Friday, September 19, 2008
Are you hungry yet? LOL Sorry for the above photo, it was too appetizing not to post here!
So, today is my FIRST cheat day on my fitness nutrition diet... and the twist is that I'm going to eat like I did BEFORE the fitness diet on a REGULAR day... not a cheat day (with all the fast food and the rest of the candy/chocolate and cookies like I used too!) I was even thinking that I should track this cheat day, just to see how my little extras add up. (I'm sorry, but I can't do a cheat day without my JELLY BEANS! LOL)
And I will stll be drinking my water... like crazy! And taking my vitamins! (after watching this:
* www.amenclinics.com/server2/ * I need to do a little more to keep my BRAIN healthy!)
Today I'm allowing myself to drink and eat dairy also. I am having my cottage cheese, yogurt and blueberries as we speak! YUM! I will also make sure to eat a carb with each meal. I used to see such awesome progress with my cheat days, that it would be a shame to mess with a good thing, right? And this cheat day, I'm also going to try to get my 6 meals in! It might be a challenge, but I'll pack food with me if I need to!
Tomorrow is my CAN-FIT-PRO fitness conference! I'm looking forward to attending and possibly purchasing some new fitness equipment for my basement cardio circuit (I want a medicine ball, a stability ball and maybe even a bosu ball!) These fitness conferences always sell all this stuff for great deals! I should also consider getting a new tune belt for my battery pack. I currently only have 1! 2 would be handy!
Then on Sunday I have my instructor meeting at the 2nd gym that I teach at. There is always a wonderful spread of fruit, veggies, sandwhiches and even treats at this meeting, so I am planning on going to the gym early to exercise before the meeting so I can justify the little nibblies :)
Have a great weekend, everyone! Get out there and enjoy the last nice days of the summer!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Goal Weight #2 Achieved! Today I weighed in at 130.2lbs! (But who's looking at the scale anymore, right? ) LOL
Looks like all this carb depleting and cardio HIITin' is paying off!
Oh, ya... and last night I told a girlfriend about my weight loss and that I'm entering a fitness competition in April of 2009 and all she could say is "You are going to be TOO SKINNY!", "OMG... you are going to looks EMACIATED!", and my personal favorite: "If you STOP eating, I'll come hunt you down myself!"
Uhhhh.... NO, Sista... you got it ALL WRONG!!! Skinny girls belong in Hollywood! Fitness competitiors are STRONG, lean MUSCLE machines! (I wanted to punch her for her ignorance but I couldn't cause we were on the phone. LOL)
She also has her own weight loss story... she lost 60 pounds by eating ONLY LETTUCE AND KETCHUP!
Who does that and then criticizes her most HEALTH CONCIOUS & FIT friend about her weight loss success, lifestyle changes and fitness goals???
(Again... I wanted to punch her... but that would not be very nice, would it? )
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I really didn't want to do my BORING run this morning nor did I really want to do my piece-meal basement circuit! So I decided to try melding the two exercises together! WOW, what a great workout!
I took the short loop (4.5 km ...since I got off to a late start) so my plan was to attempt walking for 30 seconds, then running (not my usual jog) for 30 seconds. (Think SPEED BURSTS)
It was SO much better then just running at the same pace for the entire loop! Also, I was faster this way! I made it home in 27 minutes flat! (I think when I jog it, at my pace, I get home at 29 minutes!) Shaving off 2 minutes from my original time is a pretty huge accomplishment! I'm quite proud of me!
And no knee pain! WOO HOO! Not even an incling of pain anywhere! (I'm attributing my speedy recovery time to my excellent nutrition and hydration schedule.)
I was talking to the girls at the gym yesterday (ARMS circuit with Wendy) and of course we started discussing diet. I mentioned the "protein pancakes" and everyone made the worst faces and said how much they HATED them or threw them out they were so bad! I piped up in the defence of the pancakes and said "They are good tasting with cinnamon, but a little dry and quite heavy!" One of the other girls mentioned that she actually cooks the oats BEFORE she adds them to the protein powder and egg mixture. She said this helps keep them moist and fluffy. Hmm... I was SO curious, I tried making them again this morning with her method, and SON-OF-A-GUN.... they were fluffy and had the texture of REAL pancakes! OMG! AMAZING! Not only that, but by cooking the oats first actually DOUBLED the amount of pancakes the same amount of ingredients made!!! (Hence, making the pancakes LESS DENSE!)
Seriously, you must be DYING to try making my protein pancakes now, right?
Well, here's the recipe! Bon Apetit!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I don't know what happened to me yesterday, but I turned into a BIG cry baby! LOL
I was at the gym, planning on doing my heavy weight training (LEGS) first then go outside for a rollerblade or some form of cardio... well, I was an hour into my circuit and I had 2 exercises (@3 sets each) left and I could n't find the right machines to use for them. I felt like I was wasting time just wandering, until I spotted it: the glute lift machine! It was not quite the same as the "butt master machine" I use at my regular gym, but I figured it would suffice none the less.
(the machine at the gym I normally use looks like the above picture but the machine that I was about to use looked like this: www.fitnessproinc.com/images/Hoist%2
I din't feel very comfortable as soon as I hopped onto the machine... even with only 20lbs on the stack, but I pushed on anyways. (dumb idea) I upped the weight on the stack to 50 lbs and started my sets... right leg made it through ok... but I then went to do my left legs set... UGH. My foot managed to slip off the stupid foot thingy (in a southward direction) allowing said foot thingy to crash down on my ankle with 50 lbs of stacked weight on it!
It hurt and I was embarrassed about making the stack crash like that! I immediately looked back to make sure there was NO BLOOD... and I saw only redness around my ankle and calf area. (A bruise, I thought!) Suddenly my eyes started to well up with tears. OMG.. no, NO CRYING AT THE GYM!
I quickly got off that DEVIL MACHINE and decided to skip the remaining exercise in my leg workout and head home... I was having a really hard time remaining composed walking out of the fitness facility, so I put my sunglasses to hide my eyes!
When I finally reached my car, the flood gates opened! I was a sobbing mess! (And at that point it was not even hurting anymore!) I cried all the way home. This put me in such a funk that I couldn't even muster up the energy to do my cardio! "Tomorrow will be a better day!", I had to tell myself.
Weirdness, eh? I don't know what got into me! I am not usually that fragile!
SO today IS a better day! I started things off with a 6.5km run (34 minutes total time) I stretched and now I feel great! I started today off AGAIN with protein pancakes... I just couldn't get over how GOOD they were yesterday. However, I think I'm over them already (so soon?) because todays batch was really quite dry and hard to choke down.
According to my meal plan, this is what I should be eating for the rest of the day:
Meal 1: 4 egg whites with onions, pepers & mushrooms, 1/2 C oats. green tea, vitamins
Meal 2: 3/4 C celery & peppers, 1 T. almond butter or peanut butter
Meal 3: 6 oz. chicken breast, 1 C. green veggies
Meal 4: protein shake (made with water)
Meal 5: 5 oz. lean meat (chicken, fish, beef) on leafy green veggies, 1/2 C. brown rice or 1/2 C. cooked yam
Meal 6: protein shake (made with water) with small orange.
I can already tell that I will be making small modifications to this plan (because I don't have oranges in the house!) but I'm sure that's OK! (...as long as I don't start swapping out the 5. oz lean meat for a *Big Mac*... right?)
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