So far everything but the mindfulness has gone well. For some reason, I keep either forgetting to sit and meditate, or if I do remember, I talk myself out of it.
The Nerd Fitness Beginner Body Weight Workout has been quite challenging. While he makes it look easy to just run through the 5 exercises that are listed, on day 1, I just made it through one set, not the recommended three, and the following two days (which happened to be workdays), I walked like I was 94. I made sure to keep going, though, and I’m happy to report that I’ve exercised, alternating walking with strength training, every day except the workdays. I managed two consecutive sets today, but the last few reps were very challenging. Progress, though! Overall feeling stronger. One thing I have come up against has been the squats and lunges of the NF workout being quite hard on my knees and IT band, and after asking my FB friends for advice, have come away with the answer of weak glutes. Yep, my butt, despite it’s ample size, is on vacation! I am going to substitute the exercises from http://drpeggymalone.com/exercises-strengthen-stabilize-gluteal-musculature for the squats and lunges until I build up strength in said butt-tocks.
Dietwise, doing fine, though the initial carbohydrate adjustment was a bit tricky. I have on the whole felt great until this morning, when I woke up feeling sluggish, and couldn’t figure out why. then it dawned on me it could be a Famine Reaction (http://bodymatters.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Physiological-responses-to-dieting-3.pdf) from my change in exercise and diet habits. I exercised, but it didn’t feel fun or energetic at all like it has been doing. I ate a good sized, healthy lunch, and felt much better. Chocolate cravings have pretty much disappeared. While I am still OK with eating a little bit each day if I want to, the urge to seems to have left!