This photo was right before I went for a run in the morning. I’ve been out way too early — sometimes, I’ve finished my run before 5:00am, hahaha. Today marks 41 days of my “run around the block” streak. The furthest I’ve gone each morning was only half a mile (the circumference of two blocks), but it makes a big difference in how I feel about myself and how I start my day. I like it very much!
I haven’t paid much attention to my running stats – running half a mile doesn’t tell you much – but I’ll occasionally look at them. I’ve actually gotten faster since I started on September 1st. I started at about 10:45-11:00/mi pace and lately it’s been about 9:45-10:00/mi. The best part of this running habit, however, is that it definitely starts my day off on a positive note. I feel so good afterwards!
Anyway, apart from running, my week hasn’t gone well; I still eat too much. I know exactly what the problem is and exactly how to fix it, but I just can’t find the discipline to do it right now. It’s disappointing! (And I know many of you can relate to this feeling.) I eat when I’m not even hungry and my portions are too big.
Fortunately, the scale remained (almost) the same this week:
I think I was at 134.2 last week. I know I just got lucky. if I don’t rule it this week, I’m looking at a repeat of last year at this time. I could write all these plans about how I’m going to change things, but I’ve been trying for a few weeks now and I just haven’t done it. All I can do is keep trying I guess!
Noah brought home some peanut butter cookies (which look a lot like Tagalongs from Girl Scouts) and happened to be vegan. Even after writing a whole post about how eating a few bites of dessert/sweets makes me crave more, I wanted to try one. They tasted exactly like I remember Tagalongs tasting, and I haven’t tried them in 20 years. So well! And as I said it would happen, I began to crave sweets very much.
I bought grapes and dates, which always come in handy when I’m craving sweets, so I rely on them to get me through the “rough patch” (I’ve learned that it takes about four days to stop craving sweets). I *really* have to remember how hard this is because everything is so much easier when I’m on a candy-free roll.
I’m trying to get into the habit of planning my meals the night before, and I’m good at doing that. Just following my plan that’s the hard part! Hahaha. Many times, I will plan a meal and then when it comes time to eat the next day, it just doesn’t sound good anymore. Maybe I’ll come up with two designs and then pick whatever sounds best. Meal planning helps not only with weight loss/maintenance, but just with stress in general. I love not having to try to figure out what to cook for dinner when I’m in a pinch.
Well, this week has been up and down, and thankfully, I’m squeaking by in my maintenance range — only by 0.4 pounds, a bit — but I’d like to do better this week. My biggest problem is eating when I’m not hungry, so I’m going to check out the Atomic Habits book and try to plan something to help with that!