Tuesday, February 02, 2010
One misstep today which I may come to regret tomorrow... but otherwise - better!
It was much much warmer for rowing this morning. I wore almost the same thing -- but minus the hoodie/scarf/hat. and was nicely warm. Fingers and toes were comfy. :)
But then I realized that although I brought my other shoes, my notepad, an apple for between rowing and lifting -- I forgot that this week was new reps/sets numbers. I THOUGHT it was 3 reps of 10 (turns out I was right for most of it -- abs is 3 sets of 12!), but decided to go home and do it tomorrow instead. I knew if I went home to check I wouldn't leave, so I decided to make this morning very productive!
I cooked chicken and hard boiled eggs to prep some quick protein for the week, also sliced some mushrooms. And I ate and watched House while all this was going on. Then I took a LOOOOOOOONG time with showering and I blew my hair mostly dry and got into bed by 10:10am, waking back up at 12:20.
I went to bed last night a few minutes before midnight, was probably asleep at or soon after midnight, and woke up this morning at 4:55AM. So...... I got roughly 7 total hours of sleep, but not all together.
And I ate a good amount of food before the morning nap, so before leaving for work I needed more! Otherwise it'd be like...5+ hrs till my snack, 7+ to LUNCH so I'd be starving all day.
As it is I still feel a bit hungry but lunch in less than an hour - I can make it!
Last night I went over my calorie ranges by an apple. OK so I also had a piece of chocolate - ONE little dove dark chocolate, but I planned that all day and I added the apple at the last minute. I figured if I was still hungry I could eat something healthy and it really did the trick. Not too bad for a day on such little sleep!
So today I think I'll be able to stay within, if not just barely over.
The one thing that's a bummer is that I haven't burned any countable calories for the week yet - I'm not counting band or these learn to row sessions for such little effort (although I do still get to carry the boat and the launch and go up and down the hill with oars so I'm getting SOME bonus stuff in there)... But that's just it. I'm considering all that bonus to the REAL DEAL. So that misstep being that because I didn't prepare properly, tomorrow I must row, lift, and then run. But I've done it before, I can do it again.
The lifting will be longer tomorrow due to more sets, so extra rest period, and more reps than the last two weeks. So I plan to run short and easy to compensate -- there's a 1.75 mile run that I can run around campus from the gym that will do just fine.
Then Thursday - row+run
Friday - row
Saturday SLEEP IN HALLELUJAH! Then... zumba?
I want to run 7.6 miles on Saturday so I must see if I think doing that post zumba will be a good idea or not. If not, then ok that's fine -- running it is. And then Sunday row/zumba/something.
I don't think I mentioned that Sunday I didn't go to the gym cause my DH and I went to a GAMING convention at the University. :D Board/Video games. We saw a concert of video game music and a cosplay contest. (Cosplay = costume play and basically means people dressed up like characters from video games/movies/comics etc. and sometimes doing a bit in character)
The girl who won was dressed as a "Team Rocket" grunt from Pokemon - she was adorable and I thought she looked familiar and then come Monday night at band - THERE SHE WAS in the percussion section. :D So I congratulated her and she looked thoroughly embarrassed to be recognized outside of the con for THAT. :) haha. I'd love to do a cosplay someday... There was a Rock Band contest but we didn't stay for that cause we apparently arrived too late to register and didn't feel like watching OTHER people rock.
In other news my poor DH is discouraged and depressed regarding his dissertation work. :( I'm trying to do all I can to uplift, encourage, and support him. I want to suggest exercise but I don't think he'll take that suggestion too well... but I just know that the stress relief and endorphins will help give positive energy -- not to mention the added sense of accomplishing SOMETHING on a day to day basis.
I might still work on suggesting that...
Monday, February 01, 2010
So this winter is the year I stopped being a wuss about cold weather and working out.
Honestly -- if ZORBS13 can get out there in a -20 something windchill in canada while she's nearly a month away from delivering a baby and run -- I can be tough, too. HAHAHAHA :D
I truly believe it's all about having the proper gear -- my gear is not so proper, but I have enough to make due. I'd like to have some more stuff instead of having to layer so many things that are not really well suited to the purpose, but it's good enough to allow me to continue working it out.
I think I could do with some warmer tights -- I may not need them often right now -- maybe not often enough to warrant the cost -- but eventually I'd like to add that to my arsenal. The ones I have are great for cooler weather, but 30 and below they are not really warm enough -- maybe some think it isn't worth wearing tights in weather from 30-50 degrees but for me it totally is. :D warmer than that and I'll let some of my legs brave the cold bare no problem.
