Yesterday I posted about the constant obsession and mental work I encounter with just maintaining, in this case kicked off by an inability to get the results I wanted.
In addition to having a lot of mental management, I also went to my records and did some introspection. Here’s what I determined I need to do this week (and possibly in the future) based on a data review:
- High-intensity cardio 3 times this week.
- I need to go grocery shopping and do more meal planning.
When I was maintaining a lower weight, or losing, I was getting high-intensity cardio at least 3 times a week. Lately I’ve been letting medium-intensity cardio replace the high-intensity as I’ve started walking to work with my new commute. Walking is great but my body has consistently shown me over the last 8 years that for the results I want, it’s not enough. So tonight I’m hitting the gym, Wednesday I’m hitting the gym, Friday I’m hitting the gym, Saturday I’ll probably go for a run if the rain has ended. (Note: High-intensity cardio means I’m sweating, my face is red, I’m breathing heavy) I won’t be able to walk to work on days I go to the gym but the trade off is worthwhile, and it’s only 1.5 miles so I’m not burning too much gas in my car for this tradeoff.
The second realization was an accident. You see, over the course of 8 years of maintaining I’ve got a large database of go-to recipes that are very supportive for me and that I can make. They’re in my head. However, over the last few years my husband and I have settled into a routine where he does the grocery shopping, and I let him because I’m lazy and hate shopping. Last night I decided on a whim to go along on the weekly shopping trip and I realized that he doesn’t have these supportive recipes in his head because they are MY experience based on MY learning. I added a bunch of things to the cart that would enable me to make my go-to recipes – stuffed eggplants, topped portabello mushrooms, polenta with tomato sauces, etc. He doesn’t buy the ingredients for these things because it doesn’t occur to him, but I know what I need to make the meals that work for me. So I need to stop being so lazy and go along on the weekly shopping trips from now on.