Friday, November 26, 2010
Somehow I managed to get a weight loss between Wednesday and today. Did I eat a lot yesterday? Yes! So, how did I do it? Well, for starters, I kept up with my usual morning routine of working out. I do this at home, via the Xbox, and makes for no excuses. The second strategy was hosting Thanksgiving. With people coming over, it puts you in overdrive to clean. Part of this involved running around the house and seeing everywhere my kids put up their secret drawings. A smiley face on the shelf, a scribble on the baseboard, and some yogurt on the back of a couch cousin. This all means heavy scrubbing, which is great at starting off the sweat. The third strategy was running around, literally. I made one trip to the grocery store and bought whole bean cranberry sauce. No, this wasnít right. My wife wanted actually cranberries to make her own sauce. Back to the store I go. By then, the parking lot was full and walking was too slow for me. So, I ran. Back and forth.
So turkey came and went. I stuck with about 1 plate with a little extra on the green stuffÖoh and stuffing. Me and stuffing are at one with each other. I did feel full and nappy, but I had another plan. My daughter really wanted to watch a movie with grandma, so I waited. When dinner was over, THEN I started the movie. Usually grandma insists on doing the dishes. Usually a nice thing, but not for my plan. I had my daughter guilt trip her into watching the movie and then the dishes were mineÖall mine. This was great; pots, pans, casserole dishes with things baked on, dishes, cups, etc. By the time I was done, the movie was almost over and my abs were sore.
Then, after that, I started up the Kinect. Nothing like a little harmless fun, lol. Not sure if I got more of a workout from the game or from laughing at grandpa and grandma doing some hulu hoop and boxing, which somehow turned into hula dancing. When they left, I got the kids in bed and did another 20 minute cardio exercise and 4 minute cardio boxing routine with Your Shape Fitness. The cardio boxing got me ready for some midnight Black Friday action, lol
So, it was a fun day. Back to work today and going to have to come up with activity for tonight with the kids.
Hope you all had a good day yesterday and will have a great weekend. Happy sparking everyone!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Remember that excitement you had when you first started this program? You felt like you could conquer anything and do anything? That was me, when I was on my third start with Spark People. Wow, I was burning those calories, online all the time, earning spark points. All good things which lead to an awesome new me. Over 40 pounds lighter and healthier. Not too bad for my honeymoon stage, which Iím calling Phase I.
Now, for Phase II. I want to keep that spark I have, but make it burn bigger. As I lose weight, Iím realizing I canít keep the same daily goals. Instead of tweaking my plans from the beginning, I figure it is probably good to start over. Begin afresh. Act like Iím doing this all over again, but keep that which I already know. Iím going to cherish the wonderful friendships Iíve already started building and make new ones. Focus on the core elements and not try to be everything to everyone.
As mentioned yesterday, Iíve already cut the groups that I donít post to. So, if you see this blog post in a group, then congratulations, this is one of my core groups. I also sat down and brainstormed some basic steps to do every day. Instead of being overwhelmed with trying to post to everyoneís page every day, I want to try to post to one personís page, at least once a day. Stuff like that. Weíll see how it goes.
What I really have to work on is feeling the gloom of not working out as much. Going from three hours a day to 30 minutes a day is going to be hard for me. I may end up making it 60 a day. My point of doing this is to try to keep it fun. I also want to feel at liberty to mix it up. When I had the 1,000 calorie a day goal, all my focus was in cardio. However, I just read an article today that talked about a study of people doing cardio only, resistance only, and doing both. All groups spent about the same energy. But, it was the group that did the mix of both that found the greater health benefits. This was specific to Type 2 Diabetes, but it sounds like it has more benefits. So anyhow, 30 minutes of solid cardio, sprinkled with fun and cleaning, and some weight lifting.
So, this is my thinking. Doing the core things of a beginner and carrying the lessons learned of a seasoned veteran.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Hi Everyone! As we get near the holidays, I hope everyone has something they are looking forward to. Maybe some time with family or friends. Maybe a special trip. Maybe just some time to relax and be cozy.
For those that have been following my blog, I promise I havenít been absent. Iíve been faithfully spinning that spark wheel every day. However, you may have also noticed I havenít kept on all my usual rounds. And to this, I feel bad. So I have decided to do some balancing. One of the first things is to balance fitness with friends. I have been so pushed to burn 1,000 calories a day that I have little time to do anything else. This is great, but all things in moderation. Not to mention, my body needs some rest. So, I want to cut this down to 30 minutes of planned activity a day, which is about 300 calories burned. Instead of trying to log all my cleaning, lawn chores, etc as exercise (which I think is some of the BEST exercise), I will just look at the 30 minutes of planned cardio. All the other stuff will be ďbonusĒ and it will keep me from going crazy trying to track every little thing. This is hard, because I love to watch my fitness minutes add up.
