Thursday, January 19, 2012
After the past two days of not being hungry and struggling to meet my minimum calorie requirements, today junk food is calling my name. I have a very small dinner planned and had a very small breakfast so I allowed myself to eat one slice of cheese pizza for lunch. Probably occupied the rest of my daily calories or close to it but at least I made some trade offs to get what I wanted. But then when I came back my coworker offered me these delicious no bake bites that have coconut, honey, peanut butter, omega-3 powder, and oats in them and I ate two of them. Not sure where that puts me...
My period is a day overdue now so anytime I ought to be starting it. This is the hardest time of the month to stay on track for me for sure. I know the day isn't over yet and one bad day isn't going to cancel out the progress I've been making but it's just scary because I'm afraid it will be the beginning of the end. Think I better go look at my motivational pinterest boards so get my head into the game.
It is sooooooo hard to strike a balance between being "kind" to yourself and allowing for the occasional humanity of the moment, and knowing when you need to just kick your own butt.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Recently I've been wanting to add some extra songs to my workout playlist. NPR has been asking celebrities and athletes what their favorite songs to workout to are, in addition to taking suggestions from NPR listeners. They have compiled a long list of workout songs and are expanding it in the coming weeks. You can listen to it through the NPR player from the article. Here is a small sample of songs on it and a link to the full list:
Cake, "The Distance"
Cee-Lo Green, "Forget You"
Chemical Brothers, "Block Rockin' Beats"
Chromeo, "Fancy Footwork"
Chuck Berry, "Johnny B. Goode"
The Clash, "Polive & Thieves"
The Clash, "Train In Vain"
Cold Cave, "Love Comes Close"
Crystal Castles, "Celstica"
The Cure, "Hot Hot Hot"
Cut Copy, "Lights & Music"
Daft Punk, "Aerodynamic"
Daft Punk, "Harder Better Faster Stronger"
David Bowie, "Suffragette City"
The Dead Weather, "Cut Like A Buffalo"
Deee-Lite, "Groove is in the Heart"
Destiny's Child, "Bootylicious"
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Yesterday I had a great idea. The Dr.'s office I work for used to employ a physical therapist, but after she left the practice her stuff was left behind. One of the things she had was a box of weights. There were a few medicine balls, a set of 8lb dumbbells, two other sets of 5 and 2lb dumbbells, and several soft weight straps filled with sand at different levels that can velcro to your arms or legs. It had just been sitting in my office taking up space for a while and then I thought, I'd love to have this stuff for my home gym! So I approached my boss and asked if I could buy it off him for $25, which was really a steal considering I have seen some dumbbell sets of two being sold for $15. He agreed to let me have them! So I enlisted the help of my friend to help me carry the box downstairs and into my car and very happily took them home.
Not only am I building a gym where our guest room used to be, we are making a new guest room out of my husband's guitar room and moving his guitars into our loft area. So while Bradley was moving all the bookshelves around, he found my Jillian Michaels book Making the Cut. I bought it two years ago before the wedding and it is a pretty good book. It has a nutrition plan and a pretty intense workout plan designed to get you ripped. Not so much for big weight loss, more to build muscle; she says it's for people with 20lbs or less to lose. That fits my category though, then and now, so I used it for some of my pre-wedding workouts. It's no joke though... I don't know if I ever got to where I could finish an entire workout. Even though I am in my "Healthy" BDI range, I am at the top of it and I am definitely not in good physical shape as far as strength or cardio endurance goes, so they kick my butt in a major way. But that's good I guess :)
Anyway I was looking back through the book and I used her formula to calculate my BMR. I had previously used an online calculator and there was a difference of a few hundred calories between what they said and what she said. Hers came up with 1403.1 calories, and the other one was around 1600 or so. Since I am trying to shoot for under 1300 calories anyway, I decided to adjust my nutrition goals on Spark to match what her book says. Over the weekend when I was PMSing I did eat the full 1550 calories they had originally given me but most days I think I can abide by 1403. Anyway that's just my supposed "resting" burn - it doesn't take into account any movement I do during the day which, even when sedentary, is bound to burn at least 100 calories just doing regular stuff like walking around the office, typing, writing, etc.
Ultimately I want to buy a body bugg so I can know exactly what my calories burned are. I have discovered this time around that keeping track of stats and using gadgets like fitness apps keeps me interested in the process. I love charts, graphs, and statistics so having a personalized readout on my activities is just really fascinating to me. And for me, boredom with my routine is the kiss of death on my fitness efforts. Well that, and pizza.
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