Thursday, September 16, 2010
Push and Pull again:
Military Pushups: 10, 10
Pullups: 5/2, 4/3
Wide Pushups: 10, 10
Chinups: 5/2, 4/3
Military Press: 10, 10
Arms-in Pullups: 4/3, 3/4
I did my pushups elevated, but instead of propping one foot on top of the other, I held the one foot in the air and tried to keep my body in a straight line. That was a bit harder because my one leg wasn't resting (duh). Had a better pullups day than on Monday. I'm sure feeling healthier helped. I'm curious, though, if I could do a pullup at the gym, where the pullup bars are high enough that my feet couldn't touch the ground when I was fully extended. Just curious. And after next week, I'm feeling a break from the pullups. Love them and all, but I just need something different.
It's a lovely, rainy Thursday in Northeast Ohio. I'm finally starting to feel a little more human from this cold, although I ended up sleeping on the couch last night because hubby was snoring. Boo.
The last two days, I ate around 1700 calories a day, and the one thing those two days had in common was that I was HUNGRY. I woke up today seriously counting down the minutes until breakfast. So I had what has been my normal 3 oz. of chicken breast and egg whites topped with salsa, but today I added a whole egg, too. And I had my normal banana. Then did my workout and had my protein shake. Then went to the doctor for my third laser treatment. He's still talking about getting my hormone levels checked. Apparently some people can be sensitive to testosterone, even if the levels are normal. Since this is the second time he's mentioned it, I think I'm seriously going to consider it. You know, after we give this third treatment a few weeks to see if it worked. Certainly, it's helped, but maybe we could find a less expensive option!
After a week and a half without dairy, I haven't really noticed a difference in my skin. I've read blogs and responses from people who go paleo/primal and notice a big difference within a week or two, and that doesn't seem to be the case for me. For what it's worth, when I first went paleo, I cut out all dairy and didn't notice a difference in my skin. It was possible that by suddenly adding in kefir, sour cream, and yogurt all in one chunk that I triggered a reaction, but fully cutting out the dairy for over a week hasn't really indicated any improvement. And when I say fully, I mean fully. As in, no milk (duh), no butter, no cheese, no whey protein, no chocolate with powdered milk, nothing that has a milk protein in it. Not even the Little Italy pasta sauce that has sheep's milk cheese in it. Nothing.
But, I feel a little more comfortable without the cheese. Perhaps a little bit of my childhood lactose intolerance still lingers. And... I don't really miss the dairy. There you have it. And if I REALLY want ice cream, that coconut milk stuff is really good, forgiving the agave nectar in it.
So I don't plan on going on a milk binge any time soon. I'll continue this way for a little longer, but given that going paleo didn't give me the beautiful, clear, perfect skin everybody else seems to benefit from in the first place, I'm questioning the food thing. It was worth a try, though.
STILL waiting on a call from the Navy. Pretty soon, they're going to get a call from me, asking what on earth is taking so long! I need to get this show on the road, people. This living at home thing was supposed to be temporary, and the more "temporary" we can make this, the better.
Oh, yesterday was a beautiful day, so I went outside and pulled out my jump rope. I still wasn't feeling the swimming, so I did some jump rope intervals I found in the latest issue of FitnessRX. I have the stamina to do it, but apparently haven't quite developed the coordination to do the criss-cross. But I'll get it. I'm not worried about that. When I was done, I went for the same 2.2 mile run I did on Monday and shaved 45 seconds off the total time, which I think brought me to a solid 9-minute mile. I'll take it. I was doing down to 8 over the summer, but let's be honest, I HATE distance running. Sooooo boring. Heck, maybe I'll push to get back to that time just so I can get it over with faster!
Speaking of FitnessRX, they had a long article about barefoot running and why it really is superior to running shoes. There was a study done with women who were regular runners (I think they logged 15 miles a week), had them warm up, and then used motion analyzing equipment to record their movement as they ran on a treadmill both in standard running shoes and barefoot. The running shoes put about 36-38% MORE torque on the knees than running barefoot. So basically, there's 36-38% more twisting in your knees when you're using a running shoe than when you run barefoot? Oh yes, that's exactly what they're saying. Just for funsies, the article also referenced a study that showed high heels add around 22-25% torque to the knees. So running shoes place more torque on the knees than high heels. Great.
Anywho, I just thought that was really interesting. And now, to try and kill a dreary Thursday afternoon. I should probably vacuum...
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I just wanted to give a little shout-out to this type of thinking. I did a brief test that Reeku sent me, and it determined that I was a "mixed type," meaning that I should get around 40-50% of my calories from carbs, 30% from protein, and 20-30% from fat. This kind of flies in the face of the Primal Blueprint, which says that 100-150g of carbs a day is optimal for maintenance, and 50-100g is good for fat loss.
