I didn't watch the Superbowl. Instead, I worked then got sent home early because it was so slow. I had time to stop by for a Superbowl special of lamb sliders with red pepper spread and arugula at Whole Foods for $1 each! I ate 2 of them open-faced.
We enjoyed a gorgeous weekend. It, at the least, kept me in a good mood while working.
This coming week involves a lot more work. I work both jobs Monday-Wednesday then get some days off after 6 days in a row at my part-time job. I can't wait - it seems like a vacation!
Tonight, as I watched "Hotel Transylvania," I stumbled upon some good reads.
Of course, I read this article on metabolic damage, which reminded me to do things a little differently.
"when we workout while the body is recovering, our bodies will go into a state of shock and STOP producing results. Continuing on this path leads to little to no results; it makes us fatigued, tired, cranky, and blown out, and usually that’s followed by frustration."I completely have all the signs of metabolic damage, especially the strange cold hands and feet and low pulse (~45 bpm)!
Another read that came up on my feed was tips from "The Biggest Loser" trainers. Anyone watching the show? It's sometimes hard to watch because of all the emotion. I recall one of the tips, from Dolvett: "the numbers on the scale weren't dropping because of 'the weight in her head.'"
So, I did some nostalgic research. I looked at posts from a year ago and my workout log. One year ago today, I was about to start Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer, eating her turkey meatloaf, drinking protein shakes a lot, and was struggling to study for my CTEL exam.
- My arms are stronger. They used to be so weak.
- My knees don't hurt anymore. I remember that being such a big problem last year.
- I don't lift as much as I do HIIT.
- No more protein powders, which also means no Shakeology.
- I stopped participating in Foodie Penpals, mostly to save money. Budgeting is good.
- I don't go to farmer's markets anymore, partly because of work and partly because I'm over the novelty.
- I haven't had the urge to bake in awhile. I've also purchased less sweets. Well, I buy more bars of plain chocolate...
- I passed that darn CTEL exam and don't know why it took me a year to do it!
- My weight! I gained some weight in the summer working at the fair then lost it. Although, the best "tell" is how my jeans fit. I have a range of pants from when I was losing weight before.
- Good news! I still have my period. This last month was super painful though.
- My abilities. My body, regardless of what it looks like, has always been amazing. I can do so much and always keep up.
- Try a workout and stick with it. I often get too bored. Lately, I've done tons of yoga and boot camps are my favorite right now. I'm sticking to those whenever I can and adding others as they fit into my schedule. I went to an amazing TRX boot camp class but it's so expensive!
- Sleep more. Rest more. I was working out 8-9 hours each week! Although that's a step down from the 5-6 hour days I once did.
- Be more active outside of working out. This includes walks and biking.
- Eat more. You heard it. I stopped using MyFitnessPal for good. I also am trying hard to eat what I want and not meal plan; however, sometimes I do have to plan out meals if I'm gone all day. I would practice intuitive eating except that my body rarely gets hungry for enough food - keep in mind, I was starving myself for more than a year.
- Vacation. I lose weight when I vacation and don't work out. Yep, true story.
- Stay in touch with friends. I suck at this, but I reconnected with my former roommate of 5 years, went to visit, and fell in love with friends all over again.
Suggestions for anything I missed?