Other things I learned this week. If all I’m drinking is straight water, my legs and feet are going to cramp so bad I won’t be able to walk. This was yet another issue that prevented me from functioning properly and limited my ability to work out as much as I wanted. Per KB, I started adding Nuun tablets to my water and that seems to have helped a great deal.
Next, the “new eating habits”. This was week 2 for that and I had a variety of issues. The first big one is the fact that I’m gaining weight like it’s my job, 10lbs in two weeks. I feel this is excessive…LOL! In talking to KB we’ve made some adjustments and hopefully the scale will start heading in the right direction. Now before anyone starts yelling at me about ignoring the scale, I can’t. See at my weight that damn little electronic device from hell dictates a few things, like my ability to get disability insurance. So while I’m all for the “don’t go by the scale, go by how your clothes fit” mentality, my insurance company doesn’t care what size jeans I’m in, they only care about that magic little number. As I’ve discussed in a previous post, I’m never going to hit their magic little number, nor do I want to, but no one is going to believe I’m healthy at my current weight.
The other issue I’m finding in regards to the “new eating habits” is the planning aspect of it. I’m not used to having to really think about what I’m eating. Life was pretty simple, I’m hungry, I go find food. Now I have to think about these things called “blocks” and while technically I can have whatever I want, there are portion restrictions I have to think about. It’s not like it’s some horrible “diet plan” it’s just going to take some getting used to. No big surprise that I can have lots of fresh fruits and veggies, but my occupation makes that difficult. Fresh produce is not cheap and it has a limited shelf life. So if I go get $100 worth of fresh produce and then I’m gone for two weeks for work, I’ve wasted the cash and the food. Both are bad! So I’m still figuring it all out. And I need to remember to log what I’m eating; I did not have a good week there either.
To add a little injury to insult, I also found that my ability to run is nonexistent. Or should I say my ability to jog, no one would ever confuse what I do for “running”. I have pain in my lower legs within about 30 seconds. I have a pretty large number of friends who enjoy the sadistic sport of running, so I asked them for some advice. The general consensus was I needed new shoes. So MK and I went and dropped some cash on new runners. We’ll see how that goes.
In the end it wasn’t a great week, but I refuse to say it was a bad week. I did all my workouts, some were better than others (let’s not discuss my swim workout or the God awful bike seat), but I did them. I ate pretty well even when I struggled to find the right “block” combinations. It would be foolish to think that this will be the last less than perfect week I’ll have. There are going to be weeks that will make this one look pretty awesome. Everyone has bad weeks, bad days, bad workouts, but I guess all that really matters is that I keep pushing forward, even when it feels like I’m losing ground. And on the bright side, I set a ridiculous long term goal, more on that later…much later!
Come on week 4!