Saturday, August 02, 2008
It really has been a busy week at work. I've been trying hard to catch up on all my Communicable Disease cases but it seems like I close one and then get 3 new ones. ARGH. Then on Tuesday & Thursday our dietitian was out sick and so I got to play our nutritionist on television... and Wednesday was Immunization day... and during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I was also working on another tempest in a teapot... a suspected measles case that was determined not to be measles (yay!)... but it still took up a lot of time before that. I came home on Tuesday and told Mark that even though I only work a 7.5 hour day, I had done about 4 hours of WIC nutrition, 3 hours of WIC clinic and 2-3 hours of Communicable Disease... ARGH again.
Somehow I have managed to keep myself exercising despite it all, mostly in the evening when I'm feeling basically like shredded wheat and grated cheese. I have been fighting making my lunches in the morning since I have been so freaking tired all week too. I should make my calorie burn goal of 2700 for the week... I have far surpassed the minute side of the equation.
We are getting to the height of summer in Missouri, which means humidity and heat... and no weather fit for man nor runner out there. Actually this summer hasn't been as bad as they usually are, so far. I even got out and ran yesterday evening... it felt so good. I ran 1.3 miles straight, it's less outside since my natural pace is nearly 6 mph. I run fast outdoors with my music than I do on treadmill. I think seeing the numbers on the TM is kind of a psych out thing.
I got back to 30 Day Shred Level Two for the 1st time since the brain-sucker virus knocked me back. I'm doing it pretty heavily modified, but I really liked it. It got me sweating like a pig. I will most likely be alternating between levels one and two for awhile. I'd still like to be able to do full push ups on Level One before moving off of it altogether. I know Jillian Michaels designed it to be a 30 day program, but I think it will be more of a 90 days thing for me. So I'm slow, but I get there like the tortoise.
Tonight Mark and I had a nice date. We had free movie passes and a TGI Friday's gift certificate... we had a great dinner, both ordering from the Right Portion Right Price Menu... he ordered the 6 oz sirloin and I ordered the Key West Shrimp... we each had half the steak and a skewer of shrimp with a pile of broccoli. After that, we got the order of dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberry sauce and split it... 1 cake each. So we had a nice meal for about $6... that was the tip. Then we went to see Mamma Mia! LOVED IT! Mark took me to see the stage show several years ago at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis (fabulousfox.com), which was wonderful and the movie was wonderfully well done. Meryl Streep can actually sing... I love her in comedies, don't like her dramas, though. So if you like ABBA and fun, it's a great movie to see.
I could just type and type tonight, but I'm tired and we have to get up for groceries, oil change, etc in the morning!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Well, I didn't accomplish quite so much as I did last Sunday or as much as I wanted to today... but it wasn't a bad day overall.
Laundry got done, got the week's granola made (best batch yet), made dinner, helped out at the morning church service, also had a great treadmill session!
First, the granola... is so good! Has ground flaxseed, oats, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, coconut, cocoa powder, dehydrated milk powder and a ton of other great things in it. Very Very tasty and kinda' chewy too! It's not vegan, but it is vegetarian and works for someone needing a gluten free diet.
Today is day 108... I treadmilled for 4.05 miles and I ran 2.25 miles of that. A 5 mph pace is getting comfortable for me. I will need to bump that up soon. My goal now is to get where I can run the 3.1 miles that is equivalent to a 5K.
I am reading an excellent book that I really have to recommend to everyone. I checked it out of the library and have made it about 1/3 of the way through already. It's called "Mindless Eating" by Brian Wansink PhD. He goes into the research that has been done about how and why Americans eat as much as they do. It's fascinating stuff and it's written as to be approachable by about anyone. It's also fun to read since he has a sense of humour. He talks about how the bigger our plates and the bigger the packages we buy, the more we tend to eat... a lot of it is psychological. Re1.ally interesting and useful stuff. The North Dakota wine is hilarious.
I also found that I can check out exercise DVDs from my library. Additionally, Netflix has exercise vids you can watch instantly. I worked out with an older Jillian Michaels yesterday and it was really good. So there are a few budget helpers for us poor folk!
