Yeah, this past week didn’t quite go as planned. I did well on eating for the first part of the week but then we had April/Amy day on Thursday which involved a lot of sangria and a nice lunch out. That night we celebrated Alex getting straight A’s with delivery from Piesanos (pizza, my friends)! Then Friday night was Erik’s “grown-up” birthday celebration with friends (and alcohol and pan fried dumplings and fried wontons…). Saturday was Erik’s family birthday celebration with BBQ. All of those were “allowed” deviations from my plan. Unfortunately, on Saturday night, I just caved and said forget it, I’m eating whatever I want. Oops. Sunday through Tuesday were just me and Eli at Walt Disney World and I had a couple of healthy meals but more high carb/treat meals than I’d planned on. Oops. And then, lack of food prep (we got back Tuesday night and I had to go to work at 6am on Wednesday) and major work stress combined to keep me eating off-plan the rest of the week. Oops.
I did get lots of walking in at Disney (7-10 miles a day, many of those with 30lbs of Eli on my back) but no formal exercise except for one strength workout on Monday and a fairly short set of repeats on Thursday morning which were much harder than I remembered! My goal during the repeats was 9 minute miles and I was going way too fast. So while I was hoping for 8×400, I ended up with 4×400 because I was just DONE!I know it’s an excuse, but work was just insane with big presentations and lots and lots and lots of stress. I know, I know, that’s when I actually SHOULD make an exercise break a priority, but it just didn’t happen.
I don’t think I’ve posted much about it, but I’ve had some kind of sinus trouble for the last few months. Coughing, drainage and a recurring sore throat and just feeling a bit off. At Disney, I had super mild vertigo a couple of times (which of course sent me on a panic spiral making me think I’d drop dead and poor Eli would be there all alone…I blame binge watching of Royal Pains for this) when I got off of boat rides (the one in Mexico and Living With the Land). I am pretty sure that it’s because my ears are chronically stuffed up from this sinus pressure, so I finally went to the nurse at work who still thinks it’s just allergies (I’m taking flonase and allegra every day for over a month now) but that the inflammation needs to be calmed down for it to really heal up. So, I’m on prednisone (oral steroid) starting yesterday for a week. I had to take a cycle of it a little over a year ago when I had a similar problem that contributed to my awful Tink Half. I’m really hoping it clears this up because I’m so tired of being stuffy and feeling just tired and off.
My health insurance company changed the rules for chiropractors, which is where I was getting my massage therapy for my back/neck (work and posture issues) and my legs (running stuff) through. So, the massage therapist I finally found is no longer taking my insurance! Ugh. Guess it’s back to the rehab clinic which has great therapists but is a lot further from my office, taking me out of work longer when I go…
Ok, that’s all the bad news. In good news:
The jasmine is blooming! I am signed up for the WDW Half Marathon and 10k (and Eli’s signed up for the kids races) in January! I was struggling with whether to run Princess or Gasparilla and had a helpful tweet from a running friend who suggested doing WDW weekend instead and then being able to just run Gasparilla in February (it’s on PHM weekend). I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it, but I’m so grateful for the suggestion because I think I’m going to really enjoy it.
I haven’t given up on my eating plan, I’m starting again tomorrow!
I made it through some challenges at work without really stressing out too badly. I may or may not (I did!) have sung the theme song to the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in my head while I was fielding some questions. “Unbreakable! They’re alive, dammit! Females are strong as hell. Unbreakable!” I’ve got to admit it really helped me feel a bit unbreakable and strong myself!
So, next week my goals are:
- Eat according to Paleo at least 90% of the time.
- Run 3x including a six-mile run and one set of repeats.
- Strength training 2x.
- Yoga! Or meditation! Or some kind of specific stress relief that doesn’t involve chips or chocolate!
How did your week go? Any words of motivation to help me get back on track and stay there?