Monday, February 22, 2010
Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal, nonfat milk, chopped banana and coffee with fat-free half and half.
Really yummy and filling!
Black beans cooked with oregano, onion and green pepper with Kohuko Rose Japanese rice
Leftovers from a weekend supper. Held up really well and is yummier than it photographs!
4 oz tenderloin steak, garden salad with light Caesar dressing, and lemon pepper zucchini saute
A quick supper after the gym. Pan seared steak in olive oil dusted with salt and peppercorns and then broiled. Zucchini with salt-free lemon pepper seasoning pan fried with cooking spray. Side salad!
Cara Cara Orange
I can't speak highly enough of this orange. So yummy with its sweet berrylike flesh!
Kashi TLC Cherry Dark Chocolate Bar and tea with nonfat milk
A lot of Kashi today, but this was a good pre-workout snack!
Fiber: 47 (very high!)
60 minutes on the Elliptical Trainer, 5 minute cooldown, post-workout stretches
Calories Burned: 776
Average HR: 146
Max HR: 157
Monday, February 22, 2010
OK, consider myself psyched, albeit a delayed kind of psyched. I had an OK weekend. Too much alcohol at a party Saturday night and could have gotten two gym workouts in instead of just one, but I'm over my jet lag and my general fatigue and I'm ready to make this last week of February count, and I hope you guys are with me on this one!
First of all, I'm going to plug this awesome blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2910288 . SOPHIKKO (Amanda) is trying to eat healthily on approximately $5/day to show that eating well doesn't have to be extremely expensive. The first blog is up and it is awesome. So go read it.
But read mine first of course!
So... the new gym is fab. I almost felt like I was in some kind of workout palace instead of a gym! It has three levels, a swimming pool, and a basketball court. I did feel a wee bit intimidated because the gymgoers here are on the whole much thinner and much younger than I am used to. But there were plenty of the stick-thin sort phoning it in on the treadmill with a copy of People magazine so the "I don't belong here" feeling dissipated pretty quickly.
They have spinning bikes without actually having to go to spin class AND a bike with a massive screen on it that simulates that you're biking an actual course. You can choose whether you want to bike through the woods or on a college campus or whatever and you actually STEER. It was pretty freaking awesome, I have to say.
I had an appointment with the physical therapist on Friday and all the tension from my back sprain (from a car accident in early February) has settled into my shoulder and shoulder blade areas. She advised me not to run because the arm motions from running would be likely to exacerbate this tension. I hate being sidelined, but I know it's for the best. BUT she did say that I can still workout as normal and gave me some strengthening exercises. I'm hoping when I go back on Thursday, she sees some progress and will greenlight my ski trip for the weekend.
YES, I am going skiing on Saturday, hopefully! Should be great!
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I actually feel as though I've been dragging more on exercise and eating habits AFTER my vacation rather than during my vacation. I have no idea why this is, but I'm eager to get moving.
So for the last week of February, I am committing:
1) To go to the gym after work every day Monday to Friday
2) To ski and/or skate on Saturday and Sunday
3) To photograph my meals for accountability: I'll post some of these as a blog because I know everybody loves a good food blog!
Hopefully, then I can bound into March with good momentum and be back in the race as far as running is concerned!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Since coming back from the trip, I feel sluggish. Chalk it up to jet lag and getting over my food poisoning, but I DON'T LIKE the way I feel. I had one of those days yesterday when I couldn't convince myself to exercise whatsoever. I know we've all been there, but I haven't felt this extreme compulsion NOT to exercise since starting SparkPeople in June.
Instead I caught up on 2 hrs of the DVR and watched the Olympics. I sat in front of the TV and felt like a complete idiot because I was watching Lindsey Vonn and those extremely fit downhill skiiers and I:
a) Didn't exercise at all that day.
b) Ordered delivery (we have little food in the house since we were abroad) and was going to get a grilled chicken salad but ended up getting a cheeseburger, fries and side salad and eating some of my husband's ice cream.
c) Was thinking about the exercise I COULD be doing.
d) Was thinking about the work I COULD be doing.
Ugh. Trust me, if you think eating junk food is bad while watching The Biggest Loser, try doing it in front of the fittest, most athletic people in the world.
So, I've come to a crossroads. I need to figure out what I want to do with my fitness life. What's going to motivate me in the way that Latter Half of '09 Karvy was able to rack up 10,000+ fitness minutes in less than 7 months. I need to nip this in the bud NOW.
So, Kristina, you are going to...
1) Cancel the gym membership at the budget gym.
I was able to motivate myself to go at least 4 times a week in summer/fall, but now not so much. I need to drive to this gym, which often adds an extra half hour waiting for my craptacular car to start. A great excuse I like to use is "oh, the car might not start going there and on the way back." Not entirely lame because it HAS happened, but still.
I kind of hate this place these days because the low price has attracted a clientele that is more there to hang out than seriously work out.
2) Join the amazing gym and save elsewhere.
