Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 8: Business as usual

So today was my first day back at work after the weekend and the start of week 2. I grabbed a Mullerlight for breakfast before running out the door and had a bit of a hiccup at lunch (again).

The little cafe (that's about a 20 minute walk there and back, who sell jacket potatoes) were closed because it was Sunday! This presents me with a Sunday dilemma, I'll have to work on finding somewhere that do amazing salads or something for Sundays. Today though it caught me off guard last minute so I just bought a tuna baguette and a bag of Snack-a-Jacks again, whilst this isn't ideal on Slimming World, I had this for lunch twice last week and still lost 16lbs, so I figure it can't be all that bad! Plus for the next three days my jacket potato cafe will be open so lunch won't be an issue.

Been thinking a little negatively today, I think it's because I've been sat underneath an Air Conditioning vent blowing cold air directly on to my forehead (in an already cold office, while it's wet and cold outside too) and after a few hours this started a migraine which I'm still suffering with now (fingers crossed I sleep it off as I really can't afford time off work!). This has made me a little grumpy so I've not been my uber-motivated self today, nevertheless I had a healthy dinner when I got home and, excluding the lunch situation which was partly out of my control, I've stuck to the diet religiously.

One of my guy friends from work is trying to talk me in to waking up early on Mondays & Tuesdays and going to the gym with him before our shift, leaving Sunday & Wednesday as the only days I don't go to the gym. Whilst this sounds great and I do enjoy the gym enough to go that often, this would mean waking up at 6.30am, going to the gym, doing an 11 hour shift at work, finishing at 9pm and getting home for 9.30pm. Now.. if I want to get anywhere near 8 hours sleep, that basically means immediately eating and going to bed on a full stomach. No time to blog, clean, or.. well, do anything. I'm not sure about that. Think it's worth it or think I'd be better of getting better sleep and just working hard on the 3 days I do go to the gym during my weekend?

I'm really in two minds about it, on one hand it is a lot to ask with the length of my shifts and I really don't want to get behind with blogging or miss out on sleep (particularly when working out so regularly), on the other hand I should really take every opportunity to get down the gym, I do enjoy it when I'm there and I think about inspiring posts like this one, with points like "I love knowing that by 7am Sunday morning I have accomplished more in my day than most people do in their weekends, even if it means sacrificing sleep." - She does have a very good point. I'm just not sure whether it's a good day idea considering the length of my shifts - it would literally mean no "me time" at all for those two days.

Anyway that's the gym/work dilemma, now I'm off to bed before this migraine takes over completely, before I go though, I'll finish with a quick food summary.

Breakfast: 1x Mullerlight
Lunch: Tuna salad baguette with a pack of Snack-a-Jacks
Dinner: Vegetable stir fry with soy sauce & 5x Quorn sausages (had to throw half of this away as was too full!)
Naughty: Stole a very small Yorkshire Pudding from my housemates dinner!


  1. One thing to remember while making your decision (and you might have already thought of this) is that Trisha is already at her goal, while you are ON your journey still. Lack of sleep causes a rise in cortisol. Cortisol makes it extremely hard to lose weight.

    It is definitely a balancing act, yes? But you do what you feel is best for YOUR life, because only you know all the details, and what your priorities are. And sometimes, we just have to try something, to find out if it is a good fit. Either choice, you are on your way!


  2. Hmm, I thought there was a reason decent sleep was important while trying to lose weight but I couldn't quite remember what it was, thanks very much for reminding me! And you do have a great point in that I'm still on my journey... perhaps baby steps are best... then again if I can get on top of organismic myself I may be able to get sufficient sleep to still go to the gym - it's just going to be very difficult! :-p