Friday, January 31, 2014
As I mentioned, I reached 2511 fitness minutes during January...as of yesterday. So, today was a day off for me. (I do not do a rest day each week...I am afraid I will forget to restart.) I also decided that I would eat more 'relaxed' than typical.
My observations? First...I missed the fitness. I never felt totally 'awake.' I listen to upbeat music during my 30 minutes on the treadmill, and those songs seemed to be playing in my head all day. Yes, I play the same cd...I am Woman by Shania Twain. (I think that is the name of it.) Every time I came to my computer, I walked by my elliptical. Seemed strange to walk by, when I had not recorded a workout on it, but I reminded myself I needed a rest day. Steps on the tracker? It is after 8, and I have less than 3000 steps. No, not sleeping all day, but with no treadmill, elliptical, or stationary biking during The Chew or Pioneer Woman, the step count stayed way down.
Food? Well, breakfast was an egg and gluten free homemade hot brown rice breakfast cereal with raisins. Typically I would have that, plus a couple tangerines, so not bad so far.
Lunch? leftover baked potato and mixed vegetables...not bad. Dinner? Broccoli cheese rice casserole with honey mustard chicken.
Snacks? What happens on a rest day does not get counted in my world. Suffice it to say that I had peanuts for healthy fats and protein. And dairy in the form of ice cream. And homemade flourless peanut butter cookies. No, these things were not particularly good things to have. But, though I did not track everything, I measured and limited serving sizes. I planned what I ate, and when and where I ate it. So, I am OK, even though I certainly went over calories, especially since I did not have any workouts.
What did I learn today? I need my workouts to feel my best. I need my veggies, and the sense of control I get by tracking everything. (I did keep up on my water.)
But, my big lesson was just now, when DH brought up pellets for the stove. I went over and tried to pick up the 40 pound bag. I could just barely move it. Yet, less than 7 months ago, I was carrying that 40 pounds with me every moment of every day. I even notice how much heavier DH's footsteps are when he is carrying the bag, and know I must have sounded the same.
I am ready to start February with workouts and tracking back in place. And I will give 30 days each month to the Spark program...starting in March. I will take a rest day one day in each month that has 31 days, and if necessary modify other days. But no more will I not exercise, and also not track and stay in range on the same day. It just doesn't feel good.