Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Today, there were many good choices that I consciously made. I got up early and prepared my post-workout shake, breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, so I would be prepared to eat healthy all day. I did TurboFire HIIT 15 in the living room because I knew I wouldn't have much time to exercise later in the day. I made sure to take my multivitamin and other supplements (flaxseed oil, Super B Complex, Vitamin D). I brought a big bottle of water to chug all day.
There were also some accidental good fitness choices I made today. For example, I forgot that today was Tuesday and not Wednesday. Usually on Wednesdays, the parking lots nearest to my work are full and I am forced to park in the furthest parking lot. Well, this morning I thought it was Wednesday only to walk into the closest parking lot and find plenty of spots. Duh, it's Tuesday! However, my mistake meant a longer walk into work in the refreshing morning air. The elevators in my building are also SUPER SLOW, so I prefer to take the stairs because they are faster. So after my long walk from the parking lot, I got in a good four flights up to my desk. I had to rush to finish a project that my boss threw me under the bus about, so I was frantic running around and quickly finishing things. It's not even 11:30 but I have definitely accidentally burned some good cals!
I have started thinking recently about the things that really help me to stay on track, eat healthy, and exercise. I thought I would share them with you in case they are things that would help you, too! I abandoned them, for some reason, this time around. But today reminded me why they work so well for me!
1. Do cardio in the morning. First of all, there are numerous studies that show that doing cardio on an empty stomach helps to torch more fat. Second of all, your workout gets done before the day gets in your way of exercising. Third of all, you feel great and energized all day, full of endorphins before you ever reach work. Who wouldn't want to be happy and energized first thing in the morning?
2. Eat a large breakfast. There is the old adage, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. I firmly believe there is something to that, at least for me, anyway. The bigger a breakfast I eat in the morning (high protein, moderate carb, moderate fat), the better I am able to control myself all day long, and the more energy I have. Some days, I'll eat upwards of 500 good calories just at breakfast! This works well if you exercise first thing, too, in order to replenish your stores!
3. Don't be super restrictive. Don't think of your eating and exercise plans as a "diet" but as a healthy lifestyle. Eat food because it will provide you nourishment, and exercise because it's fun and makes you feel good, not because you need to be a certain size. And if you want to eat a piece of cake or pizza, do it! Just know that everything is about balance, and that 99% of the time you want to put things into your body that will make it perform better.
4. PUSH yourself. We all have limits, but I will bet you $100 they are A LOT higher than we think they are. For example, last night I ran at 5.5, incline 1, on the treadmill for 2 miles. I usually do around 4.2. However, I DIDN'T DIE. And actually, my breathing normalized itself and I was able to get into a tempo. I then did some intervals, running as fast as 6.6. I have NEVER run a 6.6 on the treadmill. I could have, I just never pushed myself to that level, to see how hard I could go. As Jillian Michaels says, if you don't faint, puke, or die, KEEP GOING!! It's true. We're stronger than we think.
5. What everyone else is doing doesn't matter. So what if everyone else in your household is unhealthy. So what if they eat chips or cookies or oil-popped popcorn. Who cares if they look at your food funny. Do whatever makes YOU happy. Just because other food is there doesn't mean you have to eat it. On the flip side, who cares about the fitness guru doing everything perfectly, giving up coffee and eating weird sounding food that looks like baby vomit. You don't have to be perfect. You just have to do the things that are right FOR YOU. Stick to your convictions and always try you best. Be open to new ideas and suggestions, but don't quit just because you aren't the eptiome of good health.
Those are my thoughts for now. I am feeling better, more like my prior fitness self. That is so encouraging!