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?)
Monday, September 15, 2008
We are a little more then 4 weeks out (4 weeks, 5 days) from the next Fame Pro fitness competition here in Calgary, which several of the girls in my PT group are going to be competing in!
I have been following the fitness routine, I have FINALLY decided to get with the program 100% and start following the STRICT eating program as well! (GULP! This is tha HARD part!) This is the leaning out and growing your muscles phase, so the nutrition plan is very heavy in protein, but also quite carb depleated! This is the part that scares me! I love my rice! Luckily, oatmeal is still on the plan, however milk and dairy are not!
I know, this is gonna be tough for me!
I have been feeling a little dissapointed in my recent "progress" or lack there of on the scale. (I've actually gained for the last 2 weeks!) and I am starting to really get frustrated! I HAVE upped my cardio since September 1st and I even added more intense, heavy weight training (since August 6th) and still, I'm gaining???
Hmmm... this just goes to show you that the ol' 80/20 rule wins again! (diet is 80% of the BODY equation!) I DO know that I haven't been as consistent with following my 6 and 1 nutrition plan (6 days strict & clean, 1 day off) as I NEED to be to see those results!
All that being said, I did weigh-in today to see 131.4 lbs which is my lowest reading to date (by 0.1 pound, LOL but I'll take it) so I guess I haven't ruined everything with my recent eating setbacks! However, I don't want anything else getting in my way between now and the competition date!
*** I will TRAINand EAT as if I was competing in the show on October 19, 2008!***
(eventhough I will NOT actually be competing till April 2009).
I consider this my TRIAL run, to see if I can handle what it takes to be a Fitness Competitor!
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