Sunday, June 29, 2008
I was going to do 30 Day Shred today, but I somehow think that isn't going to happen. I had a nice run to start my day... once I had breakfast... and then started working out in the yard.
I mowed the lawn with the push mower for 30 minutes, cut and dragged limbs for 30 minutes, and then cut down a half dozen small trees with a small hand saw and drug those around the house and that took 1:45 mins. I was going to trim back the front yew bushes too, but they are going to have to wait since I couldn't get the electric trimmer down from where it is hanging.
I feel pretty good, but I know I'm going to be sooooo sore tomorrow! Considering I have a small scratch on my hand a perhaps a bit of poison ivy, it's not so bad considering all the work I got done!
It is just so beautiful and breezy, low 70s here, I just had to get out and enjoy it. I really had fun, even when I was trying to figure out how to drag this rather large mulberry I'd whacked down (4" dia) trunk into the backyard pile. I just kind of took the answer to "How do you eat an elephant? = One bite at a time " and took a bunch of smaller branches off with the lopping shears and then drug the remainder back.
Hubby has been in Ohio for a convention since Wednesday, he will freak out when he sees it!
My daughter is at her church youth group meeting, my son has been at a friend's all weekend and hubby is gone for a little while yet. I think I'm going to take a nap.
According to my cardio for calories burned, I have burned more than I've eaten today and I've been snacking ALOT... O my gosh! I guess I will listen to the body and eat when it wants food, like NOW!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
It's been stress city around here for the last month, but things are better on some fronts so I'm bearing up and much happier. The aliens brought my real daughter back and took the scary replicant away, so things are better there. Still I just really need a few days off. We will have our usual 4th of July gathering which consists of the Ritual Burning of the Meat and Blowing Stuff Up.
I've managed to stay on track in terms of food and exercise. However I won't have an official weigh in until I get back to work on the 7th.
I have gotten a pretty good amount of stuff done... I made a batch of granola (if you click on my recipes, it's Granola Bars #2). This is a work in progress until I get it JUST the way I want it.
I also got the grocery shopping done and went to the bread store and got us stocked up on some basics.
I spent some time with my daughter and watched movies and ate cheese bread and apples and carrots.
I tried on my belt that I was wearing before I started losing weight. I am cinching it up 7 5/8 inches tighter now. It also wraps fully around my left side. Wild to think of. I love it though.
Today is my 79th day of consecutive exercise. It's funny but I think my body is used to evening exercise... so I have gotten to where I really don't even think of exercising until mid-day or later. It is also humorous in that I can't stop my streak now... so not exercising isn't even in the cards.
I have managed 30 Day Shred 3 times this week. On the disc, it is suggested that you do the workouts every day... I am doing it every other day. I really like it, it's simple and straightforward and Jillian is very "well, here it is and you can do it." I am already feeling the effects of it.
This video is definitely a step up from what I have been doing for the last 6 months. It is more intense, but it's quick and effective. I am still on Level One, mind you. I don't know when I will move on, but I plan to give myself plenty of time.
I'm having a very hard time coming to terms with the calorie levels that SP is recommending for me. My minimum is 1740 now, based on the level of exercise I'm maintaining. It seems so high, but I am finding myself hungry if I don't eat more. I've currently eaten about 1620 and my stomach is growling right now despite the oodles of water I'm drinking. ARGH.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I've mentioned my salads before... I love throwing anything and everything into them. I usually carry them for lunch.
For me, salad creation is a very emotional process with few rules. I don't have to have lettuce... veggies can be canned or raw... fruit is a favorite add-in for a touch of sweetness (which is great with my sweet tooth)... etc. If you have a decent amount of veggies as a base, you can throw in just about anything, excepting the kitchen sink.
My husband has long been fond of using cottage cheese in place of dressing. I like it because it is mild in flavor and has an interesting texture. I usually throw in a small amount of fat free italian or ranch dressing, just for a bit more accent flavor.
My salad today, has half a leftover baked potato, leftover broccoli & leftover asparagus as the base, with tomato, green beans, cucumber, cottage cheese, ham, and fat free italian dressing. It's really good. I'm loving the baked potato as an accent. This salad is really a meal and it's got about 4 veggie servings in it.
I love my salads. They really help me to get the veggies I need in a quick format that I love. Throw in a little bit of lean lunch meat, or tuna and you can have quite the tasty treat.
So if you aren't usually a salad person, think outside the traditional lettuce bowl and try the kitchen sink method! You might create something really unique and tasty!
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