Sunday, January 24, 2010
So.... I went over my calorie range by like 1100 calories yesterday.
But I also burned 2052 calories yesterday -- so I did actually purposefully decide to go over. Although about 200-300 of those calories last night were junk, so I probably shouldn't have gone QUITE so over.
I'm also over my cals burned goal for the week by 1600, plus I MAY be rowing today. So I probably need to adjust my burn goals. But for today I'm just going to try to keep it a little more reasonable for my burn and my intake --
Here's the thing, today is actually a meet and greet for new Learn to Row people and the club, it starts at 3:30pm and if there are enough people, some rowing afterward. But if not, I might either go to pilates or go home. :P I'm not sure. I don't really NEED anymore calorie burn, since I'm over by 1600 and I went over cals by 1100 I'm actually still in the positive for extra calories burned this week... hahaha. But I did say I'd row today so I'm not going to leave if they need a body for the boat. And if I'm going to be dressed to workout anyway, I might as well go to pilates??? Since tomorrow IS a scheduled off day? I dunno I'm still undecided on this.
For now I need to get to church even though I'll be late, I'll be earlier than I've BEEN getting there (missing sunday school and whatnot and just showing up for when I have to conduct the music... bad Dana).
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
OK so I didn't really show any burly men up or anything -- but I didn't let them intimidate me out of trying the Olympic Bar today for my deadlifts. :D
Hahaha. And actually, I dunno what I was doing the other day when I first kinda tried to pick it up -- I must have been so nervous of not being able to do it that I put ZERO effort into it because the weight was not bad at all. A little unwieldy to turn around with (unfortunately I had to do that because I was taking it off of a station not made for deadlifts) but not bad at all.
Next step -- adding weight! Yes, so I can be cool and walk around adding weight plates to things, and oh yes, replacing them when I'm done because I'm a GOOD gym goer.
And I WILL need more weight next time -- didn't want to overwhelm myself since it was the first time going to the olympic size bar, but I definitely should add some more weight to make the exercise more effective next time. But there was definitely a very strong/fit/muscular looking older man and one of the gym's trainers next to me when I went to do the deadlifts and I was like -- ok Dana, get over yourself and do your workout. :P (Not in the powerlifting room yet but I think I'll wait on that until I do my squats.)
I also upped the weight a bit on the dumbbell shoulder presses -- I'm kinda between dumbbell sizes and unfortunately they are 5lbs between sizes and I'm using two at a time so that's really a difference of 10lbs and it's tough. (I've been using a pair of 15lbers which feels a LITTLE too easy, but the 20lbers are too hard to complete a set.) So today I did the 20lbers for 10 reps of the first set, then 2 reps of 15's, then 2nd set w/ 15's. I gotta get myself to make the jump somehow!
Also added weight for the first time on my lunges. Ugh. Still working on those.
But overall I was very please with that workout -- also got my fastest split time for 1000m so far this year with my erging. Gotta get in some nice LONGER erg sessions one of these days for the challenge -- I'm thinking Saturday I'm going to Zumba, then running, and I will definitely bring something for energy in between -- but we gotta show up 30min early to get a pass to get into the classes, so that'll be a great time to erg while I'm waiting.
So tomorrow I'm gonna go for 5 miles. I have a lovely 5 mile route that I can start from the gym and it'll be great. :) Yes I'm using my positive thinking and visualization to see myself running and feeling awesome doing that route!
Just gotta make sure I do bring some stuff to help fuel myself since that will be a long workout session, but I'm really looking forward to it.
Yesterday nutrition was... not as good as I thought it might be, but I did still track EVERYTHING and stayed within my ranges -- a little low on protein at 115g.
Today I've tracked everything I'm so far planning to eat today -- have a 200cal cushion as well -- and I'm at 138g of protein so that's looking good. Tonight is GAME NIGHT and I'm going to be bringing some veggies and a blue cheese dip (made w/ light sour cream, blue cheese, and dijon mustard), my microwave popcorn bowl, DH bought some cookies that I entered two of into the tracker, and I'll have some of my protein oatmeal to really fill me with something more substantial than little snacks. Plus I have that 200cal cushion to allow myself to eat a bit of what other people may bring, but I'm glad I know exactly what I am working with for part of it that I'll be ok with and exactly what I have left to play with as well.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So this morning I was running and realized it was taking longer than I had planned, and then I was hoping and praying that the route was longer than I thought it was instead of me being far slower than I expected. :D HAHAHA.
Turns out yes -- what I thought was going to be 3 miles was actually more like 3.6 miles and thus by far the longest run I've had this year for time OR distance. It felt mostly really good -- and even though I was feeling a bit beat toward the end, nothing hurt so I'm happy. I was probably running a bit harder than I needed to -- I was concerned I wouldn't have enough time to get ready for work when I got back home! :D HAHA!
