Hand in hand with diet is exercise. There was a joke going around the internet a couple years ago, that in the year 2020 scientists would, after years of research and billions of dollars in grants, would come to the conclusion that diet and exercise would keep you healthy.
In this the other side of my trying to keep healthy is getting exercise every day. I work for nine hours a day (on a good day) and as in most office settings I sit most of the time. Luckily I recently moved to Burlingame and am a twenty minute bike ride (about five miles) from my work. So I have taken to riding to and from work (which is nothing provides at least a little exercise every day).
On top of the bicycle I am trying to run (jog) at least four times a week. At the end of high school I took a weight training class at UCSC and got close to lifting what I thought I should. Near the end of the class I asked the instructor how I could be more tone in my muscles and her response was “you need to run, every day”.
Being the lazy slug I am, the thought of running everyday was not appealing, but now that I have lost some weight it is not as hard to run as it used to be. Did 2.7 miles yesterday and today, need to keep it up.
Food for today:
Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)
Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)
Lunch: Lentil Soup (1g fat, 250 cal.)
Mid-afternoon snack: Apple (100 cal.)
Dinner: rice with sauteed vegetables and half an avocado (14g fat, 500 cal.)
Total calories for the day: 1070.
I am currently doing the couch-to-5k running plan and for my last “jog” during the 25-minute program today I cranked the treadmill up faster than I have in the past. When I got off the treadmill I was a little light headed but the feeling passed after a few seconds.
After that I moved on to the weights, which I used to be intimidated by.
I’ve had 24-hour fitness memberships in the past (and had to cancel them because of my constant moving) but I was always too embarrassed to sign up for a personal trainer. My mom even offered to pay for one when I was just starting college and I refused. The idea of one very in shape person watching me sweat and struggle for an hour at a time was terrifying,
This time around I paid for 3 sessions with a personal trainer and she showed me how to use a ton of stuff at the gym I had been afraid to try. It was great! I was sore after every session and felt really accomplished at the end of the day.
I can’t afford any more sessions but the machines are my favorite part of the gym now. I wasn’t getting my money’s worth in the past by just doing 2 hours on an elliptical. 25 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the weights with a little rowing machine thrown in are a lot more efficient.
1 Siggi’s yogurt (100 cal.)
1 banana (120 cal.)
1 cup of coffee (10 cal.)
2 cups of tea (10 cal.)
1 bowl lentil soup (1g fat, 250 cal.)
1 large greek salad: lots of lettuce, ½ cucumber, 5-6 cherry tomatoes, 1/3 cup feta (90 cal.), 8 Kalamata olives (80 cal.), Balsamic vinaigrette (homemade).
2 x 8 oz. diet juice (5 cal. each)
4 oz milk with 1 cherry cordial
***To explain why you are going to see me eating a cherry cordial everyday- my Dad gave me a small box of them on Saturday so I am limiting myself to one per day. Nathaniel and I really don’t buy food like that to have at the apartment even when we aren’t on a diet.