Hello folks, it’s been a while hasn’t it?
I usually disappear from blogging when my life is in a huge mess. I was attending summer classes which required 6 hours of lectures each week for 6 weeks. It was a little difficult to keep up with full time work, but I managed to finish and be done with classes for the next little long while.
While I was away I have been reflecting about why I decided to not race or train like crazy this year. One of the things that I heavily neglected for most of my life was myself. I always felt like I had to cater to other people’s needs other than my own and felt a ton of pressure to do so I would neglect to make sure I was happy and healthy. This year I decided that with school and starting work, training would be a recipe for disaster. Although I am a little jealous that I am not out there racing with my friends, I felt it was the best choice I could make for myself at this time until I felt like I could get into a good habit of taking care of myself.
That being said, I’m not not working out and becoming flat. I’ve joined a swim team just this past week to get myself back into swimming and making new friends. I’ll be swimming close to 6-8km every week (if I can handle it!). I am currently working on improving my stroke and adopting more of a Swinger swimming style and being more efficient in the water (don’t know what that is? Check out the Swinger Swim Type). I also downloaded the SwimSmooth guru to see where I can improve my stroke. It’s not too bad for $3.75/month.
I’ve also reduced my fruit intake. I found that eating fruit normally gives me problems…especially getting insane hunger pangs. After removing fruits from my diet (with the exception of strawberries and blueberries), I’ve been feeling a lot less hungry throughout the day and suffer less from sugar crashes throughout the day (yeah, I get those too even with fruit). I am looking into fructose malabsorption, but there isn’t anything conclusive yet for me. So far I have been feeling a lot better without fruits. When it comes to Canada’s Food Guide, I completely throw it out the window!
I’m working on eating a proper diet with the daily recommended calories. I stopped using MyFitnessPal to determine my caloric intake because it really underestimates how many I need. I am using a Total Daily Energy Expediture calculator (TDEE) and it was determined that my calorie intake should be approximately 1700 on a no exercise day. It’s still hard for me to gather the calories for a lower day, but I am definitely trying to get my body used to it.
I’ve put together a bunch of pictures which show what I’ve been up to in the past little while, enjoy :)