Going back to work after a long holiday weekend is never easy, I hope you are all transitioning well. My husband comes home tonight after a very long weekend of playing gigs in the Chicagoland area, I can’t wait!!! I get to take my oldest to his swim class at our local Y today. Since hubby isn’t around, I will need to take our youngest (now 22 months) with us…oh boy. I know parents do this all the time, but I’m not used to it, spoiled I guess. I know we’ll do fine. Actually I’m going to try to enjoy the time, rather than stressing that my little guy is making too much trouble.
I’m going to fess up that I had a terrible food weekend. I alluded to my problems in my July 3rd post and I did do better yesterday, but I didn’t workout and basically felt bad the whole day. Today I am happy to say that I got up and worked out, I’ve already had some breakfast and I’m on glass 3 & 4 of water. Yes, today is a better day already and I feel pretty great. Since I am paying more attention to how I feel, this weekend has given me some very interesting discoveries. Of course my discoveries are nothing I didn’t already know, but my mind is finally taking hold. Before I started this journey I knew I was an emotional eater and I knew you could solve these problems without food. The problem I had in breaking the cycle is that I didn’t truly believe that different solutions could actually make me feel better. My ah ha moment came this weekend when I hit rock bottom, no workouts, not enough water and bad food choices. I knew these types of decisions left me feeling pretty terrible, but when having a bad day after having so many great days, wow, talk about a drastic change. I’ve recently had so many good days that it was easy to compare them to how bad a bad day felt. Simply amazing. To top off an enlightning weekend, one of my favorite bloggers posted Cues and Pathways (if you haven’t been to Lyn’s blog yet you’ve got to go, in the least check out her before and now pictures). She wrote about some pretty typical ways we emotional eaters fall into the pit and also gives great examples how to solve those problems without food. I knew I was feeling pretty good these last several weeks, but man oh man did I feel bad these last few days…big obvious lesson for me.
Checking my target heart rate during my workouts is one of the ways I ensure I’m getting the most out of my workouts. If your heart isn’t pumping fast enough, you’re missing the opportunity to improve your cardiovascular health. As we get in better shape our resting heart rate will lower. Have you checked your resting heart rate lately? You may be surprised, I sure was. As you know your resting heart rate is a part of the calculation to find your target heart rate. If you are using the Karvonen Method to calculate your Target Heart Rate, as your resting heart rate lowers, so will your target heart rate. I also found some information on Target Heart Rate Zones, interesting.