Saturday, January 19, 2013
The weekend challenge for BLC21 includes just doing something that you perceive to be impossible because of obstacles, that is:
D: DECIDE to just DO IT. Have a break-through this weekend. Attack anything that has been holding you back. It could be something you fear. Maybe something that makes you feel silly. Something that you think you can't do. Have you told yourself that you're too old/heavy/out of shape to do something? Maybe you've been putting something off for tomorrow, and tomorrow hasn't ever came. Tackle it, DO IT. Need some ideas? Ask on your team chat thread, your teammates may have some ideas that help spark you! Set a goal of 1 obstacle to overcome. Can be done anytime Friday through Monday. One time points awarded. 100 points.
I have overcome a lot of obstacles in the last year or so but I believe that my biggest obstacle was having the willpower to actually decide to tackle losing the weight that I wanted to lose and therefore, I had been just doing a so-so job of it over the last few years but that changed when I joined the BLC20 challenge. I decided that I was going to do my best to participate in all the challenges and I would really try to succeed this time.
Often in the past, I'd be okay during the week and my routine but the weekends and special occasions always sidelined me because I figured I deserved a treat or I deserved to eat what I wanted to during special occasions since I was good 90 percent of the time.
But the problem with that was that the 10 percent of the time that I wasn't good created the obstacle for me to lose weight because I wasn't 100 percent committed to the end goal. However, since I joined BLC20, that has changed and I am now 100 percent committed and it's showing on the scale.
So, now I don't know what to do for this weekend's challenge since I've already overcome my biggest obstacle. The only other things that I can think of concern obstacles that are caused by my lack of energy as the day progresses and the only way that I can see to overcome those are to do what I need to do early in the day before my energy flags and I already do that as well. That's why I exercise before work and that's why I take such a late lunch (1:30ish usually) because I have more energy before lunch than after lunch and that's why I go to bed so early so that I can get accomplished what I need to get accomplished the next day.
Another obstacle for me are my physical limitations due to osteoathritis and rheumatoid autoimmune disorder in my knees. For example, I couldn't hike for years because of my knees but last year, we bought me hiking sticks so now I can do that. I have also found that the more I move, the better I feel so regardless of my physical limitations, I haven't let that stop me usually.
As you can see, I'm still stumped on what to do for the weekend challenge. Any ideas?
Monday, January 07, 2013
Total Burned 2,365
Mondays are always a better day for tracking food and eating properly. I have set meals that I make regularly for each meal Monday to Friday and it's easy to plan and prepare for.
And, where Mondays are typically better food-wise, they're not always better exercise-wise since on a day by day basis, I find it really hard to get up at 4:30 but it's especially hard on Mondays after getting to sleep in without an alarm on the weekends. I know people say you should go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time on the weekends but seriously, who does that? When I can sleep without an alarm, it's the best thing and if there is no alarm then there's no way I'm getting out of bed at 4:30 a.m.!
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Total Burned 2,357
I started the day with an hour long cardio session with Kari Anderson's Sweat Express II.
It's a newer DVD and I'm still learning the steps but it's a lot of fun.
Then, I had breakfast, made a green tea and called my dad. We had a nice chat about my first week back to work and his trip to Montreal to see my sister and her family.
After the phone call, started the laundry and the cinnamon swirl protein bread. The cinnamon bread recipe is by Jamie Eason who is a bodybuilder. There was supposed to be 16 servings in the 8 x 8 inch pan but that just seemed like too small a piece so I actually made it as 9 servings, much better in my opinion. The bread turned out wonderfully. Although, the recipe called for it to cook 24 to 28 minutes, it took almost an hour in my oven. But, it was well worth it. It's really yummy.
For lunch, I finished the crustless quiche w/spinach, mushrooms, low-fat cheddar and feta and bacon. I had the cinnamon bread and a tea for dessert.
Then I got caught up on the BLC thread and started making dinner. I ate some cantaloupe while cooking. For dinner I made boneless, skinless chicken breasts with roasted red pepper and garlic sprinkles and kamut pasta with homemade parsley pesto and vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, onions, green pepper and garlic). I had those and a glass of milk. For dessert, I had a fudgsicle.
And, now it's almost bedtime and so a new week begins. It will be a busy one for me. My training project starts tomorrow with a conference call between the administrators (of which I'm one) and the vendor. I imagine we will be figuring out our schedules for starting to get into the project.
Wednesday, I have a retirement party to go to after work. It's the totally opposite direction of where I work and even further and more opposite from where I live. But, I liked the guy so as long as the weather plays nice, I'll probably go for a little while anyway.
Thursday, I have an appointment with my rheumatologist and Friday, I have a hair appointment after work.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Total Burned 2,210
I started the day out well with a 55 minute ST session but when I went grocery shopping, I bought my new favourite snack. It's called Zen Mix. It has almonds, sesame sticks and rice crackers in it. I had a salad when I got home and then had some of that snack mix with my green tea. After I tired of that, I had some popcorn. I wasn't actually that hungry but it was calling my name (it had been in the pantry for over a week since the last time I had any). And, even though I didn't exceed my calorie range, I still ate more calories with my snacks today than I did for any of my meals and I wish I could say that was pretty rare but honestly, it's a typical Saturday afternoon at home. I like salty snacks. There! I said it. So, if I stay in range, does it really matter if I indulge one afternoon a week?
Friday, January 04, 2013
Here is today's Calories In/Calories Out (CICO) report:
Total Burned 2,189
I overdid it at lunchtime today. I had lunch with a friend and that included a small bowl of pho (rice noodle soup) and steamed spring rolls. That part was majorly high in sodium so that's not necessarily good but I don't do that too often so I'm not really worried about that.
If I had stopped at that, I probably would have been okay but I decided to stop at Tim Horton's on the way back to work to get a tea and their current promotion is that a donut is only 49 cents with any hot beverage so I caved and bought a chocolate-glazed donut, my favourite. I NEVER buy donuts! I can't remember the last time I ate a donut; it's been that long ago. And, although I did enjoy it, it definitely wasn't worth the 260 or so calories that the nutrition tracker says it is.
Fortunately, I wasn't hungry again until just now and I'm being good just having a salad for dinner.
I got a good kickboxing workout in this morning as well but I didn't burn as many calories as I normally do doing it but I don't know why.
And, FYI, any time anyone wants to see what I eat and what fitness I do, my trackers are shared for all to see.
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