Friday, February 18, 2011

Gym Hamster Recovers - Week 3 Update


Gym Hamster & hubs spent a LOT of time sleeping this week. Constant coughing, headaches, sinus pain and drainage, nausea... you name it we had it. Hubs actually is getting over a double whammy of bronchitis and pneumonia... so it's been a rough week for us. I haven't made it to the gym once... but that's okay. I'm ready to start again next week.

Honestly, I was scared to get sick. I thought if I get sick and I miss my "routine" of going to the gym, I'll never get back into it. That's it... I can't stick with anything once I break my "routine" I'm done for.

But through the whole time of being sick and now being on the mend... I know I'm not done for. Throughout this whole week, while I didn't go to the gym, I still was very careful about what I was eating. While I didn't write things down in my journal (which can be dangerous) I listened to my body. I ate only when I was hungry. I stopped when I was full. It was pretty amazing to me actually. I did have an afternoon when I REALLY wanted to munch and I wanted it to be chocolate... but I realized that I was just hungry since I hadn't eaten anything since an early lunch, so I had an apple with 2 measured tablespoons of peanut butter.  Craving gone. Solved. I listened.

I'm learning how to make this a lifestyle. What's so different about this approach to everything I've done in the past is that I'm seriously taking it step by step. Day by day. I'm changing small things, which lead to bigger things.

I know a 70 lb. weight loss is a LONG way away... I have an unofficial goal of hopefully meeting that number by next year. But more importantly I'm focused on the routine. Make it to the gym when you're well. Stay home when you're sick. Eat well regardless of how you feel. Listen to your body. Celebrate every tiny off-the-scale victory. You're worth it.

Thoughtfully,
Carrie
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11 comments:

  1. You can do it, Carrie! I'm proud of you.
    -Amy

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  2. I was wondering where you'd stayed! So glad to hear that everyone is on the mend at least. Doesn't sound like a great week at all. But, you're doing great, and you'll get back at it, I know it. :) So proud of you, Carrie! (I'm now down 25 of my 60 I am wanting to lose...you can do it too!).

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  3. Good for you. We have been sick and out of the gym for 3 weeks! It's amazing how much I have missed going. That is when you know the routine is IN you.

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  4. happy to hear you guys are on the mend. love your approach. day by day. you can do it. you can do it. you can do it. (I believe in you!)

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  5. So glad to hear you are beginning to feel better, Carrie. And also that you did so well. After a while, eating properly and exercising aren't even a choice at all, they just "are." It's just what you do. You are well on your way, my friend. Excellent work.

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  6. Good to hear our gym hamster isnt done for! I'm rooting for you!

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  7. I think you absolutely have every right and reason to give yourself a little pat on the back. You ROCK! Les

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  8. Thanks for always being inspiring Carrie! :)

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  9. This is an amazing story of a very courageous hamster.

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  10. I lost 54 pounds last year and am looking forward to shedding at least another 30-40. I haven't started an official exercise program yet since my adrenals were pretty much shot. I think they have now healed sufficiently for me to start getting more exercise and I'm hoping to unbury my Total Gym soon which my husband loves to pile stuff on. Like you, I have the problem of once my "routine" is broken, it's gone. You know how they say it takes 21 days to make a habit stick? Not for me. I can do something six months and miss one day and that's it. Gone. Forever. Poof. Glad you are staying in the groove!!

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  11. I hope you feeling much better now, Carrie. Good for you on handling that craving the right way!

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