The boyfriend and I went to the grocery store Saturday morning in lieu of my gym outing. I had originally planned to go to the gym, and had gotten dressed, only there were other things going on that day and I didn't want to feel rushed. Plus, we'd been saying we'd go to the store just about every night last week and we just never did either because he'd get home late or I'd get sleepy much earlier than usual thanks to my 5am wakeup time. So, I gave myself an extra rest day to let my legs heal. At the store I got plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as some extra items like greek yogurt and milk, and at the checkout I realized just how much stronger and more energetic I've become so far. I used to get very easily winded and moved a bit slowly, depending on the movement. Saturday though, I started putting our purchases on the conveyor belt, and very quickly at that. By the time I had finished loading the belt so that the cashier could start scanning, I was barely breaking a sweat and I was completely dumbfounded at how easily I moved everything. Our items were bagged in a total of 4 large-ish paper bags (thankfully, cause that would have been a LOT of plastic bags to get rid of) and I carried 2 at a time easily inside my apartment. Before all this, I would have been dripping in sweat, and I would have had a very difficult time carrying even one of those bags. It's amazing how quickly little things like that can change. I was so proud of myself, and so was my love.
I decided to add on weight training to my cardio goodness. I was doing a fair bit of treadmill work, but that was getting old much more quickly than I'd anticipated, even with the changes in speed and incline along with my trusty Kindle. With my membership at the gym, I'm allowed a free initial fitness assessment, which I redeemed last tuesday morning. As it turns out, I'm more out of shape than I thought I was, especially in regards to cardio. The theory though, is that I didn't have enough to eat prior to the assessment, as opposed to that very first day I went and did the one hour Zumba class when I'd eaten maybe 30 or so minutes before. In any case, she gave me pricing for personal training sessions, but not much else. At this time because of school, adding on scheduled sessions with a trainer on top of what I'm already doing just isn't going to work. Enter Sparkpeople! I discovered the new fitness tracker and got slightly annoyed that there's no workout generator like the old tracker had, so I reverted back to the old tracker, generated a strength training workout, printed it, and went back to the new tracker. I figure if I keep using the new one it'll eventually get easier to work with, although at the moment I'm having difficulty finding certain exercises without having the printout near me. In any case, I've added weight training to my cardio regimen, and have ventured into the world of elliptical machinery. I lasted much longer than I'd expected the first time around, so that's promising. I found out this morning that I'm getting to that point now where I have to exert myself just a little more in order to get my HR up where it needs to be, which is pretty cool. I don't remember ever really noticing small improvements like that the last time I tried the gym bunny thing, so that little discovery was a very new experience for me, one that I'd like to see more of.
My diet is still being untracked, partially by choice, partially due to time. This semester is going to be packed with projects and other assignments, so about 90% of the time I'm on a computer it will be because of school. I am venturing out of my comfort zone in some ways, which is good I suppose. We went out to dinner recently for my sister's birthday and I (amazingly) tried a bite of my boyfriend's fish plate. Not a fan. Seafood and I don't go well, and although the texture of that particular fish was similar to chicken, I couldn't get past the taste. Hey, at least I gave it a shot. At the store the other day I picked out a small tub of greek yogurt to use in place of mayonnaise in chicken salad. I poached the chicken yesterday in water and lemon pepper seasoning so that I wouldn't have to use canned chicken, which can taste a little funny. Helps that I have a whole pack of chicken breasts in the freezer for this purpose. Anyway, after shredding it, I mixed it with the yogurt, some applesauce, red onion, celery, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and a handful of dried cranberries for the sweetness. Good heavens that stuff is awesome! I got the recipe from sparkrecipes (I wanna say it's called Crunchy Chicken Salad) and adapted it to my tastes since the original recipe called for jicama and I'm not really big on the stuff.
No weight loss just yet, just a little more energy and apparently better sleep. So far so good, right?