Spring for the $60/month at the amazing gym that I walk to from the train station near my house, so I don't have the complaint of the car to fall back on anymore. This one has a pool, great classes, and brand new facilities and I've been in love with it. There's also another location downtown for times when I do my work in Boston. So there are seriously no excuses here. It's high-priced, but I think it's going to be worth it. For $10/month, I might not mind skipping the gym, but at a higher price tag, I hope I will.
In return, I'm going to save that money elsewhere. By NOT eating out as often and NOT buying junky prepackaged snack food.
3) Sign up for the St. Patrick's Day 5K and a spring 10K.
I needs goals, I needs them! I need to start running outside when all this darned ice melts. I need to start my 10K training program and stick to at least 10 miles per week. I've been letting running slowly slide to the wayside, and I just don't like it!
4) Go skiing at least twice before winter ends. Go ice skating once a week.
I bought my husband a day ski trip for Christmas because he was excited about it, and we've both been kind of "eh" since then. Similarly with ice skating! I want to go skiing on a local mountain before we venture to NH on the ski trip and I want to use those ice skates I was so excited about last month!
5) Try to stay to the low end of my calorie range on non-heavy exercise days.
The range doesn't mean I have to be at the top of it all the time. Lately, I've been sneaking extras in there that, frankly don't need to be there just because I have an extra 200 or so calories "left." If I'm not hungry, I shouldn't be eating.
6) Force myself to drink that water!
I'm going to keep a room temperature water bottle and I need to drink it before I can go to sleep. Well, maybe long before I go to sleep, because then I'll just wake up and... well, you know...
7) Remember WHY I am doing this...
Yeah, it's great that I can run and do things I couldn't before. It's nice being not THAT fat. It's nice being able to use the tray table on a plane without it bumping my thighs and actually having to tighten the seatbelt too! But I'm not done...
I'm doing it for sexy collarbones
And toned thighs
Let's work this.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Well, I'm back, and I'm giving myself a B, even though the scale has me up 3 lbs (I was down 2 lbs on the gym scale while there, so humph!). I'm putting it all on flying, sodium, water retention and lack of water, because for a vacation, I think I did very, very well.
HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:
THE SPA: Oh, it was three and a half days of exercise and relaxation in Cornwall, Southwest England. WONDERFUL. I went for a hike on the one nice day (sunny, low 40s) we were there and swam laps in the gorgeous swimming pool. One day, I got a facial and massage (saved from my reward for getting to 239 lbs!) and it was heavenly and just what I needed. I hit the gym twice a day and relaxed in the hot tub, steam room and sauna.
TECHNOLOGY, BE GONE: I turned my phone and computer off the entire trip except a couple of times to make sure that I had no emergency messages. It was wonderful. We watched telly at night, but it was kind of a passive watching; we commented briefly on stuff, but chatted away.
FAMILY: I love my husband's family and it was great to spend time with them and to meet my new nephew for the first time. So cute, but yeah, still not ready for motherhood just yet! I was teaching him lots of American phrases and the "Yankees suck" chant, so hopefully that rubbed off (he's not talking at all yet, as he's only 6 months, but it was funny at the time!).
STONEHENGE: We drove by it. It was stoney. And, yeah...
FOOD: Portion control was really good for the most part. I'm proud of myself. I enjoyed everything I ate, but I stuck to one helping of everything though I did eat "bad foods" like pie, chips, cheese, and sausage.
WINE: I didn't have one beer while there! Isn't that strange? We stayed at a self-catering resort so we brought all of our own booze and food. But I did partake of my fair share of wine, probably my only downfall during the weekend, but oh well. It was fun.
RUNNING: I watched myself run in the gym mirror and almost died. My legs look so bad when I run without my bike shorts underneath. I honestly believe that my thighs are going to be the last things to go and it's what I want gone MOST. But I ran on the treadmill in front of my husband and sister-in-law for the first time and they were really amazed at my 38:00 5K. My husband might even have been a little inspired! He's gotten really out of shape as of late (he's 6'1" and 215 lbs, so not THAT overweight, but he doesn't exercise), and he attemped running and it didn't go so well. He might give C25K a shot and train for the triathlon with me, so fingers crossed!
FOOD POISONING: I was so excited to try a traditional Cornish pasty: basically a mini pie with beef, potato, rutabaga and onion. This was right before an 8 hr drive back to my husband's parents' house. It turned my guts inside out. I felt like I was going to die by the end of the drive after stopping at rest stops and being forced in traffic to puke into a plastic bag. OMG. Not fun.
DETOUR: We were planning to spend the last leg of the trip in Hastings to see more family, especially DH's sick aunt, but she passed away before we got there. It was a shame, so we ended up spending another day in my husband's hometown.
AIR TRAVEL: Not fun. No movies on the way there due to a malfunction. BAD movies on the way back (I don't recommend Public Enemies or All About Steve). Annoying kids in posh British accents kicking my chair. Customs bag searches. The security line from hell at Heathrow. Ugh.
So that was it. I'm glad to be back and I've got a ton of work to catch up on, but I'm getting right back into it. Time to start running and training for spring races!!!
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