Sunday, September 26, 2010
I just finished the first week of my WAYMO (What Are You Made Of) challenge.
Here's how I did:
On my goal of drinking 8 glasses of water a day -
well, I haven't gotten in 8 glasses but I am forming the new habit of drinking one or two cups of water first thing in the morning before I have anything else.
This week I am going to build on that.
On my goal of sleeping 8 hours a night - I've done it a couple of times this week. I'm going to have to make more effort here so I can do it every night.
My goal of cleaning out the garage and organizing all my fitness gear - I organized all my weights and the area of my garage around my weight bench. I also got the yard all cleaned up, putting me one step closer to the garage sale I need to have.
On my goal of unicycle proficiency - It rained most of the week and I didn't
work on this one yet.
About the goal of doing pull ups - I started a new strength training routine this week and I worked out hard. Of course I'm really targeting the muscles I need to be able to do a pull up - shoulders, arms, and back - I'm know I am making some progress in this area.
Over all, I know I did some good stuff this week , however, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get a little farther. Next week I plan to have an amazing week 2 blog about this, so I'm gonna dig in and get down to business this week so I can make it happen.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I think I've been headed in this direction for a while now but I didn't realize it.
I've been unhappy about what is happening to our food - more and more processing, genetic modifications, chemicals - but I was hesitant to fully embrace the world of whole food.
I don't know how I found them, but I was wondering around You Tube and ended up watching some videos from Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness.
I started doing some of the things he suggested and now (two weeks later) and I am really feeling a difference.
I fall asleep much easier.
I haven't had indigestion in a week (it used to be almost daily).
My weight hasn't changed but my measurements have gone down, indicating that I am probably building muscle. I've lost an entire pants size.
I haven't measured it, but I believe that my body temperature has risen. The weather is getting colder and yet I'm warm - really warm - this might indicate that my metabolism has increased.
There is also one thing that I haven't decided if it's bad or good yet. That is, I feel full for so long that it's harder for me to eat enough to get into my calorie range.
Sean's advice is a radical departure from most things I've heard about good nutrition. For example, I drink skim milk and eat only the whites of my eggs - this greatly reduces the fat content for those items. Sean says to drink raw whole milk and always eat your yolks. I live in a place where we have a great dairy and awesome local farms so that I can get raw milk that is safe and organic products are in abundance, so I'm giving this a try.
My Underground Wellness inspired breakfast this morning -
a sliced apple fried in coconut oil with cinnamon and nutmeg
This was so delicious it was like having dessert for breakfast. All the ingredients were raw and organic with minimal processing.
Sean has a large collection of videos where he explains things about brain chemistry, thyroid function, hormonal changes, metabolism, etc in a way that is easy to understand and apply.
If you ever want info of this sort, then check him out. Here's just a quick sample:
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I want shoulders. I need shoulders.
....and arms. My arms and shoulders are my new focus for some reason. I have no muscles. My thighs are looking and feeling great from the running, but the upper body is needing some attention.
I realize that I take better care of things that are valuable than I take of things that are worthless or things I don't like.
I've decided to love my arms...
...just as they are...
...floppy skin and all...
My arms are taking me closer and closer to doing that chin up of which I dream.
My grip is pretty strong.
Using my arms correctly improves my running.
Even though there is a lot of skin and fat in the way, I can feel those muscles underneath. I can feel their shape and their strength.
My arms are not overly or underly hairy - just a happy macho medium.
These are good arms. They deserve some appreciation and love.
My old way was to either think that my arms were too far gone and not worth the time to work on them, or to work on them because they were awful and I needed to make them into something worthwhile. Neither of those ways have been working.
The new approach is to appreciate them, value them, and see my time spent on them as my way of expressing that appreciation. I've said it for years - attitude is everything.
I replaced my attitude of, "I gotta clean this damn house!" with an attitude of "I'm going to bless this house." That made a world of difference. Now, I'm going to replace my strength training "Arm Loathing Time" with "Arm Loving Time".
A little update - I recently blogged about a helpful training tool, the MITT or Mobile Interval Training Timer. I've been using it for a bit now and it is just what I needed. I've used it for running, TRX work, HIIT, and weight lifting. I tried jumping rope with it and it was great for that, but I'm not a rope jumper so I won't be doing that again (my knees can't handle it right now). I used it for static stretching and it was great. It made me slow down and stretch better.
I used up the free trial and went ahead and bought the full version (about 15 bucks) and it's the best money I've spent on gear in quite a while.
My program is now undergoing the largest change ever. I thought my goal was going to be long distance running, but I found out I'm quite happy with 2 or 3 miles at a time. I really don't have the desire to go farther. Since I do have the desire to build bigger muscles, it wouldn't be a good idea for me to run long distances anyway. It's time for me to turn some attention toward strength training.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
My life sucks. Everything sucks! Spark sucks and Fridays suck and life is a pain - and I hate everything cause everything sucks! It sucks so bad that my ears are popping and I could just kick a stained glass window.
