Recap: As some of you know beginning on December my left shin started giving me severe pain while running (training for a 5K), so I stopped running regularly and switched to elliptical. At the end of December I purchased the EA Sports Active 2.0 for the PS3 and also started doing the workouts on a daily basis. The result: more pain and too much too quickly. My shin really started to hurt, and my body was weak, sore, and just tired.
Last week I took a "week off". It started out as doing it for some rest and recuperation, but ended up becoming a little experiment. I felt like I needed to remind myself of the way I "used to live" and see if its really as glorious or horrific as I remember.
Last week was interesting to say the least but here are a few notes:
Don't eat Fast Food: I haven't had fast food in months and decided to give it a go. Sure it tasted great, but the after effects resulted in a queasy stomach, indigestion, and being bloated for two days. Not to mention a serious case of "bathroom time." Not worth the calories or the after effects when there are other healthy options (Subway, smoothies, etc.)
Sweets & Carbs: The more you eat. The more you'll want. As soon as I reintroduced these into my diet my body CRAVED that quick energy. And boy, was it a rush. In some cases had too many sweets and carbs that made me feel like I had taken speed and/or acid. I had the shakes and felt light headed. And of course about an hour or two later the energy wears off and I felt tired and then craved... more sweets & carbs!
Workouts = More Energy: I know it seems like a weird equation. But they really do. As each day of "no workout" went on I could feel my body slow down. My energy level lowered and I felt like I wanted to nap everyday. And what a vicious cycle that can be, not having energy to want to worktout yet needing to do it to gain the energy.
Caffeine: Just like the sweets & carbs, I craved it more and more and slowly started wanting more and more to give me that energy boost I needed. The result became headaches from either too much, or my body craving it after reintroducing into my diet.
Sleep: Trouble going to sleep. Restless night. Night sweats. Tired mornings.
The good and bad of this little experiment is this: I probably gained a little weight or a week of "potential loss" but gained so much useful information. I didn't like the way I felt this past week. I felt lazy, un-energetic. Even depressed.
This reemphasizes my reasons for living a healthy life is not just weight loss. It helps in so many facets of my life and makes not only my days better, but collectively the weeks, months, and years. I smile more, I'm more confident, my body is functioning at 100%.
I feel better when I live healthier. Period. End of story. Case closed.