I'm excited about the new season of the Biggest Loser starting tonight. It seems there are more middle aged folks in this season. Besides, taping the episode every Tuesday gives me something motivating and good to run to on Wednesday morning when I'm slogging it out on the treadmill.
Food has been good for several days now but I really need to work on portions. Too much of a good thing is still too much. This is easy to do when I'm at work - I simply bring what I should eat and that's that. It will even be easy tonight. By the time I get home from Muay Thai and showered it will be 7:30 before I eat a bite of dinner. So, I've got to work on a strategy for the other times - when there is too much time and food available. Maybe just the fact that Mr. Helen is determined to become Mr. America by the end of 2011 will motivate me to keep my hand out of the cookie jar.
I am still experiencing the pain in my butt and hip but I got permission from both the doctor and the physical therapist to keep exercising. Err, I should say, keep running. Running doesn't bother it at all and they both concluded that it's the rotational aspects of the Muay Thai that is probably irritating it. It hasn't been hard to avoid Muay Thai since the dojo has been closed. They would both prefer if I just don't do it "for a while" but that's too vague for me. The dojo reopened yesterday and I've decided I'm going to go and try to modify the moves so that I'm not rotating on my bad side. For example, I will not do right roundhouses because that rotates the left hip. I'll do front kicks instead. I'm just not willing to not go. At least for now.
I read an article a couple of weeks ago that said a good fitness routine has 3 aspects: cardio, strength training, and functional fitness. I have the cardio and the functional fitness down pat between my running and Muay Thai. It's always been the strength training that has been my achilles' heel. After re-reading parts of Jackie Warner's book, This is Why You're Fat, I decided I would try to incorporate her power circuit in the New Year. It seemed doable (if I exercised that willpower thing) and she claims it only takes 30 minutes, 3 days a week.
I got up this morning and did walk/jog intervals on the TM for 20 minutes to warm up followed by Routine A. You do each exercise for 1 set and go straight through the routine, then repeat the routine twice for a total of 3 sets of each exercise. In 30 minutes? In whose world? No, nope, no way, no way in heaven or hell! I skipped the things I will do at Muay Thai tonight (ab work, squats, pushups) in favor of concentrating on the other exercises with weights and I only got through 1 set in 22 minutes. So maybe 30 minutes if I did every single execise once. My plan was to do the three different routines alternating them on T, Th, Su but evidently Sunday will be the only day I will have the time to get through the thing 3 times. Yikes. I was frustrated and now you know why I give up on stupid strength training so easily! I don't want to spend 1 1/2 hours lifting weights. You guys know how much I love running and I don't even spend that amount of time running on a weekday! Gah.