Monday, June 08, 2009
I have two theories as to why my eating was nutso this weekend:
Theory for possible contributing factor number one - I didn't eat enough during the week.
Theory for possible contributing factor number two - TOM is coming.
Contributing factor number three - I didn't track anything.
I could feel my inner self yesterday saying, she isn't tracking, take advantage of this moment and eat more! hahaha. OH man.
But seriously -- I was over my cal burn last week by almost 200cal BEFORE counting ANY rowing. I didn't count ANY cal burn from rowing camp, and then yesterday during the Sunday Open row I used my HRM for the first time and in an hour and 16 min, I burned 626 calories.
I think we worked harder yesterday than I have in any of the single days of rowing camp -- but that still put me in that one session WAY over my estimated calorie burn and that's not counting the contributions from those other days... so... I think my body was just like FEED ME!!!!!!!! Although the bar of chocolate I ate yesterday was certainly TOM related...
I started to have another mini bingefest this morning (SO unlike me!), and then when I was going to add one more treat to the pile and was taking a delicious frozen yogurt w/ granola on top out of the fridge I said. NO. You don't need this. And put it back. I did instead get some pepperoni thinking I could help my protein count for the day and a piece of gum to pop and END this food nonsense -- and then I tracked everything.
I'm staying within range today DARNIT!!! (Although not on fat...but my SAT fat is low enough) And I'm not adjusting my food range yet -- since I won't be rowing this week AND I won't be rowing as MUCH in the future anyway, I figured I'd wait and try to track EVERY activity as best as possible as I go along and see where I end up.
This morning I also did some upper body ST to help get my focus back on health and fitness.
I intended for today to be full body with the No More Trouble Zones DVD or at the Aquatic Center -- but I think I hyperextended my left leg a bit yesterday when lowering one of the boats into the water. I stupidly left me leg near a rigger and it pushed back over my knee as I lowered it down. OWWW. So I'm trying to take it easy on that hamstring right now cause it's feeling tender and I do NOT want a serious injury!!! The plan tomorrow is to go to the Aquatic Center and finally ACTUALLY GET MY MEMBERSHIP and then ERG and do some ST. There is a run scheduled for tomorrow as well, but what ST I do and running depends on how the leg feels as well. I'm hoping it's feeling 100% again ASAP because it really isn't that bad, I just don't want to take any chances and put myself out of commission for running because of it.
ANYWAY. I found my HRM box -- and the receipt WAS in there. YAY :D But now that means I will be without my HRM soon -- I plan to mail it off tomorrow. :( OH and the other button fell off, too. :P
My weight this morning was holding steady -- since I did the BODPOD STILL. But! I ate REALLY weird this weekend AND TOM is coming, so I plan to wait and see how it is after that. Also it's actually down from BEFORE the weekend BEFORE getting good sleep, so hopefully with all the stars aligned it's even lower. :) HAHAHA. But I'm not concerned about it dropping fast. I want to keep all the muscle I can. Just wanted to give the scale update.
I also want to really clean up my act this week with my protein sources -- pepperoni (even turkey!) and cheese (even 2%!) are not the best ever. Neither is sodium packed lunchmeat. I'm not going to cut those out 100%, but I think I'm gonna do the old grill up a ton of chicken breasts to add to stuff routine and see how that is. Also MORE eggs and egg substitute. (I like to use both -- I love regular eggs, have no problem with them, but egg substitute lets me get more protein for less calories so that's why I still like to use both.) Then dinners and other meals can be from various protein sources including the chicken sometimes, but also fish (tilapia, canned tuna, packages of salad ready salmon), extra lean ground turkey, lean ground buffalo, sirloin, whatever else. OH!!!! And get the TOFU in on the act. And make some smoothies using some tofu as well. I have 2 packages of silken tofu that have been sitting in the pantry that are just begging to be used.
But it really never fails -- the less packaged and processed I eat, the more full I can get on fewer calories. It's like magic. :)
So - here's to cleaning things up and giving myself credit for ALL the work I'm doing. :)
Friday, June 05, 2009
Yes, thank you very much, camp is OVERRRRRRRRRRRR.
