It's so easy to talk about how things should be in theory, but in reality these same things are very hard to accomplish.
In theory, I have a "new lifestyle" since joining MFP, getting to the right weight, and trying very hard to stay there. My routine is pretty simple these days. I'm not working at the moment, and my whole job focus is to make sure my son is happy and smart and safe, and although I feel a little lazy, I have realized this time in my life is a gift. Along with keeping my son on track, my husband needs to be supported and happy, my labrador needs to be adored and exercised, and I need to keep the household going. In order to do this, my job is to stay strong and healthy by eating right and exercising.
Until this past week I have been happily on maintenance auto-pilot. I haven't had to travel since Thanksgiving of last year--where I'm sure I stressed about the non-exercise and over-eating as much as I did this week. But for some reason it's hitting me harder this week. I can easily give friends the advice that "in order to live, you must eat things you like and splurge sometimes, just balance it all out" and " a few lbs are not a big deal". But isn't it funny, the advice is harder to take when you talk about yourself? When I splurge as part of a normal routine I'm still exercising and it's usually just for one night out every few weeks.....I'm good with the advice then. But not when it is for 4-5 days in a row with no exercise and eating with wild abandon.
So today I added up my travel damage. Instead of the usual 1450-1500 net calories (usually adding an additional 400-450 calories for exercise daily), I went up to about 1850 net calories this week. Instead of burning 2900 calories, I burned about 1500. Instead of feeling strong this morning I feel tired. Every Monday I usually do a test on my Polar HRM that tells me my aerobic fitness level as compared to others my age. Usually I get "elite", and for the last few weeks my level was considered elite to the 20-24 age range. Today when I did it, I was still "elite" (thankfully!) but I was only right up there w/the 35-39 year olds....... So my lesson? I'm still good but watch it....how quickly things can spiral downward if we let it. But of course, I won't do that.
Back on track I go today. I don't think I have the energy to start back in on the 30 day shred today. I think I'll zone out for awhile on the elliptical and watch the Fringe episode I just downloaded on my ipod that I missed this past week. Hopefully by tomorrow that energy will come back so I can get back to the strength exercises that have been making me feel so great.