As expected, being on a jury for a trial has completely overturned the normal rhythm to my days, but now that I’ve sort of gotten it figured out it’s not as bad as I had feared it might be for my weight management efforts.
My exercise routine is completely shot, but my diet/food efforts are being aided by being stuck in a courtroom for most of the day where eating is not allowed. I find that I’m so absorbed by what’s going on with the trial that I don’t really notice being hungry, so during our breaks I don’t feel the urge to eat very much. Our lunch break is an hour and a half, during which time I could, theoretically get into a lot of trouble if I were restaurant eating, but the jury assembly room has a small fridge and microwave so I’m able to continue my normal lunch habit of bringing my own portion-controlled meal and heating it. Thursday I spent the rest of my overly-long lunch break taking a walk around Lake Merritt, which is something I can see myself doing every day I’m there. It’s not enough exercise, but it’s better than nothing.
And to address the rest of the exercise deficit, this weekend, both days, I pushed myself to take longer runs than I normally do. Yesterday was 5 miles, and today was 5.4 miles. It doesn’t completely make up for not getting more regular exercise during the week, but in combination with the lunch time walks it goes a long way.
Those are my adjustments so far. The estimate we were given for the trial during jury selection was that it would wrap up the week of Feb. 11th, so I only have to make it through this full week and then next week we should be done early in the week and I can resume my usual routine.