I have accepted an invitation to run as part of a team in a 5k race with my coworkers in June. It’s a little frightening – although I used to run cross-country competitively in high school, as Dave can attest (he ran for a different school’s team) I wasn’t that good then, and 17 years later I haven’t aged like wine or fine cheese. Dave assures me two months is enough time to get used to the 5k distance – we’ll see. I’ll measure out 5k somewhere in my neighborhood and give it a go tomorrow morning. I haven’t committed yet, but I likely will.
I have finally had time to start messing with the look of The Life Ledger. I have probably one more day’s worth of tinkering to do, then we’ll be creating some original tools for our readers – charts, nutrition info, calculators and more. I’m looking forward to rolling it out over the next few weeks.
-Do you think it will be easy to fall back into your old lifestyle pattern? How do you prevent this from happening?
It took years to develop the habits that led to my weight-gain; I expect it will take a while to replace them with healthy habits. Some are easy, like no longer eating fast food (I pack my meals or find healthier alternatives); some are harder, like not snacking during meal preparation or grazing at gatherings. To prevent slipping back into old unhealthy habits, I practice awareness in two different ways:
1) I weigh daily. I don’t freak when my weight fluctuates from day to day, but I do watch for trends. I set an alarm weight of 5 lbs over my current weight; when I reach my alarm weight, I know I’m slipping back.
2) I count every calorie every day. Over time, I learn how to judge a meal’s caloric content without looking it up. Also, if I have to write down every bite I take while grazing at a party, I’m much less likely to eat it in the first place.
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Oh, and one more thing – the wraps at Jersey Mike’s taste a whole lot better than Subway’s. I’ll have to look into the nutrition info.