Wednesday, May 11, 2011
So change of plans from yesterday -
Head straight home have a date w/ hubby
Saw Thor 3D
Not so great:
Candy for dinner
But I didn't double down on calories by eating healthy meal PLUS candy so I give myself credit for that, AND I still cooked chicken to prepare for the rest of this week for lunch.
I was super sore yesterday from Body Pump, probably could have used the light cardio to loosen me up, but a rest day was also welcome. I don't feel bad about candy dinner even - it was fun, worth it in taste, and not too bad in calories/volume I don't think. I definitely didn't overdo it/overeat. Just chose poor quality nutrition. There's this chocolate shop in the shopping center where the movie theater is located and it's sooo good. We rarely go to the movies OR to this shopping center, so it was a worthwile splurge in my opinion.
Today it's hooping at lunch and a run after work. Then I THINK Big Band will be back on!
Monday, May 09, 2011
I'm not gonna lie, I spent yesterday a BIT willy nilly. I know it's not a great attitude to have, but I am going to go grocery shopping tonight and I figured I could get back on track for REAL starting Monday. I didn't eat too poorly, I don't think - but I did make some questionable choices and didn't track anything. I also didn't feel overstuffed and made a good healthy dinner with lean pork chops and some steamed veggies. Let's just say Sunday was a MIXED BAG!
But I am feeling fresh and super motivated this morning!
I have a plan A and a contingency plan for afterwork today -
Plan A (my preferred and probably likely choice) - Go straight to the gym after work, hit BODYPUMP and then do a 25 min run around the campus - then hit the grocery store on the way home (eat a protein bar after body pump or the run)
Plan B - If any of the ladies who started running w/ me want to meet today, go run with them, do ST with my freestyle trainer straps, and then hit a DIFFERENT grocery store - still on the way home. :) Eat protein bar if needed, but likely will wait and refuel with dinner since it will be much closer to my workout and total workout won't be as intense. I DID REMEMBER BUG SPRAY! (And sunblock)
I re-set my nutrition goals yesterday for a 1lb per week loss. I don't need to be more agressive than that - especially since I'm really aiming to improve body composition as a primary goal. I really have two main goals - return to running and resume strength training. But the running will come - I really need to make the biggest effort with ST. I think hitting that class today will REALLY help!
But if I'm not able to do that, I have my backup plan which also involves ST. So I feel pretty good about my plans for the day.
There will also be hula hooping at lunch. :) YAY! I also should be getting in some hoop pre-orders today to make a new batch! I'm excited. It's a lot of work but it's fun and I love giving people their hoop and having them be so pleased and excited! :) I watched a bunch of hooping videos yesterday and felt very inspired about being able to continue progressing as long as I keep working at it.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
This Chalene 30 Day Challenge thing I'm kinda sorta doing... wants me to make 10 goals each week. I can do that.
I know my priorities -
Now some goals for the NEXT YEAR:
1. Finish the Las Vegas REALLY BIG FREE MARATHON
2. Feel confident in a fit and healthy body in a pair of jeans I can't fit right now - I believe this will involve losing some weight but because I'm not sure how much I'm not going to put a number on it.
3. Build my running base to 35 miles per week
4. Complete my current knitting project of placemats
5. Place trombone playing as a priority - practice at least 3 times per month - once per week but allowing for blowup weeks.
6. Make progress at work - either a promotion, or a positive review and merit increase again next year. (If we move and I leave the job before these opportunities arise, scratch this!)
7. Really establish the habit of scripture study and daily prayer. I'm not going to expect to be perfect here, but I want to grow so that it is second nature to do these things DAILY.
8. Attend church meetings every Sunday
9. Perform an act of charity or service once per month
10. Establish a regular strength training habit - 2-3x per week like clockwork bare minimum.
PUSH GOAL: What is the ultimate goal, that supports and grows all other goals? That pushes through all of the other goals?
