New zipcode, old habits

Hello again! Sorry it has been so long since I have last written a post. My husband and I just relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to Chicago, Illinois. We drove at least 700 miles in 2 days. It has been a busy time for us.

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We did make time for some fun. We celebrated our second wedding anniversary right after moving to Chicago by going to a Prince Royce concert. It was ~amazing~.

 

That photo I took at the concert does not do him justice, so here is a photo I pulled from Google. Prepare to *swoon*:

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So the concert was amazing, and worth the gigantic line we had to wait in to enter the venue (picture of said line is included in the photo mosaic above).

Since Saturday I have been steadily unpacking boxes and getting my life back together. There’s a lot I still have to do. However, I did not forget to take a picture of my weight on the scale for my weekly weigh in. Here it is:

img_4966.jpgI obviously gained most of the weight back that I lost since starting this blog, but I am determined to get back on the horse. I did over indulge in junk food since moving due to stress. There was a particularly stressful family event that happened last night that triggered a junk food binge. However, I know how to avoid that in the future.

Prepare meals ahead of time, so you have a failsafe when stress/triggers strike

I was bopping around town all day yesterday and did not allot any time for me to actually cook myself a healthy meal. Then some family drama took place, and by that time it was already 9 pm. I then had all this pent up negative energy, and I was also hungry. I did not have a healthy meal to fall back on to eat for dinner. I also had a lot of calories left to consume, so I ended up eating a healthy (sarcasm) meal of various flavored chips and had m&ms and a cupcake. I went to bed completely bloated and feeling like crap. I woke up feeling like crap. As I am writing this, I feel like crap. I have learned my lesson from this. The first thing I did this morning after eating breakfast was cook a healthy meal to store in the refrigerator.

Stress is not going anywhere

Life is full of stress and triggers, and unfortunately there’s really no way to avoid feeling stressed. A healthy lifestyle is one that acknowledges this and then builds your resilience to deal with the stress and the triggers constructively. It takes a long time to reframe your thinking and adjust your mindset to actually establish the healthy habits that keep you on track when you are stressed and triggered. I am proud to say that I have stuck with my habit tracker and I am still making sure to drink my warm lemon water in the morning. I also have been better at prioritizing sleep. I am sad I have gained weight back, but I have learned so much from this process that I am no longer beleaguered by it. My healthy habits are a lifestyle change. I am trying to lose weight, but I am also trying to shape my life so that I feel joy every day and can enjoy every moment instead of putting my happiness on hold until I reach 140 pounds.

 

2 thoughts on “New zipcode, old habits

  1. When we can’t find the time or motivation to make food, there’s always rotisserie chicken at the grocery store or fajitas. Greek food like gyros is also pretty decent, and any place that sells grilled fish or meat is a quick and healthy meal. Congrats on your move! I’m originally from Chicago. There’s lots of great, healthy food there!

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  2. Sounds like you’re discovering ANSWERS to the problems you’ve been facing. That is the PROCESS required for LONG TERM SUCCESS. Find passion and purpose in life to create better FOCUS. This helps overcome obstacles along the way.

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