Monday, June 23, 2008
Well! The good news is that I had an amazing workout on Saturday, we didn't go to iHop, I also did not make pancakes, but we had a wonderful weekend.
The bad news is... I went CRAZZZYY on Sunday with some pizza. HOLY MOLY. We ordered from a place we've never really ordered from before and it was really good... and my DH ordered a special deal they had which was a large, a medium, and flatbread w/ cheese. I think I'm going to have to put my foot down in the future and say no more than 1 pizza unless they're both smalls or there are more people than us... because I want to have both kinds, and then I get carried away... and it's just not good. I felt so uncomfortable all day -- physically uncomfortable -- due to eating too much. I don't think it's horrible to eat pizza every now and then (and it's been quite a while since we've ordered pizza... I really can't remember the last time), but... I have a problem with eating to the point of discomfort and I'm going to have to find a way to NOT DO THAT anymore.
Wanna see how this made my deficit??? Well...
6/16: (1940+332) - 1691 = 581
6/17: (1940+871) - 1569 = 1242
6/18: (1940+451) - 1847 = 544
6/19: (1940+938) - 2104 = 774
6/20: (1940+0) - 1682 = 258
6/21: (1940+692) - 1790 = 842
6/22: (1940+0) - 2911 = -971 (OUCH)
Total Deficit = 3270, Average/Day = 467.14
I'm not sure if that estimate for Sunday is even close, but I tried. At least I resisted the flatbread. My total deficit PRIOR to Sunday was 4241. WOW. So with the OVERAGE of 971, I still only came down to 3270, which is 230 cal off of my goal. I am REALLLLY lucky I had such a huge buildup earlier in the week.
I weighed myself first thing this morning and it was 168.2. So... maybe it might go down in a couple of days after washing the pizza out of my system a bit? But it is definitely reassuring to know that those self-inflicted torturous weigh-ins I did yesterday (clothed and directly after consuming massive amounts of pizza), were not really right. *pwhew* I'm mostly happy I didn't bump myself right back out of my maintenance range!!! I would have been soooooo mad at myself!
But my inner thighs/hamstrings are both just ACHING still since my Saturday workout -- not sure if it was the strength training alone, or the fact that I did ST, then swimming but it was allllll stability drills (meaning kicking alone for most of it), and then biking, so my legs really got the best workout on Saturday.
I found out my pool is supposedly 25 yds long ... it REALLY seems like it must be shorter than that, but that's what the lifeguard told me, so I'm gonna go ahead and believe her. I'm glad I got this book from the library -- Fitness Swimming. It has all kinds of drills to help improve technique, and series of workouts in the back from beginner on up. It's really going to give me some good focus in my swimming sessions and a way to work on my technique without vaguely aiming to "do it better". Each drill lists a "Feedback Point" -- something you're supposed to be looking for to make sure you're doing it properly and getting the benefit you should be.
But I definitely think I needed a 2 day break this time to help recover before Runner's Yoga tomorrow, because that workout is sure to be intense and I don't want my legs to quit on me. :)
This morning I did get some good things accomplished -- went grocery shopping, took out the trash and mail, prepared some bananas into chunks to be frozen for quick smoothie making, started some pork chops marinating in the last of that MangoBBQ Sauce... good stuff.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
... on Saturdays. When I have to work on Saturday I have to be here at 6:30AM and I usually work 1-10PM, so that is a bit of a stretch for me.
I saw a bunch of runners on my way to work, though, and I realized it's much brighter when I go to work right now in the AM -- maybe on those Saturdays I could squeeze in a quick easy run before work??? It seems a little insane with my schedule, though... but I have to admit I was a little jealous that they were out running and I was going to work. (ISN'T THAT WEIRD??? Who would have thought I'd ever be JEALOUS of people running??) But it just looked so nice and cool and not sunny outside... *sigh*
Last night my DH picked up Subway, I got my old favorite the Veggie Delite. wOOt. And I had cottage cheese and a peach w/ a drizzle of honey for dessert. Can you believe that? I was all about those veggies and fruit yesterday.
6/20: (1940+0) - 1682 = 258
6/16-6/20 = 3399, Average/Day = 679.8
I will easily reach my 3500 calorie deficit goal this week. We MIGHT be going to iHop today -- I've been dreaming about those Harvest Grain n Nut Pancakes. :P We're probably going to go see the Incredible Hulk and possibly go to iHop -- although I've been planning also on making pancakes as part of a "Breakfast for Dinner" meal this week, so if we don't go... pancakes are still in my future. HAHAHA. :)
Today I will do Full Body ST, then swim, then bike. I'm so ready for it.
