Thursday, March 03, 2011
Well I'm in the zone of vampire life right now, but just had to change plans and shift back on to more of a day schedule. It's wacky, I shift my body clock around pretty regularly, so I'll just need to get some sleep here for a few then get up earlier than planned. It's all good, I'm just determined to not to let it impact my new workout groove.
I have missed my cardio workouts! Ever since the doc cleared me to do some stationary biking I have been loving it! And now that I've got a whole slew of bikes downstairs, I'm determined to get some cardio in every day over the next 2 weeks I'm here, no matter how many schedule changes I get.
I forgot how nice it feels to get warmed up, get the heart rate up to a nice comfortable range (for me 150-155 BPM has been just right, but I can tell that not having done any in a while, that 145 is now "more comfortable", so have to build back to that), put on some heart pounding music and do an interval or 2 or 3 at a high cadence. One thing I need to watch while cycling indoors is that I have a tendency while running or biking outdoors to let out a nice yell when the moment overtakes me....can't really do that inside a gym, it scares off the high-paying clientele and gets people wondering if there's a crime being committed nearby.
So far not too many temptations to overeat....but I'll be freed up this weekend and it is Las Vegas......
May have to plan 2 a day cardio sessions for Saturday & Sunday.....
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Well I made it in last night....pretty late, once again thanks to Delta for untold delays. But I got the upgrade, had a pseudo healthy meal on the plane (resisted the tray full of peanut butter cups & twix bars, opted for an apple instead).
Stayed up pretty late so I can shift my body clock on to a night schedule, then got up around 9:00 AM.....I'll be somewhat sporadic these next 2 weeks as I work nights/sleep days.
But the hotel is very accommodating. They've got a great little gym:
So 30 minutes of cardio to start the day, pushups & situps, a light lunch and I'm ready to start my vampire life-style!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sunday, Sunday, usually a nice, relaxing day to recoup from the week's workouts, plan & prepare from some successes the upcoming week, and to enjoy a little bit of quiet, family time.
Not so today! Once the sun came up and I made the mistake of checking on my work Blackberry, the alarm bells & warning lights started going off.....and I had such nice plans too.
No matter, I'm an athlete remember (see yesterday's blog). I will not be deterred! So I knew I'd have to go in once everyone came back home, but this would be no ordinary Sunday at the office. I went in dressed for the gym! Because no matter how many reports my staff left me to read and sign, no matter how many e-mails I had to reply to, no matter how many Powerpoint charts I had to review and amend, no matter how many thank-you and welcome cards I had to write, I was going in stinky and ready to hit it once the day's work was done!
And I did....4 quick hours getting the Inbox moved to the Outbox, making sure everything was all set for travel tomorrow, then the express lane to the gym for my appointment with the spin cycle, Ahhhh!
What made it even better was getting fueled up (also in yesterday's blog). I'm trying to eat "just enough to get me to the next meal"....micro snacks/meals at about 300 calories each. Didn't take any food in to the office though, but, and maybe there is a spiritual dimension to this, Lo and behold, some of our folks were preparing for some official visitors in the morning and 2 of them were laying out strawberries, apples, grapes, & various nuts. I walked over cheerily and informed them that before we served anything to our guests, I'd have to grab a sample of each (I left out the nuts).
Fueled up, I took that 40 lb flywheel out for a good 30 minute spin. What was really cool was watching the multiple TV feeds. I alternated between Saving Private Ryan and the Track & Field events on ESPN. Towards the end of my ride, the women's mile race came on and it was inspiring!
One of the women had a commanding lead after the first lap....easily 20 yards ahead of #2. All the way til the 3rd lap! She ran out of Schlitz, but fought like hell to keep #2 from passing her in the corners. Then #2 just pumped up the volume, long powerful strides, superfast cadence, and #3 & 4 kicked in too while #1 petered back to who knows what place. I think I matched them stride-for-stride because I started spinning like a madman and got the HR up to 168 for a cool interval during the race that lasted only 4:31!
Of course in my mind, I quickly made the analogy that weight loss is is about finishing strong.....I don't need to make huge advances too quickly up front if I can't sustain them....hang back, at a pace that's comfortable, keep an eye on the goal, don't compare my position against any other weight loss numbers out there, but kick it in hard exactly when & where I need to.
Back home to pack for about 10 days in Las Vegas...this time I'll actually have to check a bag (BOO!) But no matter, because that just led to my second mental victory....top of the packing list; my favorite gym bag! Stuffed the bag in the bag with enough workout clothes so I won't have to do any laundry for the whole trip....this'll also be my small revenge to the TSA lackeys who decide to inspect my bag on the return.....take that for all your unemotional gropes on my person these last few weeks!
Good night Spark friends....I'll try to keep up to date these next 10 days, but I'm going to be on a whacky schedule....I'll try and not have my Spark membership revoked (I'm still waiting for Chris the Spark guy to friend me) by food mis-adventures in the land of the $1.99 Porterhouse steak and 24 hour buffets from hell!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
So here's what tells me things are improving and that this is becoming a lifestyle and not just a temporary change.
I am starting to think like an athlete, not as someone who "has to go workout." I'm looking for time, looking for reasons, overcoming obstacles and excuses so that I can make sure to get in a workout. Even at the height of my distance running, I was pretty much goal oriented ("got to get in 8 miles today, or I'll mess up my program.") Now, the goal is to get moving.
And it doesn't have to be a full blown workout....just making 15-20 minutes for some quick cardio, even with a tight schedule, works....it's the IDEA of working out and the satisfaction that comes with making it an important part of my life...WE WILL NOT BE DETERRED!
The food though.....well not totally at the "Food is Fuel" mentality yet, but moved pretty far from the "Food is a Reward", "Food in Quantity", "Good meals are always buttery, salty, fatty, cheesy, and must end with something sweet & chocolaty" mentality. The daily reckoning, the mid-day checks, and the attitude change that, "Yes, I can and must plan my eating for the day" is becoming a natural part of my day.
So I'm also a firm believer in "If I can do it, anyone can do it." I went from pack a day, non-running, smoker for 25+ years, to marathoner in 8 months and believe me, I was the poster boy for non-runners. Didn't lose much weight though, maybe 8-10 lbs over 3 years, but that was because I figured lots of running was license to eat tons of whatever I wanted. Hell, I was burning it off, right!
Well my scientific brain just does not want to accept the overwhelming evidence of my life that eating is the key to weight loss or gain. I can, and have, worked out hard and furious for long stretches, but the lbs keep climbing every year. It's the food, stupid!
So, I'm going to ingrain the "Food is Fuel" motto into my brain. Let's see what happens.
Start thinking like athletes my Spark friends!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Well a fairly successful trip...still in the middle of it as I get ready to depart LA at 1155 PST.
Dinner last night was a hit....grilled salmon on top of sauteeed spinach (YUM!), even had some sourdough bread as an appetizer, ending the day with a smashing 1500 calories!
Up early today, off to the gym for 30 minutes of ferocious cardio on the bike, back to the room, 120 pushups (22, 30, 20, 20, 28) ending week 3 of the 100 pushup challenge, then situps before showerig and changing for the flight.
Checking out of the hotel now, for about 10 hours of planes, trains, & automobiles, getting in around 11:00 CST.
Still no good breakfast option, so I'll wing it again today in the airports (YUCK!)
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