Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Totally Failing

   So, in my last post, I wrote all about how I'm not going to gain weight this Holiday season and I'm going to eat healthy and blah blah blah. Yeah - that was 11 days ago and I'm failing MISERABLY. Like, I'm afraid to step on the scale because I've eaten so much crap over the past week and a half. Y'all, it's BAD.
   The problem is kind of two-fold. The first being that we've had a lot of crazy things happen recently (home plumbing going out, car issues, etc.) that have prevented us from going to the store and purchasing good food. As a result, Dudley and I have been eating for convenience, rather than health. After spending the day in the plumbing aisle of Lowe's or Home Depot, it's much easier to go buy some frozen pizzas and have dinner ready in 10 minutes, than cook a full meal. Frozen pizza doesn't taste as good as a home-cooked meal, but it gets the job done.
   The other issue is, surprise, the food in my office. As mentioned previously, we have candy and snacks everywhere. Just today, I was walking through accounting (ACCOUNTING!! Not even the break room!) and passed a tray of croissants. Since I didn't want to negate the 5.5 miles of running I did this morning, I passed them by. But then I looked into an empty cube and saw some sort of white chocolate ganache cake with strawberry jam icing. I mean, COME ON!! That's not playing fair! And it was home-made, because why wouldn't it be? I work for a restaurant, so OF COURSE, one of our accountants is a former pastry chef. I mean, why wouldn't she be? Doesn't every office have pastry chefs in their accounting department? No? Just us?

   Anyway, after eating the cake (with seconds on the frosting - it was AMAZING. A fluffy, pink cloud of strawberry happiness), I am now rededicating myself to eating better until the end of the year. I don't care if I lose any weight - I just don't want to gain any.
   And, as extra incentive to stay healthy, I'm going to register for an early 70.3 in 2015. Last week, Ironman announced a new race in Chattanooga that is in May. That's really early in the season for a HIM (Half Ironman) - for me, anyway. Generally, I train over the Spring and Summer and have my A race in September. But next year, I'm planning on racing CHOO 70.3, and then, hopefully, both Dudley and I will get into Chicago marathon next October. That's right - a full marathon. That should be interesting. Neither of us have done a stand alone marathon. And I really want to do Chicago. If you're going to probably only do one stand alone marathon, it should be iconic, right?
   I'm off to go log into myfitnesspal. I wonder how many calories pink clouds of strawberry happiness has...  Sigh.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Holiday Feasting Season

   It's upon us again - Holiday Feasting Season. That time of year where there is food everywhere you go. My office is especially bad. Thanks to the holidays and end-of-year birthdays, we will have snack food in our break room almost every day until January 1st. Believe it or not, this is actually an improvement from years past. It used to be EVERY DAY. It would start out with left over Halloween candy for about two weeks. Then we'd move on to a birthday or two, which means cake for a week or chicken-minis from Chick-Fil-A. Then there is Thanksgiving, where we have a catered lunch AND potluck (y'all - I work for a restaurant AND live in the South. Potlucks are insane. And buttery.). By the time December rolls around we're getting the annual shipments of popcorn, cookies, etc. from vendors. Then there is the Christmas luncheon, and we snack off of that for a week. And that's just food from my office. That doesn't factor in the Holiday parties or actual Thanksgiving / Christmas dinners. So by New Year's, it's no surprise that we're 5-10 pounds heavier.

What is currently on my break room table.

   Well, not me. Not this year. I weighed myself on Halloween. I'm at 130 lbs. right now (that's right - I made my weight public) and plan on still being 130 on January 1st. I've reactivated my "myfitnesspal" account and will be logging everything I consume. AND I'm back on my 3-liters of water a day goal. That kind of went out the window when I finished IMCHOO.
   I'm also still exercising. I took a little break after IMCHOO, but I have new goals for 2015 and need to get working on them! But first, I need to knock out this little Holiday Half Marathon in early December. I'm just running it for fun (i.e. very slowly!), but the training will at least keep me moving.
   Do you have fitness goals over the Holidays? Or you just shut it down and enjoy a few months off?