My hubby is usually away every other weekend. When the cat's away the mice will play... I typically stay up later than usual when he's gone and usually wake up later (depending on how cooperative the kids are). This throws my entire routine off. I end up eating breakfast later than usual, or occasionally I skip it because of the many things I need to accomplish on the weekend (namely grocery shopping, laundry, housecleaning, etc...). I don't feel well rested and not as energetic as I usually am (which makes getting things done all the more difficult).
This past weekend I went far outside my routine... I skipped the laundry on Saturday (against my better judgment) and decided to go visit a friend - I was in the mood to get out of the house. It was a pleasant break - unfortunately, however, it put me way behind. I ended up missing lunch because I had a late breakfast and I didn't want to eat at my friend's house (some call me determined - but honestly, I've grown to be quite picky about what I want to eat). By dinner I felt hungry, which I rarely ever feel. I had planned to make black bean burgers but I knew it would take too long and I wasn't in the mood to cook.
Ultimately I took the kids for sushi. I was good; I didn't cheat or go overboard - but I resented every bite I took because they didn't have the items I wanted (which is why I went there in the first place). I truly felt like I wasted not only money but my calories... HUGE disappointment.
This put me "in a funk" the next day. I knew I didn't cheat or blow my diet - but I just couldn't let it go. Of course getting 5 hours of sleep and having to tackle two days worth of chores in one didn't help matters either! I was EXHAUSTED and ended up running out of time for my workout - which only sent me further into a frustrating mindset! I told myself I would just have to make up the missed day on Friday (my usual day off) in order to get all 5 days of exercise in.
Unfortunately, I ended up missing my Thursday workout because I was too obsessed with online shopping and looking for airfare deals (we're hoping to visit family in Montreal next month). I'm sort of like a bulldog and when I set my mind on something I just can't stop or let go... sometimes it's a good quality and sometimes not!
I ended up staying awake until 2 am (partly because my Little Man fell asleep way to early and then woke up at 11pm) which only triggered the start of a difficult Friday!
I almost didn't exercise yesterday. I was dressed in my exercise clothes all day - but my entire schedule was off; I had a very late breakfast, an unexpected errand, a very late lunch... I also wasn't in the mood to get on the treadmill. I managed to talk myself into skipping the workout... however I kept mentally beating myself up over that decision. It wasn't until hubby came home from work and I realized I could go running outside while he watched the kids... dinner was ready but because I had such a late lunch (4pm) I knew I wasn't ready to eat. I could go out running while they all had dinner. YAY!
Growing tired of the repetitive laps around my block I decided to be more adventurous and go running through the HILLY neighborhood. I was nervous but it went really well; I'm still alive! The hills were torture - but afterward I felt a huge sense of accomplishment!
This weeks progress...
Current weight: 239.4
Last week's weight: 239.4
Difference: -0 lbs
Total lost: -36.6 lbs
Believe it or not, I'm not disappointed. I know I did everything right; I stayed on track with my eating and I worked out 4 days this week. Even if I hadn't missed one day of exercise it wouldn't have changed today's outcome.
In the past I would get terribly depressed when this happened... I did not fail! This is not a set-back!
I'm also not disappointed because yesterday and today I've felt bloated (good ol' PMS). Two days ago I took my chest/waist/hip measurements while I was online clothes shopping and my chest measurement was 1.5" smaller than today's measurement (can't quite recall what my waist measurement was though).
However, just to err on the side of caution, I'm going to change up my calorie (points) consumption from day to day. I've consistently eaten the same amount of calories/points every day - so I'm going to change it up a little by eating a bit more 1 day, eating a little less for 2 days then eating a little more... Hopefully, this will help avoid a plateau and next week I'll be back with a lovely loss!
On the positive side - I've lost a total of 3.75" this month (although the number is a bit skewed due to the bloating) and a total of 16.50" since I first took my measurements on 03/11 (5 weeks after I started my journey).