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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm back from the gym!!! WOOHOO!!!!

It felt great to be able to go and do that in the middle of my day.

Here's how it went -

ArcTrainer - 30min - 608 calories
Crunches - 2 sets of 15
Crunches w/ a Twist - 2 sets of 15
Reverse Crunches - 2 sets of 15
Modified Pushups - 5 (I wanted to do more but my arms were like YEAH RIGHT)
Wall Pushups - 2 sets of 15
Seated Tricep Dips - 2 sets of 15

I found the Seated Tricep Dips on a website, and it actually seemed to work my arms pretty good so I'm going to keep using it until they get strong enough to do REAL tricep dips!!! It basically involves sitting with your feet flat on the floor and putting your hands palms down behind you kinda with your fingers facing the same directiion as your toes. You have to focus on keeping your elbows facing behind you as much as possible to really get the work on the triceps. then just lean back and put your weight on your arms and push back up. It's a lot less weight than doing one from a bench or something like regular tricep dips, but my arms are SO FREAKING WEAK. YEAH. I need this ST.

FO SHO.

Well -- tomorrow will be lower body unless I get adventurous and do it tonight. I'm just glad that I have energy!! I can go HOME at 10PM!!! I come in early tomorrow, but then it's regular days on Thursday and Friday and I don't have to work Saturday! WOOHOO!!

  
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LOBO1978_2000 2/20/2008 9:33AM

    Keep it up.

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TOBICAE 2/20/2008 6:00AM

    Woohoo! We went today, too (Brittany and I). Ended up swimming to take up time while waiting for the cardio room to clear out, then she grabbed a treadmill and I took my mp3 player for a walk outside. Too hot in the rooms for me, but it was like 75 with a breeze, so yeah. 45 minutes walking and about 2 hours treading water. I hurt, but it's a good soreness mostly. Mostly :)

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CATIATM 2/19/2008 6:20PM

    You had me at 30 minutes on the arc trainer. I bow to you!
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KACHAFFE82 2/19/2008 6:07PM

    Check out Miss Crunches!!! GO YOU!!

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Feeling better!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm feeling much better today -- far more well-rested. I'm also going to be changing a couple of things up.

I think I'm going to try to eat more frequently each day -- I've been doing such LONG days but still only eating 3 times a day, except for a few days last week when I was in training the training fell at my normal lunch hour, so I ate something before and after the 3hr course. I think that will be a better strategy for me with my long days to eat more frequently. Yesterday I ate when I got up and then I didn't take lunch until 3PM which was about a 7hr break. Then another 7 hours afterward before I was eating dinner probably. Or at least 6hrs anyway.

ALSO. I lost a tiny bit of weight this week, but my body fat percentage read as high as it did when I first got the body fat scale. :( UGH! I do not like the flab!!!! I gotta give strength training the importance it deserves. So I have a new plan.

Cardio 30min, ST as long as I can. Upper Body and Core on Cardio Days, Lower Body on Non-Cardio days, rest from both on Sunday. I figure this will give me more time to alot to ST since I don't really think I can give any more time from my day necessarily. I can do squats and lunges and whatnot while cooking or something. I figure I can still aim for 600cal burned each time I go to the gym, and if it takes a bit longer than 30min then I'll just go to 600 calories burned, so I still get my minimum of 1800 calories burned per week, which is what I have entered into Sparks for my excercise plan. I can do around 600cal on the ArcTrainer in 30minutes, so that's probably what I'll do most of the time -- at least when I know I won't have extra time. I'll probably take my time and switch it up with different things on Saturdays or something.

AND TODAY I'm taking a long lunch and going to the gym on my lunch break! WOOHOO!! I'm estimating 1.5hrs for travelling, working out, and showering MINIMUM time. So I think I'll still have time to eat a little something. I brought some dried fruit I can eat on my way there to give me a boost of energy. If I need to take a 15 minute break later to eat a bit more, so be it. (Or if I need to take longer when I get back... I got here at 8:30AM, so that's a total of 12.5hrs with a 1hr lunch, so even if I take a 2.5hr lunch, that's still 2 hrs of overtime. WOOHOO!!!)

  
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MHENNE02 2/19/2008 10:52PM

    I eat 6 to 8 small meals a day. I couldn't fathom going back to 3 a day. It makes a huge difference in your metabolism. And by eating small meals frequently, you are much less likely to binge. So I think you've got your meal strategy right.

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CATIATM 2/19/2008 4:15PM

    I've told you before, but I'll tell you again: I love, love, love that you take a problem solving approach to your weight loss. I think it's a big part of your success. Keep up the terrific work, sweetie -- that fat doesn't stand a chance!
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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 2/19/2008 1:05PM

    Eating several small meals helped me a lot. I don't have near the amount of cravings that I did before I started. Good work on the long lunch gym time! Awesome!

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KIMBERLYQ 2/19/2008 12:53PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Thinking out the plan and putting it on paper helps a whole lot for me! I know that I tend to loose more when I am able to fit in the 'eat 6 small meals a day' but I get so busy at work and lose track of time, then I eat more that I want to at dinner. You are on the right track!! Woo HOO!