I was going to try the ST today at the Aquatic Center, but um.. forgot to get DH to fill out that form last night. OOPS! So I said I'd do it at home... but by the time I got home every muscle in my body was screaming NO DON'T DO IT!!! I helped move both launch boats AND both rowing boats today and I think I'm always on the side of the boat that gets heavier because I'm tall... the area down to the dock is sloped and part of it is a funky angle to a straight part -- so they have tall people head down the hill first/up the hill last so that we don't pull the boat up so high that all the shorties can't reach it. Anyway -- that also means that our part of the boat is always the one angled DOWN the hill... so I think the weight transfers back to us a lot. I could be wrong!!! But it seems like it makes sense, right? Either way, those boats are heavy. I will definitely be rocking those shoulder presses to help out with holding it over head going up and down the dock. The hardest part is to try to keep the angle good for the shorties we're often holding it in kind of a middle position -- with arms somewhat bent, not 90 degrees but not straight either. DH was checking out my biceps last night so maybe it's already working? HAHAHA
ANYWAY -- sad news - I looked at my HRM today and one of the side buttons was cracked. :( WAH! and then a piece fell off to the unknown somewhere!
So.... Polar HRMs are under warranty for 2 years - but you have to have your original purchase receipt. I'm PRETTY sure I saved that with the box, but when I looked for the box this morning I couldn't find it. GRRR!!! WHERE IS IT?!? I asked DH if he could maybe look for it today if he gets a chance. We have a closet FULL of empty boxes for things and I'm sure it must be in there somewhere...
Has anyone every sent their HRM to be serviced??? I'm so sad to be without it for a while!!! But while I still have it, it functions, I just don't want to just keep using it broken if I can get it fixed under warranty -- and I'm concerned about the waterproofing/resistance.
My weekend is TOTALLY packed:
Saturday: Work, SparkRally (YAY!!!!! It's the first and we're making Vision collages!), gonna do my 5miler TODAY, then dinner w/ DH's professor and friend
Sunday: Church, 2 miler, go see The Hangover at some point, 4PM ROWING!, Healthy Meal night.
And then Sunday night is the night I will get to SLEEP IN!!!!!!!!!! :D
Actually tonight I'll be getting an extra hour of sleep compared to the rest of this week, and then Sunday even if I get up early to run my 2miles before leaving for church I can sleep like... 3 more hours before getting up than I have been. I'm so looking forward to catching up a bit!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
One more day of waking up at 5AM to go rowing this week... and the best thing is I don't have to go run afterward! :D hahaha.
I am going to go get my Aquatic Center membership that morning and hopefully go ahead and use their weight room to get in that full body ST workout instead of doing a video at home. WOOT.
Today we learned "Feathering" in the Learn to Row Camp. THIS was the BEST EVER. Basically holding your oar blade in a "feather" position is the blade flat (parallel to the water) and "square" is with the blade perpendicular. The idea is that while we need the blade square to stroke, we don't need it dragging square through the air, so we feather it right after pulling it from the water and then keep it that way until smoothly transitioning from a "feathered" to a "square" position as we slide forward in the seat, so that our blade is squared right before we set it in the water for the drive.
And it wasn't too hard to learn! I had a few brain fart moments this morning that I KNOW were due to a lack of sleep...(like once I randomly had the oar turned the total opposite direction -- really have no idea how that happened, but all I could do was look at it and be like... something's wrong -- this was when I was about to start rowing and they were like, Other way! and I just kept looking at the oar like ... WHICH other way? I'm conFUSED. hahaha) but otherwise it went really well. We had a new cox that was very involved and informative, suggesting corrections to all rowers during practice -- I guess some people might not really love that, but I thought it was GREAT. I think she only really spoke to me a few times, but it was good because instead of the more general feedback we usually are getting from the coach, I knew she was talking to ME and it wasn't anything crazy so I was able to fix it right away.
So... I tried to go get my Aquatic Center Membership today, but it was a total debacle. Essentially I was given major misinformation, including "wasting" an hour to wait for people in the main office to "be there" when they actually WERE there to begin with. OOPS front desk people... But long story short it's going to cost thirty-ONE dollars instead of thirty (what?) for me AND my hubby (or $54 for me alone?) yeah. Weird.
But in my hour of "wasting" time, I actually got in a KILLER run, so it's all good. :) I ran almost 3 miles in 33:30 including the first five minutes being walking. I didn't do a real tempo run on Tuesday, stuck to an easy run, so I was due one, and today was supposed to be 2 miles but I was a bit short on mileage Tuesday also, so I just used this time to kick butt and I had ample time to cool down and stretch - yay.
Saturday: TOTALLY TUSCALOOSA SP RALLY to make Vision Collages!!! :D I have to work in the morning... 2 mile run also.
ALSO -- Something interesting. This morning I got home and I was just like DANG my stomach looks big today -- so I measured my waist and it was up like 2 inches from normal. I said screw this bloated nonsense and took my nap and after my nap it was back down. I can't wait to get my regular sleep!!!!!!!!!
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