I didn't realize it until this week, but it's true--I stay very busy on school days, trying to get as much done as possible while the kids are at school. In the summer, I seem to lose all motivation. That makes me feel unproductive and "useless", which leads to a depressive episode. Anyway, C gave me some ideas for how to prevent that from happening, which will be easier now that I've identified the problem.
I've had no problem staying on track with my eating this week, either. I struggled with it so much in the summer (until I finally accepted that I gain weight during the summer, and it's okay), but now I feel like it's just going how its meant to. I have a smaller appetite, and I'm not craving ice cream any more (it's so odd--in July, I felt like I could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Instead, I just made very loose "rules" for my calorie counting--six days a week, I'll eat under 2,000 calories; and once a week, I'll eat over 2,000 calories. That's it! I don't feel like I have to drop this summer weight by a certain deadline, so I'll just take it easy and see how it goes. If I need to adjust my calorie intake, then I will.
Side thought: I also realized that when I want to set a running goal, I definitely should do it for springtime rather than fall. Because I am much more productive during the fall and winter, I am able to train my best for a spring race; but if I was to choose a fall goal race, I would have a very hard time with eating well and maintaining my racing weight. My next goal race is the Indy Mini in 2017, so I have all fall and winter to get down to racing weight and train my best. I like that I don't feel pressed for time!
I'm listening to my appetite at each meal, and interestingly, my calorie intake has only been about 1,600 a day. When I was losing weight last year, I found that I had very little appetite in the fall. I had no idea why that was, but I just listened to it and went along with it. In the spring, my appetite picked up a lot, and then it peaked during the summer. I'm curious to see if this is a pattern for me each year. If it is, that will explain so much!
A big test for me was having a high-calorie day on Friday. I ate 3,000 calories, and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to go back down under 2,000 the next day. But, yesterday, I ended up finishing the day at around 1,500 because I just wasn't very hungry. My body balanced everything out.
All of these "insights" really aren't new, if I think about it; but I never really looked at the pattern that is created throughout a year's time. I always tend to think in terms of weeks, rather than a whole year, so I'm curious if my appetite and calorie intake will correlate with my summer weight gain and fall weight loss. Just some "food for thought", so to speak! ;)
Lately, it's still been very humid here. It's supposed to cool down this week, thank God. I like running right after I take the kids to school, so I'll probably continue with that and then take the weekends as rest days. My friend Andrea and I also made plans to meet at the rec center a couple of days a week to swim. Each of us has back pain due to different issues, and we'd like to see if swimming will help relieve some of the pressure. I went with my kids and my mom yesterday--I can't say it really helped my back, but it was nice to do something different.
Speaking of doing something different, the Tour de Troit is on Saturday! I registered for it a long time ago, and I kind of wish I hadn't. I'm definitely not prepared, because I've ridden my bike exactly once this year. Ever since the roads around here were repaved with gravel and tar, I haven't been riding. They're terrible to ride on! One of these days, I want to buy a carrier for my car, so that I can take my bike to the Metroparks to ride.
The Tour de Troit is 30 miles, and I'm pretty sure I can do it, but my butt is going to be VERY sore on Sunday ;) It's not a race, so we can just really take our time. Jerry, Noah, and my mom are doing it with me, and I think Nathan may do it as well. I'm going to practice changing the tube in my tire once more before the ride, so I don't wind up with a repeat of last year's disaster (now watch, I won't get a single flat!).
I'm writing this early in the morning, because Jerry is off work today and we have plans to celebrate his birthday (which is on Wednesday). This morning, we're going to church to watch Noah in a church play. Then, we're taking Joey to the Dog Day at the Pool (the wave pool is closing for the season, so they let dogs swim in it before they drain it).
|Pics from last year's Dog Day at the Pool|
Later, I think we're going to cook out on the grill and make a campfire at home. We're broke after our vacation last week, so we're keeping it low key, but relaxing around a fire is one of our favorite things to do, so it'll be fun.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!