Yesterday (Monday) was all about relaxing!
Craig had the day off, and I am still on break from school! I slept for 9.5 hours, and it felt wonderful! As soon as I got out of bed, I walked straight to the couch for some reading.
I ended up finishing the book yesterday and like I said before, I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Let’s face it, women and men are different and we also communicate differently. Here is just one example:
When women talk and converse, it is all about “rapport”—making connections with other women. For men, it is all about “report”—who can tell the biggest and best story or one-up the other man by bestowing more knowledge on him. (My husband is very good at these things.)
There is so much good information in this book that I encourage you to read it for yourself!
By early afternoon, it was time to something a little more “productive,” so we headed to Gap to use our gift cards from Christmas. They were having an awesome sale with an additional 50% off all of their sale items, and there were a lot of things on sale!
(Ha! I just realized Craig got me a Gap Kids card. Not sure how he managed that. And no, I know he is not implying anything by this!)
Then it was off to the grocery store to stock up the very bare fridge. Back as home, I got busy making chili, Skyping with my sister, and finishing my book.
Yesterday was my day of rest, so today it felt good to get a workout in.
I ran 2 miles to the gym, lifted for 30 minutes at the gym, then ran 2 miles back home.
Distance: 4 miles
Weather: 15*, cloudy, dark, very light snow
For breakfast I made myself a bowl of oatmeal.
I forgot how full I can get on even a small to medium-sized bowl of oatmeal. Although, it felt like a fake-full feeling because two hours later I am hungry again.
So I have a theory. . . .a theory about weight-gain during the holidays, and it goes something like this:
I can’t help but wonder if some of the weight-gain people experience during the holidays is caused from stress—and not as much from excess food as people assume??
If I think back to times when I was able to lose weight, those were times in my life where I was living with very little stress (and of course still exercising and eating a well-balanced diet). But even if I am exercising and eating right, if I am stressed out, I find it much more difficult to lose weight.
I know there are a lot more dinner parties to go to and treats around, but I also know the holidays stress a lot of people out, so maybe at least some of that weight-gain is due to stress.