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On track again in April

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I've pretty much been denying myself over this past week in terms of taking care of myself. I've been not exercising and eating WAY more carbs than usual.

Yesterday, I went for a run. My copy of 30 day shred arrived in the mail. Love it. It's no joke. i'm no amateur in terms of working out, but it was hard. By the third circuit I was really tired. The strength section in particular - longest 3 minutes ever! I'm really glad I have it, because it's a really manageable workout. Sometimes it's daunting to go running. I have to walk out to the gym, run for 30-40 minutes, shower. It's a 1.5 hour production. This, I really can see myself doing in 35 minutes overall. I'm doing it every day in the month of April. Exciting!

I don't even want to weigh myself. I don't even know...


Making time to exercise

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I'm stressed. I'm graduating in two months, so there is my senior thesis and finding a job to think about. I excercised for 40 minutes yesterday, and I felt great, but it's been a struggle getting in exercise in general. It's often been about once every two days for the past two weeks, with only very little and sporadic strength training. I'm going to try to get on the stepper for 15 minutes later.

I may have to make my exercise goals more realistic to fit my packed schedule. Maybe I'll have to exercise only 20min/day on some days. But the point is to get it in! I ordered the 30 day shred on Amazon today. Given how busy I'm going to be, it seems like a good workout to be doing. Obviously I'll still try to run often, but I'd feel better if I was shredding every day. From what I understand, it's very reasonable time wise, because, unlike running, you're not going away from home to do it, and it's just 20 minutes. Very difficult to make excuses. I've been full of excuses recently.

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MONISPARKS 3/26/2009 6:25PM

    The shred will definitely help you. I don't have a lot of time either but 20 minutes in your own home (no driving to a gym, etc.) is great. I am not used to doing strength training so some of the moves keep my butt!

What kind of stepper is it and do you like it? I have a mini-stepper at home and like it at lot.

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BLH507 3/24/2009 8:24PM

    I have the 30 minute shred video. It will really kick your b***. It was the longest 20 minutes ever but I was alway proud of myself for doing it. My husband still shreds some but I injured my ankle last spring and I am not allowed to jump. Good luck. It's a great use of 20 minutes!

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MOM2FENCERS 3/23/2009 8:40AM

    Your schedule is your context. I will be thinking of you during this time. emoticon
Keep moving. emoticon even if only 20 min per workout time. You need the outlet! emoticon

B in TN

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Home-cooked meals, supportive friends

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I have a tendency to eat raw nowadays. I do a lot of wraps, parfaits, salads, and the like. This is a bit of a forced development, though. I only have a microwave, so I can't cook things on a stove. I miss warm food, which seems somehow more savory when you eat cold stuff all the time.

Fortunately, over the past two days, I've had hot meals cooked for me! A very exciting development. And it wasn't stressful, because these people understand how I eat/want to be eating. I'm a vegetarian, and I like to eat healthy. And, some of my friends, anyway, are down for joining me in that! On Monday, a friend of mine cooked a Chinese dish, simple -- just eggs, green onions, and tomatoes plus a bit of seasoning---but incredibly delicious. The eggs were good eggs too. On Tuesday, I was on a date. He prepared a great salad, green peppers stuffed with brown rice, garlic, and some other yummy stuff, and mashed potatoes (because it was St. Patrick's day). Very impressive. After the incident with my computer on Sunday, those dinners were a great way to ring in the week. Good food and better company!


In a crisis, do I "deserve" to eat something naughty?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

So, I've not been tracking or posting much since Monday because I spilled coffee on my laptop. My nerves got to me! Fortunately, I was able to save all my documents. In fact, the thing itself still works, except the mouse is out. I need to get an external mouse so I can use it (sparingly) until I can afford to get a new one.

The situation was very stressful. Fortunately, I had a supportive friend who let me know where to get sound (free!) technical help. When it just happened, and I was walking over looking for the student tech, I thought...I really deserve some ice cream right now. I wasn't really in the mood for ice cream, but I thought...well, I certainly wouldn't judge myself for eating ice cream right now. I realized that it was kind of an odd thought, though. So I didn't get anything. I didn't emotionally eat! I definitely emotionally eat sometimes. I was able to avoid that, I think, because I had a friend helping me through it, and a sound plan for what I was going to do to address the problem. I'm proud of how I handled the situation, overall.


The Stepper and I = BFFs

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The stepper is my new best friend. Sparkpeople favors terming it a"stair step machine" --and I think everyone else does, too --- but I fondly refer to it as the stepper. I'm a runner, always have been, and I still prefer running. But I like the variety when I alternate between running and stepper/elliptical days. The stepper is also exciting because I can pretty much feel my butt getting tighter and more toned while I use it. It's also sneaky, in so far as it doesn't seem like it's going to be an intense workout cardio wise. But lo and behold! after 20 minutes you're sweaty. Also, I swear that my legs have never looked better since I've started using it 2x a week.

The stepper is also pretty much the only strength I reliably get in because I am a mess when it comes to strength. Ridiculously inconsistent! I'm trying to get in the habit of doing crunches every night, and once in a blue moon (like, this has happened twice since I've started working out again) I'll do a full on lower body strength circuit. I'm considering getting the 30 Day Shred so I can just pop it in and be told what to do in terms of strength a few times a week. I've always been a bit noodly about strength because I want to be strong and tight, but I don't want mass, and I don't really know enough to build a program to give me the first without the second...

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BYEBYE130S 3/19/2009 12:46PM

    I love the stepper too. It really does make you sweat. I have to watch tv or listen to music or just somehow not focus on what I'm doing, or else it's REALLY tough.

I read in an artcicle somewhere, i think ABC news, that if you hold onto the sides while exercising that you may actually be decreasing the calories that's stated on the maching by 50%!! I'm sure it will make the calorie tracker a bit off, but 50% sounds unbelievable. But look into it and find out--and don't hold onto the sides ;)

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MOM2FENCERS 3/16/2009 9:59AM

    Melanie, our 17 year old son competes in international sabre fencing. He has no coach to train with and no team to practice with. But he does the stepper at the Y and says it really works the legs. He is 6' 5" tall and his legs are STRONG.

Keep up the good work! emoticon (Pretend this is a stair stepper!) emoticon

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MYTIMEIN2009 3/16/2009 7:18AM

    Funny the "stepper" is the one machine I avoid at the gym. I have done it a few times, but always feel like I am not doing it right. I think though as I am getting back into running and have a pretty hilly 10K coming up in a couple of months, maybe I should try it again. Until reading your blog and being a runner == it made me consider putting the "stepper" into my weekly routine.

Keep on steppin~
Melanie (Team Lemon)

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PHEEEBZZZ 3/15/2009 11:33AM

    I have the 30 Day Shred and really like it; I have more definition now, I'm more toned and I really like that :)
Congrats on this new friendship with your stepper, seems like a productive match :)

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