Rucking a Muck

I’ve been overweight for quite some time now, almost two years since I gave birth to Crab. Since his birth in August 2015, I’ve dropped 40lbs, but I had hoped to be closer to my normal last summer. Alas, I’ve missed the boat on reaching that goal, nor the one during the winter, or spring, but I still have plans to get back to normal within the 2017 calendar year.

During my elimination diet, I managed to lose around 10lbs, but gained 5lbs back since. I have been eating quite a bit of sugar to feed my afternoon stress eating times. I know I’m doing it, yet I can’t seem to stop myself some days!

I’ve taken to journaling my eating habits on paper for a few months, which has helped me pinpoint my weak moments. I am not the night snacker, nor the after dinner ice cream eater. I am purely the get home with the kids and snack like crazy before and while cooking dinner stress eater.

This week, I’ve decided to go back to using MyFitnessPal again. It’s just easier to enter in the foods I’m eating, copy meals to another day, and see quick calculations. Journaling on paper was really good to take note of my moods and reasons for eating, but now that I know those I can move forward more aware. I’ve set relatively easy targets for calories each day, as well as have added a new workout style to my lacking regimen.

Rucking is something I’ve heard of before, but have left that to others assuming it had nothing to offer me. After reading about it a few times in various places in the past two months, I decided to give it a try. I went out with an old backpack and some weights from my weight bar to see what all the fuss was about.

Instantly, I loved it. You walk with weight on your back. Simple. Easy. Inexpensive.

I found my posture was improving with every step and even the day after. While I haven’t gotten out as much as I’d like this month to do it, I believe it’s something I’ll be doing on a regular basis once I get my lazy act together.

I also do not like the backpack I am currently using, and we are limited in what packs we currently have. I don’t want to use my work bag, so I am stuck with this non-padded bag until maybe this summer. I asked Chris for a Go RUCK GR1 sack for my birthday, so we’ll see what happens! I definitely know I’ll use it for rucking as well as other activities, seeing as how it is waterproof as well.

This week finds me starting a new running plan. I’m going back down to beginner and just starting off slow with a 5k training plan. I’m not signing up for any races, and I’m not pressuring myself. Starting or doing too many things at once will lead me right back to the candy jar!

Instead, I’m focusing on eating whole foods like vegetables, fruits, meats, or nuts and moving each day, either with a ruck sack or running. Two simple ideas to get back on track and feeling better about myself, my body, and my abilities.

With these small daily changes, I hope to be back in my old clothes by the end of the summer. I have about 30lbs to lose still, but there is no rush as I plan to keep it off once and for all after I’m through this phase.

And it’ll feel so nice to finally purge my closet of varying sizes of clothing. If anything, that’s what I’m most looking forward to when I reach my goal.

Do a little today that your future self will thank you for. Whether that’s eating less, moving more, or putting a little money into savings. Future self will be glad you thought of her (or him).