#203 – Monday Morning Blues

No, I’m just kidding. I don’t actually have Monday Morning Blues now that I’m back home…! My back is, however, feeling much better. It’s not sore or hurting anymore, but it’s just a matter of time before it’ll start itching and the skin will peel off. Urgh. I swear, I will never ever forget to put on sunscreen ever again…

So, being back I’m not really feeling FULL of energy. I guess, I still have to adjust and get over the sunburn and the sore throat…which is just about to go away. And I still feel slightly drained from energy…and in need of a detox and a serious weight loss “thing” (for the lack of a better word). I did weigh myself first thing when I got up around 7 AM, and …surprise!!! I had actually not gained any weight on this trip. Wait…what??? I didn’t know that would be possible. So, I feel good about that.

And now I can really start to grasp the grim truth that I didn’t lose any weight before the trip like I was planning to do. Why the hell is it SO hard? Well, once again (!) I will be working on changing my lifestyle, diet and exercise. I wasn’t really able to work out consistently during the cruise…I worked out like a maniac the first 2 days and went to the gym twice a day for about an hour each time. I don’t know what on earth got in to me.

I guess, I was just SO determined to have a healthy cruise. I did a little cardio in the morning followed by weight training and actually enjoyed using the weight machines at the gym. In the afternoon, I went back for a 1-hour, all cardio session which included 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer, 20 minutes on the stationary bike (haven’t been on one in years) and finally ending with 20 minutes on the treadmill (mostly walking).

Holy C…!

Then, on the 3rd day of the cruise (Wednesday) I woke up with a sore throat. I think Mr. A had put the temperature on the a/c too low…either way, I woke up and didn’t feel like working out. Maybe the stress from the extra exercise had also compromised my immune system? On Thursday, I got a sun burn and didn’t work out. On Friday, I was feeling super drained from energy and didn’t work out. On Saturday, I was still recovering from the sun burn and didn’t work out. I thought about going to the gym in the afternoon for an easy walk on the treadmill but ended up hanging out on the balcony with some of the other women in our group. On Sunday we traveled back to Punta Cana and I didn’t work out.

And today is Monday…and I didn’t work out. What the hell…?

So, I realize that it’s okay. Besides, there’s no amount of exercise that will make up for a bad diet and THAT is where my problem really is. I mean, I can work out for an hour and burn maybe 300-500 calories…which I can consume in no time by eating, say, a burger with fries and drinking half a bottle of wine. Snap! Just like that. So, it’s about diet, diet, diet… or, rather, it’s about changing my lifestyle and long-term diet. Just changing the way that I eat.

I have, of course, said this a thousand times before. I’m sick and tired of it already.

Come to think of it, maybe I do have a touch of Monday Morning Blues…

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