I was going to post on Friday but I wanted to wait until I finished this thing today.
What's this thing?
Last weekend, I made a commitment to myself and no one else that I would get up, get dressed and get out the door every single day. Not every other day, not a few days this week but every single day.
And as of noon today I did it -- 20 miles either walked or run.
I didn't do it for weight loss or any other specific reason -- I just did it to do it, to see if I could keep the habit going without crapping out. (I crap out a lot ... wait, that sounds gross.)
A couple of times this week I wasn't sure it was going to happen -- especially the day after New Year's Day. I did the Commitment Day 5k up in Boca Raton and I pushed myself to run more than walk. It rained most of the course and I didn't know a soul but I plugged in my iPod, cranked up the Pitbull and partied my way to 3.1 miles.
I've been having some issues with my right leg -- I don't know if it's the quad, the knee or a combination of both, but the next day it was STIFF. I iced it, stretched and got in a 2.5-mile easy walk that afternoon.
Today was also a little iffy -- my knee was making an audible clicking noise -- but aside from that there really isn't any pain, so I chalked it up to middle age, laced up the sneaks and headed out the door. About a mile in (and after repeating my mantra of "GO, SYNOVIAL FLUID, GO!"), the clicking went away and I got in another 2.5 miles.
The "side effect" was I did lose around 3 pounds from last Saturday to this Saturday, but it wasn't because of the exercise.
I decided to start acting like a grown-up and plan and time my meals and snacks. No more "I WANNA SMOOTHIE! I WANNA YUMMY, CHOCOLATEY PROTEIN BAR! I WANNA VAT OF GUACAMOLE!" and then try and make a meal of a goofy combination of foods. If I want a Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch Balance bar (more about those on Monday), I can save it for a snack, when it makes more sense that shoehorning it into a meal.
I'm also making sure I'm eating either a meal or a snack every 2 to 3 hours to keep my blood sugar levels stable. It's REALLY helping with the "late-night situation," especially because I know that I have a planned, sensible snack waiting for me in the kitchen. I had tried to shut the kitchen down after dinner but it just wasn't working. The "Oh, no, don't go in there" only made me go there more.
I also made a commitment to drinking more water -- like water water, not coffee water or soda water or gin and tonic water. My rule is to get in 4 glasses by noon, even if that means standing at the fridge and guzzling down a few glasses at once.
It's working and I'm going to make sure it KEEPS working.