Monday, July 30, 2012

Back from vacation

I am home from a crazy and exciting couple of weeks away. I flew out to Utah for a couple of family reunions (one in Idaho, one in Utah), then drove back across the country with my mom, got home just in time to do my laundry and repack, then flew to DC the next day. Back-to-back trips are exhausting, but I had a great time. The not-so-great part is that I did gain about five pounds over the course of those two weeks, but that was to be expected. Now it's really time to get serious again and lose the weight I gained, and then just keep going from there.

It was a lot of fun and see people I haven't seen in a while (both at the family reunions and in DC). It was also quite energizing to hear the comments and compliments face-to-face from people who care about me and are as pleased with my progress so far as I am. I feel encouraged and motivated to get back on track and push forward, and that is just what I needed.

One week from today I will have access to the gym again. I'm looking forward to getting back into strength training and cardio workouts. It will be interesting to see how much I have regressed during the three months I have not done much resistance training to speak of. I think before these last two weeks that would have been a depressing and discouraging thought, but now I'm just excited to get back to it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sweet dreams

I'm finally sleeping at something close to a 'normal' time, for a few days anyway, or however long it is before something else comes up to throw my sleep off again. It really doesn't take much. I'm going to make it a priority to try to stay on a healthy sleep schedule now though, because I know how important sleep is in the establishing a healthy lifestyle. Of course, that will probably go out the window while I'm on vacation, but not too far I hope!

I'm getting ready to head out to Utah and Idaho for a couple of family reunions. I'm excited to see my siblings and their kids who are out that way, as well as cousins and aunts and uncles I don't get to see very often. I'll get to see my youngest nephew for the first time (he was born in May), and I'm always excited to see my other nieces and nephews - they're just so adorable, and so much fun! So I'm flying out to Utah next Wednesday (July 18), then I'll be driving back to Indiana with my mother either July 23-24 or 24-25. Hopefully 23-24 because on July 26 I'm flying out to DC for a few days, and it would be great to have the 25th to recover from the long drive home and prepare for the DC part of my vacation. We'll see how it goes.

In the mean time, now that I'm back on a more healthy schedule as far as sleep goes, it's much easier to make myself eat reasonably and plan for exercise. When I'm sleeping during the day, it's even harder to keep up the energy and motivation than usual. -- Okay, I just heard something knock knock knocking above my head. Hopefully just be squirrels unloading our pear tree onto the roof, and not some critter(s) in the attic! Totally lost my train of thought there. Oh well, here's to enjoying the day!