I am coming to you from Sunday night. This week has been a difficult one. I am pretty much overwhelmed with most aspects of my life. This would be manageable if only I could work through it all... while running. As you have likely heard me whine, I am injured and have been unable to run for 9 weeks (but who's counting?) The problem is that running is it for me. I lift weights and I do other active things, but they all revolve around running for me. Since I have been unable to do so, my routine has fallen apart. I seldom go to the gym at lunch, I have barely lifted. The only thing I have been doing is the elliptical in the morning at the gym. But I haven't had a plan. And which that, my eating habits have been a total mess. Emotional eating + halloween candy = Mess!
I have promised myself a fresh start. A plan. And since I once read that diets that start midweek are likely to fail, I figured Monday was the best option. So, as I write, that is less than 4 hours away. Now what?
Well, starting with breakfast, I will be tracking my meals for a while. I do not usually do that, but it is a good way to take accountability and get on track. (Still deciding which tracker to use. Any suggestions?)
Also, I am going to be limiting my alcohol to 1 day a week.
In terms of exercise, the specifics are still up in the air. Without a PT, I am on my own finding out the exercises/stretched I should be doing. However, I am committing to this:
4 days a week at least 40 minutes of cardio
Stretching 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes
Pilates/Yoga at least 2 days a week (still looking for good videos for improving back pain)
At least 15 push ups every morning, 20 next week, etc.
Ok, it's in writing and you all can see it. I may need to tweak it, but not for less activity, just in terms of what are the best things for me to do with the bulging disc/sciatica.
I will try not to bore you by tracking every day the mundane details, (I'll save that for Daily Mile) but I will keep you posted on progress. Hopefully, I can get my physical and emotional state back to where it's supposed to be.
Any suggestions, kicks in the butt, motivational quotes are all welcome. Help!