Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It wasn't easy, but I nixed my beloved kickboxing class last night in favor of "Body Step." Basically it's a step aerobics class. Since I've only taken this particular step class once before, a long time ago, it took a while to get the hang of all the choreography. Still, I think I kept up pretty well. One bonus is that this class is an hour earlier, so we were able to get home and put the baby to bed earlier than usual on Mondays. The class was pretty fun ( I still like Combat better) and I worked up a great sweat! I burned 420 calories. Not bad! :) I was kind of weird to go into a class with an instructor I don't know (even though I've belonged to this gym forever) and with lots of unfamiliar faces. Showed me how much of a rut I'm truly in.
When I got to the gym, I was debating between the Step class and Body Flow, which is some sort of hybrid b/w yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates. I am going to give this class a try this week, too. But I had to make a last-second decision so I chose the higher energy option.
Today my choices are
- Total Core Fitness (a fusion of yoga, pilates and strength training that challenges your midsection)
There is also a "sizzle" class, which I think it based on the "striptease" concept. LOL. Unfortunately it starts too late - 7:30.
Oh, and speaking of Body Combat, I was telling one of the instructors a while ago that one thing I want to do someday is take a Les Mills class (preferably Combat) in New Zealand, which is where they started out. And to get a Body Combat shirt. :-) Well, she remembered that I told her that, and she happened to get some shirts in from New Zealand for cheap (they were clearing out older styles). So she saved one for me and gave it to me yesterday. So nice of her!! I am wearing it today. I will see if hubby can take a pic of me in it later on.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I have been losing and gaining the same 2-3 pounds, and making no headway down below the 120s. I know why...I go over my calories a lot, and while I still work out regularly, I am not as committed to it these days. I walk every day with the little tyke. I do Body Combat 2-3 times a week, and usually I manage to sneak in another gym workout of some sort. But many days of the week, all I do is take walks. Oddly enough, it makes me feel sluggish (however, the hot weather might have something to do with that as well). When I go from working out 45 min. to an hour at the gym every day to light walking and gym 3x a week, AND go over calories, of course I am going to gain, or at the very best, plateau.
I was at my Body Combat class last night and looked in the mirror. I am a normal weight (could stand to lose a few pounds) but I just don't look or feel FIT. I see a lot of flab, especially in the thighs and belly. I am not normally super critical of my body. It is not healthy to be critical in that way, and my body has served me well. Still, I can aspire for toned thighs, rockin' abs (never had them, though!), and smokin' guns.
Now that my daughter is a little older, I've decided to kick my gym program into gear again. I have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else, right? I checked out my gym's schedule to see what else is offered. Here are the options that seemed fun:
Monday: Body Pump or BOSU core and weights or Body Flow
Tuesday: Yoga (Yeah, I'll give it ANOTHER try) or Body Attack or Total Core Fitness
Wednesday: Lots of choices on Wednesdays. Cycle or BOSU challenge or Water Aerobics or Body Step or Body Flow
Thursday: Body Pump or Zumba
Friday: Day off (or just walking)
Saturday: Body Pump or Zumba
Sunday: Body Step, Body Flow, or Body Pump
I'll mix and match and play it by ear, too. I know some days my workout schedule won't mesh with my mommy schedule. But my goals is to skip my usual classes in favor of something new. I am going to miss my Body Combat classes for a little while, but I will go back to them soon enough.
Oh and I almost forgot to share my dinner from last night. It's called Pumpkin Pasta Surprise and it came from Clean Eating magazine. Yummy and loaded with veggies and nutrients! I like things spicy, so I think it could have used a few different spices and a little more heat. Next time I will play around with that a bit. But very, very good.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So last week my DH brought home a 2.5-pound zucchini and another giant squash that was just as big. Healthy right? Well, yes...UNLESS you use half the zucchini to make zucchini chocolate cake! Ok, I DID sub out most of the oil with applesauce, I used whole grain flour, and halved the amount of chocolate chips and reduced the sugar.
Problem is: It is sitting on my kitchen counter taunting me. "Eat me, eat me, eat me!" Hubby and I made the cake Tuesday night (We had fun baking together. :)) and it's already half gone! And most of that is because I've been munching on it. Hubby is not a huge chocolate lover, so while he does have a few pieces, he does not stuff his face with it. I, on the other had, can't stop.
I decided to sit and write this blog in part to help keep myself away from it. I can't eat and type, after all. ;) Here's hoping the little tyke wakes up in time for us to walk over to the gym for my 5:00 class. I desperately need it today!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Anyone familiar with 43Things?
I found this website years ago, but just remembered it again yesterday. Basically you put together a list of 43 things you want to accomplish. The idea is to visit it often, update your progress, and mark what's done so you do not lose track of your life's goals.
Today, I had a lot of fun creating my list. If you want to see what is on my list, it can be found in the link below. I wanted to post it here but it's not that easy to cut and paste from the site and I did not want to retype it. ;)
What would be on your list?
What do you suggest I add to mine?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I've been thinking a lot lately about how important it is to be organized, not only at work or with bills, but actually as it applies to weight loss and healthy living, too. Obviously, if I don't plan when I am going to work out during the week, if I don't track my food, if I do not have at least some rough idea of what I am going to prepare for meals, then it becomes much more difficult to lose or even maintain weight. Aside from that, however, I am finding out that if my house and my mind are cluttered, it makes a difference too, because it affects my mood and my schedule. Then it's all a domino affect from there.
So, I have been trying to figure out how to get myself more organized. Namely...
- more effective ways to keep track of expenses and stick to a budget ( I saw a while back that Spark started a new Web site called SparkSavings or something like that; anyone use it?)
- how to organize and use all the different pages I tear out of magazines with information I think will be "useful" at the time, which I promptly forget about the next day. This could be a product or food to try, a recipe, a website, a book recommendation, tip of some sort, etc. etc.
- how to organize the THOUSANDS of digital photos we have of the baby, our vacations, etc.
- the recipes I find and want to try that are scattered in myriad places...Spark recipes, my e-mail, print outs at home, in magazines, etc. etc. I just want them all in one place. I've thought about printing *everything!!!* out and putting it into a binder, but that will be one big binder and I will kill at least 50,000 trees. :)
- the interesting blogs and websites I come across that I want to read and revisit but then also promptly forget about (just like the information I find in magazines). Bookmarks on the computer do me no good, it seems.
All this stuff has piled up to the point that it seems insurmountable. I suppose the only way to go about this would be to take it one day at a time, in small steps, just like we do here on Spark. Problem is, I feel like I will still be organizing recipes, and sorting photos till I'm 90.
As all this "stuff" is scattered, disorganized and fragmented, my life feels that way too. Sparkfriends, how do you stay organized?? I need tips! :)
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