A Creature of Habit
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Friday. What’s the point of that? That’s when the boys start back to school. I’m looking forward to it; don’t get me wrong. It’s not because they drive me crazy with random complaints of ‘nothing to do’; I am a creature of habit and I can’t wait to get back into a routine.
Since June 11th, I’ve gained seven pounds-as of this morning’s weigh-in. I have been less than stellar with both my nutrition AND my cardio. I’ve done OK with the strength training and Kristy seems to think I’ve improved my lean mass, since I have a bit more definition. Knowing what my nutrition has (not) been, though, makes me question her eyesight.
On the other hand, I did start the Creatine supplementation process in June and its purpose is to increase lean mass. My goal, though, was to decrease fat at the same time. So even if all seven pounds are muscle (I should be so lucky), I have only accomplished half of my goal.
Until now, I have bought into the theory that people generally lose weight during the summer months. The notion being that with more daylight hours we are more active and on the go and that warmer weather decreases appetite. Supposedly we eat lighter so as not to feel weighted down as opposed to winter eating habits whereby we (I) want ‘cozy’ food, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
So it occurred to me that I might be out of the ordinary. And I think I figured out what the issue is-I need structure. Summer is too free. As long as there is daylight, my body wants to eat. I’m up earlier in the morning and stay up later in the evening. A longer day, with meals every three hours, means eating more.
Psychological, I know. I find it much easier to stop eating once the sun goes down. During the winter months, with shorter days, it’s much easier for me to stay on task. Even through the holiday season last year, I still lost 12 pounds. So tomorrow morning I get some structure back. I’ll drop the boys off at school, head to the gym and reestablish my routine-for about two weeks. On the 29th, I start school. And somehow, someway, I will have to establish a new routine.
Here’s to adaptability. “If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.” Joseph Addison