Tuesday, August 28, 2012
It's Tuesday, and the only thing that I could think about this morning was I have only 3 more days to go until Friday and my 3-day weekend. It's the last big weekend before the children go back to school and the parents who had given me a brief break from the road, will be back. It's nothing like having a car in front of you during rush hour who has no immediate need to be anywhere, but a couple of blocks away to their children's school.
I remember this time of the year being really hectic for me getting everything prepared for the girls start back to school, but now I look with envy at the parents and I miss it a bit. But only for brief seconds . My girls have been out of high school for a couple of years now, so the rush was over after their first year of college, and getting the basics down. I still like to pick up items to donate for kids back-to-school supplies. Anything to help out the parents, as I know something that I think may be an insignificant amount, could be a challenge to someone else.
I've had time now to recoup from my latest episode, and I'm ready to get myself back in the gym. This was primarily motivated by the recent picture of the 75 year old bodybuilder that I tell everyone is my role model. I showed her picture to my 78 year old Mom, and she couldn't understand why I would want to look like that. She says she doesn't look right with all those muscles. According to my Mom, she should be softer and more rounded. Gotta love my Mom, even at my age, she's still trying to make me feel like where I'm at is perfectly fine.
So here's the plan, which I'm putting out here to make me more accountable. I got some great exercise plans when I visited the Self website recommended by Spark. I went to see the information on Coach Nicole, and ended up getting a subscription! Anyway, here it goes:
Beginning 9/4: 3 days of intense cardio - 2 days of weight training
Begin weaning myself from my pop habit 1 day at a time
Maintain calories of no more than 1400, which incorporates protein shakes as 2 meal replacements
Goal is reduction of percentage of overall body fat, and gain of lean muscle. As you can see, these goals leave room for flexibility and modifications as I progress. I'm hoping to be at goal, and maintenance by December 1.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Okay, well it was a battle, but I along with my daughter, were able to save the Magnum ice creams from melting in the power outage. We thought "what would be the least likely to survive the outage that was not scheduled to be restored until Sunday?" We determined that the sacrifice had to be made to our calorie intake, we had to save the Magnums!
Anyway, we settled down in the heat of the day, which was the high 90s, and began our quest. The only thing I thought was, why did I buy them anyway? I mean, did I have to buy them from Sam's Club? The smaller version from Kroger would have been sufficient for the holiday. Anyway, I couldn't let them just melt away and waste the cost of these delites. They were definitely true to their reputation and the commercial, which had initially seduced me into seeking them out at the grocery store in the first place, when going to purchase my almond milk.
We finished them in record time too! Satisifed that we had saved not only the ice cream, but our investment, we settled down and comforted in the fact that the sweetness caused us to drink more water, which we felt would reduce the calories of the deed done. Our triumph diminshed only by the shout "the powers on!" and the realization that we had just eaten 640 additional calories, and we had not even gone 12 hours without power.
Well, I'll just say, we saved them and gained an important lesson. Don't purchase them anymore, so that they won't need to be saved. Remember why you were purchasing almond milk. . . .you are lactose intolerant! Anyway, I made it safely to work without incident, and with a good sleep under air condition. The gods were good to me because the lactose didn't make me sick like it usually does within minutes of eating any diary.
Overall, yesterday was a good day!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Well, I wish I could start off by saying that the weekend went really well, and that I stayed on track. Unfortunately, I can't say that and be truthful, and I feel I need to be truthful in my journey. I started out really well on Saturday, and matter of fact, it wasn't until late evening that I broke down and got a bag of potato chips. Erika and I got out early and did the track before the heat kicked in. We went by a fresh fruit stand, and I purchased some tomatoes and limes.
On Sunday I started out great too! By the time service was over, I was starving, so I stopped to pick something up, which didn't sit well with me. We went to the beach to get in the water and cool off, but before leaving I fixed some healthy snacks for us, which worked out well. By later that evening I had a craving for more potato chips, so I got some along with a pop! I had not only gotten the chips, but I broke my no pop streak of 8 days! The weather was so hot and water was not doing it for me.
After all those setbacks, I still got up with the thought today that it's not over!!! So, today is day 1 without pop or chips, and I'm on target with my eating plan, although I am not beginning at Day 1 again. Wish me continued success as I travel on this journey of health and activity for a lifetime.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Okay, I'm hyped because today is not only Friday, but the girls and I will be completing our first week of dieting together. I must admit it has been a struggle for me to commit to this 14-day 400 calories per meal diet, but I am seeing results. I can't wait to see what the measuring tape says on day 14, because the scale already shows pounds lost.
Even though I am making very healthy choices and planning out my meals ahead of time and in accordance with the guidelines, I am having a difficult time not being hungry all the time. I've broken my meals do so that I'm not feeling the hunger as much during the day, but in the evenings after working out, I'm starved! I know that 1200 calories a day is below the requirements for my height, but this is supposed to be a challenge for me, and after the 14 days, I am supposed to maintain my regular calorie range but with the choices/selections I've made during the challenge. My friend told me that I'm supposed to be hungry. He said that he has never heard of a diet where you're not hungry. I don't believe that myself, especially because that's not how I have done before, when I was successful.
Anyway, on a more positive note, the girls and I went walking last night for 1 hour. We even took the dogs with us to the park, but then took them back home when someone came with their hugh pitt bull. We then finished walking at the track. I had my daughter Erika take some pictures so that I could place a virtual walk with us in my next post. This weekend plans to be a busy one, so I'll bring you up to date on Monday. I hope to stay on track with my eating, as I have a lot of plans with friends this weekend.
As I've stated, I been pretty hungry lately, so by the time I took the picture this morning of my food, I had already eaten my breakfast . So here's my lunch and snack for the day. My breakfast was the same as yesterday, which was the cereal with almond milk, and a banana.
Have a really great weekend!
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