For me to eat 40% of my calories from carbs, I need to be eating between 142-177g a day, if I eat within SparkPeople's recommended calorie range. Honestly, I'm feeling a lot better eating that many carbs. I have to eat a lot of fruit to get that high -- it's pretty hard when you're not eating grains, but just think of all those antioxidants I'm getting, and whole fruit is still low on the glycemic index, so I'm not too worried about insulin. I'm having fewer cravings. Actually, my family ordered pizza to eat during the game, and I found myself getting upset because I didn't WANT any! I ate out plenty right when I moved up to Cleveland, and now honestly I don't want to eat tons of junk. I'm very happy eating my regular meals and involving a piece of fruit with each one.
Now, I'm just curious what I'm going to do when we get to winter, and there isn't much fresh fruit to be found locally!
So somehow I lost my train of thought... maybe in another box of Kleenex, and forgot my whole point! Which is that I have to believe that there isn't a one-size-fits-all diet. You could be basically meatatarian or vegetarian and be healthy, if that's what works for you. I think the key is just eating WHOLE FOODS.
When you think about it, back in the "old days," all the foods that make up an ethnic identity were homemade. Pasta was homemade, and FWIW, Italians still use pasta as a side dish rather than a main entree. Or, when my dad once made real Lithuanian koldunai (which are kinda like ravioli), it took a full day's work. So, it's not like they were eating noodles filled with meat every day!
It's not like it's a huge revelation, but I do think it's important to recognize. Whole food is where it's at. Whether or not you eat lots of meat or not is up to the individual. I can't remember where I read it first, but even a vegan can be primal or paleo. In fact, I find it funny how many vegetarians I know who eat less fruits and veggies than I do because they fill up on grains.
Whole foods, people, whole foods!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Squats: 9 w/ 40 lbs., 10 w/ 50 lbs.
Hanging Leg Raises: 6/2, 5/1
Lunges w/ 50 lbs.: 10, 10
Pillow Humpers: 8 with 4 second hold
Side Lunges w/ 40 lbs.: 8, 7
Hip Raises: 10, 10
Holy cow, if I don't sneeze today I'm going to go nuts! I've tried to sneeze, I think, 7 times already today, and each time I was left with just a really stuffy nose and a lot of frustration. I REALLY hope this means the cold is breaking.
I did my squats with my feet only should width apart. I can't get as deep, but I think I got a better butt target! Hanging Leg Raises are still getting better. I'd love to get more range of motion, but I think I'm gonna need hubby to spot me on that. Lunges are, well, lunges. I could use heavier weights, but we don't have any right now. Side Lunges would be easier if I could figure out how to hold the weights! So right now I'm just managing. They should give me the strength to do really good single-leg squats, so maybe I'll switch back to those. And Hip Raises are going well, they're just killer at the end of the workout.
Well, after yesterday's 2000-calorie day, I just feel normal. Well, actually, my stomach feels a little funky, but I know that's more due to the head cold than my eating. My weight has been fluctuating between the same 3-4 pounds, and on both occasions where I bumped up my calories, the day after I was at the low end of those 3-4 pounds. Today, I'm back down to the lower weight, but I'm also going to drop my calories back down as part of the zig-zagging method. But according to the BMR calculator, with my current level of activity, I should be consuming 2,000 calories a day. I'm going to stay with the lower calories the rest of the week because we'll be visiting family this weekend, and they like to eat. And they're good cooks, too, so I'll probably get my high-calorie days that way!
I'm kinda glad, though, that I'm following my doctor's no-milk, no-sugar advice, because now I have something other than sheer willpower to help me stick to my diet!
Today is sit-on-my-butt day. The head cold is leaving me a little googly-eyed and heavily dependent on the boxes of Kleenex. Everyone else in my family seems to have gotten just a sore throat and a few sniffles, and I'm almost knocked on my butt. I will probably take a nap while watching Design on a Dime. It's not really my favorite show -- I think their stuff is often too matchy-matchy, and they have these grandiose ideas for the rooms and stretch their pennies to the limit, when I think they would be better served to tone down the ideas and spend the pennies on some quality stuff. Oh, and they do a ton of DIY stuff. I'm all about DIY, but I couldn't do half of what they do, and I guess that's part of what turns me off a little.
Well, that was way too much about HGTV. Time to type less and watch more!
Monday, September 13, 2010
I did my push/pull workout today, although it probably wasn't my finest. Here we go:
Military Pushups: 10, 10
Pullups: 4.5/2, 3.5/3
Wide Pushups: 10, 10
Chinups: 3.5/4, 3.5/4
Military Press: 8, 6
Arms-in Pullups: 2.5/5, 2.5/5
All-in-all, not really an improvement since last week. Well, lemme rethink that, because I did do all my pushups with my feet elevated this time, so balancing on one leg on a chair. It was pretty cool. Hubby corrected my form on the military pushups, but my wide pushups were pretty solid. I'll do the same next time. Pullups, though, I was not feeling! I have this head cold, complete with sore muscles, and I'm definitely feeling it in my back. So hopefully Thursday's workout will be better because I won't be SICK!
Went for a run today, too, instead of swimming. I just didn't think I could handle the chill of the pool or the necessary breathing skills! So I did a 20 minute run and covered a little over 2 miles and sounded like I was dying of emphysema when I was done. I sound a lot worse than I feel, but honestly I don't feel great.
