Monday, May 26, 2008
Well I weighed in at 166 today, no real changes in measurements...I think my thighs might be a fraction of an inch smaller but I'm only going to count it when it's a half.. So that makes 4 lbs total for the Memorial Day challenge....sigh. I guess something is better than nothing! Just a lot slower than I was hoping for. I'm still going to try and shoot for 159 by July 4th. I also put away the scale and measuring tape, and those will only emerge once a week from here on out. I will instead focus on my deficit and exercise.
So, the plan is:
*No self-denial, but other than the fancy chocolates I bought for cravings I will try and stick to healthy fare outside of my two cheat meals: Pancakes Saturday mornings and dinner either Friday or Saturday.
*I will reward myself with non-food things, such as an aromatherapy bath.
*When I reach 159, I get a pedicure.
*I'm going to shoot for a 7000 deficit weekly, which on days I bike to work works out to around 1490 calories I can eat, unless I want to not have to do any cardio on Saturday, then I will have to try and save up.
*I'm going to really try and listen to what my body tells me, when I'm full or not, etc.
I'm already behind this week, with yesterday's emergency I didn't get in any cardio or strength, so I'm going to head to the gym shortly here and get on the elliptical and do my strength, and then maybe later have a walk or something.
Happy Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Well I didn't get to the gym today as planned, nor even get all my errands done. My nephew dislocated and broke his ankle and I spent the day in emergency surgery waiting for him to come out. I finally got out of the hospital around 8:30 when he was knocked out from the pain meds and came home and tidied up (calms me, I've been pretty stressed today) and then took a soak in the tub. I treated myself to some aromatherapy goodies from Bath and Body Works, a relaxing bath soak, a massage oil, and a pillow spray. I also got a Neutrogena 'Wave' facial cleanser, that vibrates to stimulate your pores to open...so far seems like it worked at least a little.
I told Mike that if it weren't for other people's drama, I would have no drama in my life. My sister is always in the middle of some level of crisis, and today I got it full blast. I'm happy to be there for her, especially since I'm able to maintain my calm I think I have a calming effect on her...however it feels like I absorb her stress and it develops into an explosive headache and all-over pain for me. I don't know how people can live in a constant state of stress like that! She always has so much going on, I can now really appreciate how calm my life is in normality. I didn't realize it when I lived with her, how much of her stress I took upon myself. I have recently realized that I leave most interactions with her stressed out. Glad I have my relaxing aromatherapy!
Happy Memorial Day!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Well, with the drinks I had last night, I came in with calories just shy of my BMR, and as yesterday was my day off I didn't get any exercise so no deficit to report. However, there is no excess, either. I had two eggs and two pancakes with bacon for breakfast, a couple handfulls of popcorn at the movie and a protein bar for lunch, and then I made chipotle chicken sandwiches with fresh pineapple and green beans for dinner. I had two glasses of chardonnay out, as well as 4 jag bombs (ugh) but I got them with sugar free Red Bull, so calories from alcohol only. Now, I don't normally do shots anymore, but it was just me and my girl friend thats moving away soon and she always does them, so as a concession to her I took em. I'm going to go back and add up my deficit for the week.
My total deficit for the week is 3928, since I didn't track or exercise Sunday and Wednesday. So, not quite as much as last week, but still not bad. I really need to focus next week and try to get that deficit higher. I weighed in at 165 this am, but I'm probably a little dehydrated from drinking last night so I'm not going to track it. I'll weigh in tomorrow and then I've decided the scale and measuring tape will be put away in the closet and only taken out once a week. Mike and I are also going to go to the gym on Sundays, so I'll get my strength in Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and thus only have to go to the gym one day a week after work...Leaving at 6:30 in the am and getting back aroung 7:45 at night is such a long day. Thursday I have off so I can take my time and really focus on form, too.
So that's all, for now. Gotta go run errands and then to the gym later, and post stats.
