Moving into this week, I was feeling pretty bloated/gross. So starting Sunday, I decided to no carb for a week or two so I could bring down some bloat. (No carbing for me is: lots of fish, lots of vegetables, nut/nut butters in moderation, a lot of beans, eggs, a small-moderate amount of lowfat dairy, and no sugar.) It's been a really good week.
I think, generally speaking, I probably shouldn't eat a lot of grain-type carbs to begin with. They're calorically dense and for me, they're so easy to overindulge in. So, given the lack of carbs, my eating has been awesome since Sunday. I've continued with the calorie counting and haven't really gone over the allotted amount any day. Yesterday night, actually, I had to eat a spoonful of peanut butter because I hadn't had enough calories. I've felt really sated after my meals and haven't missed sugar or anything.
There was a minor incident yesterday at work when some JA brought in a red velvet cake from Fresh Market. I mean, those cakes from Fresh Market are so good - just looking at it, it was like the little guy was screaming at me "EAAAAAAT." So I had one bite. One bite, as in, I put a mouthful on a fork and ate it & only it. (Still somewhat undecided if this was a failure or a success...)
Ok, you guys, my running has been awesome of late. I mean, incredible. (And yes, it's all on a treadmill: insert comment about how running on a treadmill isn't as hard as running outside - got it.)
So my m.o. in the past had always been slow speed/long distance. It used to be that if I ran faster than ~10 min/mile my body - hips, knees, back - would start to hurt. Well Jonathan said something the other day about how I should just try to run faster and see what happens. So I did. And wonderful things happened! Namely:
1) My painful body parts aren't anymore. I've been majorly working on stretching (and seeing some awesome advancements there as well); and my yoga teacher pointed out a potential cause of my knee pain (that I was hyperextending my joint when stretching) and I corrected it - so I think those two are huge contributors.
2) I'm able to cover so many miles in such a short amount of time.
3) I can do a whole different kind of interval work. My favorite of the moment has been a pattern of running one 8-min mile, one 9-min mile, one 8 minute, one nine, etc.
All this great running and a super hard yoga class made this week a good one for exercise.
And so, as far as weight loss, I'm down 3 lbs. And perhaps more shocking - on Sunday morning I measured my waist and then I measured it again today: down 1.5 inch - ha! I think this is more a reflection of how bloated I got after Thanksgiving (since I never measured my waist at the start of Fitness Fridays) and not necessarily an indicator of how things are going. But whatev - take what you can get.
Have a good weekend!