Last week, I only had three goals. I wasn't feeling well and couldn't exercise so I challenged myself to not get discouraged, stay on top of my calorie budget, and rest. I definitely got discouraged on some days, but after I went to the doctor and got an antibiotic to help with the problem, I pulled it together. The doctor and pharmacist told me not to do any strenuous exercising until I was done with the antibiotic, but I was happier once I felt well enough to go back to walking and trying light exercise like yoga. I didn't get a chance to post my weekly weigh in, but I'm sad to report that I gained 0.6 pounds this week. I know it's only a little over half a pound, but I was still kind of sad when I got on the scale.
I still have to finish my antibiotic before I can go back to running/going to the gym in earnest and since it's the week before exams start I'm not sure how much time I will have to work out this week or during exam period. These considerations have definitely affected my goals for the week. Without further ado, my weekly goals are:
1. Do not succumb to stress eating.
I gained around 30 pounds during my first year of law school because I was spending so much time studying at school where free (generally unhealthy) food was always around and I was always tempted to use said free food as a way of coping with stress. Exam period is definitely one of those times when the urge to stress eat is at its strongest, but I think that as long as I keep counting my calories I can stay on plan.
2. Make time to walk/workout for at least 30 minutes per day.
I try to get in as much walking as I can just in the course of going to class and running nearby errands, but the more I panic about the exams the more compelled I feel to sit on the floor/couch/nearest available surface that will hold my weight and surround myself with a protective circle of textbooks while I frantically try to make myself understand Evidence, Securities Regulation, etc. Exam period only lasts for two weeks, but until they are over my workout time will be extremely limited.
3. Don't gain weight.
I have no delusions about actually losing weight this week. I just don't want to see another weight gain. My current plan is to eat within my maintenance range of calories (somewhere around 1600 calories per day if I don't exercise).