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You probably thought I had forgotten all about the blog!  Well, I hadn’t, I have just been getting things in order when it comes to health and exercise and all of that.  Life is good, it’s being lived and I am happy.

What I have been struggling with is figuring out exactly what to do.  I’ll put the easy thing out there… I enjoy exercise.  That isn’t a problem at all.  I like lifting weights, I STILL enjoy running (more on that later) and getting up at 4 in the morning isn’t a problem for me.  It’s the food.

I know that the best thing to do is to be super strict and choose something like chicken and vegetables and eat only that, every day, the proper amount of calories, and just live the rest of my life that way.  But does that sound enjoyable?  Not particularly to myself.  I want to find a way to balance enjoying life (and by enjoying life I mean enjoying foods that I actually like, not stressing about it, not having to cook all of the time because I hate cooking, etc.) with being healthier.  Cheat days, cheat meals, things like that can be great, but they have to be handled correctly.  And it still makes 6 days out of the week super strict.  But that’s the way it should be done, right?

So that is still a work in progress, figuring out the best way for me to lose weight, keep my muscle (and build it) while not loathing the food I have to eat.  Perhaps I will eat very healthy Sunday-Friday and enjoy Saturday… I’ve done it before for a while and didn’t mind it.  Sure, I have to pass on the snacks and free things that show up at work, but it isn’t the end of the world.  Or I could learn to count all my calories and enjoy everything I want but in moderation.  But I know I struggle with that.

I will get it figured out… eventually.

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In other news, I have decided that I do want to actually do a FULL marathon.  3 months ago I completed a half marathon in earth-shattering-time as far as I am concerned (with my size, lack of running experience, etc. etc.) and I think I want to do a full.  It will probably be a “fast” one, one that is all or mostly downhill, but I still want to do it.

As far as what I’ve been doing lately… lots of experimenting.  With eating and exercising both.  I have started a modified HIIT 100s workout that is tearing me up (in a good way) and I think I am going to stick with it for a while.  And yes, that means on Monday I did 100 bench presses and 100 pulldowns (with other exercises) and Wednesday I did 100 weighted squats and 100 shoulder presses (with other exercises) and tomorrow I’ll do 100 bicep curls and 100 tricep pulldowns (with other exercises).  I’ve also been working up to running again on the off days and will continue that every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Sunday is usually a rest day that may include a walk.  But that is kind of where I am at this point.

There may be some other crazy things I do.  Things will probably change as they often do.  I’ll figure things out then un-figure them out shortly after.  I guess this is part of what makes life exciting!

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