Thursday, July 18, 2013
I'm not a quitter! I'm not. Really, I'm not. Ok, maybe I am. Sometimes. In some ways. Of some things. For the better part of 47 days, I did the "Atkins" diet. I worked very hard to keep my "net" carbs between 20 - 30 a day. In doing so, I lost 21 pounds. Yeah me! But!!! When I sat myself down and did an "honest" evaluation of what I was eating and how I was feeling, I decided that this was not a program I could do long term. I did it as long as I could, and now I move on to something better suited to me and my personal food preferences.
The human body is made up of a big-ol-gob of water. I don't know - like 70-80% - something like that. Anyway, I was reading this book recently on "running" and the author of the book claims that low-carb dieting eliminates the glycogen in your body and a whole lotta water - making muscles fatigue easily and making exercise more challenging than it needs to be. I have not exercised - not much anyway - since starting my program on 6/1/13. I just haven't had the "energy". My body felt "heavy" and just walking from the chair to the bathroom felt like it was too much. After reading the "running" book, I now think I know why. My body doesn't have the glycogen needed to burn off during exercise. Makes sense to me!
So today I am switching it up! Gonna eat lean meats, veggies and fruit. Oh how I have missed fruit!!! Never thought I'd see the day when I'd take a strawberry over a $100 bill! Now that I have? Time to move on to a new way of eating! Oh, and exercise too. This book I have - titled "Running and Fat Burning for Women" sets out a 25 week program to help folks who are over weight and couch-potato-ish (folks like me) go from a very sedentary lifestyle to a more active one through nothing more than walking/running. I tried it last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I walked for 2 minutes, jogged for 10 seconds, walked two more minutes, jogged 10 seconds. And on and on it went. The book recommends 12 minutes of this cycle the first time out, but I'm proud to report that I was able to do 28 minutes. I did it in the comfort of my bedroom while watching a movie. Time just flew by and I was finished before I knew it.
I think this new program will make for a much happier Karen. While the rest of my life might still be chaotic and messy, putting healthy foods in my mouth and moving my body (to the best of my ability) gives me a sense of peace. And that peace? Priceless!
You know I want to hear from you. What I'd really like to know is have any of you ever switched your "program" when you felt like your original program just wasn't working for you? If so, what did you do and was it beneficial (the right thing to do)?
Clock says 5:15 a.m., which means it's now time for me to get up, get showered, get dressed and get to work. I have made up my mind. Today, I WILL have a "spark" kind of day. Hope you'll do the same. Peace to all and much love. . .