04/14/2019 – 04/21/2019
I’ve really hit a mental rut at work which has spilled over into the rest of my life. The work is fine, my coworkers are nice, it’s not stressful. It’s really me who needs to pick up some motivation. I don’t know why I’m not motivated; I only know that I am and that I’ve done very little to correct it so far. I think if I let it continue, I will eventually hit a bottom of boredom and then decide that it’s in my best interest to change. But honestly, I’d like to try to make a change before that happens. I want to be in command of myself, which is kind of the whole point of this blog. I want to implement a lot of what I’ve learned through eating and exercise to this: switching up my environment, building habits, etc. Hopefully I can report some good news in the following weeks.
I spent a lot of the majority of last week under 170 pounds. I think it’s clear that every pound is going to be much more of a struggle than my trip through the 170-180 range. Those spikes up to 171 you see are me deviating from eating my home cooked food. To continue to see progress, I’ll definitely have to continue to eat out less.
Still going strong with the exercise. My body has gotten to the point where I’m not really sore day after day anymore, which means that my body has pretty much adjusted to the rigor of boxing. I still get a satisfying sweat, filled with much huffing and puffing, but despite pushups and burpees, my body recovers pretty quickly. I’m not sure if this is not as good for weight loss since my body is used to rebuilding itself in this way. If I’m sore, does my body take more energy to rebuild those sore areas? This lack of soreness may also be contributing to slowed progress. It may be helpful to switch up my exercise routines to test this theory out.
As of this post, my April spending is sitting at $536.73 with 9 days to go. The past few posts, I have lamented how I didn’t see a way to lower this spending to reach a $400 monthly budget but this is the first week I’m going to see the fruits of my labor. Instead of a mental change, this has been a physical change. I mentioned last week that I am starting to eat less. Well, this past week, I was able to stretch out my 2 steaks, usually 4 meals, into 6 meals. I didn’t even touch my chicken, which I can now use for this coming week. This should essentially cut my weekly grocery spend in half from ~$65 to somewhere around $30. Now, eating out is still super expensive but it gives me even more wiggle room in the future.