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Exhausted.

Monday, February 18, 2008

UGH. I just can't find any time to relax. Well -- I had time to relax this weekend, but I blew it on Saturday and went shopping instead. It was nice to be able to do that but I came home, played Rock Band, went to a party, got home at 3AM, went to bed, got up early went to church, came home cleaned house because we had the missionaries coming over for dinner which, oh yeah, then I had to cook.

I took a nap for like... 1.5hrs. Then cooked. Then after dinner, we watched a movie - Dreamgirls! And I didn't want to go to bed because I wanted to chill and hang out with my DH, but now I'm pooped and I have to be in to work tomorrow at 8:30AM. I was planning on going to the gym tonight but I think I'm going to have to call that off. I don't think I can handle it. At least I won't be working this weekend finally.

  
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METHUSELAHRUNS 2/18/2008 7:07PM

  Wow, you sound wiped out. How are you going to take care of yourself tonight without feeling guilty?

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DIZZYKITTY 2/18/2008 2:44PM

    Ouch, sounds nasty, and I thought I had it bad!! At least you seem to be through the worst of it - good luck getting your head back together, hehe x

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SLCOLMAN 2/18/2008 1:17PM

    I hope that you find some time for some much needed rest :)

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KIMCATUS 2/18/2008 12:44PM

    Girl you need to take care of yourself and get some rest and "me" time! But I understand where you're coming from...just try to carve out some time so that you don't get totally burned out and make yourself sick!

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Chocolate = Dinner?

Friday, February 15, 2008

So... I definitely did not have any actual FOOD last night. Just chocolate. My dear sweet husband got me a little mini heartshaped cake from a local bakery. It was about .... maybe 4 inches long from hump of heart to pointy heart butt. And it said _____ (hearts) Dana on it. ;) AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! And 6 chocolate covered strawberries... and some rich dark chocolate truffles made by the Target Chocolate brand CHOXIE! :) (I love their style...)

So I definitely ate 3-4 of the strawberries (I gave at least 2 to DH, maybe 3)... and most of the little cake (gave DH a couple of bites).... and 3 of the truffles. 3 of those things are 230cal, 14g of fat, of course a bunch of sugar!!! WOW!

I had ONE this morning. And everything else is healthy food today! But at least a dinner of chocolate doesn't seem to make you bloat cause this morning was 187.2 again, and at work fully clothed I weighed in for Scale Back Alabama (minus shoes only) at 188.2! WOOHOO!!! I initially weighed in at 198.6 on 1/11, so I've lost 10.4 lbs in about a month!!!! THAT'S ACTUALYL really GREAT progress for me at this stage in the game.

It's SO EASY (as I was saying to somone else recently...) to get stuck on your small recent failures and lose sight of the big picture and the overarcing curve of success. YES, I could be doing better right now -- but I'm still trying MOST of the time to be good, and I'm not COMPLETELY not working out even though I missed one workout this week...

I wonder if I'm not getting complacent with where I am right now and losing the driven-ness I used to have now that I've surpassed my 100lb goal. I know I want more, but maybe I secretly want to just CHILL for a while?

I think it's a little bit of that and also the factor of the extra work hours I've been having recently. Yesterday and today are regular 8hr days, but I also have to come in tomorrow for 6.5hrs. So if we count MON-SAT, I'll have worked a total of 58.5hrs this week at LEAST. Probably a little more since I really was here at about quarter till 9 on Mon-Wed, and my lunches haven't been full hours every time... and I get stuck a bit late sometimes at night, only a few minutes here and there, but it can add up.

I printed out some information from ISSA (was reading on Gina Wood's blog lately about how she got a job at Curves as a Fitness Instructor and was feeling slightly jealous, she got certified through them) about Certified Fitness Trainer Courses and Nutrition Performance (Performance Nutrition? I don't remember, but you get the drift...) Certifications. It's expensive -- like between $500-$600 for most of the courses like that I looked up, through various different companies last night. But if you think about the costs of like... college tuition and whatnot, it's not really that bad. There's just part of me that's really curious about what it would be like to make health/fitness my living. I'm not sure I would have what it takes, but it kind of sounds awesome.

Then there's the part of me that is like -- Dana! You can't do EVERYTHING GOOD. Yes, it would be cool to do that, but what about your other dreams? What about going back to your trombone playing? What about getting that degree in Music Education? Just the other day you were talking with that co-worker who's a teacher and kind of fantasizing about how wonderful it would be to have your own High School Band program.

And then when will you have time for any of this while being a stay at home mom, which is REALLY REALLY what you want to do???

But I do want to complete some type of degree before going into full time mom mode. I feel like that's something I need to have to prepare me for the what-ifs in this world. Maybe go back to school full time doing the Music Ed degree and complete the CFT course in At Home Study?? BOTH?!??!? Or maybe not.

EH.

I have time. I can't really move on to anything like this until my DH is finished with his schooling. Right now I'm in a supporting role for him completing his education.

LONG POST. Anyone read it all??? ;)

  
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DEB0413 2/17/2008 1:21PM

    A chocolate dinner - divine!!

