Emotionally, I Want A Cookie!

Yesterday marked four successive days of hitting my calorie budget, and three successive days of hitting my current walking goal.  And you know what?  I feel great!  I’ll admit the walking has been a little bit of a struggle, because I love reading and I’d gotten used to sitting and reading on my breaks and lunch again, but I’m remembering how much I really enjoy walking during work.  It’s a nice antidote to all the sitting I do, and it’s a good stress relief.

Not that my job is hugely stressful, mind.  But it’s still nice to get up and away from the desk for a while.

The calorie budget has been a little bit more of a struggle, though.  Not that I specifically want to overeat for the sake of overeating, mind.  Most days, at least.  But I really do love the taste of chocolate, and cookies, and things like that.  However, I recognize that these things should be an occasional treat instead of a dietary staple.  Intellectually, I recognize this.  Emotionally, I wanna cookie!

But still, things are going well.  And my pants, which were feeling a little tight recently, have started to loosen up again!  I must be going the right direction!

A Little Good, A Little Bad

For the first time  for since getting back on the exercise bandwagon, I hit my walking goal!  Heck, I nearly hit my stretch goal (5.5 miles) while I was at it.  How did I do it?  Simple, really – I got up and went walking during my breaks, and I started parking at the top of the parking garage again. It makes me walk farther, so I get in more steps and increase my odds of hitting goal (significantly increases, apparently).  My legs are just a touch sore right now, a symptom of having gotten out of practice, but it’s that kind of paradoxical soreness that feels good because you got it from working hard.

On the down side, I kind of blew through my calorie budget yesterday.  I made the mistake of eating out for lunch (breakfast, to most people), and it turns out that Chik Fil A breakfast biscuits have all the calories.  All of them.  They’re good, but… wow.  650 per sandwich.  I’m not saying I won’t do that again, mind, but next time I’ll plan for it.

Still and all, I feel good.  Really good.

Well. That Was Weird.

I would have sworn I made my walking goal, yesterday.  So much so, in fact, that I was ready to write an excited post about how I’d managed to hit it.  But then, checking my FitBit, I see that I only did 3.98 miles yesterday.  I was hallucinating, maybe?

Seems a strange hallucination to have.  But, well, there you are.

Still, I think I’ll have some success to report once I weigh in tomorrow.  I’ve done an overall decent job of hitting my calorie budget, after all (even if I did go over a little a couple of days).  So I’ve got that to look forward to.  And then, next week, I work part of my daily exercise routine back into my week!

Breathing. It’s A Wonderful Thing.

I didn’t quite make goal yesterday, but I made a whole lot of progress!  I managed 4.18 miles, 0.32 short but a mile more than I’ve been able to do the last couple of weeks.  Oh, and I wasn’t wheezing and gasping for breath after each short walking session, which means the allergy medication is really working out.  (It also means that I’m sleeping better, which also goes a long way towards being willing and able to exercise.)

With all that in mind, here’s my goal for the day:  I’m hitting my walking goal, and I’m hitting my calorie budget.  Oh, and I’m going to have fun doing it.

Feelings of Triumph

I hit all of my exercise goals yesterday!  That’s stretching, and bodyweight, and walking!  I feel really good!  I’d feel even better if I’d hit my calorie budget as well, but that’s my focus for today and I’m not letting it distract from my feelings of triumph!  I did it!

As I said, today’s goal is to hit my exercise targets and to also hit my calorie budget.  All of that should be easily doable, because I packed my breakfast and lunch today.  That’s the bacon, egg, and cheese burritos (two, for a total of 736 calories), a ham and cheese wrap and an apple for lunch (371 calories for the wrap, and an estimated 81 calories for the apple), and 2 oz of homemade chocolate fudge (220 calories) as a snack.  Because it’s better to plan for a little sugar than to go and buy it.

So, yes.  I’m clearly feeling good.  And I’m feeling excited about all of this.

This One Simple Trick Stops Snacking Cold!

Don’t carry cash.

No, really, that’s the simple trick.  For me, at least.  See, although I’m off to a strong start with getting back to my exercising, I just noticed that I haven’t hit my calorie budget for the first three days of this week.  Mostly because I haven’t been as dedicated to packing my meals as I should have been, which translates into eating out.  And that also allows for thoughtless snacking, because I’ve got the ability to make purchases.

So I put an end to that.  I made sure to pack my breakfast and lunch today, and left the cash at home.  My theory is that, if I can’t buy a snack, I can’t eat a snack.  And it seems pretty fool-proof to me.  Which is what I need, right at this minute.

Notes to Myself

Clearly, it’s been far too long since I was consistent with my exercises.

So yesterday, I hit all of my exercise goals (except the walking, which came in about 4.75 miles). And it was not as easy as it once was. I mean, don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I couldn’t do them or anything, but I was struggling more than i expected. Particularly on the push-ups and all the stretches, which I could only hold half as long as I’d been holding. (Half my daily exercise routine was stretches, something my personal trainer recommended to deal with just how stiff my knees were.) The aches faded quickly, but they were more noticeable than I’d gotten used to. Also, I was more winded than I thought I would be.

Note to self: keeping up with the exercise is easier in the long run then letting it slide and playing catch-up.

I’m not discouraged by this, though. Far from it. After going so long without any consistency, I was glad to see I could get back in the game and manage to get through all the repetitions my workout called for. The only thing I regret at all, other than not doing them in the first place, is the fact that I didn’t manage to do them until around the time I was getting my son ready for bed. Working out an hour and a half before you normally go to sleep is not conducive to winding down and getting ready for bed. Instead, I was up and awake for a while thereafter.

Note to self: try not to do all my exercise right before bed. Sleep is healthy, too.

Despite all that, I’m glad I did it. Now to just do it earlier in the day.