Good Morning, Headache

I woke up at my normal time this morning, 4am.  I wake up this early, so I can take a little time to relax, check e-mail, etc. before exercising or anything else.  However, this morning I was greeted by, of all things, a headache.

It’s unusual for me to wake up with a headache (at least for the last several years anyway!).  I tried to ignore it first, but it persisted.  It even got to the point it was annoying.

I tried to continue with my day for a little bit, but I finally decided to give up.  I took two Aleve and went back to bed!

I slept like a baby until about 8:30am.  That’s right through my entire morning routine and my commute to work.

Needless to say, I was already way off track for the day.  So, I had to focus on getting myself to work.  No exercise.  No time to cook something healthy.

When I got to work, it was non-stop, as usual, until I left at 6pm.  I went home and watched television.

Although I didn’t exercise, I did manage to stay within my daily goal of 2100 calories on MyFitnessPal, so that is a win.

Tomorrow will be a better day.  I won’t wake up with a headache, and I’ll continue on my slow and steady plan to weight loss success.

How was your day?

 

 

 

Short and Sweet Just to Get Going Again

It has been way too long since I have updated this blog. I have been unwilling to acknowledge how poorly I’ve been treating my body over the past few months.

Part of it was stress.  Part of it was wanting to do whatever I want.  It was just a terrible downward spiral.

I can only take one step at a time to get back on track, and I’m starting today.  Here’s what I’m doing.

  • Cooking – I’m cooking my own food.  I’m trying to stick to meals with 50% veggies, 25% low-glycemic carbohydrates, and 25% protein.  I minimize fats and oils by using herbs for more flavor.
  • Tracking – I started using MyFitnessPal to track my food and exercise, so I can see where I stand at the end of each day.
  • Exercising – Today it was ten minutes on the bike, plus a few push-ups and sit-ups.  Each day will be a little bit more.
  • Blogging – I’m blogging to rekindle relationships and build new ones.  I’ve enjoyed meeting new people, especially those with similar goals!

I will probably start doing videos again, and I expect I will share some recipes, once I think I have them right.  I just want to share my journey, because it helps me reach my goal.  I hope you’ll join me.

So, after ignoring the scale for several months, I stepped on it today to see the following number:  343.5.  Yuck!  I thought I exceeded my previous high, but this still is not good.  Time for some success!

Feel free to say hi and let me know what you’ve been doing!

 

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Finding Your Way Back to Healthy Eating and Exercise

Finding Your Way

I don’t know about you, but I just came off a holiday weekend filled with unhealthy eating.  A party Saturday night with chips, dips and tacos.  A barbecue Monday with grilled veggies, ribs, corn, ice cream, dirt pie and more!  So many calories and so little exercise.

Unfortunately, it’s not just one weekend.  Recently, I have been a little off course.  I haven’t followed my plan.  I might even be a little lost.

For so long, I had kept things together fairly well, and then little things began to slip here and there.  I missed one day of exercise.  It turned into two, then three and more.

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I was going to the gym every week to build muscle, but I have only been once in the last couple months.  I can feel the difference.  I was building muscle, and now I’m not.

I have been a little less careful about eating.  I was being very strict about my eating, but now I make some allowances where I have not before.

That’s the bad news.  The trick now is to get back on track and return to the level of healthy eating and exercising I attained previously.

The best way I am going to be able to accomplish this is by taking one day at a time.  I’ll start each day focused on my ultimate weight loss goal.  I’ll think about the success I have already achieved.

The silly part is that this should be easy.  When I get on the bike and exercise, I feel better.  I enjoy seeing the muscle I built.  I like seeing my body weight going down on the scale. 

I’m going to force myself to get back on track, and I’ll take time later to figure out how I got off track.  I have a goal.  I need to attain it.

What words of encouragement can you offer someone who has gotten off track with his or her healthy eating and exercise plan?  What works for you?

Breakfast:  Apple Strudel Bar; Egg; Banana; Crackers, wholegrain; Morning Coffee

Morning Snack:  Ham, low-fat; Banana

Lunch:  Pasta with Beef; Fennel Bulb

Afternoon Snack:  Honey Mustard Pretzel Sticks

Dinner:  Turkey Tetrazzini; Asparagus, cooked; Mandarin Oranges; Salad Dressing, light or reduced fat; Sweet Potato

Dessert:  Chocolate Pound Cake

Drinks:  Crystal Light

Exercise:  none

Pedometer:  none


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