Monday, April 28, 2014
well, april didn't go as well as i'd hoped. i lost quite a bit of weight in march, but april averaged about 1 lb a week. lots of reasons for this: rain, bad food choices, still not able to work out at 4 am.
with that said, i know what i need to work on in may:
1. work out at 4 am
2. continue avoidance of alcohol
3. better food choices
i was doing real well getting up at 4am and working out. then the holidays, stress, sickness took over and the snooze button won. but i need to amp up my workout if i'm going to lose the weight.
since i wrote my goodbye letter to alcohol i've been doing really well. it really lifted a weight off my chest. right now i'm trying to figure out my alcohol triggers. for me, drinking is mostly a habit. i like to have a beer after work, especially in the summer when it's nice and sunny out. i have found since not drinking that the beer after work is totally habitual. i don't need it, i'm just in the habit of grabbing a cold one out of the fridge. usually followed by another. there lies the problem.
i realized while listening to a country song the other day (thankfully i don't normally listen to country!) that the idea of drinking makes me want to drink. for instance, the song lyrics were something about dropping the tailgate and drinking a cold beer. as i heard this i imagined myself and some friends sitting on a tailgate in the country drinking a cooler of beer. now, this is not something that happens. the vision of us on a deck playing cards is more realistic. the only time i'm in the country or something like it is camping. or at the in-laws. more on that later. so it's 7:30 am and i'm thinking, man, that sounds good! what? had i been at home and it was in the pm hours, i would have grabbed a beer. probably followed by another.
went to the in-laws over the weekend. they live in the foothills outside of the city so we often have bbqs and bonfires out there. lots of drinking. can't exactly avoid these situations. just need to learn to be strong. anyway, they have a well-stocked liquor cabinet. so anytime i'm out there the desire to drink is strong. for one, they're my in-laws. secondly, they booze is right there! and there is usually a bottle of wine, or pitcher of margaritas at the ready. i know it's just another habit to break and i need to be prepared so i don't lose sight of my goals.
no 3 is a no-brainer. i plan out my meals and have healthy snacks on hand. but easter candy got the best of me. and easter in general. plus a couple bbqs. just stuff i need to work on and learn how to fit real life in my lifestyle.
hope you all have a wonderful month!