Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Sometimes a scheduled rest day turns into a handful of rest days. And that's ok.
When I wrote on Sunday, I mentioned that Saturday was a scheduled rest day from the BeFit In 90 Challenge I decided to take on and that Sunday had a workout scheduled but from a fun-filled weekend and lots of walking earlier in the day wasn't sure if I was gonna do it. Well, I didn't do it on Sunday. Or Monday. Or Yesterday for that matter.
It's easy, at that point, to try and beat yourself up over it. "Geez, I've only been working out for a week now and I'm already slacking," or "how do you expect to meet your goals if you're not doing any workouts lazy!" Sometimes you just really don't feel like working out, and that could need your body needs rest. For me, partly, it was a combination of not sleeping well a couple nights, donating plasma on Monday, and my monthly "friend" coming to visit. I donated plasma again today, and recommend you take it easy the rest of the day while your body works to regenerate your plasma, and normally I feel like I just wanna be a couch potato the entire day after a donation (like I did Monday), but I didn't feel that way today. I felt pretty good actually! Today it was more of just a mental block. I wasn't pumped about the RXed workout (the two main workout vids were both cardio and the cool down was functional mobility) but I knew I needed to get my butt going, so I did. I put on my workout clothes, queued up the video, and got down to business.
And, of course, I felt great afterwards... even if halfway thru the 1st cardio session I was like "this is it, I don't wanna do the second one!" but by the end of session one, I knew I could get thru session two but gave myself permission to only do what I felt like doing... finished it though!
So glad I did the workout and put an end to my string of "rest days". I've gotta remind myself that I did quite a bit of walking most of those rest days, so at least they were more along the lines of "active rest days". And, when I weighed Monday morning, I was down a little over 3 lbs... YEAH!
Not much planned tonight or tomorrow... hanging out at home tonight (it's raining and Tom is making some delicious semi-homemade veggie pasta sauce) and tomorrow, other than a workout, I wanna get some wedding stuff done (80 days from today!!!!). We're leaving early Friday morning to head back to Dallas since Tom is in a friend's wedding (said friend is in our wedding as well), and I've got some errands to run up there and hopefully will get to see some family and friends. We were gonna make a weekend of it, since my birthday's on Monday and we typically go with a group to see a Rangers game, but with Tom's job situation in limbo, we're probably just going and coming back on Friday, and I'm totally cool with that.
Hope you guys have been having a fantastic week!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
I was so excited this weekend because my BFF (I've known her since 6th grade!) was coming to visit. She's a high school theatre teacher and had to come to Austin for a UIL conference, which means we were gonna get to hang out. She lives about an hour and a half away from Austin and I said "HECK YES!" when she called to make sure we'd be cool with her coming Thursday night to stay with us so she wouldn't have to get up super early Friday to drive here to be at her 1st session by 8:30.
She came that evening and we just hung out and chatted with her before going to bed since we offered to get up early with her to have breakfast, make a quick stop and Sbux, and drive her to the UT campus in downtown to drop her off so she wouldn't have to worry about parking. When we got back we noticed that there was a dryer by the dumpster and Tom ran down there with a dolly since we currently only have a washer... and to our luck, it worked! Pretty sure it had been put there by our neighbors one door down since they just moved out... SCORE! It had the power cord just no vent hose, but those are pretty cheap (def cheaper than a dryer!). After that the rest of the day was pretty lazy at home except my workout. That evening we took my BFF her suitcase to the hotel she was sharing with a fellow teacher for one night, then Tom and I headed to a local burger place for dinner. They have two different veggie burgers, and Tom and I split an order of fries (fried in olive oil) and I was still within my cals for the day... woot! Last awesome thing of the day was checking the mail on the way back... we got $1100 of our deposit back on the house we previously rented... sweet! We're splitting it in half with his sister, who lived with us (we thought we should all get 1/3 but we're moving on...).
Saturday we got up, had breakfast, deposited that check, then went to enjoy some relaxation, sunshine and swimming at a large, outdoor, natural spring fed pool in downtown Austin. Tom and I were there for about 3.5 hours before we went to pick Mary up once her conference was finished. Got back, had a snack, showered, then went to a local mexican join for dinner. Pretty proud that I ordered one of the healthier options on the menu, did NOT eat anything on my plate in its entirety (left a few bites of everything) and only had 7 chips before my meal came, even though I said I'd limit myself to 10! Yeah!
After dinner we came back to relax and hang out some more, then Mary and I decided we wanted icecream and Tom wanted beer, so he ran to the store and came back with Dreyer's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup icecream. It was sooooo good, and I was ok with the 1/2 cup serving making me go about 25 calories over my daily limit haha :) after that we played Rock Band, then finally went to bed.
Annnnd that brings me to today. Got up, chatted a bit, then I took the dog for a walk before we headed to breakfast at TacoDeli, an Austin original. It was really tasty! We're gonna have to go back when they are serving lunch... lots of yummy sounding vegetarian options for me! Afterward, we went to an outdoor mall to play Ingress. It's a fun/nerdy game only for Android devices (sorry iPhoners!) that I describe as geocaching meets capture the flag. For more info, I'd google it haha. We spent a good 2 hours walking around playing before hopping in the car and heading home. Took the dog for another walk, then we took my BFF to a local e-cigarette store so she could get some supplies for her hubby... my fiance just quit smoking the e-cigs and her hubby is quitting actually cigs and switching to Tom's donated e-cigs until he can completely quit... win for everyone! Now Tom doesn't have his e-cigs here, so he's officially done!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!
