Getting Back On Track

A Week Off
Some of you may have noticed that I have been posting a lot of content on the blog over the six weeks. I made the conscious decision to have something new to post each weekday for a month, but I was able to do that and more. What I've been doing is writing pieces for the next week and scheduling them to post. Before I left for vacation I only had four posts ready to go, but I really wanted to have something for each day. So, my post from last Friday was actually done from my phone while we were on vacation in New York.

I probably had time to write more to have stuff to read this week, but I didn't want to miss out on visiting with family and friends. Then we had one of the longest and most aggravating drives back home that we've ever had. Between that and getting everyone back into our routine, I decided to put off writing until later in the week. That brings us to today and me writing this post. I'm not sure I'll keep up the pace of having a new post everyday, but I'd like to do a few each week.

The list of topics to write about and sandwich reviews I need to do grows each day. I keep a running list using an app on my phone. I'd also like to add a new segment or two or maybe a diary piece to this blog. So I certainly have a lot of ideas for future posts. If there are any topics you would like to read about, please email them to me. Starting next week, I'll have more of a steady update schedule again.

Getting Back On My "Diet"
I've gotten really serious again with my "diet" now that we're back from vacation. I knew we'd eat rather poorly while we were there, but I did my best to be good. Over three years ago, I lost 32 pounds because I was getting close to my heaviest again. A year and a half ago, I wrote a post about "dieting" not working and sadly did not stay on the plan that was working, like I said I would. In total, I've put on ~15 pounds of the 32 I had lost. It's better than putting it all back on, but I want to be healthier so I'm attempting to do better than I did before.

I've been tracking my daily walks all along using Map My Walk. However, I walk with two other people most days so my time and calories burned are lower than they were when I was losing weight. The walks are more of a maintain weight and get out of the office thing than anything else. On days where I'm alone, like I have been this week, I push it more by jogging instead. I'm also being meticulous with the My Fitness Pal app to track my calorie intake and nutrition. Adding simple no weight workouts to my daily routine should aid in my en-devour.

Two things I really need to lock down are meditating more and getting more sleep. I have been terrible at keeping my resolution to meditate on a regular basis over the past month and a half. When I realize I've not been doing it, I string a few days together but then stop again. I also don't tend to sleep more than 7 hours a night, often less, which isn't helping either. Because of my failures with both of those, I've been on edge a lot lately and the people around me are definitely recognizing that.

Thankfully I'm not starting at square one, but I am definitely behind where I should be. My current goal for the rest of 2018 it to get back down below 200. It's definitely an attainable goal and I wouldn't even need to average losing a whole pound a week. From there I have some loftier goals regarding weight and overall health, but I need to start slow and realistic. I plan on doing a check in each month with my results and to cover what I've been doing (or not doing) to get where I am at that time. I'm normally able to keep myself accountable by putting things out there like this, so here's to hoping it continues to work.


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