Monday, October 13, 2008
I'm going to play mad scientist
I think I'm going to do an experiment this week. I think I'm going to up my calorie intake this week & see what happens.
SparkPeople suggests I stay between 1200 - 1550. To be honest, I rarely go over 1200 & many times, have a hard time reaching it at all. This has not been a problem but I get the feeling my weight loss may be slowing down. I'm not certain of this but I thought I might try a bit of calorie cycling anyway just to see what happens. I think I'm going to aim for my upper limit of 1500 this week.
I know that I need to work on getting more veggies & lean meats into my diet & cutting back on carbs & sodium. However, according to SP, I'm actually doing pretty well on my carbs. I'm doing okay on fats but I could increase those a bit. Mainly my sodium is what is a bit high. All the same, getting in my veggies has always been a huge problem for me.
I think I may pick a few meals to start cooking &, on Thursday, run over to Sprouts & get the ingredients. I know you ask why wait, but getting over there during the week can be a bit difficult for me & I don't know when they open. I've got a great chicken & veggies recipe from my friend Shanti that I've made several times & love. I also need to get back into the habit of making my cod recipe. I've got several cookbooks that I need to start using. I want to start cooking a couple of meals on Thursdays, Fridays, &/or Saturdays that I can wrap up & eat all week. That would definately help me in moving to a less processed foods diet.
This is my last week with my trainer so I've started planning on what is going to happen next. I've ordered a couple of books & videos from Amazon to help me (I know I already talked about this in my last video but here it is anyway). I have ordered but haven't received yet, The Ultimate Guide To Weight Training For Triathlon. I'm kind of excited about this book because I hope it will help guide me as to what I should be doing. I know what I've been doing for the last 6 months but it is important on how you combine these exercises & that is something I haven't quite figured out. So, I think this will be a great book...I hope. Nat also mentioned a great idea in her video this weekend about not only keeping a record of what, how many reps, & how much weight you use but also recording how you feel during the exercise. For example, if it was extremely difficult or if it wasn't that bad & that way you can go back later on & remember your progress. I think that is a great idea. I also got two videos, Freestyle: Made Easy & O2 in H2O: A Self Help Course on Breathing in Swimming, to help me with my swimming. For a bit of inspiration, I also got a book called Slow Fat Triathlete: Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now. It is about a girl who was not your typical "triathlete" but decided to do it anyway. I'm really excited to read this book & it is next on my list.
I have also come up with a plan that I think will help me. I will do my C25K program on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays. On Tuesdays & Thursdays I'll do the elliptical. On Thursday afternoons I'll have water aerobics & swim laps then too. I may also do laps in the pool on Tuesdays too. I'll try to do strength training of my arms & legs on Tuesdays & Thursdays & do at home ab work on Mon, Wed, & Fri (if that fits in with the book). I may add a spinning class to the regimen later on when I get up the nerve & maybe a yoga class if I can find one that fits in my schedule.