Thursday, April 25, 2013
Oh golly. I've gained a couple of inches around my waist since the last time I measured, which is somewhat disheartening. My weight didn't change, so I'm thinking I must have lost a lot of muscle mass and made up for it with fat.
As frustrating as that is to see, it's good to have a reminder that weight alone isn't the best measure of health. Even if my weight doesn't change as I keep working out, I can keep an eye on other measurements and get an idea of what's happening with my body.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I am absolutely awful about wasting my time on the computer. It's a kind of self-medication I do, when I'm feeling depressed or anxious. Even if nothing else is going right, I can play a game or read articles and sort of distance my head from my problems. It's very much the same impulse that leads me to snacking excessively.
And...that is a TOUGH habit to break!
I work from home, so I don't have a hard and fast schedule. What this tends to lead to is other people interrupting me, which then makes me feel anxious because my work-time isn't being respected, and then I feel so anxious I need to "self-medicate" with some ice cream and mindless internet surfing. And then, naturally, that makes me feel MORE anxious because I know I'm not being productive, and it just turns into an endless cycle.
So what can I do about that? Well, I'm going to be trying a little trick: I have a floor peddler under my desk and a yoga mat on my floor. When I start feeling that urge to try to escape from my worries through wasting time online or snacking, I'm going to peddle through a song on my playlist or do a little bit of yoga. That will (hopefully!) help burn through the anxious energy and then get me back on track again, while also eating up a few minutes I would have used later on working out. A few minutes I can turn back to work without worry.
We'll see if it works.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I've been doing very well at moderating myself lately, but the birthday party was just too much for me. I ate more than I intended--way more--and came over my daily goal.
However, my weekly average hasn't taken much of a hit from that and it's the average that matters a lot more than these little day-to-day fluctuations. So if I just watch the rest of the week and manage to practice restraint (argh they left the cake here), I should be fine.
Monday, April 22, 2013
I've decided to get back into SparkPeople again after I realized just how absolutely out of shape I've become. I've held fairly steady at the same weight over the past couple of years, but my strength and stamina are just shot to pieces.
I'm slowly building my stamina back up. The plan is for the week to be split up this way:
Day 1: Intense cardio, light resistance.
Day 2: Light cardio, heavy resistance.
Day 3: Intense cardio, light resistance.
Day 4: Rest.
And then reset back to Day 1. At the moment, my "heavy" resistance involves five pound dumbbells, because I'm really out of shape. Intense cardio is about 45 minutes, with twenty minutes of that on the stationary bike. I likely won't go over an hour of cardio at a time, though I'll eventually replace the bike with the occasional running day.
Depression--and the resultant inactivity--has done a number on my body, to the point where there were some days just washing the dishes would exhaust me. More than anything else, I want to recover my stamina again.
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