Thursday, February 03, 2011
Yesterday I removed the shrink wrap from Denise Austin's "Shrink Your Fat Zones Pilates" workout DVD. I am hoping that it will give me the courage to sign up for a class.
Denise Austin is the 'anti Jillian Michaels'. She's cheerful and encouraging. Jillian is a drill sergeant. I love them both, for different reasons. Denise is the angel who tells you can do it, keep trying. Jillian is the sergeant major who tells you to quit making excuses and get your butt moving. Do ten more jumping jacks and quit clowning around.
Sometimes I need a comforting friend; sometimes I need a butt kicker.
For pilates, I need Denise to encourage me. I can do this.
I think this DVD would be too easy for a serious pilates lover, but for me, it seems just right. The moves were easy and somewhat familiar - I've done them before. It seemed so graceful. I was a bit clumsy with the transition, but that's because it was my first time watching the video. I'm sure after a few times, it will be more fluid.
I just realized that my trip to LA is coming up, so I won't be able to start a class until March. I'll just continue to psyche myself up in February.
Today's game plan:
Breakfast: Yogurt, blueberries, and cereal. You'd think I'd get tired of it, but I love it.
Lunch: Beans, rice, grilled steak, and salsa. Unfortunately, I'm breaking my 'vegetarian til 6' goal for today. It's a small portion of steak leftover from last night, and I don't want to freeze it.
Dinner: I realized that I don't have a dinner planned for tonight. Checking what's in the fridge, I see sausage, celery and tomatoes. That makes me think jambalaya.
Exercise: 45 minutes on elliptical
Preparation for tomorrow: Good question. Have a lot to get done this morning. I'll think about it over lunch.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Sparkfriend DASHAKAY posted new goals for herself yesterday as well. One of the things she listed was wanting to join a group class at the gym, like Pilates. It just so happens that I have a similar goal! I've been meaning to join two classes at the gym: pilates and spinning.
I keep telling myself that I should be in better shape before I sign up. It sounds suspiciously like an excuse! Yesterday while I was out, I bought a Pilates workout video. I hope it will ease some of my tension of the unknown, and give me more confidence to do it in a group setting.
Spinning. I LOVE riding my bike. Cycling is my favorite exercise. I love the feeling of the breeze and sun as I zoom past scenery on a bike trail. I lost 30lbs because I loved getting on my bike everyday after work. It wasn't a chore. I thought about it all day at work. I couldn't wait to get on my bike.
Unfortunately, now that I live in the south, bike trails aren't so easy to come by. I can't just hop on one after work and go as far as I can and back in 60 minutes. The lack of bike trails is a major bummer. On the other hand, I absolutely love the hard sand beaches around here. Riding my bike on the beach on the weekend - there's no place I'd rather be!
As much as I love riding my bike, I hate the cycling machine at the gym. I find them awkward compared to a real bike. It's one of the things that's holding me back from a spinning class, if those bike machines are as clumsy as the ones on the gym floor. Anyone with input here? ARCHIMEDESII?
Game plan for today:
Breakfast (veg): Greek yogurt, blueberries, and kashi cereal.
Lunch (veg): Black beans, rice, and salsa.
Dinner (flex): Grilled marinated chuck roast, garlic mashed potatoes, and blanched shredded collard greens.
Snack: Apple with almond butter, and a banana.
Exercise: 30 minutes on elliptical, and 30 minutes Pilates DVD with Denise Austin
Prep ahead: Soak red kidney beans for a vegetarian version of New Orleans classic, red beans and rice.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Yesterday I wrote about how I was changing my diet and exercise goals for February.
I did research on 'flexitarianism', and it is a very broad term. There isn't a single meaning. Some people only eat meat once a week. Some more occasionally than that.
I read an article recently where the author said she was 'vegan until dinner', which gave me the idea for 'vegetarian until 6PM'. My breakfast and lunch will be meatless, but dinner I share with my fiance will be our normal fare.
Bowl of greek yogurt, frozen blueberries, and Kashi cereal. I like the Kashi cereal because it's like Cheerios with less sugar. (**I thought Cheerios had more sugar, but see edit below.) This is my standard flagship breakfast, and it's already vegetarian. No changes needed. Easy!
Quinoa with a poached egg, and a side salad. I've recently started eating noodle bowls with a poached egg, so this isn't too much of a stretch either.
I made a bolognese sauce last night, and have plenty of leftovers. I'll be making a lasagna with a leafy green salad for dinner, and a glass of wine.
Apples with almond butter, and an orange.
Getting into my workout clothes after I finish writing this blog. I'll be working out 45 minutes on the elliptical this morning.
Soaking black beans for beans and rice for lunch tomorrow.
[Edit] As far as breakfast cereals go, Cheerios is among the best and lowest sugar. Cheerios and Kashi actually are pretty similar nutrition wise, with Kashi edging out on the vitamins. Both are good choices. Buy whichever is on sale!
Monday, January 31, 2011
I'm starting to get more focus on what I want to accomplish. For the month of February, I've decided to do the following. It's a short month, so if it doesn't work out, I'm not committed for too long!
1) Eat 'vegetarian' until 6PM. While I've dabbled with the idea of vegetarianism at various times in my life, I simply find it is too much for me. It's a lot of work balancing nutrients, and vegetarianism requires a lot more discipline then I am able to manage. My fiance would absolutely refuse to give up meat, and I'm not interested in preparing two dinners. However, I do like the idea of *less* meat. I recently read an article where the author said they are vegan until dinner time. I love the idea, so I'm borrowing it to be ovo-lacto vegetarian until 6PM (cheese or eggs, no animal flesh). My fiance doesn't like things like quinoa, but I do. I can make it for my lunches. Ovo-lacto vegetarian for breakfast and lunch could work for me. Dinner will be regular meals of reasonable portions of fish, meat, or poultry. So for the month of February, I am going to try it.
2) Increase weekly exercise to 300 minutes. I recently read an article that says health professionals are increasing their recommendation from 30 minutes 5 times a week to 60 minutes 5 times per week for individuals that want to lose weight. In the past, I lost the most weight when I road my bike after work 1 hour every day. So this fits with me. I've done it before, I can do it again.
I've been in a rut, so these two things shaking things up should give me something interesting to challenge me.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
I was thinking about it yesterday, and I'm going to change my fitness minutes to 60 minutes per day. Previously, I was planning on doing 30 minutes per day.
Back when I moved to Seattle and was losing weight, I rode my bike 1 hour after work every day. I'd ride 30 minutes along a bike trail, however far that took me, then rode 30 minutes back home. It was the best thing I ever did. The pounds dropped off and my fitness level skyrocketed.
So, it's back to 1 hour workouts every day after work.
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