Sunday, November 21, 2010
My run this morning (outside, somewhat hilly): 4.4 miles, 47 minutes, 5.6 MPH
I'm working out all the time these days. In Body Pump I'm lifting as heavy as the instructors for some tracks. I know I need rest days, as was pointed out the last time I blogged about my workout schedule, but rather than taking off an entire day from exercise sometimes I just do a light workout because I don't want to lose my momentum. I feel great, and in my day to day life I can tell that I am fitter, which is helpful for things like ripping up my old floor.
I also haven't counted a calorie in at least a month, probably. I am eating mostly healthy foods, and taking home leftovers from restaurants, but my weight has settled back in where it always used to be (pre SP) in the upper 160s.
So, yeah, I'm feeling pretty fat-and-fit these days.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
We had the most fun on Halloween - we went to Salem with a few friends (not pictured here - they were all bloody zombies) and people-watched and ate and drank and danced all day!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Thank you to those who have been in touch with me lately, trying to urge me to get more active on Spark. You guys know me too well...when you're not hearing from me, things are not all good on the healthy lifestyle front.
Not ALL is bad though. I have been working out a ton, and I'm really into classes these days. A typical schedule for me is this:
Sunday - Step Interval 9:00-10:00 (step and conditioning)
Monday - Elliptical, 65min
Tuesday - Abs Clinic 5:30-5:45, Body Pump 5:45-6:45, Zumba 6:45-7:45
Wednesday - Body Combat 5:45-6:45
Thursday - Body Pump 5:45-6:45, Zumba 6:45-7:45
Friday - Elliptical, 30-65min
Saturday - Body Pump 9:30-10:30, Body Combat 10:30-11:30
There might be a jog here or there in place of some of the cardio classes, though those are becoming less frequent as it's been getting dark out earlier.
So...that's a ton of exercise, right? And I haven't been totally gorging myself on food either, but I haven't been counting calories. I'm still batch-cooking and making mostly healthy choices and following somewhat of a daily food intake template, but I'm eating until comfortable. And that for me means weight gain. UGH! It's just not fair.
Also, after having my condo on the market for 13 months, I finally accepted an offer on Tuesday. The inspection is this Saturday and if all goes well the closing is November 30.
Monday, October 11, 2010
So this past week I've been coming off a stretch of being in party mode. I had been out late and drinking too much, and I was feeling drained. So I was looking forward to having a three-day weekend with no plans. Friday night we didn't do anything - no gym, no restaurants, no bars, just a DVD and early to bed. This paid off, as we were up early enough on Saturday to go to the grocery store at 8 A.M. and beat the crowds, and then I went to Body Pump and Body Combat. I did my batch-cooking for the week ahead after that, experimenting with new recipes (polenta with spicy beans and mushrooms and butternut risotto, both of which I found through a google search for quick and easy dinner recipes; the recipes are here: www.healthy-eating-made-easy.com/hea
Anyway, after that we played tennis for about an hour with my husband's parents, and then used a gift card at Legal Seafoods where I had some delicious baked cod, then early to bed again Saturday night!
On Sunday I went to an amazingly sweaty Step Interval class in the morning (cardio and conditioning), followed by a half-hour Abs & Stretch class that my husband actually joined me for!!! Yay! Then we did errands and played tennis for about an hour again, just the two of us, and then we prepared a dinner party for my father's birthday - I attempted to mimic the baked cod (used expensive scrod from the grocery store) and it actually came out really well in my own opinion, plus a salad that included every color except blue, breadsticks, rice pilaf, cider, red wine, and instead of a birthday cake, a homemade apple pie with no added sugar. Lots of work but fun. I wish I'd taken a picture of the table with the pumpkin-mum-foliage centerpiece (I'd won it at a teacher breakfast the other day) and my orange and green placesettings.
Anyway, this morning I woke up feeling sore and tired. My arms, elbows, and shoulders are sore - there's a lot of punching in Body Combat, and I played more tennis than my body was used to this weekend, and maybe a conditioning class on my day "off" between two Body Pump days was too much. Also, I have a bit of a sore throat, and then to top it off I have some bad PMS. Last month when TOM started I had incredibly painful cramps, and I'm worried I might be in for that again. What's up with that? I used to be able to get through Day 1 of TOM without any painkillers whatsoever! Hmm. Maybe cramps get worse as you get older? (I'm only a couple months shy of 33.) Also, I'm sure being off the pill now has a lot to do with it, but I've been off it for a couple years now and my cramps haven't been THIS bad.
So...even though I felt awful, I really wanted to take advantage of my day off (thanks, Columbus) and went to Body Pump and Body Combat this morning with one of my favorite instructors. I survived Body Pump just fine but started to feel tired during Body Combat. The kind of tired where I was chosing the lower-impact modifications for moves whenever possible and having more trouble than usual just trying to focus on remembering the series of moves. But I made it through the whole class, and have now been home a few hours - I had leftover salad, rice, and pie for lunch, and just read (mostly silently) through all 50 or so the blogs I'm subscribed to. And my cramps are feeling worse. :( It stinks, because if I were feeling energetic today would be a great day for a trail walk/jog. Or clothes shopping. But instead I just want to crawl into bed with something to numb myself. :( At least I have a good excuse for making tomorrow a rest day, exercise-wise.
Friday, October 01, 2010
My last blog was about having a mini-binge, and MEGSFITNESS asked me a great question: Do you remember what triggered it? Thank you for asking, Megs! The answer is a resounding YES, I know EXACTLY what triggered it... sleep deprivation!! I was tired that day, and decided that instead of following my usual routine of having a quick small dinner and then going to the gym, I was going to "treat" myself to unlimited quantities of junk food in bed. Horrible idea!! Lying in bed and eating is not required just because I'm a little tired, and I certainly can't consider something a "treat" that makes me feel so bad afterwards.
I should explain that last statement...when I wrote my last post I was actually feeling fine and even rather proud of myself for having a mini binge instead of a major binge, but unfortunately I've been having more repeat performances than I should. The weekend was fine, but then on Tuesday there was a potluck lunch at school, and even though I'd been planning on not participating, there were just too many yummies and I ate a bunch. Then yesterday I pulled another "I'm so tired I'm just gonna lie in bed eating and skip the gym" scene on myself, only this binge wasn't quite so mini, and today the scale showed me a major jump upwards.
So, today I'm nipping it in the bud for real. My take-home message to myself NEEDS to be this:
Yes, there will be days when I am tired. I'm a teacher, and June is a LONG ways away. And on those days when I am tired, I will oftentimes experience a sensation that feels exactly like ravishing hunger. RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A CRUEL TRICK! I will probably need more water, more coffee, more distractions, and more self-cheerleading than normal, but not more calories!
So when I'm tired, maybe I'll work out to try to perk myself up, or maybe I'll skip exercise, guilt-free. Maybe I'll nap, or maybe I'll just try to turn in for the night early. If I'm looking for a treat, I'll allow myself to do something fun or even sneak out for an iced coffee.
But what I WON'T do is binge eat! I will be EXTRA vigilant with myself about not eating anything straight out of the original container (portion control is extra important on these days!), and if I really need something it will need to be fruit, or a vegetable, or even a tiny single-serving treat, but I will make sure I don't binge. Because for me, one episode just leads to more, and I don't want my weight rising back up, up, up, and Halloween is coming, and I want to get a sexy costume, and I want to feel good and look good and fit into my clothes! BINGE EATING DOESN'T SOVLE ANYTHING!
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