Saturday, December 03, 2011
I basically quit toning and weight-lifting 6 months ago and haven't felt like doing the Cybex equipment at the gym again -- just got bored with it. I also got bored with counting repetitions. I do so like to measure my progress. So I decided I would do 5 minutes of 3 basic categories: abs, upper body, and lower body. Start with 5 and go from there.
I've been doing this, so far, only 3 days, and let me tell you 5 minutes is enough to kick my butt! My abs and legs are so sore! I love that muscle soreness! It tells me it's working!
For anyone who thinks they don't have time for exercise, this is a great way to squeeze it in! I take 5 minutes, start the stopwatch on my phone, and get to work on just one category. I still can't believe how sore my legs are from just 5 minutes of squats and leg lifts!
So there's my awesome tip for the day. You can do anything for 5 minutes, right?
Friday, December 02, 2011
I signed up for a series of 3 5ks this winter -- on the treadmill (HURRAH!), and I completed my first one tonight. I was aiming for under 40 minutes, and I just squeaked in at 39:30, and that was PUSHING it. I could see that I was a little too slow to hit my target, so I huffed and puffed and "dug deep" (I *get* that now) and skipped my walk breaks and made it in just under the wire. HURRAH!
Did I mention there's a PRIZE if I improve my times over the course of the 3 runs? I like prizes!
LOVE LOVE LOVE having goals and meeting goals and proving to myself that I CAN DO IT!!!!!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
I'm on a roll! Today is Day 4 of sticking to my workout routine and eating within reason. It's amazing what a difference it makes, so quickly. After packing on a few pounds from vacation-style eating (i.e. too much), I'm right back down again. Hurrah!
I love it when I can get into this "Nothing Will Deter Me" frame of mind. Scheduling conflicts? No problem! Hubby shoving spoonfuls of some yummy dish he made in my face ("try this!")? NO PROBLEM! I will not be deterred.
It's amazing what a difference 4 pounds makes. You wouldn't think so. But I really did feel pudgier around the middle, and it was bumming me out! How can I be that much fatter carrying just 4 extra pounds? Well, I guess you can!
Onward and (scale) downward!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I'm relieved to see that my weight is coming back down after spiking from the holiday over-eating. It shot up 4 pounds, but now I'm back down 3, so I guess it was just temporary. Thank heavens. I'm eating within reason again and tracking every morsel as honestly as I can.
Yesterday my coworkers took me out to lunch. We have this wonderful restaurant nearby with the best soup and salad bar. So I had a big salad with all the toppings I love, and, though I knew I shouldn't, I had one of their really amazing breadsticks. (I think I know why they're so amazing!) And then I went back for a cup of soup. The only choice for me, not eating meat, was the roasted potato with cheese. When entering all this food in Sparkpeople, that was the one that was tough to guess about. A little cup of soup... 277 calories??? It didn't seem super cheesy -- it wasn't all that thick. Anyway, I gave it my best guess, and sometimes that's the best you can do!
For supper, my family left it up to me, though I think they would have preferred eating out! I knew I'd have a harder time finding a low-cal, filling meal at a restaurant, so I chose to eat at home. Hubby made tacos for the family and my preferred Brussels sprouts with pecans. Mmmmm. I could eat that every day, and I often do! Here's my recipe:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Although I had given my birthday just the tiniest bit of thought a few weeks ago, it struck me as odd when I realized yesterday that OH YEAH my birthday is tomorrow. It seems kind of silly when you get to be a certain age that you'd get excited about your birthday. Maybe "excited" is too strong a word, but still, I've always enjoyed the thought of my birthday approaching and had some expectation of "specialness" about the day. Until this year. Maybe this makes me officially old, but I really don't have any birthday thrill today, or any days leading up to it.
Oh who knows. Maybe when I put on my birthday hat and head out into the world, I will get fired up about it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME...
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