Dear Diary –
Sometimes you end up back at square one, pondering how you got there. It happens to the best of us and this time eating healthy and continuing towards my 10 lb weight loss goal has eluded me for over 3 weeks. Between moving, planning a cross country road trip, leaving my job and scrambling to schedule appointments prior to all of those events, there was not time to focus on my health. Consistent exercise, eating healthy, and changing your body are all very intentional goals. It takes a special mix of time, planning and commitment to truly make changes in health occur. A taste of success, followed by a downward spiral, can lead to only one thing; stretchy, big-girl pants. NOOOOOOO!
As a result, the 3-4 lbs I had worked so hard to shed, quickly scrambled back to my middle area. Now I’m on vacation in my home state of Michigan for the next 3 weeks and I have come to a crossroads. I could either spend the next few weeks continuing with a vacation-like lifestyle (have a few cans of “pop” and park my behind in the sand of Lake Michigan) OR I could challenge myself to spend the next 3-4 weeks doubling up my efforts to get fit and eat healthy before my return to California. I chose door #2 and decided to start today with a 30 day health and fitness challenge. No time like the present…carpe diem…#itsgotime.
Oh, I should back track a bit, Diary, as you may have missed a few things during my absence. My husband and I decided a couple of months ago that we would move closer to his job this summer. The LA commute had become unbearable for all of us. Moving would mean that I needed to quit my job or possibly transfer which is still to be decided. The impending move and joblessness provided me with a golden opportunity to head back to Michigan for an extended vacation and give us more time with extended family. I decided a road trip from California to Michigan was in order and we would stop along the way at some of our countries most breathtaking spots.
I could not be more happy with my decision to pack up the kids and minivan, have my Dad join us, and travel to places like Bryce, Zion, Arches, and Denver. It was the trip of a lifetime and I am grateful for the opportunity to literally take some of the roads less traveled. I also welcomed the complete break we were able to make with our over-scheduled lives, most of which could not be avoided. A break in routine, however, does not come without a few consequences.
All of this travel, uprooting and planning meant “less important” things had to fall by the way side. This is when my 5:2 Intermittent Day Eating fell apart along with consistent exercise. Sometimes I can run head first into prioritizing my health despite the chaos of my life and sometimes I have to know when to fold ’em…know when to walk away. I walked away for a bit. Now I’m ready to regain that feeling I get when my body feels like it belongs to me and not someone else. I am craving that euphoric, happy place where my clothes fit well and I think “Uh-huh, I feel pretty good for a 40 year old with a couple of kids.”
To get back on track, I am restarting my 5:2 Eating Plan, enlisting my Michigan family members for support, and doing an “Abs & Squats Challenge” plus an “Arms Challenge.” Both can be found on my Diary of a Dietitian Pinterest board titled Build a Better Body. An 8 day road trip across the country was taking the road less traveled, but for me taking on this fitness challenge,while on vacation, is even more of a road less traveled. Sometimes doing the opposite of what is “normal” is the only path that makes sense.