Wednesday, August 29, 2012
First of all, I didn't do too well on my plan to eat intuitively. Oh I do think it did help to get in touch with my body enough to know when I'm hungry or not and I DID quit eating when I'm not hungry, but without the Nutrition Tracker, I lost track of how many calories I was eating and whether I was getting too much sodium or not enough protein, etc. (I'm a chipaholic btw.) Bottom line is, I gained back 10 lbs! Sooooooo I'm back to tracking what I eat and how much (or how little) exercise I'm getting (or not getting). I had big plans to exercise every day, but life gets busy and those plans went out the window. I think maybe because they were a bit too lofty aka extreme for a beginner.
I'm participating in a walking competition at work with the ultimate goal of walking 12,000 to 15,000 steps per day. We're about four weeks in now so current goal is 10,000 steps per day. I started out at 3,000 to 5,000 steps per day so I wasn't getting much exercise in at all. Every 20 mins of walking is about 2,500 steps so I'm up to 40 mins a day now.
In addition, I'm adding in 30 mins of strength training three days a week to add muscle while I'm losing fat.
I'm not going to try to do the yoga and tai chi for now, although eventually I'd love to be so organized I can fit that into my schedule as well.
Lastly, I'm trying to streamline and simply my life. I wonder how many overweight people have cluttered houses like I do. (Don't worry, it's not a Hoarders episode but I wouldn't want the preacher to stop by either.) I feel like in addition to trying to fill the emptiness in my life by filling my belly, I'm doing the same thing with my house, garage, utility building, etc. So I've already started taking back my house one area at a time, next comes the garage and then the utility building and ultimately the yard. It will take a while, but intuitively I feel that cleaning up my personal environment is almost as important as cleaning up my food choices and making a habit out of exercising my body.