Saturday, May 08, 2010
I have had an emotional week. Nothing happened, no major crises, no big changes, but for some reason, I hit rock bottom this week. I spent a lot of time sleeping, no time exercising, and a lot of time eating junk. I also spent a lot of time trying to figure out what put me in this place. How can I feel so hopeless when I have so much joy in my life? What gives? I am still not sure, I really haven't come up with an answer, which bothers me. If I can't identify the cause, how can I head it off should it happen again? Really, I have discovered that it doesn't matter how I ended up feeling so crappy, because in the end, I know how to stop it. I NEED to exercise. It isn't a selfish, indulgent activity. When I don't exercise, every aspect of my life suffers. I get grumpy, unable to cope with my daily stressors and I shut down. That is what happened this week, and honestly, maybe there is no "bigger reason", maybe it is all just because I wasn't exercising! I need that physical release to function, or I end up in a very bad place. So, here's to always exercising, every day.
I have identified that long distance running prevents me from losing weight. But, that doesn't mean that I have to stop running, I just have to keep my runs shorter, no longer than 1 hour. So, starting tomorrow, I am going to begin a running streak. Every day, EVERY SINGLE DAY, from now on, I will run, at least 1 mile. Inside or out, treadmill or arena, trail or sidewalk, I will make time to run every single day to maintain my mental health. Why running? Because it is easy, and I love it! Sure, keeping things changed up is good, but I need to set some consistency in my life right now. I need to establish some momentum that will give me the push to keep going. I will keep you updated on this one!
Sunday, May 02, 2010
My children participated in an overnight bowling tournament out of town over the weekend, which my husband and I attended with them. I had my breakfast on Saturday at the house, packed a very healthy lunch and had dinner from Subway. My snacks were packed and I stayed right on track. Sunday was good too, ate the breakfast and snacks I packed, had Subway for lunch again, and went into dinner with a 700 calorie budget. I decided to go with Manchu Wok instead of Wendy's something different, and honestly, a bit of a cheat meal for me. Just ordered what I wanted and ended finishing it although it was a lot too much for me. Upon arriving at home, I checked out their website and calculated my meal out to over 900 calories! SHOCKER!! I was surprised, but even with that, I was only just over 1800 calories which is below my BMR. I got in a 20 minute run with a friend, did 20 minutes on my elliptical and a 30 minute stationary bike ride. I feel like I handled the challenge of this weekend really well, and didn't go hog wild like I have in the past.
Friday, April 30, 2010
So, I stayed at 1200 calories for 4 or 5 days in a row, and then yesterday, my body begged for more. So, I increased my intake to almost 1550 for yesterday, and today too. I am going to keep working at the top of my range for the next couple of days, and maybe Monday reduce a bit. I will be out of the house for 5/6 meals over the weekend, so I am planning my food as best as I can. I am packing my lunch, snacks and breakfast, hoping to really work it out for the 1 meal I can't plan for. Also, I am hoping to get in my cardio early tomorrow morning and make time to fit in my cardio for Sunday wherever I can. Gotta plan to succeed!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I am really thriving on my 30 cardio minutes daily routine. My treadmill run was awesome tonight. I had to push for the last 5 minutes or so, but I got it done! With my training only including running every 4th day, and for 30 minutes at a time, my intensity level can be so much higher. I started out warming up walking for 5 minutes, then did 5 miles/hr for 5 minutes and 5.5 miles/hr for another 5, then bumped it up to 6. After my run, I did the dumbbell 20 minute workout, it was definitely tougher than Monday, I could feel the fatigue in my arms. I had to do a lower intensity for some of the parts that were lots easier on Monday. Just gonna keep working what's working!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Ever since my HM, my right hip has been really tight. My mobility with that leg has been quite limited compared to my usually very flexible joints. I went to the chiropractor two weeks ago, and she adjusted me. It was even more painful after that, but two nights later my joint shifted in the night while I was sleeping (waking me up from the pain). The next morning, my hip was much much looser. I met with my chiropractor again, got adjusted and had some Xrays done to assess my situation. I wear orthotics because 1 leg is shorter than the other, the left orthotic has a lift to correct this. I need to order new orthotics, having the same pair for 5 years now, I need a pair that is tailored for running. Before she can start the process of molding my feet and ordering them, she needed to Xray my structure to make sure there is no degeneration in the joints and that the same lift will still apply. I met with her again today, got adjusted again because my hip is tightened up again, and to review the results of my Xray. Great news! My film from 5 years ago, and my film from last week are identical! No degeneration in my joints from running. Sooooo, I can still train for and participate in long distance races! The issues with my hip are not mechanical. She did recommend heating my leg muscles up before stretching to be able to have a more effective stretch. Hopefully, the next couple of weeks will improve my flexibility, and I will have no more issues with this hip.
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