Diets and running
I recently went for a physical, and expressed to my doctor my concern over not being able to lose weight. I’d gained about 15 pounds since January, and a grand total of about 30 since my split from my marriage (I don’t want to say divorce, since that didn’t officially happen until two years later). It wasn’t always a steady incline over the years; around April/May of 2010 I dropped down to nearly my previous weight again, only to gain it slowly back during the following years.
Diet is a big factor — even though I’ve been making a conscious effort since January to eat healthier, I still fall back on a lot of junk and comfort foods. I also am not as active as I used to be; I have a valid drivers’ license now so I don’t walk everywhere any more. While I still try to walk at least a half an hour 5 times a week, it’s not the same.
My doctor ordered blood tests and a metabolism test. My cholesterol, thyroid, blood sugar are all normal, and I have a resting metabolism rate of about 1,300 calories. Based on all this information, I’ve been put on a 1,000-calorie-a-day diet with an hour of cardio exercise five times a week.
Do you know what’s awesome about a 1,000-calorie-a-day diet?
I’ve been reduced to eating little more than fish and vegetables, all steamed with a little salt and pepper, to maximize the amount of food I can eat. A friend sent me some links to vegetarian recipes, but I haven’t tried any yet.
As far as the exercise aspect of the diet goes, I wanted to try something a little more intense than walking, but I am not, have never been, and never will be a gym person. Running has always daunted me, mostly because of my extreme boobage, but also because any time I tried I’ve failed miserably. This morning was no exception: I stretched, started out with a nice, leisurely-paced jog, and within five minutes my throat was on fire and I couldn’t breathe. I sought my friend Katie’s help, since she recently ran her first 5k race, after losing a considerable amount of weight from bariatric surgery. She recommended to me The Couch-to-5k program, which gradually eases you into running. I’m surprisingly eager to check it out, and hopefully I will be able to run three miles in two months, in addition to being able to drop this extra weight and feel better about myself.