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Friday, November 30, 2012

"Diet" Decisions

I have been amazing this week! I am so excited that I was able to run two more days of C25K (Couch to 5K). I also did one day of strength training. It's full body and I used my weights for the first time in months! I am sore from my heal to the top of my head (it isolated behind my eye). My entire right side aches. That kind of sucks but I'm still proud of myself for sticking it out.

My personal fitness is a point of concern for me because my ability to function is reliant on my health. I was reading some posts on a friends Facebook status and got some excellent pointers:

A Jenny wrote: successful weight loss is 80% nutrition, 20% exercise. Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat. Muscle is greater in density. Make sure you are consuming minimum of 72oz of water per day! Make sure you are consuming enough calories per day. If you are not, you are putting your body into starvation mode. What you do eat, your body will hold on to and store as fat because it doesn't know when you are going to feed it again. Versus when you eat every 2-3 hours your body knows its ok to expend that "energy" because it will be replaced.

This is very good advice and I'm going to take it.

One thing I mentioned is that for good health and weight loss, AND for a vegetarian, gluten free lifestyle I recommend green smoothies and juices. My brother and his wife, who practice a lot of vegan and gluten free eating styles said I could make the smoothies in my food processor with the blade attachment. I have never tried that so now I have no excuse not to take my own advice!

I'm not sure what goes in the green smoothies but I know Kale is nasty stuff and that seems to be a key ingredient to the best/healthiest juices and smoothies. I'd like to have something else if anyone has suggestions.

I like spinach and cucumbers. I'm good with most fruit, especially apples and berries.I guess I'm going to have to start researching and figuring out how to do this and stay away from the cookie dough. ::sigh:: Yes, that's what I've had this week. The sweet craving usually hits me in the afternoon then I can skip dinner. I don't skip breakfast but I can go without eating pretty much after 4.

I also know that carbs mess with me and I have to be careful. I can't seem to go without them anymore like I could before (the Fibro diagnosis). I haven't quite figured out the connection yet and that annoys me. (LOL)

So my focus is on the 80% nutrition. Getting the amount of water I need. I'm usually good with my water drinking but I haven't been measuring it lately. So I need to be sure whatever I eat is enough calories to keep my body from starving, and that my carb calories come from fruit and vegetables.

So here we go! Fitness, health and wellness, in spite of the holiday craziness. Bring it on!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on your stuff.
    Congrats on the 2k thing.
    I've been trying to make it to the pool 3x a week and do 50 minutes for a while now. So far I never manage to make it more than twice a week. That's something, though.


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