A Tough Start To The Week

December 12, 2007 · 7 comments

I’m really going to have to kick it in gear now that I am back from Chicago.  The last few days have not been terrible, but they haven’t been great either - something I have been saying too much lately.

It started on Sunday when my son and I went to McDonald’s for breakfast prior to skiing.  I rationalized the Steak Bagel Sandwich and hashbrown by thinking about all the exercise I was going to be getting skiing.  Not a good decision.

Skiing on Sunday was great - not all of the runs were open, so there weren’t very many black diamond runs to go on but as this was our first time out this year so that was OK.  It was brutaly cold but we dressed well against it - although after about 4 hours my son had had enough.  I did wear my heart rate monitor and found that I kept my heart rate up pretty consistently around 110, going as high as 140 after I had a big wipe-out. :-)

Sunday afternoon I cooked a pork picnic shoulder that I had marinating for a couple of days.  This is a test run for Christmas dinner and it turned out really well.  Too well.  I ate a lot of it at dinner.  By Sunday night I was starting to really feel sore from skiing.  I set my alarm to allow me to “sleep in” until 3:45 instead of working out.  Come Monday morning as I was packing for Chicago I made the decision to pack lightly and not bring my workout gear.  By doing this I was able to pack a days worth of clothes into my laptop bag and then just have the one bag.  Packing for workouts would have mean a small suitcase.  By this time I was pretty sore and really doubted whether I would exercise, so why hassle carrying an extra bag around.  More bad decisions.

I ate fairly well in general, although Monday night I did buy a 4 pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for dessert.

So here I am Wednesday morning and I’m about to jump on the scale and see what this has done to me.  Regardless of what it says, I have some mindset things to start working on.

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IAAdmin December 12, 2007 at 9:25 am

The one and only time I went skiing, I ended up going down the run, waving my hands in the air saying, “Get out of my way.” It’s funny now, but at the time, it was scary………………………:)

When trying to lose weight, everyone has setbacks, so keeping the big picture in mind is the most important.

Keep up the good work.

Chris Davis December 12, 2007 at 4:45 pm

You’re doing great, man. It looks like you’ve already lost over 10% of your body weight! (this is my first time on your site.) That’s a great accomplishment. You’re on your way to even greater things. :)

I think it’s more difficult losing weight in the winter also - I always want to eat a lot more heavy, comfort foods when it’s cold.

Catherine December 12, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Everybody makes mistakes in their life. You’ve already recognised that you made the mistakes which is a good thing.

Your doing great! In the big picture of things, you have made more positive decisions than negative ones and it shows

JoLynn Braley December 13, 2007 at 1:00 am

Hi John, sorry to hear about the wipe out, but it was your first time out of the season, you’ll get your legs back (if you haven’t already by the time you read this).

I hear what you’re saying about making adjustments in your thinking…..I believe you can do it. Every day adds up and it sounds like you’re very aware of what you’re doing, no matter what direction you’re going. As long as you stay honest with yourself like you are, you’ll know what to do. ;)

Michelle December 13, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Probably off on a tangent….but….

I have to ask….when do you go to bed? If I don’t get to bed by 9:30pm, I can never get up for my 4:30am alarm clock. Do you sleep enough? How do you do it?

Sleep does allow your body to heal…

We all have setbacks, just brush it off and get back on. Keep up the good work!

john - from fat to fit December 13, 2007 at 10:52 pm

That’s a fair question Michelle, and totally on topic. If I recall on Sunday night I crashed early, I believe I was asleep by 9:00. So that’s almost 7 hours. I would say I average 6-7 hours per night with the occasional bad night like Tuesday actually when I got home from Chicago at 1:00am, watched TV until 2:00 and then had to get up at 5:00 to go to work.

The thing with me is when I want to get to sleep I can fall asleep in less than 60 seconds. It’s weird and it really bugs my wife.

Now believe it or not but my sleep habits are actually WAY better than they were a couple of years ago before I kicked the caffeinated coffee habit. I easily averaged 4-5 hours a night for many years.

I never sleep in. When I’m up, I am up - regardless of what time it is.

Should I be getting even more sleep? Perhaps. But it is what it is.

Fat Man December 14, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Just shake it off man, you haven’t come this far to let these tiny hiccups get you have you? Been there, done that.

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