, did I mention reports?).....

No excuses, though. I could have done something better, differently, etc.

But I'm proud. Last year at this time, I was in the middle of a massive pity party, table of one. And I was definitely bellying up to the bar. For example, at last year's caroling party, I had one of everything. No, really, I mean it. THEN went back for seconds on "favorites" ..... this year, way more picky. It was like, "If I can make it at home, anytime I want, then do I want to eat it here?" Yeah, that put a kibbosh on a peanut butter cookie. Think about it: it's not special. I can make those anytime I want. So why would I want to "indulge" in it, just because someone else brought it?

Nah.... not worth it.

But starting tomorrow, I have some time off. I have to do my shopping (yes, you read that right: 12/21 and STARTING my shopping). And I've got my gym bag packed and ready to go with me. Yeah, I'm gonna hit the gym first, then shopping.

But you know what's been my saving grace as well? My 5K's. Since mid-November, I've done 3, and I just signed up for a New Year's Eve night run. I figure it's a good omen if I can wrap up the old/start out the new year with something good for me. Besides, I gotta break 46:30 if it kills me (HAAAAA!). I'd love to break my PR of 45:56.

And I have the "Magic Tracker" this week (even though we won't have a meeting on Christmas Day). Why? because when you have the Magic Tracker, you lose! Ta-Da!!! :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

No holiday death spiral....

At this time last year, I was going through lots of medical tests, and in general having a big ol' pity party, table for one. And it was around this time that I began to succumb to the Holiday Death Spiral. If it was on a table to be consumed, I was going to have some.

Yes, I know better.
No, I wasn't hungry.
No, I really shouldn't have had three of them, but it was just too darn tasty.
I only get these around this time of year.
I'm so busy I don't have time to hit the gym.
It's the holidays - I'll start fresh in January.

I had every excuse. And then in January, a serious health scare and my only consolation was food.

Yes, I knew better. I was falling into a death spiral 36 years in the making and only recently "conquered."

This year, I do not want to fall into that trap again. I do not want to go backward in my progress. I'm havi g enough trouble dealing with some continuing health/medication issues that are playing around with my progress. I don't need to derail myself.

Luckily, I have a few new pieces of weaponry in my arsenal. A new resolve. Knowledge of what doesn't work. A few new routines I want to try, and ways to make my spaces more healthy, more conducive to what I need to succeed.

A gym bag packed each evening ready to go the next morning .... and if something happens and I don't make it out the door in the morning, I switch things around and make sure I go that evening. I even have a DVD in there, just in case plans get changed and I have to do a quick workout on lunch hour.

This year, no death spiral. And while maintaining through the holidays would be nice, I don't want to just maintain..... I want a net loss come January 8 (my first weigh-in after the New Year). OH YEAH!

I have the tools.
I have the drive.