Sunday, April 15, 2012
I decided to make a mess of the kitchen one day so I dont have to do it multiple times during the week. I made Turkey Salad, chopped the veggies for Turkey Pot Pie, and then made a vinegar coleslaw.
I was going to make another fruit salad, but I'm tired of kitchen prep. Its BEYOOOTIFUL outside! Going out to play!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I've pretty much conquered most of my food demons. (More accurately, I've learned to live with them.) I've got the Cardio thing down. But I really, really, really hate strength training. Sets and Reps are boring. I know I *should* do it. I know it is the missing component in my transformation to Athletic Superhero. But every time those little items come up on my fitness tracker, I suddenly have something else to do: laundry, clean the bathroom, and oh, look, DH is watching the Daily Show, quality time is important too, right?
Today, I did almost everything on the "Lower Body" list while Child was on the playground , and threw in a few more (I'll list everything below, for those looking for ideas). This is something I can see myself doing with a bit more regularity than my current practice: which involves equal doses of threats, bribery and guilt. And I still only do it about once every 2 weeks.
As the weather gets nicer and Child and I spend more time at the playground, this is the perfect opportunity for me to allocate my time to ST when I would otherwise be doing...nothing. I have the Child count for me, because this way he feels involved. For those looking for a dose of HIT, use the time between sets to chase your particular child around the playground.
Hey, the fat won't melt itself. Whatever it takes, ya know?
What I did :
Skater Jumps (kind of like a lateral lunge only with a hop from one foot to another)
Single leg squats
Wall sit (like a wall squat but you just stay down and feel the burn)
Hip Flex & extend
Leg Abduction (away from centerline)
Incline pushups - (I used a platform at bench height)
And a few more that you might want to think about:
Lunges (try the walking kind for variety)
Plank & Side Planks (Especially with a bench for wusses like me)
Take a look thru the ST library. I bet you could find 6-10 more that you could do for your own playground workout. It all counts and anything is better than nothing.
Monday, April 09, 2012
"I do not want to run today"
Said the Optimist “I want to stay
Inside, cause' its cold out there.
Windy too. No, My comfy chair
Will be alright, I'll do some exercise tonight.”
I've laundry to do, clean the bathroom
Read books about John Carter on Barsoom.”
And so I attempt to motivate myself
by writing bad poetry, from Silverstein's shelf.
I need to attone for yesterday's sins
Work the chocolate off my chin.
So I heave myself off the chair,
and promise 10 minutes in the cold spring air.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Apologies, I am typing this on my tablet, so there are likely to be more typos than normal.
We went on a family hike this morning. Weather was perfect and DH had the day off. It was fantastic. We started with a gentle climb to a scenic vista and then a diferent, steeper route back to the car. Total distance was 3 miles according to the map, and it took about 90 min.
Challenge is when I tried to enter it into the Tracker. First effort said I burned 786 calories. While there were some steep portions, I never broke a sweat, so that didnt pass the "gut check". Next effort said 808 calories! I finally settled on 90 min of 20min mile walking for 404 calories.
For the many out there that are struggling. Dont think every workout has toend up with you drenched in sweat. For comparison, the last time I ran, it was 437 calories in 38 minutes. If you cant go for intensity, go for duration. 20 min mile isnt a stroll, but imagine walking quickly but purposely, like you just need 5 thing from the supermarket and then you have to get home to get the kid off the bus. Commuter walking.
I'd love to get a HR monitor because the Tracker is just an approximation. So far its out of the budget. Maybe birthday, Christmas or Goal weight reward. (There are cheapies on the market, but my research says You get what youpay for in HRMs. I will happily hear contrary views!)
Good luck to everyone.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
As a parent, frequently flying solo, I really struggle with how to maintain my diet without warping my son's sense of eating. Frequently, I try to portion out the food in the kitchen before calling him to the table.
Mom101 is a blog I read frequently, and she had a great post recently about creating kids that are the right weight, and feel good about themselves. How she struggles with the twin threats of obesity and eating disorders.
I encourage you to read it. She's a fantastic writer:
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