Wednesday, March 09, 2011
No I wasn't violating any pool laws, not even with my MP3 player balanced on my head.
But did you know that the indoor pool closes when it's lightning outside? What's up with that? I was very disgruntled because I was only 5 min past my 5 min warmup. My poor HRM read 11 min for the workout, 93 calories. Good thing for me I also taught zumba - for a ROCKIN AMAZING 534 calories in 34 min. My HR average was 179 and max 192 for that class! And smiling almost the whole time. Love Zumba! :)
Prior to zumba I did some upper body stuff w/ my kettlebell at my desk - tri extensions, shoulder presses, concentration curls. KB is onle 10lbs, but I usually do tri extensions w/ a 20lber with both hands together, and the instability made it a bit of an extra challenge. Shoulder presses were too easy, but concentration curls were actually pretty good with it, I'm assuming because the bicep was really isolated so it did not have any helper muscles assisting.
Then I moved over to the other builing where zumba class is held and headed to the empty break room. After last week I had some achilles/PF feelings of unhappiness after my lower body bonanza - Thursday I tried walking lunges instead and did more of the split squats - so today I toned that down. Static Lunges ONLY prior to zumba - 1 set squats w/ a 3 count down 1 count up pattern, 1 set same w/ sumo squats and 1 period of a held sumo squat w/ heel taps DURING zumba so I didn't want to totally overdo it like maybe I did last week - and I also did some wall pushups to try to get at my chest a little bit.
Zumba was killer - during the last song one of my students was like, IS THIS THE LAST SONG!?! And I was like - yeah I think so... hahaha and it was. After cooldown I looked at my watch and only 30min had passed. I was like - guys that was only just 30min! :) They did great. I stopped my HRM after my heartrate had really gotten down to the 120's at least - hence the extra 4 min. :P I wasn't holding still during that time - turning off stuff in the room, walking to my car, etc., but still.
Also hit the grocery store last night - very pleased with my shopping for the week! :) I think it's gonna be a good one. I've tracked everything I plan to eat for the day and have a little wiggle room if necessary as well, so that's good. Sliced up some bell peppers this morning for a nice hummus snack later, too.
Today the scale gave me a few different numbers again, none as low as the new low I saw Saturday morning, but I think I might get to see that number or lower again by Friday. The trend is moving DOWN overall and that is what I need to concern myself with - especially since I ate dinner late and we had BLT's so some good sodium content there, and I didn't get as much sleep. Tonight will be the same because of band probably, but tomorrow I should get a good amount of sleep before Friday's weighin - AND I have planned my dinners so I will have a nice lower sodium dinner tonight and tomorrow.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Saw a new low weight on Saturday, 184.5 - but the scale said a lot of things. I think 185 ended up being about the most popular reading, but I am still pretty happy with that. Now to have another SLAMMIN week and see it move down even farther.
I had the best splurge meal ever at the Happy Tummy - she ran out of some pot pie ingredients by Saturday, so I got THE KING sandwich - hide if you don't want to here the description of the best sandwich ever, skip to the next ******
Bacon Fred Bread (best bread ever), Crunchy PB, Banana, and Bacon. Side of Brussel Sprouts. Some bites of a shared Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.
Otherwise I was pretty good this weekend, I didn't track on Sunday, bad Dana, but I was good. I made a new dessert from a recipe in Oxygen - Mini Cheesecake Bites!
Very delicious and easy and special looking. :) Here's what you do:
4oz cream cheese (fat free/reduced fat/whatever you fancy)
4oz fat free greek yogurt
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
4-5 packets of stevia
15 mini phyllo shells
You bring the cream cheese and yogurt to about room tempurature, beat it together, add the cocoa powder and stevia, and then fill the shells and chill for 1 hour. Each little shell is 31 cal, 1 fatg, 4 carbs, and 2g protein. I actually doubled the recipe so I used the whole little bar of cream cheese (I used reduced fat and I believe the nutrition count is accurate for reduced).
The recipe suggests you could had sprinkles to the top as well, but I was making this especially because my MIL could partake at only 4 carbs for a little treat since she is on a reduced carb diet (I think 90g- ish overall for a day, most of which comes in the form of her Medi-fast prepackaged type meals, so not a lot of room for things OUTSIDE of that with carbs), so I abstained from bonuses to avoid adding any more carbs to it.
