Tuesday, May 19, 2009
So, last night's concert ROCKED. The food was GREAT.
And the bands were all pretty awesome. They were kinda different from each other so it was an interesting set -- but the first band was a local group (they were ADORABLE) called P.S. Elliot(t?), and the other two were both from Portland, Oregon so I guess it kinda makes sense for them to have come together. In any case -- I liked all of them in their own way and the Headliners were AMAZING. (The second band was The Shaky Hands and the Headliner was The Thermals, FYI.)
Um, but the crowd got super rowdy during the Thermals and people were crowd surfing which was kind of ridiculous because it's a tiny little venue.... and these people behind me were apparently kind of moshing because they kept bumping into me -- ok really honestly, it was mainly ONE GUY who was being a total **insert something mean here** and he was like... LEANING on me -- back to back. And then I shoved him off, and he leaned his BUTT on my BUTT, I was like GET YOUR BUTT OFF OF ME YOU FREAK. He also at one point before that put a hand on my shoulder close to my neck to propel a jump up into the air. I was like, wHAT THE? My hubby gave him a big shoulder shove at that point and he was away for a while, but came back later and I was just sooo irritated. But eventually he went away.
Then this other joker decides he needs to come up to the mosh area with a FULL NEW BEER, and proceeds to spill it on my hubbys back. My hubby turned around and squashed his beer all over the guy. I was amazed and amused, but then they started kinda grappling and later I grabbed the guy and said some choice words and helped throw him back into the crowed. One of his friends retrieved him at that point. Then some other guy came up out of no where and fell down -- I bet he slipped in the beer.
So... The Thermals didn't play an encore.... and it might just be that they don't do that -- some bands just don't. OR they decided to opt out of the rowdiness. They had a roadie who had to come to the front of the stage at one point because of a stupid crowd surfer trying to make their way on stage... if I were them I wouldn't want to deal with that.
BUT! MOSTLY it was a superfun dancefest and I had a great time.
And today I was sore from that, but went on my run. I was low on sleep, and low on fuel, and I could totally TELL. My total time out was 42 min for 2.89miles -- but that included my cooldown, stretching, AND a minute of walking in the middle. So I'm thinking my cooldown and stretching could have taken about 5 minutes and with the walking involved 37minutes is not horrible for how I was feeling. It was a hard route to map, though, so I'm hoping it's a good estimate of distance.
I intend to do some pilates tonight as well.
AND MY FAMILY IS COMING TO VISIT THIS WEEKEND!!! HURRAH! :D I worked out my work schedule so I can optionally work 4 hours on Friday and spend tons of time with them. I'm thinking I'll work those 4 hours at least so I don't have to use alot more of my vacation time.
I'm trying to plan for cooking some good stuff my dad can eat -- yes, he's Type 2 Diebetic and to control his blood sugar levels and keep them at a good baseline throughout the day he's following a particular plan which is VERY low carb - a pattern of 6carbs for breakfast, 12 for lunch, 12 for dinner. I think he's optionally going up to 40 total in a day, but basically 30-40carbs per day.
Through all of the things I've read now about nutrition, etc., it seems that there are many diets that can work to produce a healthy body. Low carb can work, vegan can work, whatever. Since I'm not restricted by cells that are insulin resistant, I enjoy eating carbs. But I still try to go to whole grains and carbs through plant based foods like fruits and veggies as much as possible -- I do get some sugar from my yogurt that I eat and add honey to things occasionally, (not to mention my pretzel sticks+PB addiction), but for the most part I think my carbs come from good sources. Anyway -- I was totally freaked out when I heard how low carb he was eating but after reading more about trying to control blood sugar through diet it seems that it's a smart thing for HIM to do with his particular physical limitations.
