Sorry for the delayed update this week, but I've got good news: I appear to have pushed through the dog days and gotten my second wind.
You may recall my last post that explained the dog days of exercise and lamented my time there. A couple days after that post, I took matters into my own hands and forced myself to do a marathon workout. (By marathon, I don't mean 26.2 miles. I just mean extra long.)
I did this for two reasons: 1) I saw it as a personal challenge, to see if I could break my all-time record for calories burned in one exercise session and 2) To "shock" my body (and mind) back into the proper place with regard to exercise and weight loss. As in, "Push yourself, Jason. Suck it up. Don't be a wimp."
The tally: 80 minutes on the elliptical, Level 10, 7.7 miles and 1,180 calories burned. My previous record, set in 2009, was 80 minutes, 7.2 miles and 1,016 calories.
For whatever reason, perhaps pride in a new accomplishment, I regained my excitement and enthusiasm for working out. I've also been more mindful of my weigh-loss goal. I've watched calories more closely, been better at fighting food temptation and overall feel much better about where I am on this journey.
The best part: I lost a pound this week.
So, I officially declare the dog days over. Thank goodness.
Next week's weigh-in could be interesting. My birthday is Friday (tomorrow) and, yes, there will be cake. It's sugar-free, though, so at least there's that. Other food temptations are sure to arise, but I'll try my best to be good.