On Monday, May 10:
It's an excellent time to take stock of your health. You may want to check in with the doctor, start a food diary or just commit yourself to a more positive course of action. All should go well.
On Tuesday, May 11:So that's kind of nice, yeah?
Exercise is on your mind in one way or another -- maybe it's just all the new spring runners or gym-goers prodding you, or maybe it's something deeper. In any case, better health is yours if you want it.
I pulled my bodybugg stats last night to start getting an idea of the calories I burn and therefore the calorie goal I would need to set in order to lose, say, a pound a week. The average calories burned for the past month was around 2,380. That sounded pretty good and right about where I thought I was, until I realized that in those 30 days would be the marathon and a couple of long runs which I would expect might skew things a tad. I also took a few days off from wearing the bodybugg in there as well.
But I need a place to start from, and this is as good a place as any. Plus an 1,800 calorie goal doesn't freak me out, not like a 1,500 calorie goal would. I can always adjust it as necessary, with the help of the bodybugg and, you know, the scale.
I had a bit of a last sushi hurrah last night. My fabulous friend the Radioactive Girl suggested I get a raging case of depression to help with my weight loss goals, but that won't work for me. I usually eat more when I'm depressed, seeking that "If I can't be happy, at least I can be happy in my mouth" kind of moment. Which sounds way dirtier than I meant it to be (which was, not at all). What can I say, the RG is a bad influence on me. And I'm okay with that.
Anyhow, back to the sushi. I've always found it difficult, and majorly depressing, to face the fact that these changes will be for the rest of my life. I know they will be, and I accept that, but I'd rather it be a secret from my brain. Otherwise I get depressed and then I eat, and you see where this is going, right? So I try to phrase it more in terms of "Hey, it's only for four months! I can do that!" (And it may even be only for three months, I keep forgetting to check how long this next training program is.) I also know that it's not the last time I'm going to have sushi in the next four months, because snerk I'm a realist and I loves da sushi. But it will be the last time for the next four months that I get sushi takeout. As I tend to go just a smidge overboard (get it? sushi - overboard? aren't I so funny?) with the sushi. Urp.
Which reminds me. Have you heard of this paleo diet? A friend of mine is doing it, so I looked up a bit of info on it. It sounds a lot like the blood type diet for blood type O, which I am. If you find me bleeding to death, feel free to take all my blood as I am the universal donor and if I'm bleeding to death I won't be needing my blood any longer. I wondered how what is in essence a high protein diet would work for runners; I found that there is a "paleo diet for athletes" book so I ordered it through the library. Guess we'll see.
I also just had my last iced shortbread cookie for the next four months. Pretty sure that falls under a hunter-gatherer diet, right?
Among other changes I will be making for the next four months, diet-wise, are no fast food except for Taco Bell after the gym; eating breakfast at breakfast time; taking my daily vitamins; more fruits and veggies; and more fish. Tater tots and fish sticks should probably go by the wayside there too. I will attempt to limit my diet soda intake to two a day, but realistically I know that won't be very possible between now and July 1, our second biggest work deadline. This is probably my last weekend of not working until then, except for the four day weekend I'm taking to go visit my best friend Lisa for her 40th birthday next month. And looking at the upcoming calendar, I may put in a few hours this weekend as it is.
I'll be summing up the next four month plan in an upcoming post, but for now that's what I got. What do you think?