So I’m about halfway through my irregular week but I’m feeling good so far. For anyone who didn’t read my last post – this week will be highly irregular due to an out-of-town work conference I attended, followed by an out-of-town weekend trip. In the past, these types of unusual weeks have made me fall off track with my weight loss for WEEKS. In an attempt to avoid that, I made myself a very specific plan with certain goals:
- Stay within my calorie goal each day.
- Get a minimum of 10,000 steps each day.
- Get in 15 minutes of strength training.
- If possible, get in an actual workout on top of the above goals.
I was a little concerned at the start that it was going to be harder than I thought to stay on track with my healthy plan. This concern came up for a couple reasons:
- I was hit by an unexpected cold last weekend, which I thought might roll into this week.
- I had a VERY slow start to my steps due to working from home for the first part of the day Monday. I was concerned I’d have similar difficulties tied up in a conference all day for multiple days.
- I had some anxiety late Sunday night about getting my regular work done during this work conference. I was afraid that would continue into the week and tempt me to work during my “free” time instead of focusing on my health goals.
Getting Over the First Hurdles
The hurdles above may not seem like that big of a deal but they are the same types of issues that have thrown me off track before in both normal and abnormal weeks.
- First, I had to attack the cold. I was bodily exhausted but I still wanted to workout. As much as I hated to do it, I forced myself to rest and relax on Sunday and also sleep in on Monday so I could recuperate. It paid off. My cold is not gone but it is much more manageable after that simple break and subdued enough that I can still workout.
- Next, I had to handle my slow start to Monday. Fortunately, the hotel I stayed at for my conference was HUGE and gorgeous! That was sufficient motivation to explore and take pictures during every moment of free time, even if it meant staying up late. I’ve actually well exceeded my 10,000 steps every day, in addition to getting in some side workouts.
- Finally, I reset my work mindset to get over my anxiety. I took “comfort” knowing I’d be able to get SOME work done. I also set myself up with daily to-do lists for this week, which helped me focus myself during the brief work periods I have had. Not only did this help me feel like my workload was still in my control, it also gave me acceptable stopping points so I could focus on staying healthy.
Finishing up the Week
Today is my only normal day of the week and I’m really looking forward to it! I feel energized and ready to tackle both work and a good strong workout.
I do have 2 days so far where I haven’t done a full-blown workout so I’m going to focus on trying to get one in each day for the rest of the week. Otherwise, I’m just going to continue focusing on my food and staying within my calories. I’m very proud to say that has not been difficult, despite the AWESOME food that was available during my conference.
I hope you are all having an amazing week too and sticking to your plans!