Thursday, August 12, 2010
So last week was my 4th week on my new job, so I've been here over 30 days now. So that's nice. HAHA :D Not much else to say about that, but I think I'm doing well with it. It can be stressful at times, the flow of work is sometimes very slow and sometimes frantic. Right now things are pretty well contained, hence - blogging.
So since the last blog:
Friday: 4 hot miles after work!
Saturday: ROWING in the AM - a bit of sweep, then I learned SCULLING which was AWESOME. Then yoga.
Sunday: LR - 9.24 miles - good stuff. Ran into CLOVERR1 for a few minutes right at the end - she was just getting started, so she turned and ran back to herstart/myfinish with me and pushed my pace darnit. haha :D And by darnit I mean YAY.
Tuesday: 5.7 miles (supposed to be 5, oops - almost late to work)
Wednesday: slept in, ran 3 in the HEAT after work (100ish degrees, plus whatever heat index...)
Thursday so far: Up at 5 on time, ran 4 w/ 2 at HMP (which for me is about 11 min mile)
So as you can see, I've been out there working it. Something that's been lacking is my strength training -- Last Thursday I was moving furniture/etc. so I counted that, Saturday I was lifting and carrying boats at the boathouse (Not just my own! Being tall is a valuable asset! haha). But I haven't done any real Strength training since Pilates last Wednesday.
(I'm sure KEAKMAN my Defined Arms competitor is gloating to hear this...)
Tonight I will be heading to the gym w/ my BIL and going to Bellydancing -- which honestly is a KILLER workout for the SHOULDERS. Bellydance stance requires arms out at parallel to the floor pretty much forever. Which reallllly gets a burn going after a while -- add to that shoulder isolations for building an upperbody shimmy and my shoulders are always killing me after class. Hopefully we are able to get there early enough that I can work some other areas of upper body as well.
Food is going ok. I'm still not tracking 100%, but I'm also feeling very in control and conscious of my choices. I do not feel bingey or anything and I'm being mindful of my food. Someday maybe I will get a good groove to track my food post work, but so far I'm feeling better about what I am eating anyway.
Excited for the SYTYCD finale tonight. I'm happy with the final three and don't mind who wins so that's fun.
GROSS OUT LAST NIGHT. I had bought these chicken rollup things and cooked them so they wouldn't go bad. We reheated to eat last night and turns out - HEY RAW CHICKEN INSIDE. So... gross. We had each already taken a bite ( that I think was cooked at least from mine). Part of the outside chicken was thicker than the other side, when I checked done-ness I apparently cut the thinnest part of the chicken. :P BOO! So we had to throw those out and the thing is - the bite we each had tasted SO GOOD. We were both so bummed!!!!
Friday, August 06, 2010
I didn't cook up a batch protein this week, nor batch rice. I HAD been taking a package of noodles + coleslaw mix + protein for my lunch and a piece of fruit. Super filling, great mix of calorie types. Problem? I was using the flavor packet in these noodles which is full of sodium and MSG. But uh, other than that good stuff. :P Well a couple of days I forgot to grab the noodles so I ended up with cabbage and chicken. yayyy.... hahaha. Now I'm out of precooked meat and yesteryday I did a madras lentils package w/ coleslaw mix and it was good, but turned out to be lower in calorie than I planned. Today I thought I grabbed more calories than I did when I was packing this morning. Come to work, log, and find out oops - I have over 1000 calories left for dinner. If I hadn't had so much extra yesterday, my overeating at dinner would have been even WORSE.
Instead I was over 600 cal -- which in the scheme of how many calories I've been burning through exercise is actually not a massive amount, but since I'm only trying to cut .5-1lb a week (3500-7000 cal), that's still a big loss to the deficit. I'm hoping I have enough energy still to run this evening and that I don't overeat tonight due to eating so little during the day comparitively.
Last night I stayed up way too late again -- I came home, planning to hit the gym with BIL and go to bellydancing class, he was up for it, then after I get ready for the gym and come upstairs I find he's gotten a call to help move the SIL&her fiance's stuff. SO! I decided moving would be a good workout and did that instead. We didn't stop until close to 10pm actually because I know pizza got ordered around 10:30.... and I partook of the pizza. Although earlier at 8 I took a break to eat some PB banana and pretzels (YAY!). 3 slices of pizza and a crust later, and also some lemon snap cookies and chocolate covered ginger... (why??? I don't know! I blame sleep deprivation for the sweets part!) I ended up after tracking this morning around 600 cal over. I'm lucky it wasn't more I think.
But I'm determined today not to let the same kind of thing happen to me just because I didn't bring "enough" food to work. I can do this!!! My calorie range is pretty high so it's not like I'm starving today, just eating more someone aiming to lose a lot more in a week or something. And I will get to eat more food later. Just in a more healthy way than last night.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
So I'm still not getting everything into the tracker quite yet, but I'm getting closer every day. So far today - 100% on!
A little low in the calories dept but still.
HUBBY IS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! Stayed up too late last night because I was waiting for him and I was so happy to do it. As a result, I'm switching my schedule up a bit so I still get in my running miles and whatnot since I skipped my run this morning. Still planning on Bellydance class tonight. Hopefully my BIL will be game to go to the gym with me so I don't have to drive my stupid car back to the gym after going home -- it's been our routine to do this while everyone's been gone but I don't know how everyone being back is going to affect things...
That's about it for now! TOM is killing me. But other than that everything is pretty good! :)
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Good grief I'm not blogging like I used to! But hey, I'm working on it. Cause I DEFINITELY NEED THE SPARK IN MY LIFE!
I've been busy -- wake up, run, shower, eat/makelunch, go to work, head to the gym, workout shower, make dinner, eat, go to bed. Basically my life. Yes I've been rocking some 2 a day workouts. Today will be only one workout -- no run this morning, but some lifting at the gym this evening.
