Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Okay, Monday and the first day for my new way to commute to work. I can't believe how relaxing it is to just get on the train, sit down and - nothing. Then my walk from the station to work. I had donned my MBT's and I walked the 1.4 miles in 18 minutes (that is 4.6 mph). Sure I could not have kept this speed up for an hour, but still, I think that's awesome.
Took me 22 minutes for the same route on the way home. I was fighting strong headwinds coming from the ocean, and on top of it it was about 20 degrees hotter. (That's still 3.8 mph.)
Taking public transportation and walking take so much more getting organized. I'm used to just throwing everything in the car (my water bottle, my lunch, jacket, shoes, whatever). Now everything has to fit in my bag. Plus I have to take an extra pair of shoes. I was thinking I should just park all my dress shoes at work, this way they will be handy :)
Summing up my activity minutes for today:
40 minutes walking
20 minutes JM 30 Day Shred
60 minutes power tae
I'm really impressed with JM's 30 Day Shred. Level 1 and she kicks my butt. I'm sure it won't impress all the P90X users out there, but it's perfect for my purpose. The best part, I can do it in the very limited space that I have in my TV room.
Food was okay today - 1345 calories.
I did 7 fruits/veggies so that was fine, but again my protein suffered.
I'll have to sit down with my food tracker and work this thing out.
But not tonight. Shower and bed are calling.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Quick update. SP is hiccuping again, so I want to get this in while I can.
Okay, so what am I tracking this month?
Within calorie range
What I noticed though is that doing the fruits/veggies thing and staying within my calorie range goes against sufficient protein intake.
(Yes, I tracked today.) I'll have to cut out some other carbs (oh no, please don't make me cut out bread!!!), so I'll have enough room for protein. It'll take some tweaking.
Everywhere I read lately, people seem to be doing 'The 30 Day Shred', so I got curious. I'm not a fan of Jillian Michaels, but I went ahead and bought the DVD today anyway. And I was pleasantly surprised; she is quite motivating.
So my daily exercise challenge is:
A 20 minute session of 30 Day Shred
Additionally there will be my Monday thru Thursday walk to/from work plus I'll keep my aerobics/kickboxing class going, but I'll likely cut it down to twice a week (Monday and Thursday).
@BB: vacation landed me up 1 pound, which is not bad since I was neither tracking nor counting nor moving much.
Oh yes, let's keep beating this poor horse. Can't get much deader than dead :)
But hey, PhysicsDiet is up (and all my data is there). Maybe I'll surprise you.
@KAT: I think I'm pretty clear of where I want to go this month. (And wiggle room is absolutely necessary.)
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Since the end of my 50-Day-Challenge, July was a vacation month: I took time off work, spent some time with family in Germany, gauged my food, and dropped my activity minutes.
This was planned down time. However, I was doing quite a bit of thinking about what I wanted August to be. Without a plan there won't be progress. All sorts of ideas are swirling in my head, but in order for my plan to succeed I must keep it simple.
I want to move more toward clean and wholesome eating.
To accomplish this I will reduce or eliminate the following:
Artificial colors and flavors
I have done some research, and while this will definitely take some effort (and serious label reading), I'm confident that I can manage to greatly reduce my exposure.
So the trend this month will be towards fresh and unprocessed.
Also 5 fruits/veggies daily are a must this month. (I'm really bad with that.)
My goal stands at logging 1000 fitness minutes this month.
Additionally I need to reduce my couch time and convert it to active time. More moving, less sitting.
I spend about 2 hours daily in heavy traffic commuting to and from work by car. The plan for this month is to take the train instead, Monday through Thursday. Distance from the train station to/from my office is 1.33 miles which is a 20 minute walk each way.
Regarding logging and blogging:
Haven't decided whether I want to log all my foods or just gauge.
Logging would reduce the frequency of my weigh-ins.
Gauging would require daily weigh-ins.
My blog will be updated every evening through the entire month of August.
This is it. (I wanted to say "in a nutshell", but I don't think there are nuts big enough...)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
... visit your local farmers market.
That's what I did today. Actually I visited two farmers markets, one in the town I used to live (18 years ago...) and then my local one (one town over from where I live now). It's all within 10 miles.
Both markets were very unique and very different.
Yes, of course they both had fresh locally grown fruits and veggies as well as assorted baked goods, nuts, seeds, eggs, fresh flowers, etc. but while I would describe the first one as mainstream American, the second one was Asian infused. This made for an assortment of more vegetables, which I have never even seen before and honestly can't name and wouldn't know what to do with.
Mainstream American market had friendlier people and everybody talked to everybody. It had a downright homey feeling.
Asian infused market was bigger and here you could additionally find orchids, bonsai trees, fresh fish.
Both markets had ample supplies of free samples.
My breakfast consisted of all sorts of fresh peaches, nectarines, plums, melons, berries, pita bread with hummus, feta with sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, a pecan, an almond, a sample of a chocolate chip cookie.
I'll do this again next Saturday.
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