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Random thoughts for Saturday

Friday, April 08, 2011

Morning all (or evening, or afternoon, and for many of you, happy Friday!)

Just some random bits that I want to blog but that don't really warrent a whole post.

I pin pointed where I ate a lot of my calories, breakfast! I have peanut butter on toast most mornings, and I love it so. But, 400 calories for peanut butter on toast? No thanks! So now I only have one slice instead of 2 and I have fruit on the side. I don't even miss the second piece of toast and it is nice to get in a serving or 2 of fruit so early in the day. And my calories have been cut by 25%, allowing me to eat an afternoon snack, which stops me over indulging at dinner. Calorie shuffling!

I like going to the gym, but I don't think I like spinning class, since I have skipped 2 this week. I am going to try and get up an hour earlier and go to the boxing class instead. I want to do a class on Saturday and it makes more sense for it to be one that I like and therefore will go to. I know spinning is good exercise but that alone is not making me want to go!!

Next Saturday I am working, and I think the Saturday after as well. My boss is lovely but fully takes advantage of my good nature and work ethic and sticks me with extra shifts all the time. I have plans for Saturdays, like the gym and uni work, my life isn't all about my job!

The manderin I am eating is rather dry.

Russell and I are toying with the idea of going on holiday in July. To Rarotonga. We are going to see how our finances pan out and if we can save enough for the flights and accommodation ($2000!) in the next month, as well as pay his mum back and some of what we owe his dad, then we will book the trip and work on saving spending money and food money. I need a holiday and something to look forward to and I think a week in Raro might just do the trick! Wish me luck and many saving vibes! Luckily Russell gets paid for a few of his jobs in lump sums, so we should have nearly all of what we need coming in in the next few weeks. I'm not doing the happy dance yet, more of a happy shuffle.

And I'll leave you with that. I have 2 super hard assignments calling my name and I should probably get going on them. I want to go hard today and get them nearly done. I can dooooo it!

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BUBBLEJ1 4/8/2011 6:14PM

    Raro is in the Cook Islands, about a 4 hour flight from Auckland. And it looks stunning. And there is NOTHING there but a beach. Oh yeah and the hotel we are looking at has a swim up bar.

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CARLA-216 4/8/2011 6:09PM

    Good job on shuffling the calories. I usually just do 1 piece of toast if I'm having toast for breakfast, but decided today to have 2 because I was hungry and I could hardly stomach the second piece.

You certainly do need some Saturdays off from work. Make sure you get some!

I wouldn't go to spin either if I didn't enjoy it. Exercise should not be something you dread, so therefore you're smart for choosing something else to do!

Fingers, toes, arms, legs, eyes crossed that you get to go on holiday. I'm going to Google Rarotonga to see where it is and no doubt want to go there myself!

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LOUISE979 4/8/2011 6:05PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like cutting back helps.

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Dinner out

Friday, April 08, 2011

I ate dinner out. I got the healthiest thing on the menu, a burger. Since it was a pub/bar I am absolutly telling the truth. I removed the cheese and avocado since they were the highest calorie fillings. I also removed the capsicum, but thats because its nasty. I ate 4-5 fat chips that came with it. I also didn't eat all of the burger, I left a lot of the bread.

My mother in law is evil, in the best kind of way, and got me a brownie for dessert. I ate it, and savoured and enjoyed every bite.

I did, however, turn down the boss's offer to shout hot cross buns for afternoon tea! I knew I was eating dinner out so I saved the calories for something more worthwhile.

Dinner was with my parents, my mother in law and her 2 teacher friends at the bar where Russell is playing tonight. He loves playing gigs, he lights up like a kid at christmas when he is playing. He won't be home until the weeeeee hours, so its just me and the cat for the evening.

I'm exhusted, so night night sparkworld!

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PICKIE98 4/8/2011 7:16PM

    Yes, but bar burgers are the best!! As far as the avocado, it is very healthy if salt is not loaded on it..good cholesterol!! However, I think if I knew somebody had hot cross buns at Easter time, I would jump over the brownie to get them, if they are homemade!!! You were a good girl for being aware of how to "health-up" bar food!!

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CARLA-216 4/8/2011 9:29AM

    Good on you for skipping hot cross buns and being diligent with your meal at the pub!

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Skipping spinning

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

So my ass and I have made the decision that we are NOT going to spinning tonight. The muscle sculpt class yesterday kicked my butt and I am hobbling around and it hurts to move my legs. 100+ squats will do that! I think the worst thing to do would be to do exercise. I have done some light walking to get the blood flowing, but I'll give spinning a miss tonight. I'll catch the Saturday class. Hopefully I will have recovered by then!

