Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In the past month and a half I've been dealing with a multitude of events:
*I've been reappling to college (transferring credits in).
*I've been going to CT to attend my youngest sister-in-law's bridal shower, and other associated events.
*I've been talking two pregnant friends through some hormonal changes.
*I've been having my sleeping pattern miserably disrupted by hubby and the rain again
*I've been having arguments with hubby about the necessity of cleaning when both of us have allergies to dust and mold, and neither of us (especially him) likes cleaning
*I've been doing other things besides.
I've been, I've been, I've been. In my multitude of I've been, here's what I haven't been doing:
*I haven't been cooking at home more than once in a while, relying on take outs a lot (my lean mean steak burger vs diner burger -hey, I'm anemic, I crave beef when low on iron - is no contest)
*I haven't been eating on a regular, scheduled basis, or even when I feel hungry
*I haven't gone outside except when absolutely necessary (a lot of the above is easily done over the phone or online), thus minimizing movement
*I haven't been exercising in the house due to clutter and dust
*I haven't been socializing other than above events and yet
*I haven't been having my needed alone time
*I haven't been going out to find good cross-traines (even though I have nice shape-up sneakers, which are awesome for walking, I still need something for running/biking; I also don't know what to look for in those)
* I haven't been going out to find some good outdoor workout clothes (again, I don't know what to look for, I've got boobs and hips and get discouraged at the prices and smallness of the items at the athletic stores).
*I haven't been feeling good about myself
I know it's time to start changing these lists, and yet the more I've put it off, the more overwhelmed I feel. I am now at over 200 lbs, more than the 198 when I first started on here.
I know I need a training buddy, and I'm starting to realize that hubby might not work for that (his schedule is too erratic, so he ends up exercising when I'm asleep most times). I also need some semblance of a routine, but don't know how to go about achieving it.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
(Also posted on one of my team forums)
So I joined SP on Tuesday Feb 23, at 5'8" and 196 lbs, (I had already gone down from 198 lbs two days beforehand), I got down to 190 lbs by Sunday the 31st, and have been stagnating at that weight since. SP advised me to up my fitness goals around Friday, because I had already exceeded and doubled my calories burned per week goal by then. With the exception of last Thursday (which for now is set as an off day for cardio), I've been doing at least 30 min of cardio/day from walking, playing DDR, general dancing in the house, to heavy cleaning (yes, that apparently counts).
I've also been taking measurements since Thursday, and those have been steadily going down, even though my weight hasn't. I should note that I have been keeping within my calorie/carb/protein/fat requirements. I have been having a problem meeting my potassium requirements though.
I've been waking up more and more tired and sore every day though, and later in the day. I don't know if this is because of the switch in my routine, or because DH has had a recent shift in schedule (more free time) and has been insisting on playing WoW up until the wee hours of the morning, thus keeping me up too.
I'm keeping strength training to 3 days a week (wed, friday, sunday). I'm supposed to do both strength training and cardio for today (woke up at 6 PM, exhausted), and am having a very hard time finding the motivation to do so. I'm still tired, feeling a bit hazy (I think my dust allergies have been acting up a bit too), and just overall not in a good mood.
Hips (measured around the butt area): 46
Upper Arm: 14
Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.72
Hips (measured around the butt area): 45.25
Upper Arm: 13
Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.71
How do I keep my energy levels up?
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Today (March 1, 2010) ended up being a completely vegetarian day, not on purpose, but due to not managing to get to my butcher's before they closed. Don't get me wrong, I've done vegetarian days before, but I've never actually tracked my nutrition for them.
By the end of the day I was wondering how vegetarians manage to get a decent balance of nutrition and not feel as if their stomachs are exploding
This was my dinner:
Steamed Trader Joe's Cucumber Wontons (100 cal) on top of 4 slices of cucumber as an appetizer.
Eggplant (1cup) sauteed in coconut milk (1/4 cup mixed with black pepper, ground ginger, sweet paprika and oregano), steamed okra (0.5 cup) and potatoes (1 medium idaho potato), and red kidney beans made with onions and salsa.
Nutrition Breakdown for Appetizer and Dinner
Total Calories: 583
Total Carbs: 104 g
Total Fat: 11 g (9 from the coconut milk)
Total Protein: 27 g (14 from the beans)
Dietary Fiber: 10.2 g
My entire day has been like this, and I barely made my minimums for calories, carbs, fat and protein! I am stuffed!
Vegetarians, how do you do it?
Monday, March 01, 2010
Finished a week of exercising in strength training yesterday, and I've set my cardio for every day except Thursdays. Today I woke up with incredibly sore muscles.
I know I didn't hurt myself, but I am wondering if my trending potassium deficiency (according to the nutrition log) has something to do with it. I've worked out more than this in the past after bouts of not working out, without hurting like this. Hmmmm.... Well at least I have today and tomorrow as off days for strength training...
Still determined to do my cardio though!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
In the past few days the weather has been snowy and cold in New York, and I haven't really wanted to go outside more than necessary. Since I've been relying mostly on walking and housecleaning for cardio, and since neither was about to get done today I was wondering how I would complete my goal for the day. Dance Dance Revolution to the rescue!
I used to love playing DDR back in high school, and for a few years after, and have had it for PC (with an old school mat that attached to a SCSI port - remember those?), Playstation 2, and Xbox 360, complete with mats. Since getting married I haven't played much, due to the fact that my husband doesn't really like playing the game anywhere near as much as I do, and part of the fun of DDR is playing it with friends or family.
Today, I dusted off the Xbox 360 Mat, popped the disc in, switched the setting to Workout mode (which tracks calories burned and either steps/swimming/or jogging equivalents) and proceeded to have a lot more fun than I remembered just playing some old favorites.
Oh yeah, and I surpassed my calories burned goal for the day!
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