Thursday, February 21, 2008
SOOoooooOOOO. :) I'm still a little sore today - WOOHOO!! I can't wait to go work that soreness out as soon as I get off of work. I'm feeling a little tired -- maybe slept a bit TOO much last night, but today was a great day. :)
Woke up when I woke up. No alarm, NOTHIN'.
Watched the Season Premiere of America's Next Top Model and some of the new episode of Biggest Loser that were saved for me on TiVo.
ALSO! Last night I went to Barnes & Noble and picked up a couple of books: Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels, and a cookbook.
I haven't looked at Making the Cut yet, but it was recommended by a good SparkFriend (KACHAFFE82) who seems to like a real KICKBUTT workout, and I've come to like Jillian over time... so yeah. :)
The cookbook was in the bargain books and it's meals based on the Glycemic Index. While I don't want to base my whole diet on counting Glycemic Index Numbers, the properties of the food this kind of diet recommends seem to align with a lot of the ways I want to eat. SO! I flipped through it and it had some good looking stuff and it was 10% off of $9.98 (CHEAP for a cookbook), so I picked it up. :) I looked at it a little bit last night. I think it might have been written by a Brit. It always had aubergines in parentheses for eggplants was one clue. But anyway, some of the recipes were kinda WEIRD, but a lot of them look REALLLLLLLY good. :) The fat is a bit high for some of the recipes, but I can always tweak the recipes a bit for my purposes. It looks really good.
So anyway - GYM tonight, gonna go for my 30min superintense cardio + focuses ST plan again tonight. Didn't get lower body ST in last night, so I might do a couple tonight for that -- but to be honest -- although I know it'd be ideal to be incorporating lower body ST, my lower body gets a really great workout from the cardio I do, so I will definitely put the priority in my ST on Upper Body and then Core. My upperbody needs the most work.
I'm not going to guilt myself into not doing ST just because I didn't do my lower body stuff last night like I thought I might. :P I'm getting in there and sticking to my guns!!! (And working on my guns. HAR HAR.)
Since the DH isn't coming along tonight, I know I'll have extra time so we'll just see. It also means I WANT to go home quicker. ;) hahaha.
But the plan is - Gym tonight. Work tomorrow. Tomorrow night - HAVE FUN (maybe start looking at Making the Cut?). Saturday - GYM. Also, look more seriously at the cookbook and plan some meals to try. Get some small groceries as needed. And look at Making the Cut (some more?). But mostly also - RELAX.
Sunday - Church + laundry. :P hahaha. :D And more relaxing.
I'm not going to run myself ragged like I did last weekend -- I learned my lesson. ;)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
YEAH!!!! I'm actually a little sore today -- this RULES!! I haven't felt that awesome sore muscle feeling in a while -- and the fact that it feels new to me again is kinda sad, but it really helps emphasize to me that I need to keep up my plan of ST.
My shoulders, armpits, and triceps are sore. Biceps not so much. So at least I know maybe where I can add some emphasis in ST if I can next time. And tomorrow is NORMAL DAY! YAY!!!!
I took my little "snack break" just a few minutes ago so that's going well so far. I did start getting hungry at right about that time, so I think I've got the timing figured out. I eat in the morning before I leave for work at roughly 8-8:30AM. Then I'm at work at 9AM. Food at 12PM, LUNCH at 3PM, food at 7PM, then dinner when I get to make it, usually between 10:30-11PM depending on how long it takes me to really get home and what we're going to eat. So that puts me eating something at least every 3-4 hours. I think this will really help me not to feel so drained, and be a better distribution for my calories. (I HOPE!) hahhaha.
Today I'm having a Dannon Light 'N' Fit and Baby Carrots w/ some Laughing Cow Light cheese at each little snack break.
ALSO... I'm wearing a dress today. ;) OOH LA LA! I took some pictures of it when I wore it on Sunday which I might get around to posting someday......
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!!!)
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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