Back in the States and Back on Track

Ok, well, physically I got back here over a week ago, but mentally I just now got here. The Caribbean is too pretty to just leave! The cruise was fantastic, but coming home was a bit of a readjustment. 8 days is plenty long enough to get spoiled. My first night back I was hit with the realization that there would be no shrimp cocktail for dinner that night. In fact, there would be nothing for dinner if I didn’t cook it myself. Ugh, reality. It’s harsh sometimes.

I had every intention of eating healthy and using the gym every day while on the cruise, but I actually only made it to the gym 3 times and while I ate healthy, I also ate a lot. The food just kept getting better and better toward the end of the cruise. I will keep that in mind for next time. In fact, I gained back 5 pounds in those 8 days. That harsh reality again. Even on vacation, calories count. Sigh, life can be so unfair.

But it wasn’t all a week of falling apart. I did run on the treadmill 3 times, which is not so easy on a rocking ship. And I did improve some. I can run longer at a time than I could before and need less recovery (walking) between running intervals than before. And I ran 5K to see what my time would be now and improved by 3 minutes and 4 seconds. That made my week – and I was having a pretty good week!

So now that I’m back on land, it’s time to get back on track. Time to get back to choosing foods more wisely, making exercise a priority, and getting enough sleep. Starting Monday, I will set weekly goals again and have weekly weigh-ins again.

This week I will post pics of the beautiful places I visited – St. Martin/St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Grand Turk. I already can’t wait to go back to the Caribbean! I don’t care if I go back to the places I just went because there’s still plenty I didn’t get to see or a new place. Cozumel looks very intriguing and I hear St. Thomas is beautiful.

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken? If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

 

 

 

This week’s goals & why I’m taking a break from my scale

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I should add get a good night’s sleep no matter what it takes in there, because the reason I’m sitting down writing and not at the beach running right now is because I did NOT get a good night’s sleep last night. I tried, but it didn’t happen thanks to this furry guy.

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This is Alice. (I thought he was a girl when I named him). And Alice decided he had to go through the apartment howling at the top of his lungs at 4 a.m. And at 5 a.m. And again at 6 a.m. So when my alarm went off at 7 a.m. I didn’t hit Snooze. I hit Dismiss, and spent 2 hours trying to get back to sleep. Finally gave up on that about 9 and got out of bed, cranky, hungry and still very sleepy.

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Look, at that. Not an ounce of remorse. Nothing disturbing his sleep, grrr.

Anyway, I set some goals for this week in order to keep better track of my progress. I tried to make them doable and specific, and I’m confident I’ll reach them.

I haven’t been weighing in lately, because honestly the number on the scale is not my biggest concern right now. Technically I’m in a healthy weight range or at least no more than 2 pounds away from it.

But my muscles are not strong, I can’t run more than a minute and a half without stopping. My blood pressure is high and I’m not anywhere near as flexible as I used to be. So I need to focus more on eating healthy and getting the nutrients I need than counting calories or on what the number on the scale happens to be today. That’s why my goals for this week include exercise and trying new foods, and not anything about losing a pound.

Well, that’s what I’ll be working on this week. How about you? Any goals this week, fitness or otherwise?