Now that the school year has started to find its flow and I can trust it, my mind is starting to turn to my health. I have gained weight, my friends. I haven’t gotten on the scale, yet, but a few alarming things are happening. One, when I run my stomach is shaking enough that it makes me nauseous. Two, I’m hot all the time. I haven’t been hot all the time since I was much heavier, which tells me I’m either entering menopause or I’m gaining enough weight that I’m getting a winter layer. I’d rather be cold! I know myself, though, and I know that if I suddenly jump in and start exercising like a fiend and dieting for fat loss that I will rebel. I kind of feel like I’m starting all over again. I’m getting the working out part down pretty quick, I just need to get the food back in control.
Last week I started the process of easing back into things with honesty. I learned that was the key to my success years ago. I recently started looking at what I was eating and realized I’ve switched out a lot of my healthy choices for fast, easy food. I recognized that my night eating is out of control- my new medication can make me feel sickish and it seems to have turned my appetite on around the clock. I need to take control of that.
I also hosted a lunch with a group of friends who are in a similar place of feeling out of control or needing support. We realized that we help to keep one another accountable just by being around one another. My friend Julie and I experienced the same thought cycle and managed to avoid eating a chocolate biscotti from the staff lounge just because we saw one another. Knowing who my community is and where my supporters are is incredibly empowering. On top of that, we are bringing our sneakers to school to walk laps on rainy school days or for days where we owe ourselves a workout but know we won’t once we leave! We decided we’d be there for one another in that way, too, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I’ve decided to slowly work on the food. I’ve noticed an incredible upswing of sugar cravings since I started the anxiety meds, prompting the night eating. These past two weeks I worked on integrating more Whole Foods into my diet with lots of whole grains, high fiber, fruit and vegetables. You know, the gassy stuff just in time for spending days in a classroom! My next step is to start tracking my food in a tracking app. I use myplate. From there comes the natural elimination game that happens when you see what you’re actually eating and how much more you could eat if you ate healthier! LOL!
Regarding exercise, now that the half marathons are over, I feel like I can step into a more balanced training plan focused more on building lean muscle. That said, I’m also focused on cutting some fat, first. I put my favorite fall skirt on and it was tight. Like, really tight. I just need to fit my wardrobe appropriately again! I started going to lifting classes again and plan to integrate them regularly as the school year continues. I also have a few events in front of me: Captain Jacks Treasure Run 8k* on 10/29, the Hot Chocolate 15k in March and the Big Climb, also in March. Orca Running renewed my ambassadorship for the 2018 season, so I’ll be running several of their races as well: My Better Half and a few others.
I really feel good when I weigh around 190. I just wanna get back to that!
It’s all coming together. By the time Christmas rolls around I should be titanium and able to resist the goodies. 😉
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