Let’s dive a little deeper into the role of routine on the road to a healthier you.
I recently took a few days off of work to spend some much needed down time with my wife and generally relax over the Easter break. Additionally, the JCC has had some scheduled days off due to the Passover Holiday. The resulting complete breakdown of my workday/weekend schedule compromised my meal planning and consumption completely.
Beginning Friday, with the decision to go to the movies and go out to eat a little more frequently than we usually do, I ate. And ate and ate. I binged. I ate Chicago hot dogs and the frosting off the beater and all the Easter chocolate I could. Then I ate a half a donut. And more easter candy. Jelly beans, peanut butter meltaways, a chocolate mocha Terrine we made for Easter dessert. With more time on my hands then I new what to do with and a carb lust that seemed to increase with every morsel, I simply could not stop myself from eating.
Now part of this, I admit, is that somewhere in the back of my mind I feel like I can justify the gluttony after dropping below 200lbs for the first time in over a decade. But another part of it is that without the routine of my workday-my planned moments of eating throughout the day as a break in the monotony of work itself- I had a really hard time sticking to what I know works. I just wanted something to do. And when you’re at home, even if you are keeping yourself busy, a little munch here and there can lead to a steady stream of eating crap. Suddenly I felt awful and had the kinds of stomach aches (and more) that prior to my weight loss were a routine themselves.
Bottom line: Maintaining a routine helps me (and maybe you) keep your goals in mind. Breaking this routine on occasion is a must, but never let your goals drop from sight.
Bottom line #2: Get the Easter Candy out of the Gods’ damn house.
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing 20 minutes of Yourself Fitness Yoga on the days I don’t go to the Gym before work. I also read that squats are as good or better for your abs than crunches, leg lifts and the like, so I’ve integrated three sets of low-weight squats into my routine. I screwed up my knee about 7 years ago doing squats with too much weight, so I’m going to take it extremely slow for now.