Eating today has been good. I resisted the work lolly bowl , even though the jaffas are sooo good. 123 calories for 10 means they aren't worth it though!! I had a good breakfast and lunch and have been picking fruit and a special K bar for my snacks. Don't know what dinner will be tonight but I might cook so I can ensure it is something good for me!

OH AND! I tried this recipe last night http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

It was a hit. I did it in the slow cooker for 8 hours (3 on high, then on low until we were ready to eat). And as a bonus it is dairy free! YAY! We ate it with cabbage and broc and pasta. Yummy, yummy!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 4/7/2011 4:07PM

    Thank goodness you're skipping spinning, as in the class, and not spinning the Spark Wheel!! I was really worried for a minute...

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PICKIE98 4/7/2011 3:48PM

    What is a lolly bowl and jaffa?????? Something personal in the bathroom?

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CARLA-216 4/7/2011 9:23AM

    I think you're smart to skip spinning if you're in that much discomfort.

That recipe is very much like one I've made and it is GOOD! I shall make that again really soon.

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BUBU54 4/6/2011 11:10PM

    Spinning hurt my a$# the first couple of times that I did it, but I have a pair of padded bicycle shorts that help out some. Keep it up, your butt will get used to it and you will love it more.

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April Goals

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

OK, so its the 6th here, but I thought I'd post some fitness and nutrition goals for myself. No weight goals. My weight is more or less out of my control, it will do what it feels like. But I control what I eat and my workouts!

emoticon Do 10 tricep dips in a row (I did 5 in class today then my arms gave out and I fell on the floor. The instructor didn't find it nearly as funny as I did!)

emoticon Attend 1 boxing class a week

emoticon Do 1 push up. Ladies and gents, this will be a challenge!

emoticon Go to yoga once a fortnight

emoticon Kick ass in at least 3 classes a week

emoticon Drink lots of water

emoticon Eat 1 serving of fruit per day and 2 servings of veggies

emoticon Stop, think, track!!

emoticon Spark it up once a day!

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CARLA-216 4/6/2011 11:04AM

    Those are great goals, Jess.

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PUFFPASTRY 4/6/2011 3:40AM

    LOL, I've had "do ONE push up" on my "Goals" list FOREVER! I can do a SORT-of pushup, where I don't make it down to the mat all the way, but not a full-on push up. Also, if you can do 10 tricep dips -- whenever that day comes -- you will pretty much be Wonder Woman in my book.

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FITWITHIN 4/5/2011 10:38PM

    I'm sure you will achieve each goal. emoticon Love the plan!

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ENDURETHERAIN 4/5/2011 10:23PM

    I like it! Good goals!!
I'm not good at push ups, either!

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How to go to a group fitness class

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I know a lot of people are uncomfortable or intimidated going to a group fitness class. I am too! It is out of your comfort zone, it is supposed to be a little scary at first. Getting over the first initial uncomfortable stage is crutial and once you have done it you will be fine!

1. Go. To. The. Class. Simple as that. Write to down, hi-light it, treat it like any other appointment.

2. Go a little early. 5-10 minutes is enough. Introduce yourself to the instructor and tell them anything they need to know. For example my intro is "Hi, I'm Jess. Because this is my first class (with you/ ever) I thought I'd just let you know that I'm a quite unfit, so I will try to keep up! I also have a knee injury and problems with my shoulder and use a 'if it hurts, don't do it' approach. So if I stop I'm probably not dying, I just can't do that move". The instructor will usually welcome you and thank you for the info. I have had a few that have given me a funny look, but I would prefer them to know!

3. Look around the room for the nicest looking person. Take a deep breath, smile, and introduce yourself! It is soooo much nicer knowing someones name and if they are as nice as they look they will probably help you get set up, or at least have a little chat with you. If you are shy you can ask the instructor to introduce you to someone, since they will know their regulars quite well

4. Hang near the back. Somewhere where you can see, but where you feel comfortable.

5. Remember that no one is watching you! I have fallen over in a class before and no one noticed but the instructor.

6. Do your best! No one is expecting you to be fantastic the first time! Go at your own pace and do as much as you can, then laugh the rest off. Exercise should be fun!

Now, if y'all will excuse me I'm off to muscle sculpt class!

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    Good way to explain how to go to a class. Let me add that most people in the class will either A. help you or B. ignore you because they are in their own zone not because they are being mean.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 4/5/2011 6:38PM

    Excellent tips! Enjoy the class it sounds fun. I have always been nervous about group classes, this may help.

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CECE0330 4/5/2011 5:11PM

    Excellent blog! Thank you! emoticon

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DARACOX 4/5/2011 5:01PM

    As an instructor who often has new people in my classes, I think this is a great how-to for fitness classes! Thanks for sharing!

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MARYLQ11 4/5/2011 4:58PM

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