Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sam's ready for a workout!!
I get home to find my husband working on his back yard "project" so I decide I will exercise before cooking dinner so that he can continue working through the daylight to hopefully finish. He is making a walkway from our kitchen door to the front gate where our driveway is so that we can use that entrance/exit to get to our cars instead of constantly lifting the garage door up and down. Pretty nice little walkway I must say. I have to include here that my husband has lost a little over 35 pounds now too. He stays REALLY active - working on different little projects he's wanted to do outside - our landscaping looks better than anyone's in the neighborhood because of him and now this little walk way - he's so great at that stuff. Another reason I just love him so! I don't think he will be ashamed for me to say that he is almost out of the 300's!!! He's 6'4" so he never looked as much as he did weigh but he is really coming down - amazing!! I'm so excited for him. (I'm 5'3" so I look like a midget standing with him that's why anytime someone takes a picture of us, I'm usually sitting in his lap! LOL)
I get changed into my workout clothes and see poor Sam sitting at the back kitchen door watching my hubby whom he loves with all his might working away and getting no attention himself. I grab his leash which causes his ears to perk up and I ask him if he'd like to take a walk with me. (Yes, I do believe he understands everything I ask or say to him. . .LOL) He's jumping around like a little 6 month old puppy - all 100 lbs of him. He does sit nicely when told so that I can hook his leash to his collar and away we go!
I feel like he's pulling me at first but I have to get warmed up at least so we do "fast walk" for 4 minutes and then we jog. . . .he's jogging like he's jogged all his little dog life! He stays at a good distance from me both to the side and in front of me on his leash like he's been trained to do this with me. We jog for many minutes then we get back to our fast paced walking. The poor dog is panting with his tongue hanging to the side of his mouth. After a couple minutes of our walk we pick back up to our jog. We continue this several times and included jogging up a big hill in the neighborhood as well. He did so great! I could tell he needed water though, so on the final round of the neighborhood I drop him off at home so that he can get water and rest, then I continue on for "round 2".
It felt SOOOO good to jog outside instead of on my treadmill. Most importantly, I jogged for a total of at least 16 minutes all together which really is a lot for me. Walking was at a fast pace the entire time as well so I really felt good about my first "spring-outdoor" workout for the year. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Of course, with rain out now, I probably won't get that in tonight as I had hoped but there's always tomorrow!! I have to slowly build up Sam's stamina so he can "hang" with me longer so I will definitely be sure to include him on these walk/jogs.
So, come on Spring Time!!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
. . . . Water!!! That clear wet, thirst-quenching stuff!!! OMG how I LOVE it. This I know now because I couldn't have any after mid-nite on Monday due to having tubes put in my ears on Tuesday morning.
SO, I get this "great" idea that I will get up and exercise on Tuesday morning BEFORE surgery so that I would be sure and get it in since I didn't know how I would feel that evening or this morning for that matter. I choose to do my 43 minute circuit training workout and about 10 minutes into I start reaching for a water bottle......and remember - OMG!! I can't have it - then I think maybe just ONE sip?! NO, because I was told having anything could cause me to vomit during and/or after surgery. SOOOOOOOOO..... I put the bottle down and continue my workout - I'm sweating like a pig and I just KNOW I need water not just because I'm now thirsty and feel as if I'm in some desert walking along and dragging my feet but because I know that my body really needs it because I AM sweating in the first place!!! I mean pouring sweat people - which is why I LOVE circuit training in the first place but you REALLY need to stay hydrated with that workout in particular as far as I'm concerned!!
I finish my workout and I will admit at the end right before jumping in the shower I did take one big sip of water!! I couldn't resist. I think that was the best sip of water I've ever had! And I did NOT get sick during or after my surgery from that sip - thank goodness.
I DID however, learn a lesson - don't workout if you can't re-hydrate your body during/after a workout!! I felt so guilty after the workout for doing that to my body but I just didn't want to quit and not have that workout in. I didn't want to get behind in my calories burned for the week, etc.
After surgery I got to choose what I wanted to drink and you'd think I would've asked for a huge bottle of water. . . .NOPE, drowsy, drugged me asked for a Mt. Dew! Once I got home and looked back I'm like "Are you kidding me? , seriously? Mt. Dew?!!!" Anytime I've been in the hospital for any type of procedure I ALWAYS get a Mt. Dew afterwards - I don't know if there is some "place" in my brain that awaits such an opportunity and then pounces on it when it's there or what the deal is with that. That Mt. Dew did taste awesome though ( I don't have them often but it's my favorite REAL, non-diet drink ever and I consider it a treat when I do have it! YUMMY)
Didn't get all my water in yesterday either for simply being so drowsy and having to sleep most of my afternoon away once I got home anyway. TODAY - I'm getting my water in!! I could tell this morning that I felt swollen/bloated - may be from the IV I had yesterday but either way my body NEEDS and WANTS that water so I will fill it up with the wonderful stuff today.
