Monday, August 20, 2007
Cardio Mania – Day One Report
“Wow, I need to be on YOUR diet!!! Guess Protein-Boy finally fell off the wagon???”
This was how the conversation started with my co-worker this morning. I guess I understand the sentiment … sitting here at my desk … looking at my breakfast: A four egg omelet w/ jalapenos, green peppers, tomatoes, sausage AND ham … 16oz orange juice … 16 oz whole milk … AND a slice of pound cake!!! A whopping 1150 calorie breakfast, wow!
But this breakfast is needed … waking up I was still brutally hungry … I could feel my stomach suckin’ up on the back of my spine like a tooth-less baby on a pacifier (think Maggie from The Simpsons). And this was after having a McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese, McDonald’s Medium Fry, leftover shrimp from Red Lobster and TWO “no sugar added” ice cream bars last night for dinner (at 1030pm mind you).
But anyway, back to the conversation with my co-worker … who has been losing and re-gaining the same 12 pounds the last 1-2 years:
“Wow, I need to be on YOUR diet!!! Guess Protein-Boy finally fell off the wagon???”
Of course, protein-boy is the reference to me constantly turning down cookies, cakes and ice cream brought to the staff meetings every other week … in favor of my zero-carb protein shake.
“Huh … what are you talking about”, I asked.
“This ‘diet’ of yours … you eat like this and still lose weight?!?!”
“Yeah … I guess”, I struggled to answer through a mouthful of food.
“So what is this ‘diet’? Atkin’s??? It sure ain’t Fat Busters, right?”, she asked.
“Actually … this is called the ‘sweat your a$$ off at the gym diet’ “, I responded.
“Really??? What’s that ‘diet’ all about???”, she continued … not getting the humor.
“Well … basically you work out at the gym like a maniac … 3 times per day, 4 times per day … just burn as many calories as possible. Today I’m targeting to burn 4000 calories in four gym sessions”, I told her.
“Wow … okay … okay … and then you can still eat like THIS?”, her being still focused on the eating aspect.
“Sure … as long as you still burn more calories than you eat, you will still lose weight. But food is fuel … so for me to burn a lot of calories, I need to eat a lot of calories”, I mumbled … again through a mouthful of omelet.
She paused, eyeing my pound cake sitting on the desk …
“Yeah, they didn’t have any donuts left this morning … “, I chimed in, “ … so you gonna try this diet?”
“Well, I don’t know … I would have to join a gym … they just seem so expensive …”, she thought out loud.
I only nodded at that response, since I was chugging my orange juice top-to-bottom.
“Oh well, it does seem to be working … you’ve lost a ton of weight dude!!! Keep up the good work”, and she left.
15 minutes later she walks back by my desk with a slice of the pound cake and says, “I just couldn’t resist … this cake is GOOD!!!”.
Oh yeah, Day One … yesterday, that’s what this BLOG was all about right??? So yeah, yesterday started at 1am in the gym … I guess the night crew missed me because I got handshakes and high-fives from the people that I saw. Then again, being on the graveyard shift, I guess they are happy for any outside human contact during those wee hours of the morning?
But being the nite-owl that I am, I’m thinking that the midnight sessions will work better than the 6am sessions this week? In previous cardio challenges, I usually fall off on the 6am workouts by Thursday morning … something to think about.
Getting done at the gym … going home and eating breakfast (at 3am, say what?!?!?) … I crashed into the bed and got a good nights sleep. Waking up, I decided to get in my second workout of the day … EARLY, i.e. at noon. Forgetting Rule #1 – Food is Fuel, I figured I would workout on an empty stomach … mistake!!! Yes, I made it through the workout … but it took me about 22-25 minutes to get that much needed 2nd wind. After filling up my tank at Red Lobster in the evening … and resting through a soccer game, the night workout went very well. I made sure this time to re-fill my tank … dinner was McDonald’s, leftover Red Lobster AND ice cream. Grand totals for the day: Calories eaten: 4250 … calories burned: 3200.
Guess this “sweat you’re a$$ off at the gym diet” is good for something, right?
Saturday, August 18, 2007
So this team vs. team cardio challenge seems to be bringing out the best in ALL of us, doesn't it?!? Hey, with all the hype and trash-talking that's been going on ... no one wants to lose face, ha! It's Cardio Connoisseurs vs. L.I.P.S - Ladies Improving Personal Standards ... any side bets on a winner?!?
