When I first started running I was in my early to mid thirties, before that I would find it difficult to walk for 30 minutes at 3.5 mph. I now run everyday and I love it and I love that I love it. What no one ever tells you about running is that, as expected, it’s a hard thing to learn, it kicks your butt for about 3-6 months depending on your fitness level, the actual movement feels so awkward and unnatural at first BUT once you get used to it and you make it part of a regular routine, 2-3 times/week minimum one mile… it becomes natural and actually pretty easy. I notice the hardest times for me to run is just before my period, I’m bloated and crampy etc.. so that makes sense but other than that, running is relatively easy. The more you do it, the easier it becomes and what’s nice about that is it is so comforting to know that I am doing what I need to do to stay fit and not worry about my clothes fitting and it doesn’t feel like torture or even that much effort. So if you are in that first 3-6 months or if running is new to you in some way, trust me, stick with it, you will get to that place eventually and it’s wonderful.
Ok, so I just finished my daily workout, I am definitely in “the zone” right now, that’s what I call it when I am able to eat clean and healthy and exercise effectively without feeling tortured. There are many times when I am not in the zone and this becomes much more difficult but I’ve found that pushing through those times rather than accepting falling off the wagon is better; for me it’s usually the difference between gaining 2-3lbs rather than 5-7lbs.
I thought I’d share my daily routine when I am in the zone in case anyone out there is trying to get on track. I love coffee, in fact I work for a coffee company, so yeah, I really love coffee. I generally start off my day at 5:00am and have two cups of coffee with 3 tsp. of 10% cream in each, I eat a three egg white omelette with cherry tomato halves, sundried tomatoes and two pieces of deli ham; it’s important to start off the day with protein. On my way to work a couple of hours later I will have an apple and then two more cups of coffee with cream in the morning at work, I told you I love it! For lunch I eat a huge salad, it has one can of tuna in water (drained) with one tbsp. of mayo, some lemon juice and dried oregano and then S&P to taste, I add pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries as well as some sundried tomatoes and a couple handfuls of kale salad mix. My dessert is usually dry frosted flakes or Honey Shreddies, I find cereal makes a great dessert because it takes a while to eat, it fills you up and satisfies that crunch/sugar craving. For dinner I will eat grilled chicken with kale salad, some steamed veggies and a lot of franks red hot or a mushroom burger which is just grilled mushrooms, a PC thin multigrain bun and load it up with lettuce, pickles, banana peppers, onion, tomato, Dijon and a little ketchup. At night I will usually have a grapefruit or an orange while I watch t.v, on the weekends I will have a few peanuts in the shell because they’re my favorite but only if I work out hard enough that day to justify the calories.
My workout is usually running, I love to run… I didn’t always know how and started really late in my mid 30’s but now I run everyday. I try to run 4 miles Mon.-Fri. and then 6 miles on days off or weekends. It may sound like a lot to those who are new to running or working out and it would be if you’re just starting. I really like having a program of intervals in my treadmill, it gives me small goals throughout the workout and gives me a few breaks as well. I usually go in a pattern of 1:45minute intervals starting at 4mph then up to 6mph, 5.5mph,5mph and back to 4mph, this repeats itself between 6 1/2 to 9 times depending on the workout and usually takes 46-63 minutes.
That’s pretty much my routine, it works great for me. The tricks to staying on track for me is understanding how I eat… I like big meals three times per day rather than grazing throughout the day. Always sitting quietly when I eat because eating on the go makes me feel like I missed a meal and staying on track using the My Fitness Pal App, it lets me know how much I can eat and what I burn throughout the day and gives me a safety net.