Friday, June 13, 2014

Hitting the ground running

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As I mentioned last week, I am starting a 28-day clean eating challenge.  I've already had one splurge day, but like I said -- as long as those kinds of days are few and far between, I'm still making progress.

So far, the biggest challenge with this new eating plan is my long days.  The days when I go straight from my full-time job to my part-time job.  I get off from the first job at 4:30 p.m. and have to be at my other job by 5 p.m.  This often means eating supper at my desk around 4:15 p.m. or, as was the case on Monday, snacking on something during my drive.  But this isn't really working.  First, I'm not really hungry at 4:15 p.m.  At least not for a full meal.  And the snack really didn't tide me over very long.  I hit a wall around 6 p.m. and then was completely famished by the time I got home at 8:30 p.m.   Anyone have suggestions for handling days like this?

In addition to eating better, I plan to get back to regular and frequent workouts as well.  Since my evenings have become occupied with a second job as well as some social outings, I've committed to morning workouts.  I only did three this week (counting this morning), but I think I could get used to it.  I actually like how I feel the rest of the day after a morning workout.  Plus, there's comfort in knowing it's done.  One more thing to check off the mental to-do list for my day.  I also really like that me time in the morning.  It's an hour just to do something for myself.

And that's really how I see all of this -- I'm doing it for me.  Not because I have to, but because I want to.  Because I value me.

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Last week's workouts
Friday: Off.
Saturday: 4.5-mile bike ride (30 mins.)
Sunday: 4-mile run (50 mins.) + 1-mile walk (20 mins.)
Monday: Spin class (45 mins.)
Tuesday: Off. 
Wednesday: 3-mile run (35 mins.) + 1-mile walk (20 mins.)
Thursday:  Off.


There. That's so much better.  This is the kind of week I'm used to.  I recommitted to morning workouts as I knew all of my evenings were booked, but it was worth it.  I can already feel the difference.  A good sweat does wonders for the mind as well as the body.

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1 comment:

  1. The only thing I can really suggest is just to keep snacking. A lot of times I have heard that you should eat a few small meals rather than 3 big ones, so maybe bring more snacks like fruits and veggies, or even hummus, nuts, or deli meat rolled up...something that will keep you fuller for longer. You might feel like you are ALWAYS eating, but that might help on the days you have to go to your second job.

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