Friday, May 23, 2008
So, I biked to work today again (yay me!) and had oatmeal for my morning snack instead of the protein shake....I had eggs for breakfast and tuna for lunch, so I still did ok on the protein. Then I biked over to the gym, did two rounds of my strength workout from BBG, and then biked the 40 minutes home...man that burned. I have a lot of leg exercises in my routine, such as stepping up on a bench with one leg and raising my other knee, stepping up on the bench and doing lat raises, etc...with my legs already being sore from my long ride yesterday and jumping around in volleyball for 3/4s of an hour, it was murder to pedal all the way back home...I also twinged my right hip flexor doing side lunges so that hurts in it's own right. I'm glad I got everything taken care of so I can relax and take it easy tomorrow. And then, the cherry on top, the hills.
Now, my city is built into a hillside along the shore of Lake Superior, and I live on second street, which means the last thing I have to do is bike up two steep hills, city-block length. It's my finale and I put everything I have into getting up them...I refuse to get off the bike and walk it up. Once I get home, shaking and panting with sweat dripping down my back (it was about 45-50 degrees and super windy by the time I got home, fyi) I feel very proud of myself....but I know why cyclists stay bent down with their heads tucked...being in the up-right position hurts your back after awhile. I can pedal with one hand on the bars (haven't quite gotten to no-hands...but I can steer with my fingertips) and hear my back crack as I straighten up. But I also think I get a decent arm workout lugging that bike up and down my stairs, too.
So, anyway, I made it home on pure fumes and decided there were no two ways about it, I was having pizza for dinner. I ordered up a Papa John's The Meats on Whole Wheat crust and took it up to Mikey at work. So, I came in over my calorie goals, but I still have a deficit..and that's not counting what I burn with my strength..I do it circuit style so my heartrate stays up.
I'll make a point to have more protein and watch my cals tomorrow, but it was worth it to have a nice cheesy greasy pizza. It's probably been over a month since I had one...the South Beach ones I get once a week don't quite compare, ya know?
So, stats for the day:
BMR ~ 1891
Calories Burnt ~ 662
Total expenditure ~ 2553
Calories eaten ~ 1919
Total deficit ~ 634
My percentages are: 42% carb, 24% protein, 34% fat. Not bad, I'm usually really low in the fat percentage so I can accept that once in awhile, and my protein was still high. The sodium was high of course, thanks to the pizza, but not outrageously so, and I had 26 grams of fiber, so that's good.
Well, I don't normally keep tabs on Saturday but I'm going to try and track tomorrow so I can total up my deficit for the week.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
OK, well I hope I didn't do too much damage last night...I had 3 drinks and when I came home I had a peice of toast with PB and jam and...I don't remember what I did for dinner. I think I nibbled a bit of this, a bit of that...I had some mixed nuts, and ... honestly don't remember.
Today, I didn't get as much protein as I had planned for, but I had great calorie burn and my calories were alright. I biked east of town to a nice area that has picnic tables and benches along the lakeshore and had a lunch and a little nap there (I now have capri tan lines, maryjane tanlines on my feet, and hand-tans since I was wearing a long-sleeve shirt...fabulous) Volleyball was fun, I did get some motion ..I'm not sure I burned what SP says I did, but oh well I'll take it.
BMR ~ 1891
Calories burnt ~ 1144
Total expenditure ~ 3035
Calories eaten ~ 1667
Total deficit ~ 1368
I was really high on my carbs today, 59% carb, 20% protein, 22% fat. It's close to my 'reccomended' but I try to have a lot higher percentage of protein, to help with muscle building.
I'm glad I gave myself a 'sanity day' yesterday, although I really would like to get better handle on the frustration that leads me to need a mid-week sanity day. Saturday is supposed to be my cheat day where I get to eat the not-so-nutritionally-dense stuff that doesn't fit into a 'healthy to eat every day' column. So that's my goal for next week, to keep the cheating to Saturday...of course if I need a piece of chocolate mid week I get it (deprivation is not healthy!) but that doesn't count as naughty. Maybe it will help that I know next Saturday is a girl's night and we're going all out with the fancy martinis (it's a sex and the city opening party) and hors d'ouevres...definitely need to stock up on 'deficit' credits for that one!
OK, I have to get up early for my bike ride to work, so I had better get going.
Happy (almost!) Friday!
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