I thought perhaps we would pivot from yesterday’s slightly deeper topic!
For the first time in months, I am not thrilled with how my clothes are fitting. I am not in a panic about it, but I am interested in taking action before things escalate.
But first, an analysis of WHY. Interestingly:
- I have been running a bit more regularly (but actually not really any higher mileage than my half marathon training)
- I have been drinking alcohol less than I ever have (except for pregnancies of course). 1-2 glasses of wine per week (usually one on Saturday, sometimes one on one other night) seems to be my new norm. This just seems to be better for my sleep and overall energy levels.
- We have been eating out less because I have been working on reducing our “restaurants” budget! More home meals, less takeout, etc.
But, on the downside:
- I have been eating in the hospital cafeteria for lunch a few days/week. It is free for physicians (don’t get me started on that, I actually don’t think that’s ideal, but that is not the topic of today’s post)
- I have only been doing 2 Beachbody workouts most weeks (used to be closer to 3-4). And I think running actually makes me hungrier. I did a 5 mile interval run yesterday and was ready to eat my arm by 11 am.
- I have, though random gifts, accumulated a box of girl scout cookies AND some Lindt truffles in my office.
- I turn 40 in May. Obviously there is no sudden metabolic implosion, but things are certainly not going to automatically go in the favorable direction.
Now, I am a moderator and it’s not like I have eaten a sleeve of thin mints in one sitting (though I can see how people do that; I LOVE those damn things). But these are not good things to have in one’s office for regular consumption whenever a midafternoon snack craving arises.
I am ready to reign it in because I prefer not having the distraction of body image woes on my mind from day to day.
- Thin Mints and Lindt are getting rehomed to the break room today 🙂 I previously survived without snacking most days and will go back to that habit.
- I am going to aim to either pack lunch more OR make better choices in the cafeteria (but the latter is hard; I just don’t think the food is very healthy overall or high quality so I’m probably better off bringing)
- I am going to consider adding back a Beachbody day, particularly once we get through the end of “mini winter” here and it becomes less pleasant to run.
- I also may consider diving into the more intense BB program (80 Day Obsession) for summer. It’s not much fun to run in 80+ degree humidity even in the 5am dark, so this would be a seasonal shift that makes sense.
Usually when I start paying more attention, I start feeling more comfortable in my skin in a fairly short period of time (couple of weeks), so hopefully that will happen!