I was so tired waking up today. Just dragging. But it is day 3 of changing my eating, so that is to be expected.
But it seems that making good food choices is leading to me making other good life choices. I have been getting up earlier, being more active, tidying up around my house more, watching less TV.
Which brings me to working out. Not my favorite thing. When I was living in San Francisco I had a great trainer! He pushed me hard, but my eating wasn’t great, so while I was strong, I wasn’t as slim as I wanted. Eating is definitely the key for me. But to be healthy, you have to MOVE!
Part of The 30 Clean is adding activity. There is a daily plank challenge and many of the participants practice The Dailey Method and work out (hard) daily. It is inspiring.
I need to sneak in quick workouts throughout the day. The idea of hitting the gym for 45-60 minutes at a time is totally unappealing to me. We have a TRX system and a cable machine in our basement and I have been doing 10-15 minute circuits a few times a day on that, but it isn’t getting my heart rate up to where I want it. Today, I decided to try a Tabata workout. For those of you unfamiliar, they are short, intense workouts (think High Intensity Interval Training), working for 20 seconds and resting for 10, doing 8 sets of the 20/10 movement. I found a full-body Tabata workout online (here you are) that had four groups (cardio, upper body, lower body, core) of these eight sets. Basically it becomes a 16 minute workout (although mine was 19 because I rested a full minute between each “group”).
It. was. tough.
My heart rate was up, I was sweaty, my muscles were shaking. Oooof. But I feel good now (a few hours after) and am SO happy I did it. It will be something I incorporate regularly, because let’s be honest – I can always find 16 minutes during my day.
Ok – on to my meals!