How humankind unwittingly joined an experiment on antibiotics and weight gain.
I started doing body weight exercises two weeks ago. I have been doing okay at it. Mostly squats and lunges. I came up with a type of forward lunge that I am calling a “skier” that really works my upper quads which is the muscle group I find burns the most when I’m trying to do stairs or hill climbs. (Goal - fitness for steep hill hiking). However I started adding in upper body workouts and went a bit beyond body weight with some dumbbells. I managed to pull the heck of out of my left trap and neck. Very painful. So sad. It’s slowly getting better but I still have a week or more off of upper body work outs. Correct form is so freaking important.
Solidly in ketosis and eating low carb but I’m still tackling my demons of boredom eating, frustration eating, and anxiety eating. Spoonfuls of peanut butter, handful of pecans.. that sort of thing. When I’m anxious do I think hmm I’d like to sit down and eat a nicely prepared salad? Umm. no. It’s the instant fix foods that go in before I can remind myself I’m on a diet.
And umm no. I had a very restless sleep last night worrying about ->this. I’m not ready. I tried the pack last night weighted down and it is still too much for me. Plus I read that the hike is not 5 miles, it is 7. I’m frustrated that I haven’t been training and am not ready. So yeah, Need to start that. But going on a steep long hike with a pack at elevation with zero training is like trying to lose my 40 pound goal in one day. Ain’t gonna happen.
My Search and Rescue team is having the annual type 2 qualification fitness hike test tomorrow. It’s like a pop quiz. It was supposed to be next month but the coordinators switched the schedule. Ducky. I have been so busy with work, tons of overtime last year and then this year, the flu, which knocked me out for nearly a month. Well now the fitness test is here and I’m not ready. It’s about 5 miles, many steep hills, and a minimum 20 pound pack. I haven’t been training at all. I don’t think I’ll make it in the time limit but I guess I’ll try. I haven’t qualified as a type 2 for years so It would be amazing to pass this and check off another marker on my road to recovery.