I am back to where I was before my life went crazy this summer. Again, I had been stress eating, although much less so than I had in previous situations. I more had stopped exercising for a month because I wasn't sleeping well and didn't think it was a good idea to be bike riding with the kid while exahusted. (Of course I didn't have a problem with driving.)
I finally got back on the wagon after about a month or 6 weeks. I've been doing more running and some biking. I went out on a big ride with utini2 a few weeks ago and that was fun. Hopefully he'll want to do it again sometime and I didn't keep him back too too much. And perhaps he can even draft off me for a change.
Last week at the conference I went to the fitness center a few times, and walked everywhere.
I'm wearing a pair of jeans that haven't really fit me for about a year. They're tight, but no more tight than they were when I was wearing them a while ago. So that's a good sign.
I've decided I probably have lost 20 pounds since March. That's not extremely fast weight loss, but it's hopefully real and permanent, and that's what this is all about for me. It probably would have been over 25 if I didn't have my setback. So that's great and all but I'm basically back to "too big" instead of "you're endangering your health." I look quite a bit better in the mirror, especially in my upper body and my butt, but I still have a gut. The next 20 will be a big transformation and probably harder. After that, well, I'd probably be able to lose 10-20 more but only if I'm training for some sort of athletic event (20 more would put me at my high school graduation weight, which I also was once in college, and close to in 1998.) I'm finding visualization helps a lot here, and seeing every piece of food and every step in my running shoes or every push of the pedal as its effect on my body.
The challenge for the fall now--since I probably won't be biking in with the kid anymore due to weather (it's hard to have him on the back in near-freezing weather--it'd be fine for me since I produce lots of heat, but he's just back there in the headwind.) will be keeping or picking up the pace. My plan will involve driving in early and going to the gym. Also good since I'll do more lifting and fitness machines, as well as a spin on the cycles or a run around the track. If I do that 2-3 mornings a week I can then do runs, bike rides, housework, or hikes on the weekend and fill it in (Oh, I've also tried to bump my 3 a week rule to 4 or 5 a week as my overall fitness improves.)
Eating? Well, the pesky University Club still remains a challenge, but I'm handling it better. Mostly by not eating so many desserts and taking smaller initial scoops. I could be doing much better though. Of course with the holidays fast approaching I'll need to be very careful in how I do things.
Anyway, that's all for me now. Again, I mostly post this to have it out in public, so that I have a shred of accountability.