Friday, June 27, 2008
So apparently I am nearly incapable of setting my alarm at the right time on Thursday night before bed. I have to be at work 2 hours earlier than usual on Fridays and for some reason that befuddles my mind when it comes to -- how early do I need to wake up to get enough time in at the gym.
Not to mention that when I woke up I realized I still hadn't gotten the pictures together I needed for my haircut today... so the gym is postponed until tomorrow. I planned to go today and then do ST at home tomorrow, but I can go tomorrow -- no biggie. Then I can get some biking in, too, and make it like last Saturday -- and give my hamstrings some further rest. They are soooooooooooo sore and tight!!! I am stretching them every chance I get. :D hahaha.
Well, I also realized that I forgot to adjust a serving on my nutrition tracker up from 1 serving based on how many grams I had, so I had a correction to do from Wednesday's tracker -- not a biggie, but had to update for my deficit tracking.
Updated Deficit Tracking:
6/23: (1940+0) - 1821 = 119
6/24: (1940+885) - 1714 = 1081
6/25: (1940+363) - 1697 = 606
6/26: (1940+779) - 1812 = 907
6/23-6/26 = 2713, Average/Day = 678.25
So far so good. Today will be a lower deficit day since I'm not going to get the calories burned through exercise today. Same for Sunday. But tomorrow will be a good burn day. I need like 263 average deficit per day for Today-Sunday to reach my 3500 calorie deficit goal -- not too demanding so I think I can do it. There are plans to eat out tomorrow night, though, and I have NO CLUE where we will be going, what the options will be... so I just hope to make the best of that situation.
The weight is holding at 168 these days, sometimes 167.4 or so. Feeling good about that, though. I don't mind if it wants to hold still a couple weeks and drop again like last time. :D hehehe. I'm so close it's just exhilarating to be here. :D
Getting the hair cut TODAY! And hopefully some new clothes of some kind this weekend! :D Depends on what I can find at target since that's where I have a gift card to...
Thursday, June 26, 2008
So..... my hip was feeling ok today -- not quite 100% but CLOSE so I went for it in class and it went pretty well. We ran about 4.84 miles according to mapmyrun.com, so WOOHOO. I'm excited for next week because we're gonna do interval training for about 30 min and do more yoga in class. :D YAY.
So that will be exciting to do something new. My hamstrings are SO SORE right now!!! I am wondering if it's from the ST I did yesterday or from class today -- either way... sore. They were feeling really tight when I woke up so I'm thinking it was yesterday that did it.
Last night was NOT Morroccan Chicken w/ Lentils -- we had to throw out our saucepans because the nonstick coating was peeling, so I had nothing to cook lentils in.... or the wild rice the night before... (we ended up having cous cous instead cause it could cook from microwave boiled water.. :P). GOTTA get some new pans. (Although thanks Marlie for the new virtual set! HEHE!)
Tomorrow I will definitely swim. And I'm getting my haircut again finally! YAY!!!!!! :D I'm so excited. The place I'm going is supposed to be really good.
The best thing about today, though, is that I stopped by our local running store which is CLOSING after Sunday (:( SAD), but the good news is that everything is 50-60% off at the moment! I was worried I waited too long and they wouldn't have anything in my size... but turns out my feet are big enough that was NOT a problem. He still had a lot of shoes in my size range (10 reg shoes, 11 in the running shoes.) He looked at my gait again and I guess the motion has come down a LOT since I've lost weight. He had a lot of options for me to try and I selected some Asics Gel-Kayanos that were regularly $135.00, but I got them for $73.58 INCLUDING TAX! YAYYYYYYY! :D Of course I had to favor the most expensive shoes... but when else would I be able to afford a pair of $135.00 running shoes??? So I called my DH and he agreed we could purchase them so now I will probably start working them into rotation with my current shoes.
6/25: (1940+363) - 1662 = 641
It would have been larger but I looked and realized I was still under on carbs, so I ate something else to get within carb range and felt better as well. It's difficult to keep that balance, but I think I've been doing good lately at getting a lot more protein. (Except for today... need at LEAST 15g tonight...).
6/23-6/25 = 1841, Average/Day = 613.667
Looking good so far, and today is bound to be a higher deficit day. I did not do additional ST to the core in my Runner's Yoga class due to going to the running store, but I still managed to get a calorie burn of 779. If I eat to my SP max I'll still have a deficit over 800 cal. Not sure what we'll have for dinner tonight... I think either some Thai noodle thing w/ shrimp or Breakfast for Dinner or Pasta w/ Classico sauce are the kind of options we have right now... or sandwiches. So we'll see.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So, my hip was still bugging me this morning, so I said NO to biking, but yes to Lower Body ST and swimming??? eh. I kept it simple on the lower body. Tried to avoid squatting and lunging, did instead some mini-monster walking (which seemed to directly target that hip muscle actually... but that was the first thing I did and left it after that). My legs were like jello when I got out of the pool -- I'm still doing mainly drills involving kicking with no stroking and my legs were starting to lose all control right at the end. I actually walked a little crooked leaving the pool.... HAHAHAHA.
As for deficit tracking!
6/24: (1940+855) - 1714 = 1081
6/23-6/24 = 1200, Average/Day = 600 (I PROMISE, I did not plan that... hahaha)
I'm doing well so far today.
6/25: (1940+363) - 1072 = 1231
Dinner is planned to be Morrocan Chicken w/ Lentils. We'll see. I can't remember if I actually have all the ingredients, but this will be an Eat Clean Diet Cookbook recipe if I do make it, I think. Will have a deficit of at least 500 today.
Tomorrow is Runner's Yoga again! I might go with the slow group tomorrow depending on how my hip feels. I've been reading this "Competitive Runners Handbook" thing and it talks about most training being done at slower than race pace, running at a comfortable converstional pace most of the time... and I have definitely been putting myself OUT of my comfort zone for every single class trying to improve. I wonder if I might have been pushing too hard? I dunno. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. :D
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Yeah, I had nothing for the title so you get that vague crap. HAHAHA :D
Yes, every day is a new day.
Well, today was Runner's Yoga (woohoo) however it was a very tough run. I think it was definitely the hottest it's ever been and my left hip got SUPER TIGHT about 60% of the way through the run... I had to take a shortcut at the end to get back to the gym, but the total distance was still ALMOST 5 miles. So I'm glad for that. But I felt like I was jogging on a peg-leg for the last of it. BOO!
Our teacher has suggested we change our start time to an hour earlier and do 3x a week instead of two -- I am wholeheartedly in support of both suggestions!!! I've been wanting to run 3x a week but find it difficult to go on the weekends, but going on MWF before work would be much easier, so yay to that. :) The only question is are we gonna do it on the 4th of July? He said we'd start next week... but I didn't think of that until I was at work -- so I'll ask on Thursday.
As for now... I'm just feeling tired.
6/23: (1940+0) - 1821 = 119
At least I got something even with no excercise.
Today so far...
6/24: (1940+855) - 1231 = 1564
So, dinner is going to be a grilled sirloin salad, which I do not think will set me back tooo many calories. I'll probably be eating something else tonight as well, but I'm sure I'll still have a ROCKIN deficit for today. :)
Did some great core pilates stuff in class, and then hit the upper body with 4 high intensity moves after class. I feel good about my accomplishments today. :)
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.
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