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I went to the gym

Friday, January 27, 2012

emoticon That is a big deal because I didn't want to. I talked myself into a day off and was happy to take that day off. But then I sparked, read a few blogs and realised that I wasn't tired, I wasn''t due for a rest day and blaming a skipped workout on 'listening to my body' wasn't gonna fly if my body could work out. So I did. Toddled off to the gym and did my weights and 20 minutes on the bike at a 6-8 resistance (changed it up to keep things interesting). Got it done :)

emoticon I wrote a whole piece about how I ate badly today. But, really, it wasn't that bad! I had a good breakfast then met my best friend (fresh off a 10 hour flight from Japan) for lunch at a restaurant. We shared tapas. Then we burnt some calories speed shopping and expanding my 'teacher appropriate' wardrobe. Then I had a square of chocolate before I decided to go to the gym. Dinner was 2 tacos with lots of salad and I had an ice cream for dessert. Not the BEST of days, but nothing for me to be getting stressed over! AND I generally have found that a spike in calories for one day usually results in a loss the next days weigh in. So I shall stop stressing and just give myself a damn star.

Now, I need a vote. Yesterday I went for a walk for my fitness. I didn't exactly speed walk, so I'm wondering if I should count it as an active rest day? I think I should, since I didn't really get my heart rate up much. I mean I still count it as exercise, and gave myself a sticker, but I don't know if I should take my planned rest day tomorrow or not. Or should I just see how I feel?

Can y'all tell I'm in a worrying mood? I am worried about a lot of things (mainly money things) so I think I am projecting on to what I can control right now, which is myself.

  
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CARLA-216 1/27/2012 2:01PM

    I may be too late on this but I also think to wait to see what your body says.

Good on you for getting to the gym. And I don't think your food for the day was very bad. Like you said, that calorie spike one day is a good thing normally. Gets the metabolism fired up again, and keeps your body guessing.

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LINMHEATH 1/27/2012 4:45AM

    I'd say wait to see what your body says. I change my "planned" rest days around often due to doing *too much too soon* before another exercise day, or not doing enough right before a rest day. Kudos on going to the gym despite not wanting to! I had a miliar deal earlier this week! :) Cheers!

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Why I love my walks (pics)

Thursday, January 26, 2012





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TWINSMOMMY607 1/29/2012 12:09PM

    What a beautiful walking route!!

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RUNNER12COM 1/26/2012 9:23PM

    Absolutely beautiful!

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CARLA-216 1/26/2012 12:07PM

    SOOOO beautiful! Lucky you!

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CIVIAV 1/26/2012 6:57AM

    Me too although not as nice as your views!

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LINMHEATH 1/26/2012 6:16AM

    nice! I'd love em too!!!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/26/2012 5:55AM

    Very nice!!!

Wendy emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/26/2012 5:55AM

    Beautiful! All those hills are great for your calorie burn!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 1/26/2012 3:37AM

    Views like that makes walking a pleasure!

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ANAJAK 1/26/2012 3:26AM

    Nice!! I keep meaning to take photos while I walk!

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CAROL6X 1/26/2012 3:13AM

    Nice pictures! Would love to be back in a warmer climate right now to see sights like that.
Up here it is cold and snowing again! Brrr.....

Nice walks.

Continue with them, they look great! emoticon emoticon

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BERGBA7 1/26/2012 3:06AM

    wow... I would love those walks too.. the weather here is very different right now!
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My first day of strength work

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today I toddled off to the gym for my first day of strength work. And work I did. Built up quite a sweat in the weights area, before I went and did my cardio programme. Since the strength part is short (15 minutes) my trainer said that I could follow it with my cardio programme to make it worth my while coming to the gym. However, I may up my leg weights, since they felt a little easier. My arms burned, though!

