I'm three weeks in to my fitness endeavor already!?
Here's a quick update: I signed up for Chicago's 8K Shamrock Shuffle (anyone else running it?) and am following Hal Higdon's 8K training program in addition to yoga 4-5 times per week. I had an honest discussion with myself and decided that as of now, Crossfit isn't something I want to pursue. I discovered Nike Training Club, an app akin to torture through medicine ball maneuvering (in such a good way). As far as total cost analysis, I'm finding that $120/month and 6-7 extra hours/week of workouts is well worth the time and money: my clothes fit better, I'm sleeping like the dead, and I have a noticeable boost in energy. Thing is, I haven't lost any weight. Not an ounce.
Why? I've been putting anything and everything I want to eat and drink into my mouth. Giant bowls of cheesy pasta. Giant bottles of delicious red wine. My true weakness in this world: ICE CREAM. For now, I'm ok with this: after all, one habit to form at a time, right? But as of February 1, something's gotta change with my eating habits or I'll never see the results I want. Question: how extreme do I want to go, and what will I spend getting there?
I've never been one for no-carb diets. They make me mean and dizzy, plus they inevitably lead to an all-out guilt-ridden carb binge followed by eating an entire bag of spinach to "cancel out" the "mistake." Dukan may work for Kate Middleton, but no thank you for me. I also can't stand programs like Weight Watchers, mostly because of: a) the constant calorie (point) counting; b) the push toward "low-fat," ridiculously processed food; c) they actually have Weight Watchers brand ridiculously processed food, which disgusts me. Coming from an extremely French family, I like scraping dirt off vegetables, putting effort into a real meal, and indulging in Camembert from time to time. So beyond consuming "100-calorie packs" of crap or 8 chicken breasts and bacon for three meals a day, where do I go? Caveat: I also don't eat meat, which throws a giant wrench into the whole "consume your weight in animal protein" thing (I do eat fish).