Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Back to Basics

It has been a few weeks since I last posted.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and an easy transition back to real life.  For me, I am starting off this new year off with some leftovers from last year.  Unfortunately, the scale has gone up six pounds in the past two weeks.  While I know that the weight will come off, it still feels like all of my hard work has disappeared.    

When I talked to my wife about my frustration and disappointment, she told me to reread my articles and get back to basics.  That simple statement helped me to get back on track and assess what had gone wrong so that I could point myself in the proper direction.  It wasn’t much of a mystery, really.  I had been overindulging at work and not doing enough exercise.  With all of the festivities, I had consumed way too many cookies and doughnuts, and because of rainy and cold weather, and other scheduling issues, I had not been able to walk or run nearly as much as I would have liked. 

Since beginning “Running Without a Watch” there have been other times when I wasn’t able to run, but I still ate balanced, healthy meals.  Not this time.  I went a little overboard and caught myself falling back into some old habits.  It’s Friday, I thought...since I already ate poorly today, today is already lost.  To make matters worse, it was also the end of the week, the end of the month, and the end of the year, so I found myself totally losing control.  Thank goodness I had a fresh new year just around the corner to help me turn things around.

Besides making poor food choices and not getting enough exercise, I also had taken a break from writing.  Since the very beginning, this blog has kept me accountable for my actions and has really helped me to stay focused.  Without it, I found that it was a lot easier to skip running or to shorten my walks.

Bottom line, it is never too late to get back to basics.  I am writing, eating healthy, and walking and exercising.  Since January 1, 2012 I am down three pounds.  It sure feels good to be back on track.

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