Why am I doing the challenge? Well, it does give me a chance to try some different classes at the gym, which are set up for the people in the 90-day challenge. It is also giving me a chance to focus on what I need to do to get the scale moving again. I thought it was a good thing to do now that I am ending my detox.
Speaking of the detox, Friday was my first day of reintroduction. I got to have coffee. I have missed it but do not intend on going back to drinking the same amount I was drinking over the holidays. I am also going to look for a decaf roast I can tolerate. Anyway, now I start the hard work of reintroducing some foods and seeing how my body reacts. My first item was peppers. I did okay with them. Tomorrow will be beef.
I also did a health assessment at the gym last week. I am pretty healthy. I am pretty strong. Actually except for my body mass index (as they measure it), I had no dings against my health score. The guy who did the testing did tell me that I was working out too hard and too many high intensity sessions. It is sinking in. I mean how many times and from how many people do I need to hear this from before I start doing something. So my goal is to start working out smarter and not just harder. I got a new heart rate monitor and plan on using it. I will likely do some testing at the gym to find the right heart rate zones for most efficient work outs. I am going to try to do only one intense workout a day and one somewhat less intense workout if I do two. I need, as I always say, to fit in some yoga or pilates. These are hard for me but I will keep trying. As I work to figure this out, I am going to keep this in mind::
I am also going to work on picking up the weight lifting and strength workouts. I am going to come up with a program as I don't think I have enough weight lifting in my routine now that I am not doing kettlebell classes. Any suggested programs to follow?