It's been a few days since I've blogged, but I have been busy.
Not only have did I get in all the work-outs I wanted to get in last week (six days of running and five days weight lifting), I've also been signing the kids up for fall activities like swimming lessons, karate, flag football, gymnastics, boys choir, piano and violin lessons.
Plus I'm figuring out their home school schedule.
I have been reading up on some some body building magazines to double check to make sure I am "doing it right" with my diet and exercise program.
I deduced that 1,400 calories is adequate. But I've decided to incorporate HIIT work-outs. High intensity interval training. And doing cardio that focuses on my glutes like raising the incline to the highest it can go on the treadmill and running that. (I haven't done that yet)
When I run to the gym I will do sprints. I did that tonight and that felt decent. I am still training for my half marathon, but I will "sprinkle" my week with three days of HIIT work-outs. And then two days of the week when I run my long runs, I will try it with an incline.
Also...I have been doing the same weight lifting routine for two or three years. So, I'm going to switch in some different exercises that work my muscles from a different angle to see if that will help rev up my metabolism too.
It's strange. Tonight I felt down again looking at the mirror. I wonder if my metabolism is slowing down because I'm not eating enough. I wonder, "what if I only lose one pound a week?". Then, I wonder, "Why am I doing all this anyway?"
It's like I can see the future...and I sometimes just think, "wow, months and months of this. Will it never end?"
But I've lived the alternative.
Out of shape. No hope. Low energy. Unhappy.
The food that I eat now is so healthy that I am nourished, happy and satisfied at 1,400 because not one of those calories is wasted.
I've noticed that I think more clearly. I have more energy.
Even though my weight isn't where I want it, I feel good about my appearance.
I have hope.
So, I suppose even if I don't hit that two pound a week average, I will keep at it.
I am really shooting for a two pound drop by this Saturday. Right now I am at 10. 2 pounds down. So, I want to see a 12 pound drop.
We'll see if it happens.