Nothing like starting off a new year with a new house, a new commute, a new workout routine, a new diet... let's see what else I can add.
This morning, Joseph and I went to the gym.
We drove to the gym.
Which meant, afterwards, he drove me to work.
Not sardine commute this morning. Yes!
I had my first run of the new schedule in preparation for Boston in April.
20 minutes on the treadmill. Yes. That's it. Nothing like taking things easy at the beginning. I did ab exercises afterwards - something new (what else...) and stretched (felt so good!).
This isn't a routine yet. To me, a routine is something you do over and over again, is predictable, and you can do it without thinking about it. Right now, I am just trying to figure out when to get my workouts in and where to do it. I hope it turns into a routine eventually because thinking about it all the time will surely overload my brain and my efforts will implode and I will sit on my butt and not run Boston in April. We'll see.
I also started eating more healthily. Last night, we have bibimbop. This is a Korean dish which is essentially a big bowl of assorted veggies (some raw, some cooked, some spicy), with a dollop of hot rice, and a smidge of meat or tofu or fish or chicken (you can omit this part if you're a vegetarian). Then you add some spicy hot sauce paste and you take a big spoon and you mix it all up. Yum. Last night, we had shredded Romain lettuce, rice, the hot sauce paste, and some turkey meatballs in the spicy sauce (we had to chop it up). It was wonderful and not too filling. Of course, I got up HUNGRY this morning. And no wine. None. At. All.
I've decided that I can't get rid of rice in my diet. I have to just curb it. So I wrote out a menu of what I love to eat.
Breakfast consists of either a banana and oatmeal OR soup (miso or homemade seaweed soup, etc) and 1 C. rice.
Mid-morning snack is a choice of a handful of nuts, piece of fruit, or a slimfast snack bar.
Lunch is 1 C of rice, Korean Veggies (you can have about a pound of these and only have eaten 100 calories), and some sort of meat or fish or tofu (about 3-4 ounces - I don't eat much meat, really).
Mid-day snack is the same as the mid-morning snack.
Dinner is the same as lunch.
It might sound dull but I used to eat this way.
And the Korean veggies and the meat/fish/tofu can be mixed together or stirfried.
I always find the snacks hard because I don't like to snack - I don't like to eat sweet things - no sweet tooth at all. Like last night, Joseph offered me some ice cream nibs and I started to reach for one (26 nibs make up a serving so you get an idea of small these things are), and my mouth started twitching in resistance because it didn't want to chew on anything sweet. So I said, "nahhhh... don't feel like 'sweet' right now."
The total daily caloric intake is about 1400-1950 depending on quantities, etc.
I was concerned about this diet and if it had enough calories to support my long runs, etc., and Joseph pointed out that the guy who did Kona and lost 200 pounds in training, did so on a strict 1450 calories per day diet. Ah. Something to think about and it did give me pause. And I am much smaller than he is. I will be taking GU's and sports drinks during trainig that will help. I am not going to count those - I figure that the calories are negated by all the running I will be doing.
Joseph said that I need to do what I need to do and not worry about him. He will just piggy packon what I do or do his own thing. And I can also eat dinner at work if the commute brings me home to late which means eating too late which means I feel lousy and get cranky. So, today I packed breakfast, lunch and dinner (just in case). I love my Hunny Bunny. Happiness.
This should work. I should be able to lose 1/2 pound a week on this regimen. That means 6-8 pounds lost before the marathon.
I think I can I think I can I think I can...