Day 8: superhero-powered exercise

I have a superhero alter ego. This is Magnifica:


She’s a lot like me, but strong and fit. She has my bionic right leg. She has my hair and face. She has my blue and black workout gear. She wears a kickass orange running shoe because spike-heeled boots are so impractical for running and world-saving. But, unlike me, she can generate energy, which aside from vanquishing evil, powers her workouts – and mine. This morning I was exhausted and didn’t want to go for my C25k run, but I put on my Magnifica disguise and my Magnifica mindset settled over me: let’s do this.

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Day 7: in which the plan goes off the rails… and I rally. Plus, week 1 fitness summary.

Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter’? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,” ‘to the Holy Land.” And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.      –John Muir

Today: hike day! Or should I call it “saunter day”? My favorite day of the week. I am happily agnostic-atheist and I don’t go to church, but I recognize that there is something centering and grounding about having a place of reverence to go every week, a place to be calm and peaceful and contemplative. For me, that place is the wild. Going into the wild once a week to experience and appreciate the beautiful and terrible wonder of nature helps me keep my cool the rest of the week. Alas, this week’s hike was not to be.

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Day 6: the scale is not my friend.

My BF weighs himself every morning — as far as I can tell, out of idle curiosity, because there is no sign that he is ever affected one way or the other by the number it reveals. Our apartment is small and we get ready for our day at the same time, so every morning I see this weighing non-event. This morning was the first morning it triggered the urge, I should weigh myself, I’ve been so good about food and exercise, I wonder how much weight I’ve lost. It took serious willpower to not step on the scale, and I am really proud that I didn’t because the scale is not my friend.

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Day 5: friday nights and a beige meal

My typical Friday night is cooking something interesting and elaborate for dinner for me and the BF then settling down to read a book or watch some netflixen. I love to cook and I love elaborate recipes with a lot of ingredients and complicated steps. It is a challenge to find something sufficiently elaborate and tasty that is low carb but still interesting.

Tonight I opted for curry. 2 curries, actually: aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower) and chicken korma along with a small pot of brown basmati rice. The aloo gobi was excellent and I made it less carb-y by halving the potato and increasing the cauliflower. The chicken korma was also good — I love the coconut and cashews that make this a little nutty and sweet. It was probably the beige-est meal I have ever eaten. And it was pretty carb-heavy with both potato and rice. But the success  is that I was able to moderate well! 1/4 potato, 1 serving rice, 1 piece chicken, lots of cauliflower — a reasonable amount of food for a single meal. This weekend will just have to be colorful-veg-heavy and carb-light. It’s all about finding a balance, right?

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Day 4: a victory!

Let’s just dispense with the chitchat and get right to today’s victory! BF had to work late but I didn’t get the message till I was already in the gym parking lot. And instead of wasting time waiting for him for an hour, I hit the gym by myself. This is a HUGE deal for me because until Monday I’d only very rarely used free weights and I had never ventured into the “man cave” of a gym’s weights area alone. And today I thought, what the hell. I know enough to do a decent upper body workout.  And I just got to business and did it. I am fucking awesome.

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Day 3: still going. and a few thoughts about weight and bodies

I’m feeling proud that I’ve made it this far. I know it’s only 3 days in, but right now is about the time I would usually throw in the towel and have a big bowl of pasta. I’m also feeling worried (see previous). But I’ve had a good day today – with both food and exercise – and I learned how to do a deadlift!

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Day 2: successes and challenges

I went for a long walk today —  7 miles. The last mile was tough but with no way to get home except your feet you have to push on. A thousand times better than a treadmill, IMHO.

Yesterday was my first gym session with my rad BF who has agreed to be my sort of trainer. It was frustrating but I am proud I went. I am not strong or stable enough to do a decent squat with weight so I will focus on body weight squats until I am stronger and my form is better. I also learned 2 types of leg lifts. BF is advocating that I do lower body/upper body splits rather than total body workout for now so apparently I will be a regular at the gym in the evenings. Tonight was chest/back and it felt more successful.

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