I think it has to be number 2. Granted, other goals support this one, but if I am feeling confident and comfortable, then it will make me feel able to stretch in other areas of my life and focus on growing in those areas since I am not preoccupied with this nagging feeling I'm letting things go in this area. Being fit and strong will help me achieve my running goals - whether it's because I'm actually much lighter in weight or because I have stronger muscles and less fat, it will strengthen my running, which will allow me to finish the marathon. When I feel confident in my health, I have seen my work improve. I think the ST will definitely play a big role in this because it has been a missing ingredient here, as well a goal of improving nutrition that I will probably make next week in my 10 goals. (10 WEEKLY this month!)
I have achieved this goal before and it felt fantastic and I know what it's like to be there, I just need to regain that.
Specifically - I need to train to get lean and that means less cardio and more strength. I know that some interest is waning in Zumba at my work - while I'd love to try to reignite everyone's passion, I don't want to waste my time doing more cardio just because I wanna do everyone a big favor if they don't care about it. This might be something I need to eliminate to make room for progress and have a really great time to focus on strength training. I might remove all after-work workouts - or shift to joining the MW Insanity class.
People haven't been meeting me to run after work, so I don't need to continue a rigid MWF running schedule if it doesn't work for me either.
Lunch time hula hooping is still going strong, and it doesn't interfere with any other workouts since I CAN'T really get in anything else in that short amount of time - so those will stay.
But I can see the other work fitness programs drifting away. And I think I'm just changing my mind to be open to letting those go. I have a great gym membership that I'm not taking full advantage of because I'm spending so much time at work leading OTHER people's workouts. It has been a great experience but I'm not sure I need to continue it, especially Zumba if people don't start coming back.
Some things I've been percolating on to get out into words!
Friday, May 06, 2011
A few days working my way back into a routine and I'm already feeling much better.
I mostly tracked yesterday - I had an unexpected switcheroo at lunch that I was unsure of how to track, but it was pasta w/ meat sauce and not an unreasonable serving size and it was delicious, so I feel good about it. Dinner was ground chicken w/ veggies in a stir-fry, so light and healthy and fresh!
I've never purchased ground chicken before, but the grocery store was out of all "normal" kinds of meat. I got some really thick cut boneless pork chops and ground chicken. haha.
Exercise this week:
Tue: bit of hooping (not much)
Wed: Hooping at lunch (awesome), 30 min run (5 min walking warmup, 25 min running)
Thu: Bellydance class
Fri: Hooping at lunch, run after work (at least 20min I think)
Sat: Yoga w/ Holley
Sun: optional - maybe run.
See how there is no ST in that schedule? UGH. Sorry guys, I just haven't worked out that thing yet. I'm wondering if I should just start doing some on my own at HOME in the morning. Just a tiny bit, like Chris Downie (founder of SparkPeople's) 10min fitness streak spark. Like every morning I devote 10min to doing some kind of strength training at home.
I like the idea of doing the Freestyle straps at the park after my runs, but I was a dope and didn't bring my bugspray this week -- the bugs are out in force now and while I don't really get bitten while running, I will if I am standing in one place sweaty after a run doing strength movements. And I get eaten alive! I am just now recovering from some bites I got last week sometime and I don't care to repeat the process. So that was a bust this week and I should have hit the weights after bellydancing last night but I just wasn't feeling it. Yah - great discipline here! :P
I figure this week is working back into everything and next week I will get the routine solid.
Next week's plan:
Mon: Lunch Hoop, Run after work + Straps
Tue: Hoop+Zumba after work
Wed: Lunch Hoop, Run after work
Thu: Hoop+Zumba after work, straight to weights at the gym before Gospel Band
Fri: Lunch Hoop, Run after work
Sat: Yoga w/ Holley - aquajog before?
***IF I SKIP ANY ST, I will be doing an AM ST workout the next day!***
I'll be posting here for my accountability so keep an eye on me with this strength training, I need it.
Tracked all food and a tentative dinner plan for tonight and I've got 100cal of wiggle room to the top of my range which is perfect.
But in any case, I'm not sure if it's all in my head the whole time or if actual bloating or something was going on, but I feel like I look a lot better yesterday and even more today already. Not sure how much of this is good feelings impacting my mental image of myself and how much might have been recovering from bloating or something, but in any case I'm feeling fly today and that's always a good thing. :)
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