Back on Track
So this was my first real week out of my walking cast, with the OK to walk freely. It feels good to be out of that thing- I swear it was going to grow into my leg soon! I'm feeling pretty good right now all around, and decided to define my goals and set up a plan to reach them.
I've put on a few pounds the past year with a broken foot twice and a Summer that didn't exist thanks to a bout of Lyme. Now I'm feeling pretty awesome, and I'm out of the cast- hopefully for good this time. So, I wanted to focus on building muscle and losing about 20 pounds.
I am currently following a nutrition plan that's going to help me focus on building muscle & losing fat. While I won't get into the nitty gritty details here, I can tell you it's a good balance of calories to full my intense workouts, my regular job, my hobbies & time with family and friends. It's got plenty (and I mean plenty) of protein to build muscle, as well as a balance of carbs (OMG- yes, CARBS) aimed toward my current goals.
I'm normally an intuitive eater. I tend to eat 3 solid meals a day, with few snacks, if any. I eat when I'm hungry and plan ahead for busy times so I can grab and Epic Bar or green smoothie in a pinch. Now I'm eating 4 meals a day, and it's a bit lower fat than what I would normally eat, but it's geared toward my current goals, so I can live with that. Once I'm at my goal, I plan on adjusting again to maintain a happy, healthy weight.
I'm a firm believer in finding a nutrition plan that works for you and your current goals and needs. If you're training for a marathon, your needs will be different than when you're stuck in a cast with orders to rest that broken foot. If you're dealing with an illness of any sort, you want to focus on healing and eating properly to get well. I enjoy eating, and it is possible to lose weight and fuel your body without having to limit yourself to shakes full of chemicals and ingredients you can't pronounce. Just eat real food!
As for my workouts, I've amped up my lifting and have started walking. Baby steps- as much as I want to run, I'm waiting for the all clear from my doc. Fingers crossed it comes this week! I have a few upcoming races I'd like to participate in!
Week One has been a success, I've lost a few pounds and over 4 inches. I haven't found that I'm craving much of anything when I'm focused on other things. It's also been super nice this week, I can go for a walk when the mood hits. Let's hope it continues! I'm looking forward to sharing my progress with you all, as well as my tips to stay on track when you're trying to reach your goals.
Cheers & Balance!