It’s been a tough month… between caring for a cat with early stage kidney disease (she pees a lot, and not always in her box), the day job, tons of gigs, and residual exhaustion from lingering walking pneumonia… I have tried my best to keep up with my morning walks, but the diet kind of went out the window for a fortnight…. or two…
I lost 2 lbs before going to Hawaii — and thanks to daily snorkelling and 6-mile hikes, I did not gain anything while we were there. However, since we’ve returned, I’ve gained, then lost, then gained and now finally lost again 2 lbs. Yesterday I weighed in and lost an additional lb, so I feel like I’m back on track. I have crossed the 20 lbs lost line and plan to stay on the other side.
I had gotten into the habit of swinging through In-N-Out on my way to Seaport Village for a quick (and fat-laden) lunch, then with both of us on crazy schedules, it just became easier to pick up a bucket from the Colonel than to make a real dinner… and I have never been known to turn down pizza and cookies when offered… and there were a few gigs with free-flowing pizza and desserts…
So despite increasing my morning walks to an hour, my diet was undermining my goals — and probably contributing to my exhaustion as well.
Now that the schedule is starting to slow up a little, it’s much easier to find the time to fix vegetables and fresh foods. AND, within 24 hours, I noticed that my energy levels had improved… is it diet? is it less stress? is it more sleep? Probably all of the above… but I’ve had a good week, and with summer (and busy season) drawing to a close, I know the dynamic duo of a healthy diet and exercise will continue.
Two upcoming events: All American Hero Run 10k
San Diego – Point Loma
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 7:30 AM
And then the next week-end I plan to do another 10k. This one is a virtual Race, The Peace and Love Bug Run. You can do it anywhere, even on a treadmill, but I plan to work out a 10k route in the ‘hood…I already have a 5 mile route so adding another mile and a bit shouldn’t be too hard.
I’m really looking forward to both races — the All American Hero one for the camaraderie and vendors — and the Peace and Love Bug Run for the challenge of mapping out a route and then doing it. I hope to beat my previous time of 2+ hours… I should be able to, esp. for the Peace and Love Bug Run where I’ll be on my own instead of chatting with folks. But even if I don’t best my time, the competitions will still be fun.
What keeps you going?