Check in = a mixed bag

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Permalink

There will be no earth-shattering posts or angsty over-analyses of my deepest darkest thoughts today. Instead, I thought I’d just check-in to update you on how my first day ‘back on track’ went.

In all honesty it was mixed.

The day started well as I breakfasted (as planned) on baked beans and an egg. I’d made up a salad for lunch and had pre-mixed nut/seed/sultana combination prepared for morning tea. I had my gym gear in my backpack for lunchtime Zumba and left home brimming with confidence and enthusiasm.

Okay… so that last bit may not be true. I left home feeling weary and pining for a huge lotto win (the fact I don’t play the lotto is beside the point) or for an extremely wealthy man to fall in love with me and offer to let me quit work and keep me in a manner to which I am not yet accustomed (but think I could be!).

Although it’s only Spring here in my sunny State of Queensland (in Oz), it’s already bloody hot. By the time I’d walked to the train station yesterday I was a lather of sweat and it got even uglier on the crowded train and trek to my office building.

exerciseOf course then the day went downhill rapidly. There’s some stuff happening (boss has resigned) which meant the planned quiet day to ease me back into the workplace didn’t happen. And naturally I had a meeting which didn’t allow me to attend the Zumba class I’ve now missed for four weeks in a row.

I was incredibly tempted to partake in some diet coke, which I’ve tried to wean myself off over the past week but (fortunately) was sufficiently busy that I didn’t get to leave my desk.

My 150 calorie nut mix and very low calorie salad (no dressing, only vinegar) had me feeling satisfied, although I ended the day exhausted and a tad stressed about my lack of exercise and a job application I’d forgotten to do.

I left work at a decent hour and was home by 6.30pm; but was feeling as if everything was just beyond my control. I’d considered trying to do a workout at the gym (no classes on a Monday evening) before leaving the city, or donning my exercise gear and walking an extended route from the train to home, or just going home and getting on the bloody exercise bike. The latter always gives me a good workout (as I do an interval program) but takes a lot of willpower for me to use, plus… when home the temptation to ‘vege’ may have been too great.

The good news is that I DID get on the exercise bike and I DID do my 30 minute interval program. The good news is that I had a carbohydrate-free night and cooked my old faithful chicken pizza for dinner. The bad news… because there is always some bad with the good, is that I called in to buy some champagne on the way from the train station and partook in several glasses.  Alas, alack.

On top of that I forgot to take the job application home to complete.  Of course, not having to spend a lot of time on the job application did, however, mean I got to watch The X-Factor, The Mentalist and Blue Bloods on television. So… yay!

So, there you have it. Day one of me being supposedly ‘back on track’: slightly over calories and a bit of a mixed bag.

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  • J.
    November 8, 2011

    sounds like only one bad thing on a come back. Have you considered going booze free for a few weeks at some point? The nightly tipple seems to be a regular indulgence that while pleasant doesn’t really help.

    • rockafellaskank
      November 8, 2011

      Sadly J I WAS supposed to be going alcohol-free. I’d had a few nights alcohol-free the preceding week and was aiming to do the whole week sans wine, but alas… I’ve given up before on a number of occasions but (like food) it’s the first thing I turn to when I get stressed. (I once gave up for over 3 months but consumed about 1.5kg of chocolate each night as a treat instead!) Argh!

  • m3lly78
    November 8, 2011

    It sounds like you’ve finally made up your mind to get into it again! good work 🙂

    You know what really helps me? Mish’s “robot mode”; not even thinking about it. just doing it. But since I started 12wbt all of 8 weeks ago, Ive learnt one major thing – I HATE WORKING OUT IN THE EVENING. I just have to get it done in the morning. If I have an early meeting for work (8am) I still make myself go after work, but its soooooo much harder.

    What about getting to bed by 10pm for a week and getting up at 5.30am to exercise. It’ll be much cooler to walk/run outdoors and you can do Mish’s ‘outdoor program’. Then you dont have to feel bad about vegging on the couch at night!!!

    • rockafellaskank
      November 8, 2011

      I’d love to exercise in the morning Melly but there are a couple of problems… firstly I get really bloody sweaty and hot and so wouldn’t cool down enough for work… But MOSTLY I like some gym classes that are on during lunchtime. Work stuff has meant I haven’t gone this week, but usually I can escape for a lunch break and get my exercise done. I was in a bit of a routine with classes Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday, but that’s all changed a bit. Today’s plan was a good one, I changed into my exercise gear at work and then when I got off the train I walked the long route home. It was more efficient cos the walk’s usually 7-10mins anyway, so it took 35 and I was home earlier than I would have been had I gotten on the exercise bike. Aiming for a pump class tomorrow, hopefully circuit on Friday (work permitting!)

      I like the robot mode thing though. Walking tonight made me remember how much I enjoy it AND I’d even forgotten my headphones so had no music. Must do that more often – I could do early morning walks on weekends!


  • Julia
    November 8, 2011

    I think you did awesome! You’ve been through a lot in the past few weeks/months. Going from zero to gung ho often means burn-out, so having some champagne at the end of the night really is no biggie. Go Deb!

    • rockafellaskank
      November 8, 2011

      Thanks Julia. Also stuff happening in my workplace. My boss was resigning (we had to meet with our Minister yesterday) cos it was made public today… so impacts on my employment…. Lots of crap!!!! xx

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