They rock because you can have a little break from reality (bills, routine, stress), they suck because you can get too much of a good thing and wreck everything you worked for (hello weightloss)!
So I've been a little MIA lately. And my weight reflects that! After getting so close to 150, I jumped back up 5 pounds over the course of two months. Don't get me wrong, I got in alot of fun vacations over Memorial day weekend as well as fishing opener in June plus we can't forget the 4th of July which rocked! And even though we were busy at the lake and playing and fishing and having all this fun, I wasn't really working out. Call it a lapse into luxury for a bit. I didn't feel like I was OVER-eating, I just wasn't counting or caring. It's like I put myself on autopilot knowing yes, I'm going to enjoy myself but don't go overboard. See what happens. This on a week, off a week can't do TOO much damage? Right? RIGHT??
When I got back to the "real world" last night and start the ritual of unpacking and doing laundry, I jumped on the scale for the first time in like 3 weeks. BOOM. 5 pounds up. And right away I'm awash with guilt. Remember those smores you snarfed down?? How about the grilled burgers, hotdogs, fried walleye and the pounds of french fries? Your kidding yourself if you think the watermelon and sweetcorn helped even it all out! Autopilot? BAH, you're crashing girl! There is a reason why your routine worked. Get back at it!
That's a bit dramatic, I didn't feel too bad, my husband also fell off the wagon and right away the two of us were fighting for "who got to go first" on the elliptical. He won, which was fine, I had bills to pay and laundry to sort and little girls to get into bed. I try to get a clear head before I workout so I can focus. While it's a stress reliever, it's also a time for me to think of new things rather that the list of chores I need to get done!
As I was finishing up the 3rd load of "the whites", my husband was just finishing up his routine. When he got off the elliptical, it looked like he had jumped into a pool. "I feel fantastic" he said and man was I jealous. It was close to dusk and we were just seeing the first set of fireworks from our front window. It was rounding near 10:00 and I knew I needed to jump on the elliptical soon otherwise I would crash into bed. I needed to feel "fantastic" before feeling the vacation letdown.
And I know you won't believe me, but I had the BEST workout ever. I'm not lying. I turned on my old beatup ipod with ridiculous dance beats and fricken worked it. Either the elliptical missed us, or we missed it, because it did NOT disappoint. My 45 minutes flew by so I did another 15 at a lower level just as a cooldown. I also got in 100 situps before I jumped into the shower. I actually wanted to keep going. If only ALL workouts were like that, I'd workout ALL the time.
Luckily and sadly we don't have anymore vacations scheduled this year, so I can have the next few months to get "back to the grind" and into my routine again. Maybe it's okay to have a few weeks off, since I feel I came back with inspiration to get back to work and start shedding again. Time will only tell! I've got a shortime goal of a wedding in August and LBD I want to squeeze into! Don't fail me now elliptical!
Missed you guys! Hope your summers are going well!
PS, did anybody get my "Big Lebowski" reference?? :)