I ended up with about a 12min mile average, including my 5 min walking warmup, so I know I was under 12min mile running pace which is good for me for now. This weekend I just have to decide if I now want to just go for 4 or bump it on up to 5 miles... still time to think on that.
I'm just happy I got to run! :D I was looking at weather.com last night and getting bummed cause it said STORMS all day today -- this morning I check and it's like - fair weather, 0% chance of rain. uh... ok. :) I'll take it! I usually check accuweather and it's usually more accurate.... but for some reason I didn't look at that last night. ANYWAY -- my contingency plan was to hit the gym for NROL4W instead and run on Friday if need be, but now I get to stick to my original plan.
OH and I found my mp3 player and charged it this morning, so I got to run with Ted Leo again and it made me so happy!!! I want to share some of the lyrics that I heard today for the first time since my marathon that really kept me going when the going got tough that day:
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Walking to Do
Won't you take me where my feet feel happy in their own time ( this is me running and my feet being happy! :D hehe)
And the Cathedral of Reason lets the bells chime, and the lightning is fine?
I'm old enough to know that people waiting on some big sign
Should quit their waiting on the Divine. Divine is what's in your mind (NOW, I believe in God and all that, but I take this to mean that people need ot take action on their own as well and don't need to just wait around on someone else to make things happen for them, not that people are foolish to rely on God!)
I've seen the cruel and hard, and I've seen them hard on you
But I'll buy you brand new shoes ( SWEET!) if you cross to my side-
there's a whole lot of walking to do
And if we're near or far from our city by the sea-side
Well, as long as we keep our stride, I believe we'll be fine (HECK YEAH!!!)
You've seen the years roll on, and you've seen me roll with you
I see the road is long, so get on my side, there's a whole lot of walking to do
And if we stay on our feet, we'll make it in our own time
And though the road has got some steep climbs, I believe we'll be fine
(That's not all of it there are some chorus repeats in there that are less interesting about all the walking from here to there hahaha but this is the most lyrically sustaining parts!)
And so Ted Leo tells me we'll be fine, we just gotta stay on our feet and keep going and we'll make it!!!! :D WOOHOO!!!!! It's a very inspiring song -- even more so when not taken entirely literally. ;)
Oh and last night I was a whole TWO calories within range. :D HUZZAH!!!! Even with DH rejecting my dinner plans and instead eating something else, and then pretz+Nutella... and one Tiny Toblerone. :D HAHA. I was making the most of what calories I had I tell you! But I stayed! and I got all my water! Today will be even better.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Yes, yes. Sorry fellas -- this is kinda the main topic to start my blog.
So TOM is here -- last night I stayed within range but had a not so nutrition snack of Nutella w/ pretzel sticks as dessert (YUM by the way), and this morning the TOM munchies were in full effect.
I had my usual PB+Pretzel sticks... then cereal... then I wanted more... I had a yogurt... and then the last of the jalapeno cheddar cheese puffs from Target.
! hah. Nooooot my typical breakfast fare. I usually would just eat the PB+Pretzel sticks and then something else after my workout.
Today I was just dragging this morning, but I finally got out of the house, away from the food, and running.
AND IT WAS GORGEOUS!!!! :D Like 62 or something, sunny, breezy, beautiful! :) I was so happy. I start walking for my warmup and dang I really need to charge my mp3 player because I have YET to run with music this year I think and it's starting to wear on me.
A couple minutes after I started running, this blond chick ZOOMS past me. I was like, hey now, I'm running, I'm not going THAT slow -- so I determined not to let her get too far ahead of me and it was on. I chased that chick through the park and I was pretty close to the turnaround point when she passed me on the way back -- I rocked! :D But I definitely couldn't maintain that pace on the way back. I slowed significantly, just keeping moving and trying to get my HR in a good place. I ended with an average pace of just over 12min miles -- which if you think about it, my second mile was pretty slow (maybe 12min on it's own), and my first have had 5 min of WALKING, so that running part had to have been BOOKING it for that 2/3 of a mile or whatever it was. :P
It was fun though. I have to say!
I checked out some books from the library about financial management for nonprofit organizations, etc., so I can be more knowledgeable and helpful to the rowing club in getting all that sorted. Apparently one of the other members bought some books, but I don't even think she's on the board and she's definitely not the treasurer (neither am I) it strikes me as odd that our treasurer doesn't seem to be that proactive in talking about this... but maybe she's just doing it behind the scenes. That's something that needs to be better in our group - COMMUNICATION. But can't that almost ALWAYS be improved upon?
So anyway -- with all food entered into the tracker for the day except for dinner, I look to be pretty easy to manage staying within range, I will track everything prior to eating it tonight to be sure, but I was thinking of having brown rice, tilapia and veggies tonight which is a very light dinner anyway, I should be good. Maybe even to have some hot chocolate or a Toblerone TINY or something to help keep the chocolate demons at bay. ;)
I hope the weather stays this gorgeous! Tomorrow is a planned run only day!
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