Thursday, March 04, 2010
So remember yesterday's blog when I was lamenting how I couldn't go running today?
I'm a dope. All it took was a little extra (and by little I mean VERY LITTLE) brain power to realize that I could drop my DH off at the exam he had to proctor, go run and shower AT THE GYM, and then go pick him up and then we can run by home, I grab my lunch, and he takes me to work.
The problem before was thinking that if I left I wouldn't have enough time to shower post workout and still get to work on time -- but I forgot, I could just run on campus and use the GYM shower HELLO (haven't showered there in a while since we live so close to the gym now) while he could still be proctoring the exam and whatnot. *DINGDINGDING* - lightbulb!
So anyway -- I'm glad I had some SparkFriends tossing out suggestions on how to work it out so I could go run, even though I didn't use THEIR suggestions it got me THINKING anyway. Now NEXT Thursday is a different scenario but I can plan for that to be my off day and do something on Wednesday for sure.
ANYWAY - in the rush of preparing my lunch ahead of time and packing a bag for the gym I forgot to put on my HRM watch. OOPS! So I was wearing the transmitter strap which was broadcasting my Heart Rate out to nowhereland. ;) haha. I now about what time I started and I checked the clock in the car when I got back, so I know I ran around an 11:46 pace and that includes my 5 min walking warmup -- I know I usually walk almost exactly through the MIA song Bamboo Banga (yep just checked Amazon and it's 4:58 in length) other times I've used Kala for my music so I just went with that. :D hehehe.
I LOVED my run today, too. I ran w/ my new bondiband ponytail hat - so cute. The only thing is I forgot my sunglasses so I was a little squinty eyed at times -- actually I tend to close whichever eye is closest to the sun (in this case my right eye) if it's bright. haha. So I was running one-eyed like a pirate - ARRGH!
Yesterday was day 1 of no candy and I had my hot chocolate and saw that THAT will be running out soon so I will have to be wise with choosing when to have it. ;) Last night we had baked potatoes and I improvised some Chili out of TVP - and DH complemented it! YAY! :D You can see about what I used on my nutrition tracker for last night but let's say it's ketchup, mustard, worcestershire sauce, onion powder, chili powder, garlic powder.... oh and onions. Yes.
AND TOMORROW'S FRIDAY!!!!!!! :D
Tomorrow I will see how many reps I can do in one set of these exercises w/ my starting weights:
Deadlifts - SHORT bar only (now using Olympic bar + 30lbs)
Dumbbell Shoulder Press - 15lbs (I'm now using 20lbs)
Wide Grip Lat Pulldown - 40lbs (now using 65 or 60)
Lunges - BODYWEIGHT (now using 30lbs)
Swiss Ball Crunches - Bodyweight (now using 8lb medicine ball)
So that should be fun... except for how many trillion lunges I might end up doing. HAHAHA. Will have to keep that in mind for Saturday....
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
So my sister came and went - we had so much fun while she was here!
Sunday was church - then some hanging out and then ROWING! :D YAY! And then that night I made some lentils/rice/chicken number and then CAKE. :D haha. Yes, cake.
So that day was good eating except for the cake...
Then Monday we played some Little Big Planet (video game for those of you who are not in the know!), then we went and ran together - so fun to get to run with my sister! :D then...... oh yes FIVE GUYS burgers and fries. I had not eaten much this day so far, and while I did eat some fries and peanuts, I made sure to get the little burger. Then we went to the store and back home, hung out some more -- then to band! :D She came to listen to us play and then we went home and out to Yogurt Mountain - another indulgence for sure. I love that place. (one of those put it all in a cardboard bowl thing and then you pay for how much it weighs - toppings and all.) Then we picked up our friend who served his mission in Mongolia also, he and my sister served in the same area and both doing Mongolian Sign Language for a while so they're good pals.... and we spent the rest of the night making "buuz"
When they pronounced it to me it sounds like bodes. But in any case, it was delicious. We did not add any garlic and we made it with lean sirloin I had purchased on sale a while back and was sitting in the freezer. WOOT!
