A brand new day
Monday, January 28, 2013
So, this morning I did my first run. Not literally my first run ever; I'm not a run virgin. But it's been a couple of years. I decided a couple of years ago I was going to do couch to 5k, and got a couple of weeks in. However, I couldn't get the sound files on my Ipod at the time so I decided to record myself doing the intervals and put them on my MP3 player, but this meant I was spending twice the normal time doing it, and I just couldn't be bothered, to be blunt! But now, courteousy of my shiney Iphone, I get not only the audio but apps dedicated to nothing but! So here we go.
I decided to do my first run with no special kit; I wore what I generally wear when I'm playing with the wii or walking (jeans and a pair of hiking boots). I found it wasn't an all-together unpleasant experience. In fact, the boots are well-worn to my feet and I seemed to do just fine in them, and the jeans fit better than my work-out pants. I feel more confident running in them too, as I know they're more flattering. I wore a tracksuit top and cami, and did just fine. I lapped the lake around my house (nearly 1 1/2 times in fact) and was quite pleased with myself. I'll be doing the second one tomorrow morning before college, just like I did the first one before college today.
College was ok, but I'm kinda dreading tomorrow. We have this assignment in one of my classes, and due to childcare issues I've missed two of our four precious pre-assessment prep lessons. Tomorrow I have A) the interview that I've been prepping for, which will give me all the information I get to work with regarding the assignment and B) the bitch teacher who hates me and wants me to just give up and quit college already. But hey, being stressed won't resolve either problem, will it?
I've tweaked my calorie intake; according to several different sites, my calorie intake for my weight and activity level should be between 2200 and 3532. I checked about 10 sources, wrote off those that were extremely high/low (as in, 500cals or more away from the closest neighbour) and those that didn't take into account my weight (any dumb-ass can tell you a 210lb individual burns more doing the same thing than someone who weighs 110lb) and worked out the mean of the numbers, giving me 2667. That's what I would need to eat to maintain my weight at my current (new) level of activity. Now, I want to lose, but as SP says itself if you have too few calories your body doesn't burn efficiently, so I've knocked off 750 - 250 calories (averaging at 500 calories) from that to give me the new range of 1917 - 2417. I knocked off a couple hundred more from the upper (no point barely getting it) and carried on. This kinda makes a lot of sense; when I was eating 1,500 calories I was actually finding cravings were kicking my ass (today being no exception). After yesterdays workouts and todays jog this morning, followed by a meal replacement shake and some nuts (a total of 1,200 calories) I kept trying to lay off the snacks in the afternoon thinking I'd have none left for dinner. Needless to say this lead to me climbing the walls desperate for something to eat. I went with jam on buttered toast; a bad choice, I know, but I actually got all foggy-brained and was craving sugar and carbs like mad! I'm hoping tomorrow a breakfast of egg on toast, a liquid lunch (fruit, shake and nuts in a blender) and a healthy veggie-based dinner with a few snacks will be a bit better. I don't have the time in the morning for a run so I'll be doing a bigger workout in the evening; the last thing I need is a big crash and burn before bed!
Next up, I'm starting one of the official challenges. I've signed up to several but am going to start them in order, depending on which area of my life/health I want to tackle next. Figuring that more/better sleep will benefit me in all areas, I've gone with that one first. I'm also joining some group goals for clutter/de-cluttering. So far, so good!
Finally, some observations on the DVD workout I did last night; I love bellydance, and initially decided my new bellydance workout would be the one I would do last night. However, I found it impossible to keep up, and had to stop after less than 10 minutes. Looks like it's back to the kids table for me! :-( Ah well, I enjoyed learning the first time, I'll enjoy re-learning :-) And it can only help my technique!