Time totally got away from me last week/end, so I had to skip last week's blogpost. But that just means it's a birthday bonus blogpost! I turned 38 today so last night we went to one of my favorite restaurants that we visit every few years, The Melting Pot. It was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I planned this as my cheat a few weeks ago and it lived up to my expectations. I had three pretty interesting observations.
- The last time we went there, it didn't seem like there was a lot of food. This time, I didn't eat all of my entree so that I could have room for the S'mores chocolate fondue (which was absolutely the right call).
- I had planned on having two alcoholic drinks with dinner. I barely got through my one sangria and totally felt the effects of it. I'd say I was a cheap date, but the four course experience would say otherwise :) I haven't had anything to drink since I started with Sisters in Shape on August 11th and I won't have anything again until I go to a conference in mid-October.
- I felt awful during the middle of the night. How did I not feel this before? My stomach felt tight and it hurt to even turn over in bed. It felt like a rock was in my belly. I even minimized my amount of gluten to help but I forgot about it when it came to ordering the chocolate. It's amazing how those little bites add up and turn into one big boulder.
My training has been tough lately. I've felt really sluggish on my runs. This past Saturday though, I did my last long run before the Divas Half Marathon in Northern VA and my pace was pretty good, especially with a killer hill. There have been a couple of nights over the last two weeks where I've gotten out of the house later than usual, got in my car on the way to the gym, and then turned right back around. I've felt tired and thought it was better to rest than push myself. Today I'd love to workout but my muscles are telling me no, so I need to respect that. And even though I've skipped the gym at night, doesn't mean I wasn't active that day. I also started my fall prep program designed by my coach and I can already tell it's gonna be a good one. I'm really hoping I see more definition happening over this coming month. Which reminds me, last week when I took my progress pictures, I couldn't see much difference from the week before. This week, I saw a little more definition. It's a great reminder (for me) not to give up and to trust the process (as cliche' as it sounds).
Social media totally helps me. I find motivation in looking at the pictures and following along in Facebook groups. In one group, they are doing a monthly IIFYM challenge, so I decided to participate. Every week, I declare my goals. One is nutrition-based, one is workout focused, while the other is hydration related. Here are my two weekly goal declarations. They're similar and that's okay by me...they're focusing on what's important.
For me, this group is providing good support. Like on the day I broke down and had three cookies that a co-worker brought in. In the past, I might have just accepted that I was going to be over. However, after posting and having a couple of people respond, I modified what I ate for the rest of the day and was pretty close to my macro goals. It also made me not feel so guilty about having some cookies. And that's really one of the biggest benefits of flexible dieting aka if it fits your macros.