I lost 250 lbs once. This is life after that.
Pre-Breakfast: Lo-Carb Monster, 25
Workout: Precor 60 Minutes, -850
Breakfast: Fage Yogurt, 2% with Mixed Berries / coffee creamer, 175
Lunch: Lean Cuisine Stuffed Cabbage, 210
Dinner: 3 oz baked chicken breast, 1 cup steamed broccoli, 106
Total: 516 Calories in, 850 Calories out
So today I’m coming in at slightly over 500 calories, which I feel completely fine about. I burned over 800 this morning at the gym, and really, it’s 16 calories. I’m not about to give up my one cup of coffee with creamer in the morning, or my energy drinks (I have a serious Red Bull problem - the Monster is a pinch hitter on fasting days).
So, I was charmed into doing a sort of boot camp session this weekend at my gym by one of the cute trainers there. I’m a sucker for a pretty face, and I’d been considering personal training, so it seemed like a good idea. My butt and thighs haven’t exactly agreed with me since shortly afterward, but things are improving, finally.
The boot camp sessions are sort of designed for people to get an idea of what PT will be like, and they’re free, so I signed myself up, and I also signed my friend Regina up because she was visiting for the weekend anyway and I’m an awesome friend. I texted her with “Surprise, we’re going to boot camp on Saturday morning!” I also made her go running with me on Sunday. Don’t you want to be my friend now, too?
I survived the boot camp, and I learned four things:
1. What is form? What is a plank? I need a Personal Trainer.
2. I am really uncoordinated and I have very little rhythm.
3. My legs are pretty weak, man.
4. I like boot camp.
So, I made an appointment with the cute trainer and today I hired him. Once a week for a year. An entire year. I’m committed. I’m not going anywhere. It’s expensive, but it’s an investment, right? I want to get better. Stronger. More flexible and more coordinated. I want to be a better, faster runner. I want to do as much for all this excess skin before plastic surgery as I can, and to that end, toned muscles look way better afterward - otherwise you just end up looking skinnyfat/flabby, and after all this work, that just will not do.
I’m at the end of my third week building back up with running, and it’s thrilling to be able to increase my distance. I’m going to get back on the road once a week starting on Wednesday, and by the end of the six week rebuilding program I’ll be back to running outside for good. Except during hurricane season, because no one wants to be hit by a flying palm tree.
A confession before I go: I’ve been eating a lot of carbs lately. I should probably eat fewer, and I will, soon. Really, really soon. As soon as these jelly beans are gone. I promise. Maybe. Definitely maybe.
Oh, so I was at lunch with my mom and brother today, and here’s a photo:
Which reminded me of this photo from a couple of years ago. I’m taking up a little less space these days.
Here’s a bonus (and just about the last time I was taller than he is). If I’m consistent in anything, it’s my hair.
1. That shirt is actually light grey, check out the next photo. So. Much. Sweat. So much exhausted face. 2. KT Tape is my favorite thing. I’m taped to prevent runner’s knee and shin splints. 3. 5+ miles on the Precor 4. After 2 miles on the treadmill (C25K reboot).
So, today is a 2 day on 5:2, and while technically I should keep my calories to 500, that isn’t going to happen on a running day - which is why fasting and running days should never coincide - and they usually don’t, but this week was a fluke and sometimes it happens that way, and it’s fine and I’m totally fine and healthy, okay mom? Today will cap out at around 1,000 calories and 110 grams of carbohydrates, and even though I’m probably getting around myself, I’m still going to call it a 2 day on the sheer merit of the 1200 calories I burned before breakfast this morning. I am eating bacon and eggs for dinner tonight, and no one can stop me.
I’ve just healed from a stress fracture and had to take about 8 weeks off from running, so in order to force myself to take things slowly and rebuild my endurance the right way, I’m doing the C25K program again, and also working on my pace this time around. It’s keeping me slow and honest, and I need that, because when I first started running again after healing up a few weeks ago, I ran twice as far as I should have and I’m sure I was headed toward re-injury. I have remarkably poor impulse control sometimes. Between the run and the Precor I’m getting in 7 miles on days like today. It’s good. I love it. But I can’t wait to get back to my long run.
It’s linked over there in the sidebar, but here are today’s power songs: