I don’t understand why my kid thought this app was boring because I was set to warm up for 5, run for 20, then cool down for 5, only to feel like I needed to slow it down because of the drama in this episode. This isn’t the first time Zombies Run has toyed with my emotions to the point where I was thinking “If they do (XXXX) I will delete this app right now.” But, I powered through with a very easy trot until the 25 minute mark and power walked the last 5 minutes to cool down. I felt energized and strong so, I enjoyed my workout despite the nagging impulse to roll over to the next mission but, I think I managed to step back and go stretch.
I think sticking to running three days a week is what’s best for me since I’m trying to do more weight training than cardio. It feels good to be running regularly again but I need to get stronger, as well. Even though I really want to know what happens next.
If you’re not familiar, if you have chases on in Zombies Run and you don’t make the speed, you don’t die just lose supplies. It was close but, I didn’t go fast enough and I ended up losing some stuff. On Friday, I bet I’ll do better. I wasn’t cramping nearly as much today as on Monday and my posture felt on point.
Tonight’s dinner was an old classic since I had some snow peas to use up. I cooked the steak first then added the veggies in some soy and hosen sauce. And I love me some chili crisp. I don’t like to think about how much MyFitnessPal rates it as a red food. It’s bloody delicious.
I still need to do my body weight workouts and stretching before I go to sleep but today felt strong. Good way to end out the month.
Yeah, not my fastest time (that would be around a 14 minute mile) but I’m getting back into the swing of things. I could feel my calves cramping more than they used to since I’ve been cycling instead of running for so long.
Not gonna lie, even though I’m not at my lockdown levels of jogging for 20-30 minutes straight (working from home had its advantages…) I can feel the muscle memory returning. It was even instinctual for me to adjust my posture to make sure I wasn’t hunched over and my abs were engaged.
There were no chases this time (I don’t think there was supposed to be this time in the Zombies Run 5k trainer) but I had some self imposed intervals since I am a huge geek and I’m invested in the story. I slowed to a fast walk during the story parts.
At this point, my main concern is just to get my stamina back up so that a 30 minute run is easy again. I want to get to the point where an easy run is a 5 min warm up, 30 minute jog at the same speed, then a 5 minute cool down. And of course I didn’t forget my bodyweight workouts. I had the apps running while I did my own thing so I’m not posting the images from those apps. It’s not an accurate calorie burn in my opinion since I’m not doing what the app says. Does that make any sense? Probably not….
That’s right! I’m back to Zombies Run! This time, with chases on. It only made me do one chase this time and it wasn’t so bad. I managed not to get caught and lose any supplies.
I can definitely tell it’s been awhile since I’ve had a good run and it felt great to get back in my running shoes. The only way to get used to it again is to get back into the habit of running at least three days a week just for 30 minutes because I have to get writing for the rest of the night.
It helps that with the Saxenda, I really only have a snack for dinner. If I eat breakfast, cook my lunch at work, then I’m not really that hungry when I get home. And I’m not about to force myself to eat if I’m not hungry.
I still have to do my stretches. I noticed some cramping in my calves when I was running; probably because of all the walking I did over the weekend so I NEED to stretch as much as I can. I’ll do the body weight stuff but only a light workout. I still wanna be able to move tomorrow.
Yesterday I did do my bodyweight workouts but I will tell ya, I felt so freaking tired around 4pm, I called it a day, did all the stuff I needed to do, and went to bed early. I have no idea what happened. I got up early for a day off, did a few chores, then it was like someone flipped my night-night switch and all I wanted to do was sleep.
And yet, in some ultimate fuckery, I spent the night tossing and turning without actually getting any sleep.
But, thanks to coffee, I have a fair amount of energy today. I had a quick walk, did the above workout on my Wirk peddler, and I think I’ll have enough energy to grab the kettlebell after dinner.
Also, shameless self promotion, my new book is out in two days! If you’re one of my Patrons, you already got a sneak preview. This is the third in a complete trilogy and you will not have any idea what’s going on without reading one and two. Hope you check them out!