According to my sister and friend, they often will add extra fat when they make them in Mongolia -- and apparently camel fat is the most delicious according to them! :D haha. But it was fun to learn that I could make these things in my little steamer. The one think I didn't do (well that I couldn't figure out on my own - like chopping the meat BWAHA) was make the dough -- my sister just kinda put flour and water together. At least the recipe at the link above provides some amounts to start with, but of course they do it all by feeling in Mongolia as this is a very traditional food. Recently there was a festival "Tsagaan Sar" which is the Lunar New Year celebration -- and this is apparently a time to get totally stuffed with tons of buuz. They make huge quantities leading up to it and freeze them to save for the holiday feast. :) We did not make a huge amount -- I think it was about 30 of the little buuz... I had 8, and there were 4 of us so that sounds about right.
While they were steaming we played Beatles Rock Band and we took pause breaks when the steamer dinged to go eat a couple more buuz. :D hehe.
This morning it was sleeping in a bit more to feel more on balance with sleep and then I dropped my sister to work w/ her friend on compiling a Mongolian Sign Language Dictionary specifically for LDS Missionaries while I went to the gym.
I did my "SPECIAL WORKOUT" for Workout A of Stage 1 and here's how it went:
These are all SINGLE SETS working as long as possible, or until utter boredom.
Squats - 75, body weight only. Now in my regular workouts I'm using an Olympic size bar (45lbs) w/ an added 30 I think?
Wall Pushups - 41 - Now I'm doing pushups from the 2nd run of a bench press station on the bar.
Seated Rows - on 40lb - 50 Now I'm using 70lbs.
Step Ups - 30lbs, 5risers. Now I'm using 40lbs on a weightbench (higher than the risers)
Prone Jacks - 20 -- This is less dramatic, but it had to be one set only and this far the largest set I've completed of these is 15. The first week I think I only had to do 2 sets of 8 or 10?
So that felt really good to do that, I also rowed 1k as a warmup on the erg (that takes about 5min if I'm going somewhat slow just FYI) and afterwards I did some stretching and then it was off to pick up my sister, go home, PROTEIN SMOOTHIE! (made my sister some to try), shower, makelunch/eat, and it was saying by to my sister as I was going off to work.
She's home safely (YAY!) and I'll be seeing her again soon (DOUBLE YAY!) because she's gonna come run a 5K with me at the end of March (TRIPLE YAY!!!).
I registered us today for the Rumpshaker 5K in Birmingham, AL -- it benefits Colon Cancer Awareness and they will have on display a 20ft inflatable colon. WOOT. :)
Together with a few ladies from my work we are forming team Booty Busters. I just have to make sure they get registered and whatnot -- it will be the first 5K for all of them, and my sisters first official 5K (having done her own a few times, and one as a family 5K with homemade T-Shirts and everything!), so I'm excited to be helping them all do the race... although I'm a bit concerned about my co-workers training, I can't make them do it. I've offerred to run with them on weekends but no one's taken me up on it yet. :P haha. Oh well. I know me and my sister will have fun if nothing else.
There were pictures taken this weekend but I don't have any of them ready to post yet, but I will probably be posting some soon...
ALSO - my right quad has been twitching off and on since yesterday and it's driving me INSANE. That is all.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Other than being utterly sleep deprived at the moment, things are going well! :)
Not only did I resist the call of stupid fast food on Friday night, last night I resisted the crappy pizza (which people ate and then said was crappy and my DH said it wasn't agreeing with his stomach). I had some chips and salsa -- counted my chips even. I needed to eat something! And then we went to this place where I got a falafel wrap and my sister and I split a side order of hummus. NOT BAD.
Drank water, of course -- I never drink anything but water. I love water, anything else makes me just want water to cleanse my palate afterward so... ? yeah.
