Thursday, February 18, 2010

Exercise and Energy Levels

When I did this challenge last year, I did not exercise. I actually stopped working out altogether for the month of February. This year, I have aimed to maintain my exercise routine (doing p90x, ukrainian dancing and playing volleyball)

Up until this past weekend, I was dong alright. My energy levels were fairly high and I was able to maintain my workouts. I also was able to maintain the intensity of each workout, without feeling sore afterwards. This week things took a different turn.

During my regular Monday workout I was doing well until I took a small break in the halfway point. I found it hard to push myself through the remainder and once I finished (2 exercises early) I felt extremely sick. I layed on the bathroom floor for 30 minutes and felt so weak. The following day I was extremely sore. Not just normal soreness, but almost pain. This is not something I have ever felt before. But I can contribute it to the diet and the exhaustion that comes with it.

I guess when doing something like this you cannot push you body to the extreme in multiple ways. I am eating a lot less than I normally would, but pushing my body harder at the same time. It is hard to give up the exercise, but I just don't know if I have the energy to do it.

What I have eaten today:

breakfast: 2 servings oatmeal, glass of milk, and 1 whole wheat bun with 1 serving peanut butter


  1. hey there, i dance with yevshan in sasaktoon and feel your pain through this. something to think about is how this is what many have to work with 80$/month. month in and month out.

    great work raising awareness and funds.


  2. There are 3 people in my household. My partner, myself, and my son. At $80 per person, that's $240 a month for groceries. Sounds about right. We eat meat once a week. Fresh fruit even less than that. Fresh veggies hardly ever. This week I splurged and bought a bagged salad which we all enjoyed. This is a great site and I hope to see this idea carried over into other cities. Spread the word! I am :o)

  3. Cat imchaley@gmail.comFebruary 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    What about the food a person already has in the house? If you can't eat anything except what you buy, any current milk, bread, perishables would go bad in a month. I consider myself very fortunate not to be homeless. I can keep food chilled and I can thaw frozen food. Although I have my own place, I choose to spend alot of time visiting with and supporting my homeless/street friends and have learned volumes about their daily struggle to survive. Getting to know them has been an eye-opener and has helped me grow as a person. I pray that I never actually am really homeless. Last summer I voluntarily tried it and by the third day I was so depressed, I begged to be let back home.

  4. Cat, We asked families to join us but we got an overwhelming NO when we told them that it's not $80 per person. It's $80 for each full-time working person. Typically, that's just the two or one parents. So if you're son is under 18, likely, your food budget for the month if you decided to try this experiment would be $160. But keep in mind, the whole point is to try and follow the Canada Food Guide. Can you eat healthy, the required amounts that the government suggest on mininum wage? I doubt it. If every person is supposed to eat at least four servings of fruit everyday, you'd go broke in a few weeks.

  5. Cat, we're starting from scratch when it comes to the food. For the past two years, I've just given my food to my family to store for the month. One thing that really screwed me up this year was I bought too much fresh produce at the start. Only to have it go bad on me. Had to throw out a few apples, slices of bread and lettuce. The second time i went shopping, I remember to put more things in the freezer. When you never have to worry about money, it's just easier to throw things out.

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