Picking Up Where I Left Off

I keep saying “before break” as if I am still in college and have an actual Christmas Break. Alas, I am not and do not, but still, before I went to New Jersey for Christmas and had a few days off around New Year’s , I was killing it.

Every day I ate within my calorie limit (about 1,600) and I worked out about four days a week. I was going to the gym during lunchtime to squeeze those workouts in, and I was drinking more water. I had it. I was on a roll.

Then Christmas came with Christmas cookies and cheese and crackers and lots of other treats. I indulged, and I enjoyed it. I also knew that I better soak it up because come the first week of January, I had to pick up where I left off. With my wedding only months away now, I knew that I wanted to keep the pre-Christmas streak going. That 5 lbs. I lost between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I wanted to do that on the regular. I wanted to be consistent and keep on truckin’.

So, now it’s Jan. 6 and I finally have five solid days under my belt of tracking calories again. I went to spinning on Jan. 1 — great way to kick off the new year! — but besides doing a lot of work around the house, I haven’t worked out otherwise. Yet.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m supposedly running a 5k next Sat. morning?

Yeah, apparently brilliant ol’ me decided that I wanted to keep my running up (which I do) and that scheduling a race right after the holidays would help keep me committed (which it didn’t). So now I have some fast work to do to be ready for Sat. And by “ready” I mean, I want to walk/run the race without feeling like I’m going to die. Trying to PR? Nope, not this time. Trying to run the whole thing? Doubtful. I just want to finish.

But the good thing about all this is, while I haven’t stepped on the scale yet, I feel hopeful that the scale won’t totally deflate me and betray me and make me wanna cry. I think when I do step on on Fri., I may see a couple extra pounds than I’d like, but I think I got back on the bandwagon fast enough that the holidays haven’t completely derailed the progress I made.

But we’ll see on Friday.

And until then, it’s a week full of making the right food choices, drinking lots of water and getting back to the gym. Regularly.

How are you bouncing back after the holidays? Has it been easy or are you struggling? Did you not even indulge at all? (Not-so-secretly, I hate you . J/k!)

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I am Jennifer, a 34-year-old woman living in Birmingham, Ala., miles from my Northeast-based family and some of my closest friends, but loving the Magic City, my husband and the friends I’ve made here in the South. I’ve lived in nine different states, plus London, and worked for some top-notch publications (Southern Living, Women’s Wear Daily/W magazine) as a writer and copy editor. Now I am loving my role as assistant editor at a bass fishing magazine.
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4 Responses to Picking Up Where I Left Off

  1. Amber says:

    I started the Advocare herbal cleanse Jan. 2, and I’m following the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer phase 1 eating plan with it, since it’s basically the same thing. It hasn’t been easy — I’ve been hangry a lot and have realized just how much I’ve been stress/emotional eating, but it’s a good thing to be conscious of. I haven’t exercised since Thanksgiving (I KNOW) and next week is a vacation, but I’m hoping that on vacation I’ll keep it to one treat meal per day (my mom will help me out with this with meal planning) and start the LiveFit lifting the day I get back.

    • It’s nice to have a specific eating plan to follow — sometimes it helps when there are certain restrictions! I tend to go crazy when I’m told I CAN’T have something. But then again, I could probably use more structure! It’s great your mom will help you stay on track while you’re on vacation!

  2. Vanessa says:

    I’ve been battling a nasty cold since before Christmas so I’ve only got in 2 runs and a walk. My P90X3 Challenge Group started yesterday… I didn’t…

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