Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Readers' Workouts -- Goals


Joy at Joy's Book Blog has built up a community of people who love to read and work out.
This week she's blogging about goals.

I'm not great about setting goals for the new year. I have decided I'd like to easily be able to run 10 miles on the weekend, like I used to with my friends. But I haven't actually done anything to make that happen.
This morning I ran four miles in the rain with
the temperature around 50 degrees. Warmer
than it should be for January.  This pic is
from another winter run in the rain. 

I've had some long runs in the new year, including a 7-mile run last week, but my body is still adjusting to a new way of eating.
I haven't eaten meat since Christmas Eve. I didn't give it up for any noble cause, only because I felt so sick for days after.
It started a few weeks before Christmas. I did a 6-day juice cleanse, drinking only fruit and vegetable juice. Then when I started eating again, I noticed that meat upset my stomach. I tried to avoid meat, but as I visited family or went out, it seemed like meat was always served. On Christmas Eve, I made mozzarella-stuffed meatballs. I only ate one, but my intestines felt swollen and inflamed. So I haven't eaten any meat since. Even the smell of it cooking can make me feel sick.
I never would have predicted I could give up meat. I have loved it forever -- a nice juicy cheeseburger, marinated chicken on the grill, pulled pork sandwiches. But the memory of how sick I felt for several days prevents me from being tempted.
I've eaten some fish, but notice that I feel very full after that too, so I'm sticking with mostly fruits and vegetables. Still, I find myself eating too much bread so that I'll feel full.
Anyway, as I'm figuring out how to eat without feeling sick, there are some days when I have walked rather than run, and I just need to be satisfied with that.
On the positive side, I have successfully reached my step goal on my Fitbit every day this year, even with some days of bad weather.

I wonder if I can reach 10,000 steps every day of the year. That might be a good goal.
Hope everyone else is enjoying an active January.

5 comments:

Joy Weese Moll said...

10,000 steps a day is a great goal! It would probably promote a bit of running some days, too, since that's a faster way to get steps.

My husband is allergic to red meat but does okay with fish and chicken. We eat partially vegetarian just because it gives us some more options. Here's a favorite recipe: http://www.isachandra.com/2008/10/tempeh-sausage-crumbles/

Joy Weese Moll said...

10,000 steps a day is a great goal! It would probably promote a bit of running some days, too, since that's a faster way to get steps.

My husband is allergic to red meat but does okay with fish and chicken. We eat partially vegetarian just because it gives us some more options. Here's a favorite recipe: http://www.isachandra.com/2008/10/tempeh-sausage-crumbles/

Vicki said...

My oldest son and his family are vegans, and they don't miss meat at all. I sometimes think about giving up meat, but haven't totally yet.

Roz and John said...

Paulita I am terrible at setting goals too, I never make new year resolutions but you are quite disciplined with your running where as I hate exercise of any description so keep going, 10,000 steps would put me in traction. plus it sounds like you are going through the mill healthwise, I don't think giving up meat is a bad thing, hope you feel better soon

Just Me said...

Congrats Pauli on all those steps for all those days! Good luck with your dietary transition.

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