Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Tonight I did the Hot Warrior Body Rock, found here:
and I am still figuring out how to use my interval timer. The one I have has a rest period built in, so you don't need to set your rest to the "low interval," although it does have both high and low that can be set. So what I have to do is set the high to the workout phase, the low to 0:00, and the "set time" to the same amount of time as the workout phase. Then at the end of each "set" the rest goes off for 10 seconds. So that confuses me pretty much every time I need to set it up again...
It seems like before I do these workouts I am really nervous because I always take my time setting up the interval timer, viewing the exercise demos so I know how to do them, making sure all my equipment is nearby, writing down the title and date of the workout plus the name of all the exercises so I can record my reps, making sure my pen and water bottle are nearby... and I take my time doing all that. Then when I work up the courage, I start the timer...
It's a pretty complicated ritual, and I've only done it twice so far.
But tonight, doing this one, I was more confused than usual. The site has what I think are some typos when it explains how many exercises and intervals there are. I did the best I could but at the end I ended up with 3 leftover intervals.
"What the heck?" I thought as I added up the exercises I did. "Three rounds of each one? Yep... but wait that only comes out to 15 minutes and the site kept saying 18 minutes? But it also said 4 exercises and there are actually 6. Hang on, 6 exercises? I only did 5..."
I FORGOT THE DYNAMO PUSHUPS ENTIRELY.
Between leaving out one entire exercise and also not really sure if I did the lunges and crabs right ("Wait, WHICH leg am I supposed to be lifting?"), I am not sure I have the fitness prowess for Body Rock.
But it sure will be funny to try.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Lately it seems the Universe has been sending me signals about the upcoming Lent. I am not Catholic so I have never observed it before but one of my spark teams has a Lent challenge going right now and a few of my friends have blogged about how they plan to prepare. When I saw the team challenge, I started thinking about what I could do and then honestly it snuck up on me since I don't attend church to hear the reminders about it. Well, it's tomorrow and I've made my decision about what I want to give up.
My Lent sacrifice is going to be pizza. It almost makes me cry to type it. It's my favorite food. I don't always go for the super fattening kind either (although I like stuffed crust, don't get me wrong). Lots of times I prefer to load up on veggies. But we all know it's the cheese and the crust that kills you.. and that's what makes it my favorite food. I LOVE tomato sauce, I LOVE cheese, and I LOVE bread. It basically takes all my favorite things and combines them. And around my period I really crave tomatoes. But let's face it, there are other ways to eat them, even if you want to eat them in a sauce. Whole grain rotini with marinara, anyone?
Just this month pizza has derailed me 3 times. February is nearing a close and I have to say that I have not done as good of a job with my goals as I could have/did in January. Knowing that is why I decided to cut out restaurants for two weeks. That has helped, I guess, but frozen pizza is still lurking in every grocery store, as are wine and girl scout cookies. So eating at home doesn't mean you're necessarily safe. Also, last week when I blogged about my in-laws helping derail my veganism last year, that wasn't the entire story. The full story was that they were down for Bradley's grandfather's funeral, and the day we came back from that I was so emotionally exhausted and dreading the thought of going home to chop vegetables that we ordered - you guessed, it pizza. Well I was still vegetarian at least at that point but the next night they insisted we go to Texas Roadhouse and that was the nail in my vegan coffin. (It was just a month long experiment, though, not a whole lifestyle I was abandoning. But it only made it two weeks, not the full month I had planned).
So yeah. Pizza and me have what one of my heroes, Lady Gaga, would call a "Bad Romance." So maybe it's time for us to take a break and try to figure out our own baggage... and maybe when Easter rolls around I will have a new perspective on my trigger food. I just hope I can hold out that long... it might be time to rediscover religion cause I think I'm gonna need some divine help.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Lately I have been getting really interested in cooking. Can't remember exactly how the thought popped into my head, but one day I decided I wanted a bread maker. I took some recommendations from friends and found one in my budget to purchase. It hasn't arrived yet but I have been daydreaming of all the awesome homemade breads I will make. I am so looking forward to being able to make my own whole wheat sandwich bread. Little by little I want to cut out as many processed foods as I can and this is one I am very excited to take over making myself!
When I started this journey again, I decided that I hadn't succeeded before for a few reasons. One of the reasons was that I am a person who is pretty bad at consistency. After a week or two of doing something, I get really bored with it and start dreading it. So I realized that if I was going to succeed at this for the rest of my life, I had to embrace my love of novelty and not fight it. I've blogged a bit about that before. That is what I'm doing now. I am still exercising but at the moment what has captured my imagination is nutrition, and that is where my "focus" is. Going two weeks without eating out (Today is day 8) has really helped me get creative in the kitchen. Now when I am craving something, although I admit it is often still my first impulsive thought to think about which restaurant can serve it to me, because of my goal I switch gears to "How can I make that for myself at home, and how can I do it in a healthy way?"
