Thursday, August 29, 2013
I need to improve my new workout schedule. The problem is that I do a tough Power Circuit/Kettlebells class Tues evening, followed by a key run about 12 hours later on Weds morning. Due to this, my legs were so worn out I couldn't get the knee lift I needed for fast running. Secondarily, I also have hill repeats scheduled Sunday, followed by Monday morning intervals.
The previous schedule worked OK, but Tues/Thurs felt overly hard with other days being too easy. The nice thing was I was fully rested for my key runs on Tues/Thurs/Sat morning.
Realistically I should probably drop a day of Power Circuit (full body strength) and add in an easier running-specific strength day. But the things we do for performance training are different than for weight loss, so I'm keeping it for now.
I re-started dieting again last weekend. I stopped because I was sick for two separate weeks in a month, and out of town working on a rental house for the other two weeks, without access to a kitchen or the ability to be very choosy where I ate.
So, from last Saturday to today, I've gradually gone from 138.4 to 135.6. That sounds like a lot, but the Friday before I started, we went to a Chinese buffet. So some of it is carbs and sodium bloat lost.
That being said, I'm noticing the symptoms I get after I start dieting. Fatigue, less energy, less power in my muscles and some irritability. None of it is major yet. I think one of the things I did wrong last time was stick to my calorie range even when I felt like I was totally starving. I know when you are dieting in the last few pounds (I've got just over 10 to go), you can't feel totally satisfied all the time. So, I think I've determined that while some hunger on a diet is normal (you are restricting calories, right?) feeling completely starved is not.
It's hard to know at what rate you are really losing at until after a few weeks, due to the initial sodium/carb/water loss. So, I'm loosely using Spark's calorie range, as well as tracking my exercise calories burned, my own estimation of my daily activity level, hunger level as well as the results I see on the scale, tape measure (waist only) and bodyfat monitor. We'll see if this new way works.
Ok, back to working on the bathroom remodel. Have a great day!