Thursday, March 06, 2008
Soooo.... I started tracking my excercise at gripiron.com since it gives an estimated calorie burn for Strength Training excercises, and with me doing the big MAKING THE CUT program that's mainly what I'm focusing on, so I wanted an idea of how it might compare to my usual workouts.
Including the additional cardio I've done so far this week I'm at about 1350 burned so far. A little over half of that has been from my cardio.
But I THINK this might be inaccurate because it doesn't account for the fact that I'm doing these things consecutively and also it doesn't have some of the most heartpounding things -- like Squat Thrusts and Burpies and whatnot. But even so -- I'd only need to burn about 450 more calories to reach my weekly goal of 1800 calories as I have it set in my SparkPeople plan currently.
SO! Tomorrow morning is Day 12 of the program, which according to my entries the other day burns about 186 calories (I think this one is LOW). I know if I get some time on the Arc Trainer as well, I can come close.
This Saturday is a church trip to the temple in Birmingham and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED. I've been counting down the days ever since I found out. It'll be my first time doing something with the ladies from church outside of Sunday meetings, and even though it's not really a huge SOCIAL event, we have to carpool and are meeting to have breakfast beforehand and everything so I'm really looking forward to making some friendships and also getting that awesome SPIRITUAL RECHARGE! :)
I've never been to the temple in Birmingham, AL either. Only Atlanta and Orlando. So I'm excited about that aspect as well.
Well, that's about it for now. I am not doing too hot on sodium today. See... there's this thing I like called BEEF JERKY. Oh man. It's the sodium devil. But it's low in fat and calories and high in protein and I really need that sometimes. And the chewiness and protein factor help me feel like I'm really getting full. I need to find a good thing to replace beef jerky with.
P.S. -- Edited to add picture and link to the fitness gadget device of my dreams. *sigh* I commented back to Lindsay about it on her page and wanted to mention it here. Yes, it would be nice. I can't see myself getting a cheaper one knowing this one exists, so I keep waiting to be able to get this one. All I need is $220.00 extra somehow... ;)
P.P.S. -- ALSO! I am looking at a Timex Ironman Monitor that's $50 on amazon.com that looks pretty solid. A bit cheaper than the plainest of the Polar HRM's... so maybe I can sell the DH on $50. :) hahaha.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Well -- it's down 1lb from yesterday morning. Perhaps it could be even lower later... ? But my body fat % is down! :) WOOHOO!!! not by much, but .2% down from last week. SO YAY.
I also did some cardio last night after Making The Cut workout. I hope to continue this throughout the program now that I've overcome my initial ridiculous soreness. :) Today has a lot of interesting new things for me to try, but looks like I'll be able to complete everything. I'm intimidated about doing some of these things on the strength training floor, but I'm going for it anyway. The thing I'm most nervous about are the "Pike Crunches"
Description from "Making the Cut":
From a kneeling position, place your abdomen on a body ball and roll the body along the ball until your ankles rest on the top of the ball. Your shoulders should be aligned directly over your hands. Contracting your abdominal muscles, exhale and pull the ball forward using your legs. As your glutes rise, keep your upper body stable so that your shoulders stay algined with your hands. In the finished position, your toes should be resting on the ball. Return to the starting position. Repeat.
This just sounds like such a MANEUVER. Things like -- pull this weight this way -- are much easier for me to comprehend. It sounds really cool, though. Just not sure I can pull it off.
Monday, March 03, 2008
The stupid scale is killing me. :P
I know it's probably due to my not so awesome choices on some days recently and also the high sodium dinner on Saturday night...
Also I ate some of other people's desserts. Not a ton, but I know it put me over because my planning only left me about a 100 cal buffer.
BUT!!! I went grocery shopping yesterday. I made sure to get some "treat" type items. Here is my theory -- if I'm not making us eat 100% healthy 100% of the time, maybe the urge to eat out and splurge will decrease??? I'm hoping. Not that we were eating "100%" before, but we didn't really have safe splurges in the house either. There were no real snacks or anything.
I bought my DH a separate dinner last night of some "bad" foods as a splurge for him, and then talked to him some more about the plan. He agrees with my theory and he's also going to work on talking about all the junk food he wants to eat all the time. :P DRIVES ME NUTS!!!!
The other part of my plan is to do more cardio this week. Last week, starting Making the Cut, I was too sore to do ANYTHING the first few days. Then I didn't have a lot of time on the other days, except for Saturday I did do the 15 min of cardio after the program that she suggests.
Since I'll be working the morning to afternoon shift on MT now, I'll have more time when I go to the gym in the evening to add extra cardio after I finish Making the Cut. :P That's the plan anyway. And then I can go on Saturdays separate from my Making the Cut schedule. We'll see. I don't want to get burned out. But I'm going to do it if I can.
Today's workout plan has a WHOLE LOT of "perform repetitions to muscle failure." OH JOY! HAHAHAHAHA So all of my muscles should be totally failing today. WHOOPEE!
Saturday, March 01, 2008
So, I had a subway Veggie Delite sandwich for dinner last night. It's eating out, but as far as eating out goes that has to be pretty freaking good. :P So I'm counting myself as being good yesterday.
Today we're going to meet my in-laws for her birthday. We're going to Ted's Montana Grill. I forgot to mention that last Friday we went to Chili's and I partook of an Awesome Blossom -- never had one before so I had to try it. Definitely ate way too much food that night. My meal was not so bad -- a steak, veggies, some mashed potatoes (avoided the gravy). But it was too large in portion and I ate all of it. Then there was the pizza this week. Then Subway last night (although I think that was ok). It's just frustrating because I've been feeling like my DH is causing a spiral out of control, I have to say NO alllll the time, so sometimes I say yes and it doesn't turn out so hot.
I recognized this after Wednesday. Last night I was saying no until he suggested Subway because I KNEW I could be good there and track it accordingly. Ted's Montana Grill has very detailed nutrition information, so I've already pre-selected my meal -- which will be GREAT -- and planned the rest of my day around it.
So far so good! Just had my first food item of the day -- a yogurt.
My sodium is going to be high today, just because that's the one thing it's VERY difficult to lower when eating out. There are just so few options that are low sodium for dining out and I usually do NOT want the one or two items that fit the bill. But I did try and I think it could be a lot worse -- today's going to be about 3200 mg. (I think...) I finally added the sodium tracker to my nutrition tracker. The trick is going to be to make sure all of my favorites have sodium added in them. I know a lot of times previously when entering items I just did cal/fat/carb/protein. Maybe fiber. But I often omitted sodium. So I'll have to go through and make sure those numbers are accurate so I'm not getting any "freebies". I haven't tracked sodium until now, just always kindof looked at things and said -- oh no way I'm eating that, it's way too high in sodium, and ok that's fine it's low enough. But never looked at my totals until now. :) Today's the WRONG DAY to START looking at totals. HAHAHAA
But at least it should get better after today!
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