Monday, June 01, 2009
Here is my paper clip chain for the 8-Week battle: 15 lbs to go, in theory. Hanging next to my desk at work since that is the only place lacking in visual motivation for me.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I have a new favorite low-carb food: fat-free hot dogs. Ball Park makes one and so does Oscar Mayer, for just 40-45calories per dog. They aren't the best tasting hot dogs, but they are highly versatile. I cut one up and sauteed it with veggies. I love to roll them in fried cheddar cheese! And if needed, it can be a cold snack somewhere since they are pre-cooked. My two low carb days have been great. I think I may have inadvertently found a good way to get through the low-energy problem I sometimes have with low carb: caffeine! This afternoon I shared a type of tea with an Argentinian friend of mine, the tea is quite bitter, awesome, and loaded with caffeine, and tonight my workout went like a breeze! I was doing 15lbs on reverse flies (that's a lot, try it!), and I pushed out 4 2 min intervals at 7 on the bike. I used to my 30 sec. intervals at 7 (I do those at 9 now). 2 minutes is a long time for intervals! I try to really push out the last 30 sec. Anyway, I think the caffeine gave me that push, but maybe I'll test that out later on sometime.
So my 8-Week Battle is off to a good start. Two full days of quickfiring, staying on track diet-wise, being chatty on the boards, I love it!
I need to plan my car ride on Thursday. We're leaving way early, so I think I won't have a real breakfast, start off with a slimfast and a peanut butter bar. I need make a new pan of peanut butter bars and actually work out the calories this time. I also want to bring trail mix, 1oz of nuts and 4 prunes in a snack bag, and probably an apple. If I have the first bits at 6am, then at 8am I can have fruit and another peanut butter bar, then at 10am trail mix, lunch around noon, trail mix again around 3, then dinner. That would work. I like a plan! Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, and I cannot afford to fail. During choir rehearsals, I'll have peanut butter bars only if I need them. Saturday is my cheat day ... but no stuffing myself!
I also need to figure out my workouts, ack. Hotel room TT here I come! And hopefully lots of walking around my Alma Mater and Erie.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Today, I and Bill hiked up Mt. Sugarloaf, our local mountain. It was 652ft. elevation and took us about 20min up and 20min down. It was a tougher hike than I anticipated, hiking is apparently a slightly different beast than my other workouts, but we made it! The view was great. Maybe another time we can picnic up there.
I also finally solved the vision collage problem. Well, actually, there were two problems, and I solved both in one fell swoop. The problems were 1) cutting and pasting an actual collage is not my favorite thing to do, nor do I keep many pictures around and 2) Where could I really put it that I would notice it (the fridge doesn't work for me, I tend to open and shut it quicker than noticing what's on there). Anyway, I made a virtual collage using internet photos and photoshop, and I stuck it as the background on my computer, so I can't miss it. I don't want to post it publicly because using internet photos on my blog is not appropriate use without credits, and I have no credits. I will tell you it is all women in bikinis with awesome flat stomachs. I hope this counts ok for the 8-week battle, maybe I'll post the picture on the team board because the team is private.
I'm eating low carb today and tomorrow, and it is working out great for me. Tonight is stir fry, and I just won't have rice and have a salad on the side. Then I get to eat fruit again on Wed., and then travel again on Thurs! Whew!
Ok, off I go to finish dinner.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
So, I'm starting a new challenge: the 8-week battle! There are lots of things to do and track during this battle.
Things I can track on twitter: Quickfire Challenge, glasses of water drank, minutes of exercise, steps (need to wear my pedometer!!)
Things I can track using spark: water, exercise, steps, sparkpoints earned, posts to support board, posts on people's sparkpages, huddle on team page
Other things I could do: buy new equipment, start a C25K-type program, sign up for a 5K or a swimming/biking event, start a virtual walking tour and track it here.
BTW - if you haven't been to catharticgrumblings.blogspot.com to read all about Terminator Salvation, you should, I thought it was great! Unless you have a phobia of killer robots, then maybe not.
Ok, today was good, I stuck to my portions, and had some yummy food. I had some Food Should Taste Good chips to use up, and I had some with salsa and greek yogurt and cheese, and then I had some with chopped tomato, parmesan, basil, and garlic powder (like bruschetta!). I also made an Italian noodle kugel, more or less. It was a mix of potato noodles, zucchini, summer squash, green pepper, onion, and egg cooked on the stovetop and topped with mozzarella cheese like a fritatta. Then I topped it with bolognese. Yummy! More Italian than kugel, but gotta start out slow with my husband. I'll make a real kugel at some point. especially now that I know I can use potato noodles (kosher for passover = gluten-free!).
I also started this week's turbulence training. I figure I'll do tonight and Tuesday, and sometime between Thursday and Saturday I should be able get one more 30min workout in! However, I may need to find the real bodyweight only ones, because the gym at Allegheny may be hard to get to.
Ok, onward with the transformation!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
So, Philly definitely hit me hard, whoops!
Weight: 159.6 -- 157.2
Should still come down though from bloat etc. in the next couple of days
smallest part of my waist just above belly button: 33.5 -- 32.5, barely any increase, whew!
hips at hip bone bump: 36.5 -- 38
widest part of my belly: 38 -- 36.5 hips and belly, so weird! Maybe I'm finally storing fat in the appropriate location, hehe!
bra strap location: 33 -- 33
widest part of my bust in a loose bra: 41.5 -- 41
center of bicep with arm outstretched: 12 -- 11
thigh, one span higher than my kneecap: 21.5 -- 22 -I measured this standing for the first time, I think that made a difference. Thighs are hard to get consistent
neck just above collar bones: 13.5 -- 12 - umm, I lost neck?
Body fat online 29.2% -- 31.64% it has to be the wierd hip thing! Maybe I just need to measure better, and first thing in the morning and today it is nearly dinner time, whoops!
I won't get to this stuff next Sat, maybe I'll update Wed. before my next trip and hop for better numbers. Oh well, at least I'm being accountable and posting right?
Pics anyone? I did side again finally.
Well, I still look better than the initial pic!
This one is hard to tell. I think it's better, my belly doesn't quite stick out as much.
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