I'm fat again.
It seems like once every 16 months I go through this phase where I lose the weight and then slowly gain it all back.
I've pinpointed my problems and they boil down to lack of exercise.
Basically, my schedule looks like this:
6:30-9:30am: Get up and write. Drink coffee.
9:30-10am: Get ready for work.
10am-10:30am: Drive to work.
10:30am to 6:30pm: Work at day job. Eat lunch, which is usually a sandwich or soup or something that's generally not great for me but not too bad either.
6:30pm-7pm: drive home.
7pm - 10pm: get dinner, watch TV, spend time with Matt and dogs. This is usually where I go wrong. I am so tired and hungry that I eat too much and do too little.
10pm-11pm: read and go to sleep.
That's pretty much every day. On the weekends it changes slightly. I get up a little later and during my free time I do things like clean the house or wash my car. But I'm usually so burnt from the week that, after I finish my writing from like 9am to 1pm, I just want to relax.
I know that I need to modify my eating habits. I usually do well with that for a week or two. But I fail in that I usually run out of time to prepare my lunches ahead of time. And by the time I get home, it's too late to make dinner.
As for exercise, I would do better exercising in the AM, but that's when I do my best writing, so I can't sacrifice that time. If I got up any earlier, I'd have to go to bed earlier and I'd never see Matt, so sleeps later and goes to bed later than I do.
I try to get in the habit of running after work, but I'm so tired that I generally fail at this after a week or two.
So I'm looking for strategies. Ways to create not just a diet, but a lifestyle that is conducive to being more fit. I like running/jogging. Like lifting weights. I have a gym membership at a gym that's open 24 hours.
So far, I've made my writing desk at work into a standing desk so that I'm on my feet for that time. I can't do the same at my other office, but I try to get up and walk around as much as possible.
Later this week, I'll post my goals and what I'm going to do to achieve them. Any suggestions from you all would be greatly appreciated!