Fitness | Training Recap Week 9

Lie to me. 

Lie to me. 

So first things first, I changed the title of this recap from 'running' to 'fitness' for my own mental health. You can read about what a mess I've been emotionally this week, here. All of this is related, and I need to make some changes to take better care of myself. 

Let's discuss...

The Good

So I stayed active and within my macros all week. We will mark one in the win column there. The hip is being the hip, so I hardly ran at all this week, BUT I did find, dare I say JOY, in doing yoga, going for long walks, and a modified boot camp routine. We'll get into why I'm not doing cartwheels over this, but I will say that I am wearing pants today I was sent in January that were so painfully tight, I literally noped out of them on my lunch hour and had to hit up the Goodwill for something that allowed circulation to the lower half of my body. 

All in all, I seem to be in a better headspace with letting running go a bit for now. My friend JC and I had a long talk about it Friday and we seem to be in a similar space with trying to find something low impact that gets us jazzed. I think with me, it's finding something in life that fulfills that life long need to train and be competitive at something. It's hard when you were an elite athlete before second grade until you were 21, because you are basically a robot and it's comforting even though your body is blowing itself to smithereens. 

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The Bad

Boy did I eat like poop on a stick this week. It's usual for me to have issues with meal planning after traveling, because I don't have time or energy to meal prep on a Monday night. This week was especially bad as I ate basically garbage all week, and I think it made me feel worse about everything. I started to come out of my fog on Friday, so I got it together and made the commitment to get back to eating clean. Now there's no shame in eating your feelings for a few days, and I stayed within my macros, but let's be honest...garbage in...garbage out. I may have lost weight, but that would catch up eventually. 

So I made a commitment to trade in my '100 calorie' snacks of various processed garbage for veggies and fruit. You guys know how I feel about fruit. I would lick a cat's butt before I'd eat fruit. However, I can tolerate Granny Smith Apples, red grapes, and navel oranges, so I'm getting those in daily. All that fiber...I'm gonna be crapping like a goose. Oh and I'm eating a cucumber with my Lean Cuisine at lunch and giant spinach salads for dinner. To contrast, last week I made a vat of Carbonara on Monday, because Carbonara is an antidepressant, and got exactly 1/4c a night. It was like a hug from baby Jesus and torture all at the same time. 

Even though it's kind of a pain in the ass when you have a crazy bananas schedule like mine, eating clean does really pay off. Your blood sugar is level, you can basically eat a ton, and you don't feel homicidal at 3pm. 

The Plan

This week my workouts are going to be either a gentle 3 mile run or modified bootcamp in the morning, my afternoon walks, and yoga in the evening. No pressure. So far, I really enjoy this combo and I don't work myself into a tizzy over getting on the treadmill. 

Diet will be clean eating all week to make up for the processed food nightmare I was last week. 

I'm also doing a lot of recovery therapy this week before bed just to be kind to my body. Lots of epsom salt soaks, foot treatments, and time with the foam roller. I'm not traveling this week, so that also takes a lot of anxiety and pressure off of me. 

Jennifer Gulbrandsen