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Day 12 – Slow but Steady

Day 12 –  Slow but Steady
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I’ve been sticking to my every other day workout routine. Its a treadmill workout that consists of a short warm up, five all out sprints with a minute or two walk in between each sprint followed by a cool down. Although my stamina is increasing, the gains seem so much smaller compared to when I was living at sea level with a similar weight. So I did some research on working out at higher elevations. I knew the air here is thing but it turns out, at my elevation of 7,100 feet, the oxygen level in the air is about 17% less. I feel better that there is some scientific explanation on why I feel my workouts are progressing slower than I anticipated.

As is norm for me, I put on at least three pounds at the start of my treadmill workouts. Down two pounds now, a modest loss. I eat what I want. This doesn’t feel like a diet. I’m sleeping better now that I exercise regularly, I feel better. I log all the food I eat into MyFitnessPal and stop eating once I reach the daily goal. I plan in the next week or two to start strength training on my non cardio days.

As for what I’m eating I’m trying to stay moderately healthy. Lean cuts of meat, wedges of cheese, apples, low calorie TV dinners. I plan on reviewing a bunch of the major name brands with what I liked and didn’t like next year. I’m not your average Jane, I don’t eat vegetables. I can’t name a specific reason why, I never grew up eating them and as an adult I find the texture of vegetables very unsatisfying. I can’t eat a salad without drowning it tons of blue cheese dressing. I’d make a horrible vegetarian.

However, I did make a massive tofu bake this weekend to have healthy snacks on hand. I used several blocks of firm tofu. Pressed and drained, I marinated them overnight in three separate gallon bags. One with Soy Sauce and a dash of Hoisin, one with a chipotle simmer sauce and the final 13×9 pan with a jar of salsa verde. The mistake I made here was too much liquid still in the pans so I ended up draining them so the tofu baked and browned. Each block of plain firm tofu is about 320 calories, the sauces do add a little extra but most of it was drained off. So you can have a generous helping for under 400 calories.

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