Health as a Hobby

Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot better because my back injury is finally subsiding.

And what I’ve noticed is that most of my hobbies before my injury were fitness-related. Without my hobbies I was so sad and felt purposeless. I hiked, biked, lifted, stretched, played sports, walked through the park, etc. And since being back in my groove, I’m reminded that when you’re on a roll, health becomes an enjoyable hobby.

I’m enjoying researching different teas and supplements. I’m enjoying cooking for the first time ever. I’m enjoying planning my meals and calculating how much protein/carbs/fats I’m getting. Here’s a pic of my meal prep today:

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Red Quinoa with salted butter and herbs

Quinoa is great for you. It’s a little annoying to cook, which is why cooking in bulk is great. It’s 8 grams of protein per cup, so for a starch (technically a seed/plant protein) that’s awesome. It’s not your typical grain, like rice or pasta, and it’s packed with good stuff like fiber, vitamin B & E, iron, zinc, and magnesium to name a few. Magnesium is especially helpful for me, I have found.

Magnesium is also found in the matcha powder I ordered for my morning beverage recipe of matcha, honey, and almond milk. I had a blast researching all the health benefits and nutritional value of matcha and have noticed its appetite suppressing effects (helps with those pesky hunger pains at work), its comfortable caffeine level that doesn’t leave me to crash or with jitters, and it tastes delicious. Discovering a game-changing addition to my diet was so fascinating and fun for me!

And yesterday I crushed an intense leg day after a much needed outlet of some apartment-related frustration. I was productive, I hit personal bests, and I ate well–peanut butter gelato and chips and salsa whaaaaaaaat–to “feed the booty”. I’m trying to gain muscle in my lower half so I ate at surplus after my workout. And today I cooked food for the rest of the week, had a massage, ran around with Lucy at the dog park, and enjoyed some sushi and strawberries. It was a great rest day and I ate at 500 cal deficit, right on target for my goals.

Getting into a rhythm while also slowly experimenting with nutrition is proving to be so fun and almost addicting for me. Like I spent most of today fantasizing about my arms and chest workout for tomorrow. Being healthy is so important to me. Progress is addicting. I feel like the seratonin levels in my brain are off the charts when I’m in a groove.

And to top it all off, I have some progress pictures 🙂

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Above is 2 weeks ago; below is 3 months ago
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And here is today 🙂

So in the first picture, I can totally see the general shape of my body changing. I’m leaning out a little, I notice it the most around my hips. But I also notice that the booty looks just ever so slightly rounder! Even some friends reached out to tell me that (fellow fitness enthusiasts and friends who know I’m working on this).

The second picture I fit into my smallest pair of jeans…and with no flab! So that’s nice. And I know I’m getting stronger because my results in the gym speak for themselves. The recomp is working. And I’ve been doing recomp for about a month now, and possibly longer unintentionally. But it’s working. And I’m so happy!

This is the first time I’ve been able to stick with something and notice change, but then ALSO be okay with the fact that results will take time. I’m not panicking anymore. I’m just so excited to keep getting better and keep at those weight racks and machines. I have finally found something that works for me and I could just go outside right now and jump for joy.

But I probably won’t because yesterday was leg day 😉

Thanks for reading!

-Elle

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