Saturday, January 26, 2013
Gosh, there is so much to say. I almost don't know where to begin.
Let's talk about goals this week. My goals are to:
1. Exercise at least 30 minutes, five times per week. I'm on track to meet this goal.
2. 4-8 PM: eat protein, fruit and veggies. Avoid junk food. This one is, by far, the most difficult for me. This is where I usually fail. I'm hungry when I get home so I go straight for the chips. Then I get really tired and have to go lay down as soon as I can - and have no energy for exercise. So I'm glad to report that I've been really good this week. I've been eating lots of veggies and almost no junk food. Just a couple of tortilla chips one evening.
3. Drink one green drink. I've been doing this! And I'm loving them! I wish I didn't have to make them. I'm so busy cooking for the children and getting their lunch bags cleaned out, getting their food ready for the next day that I'd rather not take the effort to make a green drink. But it's so worth it... and I've been doing it.
4. Add more magnesium. Yep, check this one off too.
5. Get a buddy. Well, I have a buddy. I'd love more buddies. Anyone interested?
I've been doing the turbo jam work outs and I really love them. Kick, punch, firm those abs. All good. I asked (and received) for the Turbo Fire work outs for Christmas. To take it to the next level. I tried the starter one today, but I'm just not ready for it. It'll have to wait.
I've been reading this book, "Becoming Odessa". It's written by a young, 20-something, woman who hiked the Appalachian Trail. Then she ran it and got the women's record in the least number of days to through hike the thing. Then she ran it again and got the men and women's record in the shortest through hike. But this book is about her first trip. And she talks about how, when she got more muscular, she got hungrier. She had to eat more food just to keep her body weight. She was always eating. I have a friend like that. He bikes all the time - and eats - A LOT - all the time. And he's extraordinarily skinny.
And that's the point. That the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. The higher your metabolism.
When I was training for my marathons, I would eat a huge bag of doritos every day. And I weighed 110 lbs. And now I eat almost nothing and gain weight just by looking at those chips.
It's a good thing to remember.
So I need to keep building muscle. I'm on the right track. I just need to keep going.
And that's what I've learned this week.