ANYWAY - I have some recipes from the book that touts this particular plan (Dr. Bernsteins' Blood Sugar Solution or something like that?) and a low carb cookbook currently checked out, so I have some recipes I can try. I also have a run planned for each day this weekend and I'm hoping I can convince some people to go with me. If we go to a park or something, some can walk and some can jog/walk whatever and we can all do it at the same time in the same place and get that going on.
Then I have the Meet and Greet for the Rowing Club on Sunday as well, so gotta go to that and get that going on.
TOMORROW - BOD POD, then a run and upper body ST at the gym. :)
Monday, May 18, 2009
OH yeah. I lazed it up this weekend -- zero physical activity.
I intened to go run, but it was raining like ALL weekend and when it wasn't, it was dark, and I just was NOT feeling it to be honest. I intended to go to Pilates class on Saturday, but didn't.
It was nice to hang out w/ my hubby though. :) We had some fun hanging out time -- I finally played a video game that I got FOR CHRISTMAS and it was so fun. Mirror's Edge. You're a runner -- kinda like an illegal messenger girl who uses Parkour. ;) It is very neato.
We also planned a movie date at home. Went to the store, bought movie candy, and came home and watched and ate. :P hahaha. Not the most healthy idea ever, but I never eat during movies anymore so it was kind of fun. I had Rainbow Flavored Twizzlers and Reeses Pieces. My tracker looks kinda nonsensical for Sunday, but I DID have a really GREAT dinner after all that candy.
This morning's nutrition was also a bit full of nonsense. But I also bought a watermelon and cut it all up yesterday so I've got a fridge stocked with containers of watermelon chunks - YUM. AND I roasted some corn in the oven yesterday and that was delicious. :) And did lots of good grocery shopping -- so it's not like the weekend was totally worthless, just no exercise. 3 days! I broke my no more than 2 days off rule! And I really felt it.
Today I was feeling really blah this morning -- I looked at my running schedule and today was an off day, and I decided to leave it an off day to cope with what I have scheduled the rest of the week, but I DID do my lower body ST and man my glutes are totally feeling the burn. I'm happy that I was able to get a burn at home. Although apparently I'm the queen of sumo squats because holding 2 12lb dumbbells I kinda just stopped myself at some point, I think I was in the 30something's of reps because I was just like, dang. Maybe I'll feel that later... we'll see.
OH and I'm DEFINITELY doing the rowing thing. :) WOOT. I'm still waiting on an email back from the rowing club about a question I had regarding the meet and greet and if it was mandatory and whatnot, but I'm totally decided in my plan of action now and I'm excited about it. :)
Also my BOD POD measurement is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
EEK! :) I'm nervous and excited about that as well.
ANNNNNNNNND my family might be visiting this weekend!!!! :D I've been reading all about controlling blood sugar using diet and I have a much better idea of what I can prepare that will be good for my Dad, so I'm kind of excited for THAT particular reason that they're visiting. I think I also have a good idea of where we might be able to eat out that will make it easier on him as well...so that's cool.
All in all -- I'm ready for a great week!
And tonight I'm going to a concert! :D SO FUN! And getting to eat dinner at this awesome place -- I LOVE their menu. Check it out:
Friday, May 15, 2009
...I'm thinking that I can definitely do the Rowing and the Running at this point in my training schedule, the money works out perfectly if I do it INSTEAD of my Gym Membership (and actually because I work out at the University Rec Center it will save even more money because usually my hubby has to pay for his himself in the summer for me to get mine whereas the rest of the school year it's covered by his tuition), I can get my but up out of bed early TWO DAYS out of the week(well, after the first two weeks of every day 6-7:30AM M-F), and I think I can maintain my current ST program with the tools and resources I have at home....
I'm just scared of losing the safety net of the gym!!!! What if I get injured again while running and can't run anymore??? I won't have a pool to go to, or other backup exercise plans like the spin classes or whatever else... plus I will again have to delay stepping up my weights...
