Yesterday was a good day. I ate delicious and totally primal food, including about half an insanely fabulous chocolate truffle (my planned indulgence), and got in a long workout at the gym plus a couple hours of hard labor in the yard, shoveling mulch. I have to say, I could use more manual labor in my life. It is SO satisfying to use your body to accomplish something meaningful and then get to enjoy the results. I'm looking right now at my beautifully mulched backyard, with a brand new raised vegetable bed ready for planting this weekend. Can't wait to get my hands in there and grow some good food and herbs!
I don't know if it's the journal, or snooping around the forum and reading about everyone else's struggles and triumphs, or what, but I'm feeling hopeful and empowered (which is remarkable considering how unfriendly the scale is being right now). I have been doing this most every day for 6 weeks and feeling good. Less hungry, more in control, and gradually more excited about my figure. Body composition and shape are changing for the better, and now I just need to lose the winter insulation!
Since I tend to be a rambler, I'm thinking maybe bulletted lists will be a good way to track my progress, so here goes, from yesterday:
Exercise: LHT and cardio bursts plus yard work
Food: Lean meats, veggies, and two bites of truffle
Fun/Relaxation: Yard work
Starting today with an IF, and then I'm headed out to lunch with my boss before a meeting. Hoping I finish work in time to make my favorite class at the gym: kick butt bootcamp. It's usually tabatta drills, and so I get my daily dose of sprinting and lifting heavy things all in a fun hour that my husband actually comes along for. He is not a class person at all, but he has finally realized they are not just for girls, and likes how challenging this one is. It's nice to work out together for a change. I've also had him showing me some new stuff on the weight room floor lately, venturing out from behind the standard machines to do some power lifting with free weights. Intimidating, but also exciting to switch things up.
I'm actually considering hiring a trainer for 3 sesssions to help me design a workout program. I've been pretty reliant on classes (hip hop bootcamp on monday, standard bootcamp tuesday, barre method on wednesday, turbo kick thursday, weight room on thursdays and sculpting/kickboxing on the weekends), but am probably going to have to skip most of my usual classes for the next several months while I focus on healing overstretched ligaments in my hip joints. I've been seeing a great physical therapist, who keeps adjusting my alignment, but I keep throwing it out, and gradually she has forbidden me to do yoga, lunges, biking (I need to get a cruiser that allows me to sit more upright, because not biking in the summer here is not an option--it's my favorite part of every day), and any asymmetrical exercises. I am finally ready to commit to that, because it's clear there is no alternative. So now I need to figure out what the heck I can do that will allow me to stay fit without destabilizing my pelvis. Could be a nice change, actually, and maybe my body actually needs new challenges.