This "training" week has yielded a handful of Personal Bests for me personally:
Speed - 3 miles / 24 min
Distance - 7 miles / 68 min
Calories Burned - 1375 kcal in 60min on the Cybex Total Body
Weight - 178.8lbs ... the scale MOVED, ha! (Down 42lbs in 4 months, wow!)
My PLAN for the week (fail to plan and you only plan to fail, right):
Sunday Cybex Total Body Trainer (Morning 6AM) 50min/1000cal
Sunday Cybex Total Body Trainer (Evening 6PM) 50min/1000cal
Monday Cybex Total Body Trainer (Morning 6AM) 50min/1000cal
Monday Krav Maga - Fitness (Evening 5:45PM) 60min/1000cal
Monday Okinawan Kenpo Karate (Evening 7:30PM) 45min/750cal
Monday Kickboxing (Evening 8:15PM) 45min/1000cal
Tuesday Cybex Total Body Trainer (Morning 6AM) 50min/1000cal
Tuesday Krav Maga - Level 1 (Noon) 60min/1000cal
Tuesday Krav Maga - Level 1 (Evening 6:45PM) 60min/1000cal
Wed Cybex Total Body Trainer (Morning 6AM) 50min/1000cal
Wed Krav Maga - Bag/Muscle (Noon) 60min/1000cal
Wed Okinawan Kenpo Karate (Evening 7:30PM) 45min/750cal
Wed Kickboxing (Evening 8:15PM) 45min/1000cal
Thur Cybex Total Body Trainer (Morning 6AM) 50min/1000cal
Thur Krav Maga - Level 1 (Noon) 60min/1000cal
Thur Krav Maga - Level 1 (Evening 5:45PM) 60min/1000cal
Fri Cybex Total Body Trainer (Morning 6AM) 50min1000cal
Fri Krazy Krav Maga (Evening 5:45PM) 90min/1500cal
Sat Krav Maga - Fitness (Morning 8:30AM) 60min/1000cal
Sat Krav Maga - Level 1 (Morning 9:40AM) 60min/1000cal
Sat Cybex Total Body Trainer (Noon) 50min/1000cal
Sat Cybex Total Body Trainer (Evening 6PM) 50min/1000cal
20000+ calories for the week, wow!!! The key will be a) eating enough and b) sleeping enough to keep my pace. So yes, I'm ready to burn, burn, BURN ... next week!!! Who ELSE is ready?!?!?!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Wow, this SparkPoints thing is getting to be serious business ... I will consider all the SparkMail that I've gotten on the topic to be ... mail from adoring fans, yeah that's a nice way to put it ... and my mom always told me to try to find something good in EVERY situation. Last thing I want is the SparkPoints GoonSquad coming after me to break my knee caps (though I'm sure the goons are actually VERY good people at heart).
So the general question is ... "Hey dude ... how the $&!@ do you start the month off with 1363 SparkPoints?!?!", mind you, I'm not even the leader on the SparkPoints LeaderBoard.
Okay, I wrote about it on my SparkPage but ... since it's the topic du jour ...
Yes, there are items that you can log anytime during the month ... either every day, every week, log the whole month at one time, etc.
These are food, cardio minutes, other exercises, other goals and cups of water. They total 49 pts per day or 1519 points for the month of August.
With the exception of food, I am pretty consistent about everything else ... like water, that's a no brainer ... I drink about 5-6 liters of water per day.
And I HATE logging, so I'd rather go into these screens one time during the month, log the activities and then not have to worry about them again, especially things like "other goals" which are a royal pain in the "watch-yo-mouth"!
Then, when I am on the site, I can do other things ... like read message board posts, respond to emails, read articles, etc, since the majority of my logging is already done.
Plus for exercise, it helps me to plan my days and stay consistent ... and I generally know my workout schedule for every day of the month, i.e. what I will be doing every Monday vs every Wednesday vs every Saturday.
So when it's already planned out, I really hate to miss what I am supposed to do, then have to go back in and change my logs ... ego right? But I DO abide by the honor system, if my plans change, or I don't workout I do delete the days information!!!
