When it comes to losing weight and pursuing better health, it is important to keep things fresh.
Just as the body acclimates to being put through the same exercises time and time again, our minds often require a change in pace so boredom and the desire to quit is kept at bay.
As someone who is seemingly addicted to change, I was compelled to switch a few things up today.
It is time for something untested.
It is time for something new.
But before we jump into today’s goings-on, let’s catch up with yesterday.
Yesterday’s Workout: 1 hour. Cardio (Walking). Treadmill: 10% incline. 2.33 miles. 528 calories burned.
Not much took place yesterday; it was a very average day. I waited until quite late in the afternoon to walk, so I wasn’t as energetic as I would have been earlier in the day. Even though I was slightly tired and not very enthusiastic about having to work out, it ended up being alright. All in all, I was just grateful to have completed the day.
As for today, my energy was MIA yet again. This is really starting to get old. Just the thought of tackling a dance class made me shudder. And don’t even get me started on weights. For some reason, I’ve been feeling sort of weak lately, so I’ve been concerned about lifting even the lightest of dumbbells. With my luck, I’d accidentally hit myself in the head with them. 🤕
Perhaps I should just wait until things are back to normal.
Creating that makeshift treadmill key was the best thing that’s ever happened because now I’m relying on it like never before. Even though it doesn’t really burn that many calories, walking on the treadmill is actually awesome. I love being able to multitask and catch up with all of my favorite shows and Youtubers.
Using the treadmill is also really, really simple. All you have to do is 1.) move your legs and 2.) not fall off. I mean, you don’t even have to think if you don’t want to.
Most of my time on the treadmill is used as a meditation session; I just allow my mind to freely wander. Walking gives me an opportunity to brainstorm, daydream, and reflect. My mood gets such a significant boost from the thoughts I have while walking. Perhaps this is why I’ve been walking more and more.
Today’s Workout: 1 hour. Cardio (Walking). Treadmill: 5% incline. 2.17 miles. 367 calories burned.
For the first time in a really long time, I decided to change the grade of incline on the treadmill. There wasn’t much of a reason for it; I simply wanted to see what it would be like. You see, I’ve walked at 10% for years. The allure of burning more calories in the same amount of time was always too much for me to resist, so I never bothered trying any of the other settings.
Changing the incline to 5% felt so weird! I never expected it to make such a difference, but it totally did.
First of all, it was WAY easier. On 10% I feel more tension throughout my body (almost too much so), but on 5% there was challenge without it being as hard on my ankles.
After having sprained them several times over the years, my ankles were seemingly thrilled by the adjustment. For the first time in what feels like forever, they don’t hurt post-workout! 😄
Another great benefit to having jumped down to 5% incline is that it targeted slightly different muscles. 10% incline tends to work more of the upper glutes and hip area, whereas 5% seems to predominantly work the upper thigh/lower glutes. This was quite a welcome change because the lower glutes are an area I’ve been wanting to target more.
But of course, there’s a flip side to everything: I burned 161 less calories!
I know, I know. It’s not that much of a difference—especially if this was the price to pay for happier ankles. However, I know just how quickly calories (both consumed and burned) can add up over the course of time.
I mean, if I only walked four days a week and missed out on burning that much each day, that’d be a whopping 644 calories a week! Do you know what I could do with an extra 644 calories?
Overall, I’m still really pleased about this simple, but effective change in my walking routine. I may try 7% incline next time though. For one, it will help me burn just a few more calories. Secondly, it might be the ideal height to help target the specific area of the glutes that I’ve had trouble hitting. We shall see!
The second decision that I made today involved food. I have decided to cut a number of things from my diet (perhaps permanently), and I’m not exactly happy about it.
First victim on the list? Shellfish.
To be honest, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of seafood. Aside from shrimp, I refused to so much as look at a crab or lobster for most of my life. However, in the last few years, I have come to absolutely love all three of these items… particularly shrimp. I seriously love shrimp so much that whenever I see it on a menu I’m like:
Not only are shrimp, crab legs, and lobster tails easy to cook, super versatile, and delicious, but they are pretty low in calories as well. If I could affordably make these items a prominent staple of my daily diet, I probably would, but this hasn’t stopped a girl from trying! In fact, I had them just last weekend… and quite a few weekends before that. This is actually where part of the problem lies.
As much as I love shrimp, crab, and lobster, I’m not entirely sure that the feeling is mutual. At least, I’m not convinced that my body enjoys them as much as I do. Off and on, I have noticed that I don’t feel quite right after eating shellfish. Even so, I have refused to stop eating it!
To make a long story short, I’ve made the decision to give up my beloved shellfish “for science”. It’s going to be kind of sad, but I want to see how I’ll feel after avoiding it for awhile. I wonder if there will be a noticeable difference. If so, I will surely be back here to tell you all about it.
I’m thinking of making yet another change to my diet, but I think I’ll save that one for tomorrow or over the weekend. As much as I hate cliffhangers, you’re definitely going to have to tune back in to learn what remains up my sleeve!
Oh and before I forget, would you believe that someone bought me a custom box of chocolates today?? Wasn’t I just talking about sugar yesterday? What part of “I. Am. Losing. Weight.” do people not understand?
Besides, why couldn’t it just be a candy bar or some other cheap, mediocre chocolate that I could graciously accept but later abandon in the back of the pantry? Why did it have to be thegood chocolate? Why did it have to be all of my favorites?
I’m telling you guys, when I manage to lose this weight, it’s not going to be any thanks to my social circle. The sabotage is real out here. LOL.
I haven’t eaten any of the candy (nor do I plan to any time soon), but I did unwrap the box and sniff its contents. I probably gained five pounds just for doing so.
Is it still the thought that counts? 😏
Today was Day 32.
In Loving Memory of Shellfish 🦐 😭 🦀 (lol)
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