Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter, 2008 Edition

I hope all of my readers that celebrate Easter enjoy a happy and healthy one today.

The craziness that was the first half of March for me has decided to continue into the rest of the month, but at a slightly lower intensity level. The upside is that my sanity is still intact. The downside is that the post-deadline let-down has continued, affecting my healthy eating, my exercise and my blogging.

I know it will stop. Right now, though, I can't say when. It's just a matter of getting my head back in the right place.

In the mean time, my family and I are off to my mother-in-law's for a nice Easter dinner. So again, Happy Easter, everyone!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Knowing And Doing Aren't The Same Thing

After losing 130 pounds and keeping it off for eight months, you might think that I know what I'm doing when it comes to my weight. And most days, you'd be right. But knowing and doing, as the title to this post reminds us, don't always walk the same path.

I had the "perfect storm" of a post-stress let-down, extremely good news and ample opportunity that led me down a calorie-filled detour, and I made sure I hit every pothole along the way!

As I mentioned in yesterday's return from exile post, I finally turned over the project I was working on to the printer after a very stressful lead up to the final deadline. And even though I felt great relief afterwards, there is also that shell-shocked feeling that takes a few days to recover from.

Strike one.

Several days later my son the high school senior received a piece of mail that we were waiting for from the financial aid office of his college of choice. We had to bring it with us to the school function we were attending that evening since he stayed late for practice and we were going to meet him there.

The letter? Confirmation of a full academic scholarship! To say we were ready to celebrate would be an extreme understatement...

Strike two.

Back to the function we were attending. I've mentioned before that my son rows for his school's Crew team. This function was the "Kickoff" dinner for this year's crew season. And a dinner at a Catholic high school on a Friday evening during Lent can only mean one thing. Pasta, and lots of it. With Alfredo sauce. And marinara sauce. And clam sauce. And almost every family there brought enough desserts to feed 3 families.

Strike three.

Strikes four, five and six involve having to bring most of the leftover desserts home and store them until today, when we brought them down to the river for our first race of the season.

For the uninitiated, a day on the river for a crew family involves a long day punctuated by brief segments of cheering for your school's boats as they fly by towards the finish line. You pass the rest of the time by talking with your fellow crew parents. And eating. Breakfast. Lunch. Desserts. All day long.

It's too late in this long story to make a long story short, but it is safe to say that I know what I should have been doing food-wise this weekend, I just chose to take the easy path and give in to my feelings the entire time. Now it's time to move on and get back on track the first thing in the morning. That's what Mondays are for, right?

The Count: Snooze = +50, Exercise = +66

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Hiding In Plain Sight

I've been talking about this "Big Deadline" that's been hanging over my head for a while now. Basically, it was a desktop publishing project for one of my son's high school sports teams that had an ultra-short deadline this year because the big race is always held the day before Easter, which comes a lot earlier than usual this year. It was finally sent to the printers earlier this week, and it's as though a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders!

Throw in a middle-of the-night trip to the ER about a week and a half ago, and you can imagine the fun I've been having. First, though, I'm happy to say that I'm fine. The root cause of the trip to the ER is still under investigation, but the docs tell me it's nothing that I or anyone else needs to be concerned about.

The other thing I'm happy about is that I was able to maintain the spirit of my weight management efforts, even if I wasn't on plan 100% of the time. I wisely, IMHO, gave myself permission to suspend my exercise after the trip to the hospital, through the publishing deadline and some meetings that have keep me busy through to the end of this week. So today, it was back to exercising.

Anyway, now it's back to business as usual, dealing with the day to day challenges of weight maintenance and staying on top of the blog.

The Count: Snooze = +51, Exercise = +65

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Coming Up For Air

Things seem to be returning to the normal level of crazy now that my major deadline has passed. While that gives me a chance to come up for air, the next few days are still going to be busy, just not insanely so.

Still, it will be good to get back into the regular swing of things, it may just take a few more days for me to get there. I'm itching to get back to blogging on a regular basis, that's for sure!