The 'plan' (not that I have a plan, because it is easier to stick to a non-plan. Failure is too easy with a firm plan) is to do strength, followed by cardio, twice per week, and cardio another 2-3 times per week. Hopefully that will help the weight fall off a little easier :)

I went and set up my class today. I put up posters, did my seating plan, stocked my library corner and organised and planned. Then I came home and laminated resources. The fun life of a teacher, yes? Luckily a senior teacher was at school with me today to answer all my stupid questions and give me some tips. Everyone at the school is so nice and supportive which will really help in the coming weeks and months. I am having a day off teacher stuff tomorrow but heading back into school on Friday to finish most of the setting up!

  
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CARLA-216 1/25/2012 11:53AM

    I like your non-plan for workouts. Building muscle will help your body burn fat all on its own. Nice!

How exciting to set up your classroom! I'm glad to hear you have nice and supportive folks at school to turn to for your questions. Enjoy your Thursday off from doing teacher stuff.

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LINMHEATH 1/25/2012 4:56AM

    Congrats on the workout and your classroom! This blog made my day better :)

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This weeks menu

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm posting this because I am bored, and I like knowing what other people are eating because it gives me ideas. Maybe this will give someone dinner ideas?

Monday - Sesame chicken (Spark recipe) with brown rice and broccoli
Tuesday - Chicken stirfry with cabbage, bok choy, broccoli and carrot, served on singapore noodles with teriyaki sauce
Wednesday - Spaghetti and meatballs with pasta sauce - Make better with turkey or chicken meatballs! (Mine are just beef mince) Served with broccoli
Thursday - Slow cooker deviled sausages with steamed potatoes, silverbeet and broccoli
Friday - TACO NIGHT!!!!! Again, you could make it healthy with chicken or turkey mince, but we prefer beef
Saturday - Lamp chops with corn cobs and broccoli
Sunday - Slow cooker beef stew with potato and broccoli

Right, so from that we can all see the broccoli is on special for 98c a head at the moment. And I love broccoli! It is my favourite veggie!

I realise not all of these recipes are super healthy...and they aren't supposed to be. Deviled sausages are high in calories, so I only have 1 sausage and load up on the veggies. Tacos aren't awesome (well they taste awesome, but you know what I mean), so I have 2 and call it a treat dinner (it is Friday, after all!). And I load up the salads.

Anyways, that might give someone a dinner idea for the week!

  
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CARLA-216 1/24/2012 3:00PM

    It all sounds delicious! Thanks for the ideas.
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LINMHEATH 1/24/2012 7:05AM

    Lamp chops? lol sorry couldn't help it :) I LOVE LAMB - or at least I did before I turned veg (grumble). Looks like a very tastey week!

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I lost 3oog and gained teaching resources

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another "YAY!" morning. Stepped on the scales to discover I am down another 300g, which gives me a total of 3.4kg for the month. I wonder if I can do another 600g by the 28th, to give me 4kg in 4 weeks...? Thats my goal, but any loss is good!

So I went to visit my aunt today. She has recently retired from teaching due to health issues (and she is in her 70's! She would still be teaching if she was well). When she left teaching she kept her 'essentials'; What she would need to start up a class if she was well enough to teach again. Well she has decided that day won't come, so guess who got all of her resources? There is no room left in the boot (North Americas: Trunk) of my car and my front seat is pretty full as well. There is so much stuff! Everything from books, to unit plans, to pictures for my walls. Everything. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Saves me a lot of work, time and money!

In a minute I am off to the gym to do my new strength routine with a trainer. I LOVE the YMCA! I get a free programme written for me and 2 free sessions with the trainer every 6 weeks. Pretty darn sweet! Wish me luck!

  
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CARLA-216 1/24/2012 2:30PM

    What a nice gift from your aunt! Have fun going through everything!

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ILOVEROSES 1/24/2012 6:51AM

    Congrats on your 3.4kg loss! emoticonWhat a great gift from your aunt and just in time for the start of the new year! What classes will you be teaching?
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MENHALLS 1/23/2012 11:28PM

    What a wonderful gift! You are going to ROCK the classroom.

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