I finished week 1 day 2 of the Couch to 5k program this morning. I dabbled in this once before, but was in much better shape at the time and just kind of blew through it. This time around....I've very much let myself go and have no fitness level to even speak of at this point. I'm hoping that by following the program as written, I can get back into running and a fitness program of sorts.
This is hard! I don't remember it being this hard the last time around, and that's probably because I had already been doing 30-60 minutes on the elliptical a couple of times a week. I don't have access to an elliptical anymore, so while I'm noticing that the effort with running is the same as it was when I started on the elliptical, I feel it much, much more in my knees and quads. I've also found that knowing that I'm so very out of shape, has made it easier for me to procrastinate getting out of the house in the mornings to do my daily workout. The only thing that keeps me going this early in the game (when I'm not seeing huge results, yet!) is the feeling of accomplishment once I'm done.
I'm also trying to track what I eat. This is twofold for me....firstly, I've gained a TON of weight with the move, and secondly, I'm a struggling, recovering gluten eater and this keeps me accountable for both calories and gluten content. I'm currently using My Fitness Pal to track what I eat and my exercise. I'm not sure if I'll continue to use it or not. I find it hard to put in gluten free foods and to be sure of calories. While I'm not counting calories persay, I find that the with focus on calorie count on this site almost forces you too. I'm more interested in getting to a healthy lifestyle of moderation and just generally having good eating habits than I am the exact calories.
One of my favorite things lately is the Yoplait Greek Yogurt. I think this is pretty new, because the stores near me just starting carrying it. The texture and taste is better than some of the other greek yogurts I've tried, and the price is excellent. They run about $0.99 a cup at my stores, and I think it was around $3.00 for the pack of four that I picked up.
The absolute best thing about these, is that they state that they're gluten free right on the package! Yoplait has always been good about labeling their products, and this is no exception.