Good morning! How goes it? Happy Memorial Day to my fellow Americans! I donâ€™t have today â€œoffâ€ (in fact, my to-do list is insane), but thatâ€™s OK â€“ the Husband and I leave tomorrow for Charlotte to find a house (to rent). Canâ€™t wait to share all of our choices with you!
I decided to pump up my oatmeal with a tablespoon of this smoothie mix from Vega:
I was really surprised when I looked at the ingredient list: green pea protein, hemp protein, and organic green blend (spinach, kale, broccoli leaf). Plus tons of other healthy- and green-sounding stuff.
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Almondilla Shake & Go Smoothie
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1 banana
- Toppings: pecans
Loved. It was fabulous.
Lately, Iâ€™ve had a few questions regarding how I feel about â€˜cutting backâ€™ on exercise, so I thought Iâ€™d address those issues here.
In January, I ran the Disney Marathon; in March, I did an Olympic triathlon; and I just completed a 100-mile bike race. This means Iâ€™ve been in a constant state of high-cardio training since September 2009 with virtually no real breaks.
Thereâ€™s no real reason to sustain this high level of activity year-around. I certainly donâ€™t need to be biking 15 hours a week to be healthy. In fact, I feel more balanced when Iâ€™m exercising to energize myself, not to exhaust myself to a new level of cardio fitness.
Secondly, itâ€™s just not realistically feasible for most people to maintain a high level of exercise year-around for two reasons: you get bored and need a mental break, and life gets in the way. Iâ€™m looking forward to a break from hours-long exercises and canâ€™t wait to focus on new things (like yoga!). And of course, weâ€™re moving to a new state and launching a new business. Intensely long training sessions just isnâ€™t feasible.
I know many of you are wondering about weight gain, and although I donâ€™t stress it, Iâ€™m happy to address it. My maintenance weight does NOT require me to work out for hours on end. If it did, it wouldnâ€™t be maintenance. To me, a maintenance weight is something you can maintain with a healthy diet and exercise, but nothing extreme. Itâ€™s something you can live in and be happy with. Furthermore, I actually find it harder to maintain a maintenance weight when Iâ€™m exercising a lot â€“ as itâ€™s fairly well known, most people gain weight (fat, not muscle) while training for long events, like a marathon. Iâ€™m about 5 pounds over my maintenance weight right now, but I know from experience it will melt off when I return to a more â€˜normalâ€™ exercise routine.
In conclusionâ€¦ I donâ€™t feel â€˜badâ€™ about cutting back on exercise. If anything, Iâ€™m looking forward to the mental and physical break. And I still plan to exercise most days just to be healthy (plus, I love it!). To read more about my no-guilt approach to exercise, check out: â€œGuilt is a drug.â€