Routine was the theme...Weekly Weight Update
I've found that the hardest time of year to get into a weekly routine is the month of January. All year long you spend the time trying to get into that rhythm of life. You work to get to the point that you almost have it down to a science and you are going strong. You get your workouts in on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and occasionally Sunday. You go grocery shopping Saturday morning after breakfast out with the family. You spend the evenings hanging out with family at home then going out to do something fun one of the weekend days. Then you spend Sunday trying to sneak in as much relaxation as possible before heading back to the grind on Monday. Usually you figure out the perfect routine on or about November 25. Then Thanksgiving rolls around, then Christmas, then New Year's Eve, and then without even realizing it you have spent the last month rushing and running and partying and your weekly routine has gone right out the door.
January arrives and you start looking forward to those weeks that are simple and basic. No parties to attend or to plan. No road trips to take or guests to accommodate. No last minute shopping for gifts or rushing to come up with gift lists for others. You wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed, rinse, repeat. It is what you were looking forward to back in December during all the chaos. Then, when it finally rolls around, it feels strange and uncomfortable. Not because it's bad but simply because you have been so used to eating, drinking, traveling, and partying so much that the eating, drinking, traveling, and partying has become the routine instead of the exception.
This week has been one of the most "regular" weeks I've had in ages which is wonderful. Monday was bowling night. Tuesday Rizzo went out for an evening with her workout buddies while I hung out with Cece. I took off a half-day on Wednesday since our daycare provider had to go to another engagement so I picked up Cece from daycare early. Thursday night was an uneventful evening full of an evening jog and watching TV. Friday was a normal day at work followed by a normal day at home.
Saturday was the day I was most looking forward to this week because it represented our first theatre show of the year. My sister, the amazing Carrie B. Clark, was on babysitting duty so Rizzo and I could grab some dinner, some beers, and some theatre fun. I made sure to get in a good morning run (about 4.5 miles) knowing that I would have a drink or two more than usual and knowing that it was a close race for the Bring It On challenge. It was a nice evening highlighted by a tasting at Aslin Beer Company and an opening night show of Middletown at NextStop Theatre Company. It was a good Saturday but probably cost me a bit in the Weight Watchers department from the eating out and having a few pops.
Sunday morning came quickly since we went to bed late on Saturday night (yes, 11:00pm is late for us, what of it?!?) so it was hard to get up and work out. Instead of hitting the road for a jog I hit the basement for a walk. I'm glad to have a treadmill in the basement for those morning where it is a bit too cold and I'm feeling a bit to sluggish to go running so I can still get in a bit of activity.
I didn't think that I would have such a great week on the Weight Watcher scale after a Saturday of dining out and beer tasting but that didn't stop me from going to get my report card. The report card came in and it wasn't so bad, down .2 pounds taking me down into the 2-aughts once again at 209.8. I'm nearly down to my lowest weight again and at a total weight loss of 57.6 pounds.
The Bring It On Challenge saw the triumphant return of me to the top of the leader board. This week I racked up 37.3 miles to Rizzo's measly 35.3 miles. As a result I have a 1.9 mile lead for the month. Deadpool here I come!
P.S. Rizzo enjoys a nice beer tasting as much as the next girl.