Friday, March 07, 2014
Woohoo! I just did my Friday strength training. I decided to do Jillian Michaels Shred it with Weights again.
I just had a V-8 moment. I realized why I'm eating more in the evening. I stopped my tactic of packing a protein snack. If I have a little something before I drive home from work, it really helps me eat sensibly in the evening. Doh! Lesson learned and moving on!
I'm on the market for a new pair of sneakers this weekend. I also think I'll go to Michaels to see what sort of stickers I can find for my tracking calendar. I'd like something to track overeating (don't want to use many of those), maybe a cupcake, like Steph-knee uses. And something to track my morning fitness streak. Hmm, I might need a bigger calendar... :)
Sunday, March 02, 2014
I woke this morning sore as heck from yesterday's workout and rollerskating. DOMS fully set in, so I started my day with a 30 minute bike ride. It didn't help much. So, my daughter and I went grocery shopping. It wasn't until we were finished and leaving the store that my legs started to limber up a bit.
I bought and tried my first Jicama today. It's an odd little tuber, similar to a turnip, but has a slightly sweet flavor. I didn't fall in love with it immediately. It's definitely no substitute for an apple because it still has an earthy aftertaste, being a root vegetable. But I think it will make a good crunchy topping on a salad.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
I found some free workout DVDs on download through Amazon Prime. I felt like I hit the jackpot! On Thursday, I did a 20 minute barre workout. Um, ballerinas are fierce and maybe a little masochistic! They make elegant look easy. I can't tell you how sore my arms are. Swan arms are two dirty words to me now!
I started today off with Jillian Michael's Shred it with Weights, a nice 25 minute kettlebell workout. I have a few other barre workouts and Denise Austin in my queue.
This afternoon, my daughters and I went to a roller rink. It was jam packed with kids celebrating birthdays. I'm glad admission was cheap because it was obvious they weren't investing profits back into the business. It was dirty and run down. There wasn't a single functioning locker. All the keys were missing. But as it turned out, we wouldn't need one. Gwen humored me and actually put the roller skates on and then thought better of it. So, she watched our things while Megan and I went out a few times. We were there for about an hour, but I only claimed 20 minutes of rink time. I think I only managed six total laps. The front of my calves got an extreme workout! They burned so bad, I couldn't do more than two laps at a time. Man, was that disappointing! Maybe it will be easier once I lose more weight.
My daughter was trying to talk me into getting my own pair of skates or blades and practicing in the neighborhood or at a local paved trail we have nearby. I don't know...I had a pair of rollerblades in the early 90s and hated them. I just couldn't get used to them. I know their construction has come a long way since then, especially the rubber wheels, making for a smoother ride. But I have to put that on my 'to think about' list. I'm fine investing in fitness, but I want to be careful and make sure it's not going to turn into a one time use item.
So, roller skating was a bust, but not a total loss. I got to spend some time with the girls and that's always good. I learned that even though I feel like I'm the same spry teenager lapping everyone while rocking out to Billy Squier's The Stroke, I'm really not! I am hopeful that I can get somewhere in between then and now. But right now, my size still makes some things difficult.
I'm glad I did it and I'll continue to find other things. A few things that come to mind are hiking and biking. Marymoor Park in Redmond rents bikes out and you can pedal all over on well-groomed, paved paths. And there are hiking trails all over the Issaquah Alps that I want to visit. A stretch goal for me will be to tackle Mt. Si in North Bend one day. Reviews say it's not for the faint of heart, so I'll try out a few of the bunny slopes in the area first!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Two days remain in February, but I had time to kill today, so I thought Iíd start looking at where Iíve been and where I want to be.
I lost almost 7 pounds in January. I did 1,096 fitness minutes, 41 strength exercises on 8 days and 21 cardio sessions.
In February, Iím up 1.6 pounds. I did 748 fitness minutes, 8 strength exercises on 2 days and 16 cardio sessions.
Iím pretty sure I did strength on more than 2 days, but overall, I could tell I wasnít on fire like I was in January. The piece of the puzzle thatís missing is nutrition. Unfortunately, since Iím still improving my tracking, especially of evening calories, the Spark report is skewed. The one thing I can draw from the report is that I did a better job tracking in January!
So, here we go! Spring is nigh! That means our days are getting longer and weíre all invigorated to get out and enjoy that fresh air and sunshine, right?
My plan for March:
1. 1,000 fitness minutes
a. 12 strength sessions (30 minutes)
b. 20 cardio sessions (at least 30 minutes)
2. Track nutrition
a. Eat a veggie at each meal/snack
b. Practice mindful eating, especially at night
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