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Tough times last week
January 22, 2014 - Andy Flynn
It was inevitable that my roller coaster ride would begin, but I didn’t expect it to hit this hard. I lost 24 pounds in my first four weeks of the Lake Placid Diet — through Christmas and New Year’s Day — and I was riding high. Then came a regular stress-filled week, and it threw me for a loop.
It seemed every job, project and volunteer effort I had going converged last week and pounded me over the head. I had no energy. I was in pain. I only walked one day last week, and I gave in to Chinese food Tuesday night (a no-no because of the salt, overeating and leftovers). I couldn’t recover until I took a day off on Saturday.
Looking back, the Chinese food could have easily been avoided if we had planned dinner better. My wife and I forgot to take something out of the freezer to thaw, so there was no meal ready to cook once we got home from work. That’s a recipe for disaster when you’re trying to lose weight. It’s too easy to say, “Let’s order out.” So we did.
(Even when you are trying to improve your health by walking at the Olympic Center when it's below zero, you can't escape the advertising for tasty treats.)
I could have made time to walk a mile each day last week, even with my busy schedule, but I didn’t. There was no motivation. In fact, because of the constant pain from carrying this much weight around, I was motivated not to exercise. Walking around with sneakers and no socks in the snow and cold doesn’t give me much motivation either.
There are clearly things I need to work on. Meal planning, better footwear, and pain and stress management are some. Cutting down on my workload is another.
Being a workaholic, it’s impossible to get rid of projects that have been promised. They have to get finished. I have several big projects due by the end of February, which means a lot of stress and very little time off, and I can only hope things will get better by March. I tend to eat more and exercise less when I’m stressed, so I have a huge challenge ahead of me. One of my biggest problems is the inability to say “no” when a new project comes up. I have to work on that, too.
At least now I’m focused and back on track again. I even started walking in the Olympic Center this week because it is so cold out.
Thanks to everyone for their support; it’s what keeps me going through the tough times.
(This week's column — including the results from my Tuesday weigh-in — will be posted on Thursday.)
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Even when you are trying to improve your health by walking at the Olympic Center when it's below zero, you can't escape the advertising for tasty treats. (Photo — Andy Flynn)