Sunday, September 19, 2010
I've discovered podcasts for my iPhone. I download whatever I feel like listening to and then listen at work. Helps drown out all the extra noise and nothing I download requires serious thought and concentration. If I miss something, I can back up the podcast and listen again. BTW...everything I download is free, because I'm too cheap to purchase any of it!
Jillian Michaels has a free podcast that she's been doing for awhile. I just found it and am listening to all of the back "issues" before listening to the most recent ones. I'm up to January of this year.
Anyway, one of her analogies that she uses over and over is the flat tire analogy. If you're driving on your journey (see where this is going?) and you get a flat tire, what do you do? Get out and slash the other three? NO! At least, I hope not! You get the tools you need, the people you need and you fix the flat tire. Then you can continue on the journey!
This analogy really hit home for me. I am one of those people who would decide that since I'm already out of calorie range for the day, I might as well eat whatever I wanted for the rest of the day since I had already "blown it." I was slashing the other three tires! Now, when I make less than stellar choices (I know, I'm shocked that I would do that too!), I remember that it is only one flat. No need to slash the tires. Or fire bomb the entire car! LOL!
So, SPark Friends. Fix the flat!!!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I checked out the book "You: The Owner's Manual" by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. It is very thick and I do not have the time (nor the desire) to read the whole thing. My plan was to read the book and figure out what happens inside your body when you eat healthy food and how that differs from when you eat less healthy food.
So far, the book is only covering the mechanics of what the body does, regardless of what you put in. Of course, I've only read about 10 pages. Even though the book is very well written and in language us everyman-non-doctors can read, I don't think I'm going to get the info I want from it. I'm planning to read the chapter on the intestines, the chapter listing the "You Diet" and the "You Workout" chapter. Then move on. If I learn anything worth passing on, I will.
However, a friend of mine has the book "Making the Cut" by Jillian Michaels. For those of you who don't know, Jillian is VERY much into organic food and no processed foods and no sugar and no chemicals. VERY into all of that. The book, Making the Cut, is a plan to get off those last 5 - 10 "vanity" pounds. My friend is going to let me borrow that book. I do not know if I will follow her program, but I think she will tell me some of those things I want to know. Like how much my body will rebel when I eat three Krispy Kreme donuts right after finishing off a Philly Cheese Steak Burger and large fries from Carl's Jr. (Yeah, I did that tonight.)
Maybe, once I am more informed, I will not do that to myself. Or maybe not. They did taste good! LOL! Oh, and just in case you're worried about me (as I know you ALL are...tee hee), I do not feel guilty about my little binge. I planned to make some unhealthy choices today. Maybe not THAT unhealthy, but what's done is done. My body already yelled at me. I'm done eating for the day and I will make MUCH better choices tomorrow (and the rest of the week). One flat tire will not make me slash the other three!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I've decided I want to get a heart rate monitor. I want one that will monitor my heart rate (duh!) and estimate my calorie burn. I hear that one that straps around your chest is better, but am not married to the idea. I like the idea of the wrist watch style, but, again, not married to the idea.
So, here's the time for the advice. Do any of you use a heart rate monitor that you love? Or did you buy one that you hate? Which is better, wrist, arm or chest? Or is there some other variety? Any particular brand that is better or worse than others?
And price range. What should I expect to pay? I obviously prefer free, but realize that that is unlikely.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Last week, I started doing some exercises to help train to be able to do at least one unassisted chin-up/pull-up. I am also participating in a 12-week program at work for weight management. The lady at work who is coordinating the 12-week program offered to put together a strength training program for me.
Today, I went to the gym at work and walked through some of the exercises. She had a list of very basic exercises, most I have done before. Okay...I've done them all before! But, she did have some variations for me that I hadn't thought of before (three positions for your toes during calf raises, leg extensions/curls with only one leg at a time, tricep extension with your palm facing out), so I felt like it was a worthwhile trip to the gym for me.
She did recommend using the inner and outer thigh machines (abductor and adductor), but I chose not to do those. I've heard too many people say that those machines can cause harm, so I'm not going to risk using them. I can do squats and lunges if I want to work those muscles. Or good, old-fashioned leg lifts!
I did all of her exercises (except the thigh things) plus my chin-up exercises. Hope that I'm a little sore tomorrow (so I know it's working!). But only a little sore...cos I don't like pain! Not my own, anyway! LOL!
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