Back to the Routine

Terri’s View: Parents rejoice after winter break as the kids head back to school. Yes, it was nice to sleep in a few days and not be on a set schedule with the kids. But after a week of house guests, an overabundance of food in the house (which meant in my mouth,) and over-stimulated children, I welcomed the New Year and my old routine. My seasonal employment has ended, so I’m back in “stay-at-home-mom mode” at least for now. Ed has started working again at a company he enjoys, so things are better than they have been in the past few months. Yet life is not back to as we once knew. I will have to figure out a plan for work very shortly; we are hoping to hang on until my son reaches kindergarten in September.

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Terri’s View: Parents rejoice after winter break as the kids head back to school. Yes, it was nice to sleep in a few days and not be on a set schedule with the kids. But after a week of house guests, an overabundance of food in the house (which meant in my mouth,) and over-stimulated children, I welcomed the New Year and my old routine. My seasonal employment has ended, so I’m back in “stay-at-home-mom mode” at least for now. Ed has started working again at a company he enjoys, so things are better than they have been in the past few months. Yet life is not back to as we once knew. I will have to figure out a plan for work very shortly; we are hoping to hang on until my son reaches kindergarten in September.

Once this past Monday came around, I purged my house of any leftovers and holiday treats. I was able to get to the gym and, boy, did it feel good. I was a little sore the next day, but that is to be expected after a few weeks of not working out. I was so energized I spent the afternoon taking down the tree and all decorations, which can seem like a project in itself.

I decided to torture myself and got on the scale at the gym. It was not as bad as I expected, but it was still pretty shocking to see that number. I knew I would be mad at myself, but it stops now and I am back to the routine. I was actually down 9 pounds by Friday if you can believe that. I had so much salt and bloating after a bad holiday week of eating. My system acted as if I was dieting for the first time. I just wish it were always that easy to see that kind of weight-loss – that would be some motivation!

After a week of eating properly, hitting the gym 3 times, and being back in control, I feel so much better. My body is like, “Ahh! Thank you! Why do you choose to torture me with such unhealthy foods and no workouts?” I sometimes feel I am my own worst enemy, but I guess that is true for all of us. We are the only ones putting the food in our mouths. We are the only ones making the food choices. We have freewill and it is within our power to have a good day or a not so good day. We choose to work out or to not make time.

We all know what the right thing to do is. It is whether or not we make the decision to do what is right for our bodies and right for our state or mind. Yes, the holidays were nice but as for me, I am so glad to be back to the everyday grind which includes healthy eating and working out. My body is thanking me for it.

Ed’s View: I have been working at a new location for the past few weeks, and it’s been interesting to see the staff here so focused on diet. Listening in on the conversations, I’ve noticed that each person has a different idea on what will work best for them. Some have mentioned some of the fad diets that promise that you can lose a huge amount of weight in a short time. Others have gone to the frozen food section and stocked the freezer at work with frozen low-calorie meals.

I have talked to some people who are implementing both diet and exercise to reach the goal that they want to achieve. This is where the challenge starts; losing weight is about planning to eat the right foods, planning to get to the gym and planning this for the rest of your life.

I do my best to read the labels of the foods I eat; while some items may be low-calorie, the other ingredients could be just as bad or worst then eating something that is higher in calories and fat. Look at all of the label information; compare labels and make an educated choice.

Plan to exercise. While our time is limited, if we really want to do something we make it fit into our schedules. So, if it’s important to you, make time for a work out.

While the scale is a reference for you to start at, try not to get obsessive with your weigh-ins. During the time I was getting to my goal weight, I would weigh myself to find that I lost a small amount of weight. However, I could feel the difference in the fit of my clothes. If you stay focused and positive you can complete your transformation to a healthier person!

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...