What Are You Going To Do?

So, yeah.  I didn’t do so well, what with gaining 1.6 pounds last week.  I chalk it up to some bad decisions around eating, because there’s only so much you can offset with exercise before you start gaining weight.  What are you going to do?

Well, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do.  That’s one of the things I write about here, after all.  And what I’m going to do is actually stick to my plan.  I hit all my walking goals last week, and most of my exercise goals.  So, clearly, that part works.  Now, I just need to hit my calorie goals this week.  Which means making sure to pack my meals every day.

I’m a little down about the weight gain (again), but I’m not beaten!

Failing To Save Time

Things went a little off the rails yesterday, because I had to leave work early to take care of my son.  He was sick, and my work has a more generous policy revolving around using sick time to take care of children, so it fell on my shoulders to take him to the doctor.  Fortunately, it turned out to be allergies and he’s doing just fine now.  But it means I fell short on my walking goal, and I didn’t do such a great job of sticking with my calorie goals, and yadda yadda yadda.

What happened?  Well, he was hungry when we left the doctor’s office – it was around noon, which is when he has lunch at Kindergarten, and instead of doing the smart thing and going home and making peanut butter and jelly, I did the quick thing and went to McDonalds.  Didn’t even think about it.  Just hit the drive through, which is the strangest part.  We ate at home anyway, so what was the point of going through the drive through?  It’s not like we saved any time or anything.

Still, no beating myself up.  I’m feeling good, right now.  I had my breakfast and lunch packed last night and ready to go, so I got up and did part of my daily exercises before I got out of the shower.  Yes, at 3:30 a.m., I was doing planks and rotator cuff exercises and working on my legs.  It felt… well, to be honest, it felt really strange.  But I was nice and awake once I was done, so that was nice.

Missing My Goal Isn’t Failure

So, yeah.  Yesterday was not as successful as I’d have liked.  I only managed to walk about three and a half miles, due to a number of snowballing circumstances.  Crummy weather, things at work that made it difficult to get up and walk around, and then more crummy weather and being tired.  Oh, and I may have overeaten – I say may, because I didn’t think to weigh out the pork chop or cheesy rice dish I had for dinner (and because my son had his Easter party at kindergarten, and insisted on sharing candy with me, and I have no willpower with candy right now…).

Am I discouraged?  Meh.  I don’t know that I’ll have a lot of success in terms of weight loss when I get on the scale tomorrow, but I’m actually not overwhelmingly worried about that.  Why?  Because I succeeded (mostly) at my big goal for the week – trying to hit my walking goals.  And since I’ll be hitting that today, I’ll still have managed four out of the five days I track such things.

And next week, I’m on vacation!  Yaaaayyy!!!!

Still Rocky, Still Pumped

Yesterday was kind of like that.  3,117 calories, out of my budget of 2,500.  Not a great day, when you get right down to it.

But I refuse to give up!

I know I’ve developed some bad habits about snacking, and that contributed to what happened yesterday.  That doesn’t mean I’m not committed, though.  I plan to succeed!

Once I pick myself out of that window, that is.

Obviously I Need To Plan Better

Yesterday started out so well.  Except for the walking, that is – I made the mistake of going outside to walk in 50 degree damp weather, and regretted it the rest of the day.  The bronchitis is not fully gone, after all, and I was reminded of that.  Still, walking yesterday was an experiment to see if I was ready.  I am not defeated!

But I digress.  Yesterday started out well.  I ate the meals I packed, and felt pretty good.  The problem I ran into was that my son had a dentist appointment at 4 pm – which you might recognize as “the time Rich plans to make dinner”.  So I was really hungry by the time we left the dentist.  Combine that with my son declaring that he “really had to go to the bathroom”, and I had minimal willpower left when we stopped at a fast food restaurant to let him relieve himself.  So, when my hungry son asked if we could get a snack, we got a snack.  A fairly high-calorie snack, it turned out.

Overall, though, things could have been a whole lot worse.  I ate 2,733 calories out of a 2,500 calorie budget.  So I went over, but not as badly as I might have.  Call it a consolation prize, I guess.

All Right, So The Weekend Was A Little Rocky

I started out with the best of intentions, and I even managed to stay within my calorie budget on Saturday!  Despite having a fast food lunch, thanks to spending some 3 1/2 hours at my church (thanks to a men’s group and then helping set up for a book sale).  With that in mind, I came in at 2,113 calories for the day.

And then Sunday happened.

Oh, my, Sunday. It turned out we were out of eggs, so I took my son out for breakfast and let him pick. Naturally, he picked Frisch’s – that’s kind of been a Sunday-before-church thing for us.   And naturally, I got the breakfast buffet and… embarrassed myself.  So, at the end of the day, I have no idea how many calories I consumed. “A lot” isn’t exactly trackable in FitBit, after all.

Still, I’m feeling good about this week. All of my goals are in place, and I’m feeling well enough that I’m going to try easing back into my exercise program. Specifically, I’m going to try hitting my walking goals and see how that goes.  Then, next week, it’s back to the workouts as well.

Down With The Sickness

So, yeah.  That was my last four days, which is why I hadn’t posted anything.  As you might imagine, it also means that I haven’t been thinking much about calories, or weight loss, or exercise, or anything other than laying around and working on feeling better.

Which I do, now.  Mostly.  I still plan to take it easy the next few days, though.  Work on hitting my calorie goals, and not worry about exercise until probably Monday.  Give myself a chance to recover.