Day One... Again
Thursday, May 19, 2011
As I think about how fitness factors into my life, I realize that the concept of "Day One" seems to be how I tackle my weight and diet issues. Sometimes I think that "Day One" will be the day when I finally pick up all the healthy habits I've been planning on acquiring. Sometimes I think that "Day One" will be the worst day ever, launching a series of painful and sore days two, three, four, four hundred.
I graduated from grad school just a week and a half ago. I was on a healthy track last year, when I lost 16 pounds. However, the stress of that final semester got to me. I swear I gained 10 lbs in just the one week leading up to my defense. While it sucked to look at the numbers climb up as I weighed myself, I made a mental note to eat healthier, work harder, and disregard that number, focusing on what was more important--getting the degree I had poured my sweat and tears into for two long years.
My mom rewarded my accomplishment with a week-long trip to Seattle. I got pampered in a spa, ate delicious food, and did a WHOLE HELL OF A LOT of walking. Though I wasn't on Sparkpeople that week (no internet access), I made sure to keep track of portions and aimed to walk for at least an hour everyday.
I got back two days ago, cold and tired, but refreshed. Since I was sleep-deprived and missed home (and it was my 4-year wedding anniversary yesterday!), I decided to take a day off before I hit the gym again.
Today is another "Day One" for me. Usually that means dreading getting up and going to the gym or hating having to obsess about what food to eat or when to eat it. But all the mental prep and the sense of pride I have with myself, and my excitement to reconnect with all my sparkpeople friends has made this "Day One" extremely special.
Since I haven't gymmed in a month, I started slow with 30 minutes of elliptical. I am going to be running a lot of errands today as well as doing a ton of housecleaning, so I have my handy pedometer with me. I also plan on trying out the 30-day shred. [FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE DONE THIS, HOW DID IT GO FOR YOU?] As I type this blog entry, I am nomming on a delicious serving of Greek yogurt (with strawberries!)
I am totally excited!