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Day 3: February Personal Challenge

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.

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TIGERJANE 2/3/2011 11:52AM

    I like how you describe the difference btw Jillian and Denise :) We all need a good cop AND a bad cop! Hope you have a great workout on that elliptical tonight!

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ENKATRALALA 2/3/2011 11:11AM

    Go, you! That DVD sounds really good. I still haven't removed the shrink wrap from the Pilates DVD I bought last week (Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners) but maybe I will tomorrow or Saturday. Got to get on that Pilates thing!

Mmm...jambalaya sounds fantastic. Please send me some!

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Day 2: February Personal Challenge

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.

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/2/2011 12:31PM

    Here I am !!! LOL !!!

Spinning is LOADS of fun !! I loved spinning so much, I became an instructor.

You don't have to be fit to take the class. Everyone is welcome. One thing I would recommend is that when you do take a class, get to class at least 10 minutes before and let the instructor know that you are new. Don't just hop on a bike. There are settings that need to be adjusted and if one of those settings are wrong, you'll be very uncomfortable during class. an improper setting could also cause an injury. So, let the instructor help you to set up the bike.

Bring a bottle of water, you'll need to stay hydrated during class. You'll sweat a lot. thus the need for plenty of water. bring a towel to wipe off the sweat. Mostly, just enjoy yourself. Don't feel that you have to do what everyone else is doing. some of those people may have been taking class for years. You work at your own level. oh, and check to see if there is a sign up sheet. Spinning is extremely popular. as a result, class fills up fast because there are only so many bikes. So, if there is a sign up sheet, make sure you sign up. Otherwise, the instructor has to kick you out and give your bike to someone who did sign up.

The same is true for pilates. When you take class, let the instructor know that you are new and they will show you pose modifications where you need them. There are different levels of difficulty for each pose.

Now, one more thing, don't feel you have to like a particular instructor. An instructor makes or breaks a class. So, if you don't like one class, try another. Some instructors are better than others.

I definitely think you should take a class ! You'll enjoy yourself !!!


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VHALKYRIE 2/2/2011 9:37AM

    I didn't know they made spinning workout videos! I tried a bike trainer at one time. It was so noisy, but maybe it's because I bought a cheap one. Unfortunately, living room space in my current apartment is an issue. I'll definitely keep it in mind for later!

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TINASWEEP 2/2/2011 8:06AM

    As your goal is to exercise at the gym, this isn't the input you're looking for but it's at least one consideration: a bike trainer. Depending on the quality of the mag or fluid trainer, they present the best road surface simulation at home on your existing bike and there are spinning DVDs available like Spinervals to workout with. You can check into testing a bike trainer out at your local bike shop usually.

Good luck on finding the right fit!

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Day 1: February Personal Challenge

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.

Planning ahead:
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!

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VHALKYRIE 2/1/2011 10:29AM

    I'm not sure which Kashi cereal I bought. I took it out of the box and poured it into my own cereal container. I think it was the "Heart to Heart" variety. It looks like Cheerios.

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/1/2011 10:17AM

    Have you tried Kashi Mighty Bites ? it's Kashi's version of Cheerios. It doesn't have as much fiber as Go Lean. Mighty Bites has around 3grams of fiber per serving. I like it though.

I'll admit it. I've been known to eat organic frosted flakes. Right now, I have a box of Barbara's Shredded Spoonfuls and Corn Pops. Gotta have my Pops !! LOL !! Corn Pops are mostly harmless. ;)

I've been looking for a good sweet potato recipe for my crock pot. Santa brought me a crock pot for Christmas. WOO HOO !!

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KAYOTIC 2/1/2011 9:55AM

    Great idea, your meal plans sound healthy and delicious!

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Vegetarian until 6PM and New Fitness Minutes

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.

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REBCCA 1/31/2011 11:37PM

    My man is a dedicated meat eater and I am a vegetarian. We make our own meals and it works out very nicely. Going vegetarian is one of the best decisions I made for my health, both mentally and physically.
Oprah is having a show on going vegan tomorrow. It may give you some ideas on how easy it really is to go meatless. emoticon

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KJEANNE 1/31/2011 9:42PM

    Sounds like a great plan. I look forward to reading about how it goes.

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VHALKYRIE 1/31/2011 8:07PM

    ARCHIMEDESII: That sounds great! Thanks! Always love new recipe ideas! Especially stuff that is outside my 'normal'.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/31/2011 3:18PM

    I'm something of a flexitarian. I do enjoy a purely vegetarian meal. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to the point where I eat a vegetarian meal each day. In summer I can because I love having salads. In the winter, I'm eating fewer salads and more soups.

If you're looking for really good vegetarian meal ideas, check out the Christina Cooks website. She's actually a vegan, but I do like her vegetarian recipes. Personally, I think she uses too much soy milk, but that's just my own humble opinion. ;)

Her recipe for spinach with toasted pine nuts is yummy. You'll find some really good recipes on her website. go here.


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VHALKYRIE 1/31/2011 2:08PM

    FUNKY_CHICKEN: Yes, that is pretty much what I already do now, so it's not too much of a stretch. I'm just trying to be more focused about it. I do enjoy meat, so that is one of the reasons it would be impossible for me to be a 'full time' vegetarian. I just want to eat it for dinner only for a month, and see how that goes.

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MACKANDME 1/31/2011 2:04PM

    Vegetarian till 6? Sounds more like what they call Flexitarianism. That's what I do. I don't really care for meat all that much. So I try not to eat it all the time, but when I do I do. I don't have a problem with fish too much. But the rest of it I try not to eat too much of. So you could look up flexitarian recipes if it would help you?

Good luck.

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Changing Fitness Minutes

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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JILLWILSON2102 2/1/2011 3:28PM

    Way to go. I am envious of the extra hour to do anything!!

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MNCYCLIST 1/30/2011 3:59PM

    Sounds like a plan, hope things go well for you.

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CARRIE1948 1/30/2011 11:02AM

    Good for you! It's important to know what works for you.

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