I'm working 7 days this week, people working fewer hours are making more money than I am, I just know I'm way over my calorie range today, I'm bored silly, I'm sick of having no social life, I'm tired, my dog has fleas again, my kitty has a bladder infection, my back hurts and I'm really tired of my back hurting, I didn't get any exercise today, I have to run some errands tomorrow that I don't wanna run, and I'm just gonna be ticked off!
Did I mention how sleepy I am? I hate everything right now. EVERYTHING!
I haven't even gotten on Spark today. Guess I better go spin that evil little wheel. Yeah, look at that thing....teases me with 500 goodie points but never delivers them.
Forget it, I'm going to the message boards.
There's a thread there.... I guess I should read it. Fine, I'll read it but it'll probably be stupid.
Oh some goodie two shoes is posting about how she ate dinner at McFatties and tracked all the crap she ate anyway even though it was crap. Oh yeah, good for her. Other uppity sparkers are all agreeing about how we should track our food regardless of what it was. Track, track, blah blah blah........ Yeah whatever!
Oh I just hate this. I agree with them. I hate that I agree with them, but I know they are right.
Oh how that chaps my hide! I don't want to be agreeable! RATS NEST! I really hate to admit it. I hate to agree with anyone over anything right now. I want to disagree!
Life sucks. Did I mention how tired I am?
...but I do agree about tracking and ..............
GRRRR!! Oh Fine! Whatever!
I'll track my food today, but it's gonna really suck dog doo.
In fact I'm gonna track every bite I took and probably more. I'll pump up those numbers nice and fat just like I'm gonna be for the rest of my unnatural life and that'll show just how bad this day sucks and what a waste it has really been!
Here's the meal from hell! Take that food tracker! You big old nutrition nazi! What do you think about that? Four zucchini muffins for a snack! Yeah FOUR, what about it? Two servings of lasagna for dinner. That's right! I ate that! What do you have to say about that, huh? You number crunching nut-job! My granny did math faster in her 98 year old head, so take that and shove it in your .....
What do you mean, I'm not over my range for today? I'm even low on my sodium which is normally through the roof?
Are you sure, faithful little food tracker, old buddy, old pal?
Well.....okay..... maybe my eating didn't totally suck. Maybe I'm not so far from my goals after all. Okay, I'll give on that one.
Still, I gotta work tonight and that bites a big one. HA! Gotcha there!
Well, I AM on Spark while I work. ...and I DO have a job.... that's something for which I should be ....... (grumble-full) .........grateful.....I meant grateful.
Dang! I hate that! I have to admit that not every thing sucks.
Okay fine, not everything sucks, just MOST things. Like... Like those danged errands I have to run tomorrow. I'll be taking my son clear to Poulsbo to shop.
....That means a long damn drive
.... in the van with my son. Where we will spend time together...
.....I've hardly seen him all week.
That'll give us time to talk and catch up on stuff. Ya know, I really love him and I missed him a lot this week... and tomorrow we will have hours together.
.....That could be, well, I hate to say it.....kinda of .....well.......
......good. There! I said it! It would be good!
Oh what is this? What now? My little dog is looking for me. Oh no, she's giving me the sweet puppy face and snuggling up to me. Oh I don't wanna be snuggled, not on the day from hell while I'm trying to be the biggest grouch this side of Grinchville. Yep, she has fleas... but she loves me....she just puts her problems behind her and is content to just sit on my lap and look at me with those big brown puppy eyes......well isn't that cute.
...and my kitty....well, the antibiotics are helping. He's getting a lot better and so far I've been able to give him his meds without anyone getting seriously damaged. That's good I suppose. He's purring as if life isn't all bad, as if.........life isn't all bad...
....and what's that? The clock striking 11? Quitting time? Oh good. Yes, that means I can go get some sleep.....in my nice soft bed......with my good old, best friend of a puppy dog. It'll feel so good to stretch out my back. There are clean sheets on the bed. I love clean sheet day! It's the best! I'm gonna stretch out on those nice clean sheets. Oh now that is fantastic.
....and there is something to look forward to when I get up in the morning - A wonderful trip with my son.
...and what's this? My pajamas are too big on me now? Yep, looks like I could get into them twice and have some room left over. I'm sure glad I always take the time to log into Spark and track my food. See the success you can have if you just keep a positive attitude like mine!
Good night puppy dog! Good night kitty! Good night son! Good night wonderful Sparkers! It's been such a great day, and I can't wait until tomorrow! Life is really good.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
I just discovered the Mobile Interval Training Timer. It's a cell phone application that acts as a fitness timer - you can program it for any interval duration you want. It's sort of like the Gym Boss, but cheaper - and since I take my phone running with me anyway, I only have to carry one thing.
This is great for HIIT, running, boxing / martial arts rounds, Yoga, Tabata, CrossFit, stationary bikes, etc. I'm using it for my running program - in place of the C25K program. I can use the same philosophy as C25K, but can set the intervals for my individual needs.
You can check it out at interval-timer.com/
There is a free version for Windows that you can run on your computer or lap top and there is a free trial period for the cell phone application. The full version will cost $14.95 if you want to buy it, but you can use it 10 times for free first.
The numbers display really big so they are easy to see and this application works on newer and older phones alike. (Edited to update - it won't work on an iPhone)
I love it, so I had to share it.
Take care everyone!
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