You guys, it's seriously the weather.
This weekend we had a really, really beautiful weekend. On Saturday it stayed cloudy until well after lunchtime, then it rained for literally like 55 seconds late in the evening. It was such that Eric yelled at me to come outside, and we were both cackling with joy. Sunday it was sunny and in the 70's all day with a soft breeze.
It's like a switch got flipped, but back in the good direction. I can't even explain it, but I got up Sunday feeling rested for the first time in a really long time. I was able to spend extra time out in the yard with the shelter dogs, and found myself feeling antsy at the thought of spending time inside. When I got home I told Eric that I didn't want to waste the day, and he was totally on the same page, so we went and walked for probably 45 minutes or so at the nature park by our house. As soon as we got home I went straight upstairs and did my upper body lifting routine I had planned. I felt like I had endless energy all day. I made a normal dinner, with my oven no less, and was so excited to cook. I also prepped all the meals and snacks for the next day. It was the first time in a really long time that I was enthusiastic about cooking. Just overall, I felt like myself. No anxiety, no worrying, just living. Things felt easy again and I didn't feel that hopeless feeling that I've just come to accept over the last couple of months.
Yesterday it was hot as blazes again (above 90 degrees if you can believe it), and I felt my energy tank and felt anxious for most of the day. Again, switch flip. I did power through a workout and made dinner/prepped for the next day, but it felt a lot more forced and difficult. At this point I don't know if it's 100% mental or if my body is really having a reverse SAD type reaction, but either way it's clear that the weather is having a horrible effect on me. I just need to ovary up and talk to my doctor about it, because I don't exactly fancy going through this again next time we have a heat wave.
Regardless, I have been sticking to my plan for the week and getting back on track. It's felt really good, my stomach already feels so much better physically, and my pants are just the tiniest bit more comfortable. I haven't weighed yet, I just really don't want to be concerned about the number on the scale, and would rather make feeling good and getting back into good habits the priority. I'm just going meal by meal, day by day and trying to not stress too hard about things. Just to give you guys a peek at the workouts for this week, this is my workout schedule (links are not autoplay videos):
Saturday: Lower Body HIIT and Strength Training (done)
Sunday: Upper Body Strength & Cardio (done)
Monday: Abs & Lower Back (done)
Tuesday: Lower Body Strength Training & Pilates (done)
Wednesday: Upper Body Strength Training
Thursday: Dynamic & Static Stretching Challenges
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Lower Body HIIT, Hike at Hagg Lake
Sunday: Upper Body Cardio & Strength
Honestly, I don't like HIIT or cardio very much, but acknowledge that I need to mix it up and also focus on burning fat, so I've been trying to make it a point to mix it in. The workouts are going well so far, I've definitely lost some strength, but not a terrible amount.
As you can see by the schedule, we're going for a hike at Hagg Lake, which is this really beautiful park close to the house. The wildfire made me really take a hard look at the fact that I don't appreciate the beautiful areas around us nearly as much as they deserve, and I don't take advantage of the amazing hiking opportunities we have either. I'd really like to start going for hikes more and making sure that I get more time outside. Hagg Lake is a pretty easy one and fairly flat, so I'm looking forward to it.
The forecast going forward looks like it's going to be in the 70s and we're supposedly getting rain on Sunday and Monday. I...am...so...excited!!