Tuesday, April 09, 2013
I didn't do the challenges yesterday, and I'm OK with that. I got some stuff done around the house, redid our budget to reflect my unemployment checks, then met hubby for a movie and a nice dinner out.
Hubby and I are both doing Weight Watchers, at the cost of nearly $100 per month for the both of us to attend weekly meetings and use the online tool and the app. The app is so-so. It doesn't work or refresh periodically, which is irritating when I just want to quickly record something. The cost is a little tough to stomach, too, both because there are lots of free tools out there and because of the whole lack-of-a-job thing.
We signed up in January figuring it would be worth the cost for us to have a structured plan to lose weight. I'm realizing now that, once again, I'm pushing more on this than he is, so it might not be worth the $1200 a year (now THERE'S a nauseating number). This week, I'm recording everything on WW AND on MyFitnessPal. I was going to record food here on SP, but I HATE how the food directory lists things other members have entered. I'll look up an item, with the package right in front of me, and find a dozen entries by other users, all named differently, and each with variations of the nutritional facts, so I just end up entering my own using the package, and taking a lot more time.
I'll see how things compare between WW and MFP, see what happens at weigh-in next weekend, and consider dropping WW and doing this on my own. I tried counting calories before and didn't lose any weight, but I wonder if 1200 calories while training for a half marathon was too little fuel.
Fuel. I remember when food was something delicious to be enjoyed and savored. Now it just feels like something to weighed, measured, and burned off through activity. What I'd give for the wanton freedom of eating a package of soft, doughy snowflake rolls, with just a little schmeck of butter. It probably doesn't help that I had a mango and a banana for lunch at 4PM today.
I've had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to record my activities doing the daily challenges. On SP, I found a bootcamp challenge and used that in the Activity tracker, but it seemed really high since I'm not doing a ton of cardio in the workouts. I guesstimated the workout is 3-4 WW Activity Points, so I just entered that, but I don't love guesstimating. Today, I wore my heart rate monitor and saw that I only burned 278 calories, which is fair given the effort I exerted. I found several things online that indicated 80 calories burned equal 1 WW AP (approximately), so I burned 3.4, or 3 rounding down, APs. Hmmm, guess I guesstimated OK.
Feeling sore, and feeling good about that. Meant to run today, meant to do a few more things, didn't. Definitely giving into my laziness a bit, but (for now) I'm cutting myself some slack since I AM getting my challenges done. It's been 9 days since I last ran. Ugh, that's hideous to see in type. I can't go see the Boston Marathon this weekend having not run in 2 weeks! I'll have to rectify this!
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Weighed in this morning and am up 0.2 pounds. I was a tiny bit disappointed, but I have to remember that when I first start working out, I tend to retain water. Plus, I had 3 beers late last night, so that probably didn't help! No worries; if I break it down, I realize it's less than 4 ounces. Oooh, I gained a can of tuna...please, that's nothing!
Took an hour long hike with hubby today, then came home and futzed around for a bit. Got my butt off the couch around 7:30 and got the 3 challenges done while my wonderful hubby cooked dinner.
Plan for tomorrow is to get up before 9 (that might be a challenge in itself), do the 3 challenge work-outs, hole up in a cafe and plan our trip to Boston next weekend (going to watch the marathon!), then go to see "Jurassic Park: 3D" with my uber-nerd husband.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Challenges done for the day, and it's not even noon! Definitely didn't feel challenging, so I wonder if it'll get harder as I increase reps. The reverse plank SUCKED, but only because of my wrists. Scar tissue in one from having a cyst removed, and the other is a scarred hot mess after I fractured it and had a plate put in. I tried reverse plank on fists, but it jammed up my fingers. I ended up sort of holding myself on my fingertips, which was terribly awkward. When I released, my wrists and biceps were sore, but not my core, so I think I'll read up on another way to do this so it hits where it's supposed to.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Forgot to post last night, but yes, I did the challenges yesterday! Didn't feel terribly difficult, which always makes me worry I'm doing things wrong. Maybe I'm stronger then I think. :)
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Took me a while to get started, but I did all 3 challenges today. The irony of my not doing the workouts yesterday is that March had a rest day yesterday, so I would have only had to do 2 of the 3 challenges! D'oh! Boat crunches were a little easier today and I did a couple of the push-ups on my toes. Flutter kicks SUCK and I could not get the hang of the oblique side Vs. I might actually have to watch the video on those.
Got a response from my former agency today. Not from my boss, not from the COO, but from the HR person. It was a very dry blow-off, which actually made me feel better. They're acting in a very detached and impersonal manner, contrary to what they said they felt when I left. Attached was a letter of reference from my former boss. It was as neutral a letter as one can write without being negative. So...#*$& 'em. Thanks for the paycheck for the past 16 months, thanks for teaching me SQL which could come in handy in future positions, and thanks for showing me that grown women can be just as mean as kids on a playground.
In hindsight, they did me a favor. I'm out of that negative, lonely atmosphere AND I get to collect unemployment. Deep breath...good in...bad out...and tomorrow's a new and sunny day.
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