After that, Mary left to drive home (it was so great to have her here!), and Tom and I went and got a couple things at the grocery store so he'd have everything we needed to make veggie/tofu stir fry. Yum! Currently snuggling with the dog on the loveseat writing this, smelling the deliciousness Tom's cooking. Yesterday was a scheduled rest day, and there is a workout scheduled for today... may do it later, if not, I'll double up later this week or switch around off days. Got lots of walking in so far today, though!
Check ya later!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I did day 2 of the BeFit In 90 challenge yesterday, and this morning went to check out today's workout - it was actually just a short video (about 20 seconds or so) with a training tip... ie today was a scheduled rest day! I knew I still wanted to do some sort of "active recovery" (other than walking the dog a couple times today), so I searched for yoga videos, and found one that was about 50 minutes. It. Felt. So. Good.
Seriously. Yoga definitely can build strength (and depending on the type you do or pace of the flow, it can be sweaty and short-breath inducing), but my favorite part is how amazingly stretched and open it makes my back feel. Ahhhh :) Another reason one of my goals is to find more ways to be active throughout the day is because if I sit or lay too much on the couch, my back really starts to ache... ache and also feel like it needs to be popped. No me gusta! Movement, in general, tends to keep this problem at bay; exercise is even better; yoga is THE BEST. Needless to say, my back is quite happy today... and I also feel pretty relaxed :)
In other news, all things are still good (great even?) on the healthy lifestyle train. Been staying within all my calorie and nutrient goals (even with eating out for lunch yesterday... the future hubby and I split a bento box from a local Japanese restaurant... so delicious, and packed with protein! Glad we split it though... my portion was enough food to keep me satiated for a few hours, and half of the bento box came out to close to 400 calories. Before, if I wasn't being careful, I could have easily dominated the entire meal in one sitting... yeah, no thanks, I'd rather not eat 2/3-1/2 of my daily calories at one time!)
I'm also trying to sleep train myself. I've been getting plenty of sleep since we moved (and I stopped working), but I see myself trying to settle into a bad habit of staying up later and later, and sleeping later and l later (though I'm still usually up by 9:30, still, I don't wanna wake that late). So, new rule is, no more tv or electronics after 10, and I head to bed to read until I'm sleepy. Eventually gonna work my way up to getting up by 7:30, then 7... then maybe 6:30? I do know my mind/body functions/feels best with at least 8 hours of sleep, so I'd need to be asleep by 10:30 to really be ok with waking at 6:30.
One other goal is to blog here at least 3x a week. I picked 3 so that I wouldn't feel pressured to post everyday, but am requiring more accountability than saying I only have to check in here once a week. Plus, School House Rock said 3 is a magic number, right? ;)
Alright, I'm off to have some lunch... check ya later!
Monday, July 08, 2013
Wowee! A lot has happened in the year + since I last checked in here. In that time I continued working at my job (until this past June 13th) and 7 of those months I was the acting store manager (including during holiday time... craziness!), I got quite a bit of wedding planning done (though I need to pick back up on that... 89 days to go and counting!) and found my wedding dress (surprisingly, when I found "the one" my mom cried... and I did a little, too!), I took my GRE, applied for and was admitted to grad school (woohoo, I'm joining the Texas Longhorn family!!!), and my fiance and I moved to Austin June 15th with our fur child... I was ready to get away from the new store manager at my store, we were both ready to get out of the South Dallas area, and though I'm planning not to work this 1st semester of school (starts at the end of August) and Tom didn't have a job down here yet, Tom and I took a leap of faith and moved down here 2 months before we really needed to, being optimistic that the money we had saved would be enough until he did find a job and that wedding savings could be dipped into a little if needed (he has a second interview for a job he really wants tomorrow... well wishes please!).
Also, in that time, I let the excuse of work being mentally and physically exhausting and time consuming (which it was) get in the way of maintaining my healthy habits. Although I'm almost 100% vegetarian, my portion sizes and snacking spiraled out of control, and even though I was generally on my feet and constantly moving on avg 8-10 hrs a day at work with only a 30 minute break, the extra food and the lack of exercise definitely made itself evident.
I could tell my clothes were getting tighter and I didn't feel as good in them, but what really snapped me out of it was something that happened last week. Tom and I decided to go donate (really sell) our plasma (kinda like donating blood, but takes longer and they pay you for it because it's really valuable) so we'd have some extra money while the job situation was in limbo. Each time you go, they weigh you... girls have to weigh at least 110 lbs... no problem here, because for the first time in a few years, I was topping the scales at over 200 lbs. WHAT?!?!
