Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Today is now my fifth day in a row on track, and I have lost 3 pounds. I love the reversal of all the ickiness I was doing to myself when I was off track...my pants are already fitting better and my skin is clearing up. YAY.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Right after I wrote my last blog (two days ago), I decided to look back at my nutrition tracker in May 2011, which is a time I remember feeling really confident about my nutrition habits. I saw that I was eating +/- 2,000 calories each day, including batch-cooked lunches AND dinners, and my snacks were almost completely fruits and vegetables, plus one bag of almonds and, most days, a DD or SB coffee or latte. Oh, and on days when I was staying late at the gym, I'd buy oatmeal and nut topping at Starbucks beforehand and count THAT as my dinner, not as an extra snack. May 2011 was the last time I saw any weight in the 140s, and I've actually been slowly but steadily rising since then. Soooo...I'm back to it. Friday was easy because I slept in so late that I didn't really even have time to overeat, and I only ate about 1,550 calories. Last night I went to a friend's for dinner but ate pretty well there and guesstimated a 2,400 calorie total for the day on Saturday. Today I just had lunch, but so far so good! I'm feeling my positive mindset coming back!! Off to rake. :)
Sunday, November 06, 2011
For the past few months there have been rumors that my gym was going to close. One day a few weeks ago I was on an elliptical when the electricity suddenly shut off, and I wondered if that was it - the gym was done? But no, they stayed open. I started calling before heading over there every time I went just to be sure they were still open before making the trek...well... ALMOST every time. I didn't bother calling yesterday, but when I got there, I found a "CLOSED" sign on the door! My gym is a Work Out World, and they have another location relatively nearby, so I got back in my car and went to the other location. I had been planning on taking Body Combat at 8:30 and Body Pump at 9:30. Instead I managed almost a half-hour on the treadmill at the other location before Body Pump THERE at 9:30. I saw a big crowd gathering by the studio door starting around 9 A.M., including several regulars I recognized from the other location, but I've never been one to stand by the studio door when I could be using my time more efficiently (treadmill). But I was getting nervous because I know that the studio at this location is MUCH smaller than the studio at the other location, and the crowd was getting huge, so I got off the treadmill a few minutes ahead of time and went over there. I was shocked with what I found: adults acting like cranky children!! The regulars from this gym snapping comments at the regulars from the other gym! The people from my gym told me that they'd been waiting by the door longer than these other people (which I knew was true - I'd been watching!), but they came over and shoved their way to the front of the crowd because they'd been signed up since 8:00. Well, Work Out World has a rule that you can't sign up for a class until a half hour ahead of time, NOT 90 minutes! So as soon as the Zumba class ended, people started literally SHOVING their way into the studio. People were grabbing equipment for their buddies and using their elbows to get by, and I ended up being one of several people who did NOT get a bar!! :( I was so sad - sad that my gym had closed, sad that this option wasn't seeming like it was going to work out, and especially sad at how awful people's behavior was. I ended up doing my workout with dumbbells and a different type of bar. It ended up OK for some tracks, not so much for others. Squats, chest, and back were done with ridiculously light weights - I wish I'd run out to the free weight room and grabbed some heavy dumbbells (20lbs? 25? 15? not sure), the heaviest they had in the studio were only 8lbs. But for most tracks it worked out OK. Afterward, I emailed the fitness director telling him how crowded it was and how I think they need to add more classes. Even if they add more equipment there wouldn't be ROOM for all that equipment in that tiny studio - they need TWO Saturday morning classes, and they need to add Tuesday and Thursday classes. He emailed me back saying that he's working on it. They will add more classes, and he's going to get stricter about signing up and capping off at maximum (NOT exactly what I was hoping to hear, but technically that would help..) he also mentioned that the Sunday morning class this morning wasn't as crowded, but I emailed back and pointed out that if you want to attend 3x/wk and never go two days in a row, you can't go on Sunday unless they add Tuesday/Thursday classes. OK, I'm rambling now...basically the point of this blog was to vent about how disappointed I am that my gym has closed. The new location has nicer locker rooms and is actually a little bit closer to my house, but the old location had better ellipticals, a MUCH bigger studio with more classes, and, as I mentioned two posts ago, the most amazing instructor who I really really really hope starts teaching at my new location!
As I write all this, my husband and in-laws are laying flooring in my kitchen. I am acting like a princess not helping them!! I am no good at that kind of stuff, though. I think I'll go rake the lawn instead. :)
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