Odd Start to the Week

October 4, 2007 · 6 comments

This first week of October promised to be a challenging one for me.  I arrived in Chicago Sunday night and didn’t get home until late Wednesday night.  Ordinarily I leave on Monday morning so I can still get a workout in at home, but I needed to be there Sunday night and that’s my day of rest so I didn’t do any exercise.

Monday morning I needed to get up at 4:00am to prep for an all day meeting, and since I assumed the fitness center at the hotel was closed I didn’t work out.  Monday night we went out as a group and I ate way too much at a great Indian restaurant and by the time I got back to the hotel I was not interested in doing cardio.  So no exercise and much overeating on Monday.  Bad John.

 Tuesday I found myself at work without working out again because I needed to sleep in.  I ate fairly well during the day but at night I had room service and ordered buffalo wings and an asian salad, when I could have just had the salad and would have been satisfied.  I felt full, which I don’t like feeling anymore.  Again, no exercise.  Strike two!

Wednesday I got up early and hit the fitness center, which I learned was actually open 24 hours a day.  It’s funny that I have stayed in this hotel at least a couple hundred nights and I had no idea even where the fitness center was, let alone the hours and what equipment it had.  As it turns out it is pretty well stocked.  I felt like doing cardio in the morning instead of weights since I really wanted a sweat, and that’s what I got.  Good workout.  Ate pretty well during the day but at the airport on my way home I had too much mexican food.  I’ll call it a foul ball since I did exercise, which is still a huge deal for me when traveling.

So what do I see on the scale this morning?  I lost a pound from Sunday!  Well, I’m not complaining but since I am trying to be focused on my decisions and not the results (good or bad) I need to admit I didn’t perform up to expectations on this trip.

However, it looks like I may not be “punished” for it.  The challenge now that I am home is to focus on making good decisions between now and official weigh-in on Sunday.

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Rachel B. October 4, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Ultimately it will be our choices that make the permanent change. But is so hard to not get hung up on the little fluctuations of the scale. I have that problem. I do well and I am proud of myself, but then the scale registers a gain or at least no loss and it negates, in my mind, the work I put in. Or, I don’t do so well, yet then, see a loss…I get a false sense of security and relax on the things I should be most diligent about. It just goes back to it all being a mental battle.

Angela October 4, 2007 at 9:41 pm

Oh, Indian food is so worth the slip. Chicken Malais: yum! Naan! Even better!

GroovyBabe October 5, 2007 at 12:20 am

I’m not sure I could do so well if I were constantly travelling. I love to travel but it plays havoc with the body. Similar to not sleeping really - its hard work staying on track!

john - from fat to fit October 5, 2007 at 4:09 am

Rachel - 100% right, everything is so mental. I do feel like I am handling the scale oddities pretty well now - it certainly helps when you occasionally get that positive reinforcement where the scale does move down in relation to your hard work.

Angela - Lamb Vindaloo, Chicken Vindaloo, Prawn Curry, Aloo Gobi, tons of Naan, sauces, Kingfisher beer - oh man. Just couldn’t help myself.

GroovyBabe - it’s tough. And I know it’s going to get really tough as I lose some of this “easier” weight.

John October 5, 2007 at 6:51 am

“Monday morning I needed to get up at 4:00am to prep for an all day meeting, and since I assumed the fitness center at the hotel was closed I didn’t work out”

Since I started my Ph.D. program at a university 1 1/2 hours from my home I now get up at 4:30 Mon., Wed., and Fri. to make it to the gym by about 6:15 or so, and workout until 7:00.

Thanks to that schedule I’ve been eating lunch around 10:30 in the morning. HA!

Israel October 6, 2007 at 10:42 am

seems like you almost let yourself go, just collect yourself and remember what this is all abou.

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