The Readers’ Workouts meme is hosted at Joy’s Book Blog. This is a place to share exercise successes and challenges.
Things are rolling along well with the Marine. I see him twice a week for some heavy duty strength training and stress release – once in a while he has me do sets of medicine ball slams which is just throwing a 14 lb medicine ball to the ground but man is it therapeutic after a day at the office. Now that I am getting stronger, though, he wants me to add some more cardio into my workouts, at least 20 minutes of interval training after I’ve done strength and 30-45 minutes when I’m not. Again, I am the teacher’s pet so I do what I’m told, sometimes to the extreme. Last Tuesday I walked/ran 5k on the treadmill after the Marine gave me a lot of stuff for my legs on Monday, so needless to say Wednesday I was not moving very quickly.
It is silly, but I’ve created a rule for myself that I can’t leave the gym floor until I have hit 10,000 steps on my fitbit. I’ve been at it a week and so far so good – on occasion I’ve caught myself wanting to head to the locker room with a few hundred steps to go knowing that I’ll hit 10,000 steps but I stop and do an extra lap or two (or 4) around the track. It’s amazing how such a small thing gives me a sense of accomplishment.
And the other day I saw a number on the scale I haven’t seen in a very long time, so I must be doing something right.
Quick review: I just finished a book called Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us by Matt Fitzgerald and it was fascinating. If you have ever fallen prey to any diet fads — paleo, gluten-free, raw food, even Weight Watchers — you will find this book interesting. It’s not that any of these eating lifestyles are wrong, per se, but that they are not THE ONE TRUE WAY to eat. There is no perfect way to eat that suits everyone.