Monday, June 10, 2013
I have a few things to post about today, so forgive me if I ramble. The first and best thing is that my legs are pretty darn healed, no more muscle cramps! I started back up with Chalean Extreme today, and did Burn Circuit 1. It was a little harder than before I took the short break, but I was still able to lift the same amounts, so that was good! I am very excited to be back in my routine, although I do admit the break did me some good.
In keeping with my June goals, I joined a challenge. Not only did I join it, but I'm one of the team leaders. I thought that would be one of the best ways to keep me motivated and interested and I love it. My team is motivated, excited, and happy. I love posting, encouraging, and hearing about everyone's progress. It makes me want to work harder to help set a good example. In addition, the challenges push me to do just a bit extra. For example, this week's challenges are drinking ten cups of water a day, walking for 20 minutes a day, doing 50 wall pushups 4 days of the week, and one personal challenge that we get to determine ourselves. (Mine is not to eat after 9:00 PM, because late night snacking is something I want to cut out). Today I met all of these goals, and I really hope I can keep up the progress throughout the challenge.
In keeping with my other June goals, I've been working at my calorie cycling and it seems to be working out well for me. I've been on the lower end for a few days now, but I'm sure that I can mange to hit a high range day or two soon. I read the book “The Full-Plate Diet,” which advocates for a diet rich in fiber and lower in animal and dairy products. It isn't too far off from how I was already eating, but I did pick up some useful tips from the book (like eating veggies and grains first, drinking water, then eating meats and dairy). I hadn't really thought about it before, but it makes sense, if you are going to fill up, you might as well fill up on the veggies first. The one issue I've had, though, is making sure I get enough protein this way. I know that people will argue over what the “right” amount of protein is, but since I'm doing a strength training program currently, I'm trying to at least meet my Spark recommended minimum (60 grams) and counting as ideal between 65-75 grams.
In other news, our local farmer's market just opened for the season. I can't wait for Wednesday, I really love going, and I consider it a major treat. The produce is just so much better.
All right, I've rambled enough. Thanks for stopping by!