I'm not one of those people that HIDE my food and fitness logs, check them out yourself. I only log REAL cardio ... not 120 minutes everyday of the month "playing with my kids" or "heavy cleaning". Also, a thousand times NO ... I don't play games on the GamesBoard to rack up points, come on 100 posts for 10 points ... I looked at that board, people spend 4-5 hours per day out there counting backwards from a million to get SparkPoints ... here is a hint for you: Check out the message boards where they post, it should show the NUMBER of posts that they have by their name ... someone with 10,000 ... 30,000 ... 100,000 posts, then hey, they are racking up some serious SparkPoints posting in the games threads (unless they hide their number of postings count too). Long story short, I'm at around 380+ posts since January 2007, so ... as my smart-ass kid would say "It ain't me!!!" Plus, in case you didn't notice (another hint) ... I don't have TIME to post for 5 hours per day on the game message boards because I'M TOO BUSY AT THE FRIGGIN' GYM sweating like .... like who .... oh yeah, like Michael Vick at an ASPCA meeting (sorry about that, my caps lock got stuck for some strange reason, ha)
Also, when my exercises are planned out in advance, I can co-ordinate the rest of my days activities so that they don't interfere with or interrupt my workout schedule ... juggling home life, juggling work schedule, my social life, etc.
Hey, if you fail to plan ... you definitely plan to fail. So my fitness plan for the month of August calls for 60000 calories burned ... or 15000 per week. Feel me?
Okay, time to go work out AGAIN !!!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I got two words for you: Niacin Flush ... Google It
So it started simple enough the other day at GNC. They must get frequent flyer points on my purchases or something?!? Anyway, Suzanne (the sales woman) was telling me about the health benefits of taking Niacin, or Vitamin B3. She's a heavy drinker/smoker (but working at GNC ... okay?) and was telling me how Niacin helps to detox the system, helps with cholesterol, etc ... many, many benefits. Me not being one to pass up on a health benefit, hey I'll at least try it once ... I picked up a bottle of 500 mg Niacin.
Coming home, I researching B3 on the internet, I confirmed the myriad of health benefits ... and read up "a little" on this thing called Niacin Flush, sounded like no big deal. Famous last words.
So yesterday morning ... with my banana breakfast and my normal vitamins, I popped a Niacin (fire pill) ... guzzled the rest of my water and headed to the gym. The 10min drive to the gym was uneventful ... listening to Steve Harvey on the radio, getting stuck in construction zone traffic ... all the while trying to get myself psyched up for a good pumping workout.
Arriving at the gym, I stopped in the locker room for my morning weigh-in ... I wanted to check my "wet" weight, expecting around 187lbs-190lbs after the 64oz of water.
But walking into the locker room, I felt a strange sensation coming over me ... my ears ... were ... burning is not the right word. Oh they FELT like they were burning ... but I know now that "burning" was yet to come. So, my ears were tingling, yeah.
I cautiously weighed in ... don't even remember now what the scale said because I noticed that I was starting to ... let's use the word "itch" ... I was starting to itch all over my chest and arms.
"Something in the milk ain't clean ..." I thought to myself. Having a long sleeve UnderArmour shirt on, I decided to walk to the bathroom to investigate.
During that short walk, oh yeah ... the heat was getting cranked up. I get to the bathroom and beads of sweat are forming on my forehead ... and my skin is ... dang, still don't want to use the word burning, not yet ...... my skin was .... very agitated? Irritated? Whatever it was ... I ripped my shirt off .... looked in the mirror ......
.... and there I was .... covered in goosebumps ..... decidely RED all over. I thought "Wow, I look like a red-bone, imagine that ...."
I stood there at the sink ... with beads of sweat now forming all over my arms, back and chest ............. and yes, I was officially BURNING ALL OVER.
I was standing there thinking what the f-- (pardon the language, but try being set on fire) is happening to me?!? Owww, owww, owww ... this hurts. What the hell?!?!?
About that time, another dude in the bathroom was looking at me ... asked "Dude ... are you okay? You're ... dude, you're bright red?!?! You have a good workout?!?!"
"I ain't even started yet, just got here ..." I replied.
And with that those two words came to mind ... Niacin Flush. Now I had no idea it would be this intense ... though the recommended STARTING dosage for B3 suppliments was 100mg, I took 500mg, smart right? I touched my BURNING ears ... yes, they hurt to the touch ... and the were actually hot. And, I was sweating ... sweating HARD all over ... and HOT, HOT, HOT. I felt like Michael Jackson at a Boy Scouts Convention if that paints a better picture??? (Hey, I picked on R. Kelly w/ the Girl Scouts)
Now I'm trying to decide if this is a medical emergency. Did I need to head to the emergency room? What would I tell them? I considered women that go through having "hot flashes" was this any different? And I remembered from the internet that the Niacin Flush lasts only about 10min (ha, if you take the recommended dosage) ... so the machismo kicked in and I decided to tough it out.