Then hubby and I went up to the recruitment office to drop off my transcripts. Now all my paperwork is complete. I also found out that I'm not the one waiting for the phone call from the skipper, they're waiting for the phone call, and then they will call me and tell me when to show up for a face-to-face interview. It would be nice if I could do the interview soon, but it would also be nice to do the interview without sounding like there's a dead frog in my throat.
We also stopped at Play It Again Sports. Hubby decided to join an informal Ultimate Frisbee League, and they played their first game yesterday. Everybody on hubby's team is a noob, so they didn't know cleats were a good idea. Hubby said there was a lot of slipping and sliding around, so today we searched for cleats and were lucky enough that they had one pair in his size! Size 12! And while we were looking around, I saw some kettlebells for $1.50 a pound, and since I've seen them for $2 a pound or more, I jumped on it and grabbed the 20-lb. bell. I may work it into my bodyweight exercises. Hmmmm, tabatas with four bodyweight exercises and then finishing with kettlebell swings for the full-body effect. Sounds like fun! Then we came home. And I took a nap.
So today I'm aiming for a 2,000 calorie day. That's a lot of food, although I don't feel stuffed. We'll see how I feel when it gets closer to bedtime!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Squats w/ 40 lbs.: 8, 8
Hanging Leg Raises: 5/1, 4/2
Lunges w/ 50 lbs.: 8, 8
Pillow Humpers: 10 with 3 second hold
Side Lunges w/ 40 lbs.: 6, 6
Hip Raises: 9, 9 each side
I'm not convinced my squats are targeting my butt! I think they're working my inner thighs more, but my side lunges seem to hit some booty. Gonna play around with form and see if I can target that better. Or spend some time on Google looking it up.
Hanging Leg Raises got a lot better today. I did read that you should not attempt them if you're not strong enough to stop yourself from swinging. So I seriously just willed myself to not swing when I did my leg raises, and surprisingly enough, they went much better! And I felt it in my back, too. Woot!
I'm not feeling totally up to snuff, but I went swimming after my workout anyway. I swam 75 yards twice, then 50 yards, then 75 yards twice, then 50 yards, and then decided I was more than done! I was dying those last 50 yards! But hey, the 75s are getting easier, so it should be no time before I can regularly do 100 yards.
I made some apricot-ginger baked chicken for dinner: basically, I mixed Annie's Lowfat Gingerly dressing (which is really good and natural for something lowfat -- I'm pleasantly surprised) with some apricot preserves (with no unnatural crap in it) and coated some chicken breasts in it. I should have used more, because the glaze was so light that it was barely detectable, although what WAS detectable was good. And then I steamed up some spaghetti squash, mixed it with cooked up Italian vegetable blend, tossed it with a wee bit of olive oil and a generous splash of lemon juice and a little garlic, and that was dinner. The lemony was really good, but it could've used more garlic. Actually, hubby even went "Mmmm, the lemony is good!" so I guess it was a winner! My dad, on the other hand, coated all of it in pasta sauce. At least the pasta sauce he uses is good and all-natural. And apparently it was quite tasty with the undertones of lemon. As for the apricot-ginger chicken, well, apparently it was not apricot-ginger-y enough to have even a remote chance against the pasta sauce. Oh well. Can't win 'em all. At least I got the thrill of cooking up something I made up on my own. But note to self: more apricot-ginger glaze, and more garlic in the spaghetti squash.
Hubby and I were going to go apple-picking today, but apparently the fruit farm lost a lot of their early harvest to a frost (my dad asks when we had a frost...) So instead we just bought some apples. Honey Crisp. Apparently they're supposed to be the most amazing apples in the entire freaking galaxy because they're very juicy but also very crisp, which I guess is otherwise non-existent among apples. I dunno, these things are hyped up so much that I told my dad I'd better be eating a freaking apple pie when I bite into one, otherwise I will chalk it up to over-hype. To which he responded that it won't taste like apple pie. Hah!
I'm sure they're delicious, but the only apples I discriminate against are mushy apples. I like crispy apples, tart or sweet, just as long as they're crispy.
So, since we couldn't go apple picking, we went for a walk along a trail in the Metroparks. I forgot that here in Ohio, there are hills. One of them was pretty intense. I told hubby I didn't know we were going hiking today! Oh well, the fresh fall air was awesome! It was still warm enough today with the sun that with jeans and long sleeves I didn't need a jacket.
Oh, and pumpkins are coming into season. It'll be nice to make pumpkin foods in weather that feels appropriate to, well, pumpkins! Yep, and I'm trying not to care if my parents won't eat it, because it makes me happy, and they're not two-year-olds who need to be taught to eat new foods. Okay, they should try new foods, but there's only so much I can do. Maybe if they see enough of it, they'll want to try it. Oh well!
And that's that. Tonight is another home high school football game, so I'm going to go see it to support the hubby, even if he spends most of the time in complete boredom. Oh, and my transcripts finally came in, so on Monday I can go down to the recruiting office and drop them off so I can get my proper rank when I sign with the Navy. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!
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