Monday, April 15, 2013
Time for my customary once-in-a-blue moon update. :)
I've done a whole bunch of gear-switching! I have achieved relative balance in weight-maintaining mode (knock on wood). A lot of other things changed at around the same time I went into maintenance mode, which helped the process along a LOT.
Before I hit my GW, I was on a more strict exercise routine with regular running. In general, however, I did not take a huge number of steps per day—just under the recommended 10,000/day because I was job hunting, which involved a lot of sitting at a computer.
Around the time I hit my GW, I also got a new job! A very active new job. I have to run all around a 4-story science center, lift boxes full of science-y stuff, energetically run demonstrations, shows, experiments, workshops, etc, etc, etc. The first few weeks of adjustment were hard—I barely had time for workouts! I only managed a few per week, and one week I didn't have any planned workouts at all. But I still maintained (or lost) each of those weeks, because at work I was very active—at least 15,000-20,000 steps per day without even trying.
So—balance. I've brought "workouts" back, but I do less of them, and I'm less strict about sticking to them. Towards the end of my weight-loss mode, my yoga practice had been falling to the wayside. Last week, one of the yogis who taught my yoga teacher trainings wrote an excellent newsletter about yoga coexisting with other movement disciplines. This made me rethink my priorities. He approached the "issue" from many different perspectives, but one point stuck with me the most: Choosing one movement discipline as your priority, focus, or otherwise "main" discipline can provide clarity in one's overall movement practice.
In weight loss mode, I had prioritized running, mostly because the cardio was so useful for weight loss. (I also had other reasons—for example, in high school, running the mile was such a torturous experience that I wanted to reclaim running as a positive practice in my life.) What, however, did it mean to me after hitting my goal weight? I took stock of what I feel about running NOW, and what it accomplishes for me:
-I run because I have an image of running as the "ultimate" discipline—it's just me and my body. Humans are also designed for long-distance running, so it's cool to me from an evolutionary biology perspective as well. :)
-Running = a skinnier me! But wait; things aren't that simple. This is an association I have in the back of my mind that isn't useful or entirely true.
-I've come to like running a lot more than I used to (yes, I conquered my high school dread), but it still isn't very fun or enjoyable to me.
-Am I a runner? Yes...I guess. Do I feel like a runner? Not entirely. Do I consider running an important part of my identity? Um, not really. Maybe a little.
What about yoga, though? Why do I practice yoga? (Or rather, why did I, since it's unfortunately fallen by the wayside?)
-I do yoga because it makes my body feel amazing. It removes aches and pains in my body that I have never been able to remove by any other means.
-I do yoga because it calms my mind. It makes me feel content, happy, relaxed, powerful, centered, and generally at peace with the universe. It makes me a more pleasant person to live as and a more pleasant person to be around.
-I do yoga because it feeds my spiritual side.
-I unequivocally love yoga.
-Am I a yogi? Yes, I have no doubt about that. Do I feel like a yogi? Always. Do I consider yoga an important part of my identity? Absolutely.
I came to the conclusion that yoga should be the focus of my movement practice. It just makes so much sense. Although I do want to run a 5k sometime, running is on the back burner. I will settle for slow progress with my running, because yoga is more important to me.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I freely admit that I'm really bad at keeping this blog updated. And I'm ok with that—I don't think blogging is as helpful to me as it is to others, and it doesn't really appeal to me that much.
However, I have amassed a few more followers, and my last blog post was a long time ago. (Also, it was about feeling under-the-weather, so I might as well update to say that no, I am not dead of some mysterious illness.)
Some things that have happened since that last blog post:
1. I have moved to Columbus, OH. Living with my parents after college was just too soul-sucking, so I took a chance and now I live on my friend's futon.
2. I no longer feel under-the-weather. I have been getting a few little headaches here and there, though, but nothing I'm concerned about.
3. I walk a lot more. I'm in a city where I can do that! Also, saving gas money = good.
4. I met my goal weight! As of last week I'm under 140 pounds, so my BMI is not considered overweight any more! (FYI: I'm 5'4".) I'm SUPER excited about this, but also a teensy bit anxious about the transition to maintaining. (I would not mind losing more weight/taking more inches off my waist, but I want to maintain for a while to cement good habits.) When I changed my plan to maintaining, I got more calories than I know what to do with! 2,390-2,740 a day! However, I'm really not hungry for that many Calories. I'm consuming about 2,000 kcals a day, following my hunger (and making good food choices). I see no problem with this as long as I'm not experiencing any fatigue or other bad signs. We'll see what happens at my next weigh-in, and I'll adjust if needed.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Man, what is with the last couple days? First, I wipe out during my run. (I didn't slip on ice or anything, I just fell for no apparent reason.) And today I can only get through 10 minutes of my normally 20-35 minute workout. (I just felt "off" or "wrong"; it seemed that my feet were unusually sore/sensitive when they usually don't hurt at all; and maybe I felt a tiny bit dizzy?)
I don't think I've been overdoing anything or undereating or underhydrating. Pretty normal, average week in most respects. I hope I'm not getting sick.
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