OH yes - I did my lifting and came home, protein smoothie, PB and pretzel sticks, shower, out the door, temple, drive straight back, change, book it to the Grad Student Olympics.
Let me just say that the Olympics themselves made me feel sooooooo unathletic. :( It really took me back to obese days mentally and it was depressing. I have never practiced doing any SPORTS after getting fit! I don't know how to interact w/ dodgeball or volleyball - I have no practice. So yeah... although I didn't sweat or get winded doing anything (which is different) my skill levels at anything didn't naturally improve with fitness. :P hahahaha. *sigh* Anything I've done has essentially involved repeated motions - no reflexes involved! :P Or not a lot at least.
BUT! I tried. And I think I did well with food especially considering my lack of sleep, which usually drives me into FOOD MADNESS.
I will call that a win for yesterday for sure! :D And I will try to manage the food madness today as I didn't really get enough sleep last night either -- although definitely MORE than the almost 3 I got on Friday night. :P A fun weekend planned, but yeah -- forgot to book SLEEP into the plan. :) haha.
Well church soon!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
My ears are still ringing from the show last night - so worth it. :)
We got to see our favorite high school rockstars opening up first (The Motions) then this little punk rock n' roll band I had never heard of/seen called The River City Tanlines who I LOVED. DH was less a fan, but he's never been that into that kind of sound so I wasn't super surprised. Then a very talented but less exciting group playing some kind of southern bluesy rock situation - I just was anxious to see the main event at that point - Baak Gwai - especially since I knew I had to be at work at 6:30am this morning! :P
Well -- Baak Gwai was soooooo worth the wait, even though they barely got to play because the place was closing. They told us after the show that they had like 6 more songs planned! haha. :P BUT! DH has been bugging them for ages to play a song called WWJCD which is an older tune from them, never heard it live - they played it and some other older songs and the crowd was HYPE. There was some MOSHING going on, and we were on a 2nd floor of a Mellow Mushroom and that floor was bouncing. HAHAHA I was slightly concerned we were going to cave the place in....
ANYWAY - when we got home I quickly ate a modest meal - sandwich, cheese puffs, piece of chocolate - and ended up 18cals over for the day, so considering I didn't really cook a healthy dinner and I still had another piece of chocolate -- I'm very proud of those results. I chose my options wisely! I ate some tuna on wasa crackers prior to going to the concert -- helped me stay full even though we left at like... 10 and didn't get home until 3am! I resisted all urges from DH to go pick up food on the way home, too! :)
This morning my alarm went off at 6:10 - yeah, I know, it takes me like 5min to drive to work and I can throw on clothes with the greatest of speed (since I'm going to the gym right after work nothing more is needed!) well... I "reset" my alarm for 6:15 and then the next thing I know I'm laying in bed looking at the clock and it says 6:34. EEK! I rushed and got to work by 6:50. My employees start working phone calls at 7AM and I have to do stuff to get those ready but I had calls out there for them at 7:01 so I'm pretty thrilled about that. HAHA :D I'm glad I woke up!
Grabbed a "Glenny's Brown Rice Marshmallow Treat", an apple, and had the yogurt left at work from the snack I skipped yesterday. Did well for me.
After work I will go do my final of the Stage 1 workouts for NROL4W (not counting the special ones), go home, drink my protein smoothie, maybe eat, shower, and head to Birmingham, AL.
After the temple I'm not sure if my family plans to eat or what. So we'll either eat out somewhere there and THEN I'll run back home, get ready for the Grad Student Olympics thing (Volleyball, Dodgeball, Cornhole, Basketball and Movie Trivia!) - ORRRRRRRR we don't eat out, rush home, EAT then go. Either way I gotta get some food before we go there so I can resist the STUPID GROSS CRAPPY free pizza. I know it's bad, but it's still for some reason hard to resist. Will not do it tonight! *POWER!* RAWR!
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