Sunday, April 17, 2011
So life is moving along. Lately I’ve thought a lot about goals and where I’d like to be. I am reading Jillian Michael’s new book called “Unlimited” and I have to admit it is giving me a lot to think about. She really believes in having goals and visualization when it comes to achieving those goals. And I think in my entire year of the actual “weight loss” process, visualization was a huge motivator for me because I pictured myself running further, feeling lighter, wearing smaller clothes, and ultimately wearing a bikini. It helped me to continue going even when the going felt impossible. And while I don’t think I have NO goals, because each day when I go to the gym I feel I am working towards a goal of being a better athlete, I know I want to set higher goals to keep myself especially motivated. Nothings wrong with going to the gym because I have to and not having a specific idea in mind other than “burn this many calories and go home”. But after I did my 7 mile run it really inspired me to try to become a better runner. It’s not a passion yet but the feeling I get when I complete a run where I break a previous record of mine is so incredibly rewarding. So I’ve been doing more interval training when I can but also starting to take very good care of my legs and knees. I try not to do long runs two days in a row and have lowered the incline when I am not doing intervals because that takes a huge toll on my shins. When my knee is bothering me I make sure to do an elliptical that day, keeping the same heartrate I would if I ran but going easier on my knees while sculpting and toning my thighs and calves by keeping the resistance high. So I feel like having that goal is an excellent new adventure for me. Her book is really inspiring so far and I recommend it. It also says if you’re thinking of trying something new, TRY IT. So I decided tomorrow I think I’m going to go sign up for a kickboxing class. I always admired it and wondered if it would be a good stress reliever and great workout. I’ve tried several classes of different kinds and none are intense enough for me to consider them a “workout”. I’m hardcore, I admit it. I’m very relentless on myself and some people scoff but you know what in my mind I’m 22 I want to be hard on myself while I can. So I’ll let you know if I do that tomorrow!
In other news I actually got sick for the first time in a while. I have either a cold or sinus infection, depends how fast it goes away. So I also hadn’t given myself a day off from working out in about two weeks so when I felt sick Friday night, Saturday morning I let myself off the hook and didn’t work out. Truthfully I still felt sick today but working out made me feel better for a good few hours after the gym, so it kind of gave me the kick I needed to make it through my work day. But late afternoon it hit me again so I know it’s still going on. Someone suggested that the long distance run I did killed my immune system for a little bit and I probably caught it then, which I believe. I’ve heard that if you really wear yourself out your resistance is down. But I’m getting better so hopefully it will be gone within a few days. It doesn’t impair my ability to run other than having to stop and blow my nose occasionally and drink water because my throat gets dry.
Food and diet wise it’s always up and down. Breakfast and lunch are never a problem. Even if I eat lunch out I usually make good choices. Dinner and afterward is when I usually fall off. But this balance is okay for now. I am maintaining the same weight week after week so I just continuously learn to cook new healthy recipes and continue eating my healthy protein filled snacks like I usually do and the occasional night out happens. I calculate calories sometimes at the end of the day and the max I’ve been eating is 2500 and that’s usually one or two days while the others I try to keep it under 2000 and my bmr says I can eat up to 2400 to maintain so I’m okay. Just keep moving forward and hope to get some extra activity in the summer with hopefully a kickboxing class and some more outtings with the dog AND the bike I plan to buy within the next two weeks.
So things are going well. I definitely recommend Jillians new book. It’s helping me find my goals and passions which aren’t easy to find. I may be more interested in fitness than I thought I was.