I pushed it slightly a little too hard today in the gym and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to because my leg began to feel like I might have pulled something. That’s another one of my downfalls that I have to work on correcting, listening to my body. I think about 20 minutes into the first machine that I was on I could feel this pain in my leg and like something was pulling but even though my body was trying to tell me that I should’ve stopped, my mind said “don’t you dare” and psychologically I was thinking I can’t be a quitter so I kept going until my first 45 minutes was up. It was clear when I got off the machine that I had overdone it.
The bad thing is I was still trying to figure out if I could go ahead and do my mile on the treadmill. I did some weights and things (by the way it was legs and abs day so that probably didn’t help it) and was still limping a little. The trainer that I consult with on occasion told me that it was most certainly not a good idea to dothe treadmill and although it pained me to leave the gym feeling as if I had not completed my entire workout, I listened to the word of someone who clearly knows more about this weight loss thing than I do.
Talking to the trainer also helped in another area because we got to talking about the proper things to eat and the nutritional value of some things as opposed to others. She clued me into a lot of different things as far as the right nutritionally rich meals and options for healthy snacks to eat. There is so much more to this whole healthy lifestyle thing then just the exercise and even choosing what we think is healthy to eat.
It’s clearly a lot about nutrition that I need to read up on and a lot of meal choices that I have to sort through. I said in a previous post that I really needed to focus in on my eating habits and make sure that they are not doing more harm than good. Talkingto her today was very enlightening and showed me that I have so much more to learn about this weight loss and healthy eating thing. But I’m ready!
Okay so I am not rich. Shocking, I know, but unfortunately true. So when I have to think about making a comprehensive plan for my weight loss efforts this year, to step up my efforts and to start to see more aggressive results again like I saw in the first year of my journey, I can not just turn to Jenny Craig, or the Biggest Loser Meal and workout plan (that cost way more than I am willing to pay), or Weight Watchers (which seems to be the biggest show of results out there now) in order to nudge me along the way.
It’s a lot harder when you have to figure it all out on your own, without being a nutritionist and having knowledge of how your body responds to certain foods, or without knowing just how many calories you are supposed to be taking in for your weight and height and just how many you are supposed to be burning off.
Needless to say, I have not yet come up with a strong plan for what workouts work the best for me and how often, if at all, I should change up the machines in the gym that I use. I also haven’t come up with a way to cut back on my snacking (my weakness) and how to best tailor my meals in a better way to be even more healthy because I know that I can do better in that area as well.
I am still working on coming up with my plan for this year but maybe I’ll share it with you when I finish putting it all together. I tell you, those that are fortunate enough to have the money to be able to join weight watchers or some weight loss program that help them with their weight loss efforts, use those resources because it certainly makes jumping into things a lot easier. Well I hope all of you have your plans for your weight loss efforts in place. Maybe you could share some ideas with me.