Post # 1
I want to get more exercise in my day. I already walk my dog half an hour in the morning but I want to work out when I get home. However I find I’m too hungry after work at 5:30 and wind up making dinner instead and digesting on the couch. What can I eat in between so I have energy when I get home? Bear in mind I cannot eat fruit. How many days a week should I start at for a workout? I am doing the Jillian MIchaels videos because I love them and they are just challenging enough.
Post # 3
@VikingPrincess: That sounds like a good start to working out. I would try to do the videos 3-5 times a week (that is what I aim for, but life often gets in the way).
Try fruit snacks, granola bars, nuts (unsalted or lightly salted), 100 calorie packs are great!
Post # 4
@VikingPrincess: I used to workout in the mornings, but now it is just too dark, so have moved my workouts (bc I love the outdoors) to the evenings. I too get home at around 5:30pm, but immediately head out for a long run. I have the energy to do so because I eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. My last small snack is at around 330/4pm, which will last me thru dinner. Usually it is a granola bar – high in fiber, or a hard boiled egg, or celery and peanut butter. I have also heard that almonds are a great snack too!!
As far as ‘where to start’, I would say you have a solid base because you are being active thru walking and Jillian Michaels. Depending on what you enjoy doing, or what you are looking to do, will depend on the responses.
For me, I have found a love of running (outdoors mainly). I did not start running distance ‘quickly’. It has taken a lot of time, but it started with the couch to 5k program, which helped me tremendously! It is a 3-day/week program that goes for 9 weeks. After the first few weeks, I started adding an additional day or two ‘on my own’. And now, I run 5-6 days per week, without an issue AND because I want too (it clears my head, relieves stress, etc).
I think you can start anyone workout program as often as you want to do it, as long as you are listening to your body, and not ‘over-working’ yourself. When I felt pains or sore muscles, I took some rest days, etc. Good luck!!
Post # 5
Pre cut veggies are great!
I also like yogurt, a piece of toast with peanut butter…
Post # 6
Ill eat peanut butter straight out of the jar before I go for a run after work. One spoonful seems to curb my hunger enough to get me through my run, and doesnt give me any nausea from just eating & then exercising.
Post # 7
Super good ideas about what to eat…thank you!
Post # 8
@VikingPrincess: You need a high complex carb snack with protein to give you energy for your workout. Or a high carb snack before and a high protein snack after. I usually have a medium sized banana before I work out and some raw almonds after. If you are doing intense sweating, you can add some salted almonds but you need to be losing a lot of water. Sugary snacks like granola bars and fruit snacks will leave you with a blood sugar spike and drop. Your energy will follow suit. I also try to stay away from processed energy bars but if I am in a pinch, I might use a larabar for my pre workout snack. It is high (complex) carb and has 5g of protein so all my bases are covered. And it is only made from nuts and fruit, if you get the right varieties. You have to read labels though. If it sounds like a candy bar, it is made like one. Steer clear of the chocolate varieties.
Post # 9
@MrsM914: Alas I cannot eat fruit. Also I do low carb/paleo. Peanut butter on celery sounds good with almonds after though!
Post # 10
@VikingPrincess: I was paleo for a while, right before the wedding. I didn’t eat legumes though (peanuts/PB). I can’t do without my fruit.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Would you be able to train to run along with your dog?
I find that helps me with keeping both her and my heart rates up. (Start gradually for a total of 20 to 25 minutes session: run 1 minute, walk 2 minutes x 6 sets first week, then, run 1 min, walk 1 minute for 10 sets) Gradually increase your run intervals by 1 minute each week. Run at least 3 times a week. You will build endurance as each week progresses.
Make a spinach smoothie as you will need to increase your intake of potassium. Spinach + avocado is really good for you.