My birthday is soon approaching, and it’s making me think about where I really want to be in my life right now in terms of my physical health. I feel that in the past 6 months, I have made great improvements to my life including being aware and ACCEPTING my eating behaviors (sugar obsession and overeating), working out at The Dailey Method pretty regularly, and transitioning to a Paleo/Whole30 eating lifestyle.
However, in the aftermath of my first Whole30, I have gained a couple pounds back, and I have also started to reduce my workout frequency from 4 days a week minimum to 3 days a week. Soooo back to where I want to be in my life….I really want to lose some more inches. Working out 3 days a week, is definitely maintenance mode in my head. Therefore, I am planning to increase the frequency of my workouts to 5 days a week. Given my schedule, I think this is a fair and feasible schedule change. While I don’t plan on being super strict for Whole30, I do plan on following the guidelines for the most part with the occasional indulgence.
I once read that in terms of health, food > sleep > exercise (I think it was on the Whole9 Facebook page). I feel that sometimes I wasn’t exercising because I wasn’t sleeping as much. So, I am going to put a change to that! I plan to be in bed every night by 10:30pm, so I can get up and workout feeling rested. I really think I’ll notice a difference with this subtle change. I did a quick Google search about workout frequency (I’m so scientific!), and I came upon this site. The picture I first saw (below) scared the crap out of me, but I liked the idea of the article. (No, I don’t want to look like him…not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
Basically, it talks about the frequency of strength training you need to make different types of changes in your body. It also emphasizes the importance of muscle recovery. I love that The Dailey Method has a combination of isometric strength training and low-intensity cardio! I really feel like I’m getting it all in one class 🙂
Speaking of The Dailey Method, I’m excited to announce that I will be attending a Dailey Method workshop next weekend about taking my practice to the next level! This should be really great, and I’m looking forward to blogging about it. Also, I have been struggling with preparing Whole30 meals ahead of time with my work and personal schedules…so I started looking into Pre-Made Paleo meals that I can heat up and eat. I’m excited to announce that I am going to be receiving some of their meals to review on this blog! I’m super excited about these upcoming posts, and I hope you are too 🙂
Here are a few questions for you all:
1. Have any of you noticed any changes to your body by increasing the frequency of your workouts?
2. How/when do you manage to make meals ahead of time for yourself and/or your family?
3. Do you believe in or practice “food > sleep > exercise” in terms of order of importance? Why or why not?