I never intended to write a Blog post a day when I started this 90-day challenge, it just kinda happened for the first few weeks. I also did not intend to take a break from writing for as long as I have now. So, let me catch you up.
I have been getting outside to hike (still not running), I’m strength training 2-4x a week. I am still managing hip pain after long, intense hikes, but it’s getting better. My nutrition needs work.
This week in particular I have been tired and craving more sleep than I needed even just a few weeks ago. I attribute that to a loss of daylight, and the incessant rain we’ve been getting lately.
Fall in Alaska means RAIN. It’s also colder in the morning, dark and this year, super windy. I don’t want this to be a bitch fest about weather, but it has an effect on my energy and mood. I need sun. When I don’t get sun, I’m lethargic.
I spend much less time outdoors in the winter than I do in the summer because again, it’s cold and dark. I can’t promise I’ll be able to change my attitude around that this year, but I’ll do my best.
I really want to share with you my list of excuses about why I have fallen off my nutrition, but I’ll spare you. Excuses are no use to anyone. The truth is, I allowed life to get in the way for a few days until it eventually knocked me off track altogether. Work is busy. We’re still trying to get a few home upgrades finished before winter. I got disconnected from my goals, and my why.
The reason I’m sharing this is because it happens to everyone, right? We all lose focus at some point and then it kind of spirals out of control if we’re not careful.
My goal is to be transparent, so whoever reads this feels less alone. So you refrain from judging your experience too harshly. And so you don’t quit. Fat loss isn’t easy. It isn’t fun. Quite frankly, I don’t have a lot of time for it right now. You probably don’t either.
But, it’s important to me to be in the best shape possible- especially as we move into these cold, dark months where historically I have been known to completely lose my shit.
I realized this week that I need to ramp up my recovery. More sleep. More time away from social media, and more hot epsom salt baths (I love these). Taking better care of yourself will often result in less cravings for junky food. That has been my experience, anyway.