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!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I sort of did that last night. I was really hoping to find Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and Leslie Sansone's 5 Mile Walk @ my local Wally World... but those titles were not available and I really knew what I was wanting.
So instead, I ended up at Barnes & Noble and found both, at $13 more than ordering from the Wally World website. However, after finally finding a copy of Mansfield Park (Jane Austen), which I'd been unable to locate at the library even, I was happily trotting out the door when I saw a stretchy band/exercise ball set with book & DVD for $20. I have a stretchy band, but I have been wanting a stability ball... and a video to help me use both better. So I snapped it up.
Later note: I inflated the exercise ball without a moment's problem. I just used the inflation thing we used for pool toys and air mattresses. It has a long nozzle sort of thing on it. Seems very sturdy!
I did the level one workout today and I am still feeling it. I read some of the reviews on B&N and they aren't very good. I haven't tried to inflate the ball yet... which seems to be the biggest complaint... but we have an exercise ball here at work, so I used it to do the workout. It was challenging, fun, and easier than I thought it would be (in terms of keeping my balance). It was sort of a circuit training with the ball and stretch band. Instructions were clear and easy to follow... although it wasn't that easy to see my computer monitor over my desk. (GRIN)
Anyway, I recommend this set if you are looking for something a little different and reasonably priced. I figure that most stability balls go for at least $15... so to get that, a stretchie band, a book & DVD is a good deal. However, it's better if you order it online, come to find out... at www.bn.com, it costs $4 less. So if you want instant gratification, go to your local B&N, if you wait, save some $ and order it online.
Also I was down another 6/10 this morning. Today is also day #70 of consecutive exercise! 5K is 2 days away!
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