I'll start with the most obvious frustration.
This Saturday marks 3 Saturdays in a row that I've weighed in at 185lbs. Both you and I know what that means: DREADED PLATEAU. Ugh! And the truth is, I know what I need to do. And what I haven't been doing that I should be doing.
So, let's talk food. I have gotten back to that point in tracking my food where I really don't want to track because I hate it. Cooking 95% of all my meals from scratch makes it frustrating, tedious, and time consuming to track. It either involves me adding each individual damn recipe I ever make into the database or making wild (and likely not terrifically accurate-ish) guesses as to the amounts of whatever I've eaten. Luckily for me, over the last month or so of pretty consistent daily tracking, I've gotten pretty good at eyeballing my calories/other macros. I know I need to be making more of an effort, but man do I HATE HATE HATE tracking!
The other food related problem I've encountered lately has been snacking. I've not been binging much (although Wednesday was another story) so I've consciously been snacking. The issue I seem to be having is whether or not I'm actually hungry when I should be snacking or if I'm just in need of some sort of something for my jaw to do. I've been struggling to make the distinction. Am I really in need of something to eat at this point? Is my brain playing a trick on me? Am I just thirsty? Regardless of the answer, snacking has been adding WAY more calories to my daily total than it should be. So, in addition to being unsure of whether or not I'm really physiologically in need of a snack, I'm not snacking on "good" things. Candy, chips, cookies, Hershey's dark chocolate pudding with added mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (holy crap is that stuff DECADENT!), pretzels, Chex Mix... Yeah. :-( Not good.
As far as core meals go, I'm doing pretty good. Getting in the freggies as often as possible, keeping it lean meats and whole grains, and I'm getting lots of water into my system.
Nutrition needs some work and I'm sure its not doing me any favors when it comes to that stuck number on the scale.
Fitness is going mostly okay. I've not been diligent about adding strength training to my regimen. That is NOT mostly okay. That needs to change. I did 25 minutes of a full-body beginner's Pilate's routine (thank you Blogilates on YouTube!) and that was it. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I need to get more done. Cardio is still going well, but I think needs a different sort of change. I tried to increase my intensity by increasing my incline on my treadmill and it worked. But, I only did it one day. The next two or three days after that, the increased intensity was TOO intense. So, I went back down to my normal incline (which is 2% anyway). I made sure to keep up my extra intervals.
I have a hard time being able to "cross train" in cardio. I only have a treadmill. I don't own a bicycle or have a gym membership. It's already getting too hot to go outside for exercise. So, that makes my choices to "change it up" really limited.
So, now that I've done my 5k, I'm going to actually start a Couch to 5k jogging program. Maybe just the change of tactic will be a big enough change to bust through my plateau, since all I'm doing right now is walking. Combined with ACTUALLY DOING STRENGTH WORK, I'm hoping I'll get that number on the scale heading in a downward direction again.
All told, though, I ended my week with 329 fitness minutes. I'm not sure HOW I got that many, but I did!
Well, that is pretty much all that. My frustration stems from a plateau that I'm sure is my fault in many ways. It's up to me to get myself on the correct path.
I'll end this on a more pleasant note. Today was the 5k I was waiting to do. It was a fundraiser for the local Christian radio station. It was a LOT of fun! My cousin decided to go, too, as did a bunch of the ladies from Bible study, so I got to do the race with friends. :-) It was already overly sunny and hot by the time the race was set to start at 9am. It was at least in the mid-80's, but with no shade it felt like at least 90! It was miserably hot. So, no jogging or running for me. I have a hard enough time doing rigorous exercise in an air conditioned environment.
There were only 77 participants in the race. I was the 4th to the last to finish and dead last in my age/gender group (of which there were 7). I had a tall Starbucks vanilla blonde roast prior to the race and boy did it affect my heart rate! My heart rate was WAY elevated at the top of my range almost the entire race. And it did even go above it several times. I didn't feel like I was physically exerting myself or expending any more energy, so I can only surmise that the caffeine was stimulating my heart beat BIG TIME. I was kinda disappointed by that because that meant I couldn't jog/run at any point even if I wanted to... or even increase my walking pace. I ended up averaging a 17 minute mile. A little slower than I did at Iron Girl just a bit more than two months ago. And I really felt like I could have easily gone faster. :-(
Anyway, I ended the race at 51:37. Slower than Iron Girl #2, but still faster than Iron Girl #1. Not bad for such a hot morning (and it was HOT, someone overheated during the race and had to be retrieved). And afterward, myself and some of the ladies, and some of their gents from church, went to lunch together after. It was fun! It felt nice to be hanging out with friends. It felt nice to realize I may actually finally have friends.
The ladies and I pre-race!
Katie photobombed my selfie! :-D
Can you find me? I'm there! (In the back of the pack!)
Halfway-ish through the race, the background is artisan lettuce growing in a giant field. That's your baby romaine, arugula, baby green leaf, and baby red leaf from your "spring mix"!
After having this stupid blister for MONTHS, I think it's time I do something about it.