Monday, August 30, 2010
Yes, I said I've never done yoga and that I wanted to try. So I signed up for a couple of classes at the Community College. First class is in two weeks. I'm very curious.
My day went well. I survived the church picnic. It was the usual fare: burgers, hot dogs, apple pie. So, I only had a couple of cups of coffee there and ate lunch when I got home. Neither burgers nor hot dogs sounded good.
I tracked all my food today & easily stayed within my range.
Also managed to get a 40 minute walk in. Nobody should work too hard on a Sunday :)
Tomorrow's lunch is brown-bagged and in the fridge, ready to grab in the morning. I love it, when I'm organized and motivated.
Here's to a great Monday!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
During August I have increased my activity minutes by adding a 50 minute walk 4 days a week. I also did 25 days of the 30 Day Shred. (The last 5 will not get done this month.) In order to fit it all in I reduced my power tae aerobics to twice weekly. So far this month I've logged 1620 activity minutes.
I had also decided that during August I would not track my food. While I have managed to maintain, the past few days especially, I've been feeling like I'm afloat, drifting.
You know how it goes, you start strong, and without sufficient oversight and accountability, things start going by the wayside. Slowly at first, but progressively faster.
The month is not quite over, but since Sunday is the beginning of the SparkWeek (I still argue that any week should start on Monday, but oh well), my new action plan is going into effect immediately. Actually, I started it today.
1 - I will track my food again (calories, carbs, fats & protein. Nothing else.) Keeping it simple.
2 - I put my tracker on line for added accountability. (Boy, that was a huge debate!)
3 - I will continue with my 50 minute walks (2x 25 minutes to and from work) Monday thru Thursday.
4 - I'll restart the 30 Day Shred but only on non-power tae days and NEVER on Fridays (those are my long work days and they are absolutely useless as far as exercise is concerned). Actually, not true all together, I have managed to squeeze in a brief lunch walk, but never more than 30 minutes.
5 - I'll continue with twice weekly power tae aerobics.
6- Continued focus will also be on less couch time and more active time overall.
7 - I'll summarize daily via blog.
As for oversight and accountability - that's you, guys!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Spark website has not been cooperating well this week. Last night I could not log on at all. I wonder if they have growing pains. They go all out by advertising and then their servers can't handle the traffic, or what? In any case, it's annoying. I only have a small window every day that I spend on the computer and if then I can't do what I set out to do, that really sucks.
And another complaint - there are days when I exceed 120 activity minutes, yet, they only credit you for max. 120. That stinks, too.
And I don't count housework, yard work, etc. as activity minutes, just actual scheduled strength and cardio. And I'm thinking, if I put in the time, I should receive credit for ALL of it.
Complain, complain! It must be the heat! Yes, summer finally got here and it's hot!
On a positive note, yes, I'm humming along just fine.
My weight is stable (I'm not tracking food this month).
I'm two days away from switching to level 3 on the 30 Day Shred. That will be on Saturday. I previewed this level today and I think it will kill me. Looking forward to it.
Monday, August 16, 2010
No, I didn't lose 10 lbs overnight , but today I had the best day in a long time.
I woke up at 4:00 am to the beeping of the fire alarm (why oh why do these things always run out of juice in the middle of the night?!?). Had to scramble downstairs to find a battery, because, yes it's true, they still keep beeping even if you take the old battery out! And throwing it over the fence into my neighbor's yard would have been rude :)
After that little adventure I was not surprised that I woke up with a headache a couple of hours later. That luckily was remedied with a cup of coffee.
After breakfast and java and a short time on the computer I couldn't sit still any more and decided to go work in the yard for a little while. Well, I spent almost 4 hours, cutting, clipping, sweeping, mowing, raking, weeding (and sweating...).
My energy was boundless and I really enjoyed the work. Gardening used to be my hobby, but in recent years took a back seat. There just never was enough energy...
What changed? Certainly not my situation. So I figure it must be connected with my August program tweaks. But since I added more than one variable (getting myself out of rush hour traffic, walking, 30 Day Shred) of course I can't pinpoint if it's one, the other, or any combination.
Whew, and for the past few years I thought I was getting old and boring...
Well, I'll continue doing what I'm doing and I'm looking forward to a lot more high energy days.
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