Saturday, August 28, 2010
My goal has been consistency . My measured streak was exercise at the Y though I exercised elsewhere as well. Iíve learned much this past month.
My ipod: It got stuck in repeat mode after the first time I purchased new music on my laptop then added it to the ipod. I told myself to get with the program and not depend on my kids for technical woes. I figured it out and now Iím listening to a playlist I made and not the one my daughter made for me. Yes!!
Use spotters: Up until now, I minded my own business in the gym. I figured I was an oddity to the guys in the gym. Iím not a fit woman, Iím 51 and literally working my butt off. It turns out they are willing to spot my last 3 on my sets rather than being bothered coming over and lifting the bar off of me!!! Yes, that happened. I was squished like a bug. But the bar was on my midriff and not my neck as I always feared. It was embarrassingóbut now I know to ask someone to spot when I get to that point. No shame.
Do squats and lunges: I can do these anywhere. Iím looking into more info about what others do regarding these two exercisesóhow often, what variations, et cetera. I was shortcutting myself with my technique and just got that corrected by a guy at the gym.
My food journal has taken backseat to my fitness tracker for right now. I limit computer time and can only do so much. Interaction with other bloggers has been a great source of motivation and I love entering the progress I make on fitness. I have been eating clean with the bulk of my food being fresh veggies, whole grains, and some fruit as well as making sure I get protein with each snack and mealóeven if it is just a boiled egg white. Oh, and I discovered Activia yogurt over fresh strawberries sprinkled with flax meal--new for me this month. Oh My Is It Ever Good.
6.5 pounds gone forever!! Yeah!!!
Thursday, August 05, 2010
I did 45 minute BOSU ball workout yesterday at my Y. This class will be added to my weekly schedule, it was awesome. The instructor used free weights for upper body plus lots of core, squats, planks & abdominals. Iím glad I did not take it earlieróit was tough and may have been discouraging had I tried it before I had my strength.
My arms and legs are getting lean from my ST and cardio workouts. I do some abdominal exercise in my regular routine, but nothing that was as good as what that instructor put me through on the bosu ball. Other than the side planks, I could do everything she asked. Iíll start doing what I learned there at home in ten minute sessions during the day. I read the article on how important it was to stay active throughout the day. I work hard at my workout, but unfortunately, like most Americans, my routine work is sedentary. So I will start a streak for myself and give myself spark points for setting a timer for ten minutes during the day of any exercise Ė to do above and beyond my gym workouts.
Monday, August 02, 2010
So I was talking to my teenaged son for the second time today in his room. He had an open bag of twizzlers on his dresser. I ate 3 while I was talking to himóthen he said to me ďMom, you were in here an hour ago-and you at 4 twizzlers then!Ē Total damage (140 calories per 4 twizzler serving = 245 calories of mindless eating!!! I couldnít believe it! At one time in my life, I thought twizzlers were a great snack because of no fat. But now I know better and I do not even consider them food. They are empty calories. I make healthy choices in the kitchen but let my guard down in his room while visiting playfully.
On the good side, I just came from the Y where I burned 500 calories on the arc trainer alone as well as more calories weight lifting and doing the elliptical. However, YOU CANĒT OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET. I will be more vigilant about what goes in my mouth.
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