I'd like to get some items to block the wind as well -- the wind has been kinda nuts here lately! Something to adore when it's hot out, but in the cold it's a nightmare. That and some kind of actual thin/warm layers for the top. I've got a longsleeve tech shirt but it's VERY meshy and not super warm, mostly just an extra thin layer that can cover my arms (Memphis Marathon T). I definitely have to layer over that to stay warm -- but let's say I had something like a thin fleece or whatnot. Or even just a windbreaking jacket -- I think I could go with the long sleeve tech shirt and one other layer and be good up top. But as it is, I wear short sleeve tech, long sleeve tech, and another long sleeve REGULAR T-shirt to add a layer and block the wind a bit more.
Anyway this is a lot of rambling to get to the point that this morning I was rowing -- the plan before yesterday afternoon was that I was rowing only on Friday morning but yesterday I get an email that the lineups have changed cause we have 2 more new people so they had to split to TWO boats.
The unique thing is that I'm rowing STROKE seat! :D That's the first of the lineup, the setter of pace and form -- now, previously I've been rowing in ONLY port rigged boats -- meaning the stroke seat is rigged on port side. However -- the boat I'm rowing in this week is starboard rigged. So I'm not learning to be bisweptual yet, but I AM getting to be the stroke seat still. Very fun.
But I'm rowing EVERY MORNING THIS WEEK. EEK! 5:15am call time at the boat house. And that meant it would be very cold this morning -- and unlike when I'm running, I knew that with this being the newbies first day on the water, there would be LOTS of holding still.
So I layered up like a champ!
Here's a picture:
The layers --
Bottom half: undies (obviously), full length running tights, running knee-length/capris, thin ankle socks, knee high thicker socks.
My shoes don't really count because you don't wear them in the boat -- but you put your feet inside of the boat's shoes that are attached inside the boat. My toes were TOTALLY NUMB by the time we were done. Those socks were NOT really meant to keep feet warm. What I hear is that WOOL socks are the way to go in the cold and I really need to get some!
Top half: padded sports bra (extra warmth!), short sleeve tech shirt, long sleeve tech shirt, hoodie, scarf, hat, gloves.
My hands were also getting kinda numb toward the end -- I think I need some warmer gloves actually! I really love my gloves... my FIL bought them for me for Christmas one year and they're awesome, but I've read that some people might need 2 layers of gloves OR a mitten does better. So maybe I can get a mitten on top? you don't really need individual fingers for rowing... anyway.
I went home and decided to get in bed rather than shower since I didn't sweat at practice at ALLLLLLL and shower right before work instead. Well... this was a grand idea except I was mostly shivering in bed under my covers trying to get warm enough to sleep. :P Should've used the shower to get warm. But I did get a little before it was time to get ready. I still ended up a tiny bit late for work, but the rest of the week will be a LOT EASIER because I won't have to be at work until 1PM isntead of 10AM. And hopefully we're MOVING a lot more as the newbies learn to row more. :D so I can work up some body heat! HAHA :D
But still -- I firmly believe that you can be comfortable working out outside even if it's really cold out. Time for my snack. :D YAY! And band is tonight!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
OK so my splurge meal was kind of crazy splurgey. Honestly -- it's what I would have eaten before my healthy life transformation but I felt sooooooooooooooooo overstuffed and uncomfortable afterward. Good reminder I guess... Should've cut my portions down on the main meal MAJORLY.
What I had was a burger and fries, a couple slices of fried green tomato, and half of an order of banana pudding and half a little slice of lemon cake.
Doesn't sound too bad, does it?
I dunno how much meat was in that burger but it was GIGANTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I should have only eaten half of it, and half the fries and I probably would've felt just fine. Oh and I had a little bite of my DH's polish sausage but that was truly little and fine. I just have a problem that if I start eating something, I finish it. I should've cut the burger in half from the get go and never started on the whole thing.
Lesson learned! (Well -- relearned and hopefully not relearned again for a while.)
Other than that, my eating yesterday was acceptible! :)
I hit the gym -- did my NROL4W. The workout actually went and felt GREAT - hurrah! Then to the run.
It was cold at first, but I started getting in a groove and the groove just kept getting groovier as I went along. About 2/3 through I was loving life, loving running, rocking and lip syncing to my music and having a complete BLAST. Definitely fulfilled my goal of RELAXING into this run and not going too fast -- in fact I made myself go slower at the beginning, then had my massive forever hill, then slowed to let me HR get back, then the rocking really commenced.