My first thought: embarrassed. Embarrassed that someone else saw my weight at that number. Embarrassed that I let myself get back to that point. Then I was kinda angry I let myself get back to that point. Angry that I had 18 months to get in great shape for myself and my wedding and here I was at 204 lbs. Angry that at my lowest, I was 1 lb away from losing 100 lbs, and now I'd gained back 40+ of those lbs!!! Then I was kinda nervous that my wedding dress wasn't going to fit. And, finally, I got fed up, because enough is enough, damnit!
So here I am, back to the one place that I know will give me results... more will help keep me on track so I can get results for myself. I eat pretty good food (esp at home), just too much of it. "Vacation" is over... can't loaf around all day (which I did for a few weeks here because everyone said I needed to... apparently they all thought I don't know how to just relax and bum around haha)... I especially can't just loaf around considering I'm not working on my feet 8+ hrs a day in retail.
Once again, my amazingly supportive fiance is totally on board. He understands why tracking my food is, for me personally, important so I can get a handle on my portions again. We often take turns cooking for each other, and now when he cooks, he tells me exactly what he used and/or calculates the nutritional info for a recipe he concocted so I can figure out servings and can eat the right amount. It also helps that we're being super cautious with our money right now, so we are almost exclusively eating at home, so that's helping in this initial phase, too.
As far as workouts, I'm taking the dog on long walks each day, and getting my strength and cardio endurance back up by following this BeFit In 90 program I found on YouTube. I like that it's structured, on days when it's actual workout day (rest days seem to be every 3rd or 4th day) there are typically 4 videos that play in succession (warm up (5m), strength/circuit training (10 m), cardio (10m), and cool down/stretch/yoga (10m)) for about a 35 minutes total... you could also pick and choose which videos you actually wanted to do, but I'm following the program as RXed for now.
Since it's A) hot as hades in Texas right now, B) my cardio endurance is down, and C) my dog is still perfecting his on-leash behavior, we're sticking to walks... but eventually as fall approaches, he and I are gonna start running together. He's an Aussie/Lab mix, so he's bred to be a farm/herding dog, and he neeeeeeds to run! He used to spend hours at the house we just left in the backyard running up and down the fence line, chasing cars or other sounds, and most of his exercise now is our walks, and he gets runs in chasing the laser pointer in the new apartment (so funny).
Anyway, I've written long enough for now. Just wanted to get my thoughts down and put my re-commitment "in writing". Long terms, I'm shooting to be at goal by the end of January. As a stepping stone, I'd like to lose 15-20 lbs by my wedding October 5th, and get as much toning done as possible. I'm going to complete the BeFit In 90 Challenge (kinda like a less intense and less time consuming version of P90X... and free!) and work myself in to running with the dog. I'm going to look for more day-to-day ways to be more active. I'm going to record ALL my eats/drinks EVERYDAY for at least 2 months, then will reassess after that. In conjunction with that, I am going to make smart choices when dining out... just because we aren't doing it often doesn't mean I should treat it like a once in a lifetime vacation kinda meal and stuff whatever I want in my face.
Three cheers for healthy behaviors!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
So, The Boy and I went to a Rangers baseball game tonight... just the two of us... it was so nice to go out and have a date night together, since often when we do go out we meet up with friends or his sister, who lives with us, is along for the ride as well.
This morning I slept in a little bit (a little after 10), but as soon as I got up I was takin' care of business! In about 2 hours I had a light breakfast, cleaned most of the kitchen, got most of the laundry done, swept off the back patio, drive way, and front outside entry way, mowed about 1/3 of the backyard (until I killed the mower... whoops), and had a healthy lunch.
Afterward, I relaxed a bit and spent some time on the Fitness pinterest board, pinning some motivational quotes, pictures, and workouts... some of the latter which I wrote down into a little notepad so I can do some DIY backyard bootcamps. Still piecing together a more formal schedule, but it'll basically be at least 30 minutes of cardio a day (S, T, Th or M, W, F being a walk/run with the pooch), and then doing different strength workouts.
Finally we got our butts ready and headed out the door to run a couple errands before the game: print tickets, get parking $$$, stock up on drinks and snacks. Luckily, we noticed at the last game we went to that people had some of those small, soft, collapsible coolers with them, and upon some research discovered the ballpark allows you to bring in any food/drink as long as it's in a plastic container (no glass or metal cans) and no alcohol. SWEET!
I got a whole wheat turkey wrap and a single serve bag of baked lays for my dinner, as well as grapes, in-shell sunflower seeds, and a small bag of in-shell peanuts to share with The Boy. Water and diet citrus green tea to drink. SO glad we did that. It's nice to have some ballpark food every now and then, but I felt much better having eaten what I did compared to last time when I was there and had hotdogs and nachos and beer. Even better, we won the game... and it was Fireworks Friday... woot!
Got home and we hung out with the dog outside for a while (I think the lawn mower scared him earlier and he's been timid to go outside), then came in and I prepped my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, logged them on here, and got ready for bed. Speaking of... it's late and I really should be getting to bed (story of my life!). I'm planning to get up before work (gotta be there at 10a) to get in a workout (probably one of the new ones I wrote down) and eat my breakfast... start the day off strong!
Hope you've each had a GREAT day!
P.S. One of the quotes I really liked on Pinterest said "If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up". TRUTH.
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