Hello, hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My weekend went strangely well. I didn’t go anywhere or do anything particularly exciting, but a lot got done.
In addition to blowing through the entire third season of The Man In The High Castle (I’m foaming at the mouth for Season 4 already) and practicing the didgeridoo, I devoted an absurd amount of time to taking and editing photos of items to list on Poshmark.
I’ll admit that there was quite a bit of straightening up that I should have been doing instead of binge watching shows (there’s always tomorrow… or next week), but I did manage to start working on my CV.
I actually loathe writing résumés, so I was mortified to discover that CVs are actually their longer, more demented big brother. Ugh. I probably spent two and half hours filling in details and fussing with the formatting, but it’s still not done. Sadly, it looks like something one of my cats coughed up, so I will undoubtedly lose another 2.5 hours trying to make it passable for submission.
Maybe if I provide a crap ton of information they will become overwhelmed and say, “Looks long enough, she must be good!” (Sigh). Whatever.
I’m in a fairly chatty mood tonight, so I figured this might be a good time to address why I haven’t posted a weight loss journey update in… well, forever and a day. It might be reasonable to assume that I’ve fallen off the wagon and eaten myself into oblivion, but that’s hardly the case.
The fact of the matter is that I’ve just been far too busy to stick to any one routine. I’d really like to create a “system” that works for me and do it for a period of time before sharing specific details, but there just hasn’t been the opportunity to make it happen. That being said, I’m just going to give a brief overview of what I’ve done since my last weight loss update.
Around the time of my last update, I was eating super healthy. I had dusted off my meal prep containers and committed to eating one major meal a day. For the most part, my meals included a portion of lean protein and a wide range of sautéed vegetables. Everything was prepared by yours truly, so I wasn’t eating out (aside from weekends). I ate A LOT of fruit for snacks, and I continued drinking my coffee as usual. As for sweets, I never officially cut anything out. I would have something small as a “reward” if I worked out, and nothing if I didn’t.
I’m not sure what happened, but I’m not meal prepping anymore (LoL). As of late, I have been eating whatever I feel like having because I don’t desire to overeat or have a bunch of junk food anyway. I definitely haven’t been “dieting”, if that makes sense. My portions are reasonable, so I’m eating one or two main meals a day. My fruit consumption is down (aside from mandarin oranges), and my vegetable consumption is up (I’ve been eating raw cabbage and broccoli slaw like it’s going out of style).
I will admit that I’ve been having dessert every single day for the last… month or two (haha). To be honest, I usually want coffee and sweets 10x more than actual food. The arrival of fall has prompted me to bake all sorts of desserts that I don’t need (sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, maple nut scones, blueberry muffin bread), so I’ve been indulging myself far more than necessary. However, it isn’t the end of the world. I shall explain why momentarily.
As for exercise, I was working out 4 to 6 days a week for 1-3 hours a day before I went to San Diego. I had stopped lifting weights and rowing because I wasn’t seeing the results I desired. Instead, I took to doing incline on the treadmill and following some strength and cardio videos I found on Youtube (Stay tuned for a post about the awesome stuff I found).
Surprisingly, everything I was doing was super, super fun and “easy”. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t always a walk in the park. I actually burst into tears before one or two workout sessions because I didn’t feel like being bothered. However, I stuck with it and eventually learned to love it. It quickly became the best part of my day.
However, much like meal prepping, I haven’t worked out in awhile now. Things got really hectic after San Diego and I didn’t always feel very well, so I took a break. My schedule is pretty hectic still, but now that I’m feeling a lot better I greatly look forward to getting back to business. The weather is a lot cooler here now, so it is time to think about finally hitting those hiking trails.
It would be really nice to get back into running as well, but I’m a bit nervous about injuring my ankles again. I was a really good runner once upon a time, so it would be amazing to get back into it and even do a marathon one day.
Laziness + Cupcakes = Weight Loss??
I’m obviously no fitness expert, but my body seems to be a freak of nature. Aren’t people supposed to lose weight when they eat well and workout consistently?
Well, I didn’t lose a single pound while eating like a rabbit and sweating like a pig (What’s with all these animal references, anyway??) I can’t tell you how many times I hopped on the scale and scowled when the numbers that popped up were higher than the week before. As much as I wanted to write it off as having “built muscle”, it genuinely felt as though I was working hard for nothing.
For some reason, I’ve lost so much weight since quitting my normal workout routine. I don’t mean a pound or two either. Other people are commenting. Even I am having a hard time ignoring it. Sometimes I wake up, look in the mirror and actually do a double take. I don’t even know how to explain it; it makes no sense at all!
Though I have no clue what the scale would say about it (I put it away to prevent myself from compulsively weighing), I can tell something drastic has occurred just by looking in the mirror or slipping into clothes that haven’t fit in years. It’s crazy, but I am not about to start complaining!
To be honest, I’m not that concerned about my diet at the moment— increased consumption of baked goods or not. Should I probably forgo the urge to make chocolate chip cookies? Yes. Could my body do without the extra sugar? Absolutely. But am I going to beat myself up if I crave something sweet and have the audacity to actually stick it in my mouth? Nope.
Moderation is key. I’m very calorie conscious, so I have a very good idea of how many calories I consume each day. Despite the recent baking, I’ve been pretty disciplined when it comes to portion control and making the best possible meal choices. All the same, I won’t bake anything else until Christmas.
Now, when it comes to working out, I need to get back to it. Even though I have somehow lost weight like magic, I know it’s not realistic to expect these results to continue forever. If I had to guess, I’d assume that my workouts jump started my metabolism, which has permitted the weight to fall off even though I’m not actively exercising and such. I quite hate to think how much further along I would be if I had continued working out instead of taking a hiatus. Besides, I am still nowhere near my goal weight. Therefore, I know it is time to move along and get back in the gym. BOOOOO! (haha) 😜
As I mentioned earlier, I would like to ease my way into running trails and such, so it may be helpful to lower the incline on the treadmill and spend time jogging in intervals. I’m seriously afraid of messing one of my ankles up, but I can’t baby them forever. All I can do is wrap them and do the best I can.
I’ve been bugging my mother to go hiking with me since I moved out here, but she’s not exactly outdoorsy (Curse not having any local friends!) I wouldn’t mind going out by myself, but… Ugh. That’s just about when I start having visions of rabid wolves or mountain cats crawling out of the bush to attack me. Or, strange men creeping up behind me. Or… snakes or scorpions or javelinas or tarantulas… or something. (LoL) Surely these are all reasonable things to be worried about and not just excuses, right??
Maybe I’ll just shut up, get some pepper spray, and start looking up the closest trail.
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