But THEN -- it all of a sudden got colder... and windier...
I just started checking the actuals and yesterday when I checked it was supposed to be 40's, feels like low 30's winds at 9-10mph. I dunno if it was where I was in the run -- maybe cause I was on higher ground at this point, or less interfering buildings/trees to the wind... but anyway --looking at the historical data from yesteryay it was ACTUALLY -- mid 30's feels like mid 20's wind at 13mph. EEK!
But I made it through -- didn't walk at all, just stopped for a second at a couple lights but honestly, they weren't long -- drank on the run. Trying to practice not walking as much as I got used to last year. Anyyywayyyy. Time was JUST under 13min miles, which with the hills and the wind, I'm MORE than happy with.
Came home, straight to the shower to get warm because my hands were crazy and my legs and butt were tingling. In the shower, from my hips to my knees were all RED as were my ankles and my left wrist. I was like WHAAAAT? Did i get wind burned through my tights??? But it's gone today so eh. Whatever. It was definitely cold though and I need to get some wind blocking apparel to deal with that nonsense.
Ate stew to get protein and refuel, but I think it was too heavy for my stomach at that moment cause I felt kinda... yuck... after eating ti. Later I ate some caramel puff corn from Target and felt better... I dunno -- quickly absorbed sugar to the rescue?
Then later splurge meal -- watched The Commish on DVD w/ the hubby. Fun times. When I came home he was watching skiing! :D Getting excited for the Winter Olympics... although I forgot to mention Friday night we watched the Millrose Games -- and indoor track and field event at Madison Square Gardens -- this was the 103rd of them! Anyway -- my first time watching it. :D There were some of the expected events, but also a "fasted kid in NY" sprint, high school mile for men and women, a former NFL player's sprint, but the big event was the Wanamaker Mile -- I dunno why, but they make a big todo before it and someone sings the national anthem. I should find out why.
In any case, great runner Bernard Legat has won that event 7 times, tying an Irish runner Eamonn Legat who one his 7th in 1987. Well Friday night, he surpassed the record by winning his 8th and it was truly incredible to watch him as he kicked in on the final lap -- he made his move and the rest of the field was absolutely TOAST.
OK I need to get my butt to church.
Ok P.S. -- you asked for it MARLIE! :D
Nuun is little tablets of a sugar free electrolyte hydration beverage -- 1 tab (with a line to snap in half if you want) combines w/ 16oz. Delicate flavors, not TOO sweet, lightly carbonated due to the fizzing reaction w/ the water, but not crazy so. I just LOVE IT. My favorite is the banananuun. :D
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Just a sound.
Waking up at 6AM isn't my favorite thing.
So I actually woke up with a start at like... 5:35 or so because I was having a dream that I overslept and woke up like OH NO!!!!!! WORK!!!!!!!!!!! Then I REALLY woke up and was in a panic but, oh yay it's only 5:35... I looked at my alarm to check that it was set and tried to sleep until 6AM. I actually did manage to fall asleep sometime before 6AM cause I awoke to the alarm. YAYYY 2nd jolting wakeup of the morning! :D hahaha.
Yeah, I set my alarm for 6am instead of 6:10 cause I didn't prep anything last night. And I would have left on time if I hadn't decided to EAT before I left... so I was 5min late leaving and 5min late arriving -- not TOO bad, but I had new startup procedures at work and something that wasn't prepared that needed to be, but actually -- everything was done on time so all was well. Just felt a bit like a chicken with my head cut off when I first got here.
Feeling sleepy but I think that feeling will leave once I'm done here. I ate some Archer Farms Cinnamon Start with Protein and Cottage Cheese for breakfast (AKA - target protein cereal+cottage cheese) before I left, I have brought my protein oatmeal (oats+protein powder, a very typical pre-run meal), a GU, and nuun with me. The plan is the oatmeal and prep nuun before I leave, then do NROL4W at the gym, change, down the GU, and head out on the run.
May be going out for dinner tonight as the splurge meal of the week.
That's all I got for now -- rowing is looking like we'll have enough people Sunday, but I'm still waiting on confirmation that the river is ok after the rain.
P.S. -- Video update according to FITTYTIF - "The first time yes you are standing in one leg of your pants by a tree the narrator is talking so you do not hear what you are saying. The second time you are on the stage with a mike in your hand. Again the Narrator is talking so again I could not hear what you are saying."
Friday, January 29, 2010
And... it is SO GOOD. :D hahaha.
