Monday, March 12, 2012
I'm always bad at blogging when I didn't have a good week. I think that maybe getting in and talking about my failures would help me kick myself in the butt and get back in gear faster.
Yesterday's weigh in showed a 3 pound gain. There are a number of things outside my control that could have contributed to that including the fact that I started my period later in the day but I want to focus on what was in my control.
EATING PROBLEM: I set a goal for March to be in my calorie ranges 80% of the time or 25 days. Last week I used up all 6 of my "non-range" days...sigh! I think that the problem was that I was bored with the meal plan. I had decided to try a Self magazine meal plan. On paper it was great: 1600 (ish) calories/day, moderation with a snack and a treat each day, and ideas for all five meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, treat, & snack). I just wasn't very inspired by it. I kept planning a meal and then ending up eating something else so I would plan the original meal two days later and end up doing the same thing. There are a few great meals in there (like a Tuna Salad with hummus instead of mayo) but overall they aren't great and are kinda bland. I had also already entered in everything I had planned to eat and ran into the nasty habit that I didn't want to take the time to enter in the new stuff so I just assumed that I'd gone over and started to munch and munch and munch. I always forced myself (besides yesterday) to go back and enter in as best as I could remember but I need to stop that mentality.
SOLUTION: I'm going back to planning meals out of the many cookbooks and recipe ideas I have instead of forcing myself to stay within a limited meal plan. I will pull the meals that I do like from the Self plan but will allow myself the ability to do other things. I will enter in my foods ahead of time (already entered the meal plan through Wednesday) so that I make sure I'm getting what I need to get BEFORE I actually eat it.
FITNESS PROBLEM: I hurt my hip last Monday doing the "total transformer" strength move. It hurt when I walked or sat for a while and so I rested. I think that was a smart move because I don't know how quickly I would have recovered if I hadn't. I did light cardio and my strength moves (minus the one that hurt me) on Wednesday/Friday but I didn't do any running and therefore didn't get my C25K in.
SOLUTION: TOM has arrived so today I'm resting (did my 25 crunches though...) since I'm in a lot of pain but tomorrow I'll get up and do something! My plan is to run tomorrow morning (W7D2), strength Wednesday with a lighter jumping cardio routine from the Self magazine, W7D3 on Thursday, strength Friday with the Irish Jog 5K Friday night, and then swimming Saturday. I will get out and do these things even if I'm still cramping; I'll just reduce the intensity (i.e. not get all of W7D2/3 in).
Here's to a great week of being on track and finding solutions so that this can become a way of life!