Saturday, April 13, 2013

SBBC Week in Review & Fast Metabolism Fitness

It's Saturday afternoon and friends, life is good.

I'm sitting on my couch with a sleeping puppy beside me 
and I can smell the chili in the crock pot.

It's a different chili from the one I made last weekend.  It's got beef instead of turkey, peppers instead of zucchini, crushed tomatoes instead of red pepper tomato soup... you get the idea.  Different chili.  Still smelling great.

I've been telling you lately about my new favorite book,  The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight .  I am so in love with this plan.  As of today I have lost 6 lbs.  I feel great- tons of energy & I'm sleeping better.  I've already gone on a bit about the food (and I will again soon, I promise) but today I thought I'd tell you a bit about Fast Metabolism Fitness.

The plan suggests insists that exercise, like eating, be done in 3 Phases. 

Phase 1- Cardio
Phase 2- Strength Training
Phase 3- Yoga or other relaxing stretching

So, I started the diet on Monday.  

Phase 1 is Monday & Tuesday.  I enjoyed running on Monday.  
Tuesday I didn't feel well (I'll tell you about that some other time- 
or maybe you don't want to know)

Phase 2 is Wednesday & Thursday.  I picked up heavy things and put them down again.

Phase 3 is Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  I got my yoga on yesterday and woke up this morning to the realization that I run on Saturday.  But, running is not in the plan. Hmm...

I considered being a cheater.  Then I re-read Haylie Pomroy's reasons for not running this weekend.  I am supposed to be doing the activities that are nutritionally supported in the best way.  I am supposed to be repairing my broken metabolism this month.  And strenuous exercise (while certainly good for you) can also be stressful for the body.

So I didn't run.  I took Ruger for a walk and I got my yoga going again.

Guess what? I feel fine.

I don't believe that I'm going to lose significant fitness if I cut down on my running this month.  To be honest, my knee & hip were being a little whiney last week.

My plan is to eat so well that I come back in May feeling lean & mean.  I'll ramp up to my July half marathon in a way that feels good and see what happens.

Until then, I'll enjoy my walks with these cuties.

The one exception I plan to make is next Saturday.  Katie & I are signed up for the Erie Runner's Club Poker Run 5K.  We do this every year and I don't think even Haylie Pomroy would make me miss running with my kid.  
(She's 12.  She might not want to be seen with me in public for much longer)

But, I will promise not to try for a PR.  This run will be purely for fun.

Here's how the Spring Bootie Buster Challenge Week 6 shaped up:

Monday: 30 min. run- 3 pts
Fruits & Veggies- 1 pts
Water- 1 pt

Tuesday: Fruits & Veggies- 1 pt
Water- 1 pt

Wednesday- 20 min. walk with Mandy & Ruger- 2 pts
 Fruits & Veggies- 1 pt
Water- 1 pt

Thursday- 30 mins. Strength Training- 3 pts
 Fruits & Veggies- 1 pt
Water- 1 pt

Friday: 20 mins. yoga- 2 pts
 Fruits & Veggies- 1 pt
Water- 1 pt

Saturday: 20 mins. yoga- 2 pts
30 min. puppy walk- 3 pts
 Fruits & Veggies- 1 pt
Water- 1 pt

Please note- since I started the Fast Metabolism Diet I am getting all of my points for Fruits & Veggies as well as my water points.  In fact, I should get double points for the amount of water I am drinking!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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