Thursday, December 10, 2009
I am up early and DONE with today's 20-minute workout. YEAH!! The LO woke up at 3:30 a.m., which is unusual at this point for her but happens sometimes. I fed her and put her back to sleep. I went back to bed for about 5 minutes, realized I was wide awake and not going to sleep anytime soon and decided to start my day.
For an early Hanukkah gift, DH gave me a new chest strap for my Polar heart rate monitor. I hadn't used my HRM in about a year - ever since the battery started to go. In my old strap you couldn't replace just the battery; you had to replace the entire thing. I never got around to doing that and next thing I knew, a year had passed! This new strap has a replaceable battery, which is nice, and it's so much more comfortable than the old one. It is flexible whereas the old one was made of plastic all the way around. I got used to it, but it was never comfortable.
It's nice to once again know how many calories I am REALLY burning rather than relying on Spark's database or the machines at the gym. Found out that the 20-minute TJ workout I've been doing makes me burn 140 calories. Not much more than sitting around and breathing, right? LOL. Spark's estimate was 190 - a whole 50-calorie difference NOT in my favor. Bah! Oh well. :) At 5x a week, that is 700 calories and then I have my longer workouts on weekends that will burn more.
I made up a new snack that fills me up when I am craving sweets:
8 honey wheat pretzel twists (1 serving)
1 TBSP peanut butter
1 drizzle (no more than 1 TBSP) chocolate sauce (I like the organic kind, but sugar's still sugar!)
Drizzle sauce over peanut butter, dip pretzel sticks. YUM! Calorie count is 265; not too bad. When I want to save some calories, I only use 1/2 the amount of pretzel sticks and just break them up so it seems like more. ;)
Hubby and I are going to get an H1N1 vaccine later today. I was debating about it but decided it's probably safer to go ahead and do it. I'm generally not a big fan of a lot of vaccines, but I know some are necessary.
Have a good day everyone!
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I'm feeling good today. I already have my workout DONE for the day!! That is key...to do it at the first opportunity in the morning, before other things start to take priority. I'm on track with my goal of getting some type of exercise in EVERY day for at least 20 minutes. Totally doable!
Ever since I stopped beating myself up about not being able to get to the gym every day and decided that 20 minutes a day (except Monday nights and weekends when I work out longer) would have to do for now, I've actually gotten MORE exercise in. That's because for the past few months, I've been mostly doing the all-or-nothing approach. If I wasn't working out for at least an hour, I wasn't doing anything. I decided that was silly and sure to bring about weight gain. With this daily burst of fitness, I can keep my body in exercise mode, and I definitely feel an improvement in my mood, too.
Watched the Biggest Loser finale last night. I always love to watch the finales - LOVE to see the transformations. Overall, I have mixed feelings about the show.On the one hand, I like to see people lose weight and transform their lives. And you all know I love Jillian! On the other hand, the way they are losing the weight is not realistic for everyday life and it seems like the show exploits people. I don't like some of the backstabbing that sometimes goes on. And I can't stand those product plugs they incorporate into the episodes. Still, I watch. Can we please have a SparkPeople weight loss show? I would definitely watch that instead. :)
What else to share today. Not a whole lot. Looks like a sunny day out there. I think Laila and I are due for a little walk. Burn a few more calories and mail out some holiday cards.
Hope everyone is surviving the holidays! *HUGS*
Monday, December 07, 2009
I think I've mentioned here before that Saturday morning is my gym time. Hubby is home to watch the baby, so it's my opportunity to get a good workout in. I wake up early, feed the baby, watch Ellie at 8:30, then get my workout clothes on and I'm out the door.
This past Saturday we had dreadful weather. Since I walk to the gym, I *almost* didn't go but I talked myself into it. I reminded myself that when I was losing those 63 pounds, I went out in rain, sleet or snow.
My walk started out with a cold rain. During the class I looked out the window and saw that the rain had turned into snow. And you know what? It felt great! The air was fresh. It was quiet. No computer, no TV, no crying baby, no responsibilities for 2 hours. Just me burning some calories. I'm so glad I went! Maybe it's because I hadn't been outside all week, other than that day we we went out for only 10 minutes because it was too windy. (65 degrees and snow in the same week - crazy!!)
Tonight it's back to the gym for my Monday night combat class. If I go to the gym on Monday nights (I usually do) we eat dinner late. Well yesterday, Hubby dug the crockpot out of the shed and I have a meal cooking right now. We'll have dinner ready and waiting when I'm done with my workout. I'm thinking Monday nights will be crockpot nights from now on. I just need some more good and healthy recipes. :)
Below is a picture of me with Laila in her snowsuit. Her first snow!
Friday, December 04, 2009
I meant to blog about this earlier - did you see this week's Biggest Loser? They ran a marathon again!! I'm assuming that this will be a regular end-of-the show ta-da from now on. Or maybe next time they will up the ante to a triathlon?
I think it's great that they ran a marathon, BUT...don't you have to seriously train for something like that? I mean, I know they worked their butts off every day but from what they showed on TV, it wasn't so much running on the roads as it was heavy weight lifting and exercise machines such as treadmills. I just wonder how much they were prepared for the marathon. Like, did the producers tell them in advance but for the show make it seem like this was just sprung on them? How did they train for it? For example, Liz said she prepared herself by running to and from her mailbox! Really? Are you kidding me?
I don't know, I've always thought that marathon-training takes many months of LONG runs. Any marathoners reading this, please clue me in as to how those Biggest Loser contestants were able to do it on such short notice.
On another note, I just finished another 20-minute workout. It's not much, but I feel better doing something. If I can do this every day, and still go to my hour-long Body Combat classes on Monday nights and Saturday mornings and start Body Pump back up on Sundays, with maybe a short cardio workout at the gym too, I should be fine till I can ramp back up maybe in the Spring. By then the baby will be older and the weather nicer for some runs and 5K training.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
This morning it was SO gorgeous outside. Sunny and about 65 degrees. It's Dec. 3! However by the time baby and I were ready to go outside this afternoon, it turned cloudy and SO windy! We managed a 10-minute walk - better than nothing. I had to turn back b/c I really thought the stroller might tip over, Scary!!
This morning before she woke up I did my Turbo Jam DVD. Hubby fixed the DVD player last night. So YAY for getting in a few minutes of fitness today!!!!
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