Monday, March 25, 2013

A Way With Words


This song. This song got my attention this morning while doing homework/studying at good 'ol Copper Rock.

Maybe it was just the melody. But maybe it was a little bit the words too.

My whole body and soul is aching for an adventure. For a fast car adventure, to an unknown city, with nothing but big dreams and a good love.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Body in Conflict

I always hear that the times when you are most conflicted are the times you'll have the most growth. I sure hope that's true. I have seen it be the case in the past, and hope it is now too. I have a few other conflicts going on, but the one I'm sharing today...my body.

Remember this post, and this one? Well, since then, I have been pretty committed to working out 3-5 times per week, sometimes up to 7 or 8. I'm not doing anything extravagant like CrossFit or P90x or anything. But I'm sweating and I'm getting my heart rate up and my muscles are sore. 

Here's the problem: I have virtually no energy to speak of during the day. I have gained somewhere between 6 - 9 pounds. I went up a pants size. 

HOW.DOES.THIS.HAPPEN.

The weight gain is the only part of this that I can accept. Muscle weighs more than fat, I'm gaining muscle, blah, blah. But I shouldn't be getting bigger, I should be getting leaner. And I definitely should have MORE energy, not less. 

I have all of these great ideas, some my own, some from friends. Eat Paleo, use Shakeology, keep track of calories, give up grains and dairy for 15 days. 

I suppose this is more of a complaining post than anything else. And maybe a kick in my pants post. Committing to any or all of the above ideas is not impossible. But they will be difficult given my living situation as I will likely need to figure out my own dinners and eat something different from the boys most nights. I am not about to convince our cook, or the boys, that Paleo is the way to go (even though, I secretly think it is). 

So my mission for the next 3 months is to slowly work my way to Paleo so by the time summer gets here, I will be ready to go full Paleo. Well, maybe a modified Paleo still, but better than I'll be able to do  right now. I am also going to try to incorporate some more science into my workouts and meals; figure out what my body composition is, how much I'm burning during workouts, what I need to fuel my body pre-workout and what I need to repair post-workout. I feel like I have found a decent rhythm with my workouts, and when I have a full week, I love the reaction of my muscles. Now if only I could get the rest of the benefits in order...

Also, my first truly intentional Paleo meal. So delicious. And I have never felt this satisfied from a meal before. I seriously wasn't craving anything after I was done. I did still have a little bit of lactose-free ice cream...Taylor's fault. 

Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta via PaleOMG