Thursday, March 10, 2011
I have started a NEW blog!
I love my sparkPeople blog, I will always keep blogging here - but this one will be different. I intend for it to be a bit more... professional? Whereas this is where my brain spills out. HAHAHA :) We'll see how the other one goes. That is my intention with it. I wanna be one of those cool blogger chicks. So please check out my new location.
As for the day to day ramble, I tweaked my right trap doing some crazy twisting yoga yesterday during lunch - DOH! - but not too bad, it feels almost 100% normal today, but at the moment it was hurting yesterday and got better throughout thed ay. Anyway - I did my aquajogging yesterday, a good ladder workout for 37 minutes, then band (which was great!), and then home to cook some awesome pork chops + veggies + make rice+ some sausages for today's lunch.
Well I forgot my lunch this morning, so I went to subway. HAHA. I got a footlong VEGGIE DELIGHT. No anything except veggies. I put a bit of hummus on it when I got it back to work (what was left in my little hummus container, which wasn't much) and it was DELICIOUS. I bought some apple slices and yogurt for 2nd break, so I don't pass out during zumba later. At least I have lunch all ready for tomorrow!
After dinner and while waiting for the last 5 minutes on my rice to cook, I did a mini intense core session. Back to back sets of crunches+plank+crunches+plank. Mini plank. From the knees. But also from the forearms, so a more difficult angle to hold.... but I didn't want to involve my achilles or my shoulder as much due to the earlier tweaking. My abs were on FIRE after that.
So I'm feeling really positive and on track right now, I did go a bit over on my calories total yesterday, but I felt very satisfied with all of my choices, including the chocolate I ate. It was very good chocolate!
Today and tomorrow are lighter days for me - in that I'm not doing 2 major things in a day. (Monday - aquajogging+knitting circle, Tuesday - Zumba + aquajogging, Wed - aquajogging + big band) - Thursday is just Zumba. And some lower body ST. Friday is just aquajogging, and some upper body ST (which I may try to knock out at work again, during the day this time).
Other cool news, I've been given the go-ahead from our Health & Wellness committee at work to add a beginner hula hooping class to our offerings. I'm heading out with a friend of mine this weekend to try to find some supplies for making our own hoops, and then I intend to make extras to have available at class. I'm basically copying my hula hoop teacher, only I'm not getting paid for it so I figure the plagiarism is probably less bad because I'm not profiting from it. Basically how I feel about my Zumba class - I'm calling it Zumba, but I'm not certified.... but I'm not getting paid. HAHHAHA. You know? I fully intend to obtain more training and become certified in Zumba if I'm ever going to actually teach a Zumba class and get paid for it, just like I want to have the proper training and certification before I have personal training clients.
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.
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