Saturday, January 20, 2018
When I was eating meat (and choking down yogurt every day, ugh I hate yogurt) I just never really thought about it. The truth is I should have paid more careful attention because I wasn't a very good meat eater, I didn't really care for it and I would easily go a week at a time without consuming any at all.
This all changed once we went plant-based. Every day I do a calculation of protein, calcium and minerals. I don't try to balance each meal with the perfect protein and amino acid mix (though that often happens just by combining a grain and protein, like beans and rice) but I try to reach a goal throughout the day of a proper amount of protein.
It's working, and the evidence has been unexpected. After years of doing millions of essentrics strengthening workouts I can see the change in the muscles of my legs: they are much stronger and more defined. I can run much easier and I seek out hills when I go for walks.
The whole positive change makes me feel much healthier and more optimistic about getting older. Leg strength is really an indicator of overall strength in the body, our largest muscles are in our legs (and therefore our largest calorie-burners) and strong legs indicate energy and power.
As I begin the process of healing my neck and shoulder I'm really feeling excited, because this means that I should be able to start doing some simple exercises holding weights, which should further increase my leg strength.
In the meantime, I'll continue to do my eccentrics plies and whatnot, because every day is Leg Day!
Do you have a favourite leg exercise? How about with weights? Any tips for me?
We have a fun day planned today, we're going to visit Poppa and Sofie! We'll be going out for lunch with Poppa and then having a little visit with Sofie the darling puppy. I wonder how big she is now... we haven't seen her for two weeks. I'll bring my camera and attempt a picture of the whirling ball of fur.
Have an excellent day today,