taken the evening off

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This evening is the first evening I haven't worked for quite a wee while. It feels right good to be doing nothing (and I'm so far successfully fighting off any guilt thoughts at what else I could be doing). The formal presentations and workshop part of this job are over - phew! I've never pushed myself so far outside of my comfort zone before, three whole solid days of it. Next on the agenda, I have a few meetings and then I have to write up all the results and findings in just two days (hmm, a document! - we really don't get on) before moving on to the next part of the project next week.

There are so many things I would like to have written about over the last couple of weeks. My GoWear fit arrived. I've been wearing it religiously and so far, it's done a great job of showing me just how sedentary my stress days really are. Seriously! For example, on days when I worked crazy hours, I didn't even top 3,000 steps and burned no more than about 1,700 calories the whole day (no deficit left so no loss). Top that with the hormonal upsets of lack of sleep and increased stress and it's no wonder I don't lose when I'm like this.

I made it to the gym again this morning. I only did about 20 mins on cardio machines, but it's something. I've managed to keep my eating on track, tonight I had a mushroom and spinach curry with saffron rice and a side of eggplant crush (even got heaps of leftovers sitting in my mini-bar fridge and had the hotel leave me a microwave so I can re-heat tomorrow).

I'm still stressed, I'm still not drinking enough water and my ankles are swollen. But right now I'm counting blessings - not beating myself up over negatives.

Anyhoo, must go to bed now or my evening off to re-coup will be wasted. Night all.

6 comments:

Hanlie said...

I'm glad you have an evening off! Hope you can relax nicely...

That dinner sounds delicious!

Fat[free]Me said...

I seriously think that a lot of the weight problems of this century would be helped if the workplace didn't make us so sedentary.

Enjoy your well-deserved evening off!

AlleyCat said...

Hey Ani - 20 minutes is great considering the pressure you've been under. You need time to do nothing but chill out when things are this stressful. You've looked after your body & your mind now. Good luck with the rest of the week (or 2) :0)

JanetM97 said...

Glad you got a night off! Hope you felt rested today, too! :)

Your new weight lost "device" sounds interesting. let us know how it goes! Work stress derails my workouts, too, which is ironic, since it helps you deal with stress (blowing off steam and all) when you DO workout. :P

The Better Idiot said...

Glad you got a chance to relax if only a little, definiely good for the sanity!

Losing Waist! said...

It is amazing that the calorie burns come from being on our FEET- it is my biggest lesson. Studying doesn't do shit for me! Neither does TV, resting, sleeping- and I feel like those things dominate my life sometimes. I am glad you got the armband thingy. It has been my greatest recent investment (besides therapy- ha!)...