I am sad that I won't be seeing Curtis again until this summer :(
This morning, it was time to hit the road. After spending over 2 hours staring at this:
I was more than happy to arrive back at my apartment in Grand Rapids. However, that happiness quickly faded away when I was greeted by Eric, who was eager to get my butt to the gym.
Let me back track a little bit..
As you can probably tell from my posts, I don't exactly follow a strict diet. Since I've been home for Christmas, I've definately put on a few pounds (I'm going to make tomorrow morning my official weigh in, and I'll let you know the results). However, now that I'm back in Grand Rapids and am finally able to get back into a routine, it's time to get back on track. However, with Eric's help, I'm taking it on with a new approach. Here are the components of my new diet and fitness regimen:
- Eric has designed a very intense, cardio-heavy, running-based training program for me to follow for the next four weeks. There's also plenty of strength-training (of course), but that too is very aerobic. Most of the exercises involve supersets (two exercises in rapid succession) with no break in between (most supersets involve a break between sets). It's going to be really tough but I really appreciate his help with everything and I'm going to work as hard as I can.
- Since I'm going to be exercising more and burning more calories than I normally do, I'm going to increase my calorie intake. I used to eat between 1200 and 1300 calories per day when I was diligently logging everything I ate. Now, I'm bumping it up to 1500-2000 per day. This will also allow me to keep eating the same kinds of foods that I've been eating, which makes me relieved. As you have probably noticed, I've started to lean more and more towards healthy and whole foods, staying away from things with the word "lite" or "reduced fat" in the name because of all the added chemicals and other junk. Now don't get me wrong, I am nowhere near a perfectly clean eater, but I am trying to get better at it. I think it's better for my overall health and this is the lifestyle I want to live.
- I'm going to be eating every 2 hours in an attempt to keep my metabolism running full speed all the time. You know I love to eat, but the secret is keeping these snacks/meals very small. If I'm full after eating, then I've eaten too much.
- I'm going to start cutting down on carbs as well. Ideally, carbs should be about 40% of your caloric intake, with protein and fat each being 30%. However, my typical carb/protein/fat ratio is usually closer to 50/25/25. My goal is to get this ratio closer to 30/50/20. As I said before, your body definately needs carbs and ideally they should make up about 40% of your calories, but I am trying to shock my body right now and enter weight-loss mode while still building muscle (hence the higher protein intake).
It was kind of funny while we working out today because a couple of people actually commented to us about Eric’s training. At one point I told Eric that my treadmill was loading, and the guy next to us said “Hey, don’t let her slack off on you!” I looked at him and said, “Thanks, but I don’t need two of him!” Then, later on in the workout when we were back on the treadmills, another guy said “what, are you her drill sergeant?” We laughed and Eric told him that he was helping me get in shape.
It was tough and intense; by far the hardest I've pushed myself in the last couple months. But, I’ve never felt better.
Ok...maybe I HAVE felt a little better ;)
Now that my workout is out of the way, I'll be spending the rest of the afternoon/evening grocery shopping and cleaning/unpacking all of this:
Then later tonight when Eric gets off of work, we have a Biggest Loser and Wine night planned. It'll be so nice to sit and watch OTHER people work their butts off at the gym :)
See you tomorrow, friends!