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Jun. 14th, 2010 05:55 pm Fitness progress, or lack thereof

My plan to lose 15 lbs by July 25 is not going well. I did something to my knee, and haven't gone jogging since last Sunday's race. Today I was able to walk briskly for 30 minutes with only one slight twinge of pain, however, so I think I can cautiously start running again. I really want to race the Conservatory 5K this Sunday, and the 4.5 mile Lake Merced loop Thursday evening as well if I can manage it. I volunteered at yesterday's race, a 4 miler at Twin Peaks, and was very glad I did; got to see a different part of the city, hand out finishers' ribbons, and meet fun people.

My diet is also out of whack. As usual, too much fat and not enough vegetables. I realize that virtually all of my poor choices are accountable to either laziness or inattention or both. I have the time but not the desire to cook and choose healthy foods. Need to prod myself slightly less gently in that direction.

I'm tempted to just say "screw it, 140 lbs on a 5' 4" frame is perfectly fine", which it is. But I really don't like the feeling of my pants tightening. I gave away a dozen pairs of larger jeans at a clothing swap for a reason. I really don't want to yo-yo with my weight. A five pound swing is fine; fifteen is not. And from experience, fifteen can easily balloon to 25, 30 or more. Don't want to go there again.

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Date:June 15th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Sorry that you're in a Discouraging Place! I hope and trust that it'll right itself. I won't offer advice, because it really looks to me like people are so different that what works for one can't be assumed to have much use for another. But I will say that for me, by and large, if I get enough exercise[*] and eat healthful foods (lots of veggies and whole grains), the weight mostly takes care of itself--and regardless, if I get enough exercise and eat healthful foods, I'm healthy whatever the weight might be.

So if your knee is grieving you, it might be worthwhile to just rest, and trust that when your knee and the support structure is all tip-top again, you'll be able to get back to running and everything will fall into place. Or if the knee stays tricky, you might have to find another exercise you like, and I'm sure you will.

Hope SF Half goes well! Or if you have to punt on that, a whole bunch of really neat people are talking about doing SJRNR in October. Just a thought.

[*] Admittedly, I sometimes have wacky ideas about what constitutes "enough exercise". But that's my own problem.
Date:June 15th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
you might try doing a "healthy veggie potluck" with peoples... everyone bring a large container to share, everyone bring little ziplocs or tupperwares, everyone gets to take home some new veggie stuff to try...

or start a partnership with someone else who wants to cook more veggies (like I do, though I won't have time to cook much till mid july...). for me the worst part is deciding on what to have, and then cooking it is easy (relatively)!