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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
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    Great blog. I will be revisiting this as it really speaks to me and my current dilemma. Like you, I need a routine. And I know that so much of what I do and don't do is "in my head". Thanks for good food - food for thought!
    4262 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    I think it is definitely a problem with routine. And my family loves to celebrate things with food and we have tons of "celebrations" in the summer. I'm just going to have to learn to work around that. Then there are vacations. Totally messes with the plan. And then when I exercise more, I'm starving all the time. Excuses, excuses, I know- but there you have it.

    4266 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4228914
    Time and daylight. We are creatures of habit and some of our thinking has been passed down for generations. The railroads in America are some of the first that have us on this time schedule...from there our eating habits such as "don't eat at night" or "don't eat right before you go to sleep because whatever you eat will turn to fat" are just old wives tales. Our bodies process food the same no matter what time of day or night we eat it at. The sign of hunger is the brain telling the body it needs energy no matter what time of day or night it is. What we have eaten and how active we are previous to the hunger signal plays a great role in how long the hunger signal "reappears".

    A seven pound gain while taking creatine and doing ST is not that big of a know what you have to do cardio and nutrition wise...and as you zero in on those things...those new muscles will be what is burning that fat when you do get back into that cardio swing.

    You know what to do. After's time!

    4267 days ago
  • LLTS01
    I am the same. I tend to have a harder time losing in the summer. It's many things but the type of food I eat in the summer is also a factor. All the fruits add up, as does grilling steak and other things. In the winter I make posts of soup and stews and those dishes are much less calorie dense. So, given that rule of thumb, we should both be svelte and on the mark come spring.

    4267 days ago
    times change, as do we. creatures of habit? yes, we are all that way. some inherently more flexible than others, but nobody is exempt from time's wrath. you, my dear sparkfriend, will shine like a bright, new coin, fresh out of the mint, when you start your new routine, school, home, balancing, working out, planning, preparing, homework, research, whatever you need to do, you will find the time and strength to do it. look at this transition time as yet another opportunity for self-discovery. you have made some enlightening statements. now it's time to shake it up again, find your groove, and settle in for a few months of new things. it's wonderful to see you adjusting and adapting so well with your mindfulness. as always, you rock my sparkworld!
    4267 days ago
    Honey, I know what you mean!! This summer has been terrible for me! Up and down...up and real weight loss. You would think the Summer time would be wonderful for weight loss...not for me...either. Dang tourists! That's who I'll blame it on, anyway! Ha! Although, I have no idea how tourists fit in to my staying on task. I just like saying it!

    So! Here's to us getting back on task! And our routines!!!

    4267 days ago
  • LISAM2301
    Yes I agree I am so happy to finally be back into a routine!!!!
    4267 days ago
    Recognizing these things is a big step to combating them. Great Job! Now, when you review your goals, are you planning them in to your days? You can start building your routine with what you DO know and fill in the unknowns once you've started school and they become known. Good Luck and I agree--HALLELUJAH school has started again! emoticon
    4267 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    You know, Tam, I think you are on to something. Sometimes the busier I get the more wise I am with my time management. I have to or I will get all wonky.

    Oh, and thanks alot for mentioning meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I make one mean meatloaf that I LOVE and the mashed potaotes? Well, all I can say is give me a bowl of REAL mashed potaotes and chicken gravy and leave me alone.

    4267 days ago
    I'm with ya on the routine thing. Since being unemployed, I've had a hard time finding a routine. I'm not losing as quickly as I had hoped, being active all day rather that sitting at a desk. I still eat the same as I did before. I think the problem is I've been going for a 2 to 2.75 mile walk every morning and that's just not enough cardio for me in spite of being on my feet quite a bit throughout the day.

    Plus it hasn't helped that I've been painting the guest bedroom so when I get up, my goal is to get started on that ASAP to get it done in between my daily chores, house cleaning, laundry, job hunting, etc, etc. The room is now done and I really need to set a plan for my days and stick with it.

    Here's to a good routine and sticking with it.
    4267 days ago
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