And I read the whole thing!

Be good - and yes, you can relax a bit!

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SLCOLMAN 2/16/2008 4:29PM

    Mmmmm a sweet chocolate dinner of love :) Glad that you enjoyed it!! Good luck with figuring everything out.

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KIMCATUS 2/16/2008 2:56PM

    Wait...what did you write?? I didn't get past the chocolate...LOL J/K my love!

The chocolate dinner sounds divine!! What a great guy...and chocolate covered strawberries...is there any better food on this earth??

I think it sounds like you're tired, as you have every right to be. Just sit back a little and maybe define your priorities, although if you're like me, it's ALL important dammit! lol But some stuff will be less important... ;)

Sometimes ya gotta just take a step back and re-evaluate everything...and you may not change anything...but you have to have fluid goals because life is always changing!!

Hang in there and keep us updated! Like that's a problem huh?? :P


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CURVES_N_CURLS 2/15/2008 5:30PM

    Nah - I didn't bother reading it all... I just read the first and last paragraphs. ;-) (Kidding, KIDDING!!!) :) ----- What a wonderful dinner of chocolate. You are a woman after my own heart! ----- I think it's wise of you to think through what you're thinking through. We can't do EVERYTHING, so it's good of you to do the thing you will love best, even if the oher things you let slide are 'good' - you want GREAT! :) -Lisa

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TURTLE_MOM 2/15/2008 4:09PM

    You are a band geek? Yay! ;) I was in the colorguard and did marching band in HS and College. You'd make a great band teacher! Those chocolates sound soooo yummy! And I think it's ok to chill for a while. You have done an amazing job. (I wish comments would do paragraphs for different thoughts!)

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CATIATM 2/15/2008 2:56PM

    I think you were focused on your goals for a long time. Now you've reached the century mark, and you're re-evaluating things -- your weight program, you career direction, your long term goals, and all that. It's normal, it's good, and you should slow down for a minute or two and make sure you want to stay on this road.

You're doing it all right - -including enjoying fun foods once in a while!



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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 2/15/2008 2:05PM

    Excellent advice my friend! It's way too easy to focus on the things we're doing wrong rather than the things we're doing right. In most cases, the right things far outweigh the wrong things! Thanks for the reminder-I need those often!

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UGH. and AHH! :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Well --

UGH is for the fact that yesterday I was just plain too exhausted to go to the gym. And for the fact that I planned instead to go today and didn't.

AHH is for the fact that I actually SLEPT WELL last night and although I had to get up early still today to go get my car from my sister registered and whatnot -- I had a RELAXING MORNING and didn't come into work until my REGULARLY SCHEDULED TIME. I really feel refreshed -- which is good. Because I have to work this Saturday as well. I do not want to just get completely burned out and throw in the towel on everything.

I'm still eating well -- and I actually got to walk a bit this morning.

The stupid Courthouse Annex is on a different block than the Courthouse and is a completely... NON Courthouse-y looking building with NO identifying signs or marks other than a tiny sign in the window that lists a building permit information and the name handwritten on it? YEAH. So I drove around forever in the same couple of blocks looking for it -- then parked a couple of blocks over from the courthouse and figured if I walk the distance in between (where it's SUPPOSED to be) I'll find it. I didn't. I got to the courthouse and there was a sign in the window explaining where it was -- then I was like THAT building?!?!? It's like... a low wide building with windows lining the entire thing -- tinted windows with blinds so you can't make out anything inside. ? Anyway.

So then I go in and they tell me they have to "inspect" the car, so I have to walk back over to where I parked it and drive it over. HAHAHA. It was so cold outside, too! (I say "inspect" because the dude wrote down the VIN, Tag # and mileage (which I read to him). I don't think I'd call that an inspection, but whatever...)

Then I was looking at the time and realizing if I went to the gym, I'd be running home to get clothes for work and making a lunch and going straight to work and I am just sick and tired of running running running all the time so I was like -- well -- at least I walked a bit. I'm going home!

And that's my story!!!

Also I weighed this morning at roughly 187.6 after a pretty high sodium dinner last night, so I'm pretty relieved and the ticker is staying. We'll count next Tuesday's OFFICIAL weigh-in no matter WHAT it says and no more playing around. :P

I got my DH chipotle caramels and some special aged cheddar chips from the health food store. The calories are comparable to regular potato chips -- but the fat is almost all monounsaturated!!! If there's any saturated fat (I can't rememer), it's barely anything. So it's a special treat but it's not AWFUL for him. ;)

I couldn't wait so I presented him with that stuff this morning, but I apparently have a gift waiting for me for tonight so yay!

4 more hours of work. :P *sigh* But the afternoon went very quickly and so I think the evening will as well.

  
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KIMCATUS 2/14/2008 7:54PM

    Happy Valentine's Day sweet lady!! Sounds like you had a great day and a relaxing day...you needed it for sure!! I know you work hard and that's all well and good and the money is awesome, but don't forget to take care of yourself!!! Hubby's treats sounds yummy...be sure to let us know what your surprise is...that is if you can! Hehehehe!! ;)

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