I placed my order for my cigar box guitar. SOOOOOOOo excited. I picked a box. I should've brought my camera to take pictures of the shop and everything, but I'm pretty sure my box is like this one:
I know it's an Arturo Fuente, and the proportions look right on that one. My neck is gonna be ebony w/ natural in the middle, and w/ ivory tuning keys, and I'll have a drain hole for sound in the corner. It'll be similar to something like this one:
Only BETTER -because there will be actual hardware in the drain hole instead of a chasm, and the wood will be prettier, especially at the bottom - and there will be a nickel. The family name is Nickel, so they are called Nickel Cigar Box Guitars and they put a nickel in the wood down at the base of the guitar, like where the bridge is. Bottom line, it will be amazing and I can't wait.
Here's an article about the instrument and the guy(s) making mine:
This is inside their studio - see the piles of boxes on the shelves around? That's where you can go through and pick which box you want. :)
Super cool. Tonight - aquajogging and upper body ST.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
I am suffering from an acute case of Scale Madness.
So let's talk real numbers here.
Saturday I saw my weight actually at where my ticker says - WOOHOO for HONESTY!!! :) (185) and I was like sweet! Now I finally might move past that number!
Then Tuesday...187.... today.....188.5 WTF?!?!?!?!
Sorry guys but I'm baffled. I have only one possible solution, so I need you all to tell me if it is legit or not. haha.
I do not believe I've been high on sodium - I've been eating basically cereal for breakfast, fruits for snacks, leftovers for lunch (ok so I did eat out for lunch on Tuesday for lunch which was probably pretty high in sodium but that was TUESDAY, but dinner out was a chicken breast salad so probably not too horrible on the sodium front, right?) -
Mon dinner - Curried Chicken Salad (from Ellie Kriegers "So Easy" -so GOOD)
Tue - Salad w/ Chicken breast - no cheese, no tortilla strips - so corn, beans, chicken, lettuce, grapes, and a bit of a sweet pepper vinaigrette. (NOT A LOT) and a cupcake. MIL's Birthday
Wed - Chicken Pitas - chicken, spinach, hummus, feta. BAM!
So there's the food, been lightly over calories a couple of days (Tue turned out to be more like less than 100 over) and last night I was like 25 cal over, but overall very good and on track.
So the culprit I think might have something to do with it all - Strength Training.
I haven't been doing it, I started doing it again. My butt is sore, my chest and arms are still sore from Monday night, and I did some crunches last night after aquajogging and band even and my abs were kinda already sore so I kept it simple and just did a couple sets and called it a night.
Aiding and abetting is possibly not getting enough sleep? Wednesday night is a LATE NIGHT for me.
So what do you think, SparkPeople? Also - if it IS because of the ST, does that mean this weight is around to stay for a bit, or should it drop back down after I find an equilibrium with my ST? I'm definitely not stopping ST for fear of my weight going up because I KNOW it's good for me, I'm just looking to understand the changes on the scale.
I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want to let my Scale Back team down. I started the Scale Back challenge at 189.5 on my home scale, Saturday at the end fo week 4 I weighed down 4.5lbs so on track for 10lbs lost, but now I'm almost back to square one and it's really frustrating.
As far as the BIG PICTURE goes - I know I'm losing weight for vanity purposes mostly - to get back into my skinniest pair of skinny jeans - and also to get faster in running, and that I'm at a healthy weight for my height, and I'm fit and all that. I want these goals, but big picture the time frame doesn't matter.
Small picture, I got a team that will only have a chance at winning money in a drawing if I can dial in the best way for me to get down by 10lb total by the end of 10 weeks and we're halfway through as of tomorrow.
So lend me your support, your thoughts, etc.! I need it!
Added 11:50PM: P.S. -- Keep it coming! I appreciate so much people telling me these things that I know are true, but for some reason have a hard time applying to myself when I get angry at the scale. I also wasn't sure that the amount was consistent with that type of a fluctuation so hearing you all say - yes it's the ST, relax - helps a lot! :)
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