Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Not the time to go wishy-washy...

It's only Wednesday, but this is one of those weeks that just isn't happening the way normal weeks should happen. And now is not the time to go wishy-washy on my goals. So I'm going to use this post as a type of confessional. I'm going to purge all my guilt & feel all renewed & stuff.

Confession #1. I went out to dinner on Sunday night. That was okay considering my awesome 8-miler. But then Tuesday happened, where I got home from work late (a rough day) & decided I simply couldn't eat the dinner I'd taken out. So I went out to dinner. Again. And had the exact same meal of pizza & french fries. And dessert. Both times. And dessert does not count the awesome jelly beans I've been nibbling on since Saturday.

Confession #2: I haven't done any training since that fabulous long run on Sunday. I should've worked out my stress on the treadmill last night for my scheduled 3 miles, but I caved to the allure of stress eating. Now I'm 3 miles behind my training schedule for the week. Now I'm trying to figure out

Confession #3: I'm having a hard time caring. Yes, I'm registered for two half marathons. And yes, I still  need to lose another 5-7 lbs. off my frame. But I'm having a hard time caring about any of that right now. I wouldn't call it burnout per se, but it's definitely trending in that direction. Granted, I could chalk this up to routine girly-hormone fluctuations making me all depressed, but I don't want to brush it off that easily. Because if you get bored in a routine, you're bound to deviate drastically from it for sheer wont of excitement (hello, Tuesday binge). I think I'm running the risk of falling into that category right now.

The question is: how do I get my brain back on track?
  1. Trash Temptation.I purged my house of jelly beans. No, I didn't eat them all. I got rid of the leftovers to remove the temptation. I love jelly beans & it's the season for them, but I have no self control when they're in the house. This is also why I don't order Josh Early's Milk Chocolate Nonpariels online. Because I would take it as a personal challenge it eat an entire pound of chocolate in one day.
  2. Set "Event Eating" nights. I find that if I have a scheduled evening out to look forward to, then I'll be less likely to eat poorly/quickly during the week. It gives me something to look forward to. While this isn't true this week, I am going to make it my mission to set event eating from here on on out. And if I'm very smart, I'll plan this event for the night before my long runs. Far less unnecessary guilt that way. And less alchohol consumption.
  3. Get my bicycle fixed!! My bike has been in pieces since we moved back to Italy. That was July 2009. Sure, it's just a Huffy & nothing fabulous. But it would certainly help me cross train on days I really don't feel like running. Ideally, I'll commute to work this way... though I won't hold myself to that promise. It would be nice to spend lazy Saturdays/Sundays on morning bike rides. The plan is to bring our bikes to the shop by Friday so we can get an estimate of repair. If it's too expensive to repair, I might just be buying a new bike.
  4. Group Participation. One of the reasons I stray from my usual routine is to spend time with my husband. He's in & out of the house so much, I like to take advantage of the time we have. That creates a time crunch when it comes to fitness. It also creates temptation when it comes to dining out, something we both love to do. I cannot possibly run enough miles to make up the calorie difference when eating out in Italy... the pizza/pasta is just too yummy for that! So we've agreed to do bike rides & possibly even hikes so that we're spending productive time together. Not just eating/drinking our way thru Italy.
I feel pretty good about all these. They're not drastic changes or anything. Just simple adjustments that clearly need to be made if I'm going to continue to downsize. Planning is everything for me. If I can plan/strategize a way to control the situation, I know I'll be successful. And now that I've confessed all my dirty food sins, I feel much better. ;D


  1. Kudos, friend, I think the planning is a great step back in the right direction. I always feel better when I have a plan. Lately my plan has been to eat everything I can get my hands on. It's not working out so well for me.

  2. This is the first week of this new plan, so I can't say how it's working out. But he's all about the bike riding, which I'm really looking forward to on Sunday. I <3 riding. :D