(The title of this post for some reason makes me think of that song…what hurts the most…is being so close…seriously, when did I start liking country music?)
Is the month of May a clusterf*** for anyone else (sorry to be vulgar, but that’s my new favorite expression). I have the following events lined up:
- Hosting a dinner party tomorrow (maybe…long story)
- Social Media seminar Wed in which I might have to talk in front of a group of PR people (ahh!)
- Jury Duty Thurs
- Outdoor festival/concert Sat
- My birthday next Wed
- My birthday party next Fri
- My birthday dinners (at least 3 because we all know your birthday is more than just a day) dunno yet when these will be
- Mother’s Day (not sure yet what I’m doing for mom)
- Trip to Palm Springs 3rd week in May
- Another dinner party and another dinner date
That’s off the top of my head and nothing work-related! I really love my down time, even though it’s all fun things coming up. And, notice all the food/alcohol-related events? Yeah. So basically, it’s a pretty bad time to embark on a fitness and diet program. But really, when is it ever a good time? This week, I am giving myself two modest goals to start out:
- Awareness. I can be a big emotional and habit-eater, so I’m working on stopping and thinking about what I’m eating before I have it. For example, for dinner I had sautéed Swiss chard with leftover spaghetti sauce (w/ground turkey and veggies, a la Mitch). At first, I took out two slices of sourdough bread to have on the side—they’re small pieces!—but decided that since I was going to have dessert for sure, I only “needed” one slice. I’m also trying really hard to identify my feelings at work, e.g., “you are not hungry, you are stressed/bored/procrastinating, so get some water and deal with it.” And that is how I talk to myself.
- Planning. I have to be smart about planning meals and workouts, or they just won’t happen (well the meals will happen, but they will be expensive and fattening). I use Google Calendar as my planner, which I love because it’s synched up to my calendar at work. When I feel overwhelmed by life, planning and scheduling makes me feel more in control, especially on the exercise front.
When you feel overwhelmed with your schedule, what works for you to make it manageable? How do you fit working out/healthy eating in with a boatload of plans that disrupt your normal game? I need more tips! And now I have that song stuck in my head again…
Nina is trying to tell me to work out with her more…she’s so subtle.
Seasonal Selections to come later in the week. I felt the need to rant tonight. So thanks 🙂