I went to the library yesterday and picked up a couple of cookbooks, a new bread baking book, "The Competitive Runner's Handbook" and a book called "Fitness Swimming". I've been doing a lot of reading online about swimming, but I saw this one and figured I'd pick it up and see what else I could learn. I want to learn as much as a person can without actually having any lessons. Not that I'm denying myself lessons as part of an experiment on learning or anything, just don't have a budget for swimming lessons really. And I'm doing OK on my own for now.
Friday, June 20, 2008
So I made the executive decision to take today OFF from the gym.
I wasn't feeling it, I know I'll get it in tomorrow, so I'm not worried.
I did eat a lot of calories yesterday, though! WOW! hahaha. I think my allowance to eat whatever yesterday really made me a little crazy -- but I only went over 1g in fat, it was the carbs that got me. Still got a great deficit though, so I'm not worried.
6/19: (1940+938) - 2104 = 774
6/16-6/19 = 3141, Average/Day = 785.25
I'm sure I will have a deficit today, even though I'm not working out. I'm feeling very full today (hmmm I wonder why... ;) haha) so I don't anticipate eating too high in calories today, especially with the relax in activity, plus I will be working out harcore tomorrow!!! Tomorrow's plan was to bike and do upper and core ST, but I decided instead to do a swim+bike brick and do Full Body ST. :D YAY! It sounds like a lot more, but really it won't be too much. When doing Full Body instead of focusing on one muscle group, I utilize more combination moves, so adding Lower Body to ST is no big deal, and I want to get that swimming in... just not this morning. :P
But I do NOT feel lazy, I feel like I'm taking an appropriate rest and I feel just GREAT. :) Well, about that stuff. Aside from workingout/eating I feel kinda irritable in general but I'm hoping a positive attitude and getting some work done today will help banish my irritation.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I am seriously loving how much my butt is getting kicked by Runner's Yoga. Today we ran for about an hour. I mapped the distance and it was 5.33miles. WOOHOO!! :D My longest distance to date. And a 10K is 6.2 miles? I think I could totally hack it. Especially since it'd most likely not be in as hot a part of the day as this class is, and hopefully not on the kind of hills I had to do today.
Apparently our teacher decided a little over halfway through our run today that him and Speedy needed to be their OWN special class, and kicked the rest of the fast group down to run with the slow group. We were kinda miffed, me and marathon lady, because we keep an actual good steady pace and the slow group is so not for us. :P BOO! But the way we ended up going was actually a tougher run than the way they went -- so although it irritated me that we were supposed to go that way because it was "shorter and easier" (so insulting) it actually I THINK was both longer AND harder (definitely harder, didn't map the other distance yet...). Their way was a long steady incline, our way was two massive steep hills with some relatively level to slight declines in between. YEAH. :P So then I was like -- well, at least we're more awesome and got a better workout. SO THERE. It WAS however, more in the shade than the way they went, so that was nice.
But by the time everyone regrouped we had 15 minutes left, so we just did stretching. Then I did core and Upper Body ST on my own. I almost talked myself into going straight home, and I'm REALLY glad I didn't. :D I RULE! hahaha I felt great actually getting in that strength training -- what do I want? MUSCLES!!! MUSCLE DEFINITION!!!! So do I go for an hour long run and then SKIP the strength training? NO! That is NOT going to give me the results I want.
I've burned over 900 calories today, though. 937.8 to be exact. (Well, I guess it's not exact since it's an estimate, but that's my estimate!) So far this week I've already burned an estimated 2592 calories through excercise -- and I still have excercise planned for tomorrow AND Saturday. I was curious how this would pan out with me not taking an off day in the middle of the week like I did last week.
Last night did the Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wrap Recipe from The Food You Crave -- not much to it, but the combination of flavors was amazing!!! I did it a little differently -- made two large wraps out of the veggie ingredients for 4 wraps in her version. And I added a bit of feta cheese. It was SO AMAZING. I actually went over on my fat grams yesterday by 7g, BUT, I was below the day before, AND it was ALL HEALTHY FATS - nuts, natural peanut butter, olive oil.... so I'm veryvery ok with it.
Tonight I plan to have... HOT DOGS AND FRIES. :) The Garlic Fries from The Food You Crave, and Hebrew Nationals 97% Fat Free -- awesome awesome choice for low cal hot dogs. :D 45 calories each, and they taste GOOD.