I did my usual bike and took a walk on my lunch break to get a birthday cake for my kid but while that burned a bunch of calories, there are some fairly reputable trainers that I follow on Instagram and Tiktok that have been making me rethink my strategy completely. I am big on cardio, thinking the pure caloric burn will help my weight drop faster. I would throw in weights here and there but those trainers have been staying that it should be the other way around; about 75% weight training and 25% cardio. Whelp, I’m gonna give that a shot. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be doing more kettlebell and bodyweight workouts instead of cardio. I’ll still do cardio three times a week but I am hoping switching it up will help with my progress.
While I was using my desk peddler, I was thinking of other places where I could sell my work and a post in one of the many writing groups I’m in reminded me that Google has a self publishing platform. I don’t know why I never did so before but I’m going to set up an account there; since D2D doesn’t partner with Google.
But as for this workout and the fact I’ve been pretty good about doing 50 squats at least once a day, my legs are the best kind of sore. I know I seem to be pretty focused on cardio and lower body with only a few minutes on upper body but I am trying to get my stomach trimmed down. Yes, the long range goal is to be healthy and strong but while I was cleaning out old clothes to ship to ThreadUp, I saw a bunch of summer dresses that are so fucking cute and I would LOVE to be able to fit into them and wear them out and about. Perhaps it’s shallow but there’s also the element of I already spent money on clothes I’m not wearing and that bothers me.
Tomorrow I discuss my blood work results with my doctor and I’ll be honest that I’d gotten the results from the lab on my own and already made a bunch of dietary and activity changes. I also have my first mammogram this week! Yay… Gotta love getting older…
Since I had the time (and I forgot to do it yesterday) I took the bones from the turkey and set up a pot to make broth. The lemon and lime flavor made it so good I was tempted to drink that for dinner but I’d rather save it to make some soup.
“But Lenni, why are you making soup when June is just around the corner?”
Honestly, they keep the air conditioning so high at work that a warm lunch is perfect to take with me. Mixing in some noodles and turkey meat (I froze what I didn’t eat so far) sounds like something worth trying out. I have made chicken noodle soup with chicken broth I made and it worked out well.
Since I invested so much time in cardio, I decided the kettle bell was best for today. I did this, 50 squats, and some stretching. I figure going up and down the stairs tending to the broth for several hours while cleaning was enough cardio for me.
Since I’m obviously not going to have just broth for dinner, I baked some chicken thighs marinated in lime and lemon juice. There’s black garlic and the citrus seasoning from Trader Joe’s. There’s lemon and Tajin on the cabbage and onion. I threw on the cherry tomatoes because… I forgot they were in the fridge and were gonna go bad.
I think we all know that feeling of buying healthy ingredients with the best of intentions only for them to wither away uneaten. I’m the worst with that when it comes to fruit. I get it thinking I’ll be all virtuous and such only to end up throwing them out. That’s why I didn’t make bacon mac and cheese like I wanted to. I’ve been wanting to make that again.
All those manga and graphic novels I ordered are coming in and I’m so excited for a lot of these titles. I had to pick some out to read before they make it to the shelves (reviews will be coming) and it’s easy to just pedal while I read. The time just flew by and since it’s always so cold in the office, I got my heartrate up high enough that I was actually hot.
Friday I’ll probably to a long weights session since I haven’t done enough of those this week. I really wanna tone up my abs and arms before I start to consider heavier lifting. I heaviest weights I own are 10 pounds and I’d like to get stronger but I’m not willing to spend the money on heavier stuff until I hit my first weight goal.
I have been thinking of getting back into running soon as an extra workout three days a week. I honestly just miss doing it and I wanna know what happens next in Zombies Run. I’m one of those nerds who’s invested in the story.
In addition to using the under desk peddler, I had to walk up to the store to get hot sauce (my kid is obsessed) and some sesame oil (that’s getting expensive so not buying that for awhile…), I picked up the kettle bell after a super light dinner. My only cheat was a small portion of Tipsy Scoop for dessert. Raspberry Limoncello Sorbet, if you’re curious. Very nice as a cap to the evening.
I am really feeling these arm workouts. I think I’m back in the head space where the soreness is letting me know I’m doing a good thing for my body. The sad part is I’d skipped weight training for so long, I have a moment where I think “Wait, why am I sore again?” before my stupid brain makes the logistical leap.
All I need to do is my 50 squats and stretch before bed and the day is done! I have the feeling with more days like this I’ll get back on track.