I used a recipe from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, added a bit more meat, but yeah. It's kind of hilarious, the recipe is called "In A Canadian Stew" So... I'm not really sure why. I mean, it's one thing if it's called Canadian Stew, but this isn't even a title, it's like -- a lead in phrase.
Basically I used 2lbs of Laura's Lean Beef Stew meat (cheaper and easier than buying tenderloin to cut up myself - the recipe calls for 1.5lbs) and you make a seasoning coating w/ 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1tsp each of oregano and basil, and some sea salt and pepper.
Toss that up so every chunk gets coated.
Then you cook up 2 large or 3-4 med/smaller onions and in 4Tbsp of olive oil, cook those and several cloves of garlic (I dumped a bunch of minced) until they get softened. While those were cooking I chopped up the other veggies - 2 leeks (white and light green parts only), 3 parsnips, 3 carrots... once the onions/garlic are softened you add the rest of the veggies (including a can of whole plum tomatoes) and cook for like, 5 more minutes.
Then comes the meat -- cook until browned and when the stuff starts getting really sticky, add the liquids. The recipe calls for 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth and 1 cup of light beer. We don't drink so I never buy any beer, so I just used 2 cups of chicken broth (I'm addicted to Better Than Boullion so sorry, not low sodium). ANYWAY -- bring to a boil, then lower to simmer and stir till sauce is evenly smooth and add 1 can of whole potatoes.
Then simmer for 30min.
DELICIOUS AMAZING STEW!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D YAY!
The only problem -- it took kind of forever, I think the extra meat/maybe too small a pot for it all made the meat browning section take way too long... also apparently my DH doesn't like MEAT.
I know I was like... uh... what? Cause if I make something vegetarian he goes -WHERE'S MY MEAT! Ok so apparently he explained to me that he doesn't like just the plain flavor of meat -- he doesn't ever eat steaks, his favorite meat entries include lots of added flavors from sauces, cheeses, etc.etc.etc. So that was kinda weird to find out that he was really NOT all about the stew. I was like, what about all the veggies? He was like, they were good but they tasted like meat.
HAHAHAHAHA. I was so surprised by this reaction, so apparently I'M the carnivore in our relationship because I LOVE meat. And steak. And yeah this stew rocked for me. Luckily I have lots of leftovers to use as lunches.
The recipe says it makes 8 servings, I THINK that I've divided it more like 6 servings of 2 cups each. Last night I was sooooooooooo stuffed from it. A serving of that size, from my personal Sparkrecipe calculation (since I used more meat and whatnot) was about 444 calories I think.
So enough about all that -- I think I know what's getting to me this week.
So I've been doing really well about getting to bed in enough time to get plenty of sleep for when I have to wake up in the morning. I would think -- tomorrow I have to be at the gym by X time, so I need to wake up at X time, which minus 8hrs equals in bed by X time.
This week - not so much. I've been doing this whole -- I'm gonna stay out in the living room and watch TV with my DH as long as possible and fall asleep on the floor or the couch and then wake up and move to bed around 3-4AM and then really go to sleep.
I need to not do that anymore.
This morning I decided NROL4W can wait till tomorrow - that'll still give me 2 off days before the next weights workout, so that should be PLENTY and I felt I really needed the extra sleep this morning.
Tomorrow I KNOW I have to be up super early -- I'm working so I've gotta be up by at least 6:10 I think in order to be at work on time. (I have to be here at 6:30 so that's being SUUUUUPER generous with my sleep in time -meaning I must prepare tonight for my clothes and food situation.) I'm lucky to be so close to my work now -- that's allowing for waking up, throwing on clothes, grabbing whatever I have prepared and leaving.
The plan will be to head to the gym after work and do NROL4W and then do my run. I mapped a 10K route the other day, I will be taking the pace VERY EASY and just relaxing and rocking it.... well as much as possible. Apparently it will be a bit windy and cold. But hey -- at least all the freezing cold RAIN will be happening tonight so I shouldn't have any tomorrow. But I will definitely be wearing the cold weather gear for my run tomorrow. I'll probably actually bring a change of clothes since I will not want to be wearing that in the gym.
*phwew* Glad the week is almost over!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. -- so according to FITTYTIF there is some footage of me on the new 10min fitness DVD w/ Coach Nicole? She hasn't gone back and watched it with sound to give me any details as to what it is, but she said she was going to turn it off and all of a sudden there I was. HAHAHA I wonder if it's just me standing in one leg of my pants or something that's popped up on their little promotional TV snippets for The Spark but either way, that's kinda cool...
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