It's been a rollercoaster of a few days. First, on race day, I weighed in before the race and had actually put on 0.5kg over the previous week -- the second week in a row that it had been an increase. I was pretty pissed about that, but had decided that I'd weigh in on Monday (recovery day) this week instead. I was carbing up on Saturday to prepare for the race. I ran the race and put in a very good time. I was happy about that. But then I completely destroyed the benefit of that running by consuming an entire pizza by myself for dinner. I ate more than 4,000 calories on the day. Boo. Monday was a recovery day -- I took the day off work, which was awesome, but led me into paying for it the rest of the week. For those of you who don't know, I'm a software test manager -- I manage a group of software testers, farming them out to do the actual work. It my job to (a) ensure that all the work gets done, ( define the test strategy for our platform, © estimate for future work, and (d) make sure that the work is progressing well enough to mee the delivery timelines of our business partners. I have a team of about 5 long-term workers, and 5 short-term contractors which roll on and roll off as work demand peaks and troughs. Lately, projects have been drip-feeding us funding for work, which means I'm doing an extraordinary amount of resource planning and project planning and tracking. Suffice to say that it's been intense, and I'd been working late more of the week than not. I barely made it to my boot camp sessions this week -- I managed to get there Wed and Thurs, but I was a bit late to both classes because I'm not getting enough sleep. At least I still made it. Physically, it's been hard as well. Sunday was race day, and walking was a challenge afterward. I was still stiff and sore on Tuesday (thank you, DOMS), when my wife got a late meeting request at work and asked me to take my oldest to his soccer practice -- last practice session of the season. The coach was organising a game "parents vs children." So I got there, and my oldest yells out "Oh, no my dad's playing! He's the best! No one can beat him!" I couldn't lave him to be a liar, so I spent the next 90 minutes running around playing against a pack of 8-year olds. Then boot camp Wed and Thurs. Friday I had to take my car in for a service, so it was a walk-to-the-train-station and a walk-home day. My legs are still a bit sore. So... what am I doing about all of this? I'm armouring up and preparing for battle with the most fearsome foe I have ever faced -- an unholy demon who says it's okay to swing by the convenience store on the way home and get a chocolate bar. Who says I deserve it after the day I've had and the arseholes I've had to put up with. This same demon tempts me away from my bed at night by pointing out the work I have to do and the deadline to get it done, and then lays atop me while I sleep so I don't get up with my alarm. So I'm taking the fight to him. I'm armoured, and my will is sharpened to a keen razor edge. I've adjusted my daily caloric goal to aim for a 1.0 Kg loss for the next four weeks. I might not make it, but if it helps me to reverse the upward trend, I'll be happy with that. I'm aware this is not a sustainable goal, and I'm not intending to sustain it -- it's a temporary, hard push for a defined period. I can do this for 4 weeks (so far, it seems to be working). I'm doing enough work each day to take me slightly closer to where we should be. If I get 6 pieces in one day, I do 7 pieces of work (to use an oversimplified analogy), and I focus on that net gain rather than the work outstanding. (Thanks, Mitch!). When I have boot camp the next morning, I'm being hyper vigilant of the time and my fatigue levels. If I'm tired and I don't have anything which needs to be done right away, I'm going to bed. This is a very new approach for me. It seems too simple, but maybe that just because I've never done it before. We'll see. Oh yes.... Day 17 update: Get Lean: Weight Loss: +0.6 / 3Kg lostGet Strong: Boot Camps: 5 of 12 doneLead the Pack: Proactive Fitness: 2 / 6 done Cross your territory: 2:02:54 (h:mm:ss) Keep Your Gear Clean: Dishes (17/42) Rubbish (17/42) Laundry (1/6) Today's Motivation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3FcZNvzaOs Excerpts I'm taking away: "I have something more important than courage. I have patience. I will become... who I know I am." "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute. It may last an hour, a day, a week, a year. But it will subside, and it will be replaced with something more. It is when you give it the power over you -- when you allow it to make you quit -- that's when it becomes permanent." "Success is, and always has been, defined as getting up one more time than you've been knocked down. Just one."