I last wrote to you over 12 days ago. Did you miss me? My life over the past couple of weeks has been a whirlwind and little time has been left for sitting down and writing. I have discovered, through this blog, that I really like writing. I think I am getting a little bit better with each entry and post I make.
In an effort to advocate for my son, I had to write several emails attempting to convey why he needed this or that. Some of those emails were noteworthy, if I do say so myself. Pulitzer prize winning material? Probably not. It did, however, show me the power of the pen. The combination of tenacity, passion, decent writing skills and a dash of pissed off can open doors you previously thought were shut.
In the past, I have placed everything and everyone in my immediate family ahead of myself. Oops, looks like we have a crisis on our hands…so what if I didn’t get to shower today (California is in a drought after all), so what if I didn’t eat one fruit or vegetable today (Dietitian blasphemy), so what if I didn’t workout again (I probably needed the break anyways). My needs suddenly didn’t matter. All that mattered was getting them what they needed and I would get back on the proverbial horse of health when time permits.
Well, not this time sister. Crisis occurred…I started this blog. Another crisis…I decided to test drive a new diet that goes against many things I was taught back in college. Screw not taking care of myself. In my new world, I do the opposite of what my natural instinct is telling me to do. Instead of placing my health on the back burner, I try something new and run straight into it with full force.
I’m like a dog with it’s head out the window in a car going 50 miles per hour. My face is all crazy looking but I can’t stop because for some weird reason I like it. In fact, I might even bark a little in an effort to get the driver to speed up a bit. Why add more, when it already looks like it’s too much to handle? Because that’s when you find out what you are made of. That’s when we find out that we can continue to prioritize ourselves, even when every fiber inside of us is telling us not too.
|Goal||Reality||Grade||Change Needed for Next Week|
|Sleep 8 hours||Getting 7-8 hours of zzz’s every night||A-||Until my schedule is consistent again, I plan set a specific time each night to be in bed with getting 7-8 hrs of sleep in mind|
|Eat Breakfast & No Night Snacking||Started 5:2 Intermittent Day Eating plan. Need to build a better breakfast on my “regular calorie” days.||B||Make eggs on regular calorie days and continue to create new recipes for keeping within 500 calories on reduced calorie days|
|Exercise||Still need to commit to a local 10K race and get back into consistent 3 days a week at the gym||B||Sign-up for a 10K race, hit the gym or run on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday|
|Write Down What I Eat||I figure out my calorie intake in my head throughout the day so for me, writing down is not as key as it is for others||A||On my reduced calorie days, I plan to write down what I eat as an aid for future blog posts|
|Weigh Weekly||I broke through the weight I was stuck at and lost 2.3lbs over the past 2-3 weeks||A+||Mother’s Day was a killer calorie wise but today I am back on the 5:2 plan and confident I can keep this train from derailing!|
|Get & Give Support||Friends and Family provided much needed support, Alternate Day Fasting FB group provided great support, and I provided (and got) support from my friend Jennifer O as we work to be 10lbs. lighter for summer!||A||Blog about success and failure on 5:2 Alt Day eating plan as well as post (finally) recipes for super low-cal meals for low calorie days…or any time your body is in need of a healthy meal that fills you up but not out!|
|Stress Management||Still have not found a way to fit in yoga so for now I have tabled that. I do, however, continue weekly therapy sessions and deep breathing when I get stressed vs. holding my breath||A||I am giving myself an “A” for the past few weeks. The amount of stress I had recently could have crushed me…but alas, I ended up crushing it!|