But I think it might be a really great decision for me to let go of that safety net. I don't think I'll have another opportunity like this to get involved in a Community Rowing Club and actually row on the river. I have lots of good tools I can use at home -- my stability ball, dumbbells in two weights (8 and 12lbs), resistance bands, my 10lb kettlebell, a few workout DVD's (one PILATES DVD and two Jillian Michaels butt kickers), the Netflix Instant Viewing workout stuff AND through the mail... AND the resources of the great outdoors!!!! Lots of people work out without gym memberships. While I'd prefer to have one, I think I can do without for a little while and take advantage of a cool opportunity.
The Learn to Row Camp starts 5/25 with a meet and greet/orientation on 5/24 at 3PM so I have some time to think about it still, but I'm really leaning towards doing it. :) If you couldn't tell! Hahahaha! Besides, I also get the feeling I might really regret not taking advantage of this chance if I don't do it.
So that's where I'm at right now mentally -- I'm still gonna take the time I have left to think about it and talk it over again with the DH.
ANYWAY. Oooh it's almost time for lunch and it's library day. :) WHEEE!!!
P.S. -- Here's the link to the website:
Thursday, May 14, 2009
So.... I think the Queen of Squeezing it In needs to become the Queen of Planning Ahead... hahahaha :D
I got in my run today -- but it was a bit short (23min instead of 30) and I did Upper Body BACK ST.... WOOT.
My LEGS and BUTT are SORE from yesterday and I only did like... 12 minutes of ST. Because my whopping 14 min total included stretching/cooldown. I LOVE IT. Using heavy weights ROCKS. ;) hahaha.
So the other "benefit" of sleeping in and not leaving the house when I should was that I was running at noontime in sunny hot Alabama. ugh. It actually felt good muscle/joint/whatever wise, but I was too hot and my HR was higher than it should have been for what I was doing because of it. :P I am definitely going to have to get used to getting up earlier to get my run in.
So..... I JUST JUST JUST got turned on to something cool in the area by someone on my Totally Tuscaloosa team. They were asking about local rowing because they knew of some people rowing on the river here in the morning. A google search later I find out about the Black Warrior Rowing Club and that they are starting their latest "Learn to Row" camp on 5/25!!!!!!!!!!!!! It costs $75 for the camp and dues for a Summer of the club is $100 -- if you decide to join after the camp, you only have to pay $50 more. I would LOVE to do this. However -- sooooo early in the morning. And do I really need to add another item to my workout plate to distract my focus from my current goals??? I'm just not sure it's a smart move. If we'd be in town for years to come I'd not worry about it and say maybe next year, but we're planning on being DONE here soon. :P So I dunno -- I'm gonna consider it, but upon first thought it doesn't seem a realistic goal right now. I'll look at my running schedule, look more at the information on the rowing club's website and see how it would really play out before immediately discounting it.
(This is assuming we can set aside money in the budget to do it even.. gotta renew my gym membership soon, too... or maybe I could do this and not renew my gym membership for summer??? It'd totally BLOW my heavy lifting plans to do that, though, since my heaviest weights are 12lb dumbbells...)
ALSO!!!!!!! VIDEO OF CHRIS DOWNIE TALKING ABOUT THE BOOK.
KSIGMA1222 posted the link on his blog of the video he took. I haven't looked at it -- at work and also... I was there... but wanted to spread the link along. The link will take you to his blog.
Edited to add: The BWRC meeds Tues Thurs at 5:15AM and Sun at 4PM... I work from 1-10PM and usually go to bed at midnight-2AM. I currently have Tempo and Speed work on Tues+Thurs, but I could certainly shift my running schedule... hmmmmmmmhmmmmmhmmmmm... could be a financial impossibility so I think I will discuss it with the hubby later.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
That's what I feel like today.
Last night I was squeezing in my upper body ST while watching "My Boys" right before going to bed.
This morning it was squeezing in lower body ST and signing up for THE BOD POD measurement at the gym even though I was soooooooo short on time.
14 min ST = 127 Calories.