END FOOD TALK!
6/18: (1940+451) - 1847 = 554
6/16-6/18 = 2367, Average/Day = 789
Today so far:
6/19: (1940+938) - 1177 = 1701
HOLY MOLY. Obviously I still have to eat dinner and I don't know exactly how many calories that will be yet, but I'm still looking at a massive deficit -- according to my Sparks ranges I can eat 713 more calories to my max, and that'll still give me nearly a 1000 cal deficit for today. Depending on how I feel I may choose to go a bit over my Sparks Range considering I've already surpassed my estimated cal/week burn that my ranges are based on -- I entered in 2300 average calories burned per week.
Well anyway!!!! I've already mentally allowed myself permission to eat as much as I feel I need to today due to all the running and whatnot. We'll see how it goes.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Oh yes, I will be a swimmer.
Today's swimming went really well!! I think I made some improvements to my kicking and my breathing felt a lot easier and more automatic. And I was slightly faster than this lady who kickboards back and forth when I'm there. That's not to say I'm fast AT ALL. But if she's only using her legs and I've got legs and arms in the equation, shouldn't I be faster than a kickboarder? You'd think so... but I was only JUST faster than her I think. :P But I'm a newbie! SO THERE.
Then I went to go bike and realized when I was changing that I LEFT MY SHOES AT HOME... so I wore my flip flops up to the cardio floor... and biked barefoot!!! I was so nervous the whole time that an employee was going to come and tell me to get off the bike. They kept walking by, too, but no one said anything. I felt it best to keep it to 15 minutes though -- not just to not get caught, but I don't want to get some weird blisters that would interfere with running tomorrow. But since the time was short, I tried to keep the intensity nice and HIGH!
So, I realized after someone was asking me a question about it today that I needed to recalculate my BMR stuff since I lost weight. *DOH* Luckily I only lost about 10cal from my daily pre-excercise exertion count. YAY. Hahaha. :D So I will be providing updated Deficit Tracking today.
FOOD TALK AHEAD:
Last night's dinner was SO GOOD. I want to find Ellie Krieger and just hug her and tell her how much I love her cookbook and I'm so glad I tried it. Mom's Turkey Meatloaf and Smashed Sour Cream and Chive Potatoes! WOOHOO!!! Delicious! I have leftovers for lunch today and I am SO excited. It was very filling - my calories for yesterday ended up much lower than I expected, and I was below on fat. Want to make sure I'm getting enough healthy fats, though!!!
Also this morning I FINALLY made myself a smoothie for the first time in..... a year probably??? I froze some bananas earlier this week and I made this amazing recipe from The Food You Crave (OF COURSE). Very simple and delicious. This is how it went with MY ingredients...
1 exsmall banana (frozen)
.25 cup of vanilla Dannon Light N Fit
.5 cup nonfat milk
2Tbsp of Naturally More PB
THAT'S IT. Blend and let your mind be blown! hahahaha. I don't have ice, so I'm enjoying the fact that I can use frozen fruit instead. I have a bunch of frozen fruit in the freezer, too, so I need to GET ON THIS. Her recipe calls for a medium size banana and onlt 1.5Tbsp of PB, but I love PB and I had extra small bananas, so I guess mine got more PB flavor and less banana. But still super excellent.
I want to try some of the Eat Clean ones, but they all call for things like protein powder and whatnot that I haven't had a chance to purchase yet. (oh and of course, ice... We've turned off our ice maker to give more room in the freezer, and I think we have ice trays somewhere.........but not sure where) I like that Ellie Kriegers cookbook does not call for unusual ingredients that are harder to find at the grocery store, or even call for a health food store, etc. Everything she uses is so simple and wonderful. :)
END FOOD DISCUSSION!!!!
6/16: (1940+332) - 1691 = 581
6/17: (1940+871) - 1569 = 1242
6/16-6/17 = 1823, Average/Day = 911.5
WOW! Yesterday's Deficit was INSANE.
Tomorrow is Runner's Yoga *YAY* and Upper Body ST.
I would also like to add that this week has been the week of , "Oh Dana you're just trying to disappear on us!" and "You're just gonna blow away!!" and "Skinny Minny, chew a piece of gum!" (as I looked to see if some gum was sugar free or not...)
I'm strong and working to be more fit everyday!!! I appreciate the compliment behind the comment, but I'm not trying to disappear into nothing!! I'm too tough for that crap! :P ;) Ok I'm not that tough in general, but TOUGH when it comes to working out!!! YEAH!
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