One other thing that I’ve found that has gotten easier with my transition to intuitive eating is getting in a variety of vegetables. Even when I was counting macros, I didn’t really get in a variety of vegetables or many servings of vegetables in general. But once I wasn’t measuring my intake, I wanted to make a focus of getting in more vegetables on a daily basis.
So now it’s second nature for me to have a side salad for my lunch and to look for ways to add in vegetables to what I’m making (as evidenced by the recipes I’ve been sharing on the blog lately). I’m actually finding that now I have to pay attention to getting in some fruit on a daily versus when it was so easy before!
To wrap up this six month recap, I wanted to talk about a change I’m making to my workout schedule. I’ve been running five days a week for a while (probably since I started training for my first half marathon in 2015) and I’m cutting it back to four days a week. I’ll be running about 19-20 miles a week and adding in a second cross training day of weights and easy cardio.
Here’s what my workout schedule will look like going forward:
Tuesday: alternating 3 mile interval run or 30 minute tempo run
Wednesday: 3 mile easy run
Thursday: strength training (Better Basics on the NTC app) and easy cardio
Friday: Rest day (yoga)
Saturday: 5 mile run (pace run every three weeks)
Sunday: 8 mile run
I have three reasons to make this change: building muscle, injury prevention and regulating my cycle. I’ve really enjoyed the muscle that was showing during my cutting phase last winter and I’m hoping to get that back by adding in an extra strength training day. And since I’ve been running faster, I’ve noticed more soreness and I’m hoping cutting back on an easy run day for more strength training will help out with that.
And then there’s cycle regulation, which is a huge topic that I’m probably in no way qualified to talk about. But we are hoping to have a baby at some point and I’ve been off hormonal birth control since May because of this. My cycle is still regulating itself, not surprising since I was using hormones to regulate it for almost six years, but I’ve started to wonder if continuing to run five days a week while not training for a race is the best thing right now since those are pretty intense workouts compared to strength training. So I’m going to try for a couple of months to see if cutting out one run a week will help my cycle regulate.
So be on the lookout in the coming months to see how my progress is going with switching out a run day for a second cross training day while intuitive eating!