My friend Joey gave me a book I have been dying to read since I first heard about it--it's Bob Harper's new book "The Skinny Rules." I still haven't had a chance to read the whole thing (which just goes to show how busy I am because the book is not big AT ALL.) I like what I have read so far though. He lists 20 rules of eating that will not only help you lose weight, but hopefully help you keep it off, which has definitely been my struggle over the past few years. (I don't know how I turned into a yo-yo dieter!)
Some of the rules are things I have already been doing on my own (see--I knew I was smart!) Rule #3--Eat protein at every meal. Rule #4--Slash Your Intake of Refined Flours and Grains. Rule #6 Eat apples and berries every single day. Rule #7--No carbs after lunch (I had just started doing this a few weeks before I got the book!) Rule #12--Make one day a week meatless. Rule # 14--Eat a real breakfast. Rule #18--Go to bed hungry.
There are definitely some rules that I need to work on. Rule #1, for instance: Drink a large glass of water before every meal. I have never, ever been good about drinking water. Even though I KNOW how important it is. Did you know that just by drinking water, your body increases its burning of calories? Not to mention it helps with fatigue, headaches, body aches, injuries, etc., etc., etc. And yet I still walk around chronically dehydrated. Go figure. So that is what I am going to focus on improving this week.
And speaking of injuries....Remember last Friday when I had that incredible run of seven miles? I felt fabulous--literally I think I experienced a "runner's high." I could have kept going even farther but my i-pod ran out of power at mile 5. Since then, however, I have had massive knee pain. I can't run at all, I can't jump, I can't skip (it's hard to fight that urge...) and stairs are really painful. I had to leave CrossFit early on Friday because I couldn't do any of it except for the sit ups. I am back to where I was last year when I was training for that marathon. I don't know what to do! Well, I should obviously go to a doctor, but I'm sure you can guess just how easy that is with four kids out of school. Luckily, I do have wonderful friends. Annie brought me by this fancy contraption to ice my knee. So this is my picture for Sunday on the Scale this week...
|I guess it is sort of hard to see the freezing cold thing wrapped around my knee attached to the little cooler, but it feels good!|
Now I will just cross my fingers that I will be healed before my tri in less than a month!!