Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I've been tired and down lately, folks. Just run down, exhausted, stressed, and I'm well, tired of it. I want to figure out how to get more energy, and sustain that.
So, the first clue: I've been skipping the gym and the workouts. Shockingly enough, not moving around enough is making me more tired.
Then, I realized that a lot of things that we previously cut out of the diet have been creeping back in, slowly... it started with regular pasta instead of whole wheat (when the store shelf was empty) and continued... not much, but enough to make me feel uncomfortable. More cheese has been arriving in the refrigerator, more processed foods... and because it's still winter here in the midwest, it still feels like the season for heavy comfort food. But I don't want to keep eating that way! So its time to remind myself of the benefits of eating good fuel for my body, again.
And then, I also realized that my water and sleep habits have been slipping back into old patterns. Staying up too late, not getting hydrated enough... these contribute to that sluggish, grumpy feeling, too.
So I need to push back at all of these things. Not all at once, not all-or-nothing. But I need to remember that I'm not depriving myself of "treats" but rather fueling my body and brain for the things that I really want to do, want to accomplish.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The mercury is finally dropping over here (mostly...) and we have 2 inches of snow in tonight's forecast, so I guess its time for roasting root vegetables! While the warm weather this fall has been good for bike riding and other outdoor activities, it has also meant extending the summer menu further into the season that usually brings squash and parsnips to my kitchen.
As a Thanksgiving trial, we tested a new recipe last night for maple butternut squash and apple casserole (and a spinach/strawberry/sliced almond salad with balsamic dressing) with pretty good results.
There may be other vegan and vegetarian recipes popping up here in future blogs-- somehow, over time, we've mostly eliminated red meat from our diets (and never cook it at home anymore), and have cut back on meat in general to the point where it only appears on the dinner menu once or twice a week. In the place of meat seems to be a lot of hearty grains and legumes (quinoa, brown rice, lentils, beans), which is kind of nice for variety. The cooking that I do at home now does not necessarily include the kinds of things that my mother and grandmother made... and that's OK.
Monday, October 07, 2013
Time to update my numbers, dust off my running shoes, and get ready to rock!
First up: I need to update my goal, tracking, and weight numbers. One of the biggest reasons for me to join the 5% fall challenge is that I've been really lax about sticking to exercise and food plans all summer, and it shows. Those scale numbers are sliding upwards, and the endurance and muscle that I was working so hard to gain? Slipping away.
So, I'm updating the scale tracker. (Ouch.) Not as bad as it could be, and a good reminder that I need to drink water, stick to the nutrition plan, and TRACK IT ALL. Accountability, baby. Here we go.
For the fall 5% challenge: I will be working to lose 10 pounds over 8 weeks.
Start date: October 12
End date: December 7
Goal to eat 1200-1550 calories per day
Goal to burn 1120 calories per week
Goal to go from 160 to 150 by 12/07/2013
5% Challenge Commitment - Plan
So with 30 or more minutes daily exercise, and eating between 1200-1550 calories a day, and drinking 8 glasses or more of water every day, I will lose 10 pounds in 8 weeks.
Exercise time= "me time"-- I need to remember that sometimes it is OK to concentrate on myself, and to work towards being the healthiest version of myself that I can be. Time to do this thing.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Lately I've been thinking that I need to get back to tracking, back to consistency and planning. Somehow it is much easier to slide back into old habits than it is to keep up the new ones. So, if planning is part of success... well, watch out! Because it's time to plan. For success. And I'm ready.
This fall, I've joined the 5% Challenge here on SP. I want to use this as a way to not let myself off the hook. To get things moving back in the right direction.
Here's the plan:
-Strength workout 3x/week. In general, I think this will be M/W/F. For now, it will probably be body weight exercises until my schedule settles down enough to plan for time at the gym.
-Cardio 6x/week, 30 minutes or more. Even if I can't get out on the bike trail, I will need to walk or run, or do some other form of daily cardio exercise. No excuses.
-Nutrition and food: sticking to the upper end of the personalized SP guidelines, and tracking every day. More fruits/veg/fiber and water, less coffee.
Goals: I want to use this challenge to build a foundation of healthy habits. Of course I also want to lose the weight and be in better physical health. But I look at this as a long arc-- and building habits that will pay healthy dividends over time seems like a pretty good bet.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Sage advice, and I'm trying to take it as often as possible.
Sometimes dread can be overwhelming. Fear can drive us to procrastinate, to avoid, to hide. It can keep us from the things that we truly want. Fear can keep us from reaching our goals and from stretching to our full, human potential.
I've been buried in revisions lately. Having to rework something that I wrote (and thought I was "finished" with) has been difficult, painful, and slow. I've been avoiding it for a lot of reasons, but now it is time to finish and push it back out the door. No matter how stressful.
Obviously this relates to health and exercise, too. How often do we say "oh, I'll start that diet tomorrow. I'll go for that first run tomorrow?" Putting it off is a way of dealing with the fear-- but unfortunately it doesn't change much. Only taking action will do that.
As I've been working hard to follow this advice, I've found that the more action I take, the better I feel. The stronger I feel, the more equipped I am to deal with the next thing, and the next. (Something else I've learned: there's ALWAYS a next thing waiting around the corner.)
So, what are you afraid of? What are you dreading? How can you slay that monster? Do it. Do it now, and move forward.
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