[a weight loss story]
*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*
I think I need to make some changes to my workout routine. At the moment, I'm doing 6-7 pretty full on cardio workouts a week and it's getting too much. Last night I missed my Spin class - I used to love doing Spin and now I just can't think of anything worse - and I'm tired all the time. Sometimes I can't get through the day without a nap.
So the new plan is to do 3 cardio workouts at the gym a week - at the moment I want to stick to my walk/run intervals because that's what I am really enjoying, and then on the other 2 week days doing some light exercise - walking or swimming plus using those days to do my lower body weight sessions (I figure I'll be able to do this much better without having exhausted my legs with cardio first).
On the weekends, I definitely want to do a longer walk/run outside if the weather is good.
Other than that, I want to add in a pilates or body balance class.
It worries me that I'm cutting back the exercise but I really think I can't sustain the level I'm doing at the moment.
One of my motivations has been that I have the time to do a lot of gym work now but I have no idea what things will be like in the future - once I start working again plus possible start studying. Making the most of my time has really been what's pushing me.
Another worry is just having no routine - not knowing what I'll be doing as far as work goes. I'm sure something will come up soon but I just don't know what or when.
But there is no point in exhausting myself. I can't work any harder so maybe I should just work smarter. I think I need to go to the doctor and see if there is anything medical that is causing the tiredness too. Maybe I'm lacking in something. I am also thinking of seeing a dietican too - there is a local diabetes clinic that has all that thing (note to self: wasn't diabetes check ups part of new years resolutions). I am worried that I don't eat enough protein - I should be eating about 100 grams a day but even with huge efforts I only seem to get to about 60 grams.
Yesterday I did a stupid thing - I had some rice paper rolls for lunch but was still hungry so later in the afternoon I went down to a local cafe and got some scrambled eggs. I forget that other people actually butter bread - I haven't done that for so long - and they came out with two huge slices of toast lathered with butter. What could I do? I was starving and, since I hadn't asked for unbuttered toast, felt like I couldn't send it back. I did think of just eating one slice but it was so good - fluffy clouds of white bread with creamy butter.
Anyway, afterward I was so full. Like stuffed. I couldn't think about food for the rest of the day.
What do you do - on the one hand dieting wisdom says to never skip a meal and on the other to never eat when you aren't hungry? I guess not stuffing yourself in the first place could work but I enjoyed it so much, it was worth it.
I've been thinking a lot about body image and my feelings toward myself lately. One of my worst habits is looking in the mirror and zeroing in on my worst bits - my flabby belly mostly. I end up just seeing myself as belly rather than the whole me.
It's weird the way we get pissed off when guys objectify women - talking about them as just a pair of boobs or a great arse - yet we do that to ourselves in a different way, only seeing our own (and other women's) bad bits. At least the guys focus on the assets!
So I'm trying to see the whole me - the good and bad - when I look at myself. You know, I have great legs. And my waist is getting smaller. And now that it's merging from the double chins, my real chin is rather pointy. And even the flabby belly is getting smaller.
I feel like I sustain a more regular workout routine when I do what you are thinking of...hardcore cardio 3x's a week then something I enjoy on the other days with Sundays off.
Kathryn - dont beat yourself up about 2 slices of buttered bread. Look at how hard u work, I'm sure they went unnoticed to your body. I've been told you're best off with maybe fruit/yoghurt for dinner if you've overstuffed during the day and not really hungry. I think your 3 cardio workouts a week sound great and more than enough with all the other fantastic stuff that you're doing and what a great idea looking at the 'whole' you instead of focusing on the bad bits is.
I think you're 6 to 7 session is amazing but i can understand why you can't sustain it. I went to a fitness meeting once and the guy said that 3 to 4 cardio sessions of 45mins per week will keep you fit, so that's probably a good aim for you to have. If you do 4 of your cadio sessions and then balance/swim/walk, you'll still be doing amazing things for your body.
Having a workout you can sustain without feeling like a zombie may be the shot in the arm you need. it will also leave room for tweaking your routine and upping the intensity for those 4 or so workouts a week.
i was thinking that maybe you should just pay for one personal training session to make sure that you are doing the right combination of exercise? But, what u r doing sounds good to me.
This week I've started getting really tired after my workouts too. I think I'm probably not eating enough. The car can't run without gas, right? Well, unless it's a hybrid, but that doesn't fit my analogy, so let's ignore that, shall we? :)
I think it's such a good idea to re-assess your workout routine and especially if you are doing so much. You don't want to burn out. Alternating works really well!
boobs: 100 cm
waist: 81 cm
hips: 109 cm
thighs: 50 cm
Weekly Goal Lifestyle Changing Challenge-A-Rama
Week 1 - Drink more water
Week 2 - Cut out sugary treats