When we last left our intrepid #fitgirl wannabe, she was celebrating both scalar and non-scalar victories and feeling like a million dollars.
And then … dun, dun, dunnnn … it happened. [screaming sound effect] The year-end holidays arrived.
Yes, it’s all very well for you to make fun, Dawn, but …
I know. And I’m not really making fun. It’s just that I have read so many blog posts lately about how the year-end holidays just destroyed everything we were doing to get fit and take off those extra pounds, that it’s been kind of disconcerting.
I’m not really into dieting. As much as I can, I am inclined to keep my carb intake to a minimum because of the diabetes. At the same time, I like to eat clean because I find that the things I make, including the carbs, tend to be a lot more filling, so I eat less of it.
Like bread, for example.
Have you ever taken a look at the list of ingredients on bread? All that stuff they put in it and it is still flimsy stuff. Since I’ve been here in North Carolina, one of the things I have done has been to revive my breadmaking. I make bread two loaves at a time and that much bread lasts me a lot longer than two loaves of store bought bread. That just because it’s so much more filling that the boys don’t wolf it down in a day and a half. And there’s only seven things in it:
milk (2 cups)
butter (2 tablespoons)
sugar (3 tablespoons)
salt (1 tablespoon)
water (1/2 cup)
yeast (1 envelop or 2-1/4 teaspoons)
flour (about 6 cups)
No unpronounceable chemicals or preservatives. Nothing, to riff off Michael Pollan, that my grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
I took last week off. I didn’t really mean to but — no excuses, it just worked out that way.
But I made a discovery.
Sometimes, I really do need to take a week off or maybe half a week off. My six-day workout schedule isn’t too much for me at all. But sometimes I get tired. Most days, I get up and go to work and then I come home, do cardio, eat, head to the gym, and then come home and fall into bed. And even so, the fatigue just builds and builds and builds until I start to feel that I could sleep for about three days straight.
That’s when it’s time to take some time off.
The best part about it is that I find I have all kinds of energy and strength to resume my workouts when I do get back to them. I bounce around with the cardio and have a bunch of fun. I work really hard at the strength work, pushing myself and getting the most out of every move. I kill those workouts and it feels really good.
Here’s something else about the time I took off. My friend Larry shared a diet that I’d never heard of but that he’s been using to take of a bit of weight, called the Ferriss Diet. Of course, Larry doesn’t have anywhere near as much weight to lose as I do but still, it has been doing some surprising but great things for me and I’ve only been working this diet for a few days.