I was also too absorbed in cardio, that I rarely had any time to do strength training. As winter sets in and the nights are dark and windy, Iíll do a morning cardio and evening strength at home. Iíll have to come up with my own strength training chart and record it on Spark manually. The suggested workout is based on a 7 day week, which makes it hard to come up with a regular alternating plan.
As for the groups, there are some that I just never visit. Iím interested, but it stresses me out that they are just sitting there idle. Iíll be better off picking 5 core groups (or so) and huddle with those on a more regular basis.
As for tracking, this is getting hard. My iPhone got jacked, which was wonderful to track as I ate. I guess this means I need to plan and stick to the plan. I turn my computer off at night, so I can concentrate more on family. So no tracking at night unless it is pen and paper. I realize how important tracking is, so I really need to make this a #1 focus.
Other than that, Iím doing good. It is nice to see everyone on here every day. You are an inspiration to me. So many great stories and lives here. Thank you all for the support and inspiration.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
First off, sorry for for the delay in posting this. I was waiting to get a picture of me gracefully running, with a smile on my face and wind blowing in my hair. What I ended up getting was a picture of me, looking like I was straining and two kids running past me. Thankfully, I was able to edit out the two younsters and came up with this:
So, the long awaited moment has finally come. My first 5k in nearly 20 years. The last time I ran a 5k was in high school, while I was training for my month getting ready to go to boot camp. Don't get me wrong, I did a lot of running in the Marines, just never ran a 5k since High School.
Let's back up to last year. Call of Duty was coming out and I was waiting in line at midnight to pick it up. I stayed up until 6 a.m. playing it, drinking Mountain Dew and eating Pizza and chips. Fast forward to this year. I read about the new Call of Duty and kept up with the posts on Twitter. However, I instead make sure I ate some lean protien and complex carbs before eventually going to bed. I got up nice and early and went to the race to start warming up.
The race itself was fun. There was a lot of energy in the air and everyone was pretty excited. We lined up to start and I happened to be at the starting line. They shouted "go" and I went. Within seconds, it felt like hundreds of people passed me. Oh well, I read about this and knew to run MY race, not theirs. Sure, I passed some of them again later on, but most of them ended up finishing ahead of me. No hard feelings, they are amazing runners.
My time was just a hair past 25 minutes. I actually feel GREAT about this. I've been training for a few months and this beats my best time by a good 3 minutes! Now I can keep training, keep losing weight, and hopefully see an even better time next year.
Special kudos to this 82 year old that beat me. Yes, I let an 82 year old man beat me. He came in at 21 minutes. AMAZING! I hope to be in that great of shape when I am his age. So awesome and inspiring.
For those of you that read my last blog, I gave a hint about a new workout buddy. I said it had three eyes and four ears. So, not to keep you waiting any longer, it is Kinect, for the Xbox 360. I tell my kids it is a robot. It moves its head up and down to see you, it has 3 cameras, and 4 microphones. I can go on and on about this (and probably will in later blogs), but what I'll say now is that it tracks your whole body and has you move, move, moving! It is so much fun and before you know it, you're dripping in sweat! Here's a little picture of what my new workout buddy looks like:
Friday, November 05, 2010
Ok, so today I weight myself and Iím up a bit. The Wii Fit has all kinds of helpful pokes as me. First, it asks why I gained. Then, it says I might be eating more because it is cold out. HmmmmÖcould be that Iím surrounded by chocolate and I have the sweet tooth of Mr. Willy Wonka himself. The other thing that got me was just how much I could eat because I worked out an extra 100 calories over my goal. I would snack on this and snack on that. I would tell myself, I worked out extra hard today, so I can eat. Hahaha. Yeah, sounds good in theory.
Realistically, I do need to cut down my calorie burn goals for the week. Burning 1000 calories a day was a lot easier when I was 40 pounds heavier. Donít get me wrong here. Running 4 miles is a lot easier now than when I was 40 pounds heavier. However, the calorie burn was a lot higher. It seemed if I walked a block, it burned 500 calories. Maybe not quite, but that is what it seemed. Now, I have to work for about an hour more to get that same burn. So, no wonder Iím always hungry. Iím always moving. Might sound like a good thing, but I know my body needs rest too.
So this post is just to let you all know Iím not perfect, which I think is helpful. If you are like me, I hate perfect people. Good for them, yeah, but doesnít do much for me. So now, Iím admitting to my imperfections so you all can love me, just the way I am.
What am I going to do now? Well, lower my calorie burn goals and see if that makes me less hungry. Iím also going to go over my portion controls. I am thinking that Iíve been a little liberal with those scoops. Again, thinking that my extra 100 calorie burn is going to cover every BLT (bite, lick, taste) that I do while cooking or prepping food.
On a side note, I got a new fitness buddy last night. It is a three-eyed robot with four ears. Iíll let you all kick that around for a bit. Hopefully Iíll be back on tomorrow or Sunday to update you on what Iím referring to.
Until then, happy Sparking everyone!
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