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I got through a tough week in a hard month. I hurt my shoulder on Wednesday trying to do some weight lifting before Spin class, and it was such intense pain that I couldn't even hold a glass in my left hand (and I'm a lefty) Wednesday night. I was so relieved when it was back to normal. I didn't go to my Pilates Circuit class today for fear of reinjuring it. On Thursday, I taught my last class for a while. My dad is out of the hospital and home. That definitely helps me feel less stressed, too.
Now I just need to grade a few papers and get ready for a trip to Washington, DC. I'll be leaving Tuesday and will be back Friday. This is a trip I do every year for CARE, and I look forward to it.
I am going to use Lent to try a new habit, something that I like to do even though I am not really Catholic anymore. This year, I am going to try closing the kitchen after 6:30 p.m. I read a book on Intermittent Fasting, but I could feel myself feeling nutty at the thought of restricting so severely two days a week. I had heard that a lot of people believe there is a real benefit to going without food for a solid 12 hours a day (or more), and I thought that would be a good place to start. My husband is doing it with me, so I won't be tempted by watching him snack. I'm going to do a weigh-in and measure on Monday or Tuesday, and then follow up again after Lent to see how much difference it makes.
One caveat is on this trip, which is for a conference, I might sometimes not be served dinner until late. In that case, I will just make sure breakfast is later too. Because it's a plane trip and I'm trying to carry on, bringing a lot of food isn't an option. I might bring a few KIND bars, but that's all I really would be able to fit in my suitcase.
Last night, I was really tempted to snack and remembered my plans to stop evening snacking, and went to bed instead (it was after 10). I really was tired and bored, not hungry. I'm catching myself more and more in these urges to eat out of habit and heading them off.