My Workout Routine Right Now

I haven’t talked about my workouts in a while, because I’ve been focused on getting the food part right. But, rest assured, the workouts have continued apace (or rather, even more apace!). I’ve started doing a little extra activity most weekdays, since I’m on a push right now. Time will tell whether it’s sustainable long term, but for now my routine is to do at least 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise in the mornings first thing after breakfast, and then a walk in the evening, usually 30 to 50 minutes.

The walk is more for clearing my head after the work day and getting some fresh air, working the kinks out of my shoulders after hunching over my desk all day. If I can run some errands that are walking-distance at the same time (“destination exercise”) that’s a great bonus.

The morning workout is where the hard work gets done. Usually I do a DVD or YouTube workout with a trainer. This morning’s may have been a little too intense for me, actually, I did a Kickboxing Circuit Workout with my favorite trainer. There were a few too many points where I needed to just stop and march for a few seconds for my taste, which means I have room to improve next time.

Yesterday morning I went for a run, a little over 3 miles. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I was doing when I was happier with my body, and it was mostly cardio, to be honest – a lot of running. Strength training is great, but it doesn’t really do the things for me that I want – big pumped-up muscles aren’t a priority, since you can’t really see them anyway on my body type. I want to be strong enough to do the things I want to do, but anything more is unnecessary. So I’m trying to do more running and biking and fewer heavy weight-lifting workouts. I aim to maintain the muscle mass I’ve built over the last year, not build any more.

So that’s the rundown. Two sessions of cardio per day right now, high-intensity in the mornings,  and a walk in the evenings. Weekends are a different beast, usually I only have time for one or the other, but since I’ve got a solid routine during the week, I don’t need to push quite so hard on the weekends where physical activity is concerned.

Blitzing Fourth!

Okay, day 4. You know how long they say most diets last? 3 days. That’s because day 4 is when you start wondering why the hell you’re doing this and if it’s all even worth it. At least, I do.

Don’t worry babies, I’m fine, I got through and stayed on target (in the box) all day.

We picked up some amazing new sugar-free Torani syrups the other night. They were at Cost Plus, which is not a place I’ve ever looked for them before. Now we have Brown Sugar Cinnamon, S’mores (!), and Belgian Cookie (Speculoos) flavors. As you can imagine, these are no good for Italian sodas, but are heaven in a shake or pudding. So far my favorite was a warm chocolate pudding with a teaspoon of S’mores syrup and a spoonful of PB2. Rich and yummy!

Another thing I’ve been doing is making a lot of tea. I like Jasmine Pearl green tea, when I’m feeling hungry for no reason hot tea settles things down, and Jasmine Pearl tastes good to me unsweetened.

Today I had 3 shakes, 2 entrees, and 7 fruits/veggies totaling around 1200 calories, plus I burned 210 calories in physical activity (I walked to the library and back – feed the mind as well as the body!). I’m also having a very slight headache tonight that’s sort of lurking around on the edges of my brain, which I’m pointedly ignoring because COME ON.

More walking, less drinking.

I had a 5 1/2 mile day yesterday, walked to work, then went for a run, then walked home. That felt pretty good. I’ll be trying to walk to work more now that it’s getting warmer, although the sun is perfectly placed at that time of the morning to just blast me in the face the whole way. Hats it is, then.

I’ve been noticing (that’s an understatement) that ever since I went off Optifast and have been maintaining my current weight, I can’t drink any alcohol whatsoever without getting a blistering migraine. Before the diet, if I took a Claritin before I started, watched how much I imbibed, and kept hydrated I could enjoy a pleasant evening with a couple of drinks without too much problem. Now…I get an almost immediate migraine if I so much as take two sips of port. (Ask me how I know.) I’m wondering if it’s something about having a lower body weight or lower fat percentage? Maybe the fat was helping me to absorb or process the alcohol? Or maybe it’s an aging thing, because I don’t remember this being the case 10 years ago when I was first at this weight. Whatever the cause, I’m sad about the result. I am an extremely unwilling abstainer.

Yesterday’s weight: 184.5. Today’s weight: 185.

Week 8 Results

Tonight we talked about “lifestyle activities” that burn calories, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away and walking, etc.