So back to the normal routine. Hoping to get a little cardio in tonight along with PLENTY of WATER!!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
(This is my 2nd - SECOND attempt to write this blog - not happy w/ SP right now - it's done this to me before!!)
It's 4:30 AM and my alarm goes off. I'm not happy. I just stay there in my nice warm comfy bed debating on whether or not I REALLY want to get up to workout. That lasts for about 15 minutes. I sit up, put on my workout clothes that I conveniently placed beside my bed last night. Grab my water bottle, and head on over to the treadmill.
First of all, I don't like getting up THAT early. I have a hard enough time getting to sleep, then once I do, I get up several times throughout the night to go to the bathroom (have a doc appt. on that subject in April) so because of that, I don't feel that I get enough sleep where I get that rested feeling.
But I'm up! I hear this voice in my head saying "This is crazy - I should be in bed!". But I continue my warm up. I pick up pace and my legs are just tired. I mean TIRED. They don't want to move that early either. But I ignore the voices and the tired legs and move on. I alternate a brisk 4.0 - 4.2 speed walk with a 4% incline with a light jog ranging from 5.0-5.2 speed with a 1% incline. I do this for 40 minutes and burn 380 calories. YAY! you say - that's great. Well, I'm sleepy - so I'm not all about the YAY yet.
I admit I feel great right after my workout. I did have 1/2 cup of OJ so I didn't have any blood-sugar issues working out as it was suggested I workout on an empty stomach but I didn't want to chance it. I get my shower and proceed to get ready for work. My face is red as usual after a workout. This is a reason I don't like AM workouts too - it takes a long time for that redness to go away and to put makeup on with a red face is kinda hard to do but I do it. I get to work - I'm tired. The 'energy' I got from the workout this morning is gone. ZERO, none. I want to crawl under my desk for just a 30 minute nap - I think I would feel so refreshed if I could really do that. Wonder if anyone would notice?
I have a hard-boiled egg and a 100 calorie vita-muffin with coffee for breakfast after drinking 1.5L of water this morning. Having Light & Fit 0% fat yogurt for a snack now and plan on a Weight Watcher's Smart One meal for lunch with a diet coke later. Now that doesn't sound so bad to me. Well, let's rewind to yesterday:
I think I wasn't happy with what the dietician/nurse lady told me yesterday (previous blog). I mean it REALLY didn't bother me that I didn't lose - and I didn't gain - so that was good. Anyway, my employer buys us lunch from a great restaurant called Cypress Inn. If any of you know that restaurant you KNOW it probably wasn't a calorie-friendly lunch. I had the smoked chicken with the white BBQ sauce that I sparingly dipped my chicken in. I had the house salad with lite ranch dressing and the country club squash (basically a squash casserole) and YES, of course I had TWO of the raisin bran mini muffins that they are so famously known for. YUM! Afterwards, one of my itty-bitty skinny co-workers decided she had to have something sweet after lunch and asked if I wanted anything from the local Chevron. Why not!? I say. So I have her pick me up a Milky Way Dark which I consumed faster than I could take a deep breath. Can you say get the fat pants back out?! 15 minutes later . . . .let's just say lunch, candy bar and all 'left the building' My body was not happy with me. I had over-stuffed it as it was and then threw in a chocolate candy bar to top it off. TERRIBLE feeling. GUILTY feeling. YUK!
Get home, make a fairly light dinner - shrimp sautéed with fresh squash, zucchini and onions served with rice. But THEN. . . .3 chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk for desert! The FAT me had returned yesterday after my weigh in appointment. Why all of a sudden she returned I don't get. . . .and I mean returned with a vengeance people! What a b*tch!!
Today, I'm over it. The fat me had to rear her ugly head but I've regained control. I have a plan for today so I feel safe now.
After sleeping on it and getting advice from some great SparkFriends about what the nutritionist/nurse lady said yesterday, I decided I won't restrict my carbs quite as much as she suggested but I will track my carb range much closer as I feel I've probably been going over in that area. I will have a little juice instead of working out on an empty stomach. As for the AM workouts as she suggested . . . . . . jury is still out on that one. But I will give it a try again, if not tomorrow morning than for sure on Friday morning.
Will the AM workouts last? Not sure. Will I be able to find what works for me whether it be the time of day I work out or plan better meals with less carbs? I plan to try. Is the "fat me" gone for good? Hopin' and prayin' 'cause I don't like that one!
What about you? Do you think AM workouts are more beneficial to your body than PM workouts? Have you tried it?
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