Back in the Saddle
Played a solid 45 minutes of hardcore squash yesterday and my legs are sure feeling it today! The first game was rough my legs were feeling pretty sluggish but after warming up a little I experienced a spike in energy and I was covering the court well and moving my feet again. Although I still lost most of the matches (fast for me is still slow and fat for most - this WILL change) I held my own, got one hell of a workout in and forced my partner to rally for every point he scored. Overall the workout was very rewarding even without the wins. I made it my goal to make a shot every time rather than score a point - just getting to the ball in time to make a play was what I was after.
I view yesterday with mixed thoughts - the energy is there, but I may have overdone it a little with back to back capture the flag games, 30 km on the bike and squash, especially when you factor in I went from almost no work outs to that in two days. My issue (and I can't believe I am typing this) is that I have a ton of energy all of a sudden and a need to move! Even in the classroom I am itching to move and my students have noticed it! I also think I need to be prepared for bonking like yesterday when I hit the wall and had no other primal food to eat so instead ate a muffin which I paid for later - my gut just can't digest that crap anymore. So after squash I went home and made up a couple packages of almonds and other nuts to keep at school close to my desk and in my bag so I can have some go to snacks just in case.
I finished Make Shi(f)t Happen yesterday as well and have taken some much needed knowledge from the pages of the book. From it I have restructured my workout routine, started to change my way of thinking about certain aspects of myself and my journey and feel much more confident this journey is not going to be completely derailed again when I slip up. I am now looking at the weight not as the main problem but the major symptom of the main problem which is/was my lifestyle, eating habits and activity habits. Change those and make the change sustainable and the weight issue will also be corrected. So simple but so complex!
Today is my rest day - this means geocaching tonight - lots of walking but not to crazy on the intensity. Tomorrow is my first attempt at yoga - my fiancee still can not believe I want to do yoga (truth be told I can't believe it either) but I need something to work on flexibility and this seems to be something I can do with little to no extra equipment and anywhere so it fits the bill for my new workout routine.
The new routine - which I may still need to tweak:
Day 1: Endurance (Bike, or walk - later I plan to add in swimming)
Day 2: Strength (Kettle bell workout,or body weight workouts)
Day 3: Speed (Squash, Hill sprints, Running stairs or windsprints)
Day 4: Rest (Geocaching)
Day 5: Flexibility (Yoga)
Day 6: Endurance (Biking, or walking)
Day 7: Strength (Kettle bell workout, or body weight workouts)
I want to continue to be active everyday and also be able to switch out workouts or add in new things as I discover them.
B: Green Monster Smoothie
L: 1 chicken breast cooked in coconut oil with home made guacamole, half a cucumber and 2 handfuls of carrots. A cup of fresh cut pineapple and water to drink.
S: We are planning on making a stir fry tonight minus the rice of course.
On standby 2 handfuls of almonds just in case!
Is the lunch too much? I packed more than usual just in case I was really hungry or hit the wall again today. Thoughts?
We (my fiancee and I) are still struggling with getting in the routine of planning out meals on Sundays so this week has been a bit of a crapshoot when it comes to knowing what I am eating each day - this is the next change I want to focus on in the new habits for this lifestyle.
Sorry for the rambling thoughts but that's how they came out today. Grok on fellow primal people!