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Yikes! Not today Satan!!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sooo, while I am still a proponent of *not* using the number on the scale as the “end all, be all” indicator of one’s wellness, it is still one of many tools in our toolbox. And today’s weigh-in was no exception.

While I was alarmed by the number, I can’t say I was entirely surprised. Work stress, life stress, societal upheaval, lack of sleep, inconsistent nutrition, poor food choices, increased alcohol consumption and less exercise are all playing a role in my weight being back up 9lbs. Thankfully my clothes are not feeling it because I’m still so much smaller but what the number on the scale did was quickly identify that I was headed in the direction opposite of where I want to go. (I should probably also take my measurements as my clothing size is also down.) Basically, not shying away from the scale has allowed me to sound the alarm to myself.

So I’m all about being solution-oriented. One of the things I did yesterday was toss just about all of the junk food in my house, with the exception of a few small, bite-sized treats. My housemate has been comfort-baking since the pandemic struck so I am committed to not having sweets in the house unless it’s what he so-generously shares with me from time to time. I am working on cultivating a sweet tooth satisfied primarily by fruit and snacks that utilize fruit like lo-cal smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal. I also need to ease up on salty snacks like tortilla chips and limit even my favorite—Trader Joe’s olive oil airpopped popcorn. I need to increase my water intake and make sleep and relaxation a priority again. And lastly, and this is a a big one—I need to move more during the day. Despite having a consistent workout routine, I am absolutely moving less during my workday as compared to when I worked on campus and had to actually leave my office and sometimes had to trek 1/2 a mile to get to a meeting. All that activity adds up and my body is feeling the difference in painful and profound ways.

So there you have it—that’s the plan. There will always be setbacks but I remain committed to creating a better and more balanced lifestyle that includes holistic wellness and different health outcomes than what I’ve seen in my family so far as we age. And I’m really glad y’all are along for the ride.

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  • SUNSHINE5268
    I am sooooooooooooooo PROUD of your journey, hugsssssssssssssssssss
    61 days ago
    I set my Fitbit Alarm to get me up every hour for a walk around the kitchen table ... Hey! At least it is some steps during the day ... and you're right, it DOES add up!! My wine has also been outpacing my water these days ... I'll hit the reset button on that with you this week.

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    66 days ago
    EVERYONE relates to the difference in daily steps when working AT the jobsite versus the Home Gig.....It can be a real problem....I have started using the move notification for MORE hours daily now, and think that may be making a difference......I am not where I was last June 1st....but I am also not at my worst.....GOALZ baby....we got this!!! Right Back in the Winners Circle..... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    67 days ago
    It is such a weird time and the scale is weird too. Your clothes are a good measurement so that is awesome. I get it though, it's time to get back to it! emoticon emoticon
    68 days ago
  • JOYCEB444
    I understand, I've also gained during this pandemic (10lbs), but I too am determined to do better. Working from home can be great but my office is near the kitchen. ;)
    69 days ago
    69 days ago
    Good for you being conscientious and committed to a healthy lifestyle!
    70 days ago
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