Hey There Friends! I wanted to share a bit about my own personal food and workouts right now. This is such a strange time for us all and I think everyone is approaching it differently. Y’all know that I’m a big fan of the middle ground and moderation so… that’s kinda where I’m at. Most of the time.
In the months before Covid my life had already changed quite a bit. I had a lot of stress and I moved into a smaller space. That’s really all I’m going to say at this point, and I’m going to thank you all in advance for respecting my boundaries so very very much!!
As a part of that, I was reminded that I’m what I call a “low stress eater, high stress non-eater”. If it’s a bad day at work or a low level argument with a friend- pass me the cookie dough. If it’s a big move or a major crisis- did I have lunch? What about breakfast? Hmm…?
Between that and then feeling better and listening to my body/ remembering that it really does like carbs, (more on that later) I had lost probably about 5lbs before everything shut down.
With the move, I had missed the gym for a few weeks (maybe a month?) because of packing, carrying etc. But boxes and furniture are heavy and I was still taking long walks every day so I didn’t lose much fitness. I had actually just gotten back into a gym routine when everything shut down.
The picture above is literally both the last full length selfie and the last gym selfie on my phone. I had popped into the “group fitness room” to take it. Either early March or late February. I know I weigh about the same but I also know that I have less definition, more fluff. That’s ok. Once I can pick up some iron again that’ll change. And my value isn’t defined by the definition in my arms or my ass or my abs. LOL.. abs… I don’t have those anyway….
I’ll make sure to take a somewhat full length picture sometime soon. Probably the next time I wear that outfit. I’m not hiding anything, I just don’t have access to big mirrors and I’m not at the gym so not taking gym selfies.
I have 3 kettlebells and a yoga mat. I really only consider 2 of the kettlebells functional though because there isn’t much I can do with a 5 pounder. So I have a 10lb KB and a 15lb KB. And a yoga mat. I had been doing some random workouts I’d found online (mainly Instagram) from Street Parking, Tina, and Girls Gone Strong. The trouble is, with my Hashimoto’s I don’t really respond well to high intensity type workouts. Which is pretty much what you find looking for bodyweight or low weight workouts. Bummer.
The picture above is my current gym. The handles on those plastic kettlebells have delightful seams right along the grip. So at least my callouses won’t be totally gone when I get back into a gym- right? Oh, and that’s a hollow footstool that I use to put my phone on. I could use it as a step I guess.
Then I remembered that I had gotten a program from Kerrie and Jamie a while back for Girlie and I that was mostly low weight/bodyweight. I was able to adapt it last week to more regular reps/sets rather than an AMRAP style and I’m making it work with the limited weights I have. And I’m still walking a lot. Sometimes on a local “trail” (it’s paved…so I sometimes have a hard time calling it a trail), sometimes in my neighborhood.
I try to pay attention to more than just where I’m putting my feet when I go on walks. Sometimes I’m rewarded by more than not stepping in anything.
For food… one thing I realized a couple months ago is how much my body likes carbs. I don’t need to spring for fancy low carb or high protein bread or pasta. I just need to be portion aware. But my body does well with good old fashioned white bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta. YAY for the budget! I had taken the Precision Nutrition online test a couple years ago and definitely came up as someone who burns carbs well but at the time I wasn’t using that info correctly.
I’m not just eating carbs though. Lots of protein too. Chicken, steak, pork. Fruits and veggies too. A lot of nights dinner is something like… chicken or steak with salad and rice or couscous. I’ve been on a big strawberry salad kick. Like, a big strawberry salad kick. Girlie is getting pretty sick of strawberry salad and strawberries are one of her favorite things 🙂
But there’s also… pizza. And nights where dinner is frozen appetizers (hello coconut shrimp!) and fruit. And about once a month, shortly before shark week, I make a pan of brownies that lasts a couple days. There’s also a decent amount of candy being eaten.
S’mores brownies. These are my sister’s recipe. So dang good, so dang easy. I can share the recipe/ technique if y’all want?
Basically I’m trying to balance it out.
And that right there is my whole entire point of this whole entire post. These are strange times y’all! And there is no right way of doing this. We’re all doing our best every moment. For some that means really focusing on nutrition and exercise. For others that means day drinking and comfort food. And for others that may switch by the day.
We’re all doing our best. There’s an image in my mind, a quote I’ll definitely get wrong. But…There are many paths up the same mountain. The only fool wasting his time is the one running around at the bottom telling everyone else they are wrong.
If there are people or accounts or businesses that are making you feel like shit about how you are surviving right now? That’s a sign from your heart.
What about you? How are you managing right now with your food and fitness? Are you moderation nation most of the time with me? Or more heavily leaning one way or the other? I’d love to hear from you!