Saturday, January 08, 2011
First off, I like to work out! I like the feeling when I'm done exercising. That feeling of accomplishment, exhilaration andd exhaustion. Why do I so willingly trade this awesome feeling for other people's needs? Like today, I chose to finish certain work rather than go bike at the gym. I don't feel better for having sacrificed my ride for the work. I could have done both if I'd stayed later at work. But I gave u the gym to make sure it got done. On the plus side I did do the Day 7 Week 1 Bootcamp video and walked 2 miles. So I did get some exercise. Just not that break a sweat, peddle til your legs are all wobbly kind of exercise.
As for food and nutrition....There's a few issues here. First off I can't say I've felt deprived at all this week. I've eaten food I like, the same food I ate before SP, even included a few things I don't eat regularly but still enjoy. So no feeling of loss or depreivation in the food area. What I DID rediscover is that if I don't lay out at least a base plan in the morning, then I'm more likely to be running low on calories by the time dinner rolls around. I also learned that I need to eat about an hour before I work out otherwise I get to feeling a bit dizzy by the end. Piece of fruit or a granola bar seems to help.
Although I am a Diet Coke addict, and refuse to every fully give up this refreshing, delightful beverage, I did drink at least 2 liters of water a day. WOOHOO! This is HUGE for me. But I did it and didn't completely hate it. Sorry but that's the best I can do at the moment.
Plan for Week 2: Complete Week 2 of the Bootcamp Challenge, Complete Week 2 of the 200 Squats and 100 Pushups Programs, Bike a minimum of 30 mins a day 5 times.
Plan for Week 2: Plan out each day's meals the night before, then do shopping as necessary on the way home from work. Brown bag lunch to lunch each day. Only eat what I bring to work, no side purchases!
Plan for Week 2: Drink 2 liters of water a day at work and at least .5 liters after work. On weekends, drink 2.5 liters of water.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
It's been ages since I've been to the gym. But today I determined to start back. Well, actually yesterday I did but them i forgot my gym lock. Usually it's the sports bra I forget or event he sneakers, but this time it was the lock. Anyway, I made it today and had an awesome 8 mile ride. Time was I'd ride up to about 20miles a day, but I was probably more chuffed by these 8 miles than I was by the 20 becuase it came as a complete surprise that I would last that long. I programed the bike for 30 mins pluss a 5 min cooldown, but I was fully prepared to accept 20 mins if that's as far as I got. But nope I made it the whole 35 mins and probably could have gone a few more but didn't want to completely overdo. It's amazing how the first few minutes are the hardest but once you get going, you just keep going til before you know it the time is up.
Today I also wore a pedometer to work. I tracked the amount of walking I do in a regular day and that came out to about 3.6 miles! WOOT! Actually that wasn't a wholly normal day because I knew that I needed to stop at the market on the way home. I wanted to get some light salad dressing that I could take to work with me and some chicken for dinner. I decided to take the bus home and rather than gettin off at the stop closest to my apartment and going to the market there. I got off at the stop before and ewnt to the market a block in the opposite direction from my place then walked home (about .5 miles). So I guess my regular day is closer to 3 miles. (Anyone have any idea how many steps that is? My Pedometer only tracks miles and km.)
Came home and cooked a nice dinner -- grilled chicken, baked sweet potato and peas. I discovered that sweet potatos really do not need to be swinning in butter to taste great! That's a big one for me. The rest of the night I did Day 5 of the 2 Day Bootcamp Challenge.
Tomorrow I have Squats and Pushups, another ride and Day 6. Thankfully, due to the impending snowstorm, my date was postponed so I don't have to do everything at 5AM. While I am an early riser I like my morning routine of meal planning, news, shower and caffeine! Exercise videos do NOT figure into the serenity I try to embrace in the morning. At least not yet it doesn't!
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
So today was supposed to be my first day back to the gym. Of course the Powers That Be had other plans. And they made me leave my lock at home! I managed to come up with an alternative plan however, which involved me walking home from work (1.57 miles) I also did Day 2 of my 6 week Squats and Pushups programs. So I'm very chuffed about that I finished off the night with Day 4 of the 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge and a nice healthy meal full of fresh veggies when what I really wanted was a bag of chips!
All in I'd say that despite the setback at the gym it was a pretty good day. Now I'm wholly done in and am going to head to bed!
And yes, I've already put the lock in my bag for tomorrow!!
Monday, January 03, 2011
Today was !!
First I strated reorganizing my kitchen. Now you gotta understand something about NYC apartments to understand how desperately this was needed. NYC may be the crossroads of the world. And everyone thinks it's so glamorous and all that jazz. But I'm here to tell you there is a dark hidden secret to NYC....the kitchens in the apartments -- and I have a good size one for the city, not a studio or anything like that -- are smaller than most people's closets! Seriously, to put this in perspective...I have ONE drawer in the kitchen. I've had to put in a standing shelf system which prevents more than one person from fitting in the kitchen at the same time. Also, If I open my oven I can't stand in front of it, otherwise there is no room for the door to open all the way. And I only have about 2 feet of useable counter space.
So today I started cleaning everything in there. Worked on it for 2 hours. Threw out a ton of crap that is just accumulating dust -- and dust in NYC in plentiful, except we call it smog and yes it lands on everything! So everything got a good washing and as I said a lot took a toss...like the spice rack that had 10 year old spices in it. GONE! I will say that the kitchen smelled VERY good this afternoon even tho no cooking was occuring. LOL
After lunch I took a nap. I will admit that I had about a cup of pork fried rice that was not originally on my plan for the day, BUT this did fit into my tracker (yes I posted it there) and I just modified the rest of the day to accomodate this little weakness without beating myself up (much) about it.
Then this evening, I did day 2 of the 28-Day Bootcamp challenge. Day 1 really winded me I was surprised at how tired I was after it. Felt good nut really tired. Today was better though I did battle a bit on the lunges b/c I broke a toe Christmas Eve and it's still pretty sore. But a few fingers on a nearby chair got that sorted.
Also, I did Day One of the 200 Squats and 100 Pushups Programs. The squats were challenging. The pushups weren't so bad. This time thru the program I'm doing the girlie pushups partly b/c of the toe and partly b/c I have NO upper body strength what-so-ever!! OK Really it's because of I have NO upper body strength WHAT-SO-EVER! (In case ya missed that the first time). But I'm pretty proud of the 12 pushups and 60 squats I did!!
Oh yeah almost forgot...I had an epiphany this morning. It IS possible to have an english muffin w/o any butter or margerine. This morning I had 2 eggs scrambled in Pam with scallions and an english muffin (whole wheat, of course). Normally, I'd have butter on the muffin. Today, i just put the eggs on top of the muffin....and it was GOOD! I mean REALLY good! huh, who woulda thunk it?!?!
Tonight I'm making pasta with grilled chicken and peas. And as it's starting to get late I better get to it!
Goals for Tuesday 1/4:
- Finish Kitchen shelves
- Day 3 of 28-Day Bootcamp
- Organize the desk!
- 100 Jumping Jacks
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