Thursday, October 04, 2012
Since I reduced my credit hour load this semester due to the health issues early on, I have lost my health insurance temporarily (until January). This is potentially troublesome, but I was able to get a refill on my current prescriptions which should cover me until the end of December... I just hope I don't have any major illnesses or accidents until then. Also, it seems that I am not going to be able to attend that group therapy afterall (at least until January). Darn. I guess there are always self-help books.
So yeah, this sort of sucks. But, there is a bright side: my health is good right now, and I have MUCH more free time from now until the holidays. I will be much less stressed, have fewer time constraints, and I will be able to get back to a more intense workout schedule (woohoo!). I plan to create a significant dent on my first longterm goal weight of 299 -- I would like to lose about 20 lb by the end of the year, but I won't hold myself to any specific numbers as long as I am losing something each month, becoming healthier, creating good habits, and enjoying myself.
Schedule for October-November
Workouts: Walk 4-5 times per week for 30-45 min. Strength Training 2-3 times per week. Bike/Swim/Yoga/Videos whenever I feel like it (at least once a week). Stretch after every workout.
All Week: Sleep well and long. Focus on mindful eating and tracking/measuring accurately. Eat every 2-3 hours and drink lots of water. Cook the vast majority of my meals at home. I plan to eat roughly 20-35% protein, healthy fats, veggies, and complex carbs as much as possible (but I won't stress about the macronutrient breakdown, as long as I am within my calorie range). No foods are off-limits as long as I balance it out (except, of course, gluten).
Finally, I am NOT going to overtrain (I tend to be really gung-ho when it comes to working out, so this is a big issue for me). I will begin easy, with shorter workouts, and I will listen to what my body is telling me. Instead of "No Pain, No Gain," my motto shall be "No Fun, No Run." I love and respect my body too much to hurt it again, and I want to make running progress~ I intend to work up to 3 runs per week by the end of the year, but I know that I can only handle 2 presently.
I'm starting right now!