Monday, January 25, 2016

Popping Wheelies

Well, as promised -- and only a week later than planned -- I have increased the workout a bit. Building slowly, working on the core.

20 minutes on the stationary bike
3 sets of 15 -- faux medicine ball pass (aka side to side twists with a weight*
1 set of 15 -- crunches
1 set of 15 -- reverse crunches
1 set of 15 -- cobras
1 set -- I don't even know what to call them. it's a yoga pose where you sit cross legged and twist so that you can look over your shoulder for 6 breaths
1 set of 15 -- pelvic lifts (lay on your back with your feet flat and your knees up and lift your butt off the floor, squeezing it and applying tension to your abs)
1 plank of 20 seconds

Wow, that sounds like a lot when I type it out like that. Considering that I'm starting from scratch, that is a lot. My stomach is in a little bit of pain from the overwork -- but it's a good pain and I earned it the hard way, thanks!

The only bad part about this is dealing with the speeding up of my metabolism. Which makes me hungry. I've got to lay in a supply of no starch, now sugar, low calorie snacks to nosh on until this phase goes away. Until things equalize and things settle down inside. I hate that part. I remember going on the South Beach diet for a while and spent the first week wolfing down anything and everything I could get my hands on -- raw celery, tomatoes, cucumbers. My metabolism kicked into overdrive because of the lack of sugar and starch and I stayed hungry. So I ate a lot of raw veggies which helped but didn't really give me a sense of satiety. After a week, things evened out and I was okay again. Losing weight at a better rate of 2 - 3  pounds a week instead of the 20 I lost in those first two weeks.

Of course, I should also mention that the second week of that diet, I walked around with the taste of mac and cheese in my mouth, craving it like you would not believe. I dreamed of mac and cheese. That too lasted for a week, but it damn near killed me.

Ah well. I'll live through this week -- and lay off the caffeine because that will not help in the least -- and be back on track. Getting healthy and fit.

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