I'm back in it to win it
Friday, January 30, 2015
Things have been going great. I've been exercising. My eating has been impeccable. I feel FANTASTIC.
Back on the run/walk intervals. This has been going really really well, though today I am feeling some tightness in the same leg and spot where I had issues a year or so ago. This time I am learning to take it slow. I do the run/walk every other day and am really listening to my body this time as I build up stamina, speed and endurance. I'm paying close attention to my heart rate and using that more as more of a guide than compulsively pushing as hard as I can push. I *am* a runner, goshdarnit. I feel confident in saying that for the first time in my life. As a side note, I finally realized, by seeing another friend's logged exercise, that there is an actual item on the tracker for run/walk. I had been trying to estimate the average my speed over my intervals and logged them as walks. Not sure it really makes a difference in calorie count but good to know my workout will be accurately reflected from now on. The data nerd in me likes this.
I still am eating intuitively. I know what proper portions are and what healthy choices are. I find that when I track, I become obsessed with numbers and eventually start starving myself, which leads to binging. Not only this, but I believe part of my long term success is going to be about integrating my eating habits with that of my family. My family is not ever going to be as purist and restrictive as I have tried to be in the past. This separation leads to eventual failure. We ALL are eating healthy well rounded meals in good portions. I am on my own for breakfast and lunch and that's always been a piece of cake for me. So far I am have been spot on with this. I know exactly when I am adding 1/4 cup more pasta or taters when I shouldn't. I know exactly when I am popping a piece of candy and how much that counts against my efforts. As long as I continue to do exactly what I am doing with my food, I can do this. It's the lying to myself part where things get messy.
On the days I don't run, I did find some Kinect games that really offer a nice aerobic workout. They are:
Your Shape Fitness Evolved
These are really great since you can move freely without hanging on to a control. On top of that, I become so distracted by the entertainment of it all, I hardly realize that I'm sweating like crazy and have just finished running, lunging, stretching, etc. I dig it.
Another thing I've been doing is drinking iced green tea with some peppermint leaves thrown in and unsweetened. It's so refreshing, and while I can't pinpoint anything exact, I just *feel* it's helping me feel a lot better. I fix 1-2 pitchers a week and drink it throughout my day and supplement with plain water after 4pm.
I'm on target with my lifestyle once again! Often when I am on the treadmill I reflect on why it is that I tend to let go after so many months and yo yo back up. Looking back on my history with Spark, it's undeniable how happy it makes me when I am on my game. So why is it that I eventually self-sabotage? Is it solely that I am a food addict or is it something else? I'm really starting to dig deep for these answers.