I alternated some Lunges (2 15lb dumbbells) w/ Deadlifts (same weights. Then I did some Sumo Squats w/ a 20lber first, then 30lb for the next set -- THAT felt more truly challenging but I bet I can up it next time. I did calf raises w/ 2 20lbers I think... Then I also did the machine Extensions and Curls -- I've always used like... 60-80 on extensions and 40-60ish on curls I think. Well I'm trying to go heavy and make it worth it -- 100lbs on extensions!!! 80-90 on curls!
I've been thinking and thinking and I've decided that I'm going to see what the BOD POD says about how much muscle and fat I have -- but maybe I don't really want to gain that much muscle. I feel pretty strong -- I KNOW I have some pretty strong freaking abs as well. Maybe I really just want to lose some more fat! We'll see. I'm thinking maybe the idea will be to lower my body fat % and then focus on gaining muscle while gaining as little fat as possible if I want to build back up? In any case -- I KNOW I want that marathon at the end of the year. But considering how LONG that training plan is and how stretched out -- right now I'm not running so so long yet. It might be possible to do both for a little while before my running REALLY takes over, ya know?
But like I said -- lets see what the old machine has to tell me.
I'm really nervous about it!!! Back when I had my body fat scale, I think I got down to 22-23% body fat. What if that scale was super inaccurate? What if I've lost muscle mass/gained fat since then? To sum up -- what if my body fat % is actually way higher than that? That would totally suck. But I'm definitely curious. Can't wait to find out. :) hahaha. I've already filled the forms and paid, just gotta wait for a trainer to contact me to schedule the appointment.
This week in my Challenge of Harry Potter Team we're having a challenge on Motivation -- IDENTIFYING our motivations. The reasons WHY.
So I'm gonna do the first of those blog challenges now -- the reasons WHY I was unhealthy.
I was always a chubby kid. My sister never was. My brothers weren't really until they got older into puberty and apparently my one brother has already slimmed down again, but in any case, I was definitely the heaviest out of all of us. I think the biggest reasons I can identify from growing up are 1) not having an idea how much I should eat and not being told NO on seconds(3rds 4ths) if there was still food left to eat. 2) Being allowed to spend all my free money on junk food without any comment.
The types of foods my mother prepared at home were not super unhealthy -- she likes healthy foods and I do believe she tried to make healthy foods available at home, but since we didn't have a lot of money the clean plate club rules were applied and leftovers were always encouraged to be eaten, and I did most of that I think.
After that I always heard everyone talk about how impossible it was to lose weight, how hard it was, all these crazy diets that caused you to lose weight but never worked because you gained it back, no one knew the secret so why even try?
When I started SparkPeople I was even skeptical about the weight loss aspect, I just figured I was here to get healthy. I didn't feel well and wanted to feel good again.
There's a whole other blog assignment for the WHY's of getting started on SparkPeople. :) hehehe. So I will cut off on that topic here.
But also I found a way to be confident in myself, I was always made to feel beautiful by my family, so I just ignored the fact that I was overweight and accepted it as a part of who I was. When I got married I just ate whatever my husband ate and that added to the problem. I just got heavier and heavier. I used to have a WHO CARES attitude about food. Sometimes I would order the worst thing on the menu because wow, doesn't that look scandalously delicious and bad!!! But I'm a wonderful person and already fat so who cares if I eat that??? I can eat whatever I want because I'm happy with who I am!!! It's almost like I was eating to prove to everyone I was happy with my body as is and the thing I was denying admitting to myself was that I wasn't happy with my body. I secretly prided myself on the fact that I'd eat what I wanted without attention to health/calories because that made me SO MUCH COOLER than the chicks ordering the boring salad hold the dressing.
HOW STUPID WAS I?????? Anyway. Like I said, the other WHY's get their own blogs so sorry to end on a downer -- but what a DIFFERENT PERSON I am today. I think understanding those WHY's of how I got there before will help keep me from going back.
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