Saturday, January 22, 2011
I've been eating junk lately...going to clean out the refrigerator and start from scratch WITH A WEEKLY MENU WRITTEN OUT. This is probably my most consistent deficiency on this journey. I get a craving for salty and sweet and before you know it...scale is heading in the wrong direction.
Just have to remind myself not only how GOOD veggies taste, but that fueling my body with nutritious foods helps me feel better overall. And veggies servings are a LOT of food! No deprivation there! It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.
After the half marathon, I never quite kept up my workout schedule. Achieving a major life goal can be like reaching the top of the mountain, then you have to come back down. I have heard of Olympic athletes who get really depressed after the games.
It's the consistency that matters in the end. So I will commit to little bits of exercise daily - it doesn't have to be running long distances - stretching and improving my flexibility are part of staying healthy and sane as well.
Winters are tough for me - I HATE cold weather. Fortunately, I live in the South, so we have pretty mild weather (jacket weather this past week, although the snow we got for Christmas broke a 47 year record).
With a triathlon on the schedule in March, I have the excuse to crosstrain, which is always better for me; I get bored easily.
I have started water aerobics again, and love the upper body resistance as well as the chance to be in the water and let it soothe tired muscles. Now if someone would come up with a cure for the munchies after swimming - I am always so hungry afterward!
The triathlon is the shortest I've ever heard of, and I hope to finish the whole thing in an hour (250yd swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run - shorter than a sprint distance).
So over the next 3 months, I am looking forward to getting BACK to the overweight instead of obese category in BMI, improve my running, continue to make strength trainning a part of my daily routine, and be able to wear pants that zip instead of elastic waistbands.
People really noticed when I was just 10 lbs lighter, and I need to reclaim those "recycled" pounds for good.