Saturday, November 28, 2009
OK. We're still in Thanksgiving weekend, but I think I'm far enough into it to be able to look back at the big T-Day and evaluate it.
I'm thankful that my gym was open on Thanksgiving day. :) I was able to get in there at 6 and do both cardio and strength training before coming home and making the green bean casserole that I was taking to the big Family Thanksgiving. (That took much longer than I had anticipated.) I also brought veggies for during the football game (that didn't get there until the second half because the green bean casserole took much longer than I had anticipated), so I was able to munch on healthy stuff before dinner was served. I had also eaten a small breakfast (toast, apple and peanut butter) and a small lunch (McDonald's hamburger) in anticipation of the feast to come.
For supper I took a 3 oz portion of turkey, a healthy portion of green bean casserole and corn and did the "3 bite rule" for everything else. My plate was full of stuff that I liked, but not overloaded and I didn't go back for seconds. For dessert I had a sliver of chocolate pudding pie and pumpkin pie. "Munchie wise" I ate a few olives, pickles and veggies. I also drank water instead of soda or wine. I managed to stay within my calories for the day.
The next day... *sigh* Qdoba after shopping. Need I say more? Then again, on the way home I realized that the gym was open, so I headed there for 45 minutes on the recumbent bike.
This morning, a marathon long Zumba class. One and a half hours. I must say that this one was much more fun than the last. I figured out a couple of things... 1.) Running shoes are a bad idea for Zumba. Your feet stick to the floor. I have new "dance" shoes (Nike Musique) that worked much better. A $45 investment that was well worth it.
2.) Standing directly behind the instructor is a bad idea. As the instructor moves, you can see your reflection. I stood behind and left of the instructor and put a person directly in front of me. I hardly saw myself at all.
3.) I wore my heart rate monitor. This focused me more on my cardiovascular health than my negative energy of not being very good at it. (I got it up to 153 bpm at one point.) Of course, I don't have the manual for it and I forgot how it works, so I accidentally deleted my results before I figured out how many calories I burned... Grr....
4.) Misery loves company. Having a couple of people that I knew (albeit not very well) there made stumbling through a little more fun.
All in all, a good weekend so far. Sunday is my "day off". Although... the Packers don't play, so I may go Zumba again anyway...