Thursday, October 25, 2007
Like a lot of other losers, I'm also finding that I have a lot more energy and am not quite sure what to do with it: I've been entertaining the idea of getting back into jogging, something I haven't really done in over 20 years.
My heart rate has gone down and I now have to move pretty fast to stay in cardio range. On the treadmill, that means either increasing the angle or the speed. Increasing the angle isn't much fun because it seems like an unnatural position. So, the past couple of days I've been alternating about 3 minutes of running with 2 minutes of walking, for about twenty minutes total. This is how the "Couch to 10K" program works. Can I really do this?
I'm going to take it slow and see if my joints and "them dry bones" can take it. There are 5K and 10K races scheduled in Stuttgart in June ---hmmm, we'll see! I need to find a good t-shirt to wear: "Running on Holy Ghost Power!" would be good!
Monday, October 22, 2007
I had a small "aha" moment today: occasionally I ask myself, "when will I go back to eating normally?" I realized today that this is the NEW NORMAL: planning and preparing my meals a day ahead, tracking calories, watching my ranges of fat, protein, carbs and fiber. Even though I don't think I'll be tracking on a daily basis forever, I need the discipline now and I know it's one that I'll be coming back to from time to time. I reached my goal about three weeks ago, and nothing has really changed except that I need to find ways to add calories while keeping the right balance of nutrients.
I'm actually a pound below my goal weight as of today. That means that my new calorie range (1470 - 1820 as determined by SP) is a pretty good one - I averaged around 1600 calories this past week and still lost.
New Normal applies to exercise, too. I'm on day 222 of my exercise streak and I can hardly imagine a day without some kind of intentional exercise. I'm already starting to think about how I'll keep things up when I go home to the States for the holidays - can I get a guest gym membership somewhere? Will I drive to the YMCA to go swimming, go Nordic walking on the beach? I know I'll walk most mornings, sometimes with Dad at the mall (he doesn't like the heat) and I'll take my trusty Theraband to give me a handy tool for strength training.
So, self - Welcome to the New Normal!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
It's hard to believe that October is almost past! I took my car in yesterday to have the winter tires put on. It was the last day of their special deal at the garage. I go to pick up the car this morning, then it will be time to get my weekend shopping and errands done.
October is also a special time of year here in Germany - the weather is rather unpredictable. It can be summery - like last weekend for the flea market - and then it's called "golden October". Or it can be foggy and cold, with a damp chill that goes to your very bones - like today. Then October is called - well, never mind!
For me, it's often a difficult time because my allergies act up. I don't think I'm allergic to the mold of the leaves, but I suppose that could be a part of it. There are things that bloom this time of year that I AM allergic to. But what really gets me is the dry air inside when the heat gets turned on. My eyes get dried out and can even swell to almost shut like they did yesterday. Will be going to the doctor if it doesn't get better soon. And I'm keeping hydrated, of course.
Tonight is the opening of the new café ministry at church. I volunteered to help out in the kitchen so will have to come home quick after Nordic walking to shower and change.
I don't have a detailed to do list for today. But my goals are to finish what I begin, put things away after I use them, and not to make any promises to myself or anyone else that I won't be able to keep. Just for today, but it would be great if the goals became habits!
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