Friday, January 29, 2010
Only one day left on the Meltdown! There will be exciting stats posted here on Monday associated with weight and inches lost, but for now, I have some exercise news to report.
Here are my starting and ending numbers (reps total) for the "Meltdown" workout
(exercise) - (start reps) - (current reps)
Push-ups - 42 - 60
Squats - 38 - 56
Shoulder Presses - 28 - 49
Step Back Lunges - 32 - 46
Spidermen - 37 - 54
Step through lunges - 16 - 22
Curl press - 17 -23
Squats - 35 - 52
Wow, I improved a lot in just 1 month! Woohoo!
Today was my high carb day, yay for fruit! Oh, and rice noodles in my Pad Thai. The Pad Thai was good tonight. I think the key is to thicken the sauce with cornstarch so it coats better. I also think that I adore sprouts. I should eat more sprouts. With like, raspberry vinaigrette, and shredded daikon. Mmmmmm. Sounds awesome. Now, I am prepping for my last fast during meltdown by not eating a snack. I'm pretty busy, so tomorrow shouldn't be too hard.
Last night, I had some control issues. Every ten minutes I was up grabbing bits of food, nuts, and peanut butter, and sunbutter, and grapes. It was not cool, and the Wii Fit let me know that this morning. I think the problem comes when I am doing something that doesn't involve my hands, like playing D&D, or being at a party. When my hands aren't specifically occupied, they grab for food. They seem to even convince my stomach to want more. Not cool. This is the one major remaining issue I had. Now, I didn't grab for anything like candy, and didn't really want candy, just something. However, too much anything, even healthy anything, still is too much.
I did go to a party today surrounded by pizza, chips, soda, and beer and didn't really want any of it. Yay!
Okay. Enough chat. I have some plans for post-meltdown. Maybe I'll talk about them tomorrow. Tonight, I feel great. Maybe I'll have some tea later, it's freaking cold again.
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I wasn't intending to focus on food again, but my husband complimented this dish, so I better write it down before I forget it! I mixed 1/2lb of ground turkey with about 1/2 cup of black beans, onion powder, oregano, a squirt of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and an egg. I sauteed some spinach in olive oil. I made a loaf with the spinach in the middle and dashed some more Worcestershire on top. I put that in the oven for a while. Then, I processed one tomato with garlic salt, basil, and oregano and poured that on top of the loaf and cooked longer. I think once I'm off the Elimination Diet, I would sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top too, but it was delicious anyway.
I did all four workouts today, woohoo! I had an issue with my lunch where part of what I brought was inedible, so I had to hunt down a snack in the middle of the day. I got a trail mix from the vending machine and gave all the M&Ms to my grad student leaving me with peanuts, sunflower seeds, and raisins, all E.D. friendly! A few more carbs than I was meant to have today, but I'm feeling much more tired than usual, so I'm allowing a few extra carbs.
I won a battle against an oncoming sore throat, but now the after effects of said battle are an annoying post-nasal drip that keeps sending me into coughing fits requiring either hot tea or cough drops. I feel fine, but coughing is not pleasant.
Okay, I think maybe I'll go to bed early tonight. Maybe that will improve the tiredness. Hard to tell. Tomorrow is D&D and Supernatural night, woohoo!!! Keep working hard everyone!
Onward and upward.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Here's my recipe-ish (I don't measure stuff): saute some red onion, parsnips cut into tiny pieces, and chopped celery in olive oil. Add chicken stock (homemade) and pre-cooked black-eyed peas. Simmer everything for about 10min. Add just enough almond milk to make it creamy, simmer a few more minutes. Either hit it with an immersion blender or process about half the soup and remix together for creamy goodness. Spice to taste with sea salt, Mrs. Dash, garlic powder. I thought it was pretty awesome.
Today was fast take 3, and it went pretty much great. The key to fasting is being busy. Sitting in front of my computer working was hardest. However, it is clear that my body doesn't 'require' food for 22 hours or so because even though I was a bit hungry and my stomach was rumbly, everytime I stopped to examine my physical sensations, I realized that I was never actually starving or really feeling like I must eat. Herbal tea is also awesome.
It was a long day today, so I did the morning workout, did my stair climbs during work, but then didn't get to anything else until I got home at 9:30pm. So I did a combination of the ICP and DB matrix. It felt good. I am totally teaching myself to do a headstand, btw, because my abs are now strong enough to pull my legs up, but not yet to hold it for any length of time without the wall for support. It's awesome.
Time is running short on my insanity with Dax Moy ( www.londonpersonaltrainingstudio.com ) but my results have been good so far. If I end the month around 155, then my new goal for the year is going to be 135, and I'm going to aim for 2lbs a month. I can do that even with occasional vacations. That would get me to goal before Thanksgiving.
Anyway, I have enjoyed the monthly challenge, I may need to find or create a new one for next month ... hmmm.
Onward and upward!
Monday, January 25, 2010
It's bad news, don't do it.
So, my boss decided that we were going to have a meeting that ran from 5-6:30 tonight. That would have been okay, I only would have gone home a bit later than usual. I had dinner in the crockpot and would have eaten by my usual 7-7:15. However, we ran over, and I presented at the meeting, and I left my snack in my office. So, at about 6:40, my belly started doing the "eat soon or your blood sugar will drop" thing, and we finally wrapped up at just about 7, and my trail mix wasn't enough, and by the time I got home I was in an unhappy crash, yuck. I fended off my husband, ate, and got a little too munchie but at least it was with nuts, peanut butter, and raisins, all ED friendly. Anyway, I then got back on track, did my meltdown (oh, that was awful too, but done) and am now going into fast mode for tomorrow.
Anyway, today was nuts, and stressful, and crazy, and overall, I held it together. I'm glad. I have no idea what the scale is going to say in the morning, high carb day and all. Tomorrow since I don't have to make breakfast, I have time to make dinner ahead. Tomorrow night is small group ministry ... woohoo! I always feel better after that.
No reason to slow down now, only 5 more days to go, and I won't be eating for two of them.
Onward and upward!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Okay, that's a reference to my new obsessive TV show Supernatural. If you aren't a super sci-fi geek obsessed with the Winchester brothers, please skip ahead to the diet/exercise part of this post. If you are an obsessive fan, hehehehe! Also, yesterday was National Pie Day. It was a Dean is awesome weekend. Oh yes.
Okay, onto the reality. Still going pretty well. Technically, I cheated just slightly today because I had some Noah's Pudding at church (a Turkish food-sharing tradition) which is sweet, but I only had half a very small cup to participate in the tradition, and it did not put me into a sugar craving, so that worked. It also had other good things in it like chickpeas and corn, so, balanced, sort of.
Dax ( www.londonpersonaltrainingstudio.com ) is going to ease up on the workouts for us by eliminating the 4th cardio workout. However, I really like my stair-climbing intervals at work, so I'm going to keep doing them anyway. However, I may consider the Power Circuit to be optional this week as it tends to hurt my back slightly. This week is going to be tough and busy. Insane actually. I'll figure it out.
Tomorrow is carbs, yay fruit! I miss my fruit. I probably eat too many nuts when I can't have fruit. Oh well, almost done with the insanity, then I can get back to basic lifestyle stuff, meaning more fruit!
My abs are starting to get really strong I think. I can do shoulder stands no issue anymore. I can almost do a straight legged roll-up (sit-up), and today I tried a headstand and I was able to just barely touch the wall. Now, to remove this fat layer covering my pretty abs.
Okay, still working, still trying, still fighting.
Onward and upward!
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