I started this week already a little bit behind by not getting enough work done over the weekend. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were jam-packed with classes, meetings, and stuffing grading into every tiny free minute. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I was at work more than 11 hours a day. Plus I wasn't sleeping right. By Wednesday night I was so tired I felt like someone had punched me in the face. My sinuses hurt and all I wanted was a real, good night's sleep. Luckily a bunch of my Thursday meetings got cancelled, and I was able to catch up on things a little, because Thursday night was the rehearsal dinner for my sister's wedding, and Friday was the main event. I don't tend to drink much most of the time, maybe a glass of wine or two, but last night I had 6 or 7 drinks, even if they were spread out over enough hours that I never felt tipsy. I don't think that vodka, at least the kind they were serving at the reception, agrees with me. How do some people drink every weekend?
When my life gets like this, everything tends to go by the wayside. First, I skip workouts here and there because I don't have enough time or energy. Then, I stop logging my food. Then, when I'm not being conscious about my food, I tend to slip back into the four food groups of Salty, Starchy, Sugary, and Fatty. I'm feeling really horrible right now, and I think that the snowball effect of letting everything go is the primary problem. If I had stayed up late and had too much to drink but hadn't eaten a lot of junky food, would I feel this bad? What if I had managed to stay on my exercise schedule? Maybe if I was exercising more I would have slept better?
I can tell you one blogger who is going to bed early tonight.
Starting tomorrow morning, everything I eat goes into LoseIt! for the next 30 days. No excuses.
I am also going to start a 30-in-30 challenge. For the next 30 days, I will get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. No excuses.
You can join me, if you'd like. What counts as exercise? Anything that gets you moving more than you normally would for at least 30 minutes. Since most of us get lots of screen time in, that could even be a heavy-duty housecleaning session or gardening. Playing actively with your kids could count, but not standing and watching them play while you chat with their friends' moms. It's really up to you -- you know whether you think something is exercise or not.