Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I feel like I am turning a corner in my life and in my weight loss journey, all for the better.
1. I have discovered that I no longer have sleep apnea (and that using the mask was actually making my sleep worse). I have since stopped using the cpap machine and am sleeping better. It feels good to know that I have lost enough weight to do that!
2. Mentally, I feel much more focused and motivated than I have in months. I think this Lexapro is really helping me, and I have done a lot of soul-searching recently that has led me to change my workout program. I want to increase my running interval duration but it is currently too hard on my body to do it consistently enough for weight loss ... and I worry about getting adrenal fatigue again if I follow the Couch to 5k program. Last time, I think I did too much too quickly, and I don't want to repeat the same mistake.
So, this is the new plan: I am going to walk 3-4x per week for 30-45 min. This will accomplish several things. First, it will help condition my body to be better at running when I begin it. Second, it will give me a consistent calorie burn to increase my weekly deficit and help me lose weight.
As much as it sucks to admit it, this approach is probably a lot healthier and safer than just jumping into running after taking nearly 3 months off due to my health problems this summer. I LOVE running intervals. I might still do a few small ones during my walks, but I will not be pushing it too hard. I need to keep in mind that I want to be able to do cardio each day, and I don't want to have to take time off because I got overzealous with my workouts.
I will be restarting Couch to 5k on January 1st, 2013. And I will be prepared -- both physically and mentally. I want to lose at least 20 lb between now and then.
Now is the time for consistency, focus, and determination.