My diet is going gang-busters. I’m pretty much on auto-pilot in that area – staying on program is easy for me and cheating is not even a consideration once I’ve made up my mind and gotten in the zone.
However…I’ve been having a really hard time with exercise the last couple of weeks. Why doesn’t really matter, but it’s my blog and since I’m here in the confessional booth, here we go:
1. Vacation broke my streak. Pretty common – I had a good rhythm going before vacation but 3 weeks off threw everything out the window.
2. Heat wave. It’s been over 100*F here every day for almost 2 weeks now. I am an outdoor exerciser, but that’s hard to do when going outside is risking heat stroke.
3. Diet over-confidence. As much an adherent of fitness as I am, I know intellectually that losing weight and maintaining weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise, so while getting up and running would be cool…I know that the work I’m doing with my diet is WAY more important, and that part is going to work as long as I follow it.
Ok, ok, now that I’ve got all that out…yesterday I just couldn’t stand myself anymore, after spending all weekend hiding indoors from the heat, and I dusted off an old free-weights routine I had from my Personal Trainer pal Andrew. Felt pretty good to do it, and knowing that I’m losing weight on my diet right now it’s doubly important for me to work on muscle retention, so some strength training is all-around a good idea.
And I’m only a little crippled by soreness today! Or as Andrew says: “Pain is weakness leaving the body!”