That is something I too easily lose sight of. I can't help but want to try the easy way and it never works for me. So here's what I've learned.
I have to track what I eat but I can't make it too complicated. For a long while I got all caught up in protein grams, fat grams, balancing nutrients, eating protein with every meal. It's too much. I have to keep it simple. Over the weekend I bought a little, cheap notebook. In it I'm writing down what I eat and the calories. That's all. No counting grams of any kind. No figuring out if I have enough protein with that carb. None of that. Just what I eat, how much, and how many calories it is. Simple. I'm shooting for 1600-1800 cals a day and that's all I'm doing. If I try to do too much tracking I get bogged down and do nothing.
Workouts. I've already realized that I need a goal and I have one. With a 10k on New Year's Day I'm looking forward to my running now. That's a good thing. For the strength training, I realize that by doing this I make strides faster. I feel better. I look better. I have more energy. Blah, blah, blah...... But I also realize that those programs that say you only have to workout out 20 minutes , 3-4 days a week doesn't work for me. It just doesn't. I do better, work harder, and feel better when I do my hour long DVD's. I don't know exactly why they work better for me, but they do. I accept that and I've ordered some new ones to add some spice to my workouts. And yoga. Yoga does great things for my body and I have got to get back into the habit of it. I only do it about twice a week but it makes a huge difference.
So that's it. Simple, basic stuff but it's what works for me. I'm back to basics and I like it.
17 November 2008
I have to do what works for me
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