It is absolutely pathetic that I’ve fallen into the habit of driving to work every day in the last several months. I should be riding my bike or walking every day, yet every morning I think, “Oh I don’t have time I’ll just drive,” or “Oh, I feel a little weak, I’ll just drive…” That’s silly. I vow to ride my bike to work tomorrow, and keep doing it unless it is raining or snowing. Sheesh I’ve gotten lazy. The other thing I can do is stand during webex meetings at work. Which is most of my work day. Stand and pace in my little office – I won’t even be disturbing anybody else because I have an office with a door! No reason I can’t do that instead of surfing the web while sitting on my ass.

Change this week: -1lb
Total so far: -26.5
Husband is down 3, for a total of -36.5. Freakin’ men and their freakin’ fast metabolisms…

This week in my various internet wanderings I’ve been coming across a lot of “love your body” type of bloggers who write things along the lines of, “I just don’t understand people who diet. Quit hating your body! You should just love your body and do what is natural, light exercise and feeding it when it’s hungry…etc….blah blah oblivious blah”

Oh honey. If trying to maintain a healthy weight means I hate my body then I guess guilty as charged. But for people who aren’t YOU, for people who don’t have a relatively normal body, for people like me who got the defective genes, who can gain 30 pounds in 2 months just by not paying attention, for whom light exercise means gaining 3 pounds a week vs hanging on by the fingernails to maintain doing heavy and constant exercise and being hungry most of the day, that is some extremely patronizing bullshit to be lobbing around. If you have not lived in a body like mine, then you do not get to pass judgement on what I must do to maintain it.  And you do not get to speculate on whether or not I love my body.

Resuming My Running Habit

Got up again today and went for a run. This morning I saw goslings on the canal with their parents, SO CUTE! I also saw an opossum swimming and getting chased off by one of the adult geese. I didn’t know opossums could swim!

The bug problem seems to be creeping earlier and earlier in the morning, as the sun rises earlier and earlier. There’s really no possibility I’m going to get up any earlier so I’ve started exploring alternate routes leading away from the canal and its attendant bugs – 2.8 miles this morning. I dig not having to worry about where to fit in exercise for the rest of the day because I got it out of the way early.

Rode my bike to work again, I really like it.  It’s not much of a workout getting here, as there’s a noticeable slope from my home to my office. Getting home is slightly more work, especially when there’s a strong headwind, like yesterday. Still, it’s only a mile and a half so it’s not much of an exertion, but I like not being stuck in a car.

Eating is on track for this week as well. Last night we met some friends for dinner and had Vietnamese pho – water based soup, one of my favorite low-cal restaurant meals.

Don’t Panic

Tuesday weigh-in didn’t go so well today. It’s been 3 weeks since my last weigh-in. Two weeks during which I was traveling and trapped eating catered food for almost every meal. I did my best but against industrial food prep there’s really no match.

I’m up 5-6 pounds. I’m not sure exactly which, because I don’t remember the exact number last time, but I do know today’s number is WAY out of my comfort zone. Immediate action plan in effect: Continue running every other morning. Start journaling food intake every day and keep it below 1700. Continue riding bike to work every day. Add some lunchtime walks.

Grr. It’s annoying, but it’s not the end of the world. I’ve got other things on my mind right now, but I never get to stop paying attention just because I’m distracted or busy. If you think I love this fact, or enjoy it in any way you don’t know me very well. It’s something I have to do whether I care to or not.

One other important thing for me to do is to resist getting on the scale every morning to see if it’s coming down. It will be, but getting all psycho about the scale won’t help my mental health in any way.  *breathe* This is a normal part of the weight management cycle. *breathe*

Strong Start Monday

I got up this morning at 6am to go for a run. That’s the third time now, I’m trying to re-form the habit.  I’ve also learned that 6am is a much better time to go than 7am, on the route I’m doing right now. It runs along a canal, which is great for duckling sightings, however if I get up at 7 to run there are clouds of little flying bugs hovering in swarms at just about head height, whereas at 6am, they are, apparently, still asleep. I found that out on Friday, so it was back to 6am for today.

Extra bonus, when I get up at 6am I have so much time in the morning! In fact, this morning after my run and my stretches and shower and coffee and breakfast, it was still only 8:15, so I rode my bike to work for the first time. 12 minutes, door to door – and only because there are two lengthy traffic lights to wait through. It’s only a mile and a half of flat riding, so I won’t count that as exercise, but it sure is pleasant and doesn’t take any more time than driving.

So, I got my exercise done and a pleasant bike ride and it’s not even 9am. Setting myself up for success – good way to start the week!