Thursday, August 09, 2012
...that's where I'm at.
I started back to the gym the other day. I tried my old standard gym workout: an hour of cardio followed by a weight room circuit, finished with another round of cardio. I did the elliptical on interval program for an hour to start. The first half hour was not bad. The second half hour, my quads were screaming and I was watching the time religiously. I stepped off and was surprised to find that I could barely walk away. I took some time to stretch my quads out in the weight room and also fought back some nausea. Yikes. Then went ahead with the weight training. At the end of that, I couldn't bring myself to do another round of cardio and called it a day.
The good news? I completed an hour and a half workout my first day back. The bad? Well, it didn't feel the same as it used to, so obviously I have work to do. Not that I didn't know that. So, I'm somewhere in the middle.
On to food. I was recently at a work conference for a week. This was before I'd officially recommitted to being "back". We were served a buffet breakfast every morning and every morning it was the same. I have to say, I am and always have been a carb lover. But at seeing the buffet, I scanned it and thought "where is the protein?" before selecting what I could to make it through the day. I like that my mind thinks that way even when I'm not trying to lose weight. It's nice to know that it's back there somewhere. The knowledge that you need that protein to make it through the morning. I have had my battles with protein. Just this morning, I opened my refrigerator, had a staring contest with my greek yogurt, and shut the door and said "yeah, maybe tomorrow." I've tried all brands, varieties, with fruit, with honey, etc. And some days I just can't bring myself to eat it.
So, I'm not perfect on either front but I'm happy to say that I'm somewhere in the middle. And that's a great place to be right now, especially considering the lack of effort I've put in thus far this year!