Monday, January 21, 2013
This is a blog just to blog. Nothing major to report. The Chinese food was way higher in calories than I expected, even though I only ate half my plate. And I have to wash out all the excess sodium it gave me...I hate feeling puffy. Not to mention what it does to my bp.
At least I'm not in hormonal crave-mode like I was a few days ago!
Well, guess that's it. Have a Sparking day, ya'll!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Starting the year, I decided to challenge myself to get back into the routines that I had established before the holidays and my roomie's wedding, etc.
In the face of that, I managed to log a few NSV's the last 2 weeks...
After re-establishing my supplement regimen (primarily minerals), my joints don't hurt as much with exercise.
This week, while still kicking my butt, the vids in the January Jumpstart Challenge are easier to do! Whoo-hoo!
A few months ago, I had a clothing swap with someone locally, and kept a pair of grey slacks that I loved, but didn't fit yet. I wore them last week...all day! They fit! My mid-stage "goal pants" fit!
Many things from my sis's closet FIT me!
And the real kicker? My diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) has finally dropped into the mid-70's!!!!
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Okay...I didn't make it to the gym tonight, for various reasons. However, I did manage to get in some exercise.
What I just finished was the Day 1 video from the January Jumpstart Challenge. 8 min of butt-kicking interval cardio! I think my lack of cardio the last 2-3 weeks is showing!
Before that, though, I did some hula-hooping with my Danskin 2.5 lb padded hoop. Thought I needed some music to go with, so I hauled out the boom box and grabbed a CD somewhat haphazardly.
Turns out it was Golden Throats. This is a collection of songs "sung" by famous actors back in the 60's and 70's mostly...in an attempt to bring them some "cross-over" popularity. Umm...I don't think it worked they way they hoped.
Before the hoop tuckered me out, I made it through:
"Proud Mary" sung* by Leonard Nimoy (yes, Mr Spock of Star Trek);
"It Ain't Me, Babe" sung* by Sebastian Cabot (Mr French, the butler, from A Family Affair);
"Blowin' In the Wind" sung* by Eddie Albert (Oliver Douglas of Green Acres);
"Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" sung* by William Shatner (yes...the original Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek: TOS).
Will you believe me that it's very hard to maintain a steady rhythm with a hula hoop when you're trying to stifle laughter? Honestly, the only thing funnier on this CD thanShatner's "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" is "Mr Tambourine Man", sung* by...guess who? Yep! William Shatner again!
If you're curious about Golden Throats (there are 14 tracks total on this CD, and I think there are additional collections), check Amazon. I think they're for sale there. Maybe even on iTunes for downloads, dunno.
(*any use of the word, "sung", in this blog post is purely semantical...I had to call it something!)
Honestly, some of the stars featured on here CAN sing, but their agents got them into songs totally not fitting their styles, ranges, talents, etc. Here's the list of tracks:
1. Proud Mary - Leonard Nimoy (sounds like Mr Spock's emotionlessness)
2. It Ain't Me Babe - Sebastian Cabot (slang from a British butler???)
3. Blowin' In the Wind - Eddie Albert (wrong style, dude)
4. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner (think his agent had kaleidoscope eyes)
5. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Noel Harrison (not terrible)
6. I Can See For Miles - Frankie Randall (who?)
7. Try a Little Tenderness - Jack Webb ("Just the facts, ma'am")
8. Twist and Shout - Mae West (her vibrato is energetic)
9. House of the Rising Sun - Andy Griffith (good ol' Sheriff Taylor sings about a brothel)
10. Mr Tambourine Man - William Shatner (his tortured cry at the end is how I felt the whole way through!)
11. You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Jim Nabors (ever heard this song performed like a dirge?)
12. Like a Rolling Stone - Sebastian Cabot (okay...no)
13. White Room - Joel Grey (Dirty Dancing's dad)
14. If I Had a Hammer - Leonard Nimoy (yeah...if I had a hammer, too........)
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Yes, a chocolate buffet. Really. A couple of us took a friend out for his birthday...he wanted to go to Jazz Live at the Hyatt in N.O., to hear Anais St John sing and to sample the gourmet Chocoholics Buffet.
I planned for it, knowing I'd top my ranges, but trying to keep the rest of the day nice and low while concentrating on protein. Didn't do too shabby, either, as my inexpert figuring puts me at these values for today:
Calories: 1660 (my range is 1200-1550)
I'm willing to believe I might be another 100-200 higher in calories, as I have no true way to quantify the gourmet offerings. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach, though, because after the first 6 or 7 bits, I took 5 more, but could only manage to just taste each one. One of my friends oblingingly helped me clean my plate so as not to waste food (yeah, right! he's a sweets fiend!).
The gourmet-ness of the venue was a help to me, actually. I was originally planning to get a beer, a Bock of some sort, but they only offered wines and liqueurs, which I wasn't game for. Well...that left me a dilemma...go for a soda with all that carbonation & sugar (will not do diet sodas), or what? I chose a hot tea, which I drank black, unsweetened. It was both the perfect foil for the rich, decadent desserts, and nearly calorie free! (The beer would've been around 150 cal.) Oh, and my cup of tea was $5.25. Water and a tea bag. My friend's 3 oz martini was $12. (cough, cough, sputter, choke!) A 2oz glass of port would've been $14...one of the reasons I skipped all that.
So...this was yet another event in my busy month, and I feel very good about how it was managed. I actually feel good, physically, right now, too. I'm not over-full or hungry, I'm not in a sugar coma, no noticeable blood sugar spikes or drops, and I didn't waste any calories (or money!) on alcohol.
Now...vanity makes me say this - Tonight, I dressed up festively (and a bit saucily, if I do say so myself). As I walked through the hotel (lounge, ladies' room, car park, etc.) I caught enough glances from the opposite gender to put a smile (a smirk?) on my face. Also had a very nicely dressed lady stop me and rave over my gold bolero jacket that was a tremendous find on Clearance at DressBarn. (ladies, keep an eye on that store!)
So, anywho, I had a nice time tonight, enjoyed a chocolate buffet and didn't go berserk. THAT, my friends, is a true accomplishment!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Okay, so I took the Santa hat to work...boss was okay with me wearing it. :)
Today was weird...I slept short last night (stayed up too late), and this morning, I could barely drag myself up, so I didn't get a decent b'fast or manage to set up a solid plan for a meal while at work. (On Fridays, I'm not home until nearly 9pm, so I try to make sure to have a meal while there, before 8, if possible.) Anyway...I headed into work without a plan.
Around 4:30, as I was eating the banana I DID remember to bring with, I made a plan. Not necessarily a GOOD plan, but a plan. My co-worker and I ordered subs from Marco's Pizza to be delivered around 6:30 or so. Friends, I ate the whole thing. One sub is 2 servings. I was very, very hungry. But, good news, I have not been hungry since. :)
So...while my sodium jumped by having the sub, I'm still in the lower half of my calorie range today, managed a good bit of protein and kept my carbs low. And, I got in my water and did about 13 min of exercise. Need to get back that consistency I had in these things.
A favorite line from a favorite movie sums up what I'm working on, "Never give up! Never surrender!"
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