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Mixed Thoughts...and New Goals

Mixed Thoughts...and New Goals

    Well, after trying carb cycling and not really having a huge amount of success (plus being super tired on low carb days), I have decided that it just isn't for me. Instead I am going to focus on eating more fruits, vegetables, and protein. There are a lot of days where I don't nearly got as much protein as I should. I also usually never have protein with breakfast, which doesn't help matters. I vow from this day forward, to stay away from muffins for breakfast and focus more on getting proteins and fruit to start my day off. I have also decided to step away from the scale, for now. My weight was remaining steady, but my body fat hasn't dropped much since the initial fall from 22% to 21%. I know I need to be patient, but stepping on the scale all the time was just stressing me out, which actually negatively impacts any attempt to lose weight/body fat. I feel more at peace knowing that I don't have to freak out about stepping on the scale in the morning. I honestly don't know when I'll weigh in next. Ideally, I would wait a full month, or maybe even just a few weeks. I will have to wait and see I guess.
    One thing that I have come to realize over the past month or so since I've been at college is that life can be very emotional and even lonely at times. I get emotional seeing my parents leave when they come to visit me. I get emotional if I don't run as hard or as far as I think my body is capable. Heck, I even get emotional just thinking back on the days in high school. I am tired of living in the past, or day dreaming about the future. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? And honestly, who cares? In life you have to learn to roll with the punches. I don't know if I will EVER have a body that I am truly 100% comfortable with. I just know that I have to keep working toward that end goal, whatever it may be. I don't really have a certain weight in mind, I just know I want to get rid of all the excess skin in my stomach area. But, it is going to take more than working out or starving myself to get there. There have to be small adjustments along the way.
    There are a few adjustments that I plan to slowly implement into my daily routine, stating tomorrow. One is to be stress free and to simply just smile more. Another, is to get up at 6 a.m. to run or do cardio on Wednesday and Tuesday morning. I figure that if I can be on the treadmill by 6:10 I can be in the shower by around 6:50ish. Which, will give me plenty of time on Wednesdays to have breakfast and make it to my 8:30 math class. Tuesdays, may be a little tough. But, hey if it doesn't work out, I can always try something different. Next week I will try getting up early on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I'll compare the two and see which works out better with my schedule. I like not working out on Thursdays, and just saving my workout for Running Club. I am sure that my legs appreciate it too! Lastly, I vow to switch up my workouts more often. For example, my legs weren't feeling the best during my run, so I kept the speed down and only did 2 miles rather than 3. Then I rode the bike for 2 miles. Little changes like this will hopefully throw my metabolism a curve ball and help my body to burn more fat.
    I will continue to add in extra exercises to do in between my lifts. Doing lunges, sit ups, push ups, ect. will only help further strengthen multiple parts of my body. I will also continue with switching up what lifting exercises I do on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Change is good, it will keep me from getting bored with my workouts. I have also decided, no more spending my hour in the morning on the computer. I will either study, or do some type of exercise. For example, if I decide that on Tuesday I don't feel like running, and want to have a rest day, I will get up at the same time and just walk on the treadmill at an incline. I am guessing this is what will happen on Tuesday, mainly because I don't have another day during the week that is better suited for a rest day. I think that by slowing working into the process of working out right away in the mornings, I will eventually be able to get up at like 5 or 5:30 every morning to workout. It will take time to adjust, but in the long run it will give me more time to study/do homework.
    Well, I guess that's all for now. I will post whenever I get a chance. And to anyone reading this and thinking I am to focused on losing weight/body fat, Don't judge me until you run a mile in my shoes. :) This is a stress free zone, leave your negativity at the door! (Metaphorical door that is) Bye!
New strategy and stupid injuries

New strategy and stupid injuries

Sleep and how much I am going to need it!

Sleep and how much I am going to need it!