Monday, July 09, 2007
Ok- last wednesday, My trainer and I did some bicep curls. "no big deal", I thought, because my biceps are pretty well developed anyway, and the weights we were lifting didn't sound/seem all that heavy. I had 10 pounds in each hand. First, we did 20 curls going half way up. Then, we did 20 curls starting at shoulders, coming half way down. We ended with 20 curls at full extention. We rested, and then did another set of each. We rested again, and then did a third and final set of each. The next day, I was sore, but not unusually so. I went to yoga, and was able to do plank, dolphin, and other arm-strengthening asanas. But by FRIDAY... OMG! I could NOT straighten my arms! I had to walk/sit around all day with my arms bent like they were in a sling! My left arm was much worse than my right arm. It hurt so bad to try to extend my arm straight. I took ibuprofen, drank as much water as I could (consdering I had a 6 hour drive to the ocean on a windy, wooded, no-bathroom/services road), and really took it easy. By today, everything feels fine. I'll have to tell Charity that I probably overdid it!
Monday, July 02, 2007
OK-- so I have been working SOOOOO hard with this personal trainer, three times a week: Doing extensive, intense strength training, using stability balls, dumbells, bosu, ankle weights, and incorporating plyo stuff. I jump on a cardio machine and bust out 250 calories or better of cardio, post-work-out. I keep my calories down around 1200, eat slightly higher proten and less carbs, and get enough sleep. And After 3 weeks, I finally weigh myself.... ( I use the first day of a month as a weigh in day), and I'm 2 pounds up???? I'm sooo bummed!
One thing I don't do is drink enough water. I sometimes "count" a cup of water that might only be 4 oz, as 8 oz. I have limited my wine to maybe one or two glasses a week, instead of one a day, but I haven't cut it out altogether. I try to "zig-zag" my calorie intake, so my body doesn't get in a rut. So it's so disappointing not to see the results I expected, in the form of a lower number on the scale. I dragged myself to my session today, even though I was feeling discouraged. I lamented to my trainer, who reassured me that a 2-lb gain, after beginning an intensive strength training routine, is average and expected... that's it's likely both muscle AND water. Still, I want my BMI back in the healthy range, which means I can weigh no more than 140 lbs. I ate a healthy 4:1 (carbs to protein) snack of 110 calories when I got home from my workout today, and I've DROWNED myself in water! It's hard for me, but I'm going to be patient and see what happens. I am bummed, though.
Monday, June 25, 2007
First off, a heartfelt and warm THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to visit my page and post words of congratulations on my little "day in the spotlight". I was surprised and honored to be randomly selected for that day. Back to real life: Well, to save some money, I let my housekeeper go. She's here today, for her last day. I may resume monday service once school starts, but for now, I'm going to buck up and do it myself. She costs me $65.00 per week. Now, I'll put on my monitor, crank up the music, and move around vigorously while I dust, vaccuum, and wipe. I'm hoping I can burn a few calories in the process! Every little bit helps.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Well, here I am, one year and 2.5 weeks after joining sparkpeople. I'm proud of what I've learned, and what I've accompished here. For a reward, I have treated myself to 12, 30-min sessions with a Certified personal trainer, at my gym. Charity has known me for a year now, and sees me work out all the time. Since she knows what I can do, she has been designing workouts for me that push me beyond what I've been stuck doing. It's great, because she has me doing exercises I would have never even thought of. SHe also pushes me to perform in ways I would have never pushed myself. As a result, I'm super sore (I do the sessions on M,W,F), but I am looking forward to noticeable results.
On the sad side: Since Santosh has arrived, I've gained almost 10 pounds! I don't know how it has happened. But I'm back on OPRAH'S CHALLENGE, which is how I got down as far as I did several months ago. It's a constant, CONSTANT, life-long challenge for me. I will never be "skinny", and have that be "the end". I will never be "done" trying to lose weight or maintaining a goal weight. Sometimes, I wonder if, deep inside, I intuitively know that I am probably going to be incapable of getting my weight down to goal, or incapable of keeping it off--- and I then just slowly and unconsciously start to "throw in the towel". I really, really WANT to get to 127 pounds. I am going to do all the right stuff to get myself there. I'll be happy with 130, or even 135, but 127 is the goal my doctor has suggested, and I know I love how I look at that weight. Can I do it? Am I too old? Will life get too busy once school starts, to keep up good habits? It's so hard.............
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Well, it's another school year ended. Today was the euphoric "last day" for the 2006-2007 school year. Bittersweet was the graduation of my 8th grade twin daughters this year. Today was the last day that I will have seen them at the same school where I teach. Next year, they will be on to high school, where their dad will be the principal. Now I guess it's his turn to watch over them. I hope their high school sports won't be as rough as it has been in middle school. Poor M has a broken clavicle and C has a concussion with a knot the size of a golf ball. Basketball is officially a contact sport, in this family
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