There have been plenty of times in my life when cooking seemed like a chore to me. But I do actually love to do it, when I have the time and energy to put into it. And right now I do.
Yesterday I made a homemade Pad Thai recipe I found on a food blog on a whim. I had all the ingredients in the house already except for the rice noodles, so I went to the grocery store and came home and made it. And OMG it put the restaurant Pad Thai to shame, and FAR exceeded the home box kit I had been making it with previously. I will definitely never use the kit again, and I will think twice the next time I want to eat it - I can make it at home for a lot less sodium (and cost, too!).
Then last night I mixed up a batch of whole wheat waffles. Even my husband, a confirmed Eggo maniac, said they were the best waffles he had ever had. The batch made 8 so we put them in the freezer and now I have breakfast for every day of this week :)
Another recent purchase I made was a freezer cookbook. When my MIL was here, I made enchiladas one night. The recipe made 16 of them but only 8 would fit into my baking dish, so I made up the other 8 and put it in the freezer. We pulled it out last week, I poured enchilada sauce on it and sprinkled some more cheese on top, and the experience was a revelation to me. The freedom I felt of having dinner cooked and eaten by 6:30 was awesome! I was hooked. I am definitely going to be doing some freezer cooking in the next few months. More time in the evenings? God yes, sign me up!
I have to say that I am finding the tools I need to build a lifestyle that works for ME. We are all striving for similar goals but we are all so different, and we have to be gentle with ourselves. I am very inspired when I read some of the amazing things my friends are doing and one day I want to, and will, do some of them too - but in the meantime, I just feel accomplished that I am still here when so many, many times before I have given up before I reached this phase. This time I am working WITH my mental range of motion and not against it. And just like in stretching, that just feels good.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
My breakfast? Homemade whole wheat waffle with frozen mixed berries warmed in the microwave until they formed a nice compote, and half a tablespoon of honey.
Pure Sunday morning bliss.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Bradley's mother is in town. Usually when she comes to town, she mostly ditches us to spend time in the town she grew up where most of her family lives. Bradley hates that place (he lived there most of his life too and is not a small town kind of person), so we barely get to see her while she's here. This time though, after Bradley had a talk with her about how she always ditches him, she decided to spend the days there (while we're at work) and the nights here with us. Much better for him.
Ah, in-laws. It seems unless you can find someone who had the same type of family and was raised the same type of way you were, you will have clashes with them. She is nice enough I suppose but she and I have NOTHING in common. She's a country girl, I love the city; she's obsessed with her daughter, I am on Bradley's side; and one big difference, she is so into standard american diet it is nuts and I am - and becoming more so all the time - quite health conscious.
My latest Netflix movie was Food, Inc and now I can't stop reading ingredients labels, haha. I had heard a lot of the information before but some was new and mostly it was just one more big reminder of how evil the food industry has become and how if you want to take care of your health you need to be vigilant and active in it.
Meanwhile, she's buying multiple boxes of sugary cereal for us, three king sized Reese Bars, and offering to get me a bulk bag of french fries at Sam's. Annnd all I can do is try to avoid it myself because of course it would be rude to tell her that I don't want to take part in that lifestyle anymore.
To top it off, she and Bradley's dad eat out almost every meal so of course that's what she wants to do when she comes here. That was part (not all, definitely but a little part) of my restaurant binge last week. I thought her plane was leaving on Sat but it turns out it is not until Tues. Sat. was when I started my 2 week ban on eating out so yesterday when she and Bradley went for Japanese I stayed home and today for lunch I ate a salad at home and then rode with them while they got something to eat at McAlisters. I'm just glad it's at the beginning of this and not toward the end or I know that I wouldn't have the strength... I love those places too but not when I know how bad they are for me. But let's face it, logic and emotion trade a lot of victories in this fight. In fact, it was when they were in town last year and wanted to go to a steakhouse that I broke my veganism - and the next day I felt like I had a hangover. My mouth was a salt lick and my stomach was bloated and I just felt totally gross.
I am not saying they bear the blame for that; of course I chose to eat the food. I am just saying they are not a good influence in that way and that always makes it so awkward when they are here or we go up there to see them. Over the summer, we were there for 4 days and 3 of those days they baked batches of brownies at night!
Sorry I can see I'm on a bit of a rant. It's just that I am trying hard to do what I think is best for my own health and I am a bit concerned about Bradley too because he doesn't really care about this stuff like I do - but of course I care about him being healthy - and it doesn't help when you have somebody offering you (fattening) food every 2 hours.
Well tomorrow night we are supposed to go out to Olive Garden and I can't see a way around eating there because Bradley's grandmother is going to be there too and it will just look totally weird if I don't eat anything. But I am going to find the best thing on the menu I can and I told Bradley he has to promise to kick me if I try to order anything else.
Have any of you ever had awkward moments trying to explain to someone that you are trying to be healthy? Do you worry about coming off looking odd or preachy?
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