Saturday, August 07, 2010
Yes, my August is about more active time, less couch time.
I logged 475 activity minutes this week.
I'm now 7 days into JM's 30 Day Shred, currently at Level 1. Since I had time today and I was curious, I decided to do a Level 2 workout after I was finished with my Level 1. OMG, it really does get harder!
I do like what I see. This workout disk will not render itself useless after the 30 days are up. It can be taken up a notch by adding intensity to the moves and by increasing the dumbbell weight.
Friday, August 06, 2010
First off - note to self: Never eat cookies right before a cardio workout. Really not a good idea (even if they're organic oatmeal raisin).
Okay, now that I've got that off my chest, back to the task at hand.
I'm quite puzzled as to why my whole world seems to be upside down this month. Maybe I'm trying to accomplish too much all at once.
My work situation has been quite stressful since I got back from my vacation. Nobody really had time to properly work my desk and many things got half-done or remained undone. Consequently, for the past two weeks I've been scrambling, trying to dig out.
In order to give a better picture, I'll also mention that life with my teenager has been and continues to be quite trying, which definitely contributes to my high stress level at this time.
On top of it I decided to make these huge changes concerning my commute and also my food.
While all this might not pose a problem for some, it turns out to be a problem for me at this time. I seem to have reached my limit.
So back to the drawing board.
Work and my customers must come first. Doing a great job here pays my bills and this point is non negotiable.
I also do not want to change my new commute. It is different, it puts me out of my comfort zone, and it is here to stay.
Since one of my goals this month is to reduce my inactive time (namely sitting and couch time), I will keep doing the JM 30 Day Shred plus I will do my cardio power tae class twice a week.
So this month the focus clearly is on moving more (and getting my stress level down).
That leaves food.
I did quite well during my 50 Day Challenge when I tracked calories daily. Seems like working so hard at eliminating all the artificial stuff plus getting all those fruits and veggies in every day puts me over the top.
Okay, I'm going back to tracking calories every day. Of course I'll avoid the junk, and if I fall short on vitamins and nutrients I'll take a multi. That's it. End of story.
Maybe once my new activity routine becomes a bit more familiar I can take another crack at this.
Since weight loss is probably about 90% eating and 10% exercise, I'm not sure if losing weight should really be my priority this month. I know I know, I need a plan, I need to specify... but guess what, I'm not perfect and right now I can't.
Here I'll insert this quote:
"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.Ē
Ė Burrhus Frederic Skinner
So, I'll be maintaining this month (keeping it around 128), I will move and I will tone. (And I'll survive!)
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Okay, I was just about halfway through writing my blog and, surprise!, I got kicked out and lost everything. Very frustrating. From now on, Iíll be composing my blog in Word. Well, I guess Iíll try to recreate it, but Iím really frustrated about this.
ďIt's different from what I've done beforeĒÖ
Öthatís what I wrote on August 1, when I posted my goals for this month, and it doesnít even scratch the surface.
From a nutrition standpoint, Iím working on eating clean (or at least cleaner) this month. This means, no processed foods, no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners.
I did get my 5 fruits/veggies in today, thanks to a salad at lunch. With that salad came broiled salmon, which helped with my protein. So, today I did fine.
JULABELLE, the smoothie idea for breakfast is great. Iíll have to give that a try tomorrow morning. Maybe I can throw in some protein powder (does that count as processed?). Tonight I made lemonade, from real lemons, grown on a real California lemon tree (my coworkerís) and it was delicious and a great hit.
So my changes on the nutrition side are merely an act of fine-tuning. Surprisingly, what really throws me off is my decision to change my car commute to a combination of car (to the park and ride), train, and walk (from the station to the office).
I canít really describe what and how, but somehow, I feel this change has thrown me out of orbit. Completely. Entirely. 100%.
You see, for the past 20+ years, every weekday morning, rain or shine, feeling good or feeling bad, Iíve been getting into my car, ready to battle rush hour traffic. How exciting is that? (Not!) I really was in desperate need to change things up a bit. So this change-up really is a good thing, and Iím certainly not going to abandon this new and more active way of commuting. But old habits die hard.
What surprises me is the fact that such a subtle change seems to completely uproot me. Amazing. Especially since this is a positive change.
This is getting way too long Ė I'm sure I'll have more thoughts on this later.
I'm continuing my JM 30 Day Shred and logged a total of 70 activity minutes today.
Thanks to my faithful readers (you know who you are). Your input and support means more than you'll ever know.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Eating was pretty clean today, however I only made 4 fruits/veggies.
Activity minutes: 70
That's all for today. I'm baking oatmeal raisin cookies and am busy in the kitchen.
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.
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