End of January Sluggishness

Ok, last week was a bust. Essentially, nothing lost thanks to too many snacks and letting the cold weather be an excuse to not work out. But it’s a new week, I’ve picked myself back up, so here goes nothing. Just got back from an almost 4 mile route, and today I got to whine about it being hot instead of cold. Hard to believe we’re at 80 degrees where my former home across the state is at 29 degrees and getting a mix of snow/sleet right now. However, tomorrow is back in the 40s, so I don’t get to stay thawed out for long.

I don’t really have much to say at the moment, just checking in.

Week one – check

It’s Monday, that means I’ve made it one week. That is really not an accomplishment since the first week is actually super easy for me. Usually we go out once on the weekends, but I cooked all week, so there weren’t any temptations. Down almost 7 pounds already, which is standard for a first week for me.  Now it will be down to 2 per week max, if I’m lucky, but that is what I’m going to struggle to hit.

The best part is that it was all clean eating, since I hardly worked out at all. I did my usual 4 mile Friday walk with mom, and a few light weights yesterday, and that was it. But, no more slacking, today will start my regular workout plan. I really need to get my legs ready for hiking trails in just 7 weeks (can’t wait for vacation – pure motivation). I wish we had some hillier trails to practice on in Florida, but pretty much everything is flat, completely different from the rocky cliffs I’ll be exploring.

Since all the extra food from the holidays is finally gone, this week I’m back to experimenting with recipes.Here is the weekday menu:

  1. Yesterday we made cheese steak stuffed peppers.. that sounds higher calorie than it is, I only had one, and used 1 laughing cow cheese wedge in it, with roasted veggies on the side.
  2. Today is a vegetarian Indian dish I’m experimenting with which is mostly cabbage. 
  3. I’m making spinach stuffed chicken parmesan with spaghetti squash.
  4. Asian chicken lettuce wraps.
  5. Cauliflower and chicken paprikash with broccoli.
  6. A bit of a Friday splurge, tacos since I have a ton of taco meat in the freezer and extra tortillas. But I will watch portions.

I’ve been looking up lots more dinner options.. although it gets annoying cooking complicated meals all the time, I really like trying new things. It really helps to keep my meals more interesting than boring baked chicken and salad every day.

2014… what?

Ok, last year was exactly the same as every other year. My intentions with naming this blog obviously failed. In every way. I am a yoyo blogger and definitely a yoyo dieter. Perhaps this is just something I can’t ever change. But all I can do is keep trying.. yoyo is still better than being 100% off the wagon I suppose.

I am ashamed to say this year was my 2nd highest re-starting point ever. That is really pathetic. I somehow really let myself stop caring in 2013. Now I have to face the consequences.

So here I am, back again, another January restart. Yesterday was a new day #1. I don’t have any competitions going this time, because I am really tired of those. I am competitive enough with my own goals (when I want to be), and I’ve never yet had a problem making good progress in January-spring. It’s August-December that are my undoing. In order to fix that I think I would have to make it a goal to stop watching football or going/having parties. Not happening.

I am easing in a little this time instead of going crazy full steam ahead. I actually didn’t manage to work out at all yesterday, which is probably the first time that has happened on a day #1. I really just didn’t have time, plus I like working out outside and we are having a taste of what the rest of the country gets right now. 33, really? Grr, I am always extra cold when dieting, so that does not make me happy.  But anyway, enough with the excuses.

I am back to major portion watching and focusing on lots of veggies and protein. Not low carb though, just less carbs, particularly less sugar – but I don’t care to cut that out completely. Been there, done that, it works for me physically, but it SUCKS. So, no thanks.

No competition, but I do have something to look forward to that will keep me going. In 8 weeks, I am going on a vacation I have been dreaming of my whole life, so getting off as much as possible before then (healthily, of course), is definitely the goal.

Fitness goals

  1. Getting back to jogging a full mile with no breaks. I can’t even believe how quickly my running ability declines when I have slacked to just walking. Need to get that back.
  2. Yoga. I really want to get back into that. I love how relaxed it makes me, and how much it improves my balance/flexibility. Definitely need to make this a goal, at least once a week, hopefully more.
  3. 30 Day Shred. I always say this, but it really is amazing. I will probably start easing into strength training on my own a couple weeks and start 30DS in 2 weeks.
  4. Doing SOMETHING at least 30 minutes a day, even if that only means strolling through a park on the weekends.

Here’s to healthy living. If my past history continues, at least you know you can continue to hear from me regularly for at least a couple of months. 😉