Thursday, June 24, 2021

Back to Normal

Back to normal…but what is normal?  

As masks become a thing of the past and life goes back to normal, or rather the new normal I sit back and watch.  I wish the 6 foot edict would remain.  I find myself walking through crowded places and cringing when people get close and jostle me in their closeness!  Why can’t the new normal include social distancing!

But that is not the normal of which I speak. I wrote about the normal of every day life.   For the first time since life went crazy..horrible…off kilter two weeks ago, Jason and I both went to work.  I started off these two weeks strong and maintained my calorie goals.  I was not going to let life throw me off track.   I did really good for the first 4-5 days.  And then I went up in flames.  Spectacularly!   

I grew up in the old ‘food brings comfort’ mentality.  You feed people …it’s part of the love language for my family.  So I fed myself and in particular, I fed Jason. I fired up the mixer and turned on the oven and baked…a few times!

I had donuts, edible cookie dough (chocolate chip cookie dough) , potato chips, fresh made cookie dough and of course the baked cookies  (snickerdoodle), brownies (salted caramel brownies).   It was ugly. 
Luckily my weight is in the same 2-3 pound weight range.  But with going back to ‘normal’ I plan on returning to a more normal routine with eating.  I don’t need sweet treats every night.  I may want them.  But I don’t need them.   I don’t need to bake some delicious dessert/snack. I may want to…but it’s not necessary.   

So I am returning back to the original plan from two weeks ago.
I will be tracking my food. Getting my exercise.  Keeping my calories closer to 1200-1300 each day.  I will be adopting the attitude that this is only for 4 weeks. (I’m only committing to four weeks…I’ll reevaluate my plans at the end of four weeks….or more likely forget that it was only for four weeks and keep going.).   This can not be a maybe…life is returning to ‘normal’ and it’s time to focus on my health.

The new normal…healthy living has commenced!!!


Anonymous said...

I am with you on the 6 foot space. I had a personal space thing long before Covid. I have had a tough few weeks and have lost focus. I am working on turning things around before the 1st of the month. I was hopeful for 2021, but the world isn't improving. I no longer watch the news. It is too hateful & I don't want to give up on myself. We can do this. I look forward to getting to goal.

Paula C

Anonymous said...

we live in the Berkshires. Massachusetts. (Jacobs Pillow and Tanglewood) are our tourists spots. And like you we don't want to be in crowds ! I find myself walking further away with my cart. I still don't sneeze in public or try very hard not to ! I also find myself wondering "do they have the vaccine?" "do they have Covid?" UGH..... while I am very grateful for getting back to normal , its frightening , too!

My sister works in a resort and they can go maskless. She hasn't been sick the whole pandemic with her mask on. Took it off and she is very sick with sinus, chest and cough. CRAZY!!

Anyway, good luck on your new commitment. You'll do it. We all get to that one spot that we don't want to and say "its now!" I usually do good up to almost bed time. Then I want snacks! Its a never ending battle. You've got this!

Mary said...

I feel the same way about people. I really don't want strangers near me!

Lynn said...

I know! I really like the social distancing! And people are trying to shake hands again! Ugh, stop!

MaryFran said...

We can make the second half of 2021 our year! It’s never too late to gather our focus and make this happen!! We are worth every second of effort!

MaryFran said...

Yes! I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they had so few colds and illnesses this past year with the social distance and masks in place!!!

Bedtime snacks! Find a hobby to keep your hands busy…something that won’t allow you to eat! Cross stitch…crochet…anything!

MaryFran said...


MaryFran said...

I haven’t had anyone try to shake my hand…maybe because I try to make myself look unapproachable. Hahaha. Ok not really…but maybe I should!!!

MaryFran said...

I haven’t had anyone try to shake my hand…maybe because I try to make myself look unapproachable. Hahaha. Ok not really…but maybe I should!!!