Yeah, so I think I’ve officially reached critical ass. My week of post-marathon recovery and eating colossal amounts of junk food are the last straw. I’m feeling bloated and gross now and not all of it is due to lady issues. (That comment was for you, Razz.)
Since July I’ve gained eight pounds. It’s not a whole lot in the scheme of things, but I still had a good chunk of weight to lose prior to gaining those pounds. Basically, the situation isn’t pretty, literally or figuratively.
To combat the increase in poundage, I decided to pound the pavement. For the first time since the marathon, I laced up my Asics yesterday for an easy three mile run. I left the watch at home and just ran for the sake of running. It felt good.
With the holidays nearing, things are going to be crazy with travel and the like, so my life won’t return to normal (at least my version of it) until mid January when I return to England for good. So I need a plan to deal with my situation until then.
First off, I realize how sadistic and unrealistic it is to hope to lose weight over the holidays. There’s too much yummy food about and I have no will-power when it comes to denying myself delicious home-cooked meals and holiday treats like my grandma’s famed chocolate peanut butter balls. (Yes, every Christmas I eat my grandma’s balls. Try not to choke on that image. Sickos.) So the base goal is to not gain any more weight. How am I going to do this?
- portion control
- get off my fat ass and move
Basically, I’m going to try to use something I’ve heard called ‘self-restraint’ when it comes to consuming holiday goodies. I thought for a while that this ‘self-restraint’ was purely mythical, like a centaur or a man who doesn’t attempt to dutch oven his significant other whilst in bed, but apparently it does exist. Huh, who knew.
As for exercise, well, running is always good, except that it’ll be a bit tricky while I’m in the states since my family lives in snow country and I’ve become a complete cold-weather wuss and have never run in the snow. Thankfully, motivation has appeared via the interwebs once again. RunToFinish is hosting the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge from December 8 to January 4. You earn points depending on how much physical activity you do during the challenge and those with the most points at the end can get their hands on some pretty sweet prizes. I may not be getting much running in between now and then, but I’ll have the impetus to pop in a cardio DVD or finally finish that godforsaken push ups challenge. (Seriously, fifth times the charm, right?)
So that’s the post-Rome plan. I’ve got one week left here in the eternal city (where the hell did the time go?!), so I need to cram in as much sightseeing, researching and running as possible before I leave next Tuesday. This doesn’t leave me much time to think up and post those two additional pop quizzes I promised, but since I already purchased four more Popeners to give away to you all, I better do it. I’ll try to get one up early tomorrow, but you’ll only have by the end of the work day tomorrow (EST) to enter, since I’ve got to post another pop quiz later this week. Them’s the breaks, people.
Okay, that’s it for me. Catch up with you all later.