.... but not before taking a COLD shower ... it was soothing and painful at the same time .......... I was HOT so the cold water was welcome ... but with sensitive skin it was like taking a shower in a rainstorm of frozen needles.
Needless to say, my workout yesterday was ... very INVIGORATED ... I did 1000 kcals in 45minutes (normally would have been 50min) ... and after about 1.5 hrs (and 1 gallon of water) I was feeling back to my normal self.
... my next stop? GNC to exchange those damn Fire Pills, ha!!!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Wow, what a weird week last week was (is that a tongue twister?!?). Which first, the good news or the bad news? Hey, I always save dessert for last, against my mom's teachings so...
The bad news:
First, last Sunday at the amusement park was a total bust ... it was HOT, the lines were insanely long, and it was very HOT ... did I mention it was HOT?
My "smart ass" kid decided that she didn't need to put any toilet paper in the heels of her shoes this time (to be 54 inches to ride the rollercoasters, you know that trick right?) ... so she was DENIED ENTRY to her favorite ride, left her traumatized. But since we rode it 17 times the previous trip to the park, we decided it was not a big loss ,,, my back and neck were actually thankful.
But the biggest drama scene met us at the water park. Of course, it was HOT that day (did I mention that), so we decided to put the roller coasters on pause while we cooled off in the pool. We got there and Trouble (from Double Trouble) decided she wanted to take a quick dip in the kiddie pool, since her feet were burning on the concrete. Fine by me. Since she decided to go down the slide into the water, I decided that I should be in the pool where I could see her ... so I placed my bag down on a chair right by the pool. She went down the slide ... got out of the water and decided that the kiddie pool was too kiddie for her ... we got ready to leave and ... what's this?!?! What in the world?!?! What the f--?!?! My bag was gone?!? In a split second ... while my back was turned ... someone STOLE my frigging bag ... wow, I was stunned.
In the bag were our clothes ... towels ... $20 ... season passes ... and MY CAR KEYS. Cell phone, credit cards, extra money, ID, etc ... all that was thankfully still locked up in the car.
Anyway, the rest of that HOT day was spent walking around the park dealing with the rent-a-cop security folks trying to figure out the logistics of getting on with life ... of course wearing only swimsuits and NO SHOES, did I mention that it was HOT??? So add to that, my kid getting a free piggy back ride for 3+ hours ... so her feet wouldn't be burning.
Oh, what's that? Where was the other kid? The good twin? Yeah, I was getting to that.
So yeah, the good twin had decided to pass on the trip to the amusement park because her foot was hurting. The best I have been able to piece together what happened ...
Well, I was taking a nap on Sunday morning after the gym, so Double Trouble had some free time to themselves. They proceeded to make a pile of pillows, blankets, towels, cushions off the couch, stuffed animals, etc ... you know a bunch of soft stuff that they found around the house. They then proceeded to jump into this pile of soft stuff. Somehow, someway ... the good twin "hurt her foot" ... in her own words ... "She was jumping up and down ... and then she fell". At that time, they proceeded to clean everything back up ... amazingly putting everything back into it's proper place.
When I awoke from my nap, they were sitting in the same spots where I had left them ... still watching TV and snacking on Cheetos. She complained of her foot being hurt, but she insisted that an ice pack should make it feel better, ha! A trip to the hospital Monday for some xrays told the full story ... fracture of the foot in 4 places, wow! So she's on crutches in an air cast, which she thinks is cool ... because now she finally is getting more ATTENTION than her baby sister ... okay. They still won't tell exactly what happened to the foot ... like where EXACTLY they were jumping FROM, feel me? The doctor said that USUALLY it take about a year or two for the kid to finally tell the actual "what the hell happened" details that a parent wants to hear... so we'll see how long it takes her to come clean.
Needless to say, that put a damper on the week ... with my training activities and having a member of the team on the injured reserved squad, my gym time was very limited.
So what's the good news:
Well, like we've said ... it's 70-80 percent diet, right? So, I held the line on my meals all week, even with the constant melodrama. And my visit to the scale Saturday said ... 182.6lbs, yea me!!!
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