Mon 26 Jan 2009
I am sitting here with a list on a piece of paper of muscle groups; legs, tris/bis, delts/pecs, abs/core, and then at the end I have tacked on “20 minute cardio.”
I am really getting too fluffy. Being away from full length mirrors has helped with the impression that I can eat anything I want and get away with it. So I have turned some ideas in my head over - running more, weight lifting, or just eating less. And I think the only solution is to start lifting weights again. Running I can’t always do on the road, eating less I will have to do anyway, but weight lifting seems to be a way to build muscle so you don’t have to eat that much less (because you’re burning more calories).
A few years ago I got really into Body For Life. I liked it a lot and it was challenging and resulted in “arms” and being able to get into jeans that are currently in the bottom of my closet at home. I was disciplined in what I ate for the most part (except on Sunday, on which I could eat anything.) I ate tons of cottage cheese and vegetables, and would go for heaping plates of salad at the beginning of any buffet meal and try to be stuffed full of that by the time I got around to eating anything else. I would read up on Skwigg’s blog regularly and read all of her articles. Then, after I sort of gave up BFL. I fell to the temptation of making every day Free Day. When I started feeling like I wanted abs again, I realized I had to eat differently again, but food on the road tends to be everywhere. My family and I get taken out to eat on occasion, and church dinners are loaded with desserts and food and that sort of thing. So I heard about Eat, Stop, Eat, and tried that for a few weeks; basically, whenever I felt I had overeaten I would not eat the next day. Instead of fasting from one night to the morning after the next day, I’d just do 24 hour periods, which meant I could eat breakfast one day and then breakfast the next.
Well, to make thing long story wrap up into a short ending, that kind of eating was too drastic and I fell off the bandwagon entirely. And ever since, I have been eating pretty much whatever I feel like. When I started BFL, I started realizing that most store-made cookies and such are just junk. Cakes, and all that, and plasticky stuff, well, it’s just junk. So I need to start off with that again - no sweets unless they’re really really worth it. (Chocolate is worth it).
Second, I need to up my protein and veggie intake. Metabolism needs to be kept up, but not with carby foods like bread. The more water in something, the more safe it is to snack on. I know my mouth likes to be occupied, and it’s bad habit, but if I keep it occupied with carrots or green beans, then it’s not so bad to be munching. Frozen greenbeans used to be a staple of mine, and then when we had the garden I would munch on bunches of lettuce and raw greenbeans.
I guess I’m a little late for this to be a New Year’s Resolution, but it really isn’t anyway. It’s much better to view it as a lifelong thing. That being said, I *know* I won’t be doing BFL for the rest of my life, or any other fitness program, but I can always go back to it, and I should be always shooting for something, whether it’s long distance walking, or pushups, or running, or BFL, or swimming, etc. It’s boring to stick to one thing, anyway. If I get tired of weight lifting I can take up running or something. Alternatively, I could just get a job as a construction worker and get paid to work out
When I was actively weight lifting, I didn’t really care how much I weighed - in fact, the more I weighed the better - but now I’m rather afraid because I know my body fat percentage has gone way up, and that means I can’t say “Oh, well I just weigh a lot because of muscle.”