Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Since writing last time life has been rather excellently enjoyable. Working through all that anger and resentment stuff has worked wonders and I am doing better in my relationship than I have in at least a year and a half. In general my head is in a much better place too, and so my eating has been much better as well.
I had been going pretty hard for the last fortnight, and basically over this last weekend I ended up overeating quite a bit for the first time in a while, but I don’t feel bad over it. I only ended up about 800 calories in surplus on my most ravenous day, and the rest was still in deficit, though not as much as usual.
I started doing Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution last week and for the first few days I was a solid block of pain, but it settled by the weekend.
I skipped the last three workouts (couldn’t be arsed) and plan to start up again on Thursday.
I am really not into her ‘cardio’ circuit. I am not a fan of circuit training at the best of times, I find it too choppy changey and always feel like you are JUST getting good form when you have to switch out… but in addition with the cardio one I was wearing my BMF and a HRM and both of these reflected that this workout is basically pretty meh. It is only 20 minutes long and doesn’t show up as vigorous exercise by either measure (by the way, my perceived effort is greater, not less than when I am walking, so I am not just slacking off), so I would rather go for a brisk walk/jog which DOES.
I briskly walk for 90-120 minutes a day most days and have numerous times had well over an hour of this counted as vigorous by the BMF and my heart rate just as high as her cardio, so I can’t see how her cardio workout is better or more efficient, especially given that I loathe it!
I don’t hate the other two workouts, even though they are also circuits, I manage. I have had to sub out a couple of the moves that I can’t do (push-ups are no go as I have bad carpal tunnel at the moment), and I have to watch out because my dodgey knees don’t like all the squatting… but I do like feeling stronger even in only 2 reps of the workouts. I am not committing to the whole program but I am using it to kickstart me back into strength training.
I am pleased to say since starting with Spark People again recently I have lost 3 kilos (which the spark thingy insists are pounds, oh well) and an inch off my hips and an inch off my waist. Not bad given that that was all prior to my recent fortnight of diligence… I am going to give myself a bit longer before weighing and measuring again – I’d like to get to a full month of tracking my food while doing ICMYT. But it does bode well.
For the last fortnight I have averaged an 1800+ calorie deficit per day – this is INCLUDING my big overeats this weekend, so I should see good results after a month.
Dave and I are planning to start C25K on the 15th, so we will see how that goes… well either way I will start that day. He may pike out.
I have also started walking an even longer way to work, it is much prettier and nicer – I’ll have a look at the BMF results tonight and see what it does to my activity and steps. I’d love to be able to regularly get over 20K per day. So far I have only done it once.