I'm in a CHALLENGE with KEAKMAN. We're betting that we can have the most defined arms by October 1st. When that day comes, there will be before and after pictures and you SparkFolk will get to vote. The loser must profess their undying love for the winner's favorite College Football teams. Kate's are OU and Penn State... bad business. I hate those BOOMER SOONERS. But I do like Penn State kind of, but still. Gotta win. Can't love the Sooners! It's just evil!
It's been pretty easy to keep up with upper body ST since my BIL is using me as inspiration to become a gym going FOOL. Well we got a joint membership at this gym and we go together usually at least 3 times a week, but often more. Sometimes I go straight to the gym (like for Monday's so I can hit the Zumba class at 5:30 when I get off at 5), or I'll go home and we'll go to the gym together and hit the ST floor and work on our assisted chin up/dips machine and then do everything else to exhaust our upper bodies. We usualy go together on upper body ST days... Tue/Thu/Sat - Saturday is also Yoga with Holley assuming we can get it together to get there early enough - it's at 10:15 AM which means I must be done with my long run and regrouped enough and also he must be ready. But we've done it a few times already. We also went to CLUB SALSA together and did some salsa dancing last week.
Here's been my typical gym schedule though:
Mon - ZUMBA! Tue- upper body ST, Wed - Pilates/Hip Hop/nothing..., Thu: Upper Body ST and BELLYDANCING class, Fri- OFF from the gym, Sat: Yoga & Upper body ST, Sunday - usually OFF from the gym.
So.... I really should get some more other ST other than just upper body. But my legs get soooooooooo much work from all the running. My shoulders get really sore from Bellydancing class, too. RESISTANCE TRAINING! haha. Standard bellydance stance has arms parallel to the floor, hands at "heart level"... and then there are shoulder pop isolations building the upper body shimmy and whatnot. I'm loving that class for REAL.
TRX classes start in Sept, demos in Aug... Hoop Fitness classes (with a weighted fitness hula hoop) are starting this month, too, which I definitely want to try at least once - they'll be on Mondays right after Zumba. :)
I also rowed this past Sunday early am with the local Rowing Club! YAY! It was SOOOOOOOooo great to be on the water. I think muscle memory mostly took over but the workout felt a bit harder than I thought it should be. My body is not quite where my brain expects it to be! HAHA :D But I didn't feel like I was messing up or anything - just exerting. The boathouse is WAYYYYYYYYYY across town from me. Like 30min drive. And open rows for Masters are only Wed at 5:30 (too far to reach from work), or Sunday morning. So I'm not sure what my future will be with that, but I'm going to try to at least join the weekend open rows through August because its' "ROW FREE AUGUST" and I won't have to pay anything. After that we will see... the boathouse is nice, the boat was nice, the people are great... so it's not that it wouldn't be worth the money IF I felt I COULD commit the money and the TIME to it.
Right now my primary focus REALLY is the running. I go to the gym classes for fun, and the upper body ST because I feel I need it. I do some ab work with that stuff sometimes, too. Depends on what kind of time I have. So those upper body sessions are usually really upper body and a bit of abs.
But I have MY FIRST HALF MARATHON on September 19th (yes, I ran a full before a half) and my goal is to finish in under 2:30. You'd THINK that would be a reasonable goal, but let me be honest - I'm worried I'm getting slower every day. HAHAHAHA I dunno what the deal is. Is it the heat? Is it because I'm heavier? (I think that's a big part of it) But anyway. My LR are averaging a bit over 13min/mile, which according to McMillan's Running calculator is actually not too bad. The top of the long run range suggested goes to 12:55 I think. So I'm in the right area. And I'm able to maintain the right pace on tempo runs thus far.... tomorrow will be a bigger challenge than I've had since it's 6 miles w/ 4 at tempo - last time I ran 30min of tempo which was ALMOST 3 miles (like 2.9) - so I'm considering just bumping it to 35min of tempo this week since I'm new to the speedwork anyway.
Coming up SOONER is the Hood to Coast Relay in which I am NOT really running, but I AM ghosting an actual team member as they participate (KASHMIR) as I've mentioned, so I will have some hard running to do toward the end of August.
I'm not concerned about finishing the half AT ALL. I mean, I've finished a full, I ran 9 miles last weekend and felt good about it, there is no way I will NOT run 13 miles. It's just being able to reach that time goal that is making me a little unsure.... but of course I will definitely have my base goal as finishing upright and smiling and getting that train medal! :)
Work is going good -- I'm somewhat independent now. Still have to ask a lot of questions when something completely new to me comes up, but since I'm generally on my own (but still so new that no one really KNOWS about me yet) I'm not getting the same workload as everyone else yet as far as people calling me to ask about things, etc. So... hence this super long blog. ;) hahhaa.
But to sum up - working out tons. Still loving the new gym. Still missing my DH (they're finally on the road back to us now but not sure when they plan to get back yet...). Still so far so good at the job. Still eating crazy.
I'm making a sincere effort to track all of my food again. I was not tracking for a while and I KNOW for a FACT I was doing this thing where I wouldn't eat enough and then my body would be like FEED ME and I'd eat a lot. I'm burning more calories now w/ the running and the gym (up to 5000-5500 a week vs what I had in there before which was 3750) so.... yeah. I've now adjusted my calorie range and now that I know I'm allowed more calories (still trying to lose .5-1lb a week at the moment) I am trying to really make sure I am eating them and that they are coming from quality sources.
I invite you all to look at my nutrition tracker and fuss at me if I don't post or if you see some garbage on there! :)
EDITED to add that if I win, KEAKMAN must profess undying love for the Florida State University Seminoles and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide! :D
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