This week, I got a little antsy. I’m still coming down from my high of having family in town. It was so amazing to see familiar faces, I can’t even tell you! We had been clean eating for about a month when they came to town but when they cooked all our meals and took us out, we didn’t have to do anything. We subsided for a few days on leftovers and groceries they left behind, and then it was time to face the music again. Except I was getting a little bored with our eating plan.
Don’t get me wrong, I have LOVED everything we’ve tried with eMeals so far and our clean eating plan hasn’t let me down a single time. I was just ready to try something new. So this week we switched to Paleo. When I got the meal plan, I noticed that almost everything was meat based. I’m definitely not a vegetarian (although I used to be) but eating a meat based meal every single day seems a bit excessive, and a little unhealthy. I aim for at least one or two dinners a week that are not meaty. So…we will be sticking with the clean eating plan for the time being!
One of my favorite meals this week- chicken with capers, broccoli salad, and some cherries. LOVE cherries!
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Another realization I’ve made this week is that I really want to be fit. Badly. I guess I’ve always wanted that, but it’s just been this week that I’ve been willing to put forth the honest effort to get there. I began Couch to 5K- (C25K app) and I’m loving it. The best shape I’ve ever been in my life was when I was runner. I can honestly say that once you can run three miles at a time (or a 5k), you can run many more miles after that, no problem. Three is kind of the gateway number, at least for me.
These are pictures of me when I was in great shape from running between 3-6 miles daily. I know I can get there again!
Running is kind of the perfect exercise, because it’s free and all you need is your own two legs! For me to be able to run outside, the stars basically have to align, because I hate outdoor exercise. Why? I hate sweating profusely, and I hate being cold. The perfect outdoor running temperature for me is a non windy, slightly overcast day between 65-75 degrees. Any cooler and I start to get a headache, and any warmer and I start to feel sticky and unhappy. For this reason, I have a YMCA membership! Let’s face it, with those standards in place, I hardly ever exercise outside!
What I love most about the Y is that they have free childcare. We’ve had a membership there for a month, and in that time we’ve only done swimming lessons, but we haven’t taken advantage of their childcare until this week. They have a really safe way of checking all the kids in, so I don’t have to worry, and I can literally walk across from where I’m working out and peek in to be sure my kid’s ok. Not that I did that…haha! But really, it’s pretty awesome. It takes me from being an excuses girl to a girl who has no excuses. Wednesday night my hubby was working overtime, and I thought, “oh shucks…no workout for me tonight.” Then I remembered…”ah, yes, the YMCA has a built in no-excuses program for those of us with kids….” and I hightailed my soon-to-be-little hiney over there.
Now, let’s talk more about C25K. I’m a visual person and you might be too. So below is a screenshot of what’s going on. Every week there is a day 1, 2, and 3 for C25K. I realized this when today was my day 4 and it bumped me to the next week. What this means to me is that if you want, you can repeat days. You might want to repeat as you are building endurance, or you might want to just power through. Personally, I’m planning on powering through until I have a lazy day, at which point I’ll just repeat a day rather than challenging myself.
Every day, it tells you how long your exercise is at first. Today it was 31 minutes. The last week (day 1, 2, and 3) it was 30 minutes. I’m guessing it increases little by little.
In case you can’t read the fine print, the top of the app says “Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.” The left bubble says 17:48 elapsed (how long I’ve been going for) the middle bubble tells me what I’m doing right now (on this screen shot I’m in jogging mode) and on the right side I can see that I have 13:12 left to go in my workout. I have it paused, which is why it says “resume” on the bottom. I had to take a drink break and I forgot my water bottle in the car.
The bubbles turn green for walking and red for jogging and there’s always a ticking clock. If I plug headphones in, then it will tell me (even interrupts my music!) that I have to switch to walking or jogging. How cool!
I thought it was going to be insanely hard to start running again, but this app was just what the doctor ordered. It’s not rocket science…it simply puts a voice in my ear saying “hey! do this!” and right when I start to get a little tired it has me switch to walking, and just as soon as I’ve caught my breath, it’s back to running. It’s pretty awesome how it’s working me just hard enough, but not so hard I feel like quitting. Except for Tuesday when I went for my run and it had me going for 3 minutes straight, because I clicked on week 3. Woops! Wasn’t quite ready for that yet.
My next thing I need to do is come up with some great playlists. Who can help me and point me in the right direction of a fantastic workout playlist? I would appreciate any pointers!