Monday, August 03, 2009
the ones who make history and the ones who endure it.
I'm back. My summer went from slightly crazy to seriously hectic to oh my gosh I have way too much to do and no internet access!
Suffice to say, it has not been the healthiest July. My Wii Fit is shouting at me, the scale has crept up, and my belly is not so flat.
However, I am ending all that now and getting back on track. Here's where I'm starting on this Day 1: 160.7 lbs (ouch!). But I am back to basics:
1. eat three healthy meals and three healthy snacks and no more than one piece of dark chocolate daily
2. exercise every morning
3. do quickfire exercises every day
4. get busy, not hungry, I have plenty to do to keep my mind off food, less procrastinating = less eating!
5. Get a workout plan that includes 2-3 strength days, 3 couch to 5K days, and 1-2 bodyweight resistance/cardio days.
6. Do some yoga EVERY DAY! I lost that this summer, and my muscles were sad.
Ok. There's the outline, the plan will come later. And these updates will continue, I promise!
Friday, June 05, 2009
I have been seriously lacking in the blogging department. I've been crazy busy (except at work, shh!), and so it has been tough to eke out time to blog.
I went to my College Choir Reunion and Reunion Weekend last weekend. Thurs we drove 7.5 hours to Erie and I brought along plenty of healthy snacks! We saw my inlaws for dinner and saw my SIL and my niece (she's sooo cute). On Friday, my DH dropped me at school to see old friends and sing a lot. Then on Sat, we sang some more and put on a concert, which was AWESOME! It is amazing what a choir can do in 2-3 days! On Sunday we went out to breakfast with family and then drove another 7.5 hours back home. The ride home was much more tiring (after three days of not much sleep) and I ended using sugar to stay awake and focused, but it hasn't hurt me much!
Then, my work week has been mostly typical, I put a lot of work into revising a manuscript that was sent in yesterday, and then we worked on planning summer field research. I also had to take the car in for a quick fix one morning and had a doctor's appointment (annual) one morning, so those things cut into my typical schedule.
My eating and workouts have been great this week though, and my weight is down, I'll do my official weigh-in tomorrow morning and then tomorrow is my cheat day. I expect good things out of my picture tomorrow as well. I've also started logging how much water I drink for a challenge, and found out that I am a maniac. I easily drink between 20-25 cups of water a day. That's about a gallon and a half a day! No wonder I dehydrate easily.
Tomorrow we are driving to Jersey to visit friends and family. Saturday is my serious cheat day, and we are going to my favorite soft-serve place: Jersey Freeze (this is its last season I think!). We'll also eat out this weekend. The family (cousins, Grandma, the works!) is going to a Chinese Buffet place on Sunday. That should be an easy place to eat healthy, because with no wheat, I can't eat half of what's there! Salads and veggies for me! Then drive home late Sunday. Whew! My life is too crazy.
Ok, gotta get back to working, although it is 4:50pm on Friday, and I pretty much just want to go home!
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.
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