Thursday, August 06, 2009
Finding Out What Works
I've got a day off today as my poor Miss G has the flu - I've been up most of the night trying to drop her temperature down and consequently I'm rather tired as well. It's a good thing actually as I have been having problems with my left ankle and am hoping that I don't have the beginnings of a stress fracture there (I've been giving the old bod a lot more impact than usual) - I had to cancel my appointment with the physio and yesterday started some rather aggressive antiinflammatory drugs and some ice which has settled it down somewhat today. I will have tomorrow off cardio again and fingers and toes are crossed that Georgia will be well enough so that I can train upper body again tomorrow - unfortunately not looking too promising, but that is life.
Plan is to take all of next week off as we are off to Byron Bay for a week's holiday - then it's back to one Bodystep and 3 RPMs a week which will be just perfect for me. I'm also planning some new strength training stuff in my bid to get stronger - a sixteen week program, broken into 4 distinct blocks of effort. Sixteen weeks is a long time to commit to, but if I can break it down into smaller efforts, I think I may just get there. Now that the Step is scaling back to once a week, I should be able to start training my lower bod - not sure if I'm looking forward to that or not!
I've also been thinking a bit about the best way of learning what works for me in terms of staying lean and fit. The only way to find out is to try different approaches - some will work really well, others will be a bit "meh" (thanks Carolyn!) and others will fail spectacularly.
So here's my list:
*eating mostly Paleo style with one serve of grains per day (usually oats, quinoa, rice or potato)
*having a few non Paleo meals across the week - I really love having a protein bar every few days and a bit of natural yoghurt
*high fat, high protein meals are sometimes excellent as a treat meal and keep me feeling full for hours
*high carb meals feel great if I'm carb depleted
*making sure I don't let myself ever get too hungry or too full (achieving this state is a real art)
*staying connected with my emotional state and asking myself before I eat something "is there some other way of dealing with "x problem" that would make me feel better than eating something?"
*positive thinking and reinforcement (I tell myself "good job", every time I make an eating decision that honours my body rather than abuses it).
What doesn't work:
*highly processed wheat based products (I have the swollen joints and skin rash to prove it)
*highly processed sugary/fatty junk food (I am no different to the rest of the human population)
*not keeping my emotions in check
*letting myself get too hungry
*listening to my "Inner Gollum/Vera Sluttinski" rather than my voice of prevaling sanity.