What I Ate Wednesday #9: A Shift in Working Out

Good morning!

It’s Wednesday, so that means I’ll be showing you EVERY thing I ate yesterday, for better or for worse.  There’s no pretending I ate kale salad for every meal here.  This is an honest look at what I put in my body on a Tuesday in September.  Hopefully, it was somewhat healthy and maybe something I ate will inspire one of you to try something new or get out of a breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack rut.  Perusing other blogs’ WIAWs has definitely done that for me.  That’s where I first discovered overnight oats!  All of that said, let’s see how I did:

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9:00am – Bulletproof coffee

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12:15pm – Green salad (power greens, romaine, beets, carrots, peppers, squash) w/ a side of Overnight Oats (rolled oats, chia seeds, blueberries, banana, sun butter)

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4:00pm – Green Tea

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4:45pm – White nectarine

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8:45pm- Room service w/ Andrew (I completely forgot to take a picture  before devouring the food.  I was hungry!): Salmon w/ sauteed snap peas, zucchini, and carrots & sweet potato fries. And a glass of pino grigio.  Gotta love work conference food stipends.

room service

WORKOUT

Typically, I sleep in on Tuesdays and Thursdays because those are the days I go to the gym after work.  However, yesterday I was up with the sun, sweating it out on the elliptical because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make it to LA Fitness after work.

A note about my elliptical workouts:  For a while now, I’ve been viewing my elliptical workouts as an opportunity to get a head start on my Fitbit goal of 8,000 steps a day.  I hadn’t been focusing on much resistance; I cared more about speed and duration.

However, I just started reading Jonathan Bailor‘s The Calorie Myth (which is a great book by the way and I highly recommend it to anyone confused by all the misinformation out there on dieting, nutrition, and fitness), and in it, Bailor confirms about exercise what I’ve known all along but was too lazy to implement: intense bursts of exercise are SO MUCH MORE effective than hours and hours of low intensity exercise.

Bailor clarifies that low impact movement throughout the day, like walking and yoga, are very good for you, but that’s not what’s going to increase your fitness level.  He favors strength training above all else, and warns against standard cardio workouts like running and jogging which can cause more harm than good.  And if you absolutely MUST run or elliptical because you love those machines, AT LEAST do some high intensity intervals.

AND SO, I shall get to the point at last, I’ve finally switched from 30 minutes of low intensity elliptical to just 15 or 20 at the highest resistance I can handle. And I have noticed a difference.  In addition to an increased level of sweat (big increase), I’m using more muscles than I was previously.  I never knew the elliptical could be a good core workout! Now I know 🙂

Amy

Can’t get enough of WIAW?  Check out some of my past Wednesday eats below!

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As always, you can check out what others are eating today at Peas & Crayons.

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