I'm really tired tonight. I just created a new exercise mix based on the guidelines of the Spark Article "Running Workouts to Build Endurance"... you can access that from my Spark Page faves. Here's my playlist:
1. Early Morning (A-Ha)
2. Don't Pay the Ferryman (Chris DeBurgh)
3. Love Can Do (Amy Grant)
4. Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd)
5. Machines (Giorgio Moroder)
6. Bounce Right Back (Howard Jones)
7. Someone Else's Story (Helen Sjoholm)
8. Song for Ireland (Mary Black)
I have pretty varied musical tastes! Anyway have a good night... wanna' go read more of my book.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I have gone over my top calories today by 120, but today was special really. It's 22 years since hubby and I met at a science fiction convention in St. Louis (Archon).
I had the lunch at which I made the wrong choice... and then we had the same food which we try to recreate every year... Not too bad, considering we were at a con!
Ramen cup soup, applesauce, peanut butter/apple butter sandwiches on wheat, pepsi. Our daughter knows the date, the foods, and loves this meal almost as much as Thanksgiving.
So my calories are way up... and Biggest Loser Power Sculpt just arrived in the mail... so I will be trying it out and working to burn off a few of these extra calories. My dinner just needs to settle some.
Friday, July 25, 2008
After being sick last week and managing to push through with just a little bit of exercise, I am just having a huge bout of the "I-don'-wannas". I am maintaining but finding it hard to make those salads and healthy lunches in the morning. I am also finding it hard to get my stuff together to exercise the way I want to. I'll be lucky to hit my 2500 calorie burn goal this week.
It probably has something to do with the motivation I had to put forward from when I was sick. Also my schedule has made it hard at times this week... like yesterday. Thursday we work an extra 2 hours and only get a 30 minute lunch (we get one comp day per month for it). But it's hard to get in even a good walk and eat to start with and then my son had his orchestra concert last night (which was very good and I'm glad I went), but I didn't get home until 8:30 pm after leaving at 7 am for work. That's one long day. I'm really not sure how I pulled out the motivation to do that hour exercise vid, but I did.
Today I had a hard time motivating myself to put anything together. This morning I did manage to grab some homemade granola, chips and homemade salsa, and that was about it. I had some light canned fruit and a south beach pizza and grapes and carrots leftover from other days. So I wouldn't starve or be unhealthy. However I'd forgotten that I have a lunch meeting today with food provided... and that can be a bane or blessing, depending on what they have. However I think there will be a veggie option, so I will work on maxing out on that.
I also love the fact that here I reach a motivational slump and I get this in my Jillian Michaels morning e-mail (don't pay for her plan/website, just get the e-mails):
“Stay the Course
So you're well on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals. Feels good, right? Remember, though, my program is about total health. Those changes you're implementing in your life? They've got to be PERMANENT, baby. You might get into a size 8, or have a six-pack to show off, but that doesn't mean you can cheat, get lazy, or stop counting your calories.
Keep in mind, all this work — mental and physical — is helping you look at your life in new ways, with deeper insight and understanding. The bottom line is this: You can never go back to your old way of life if you want to maintain your new physique. You're on the wagon, my friend. As with any kind of recovery, just because you're rehabilitated doesn't mean you can't relapse.
All that soul-searching and honest examination has to continue. All those behavior modifications and healthy, life-affirming habits you learned have to stay in place every day for the rest of your life.
I know, it sucks and it's hard. Whatever. It's the truth. The good news is that it will get easier. You'll get accustomed to how awesome it feels to treat yourself well, not to mention how awesome you look every time you catch your reflection in a store window or look in the mirror! Eventually, behaviors and choices you've had to think through will become gut instinct.
You can do this. Remember, you're doing it right now. “
And then I get a Biggest Loser Club e-mail with a link to Ali talking about where she is now and that is very helpful. I will probably bookmark it just to have it where I can see it. http://link.brightcove.com/services/player
Well, the lunch meeting wasn't so bad, IF I'd made a better choice. I chose turkey and got meat, cheese and bread. I only ate half because it was a big sandwich. I ate half the pasta salad and left the cookie. It was still a TON of calories. But I will just adjust dinner and it will all work out... as will I when I get home!
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