Another Sunday, another half century -- 51 miles (82km)
I don't know about you, but allergy season has been messing with my outdoor runs. It's effecting my breathing once I've been out for more than 20 minutes. I can start feeling those bastard leaf molds crawling down my throat.I swear to God, my lungs are getting weaker week to week rather than stronger. I'm not even able to jog what I could 2 weeks ago.
Careful with the soups if they are store bought/canned - a lot of them tend to be extremely high sodium, which can appear to hamper weight loss by making you retain more water. Fortunately, water weight brought on by high sodium is also usually easily shed - when the salt intake decreases, you will literally pee off the weight. But in the short term, it has the potential to cause frustration.I made a couple of changes to my lifestyle and diet recently:
1) Started using the Lose It! app again to track my calories. It's not an exact science, of course, but it gives me a good barometer on my consumption. I decided to start using it again after measuring how much sugar I put in my tea every morning. I like that it's linked with my Fitbit app, so when I exercise, it displays a calorie deficit, which means I could consume more calories that day if I wanted to. I'm still trying to keep my consumption around 1,600 - 1,800 calories, though I've slipped a few times. I've been tempted to get back on the keto diet, since that brought me a LOT of success last time.
2) I stopped getting snacks out of the vending machine at work. Instead, I've been bringing or buying a small lunch. A co-worker gave me the idea when they pointed out I spend $5 a day on a bag of chips, a bar, etc, so why not just bring a small, healthy lunch instead, if I'm going to consume that much in calories? Right now, I've been buying a variety of 515 ML cans of soup or chowder. At some point, I'll start making my lunches more, making more use of my slow cooker, for example. For snacks, I've been bringing celery and peanut butter. Funny enough, though, since cutting out the morning cups of liquid sugar, my appetite has significantly decreased. It's decreased enough that I find I'm not even hungry for the celery and peanut butter and the soup/chowder has been enough to sate me until I get home from work.
3) I started jogging again. I'm only doing about 3 KM so far (in an average around 25 minutes). Mind you, more than a third of that time is spent walking in between jogging sprints. I feel like a slug while running, but it's also been about 4 years since I last jogged, when I was about 50 pounds lighter. I've actually been doing it in the morning before work, along with a little bit of yoga. That's on top of still biking to work, too.
As a result, so far? I'm already down 5 pounds. Down from 251 to 246 lbs. Obviously, weight fluctuates and like the calorie counting, it's not an exact science, but it's nice to see it trending downwards.
Yeah, I'm aware of the sodium problem with the canned stuff and the high sodium. I just looked up how much sodium was in the last can I consumed and it's around 1,700 mg of sodium. Which is...a lot. It's the sin of buying canned goods.Careful with the soups if they are store bought/canned - a lot of them tend to be extremely high sodium, which can appear to hamper weight loss by making you retain more water. Fortunately, water weight brought on by high sodium is also usually easily shed - when the salt intake decreases, you will literally pee off the weight. But in the short term, it has the potential to cause frustration.
Previously I had been saying (and trying) to avoid peanut butter and peanuts in general like the plague, as they're ludicrously calorie dense (they have about twice the calorie content by mass as donuts)... but my dietician keeps pushing me toward it, saying that the benefits outweigh the calories so long as it is kept in moderation. She tells me that eating two tablespoons of peanut butter now (which is about 160 calories) may actually make me not feel like I have to eat 300-400 calories of something else later. I guess it just goes to show me that there's a lot of variables at play that don't go on a spreadsheet of calories consumed/burned.