Wow, it’s almost a week since I last posted! Rather than recap everything I did last week, I’ll just direct you to my Fitness Friday (1/24/13) post on my other blog, mylifeaworkinprogress.com. It was an okay week. Not super fantastic, but okay. The weather has definitely made things difficult.
This morning I had a 5.4 mile run with my running buddy, and then I walked around leisurely for 45 minutes or so around the playground while Baby J got some exercise. By the way, walking is how I lost the biggest chunk of my pregnancy weight. You don’t have to be a superstar to lose weight. Just watch what you eat and be active! In just a few minutes, I’m going to do a light workout with adjustable Bowflex weights as well as some calisthenics-type exercises.
Organization is not my thing, but it really needs to be. I think I’ve settled on making MON, WED, FRI my big cardio days with light strength training. Then TUES, THURS, and SAT I’ll focus on building muscle and just light cardio. Sunday will be a complete rest day.
It’s doable, but my diet is a bit of a concern right now. Since I’ve been losing weight for a while now (really, almost 2 years), I’ve had MyFitnessPal set at 1,500 calories forEVER. Other than my weekly cheat day (when I have one), I rarely go over my calorie limit. It’s worked thus far. I’ve lost all but a few stubborn pounds around my middle. Well, as I’m working out more, I’ve found my appetite is even less. I’m full at 1,000-1,200 calories a day. With trying to build muscle, that’s not going to cut it. I need to figure out a way to eat more, but it has to be the right types of food.
But then I also wonder…shouldn’t I keep restricting my intake, since I have fat to lose? Or will the fat eventually melt off, even at a high calorie limit…as long as I’m working out/building more muscle? I just don’t know enough about this stuff. I mean, I know how to eat right, but building muscle is new to me. I don’t want to make all this effort and not see results, because I’m going about it the wrong way.
When I worked out with my running buddy at the YMCA the other day (I came as her guest, but that was my only freebie, booooo), I felt really sick in the beginning when we were doing sets of ab exercises along with push-ups. It took about 45 minutes before my stomach settled. I was really pale and felt lightheaded and nauseated. After some Googling, I have self-diagnosed myself.
My mother has hypotension, and I’ve always had great blood pressure, no matter whether I’m in shape or overweight. In fact, I had “beautiful” (<my OB’s exact description) blood pressure during my pregnancy, even though I gained 70lbs or so. I think I’m genetically predisposed to hypotension. Add on to that the fact that I rarely eat processed foods. It’s amazing how little salt you consume when you make things from scratch. Well, I usually put a Propel Zero packet in my water when I run. This time at the gym, I didn’t. So I think my BP dropped real low, especially because my head was on level with my heart and feet. Now I know I need to always have access to electrolytes when I’m exercising. I may need to increase my overall sodium intake too.
So that’s about it. I’ll leave you with a picture of my littlest running buddy from this morning: