Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Interesting development - for the past day I haven't been as hungry as normal! Yay for now, but I'm sure this won't last. Yesterday I "only" ate 1,730 calories - this is the lowest I've gone in a long time. I stayed in bed reading/sleeping in until 10:15 a.m., and then had two mugs each of green tea and coffee with soy milk before breakfast, which is actually what I usually do, only I did them at "day off" speed while chatting online with a friend I hadn't talked to in months. So by the time I had breakfast it was 2 p.m.!!! After that there was just never enough time to eat all my snacks between going to the gym and then going out with my friend. As it was, I had to sneak in time for dinner! (Which reminds me - the Mexican lasagna I made this week is again SO DELICIOUS, but the tuna/broccoli/spinach bake is a bit bland, could use more mayo - Smart Beat - next time.) So far today I'm doing well spacing out my food - it's almost noon and I have only eaten breakfast, one snack (out of five planned!) and lunch. And lots to drink. I usually am the worst at spreading out my food when I am sitting at my desk at work. That's because when I don't want to get work done, I use eating to procrastinate. I don't always consciously realize I am doing this, but when I stop and think about it, that's definitely what I'm doing. Bad girl!!
Yesterday's workout consisted of the following:
1. Five minute warm-up walk on treadmill, gradually increasing speed and incline
3. 10 minute interval run on treadmill...I tried 6.0/9.0 for a while but then dropped the speed minutes down to 8.5.
4. 12 minute StairMaster fit test. You aren't supposed to do the test after you've done other exercise, so I scored "Fair" but the score is invalid. But I really just did it to kill time before class.
5. Advanced Step class (60 min). I hadn't done it in a while mostly because it's usually hard to get to the gym by 4:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, but also because this class is really intimidating with tricky footwork and a bunch of old pros who make it look easy. I put my step in the back even though in most classes I'm right up front, and as luck would have it I ended up right behind one of those old pros. I just copied everything she did and that made it a lot easier! Also being fitter than the last time I tried it helped too. I still got a little lost and was the worst in the class, and the instructor felt the need to come over and try to help me get one of the moves even though I insisted I was just a lost cause, but I did far better than I'd ever done before. And at the end of class the instructor told me to keep coming back. I think I could be an Advanced Step old pro someday if I kept going consistently.
I also did a few pushups...this is something I want to try to do on a more regular basis...I mean I already do some in Body Pump but those are all at someone else's pace and on my knees. I want to practice some real, on-the-toe pushups when I am on my own. Unfortunately I can still only manage one real one at a time, but then I want to drop down to my knees and do as many of those as I can, then rest and try the whole thing over again. So far I haven't really gotten too into this, but I need to be able to do more real ones in a row.
PS - Weight today: 137.6. Oh well.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My weight loss follows this pattern again and again...it'll hold steady or gradually slightly go up over the course of several days and then finally BAM, down a bunch (e.g., three pounds) in one day. I KNEW I was in for a "BAM" day today...that 139.0 yesterday just didn't seem right to me...I knew my weight should have been lower....
Monday, November 10, 2008
So what if it's past 11 p.m.? I have tomorrow off! :)
To answer your question, Terri, my intervals are one minute each.
But the real reason I'm adding another blog entry is.....drumroll please...
We just booked our vacation to Puerto Plata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! I am SO excited. I cannot WAIT for February!
Monday, November 10, 2008
After the way I was feeling this morning I didn't have high hopes about my workout tonight, so I was pleasantly surprised when it was fantastic!
I arrived at the gym just in time to do 15 minutes of speed work on the treadmill before classes. It had been a long time since I'd done speed work so I wasn't really sure what to try...so I did 6.0mph/8.5mph. It took me 10 minutes to realize I could be pushing harder, so my last two intervals were at 9.0mph!!! I have never gone that fast before! That is a 6:40 min/mile pace! Next time I will try doing 6.0/9.0 the whole time. Afterwards, I walked for two minutes and my heart rate was back below 120 before the first minute was over!
Next up was Zumba. Note to any and all Zumba instructors who happen to see this: PLEASE don't stop between every song to talk!!! Zumba is designed to be easy/repetitive enough for us clutzes to get the moves just from watching and trying. We DON'T need the three-minute tutorial before every song! Cardio exercise is supposed to be continual! Grrrrrr! (Also if you could avoid the loud "YES THAT'S NICE!" comments when we aren't even doing anything and the "HOLD IT" when what you really mean is to keep doing what we're doing rather than to hold still like I thought you meant, that'd be great too.) Okay, vent aside, the actual dancing was fun. :)
Finally came Body Pump. The Monday 7:30 instructor is the BEST Body Pump instructor, but usually I'm too exhausted to do Body Pump so late at night! I'm so glad I was able to go tonight. He's fun, he's funny, he's really focused on form, and he's very clear and well-rehearsed with his instructions. Yay!
I have tomorrow off for Veterans Day and I'm hoping to get in some high-quality cardio. :) Just not outside unfortunately, because we're getting highs in the mid 40s! Brrrr!
Monday, November 10, 2008
My boyfriend has had this really disgusting cough lately that has kept us BOTH awake at night and I'm starting to wonder whether I'm catching something - I don't have a cough right now, but I have just felt tired despite getting plenty of sleep, I've had random aches since last night, and I've been just a bit sniffly on/off.
Today I was up to 139.0. Considering that between Fri-Sun I worked out almost seven hours and that I stuck to my eating plan one hundred percent this weekend, there is no good reason I can think of that my weight was up. I must have patience and stop letting these fluctuations get me down so much, but I have been bouncing between 137-140 now for over a month. I was organizing/trying on a bunch of my old shirts yesterday and even though I am thinner all over, my stomach sticks out a lot, especially at night when I am bloated, yuck. I really wasn't feeling thin at all. I work so hard just to look OK; meanwhile Jess had three HUUUUGE slices of pizza yesterday and ice cream and he always looks fantastic. And he hasn't worked out at all lately because of his cold, and even when he does, it's only a small fraction of the amount I work out. At least I wasn't overly tempted to steal his pizza and ice cream - my two biggest temptations - especially when I looked at the ingredients list of his ice cream. How can partially hydrogenated soybean oil be listed not once, but twice in the ingredients list and they still claim zero grams trans fat? How misleading.
Today is a professional day at school - no kids, only teachers - and I have no desire whatsoever to work. This funk better be a cold or PMS or something other than being ME, because I don't want to be like this! Hrmph.
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