When Bad Things Happen Because of Good Things

by Stephanie on March 2, 2011 · 0 comments

in Life

This Monday I weighed in as I have every Monday for the last 5 months or so.  What I saw didn’t surprise me in the least but that didn’t soften the blow.  I gained 7 pounds. 


That’s right.  Pick yourself up off the floor and stay with me.  I said I’d share the good, the bad, and the ugly about my journey in fitness and weight loss and this epitomizes the last two.

So, how did I get so far off track this week?  How did I gain more in one week than most (small-ish) housecats weigh? It’s simply really.  I let life get in the way.  I let emotional and comfort eating, laziness, and convenience win out over smarter choices. 

The part of life that got in my way last week is really a great thing.  I got a promotion.  Woot!  My new position is more responsibility and a good bit more money and chock full of new and interesting challenges.  Last week I spent all my time training with the woman I was replacing, attending meetings I didn’t understand, and meeting people whose names and jobs I can’t quite remember.  It was great! =P

Except for one thing.  My brain was tired.  I got home at the end of every day completely and utterly exhausted.  I could take in no new information.  I could not perform simple tasks.  I was wiped!  All I wanted to do was plop down on the couch and veg.  And veg I did!  I ate out about 4 times because I was too lazy to go shopping or make dinner.  I only exercised once and it was a 25 minute bike ride at the gym at pretty low intensity.  I had leftover birthday cake 5 days in a row!  The cake was fantastic of course, but that’s overkill even for me.

I enjoyed the laziness.  It allowed my brain to heal and be ready for the next day.  I knew it was wrong.  I knew it would bite me in my growing behind.  I chose to ignore that and do the easy thing, which was essentially nothing.

Not anymore!

This week I am back on track.  I am eating much better.  I took yesterday off from working out as I normally do after a Sunday long run, but today I’m back on the horse with a 35-40 minute run.  My brain is still tired at the end of the day but my new job is going to be challenging for quite some time.  I can’t let an advancement in my career prevent me from achieving my goals in other areas of my life.  Good things should bring about other good things, not the other way around!

(pic from iStockphoto.com)

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