Wednesday, October 08, 2008
YEAH. That's right, I finally recorded myself with some talking and trombone playing. I'm all nasty cause I just finished working out before practicing, but at least you can kinda hear me and whatnot. Enjoy!
The picture is what I'm wearing today, although I purposefully pulled the bagginess of the shirt closer because I really just wanted to see where my body is now. I think I have one other side shot in my gallery unless I deleted it... and it's a big difference!
Those are swing kicks from Day 30 of MTC. Today was my first ever AT HOME Making the Cut workout. I just did NOT feel like going to the gym, so rather than not workout, I did it at home. I did the Standing Lat Pull Downs and Seated Cable Rows with Resistance Bands (so glad I finally got those), subbed Good Mornings for Back Extensions, but everything else was as written. The excercises were either body weight based or if they were with dumbbells they were ones I'd do with probably 5lb weights at the gym anyway, so I was good. OH except for the Concentration Curls. Those needed a heavier weight. I did the first rep of the circuit with the 5ers, but then I used my 10lb kettlebell for the second rep of the circuit. :) MUCH BETTER.
I also did about 30 KB swings, not much, but it was something!!!
Then I played trombone for a little while with the HRM still on. Then stopped and played a bit more with it on, then without. Made those videos...
MIXED BEAN MINESTRONE STEW! That's the name of the recipe I made last night. People, I chopped onions, celery, sliced carrots, cubed a potato and a squash -- I was a regular super cooking machine. The only "non scratch" type items I used was canned diced tomatoes, canned beans instead of dried beans, and veggie broth powder instead of homemade vegetable stock. As far as I'm concerned, that is a FROM SCRATCH SOUP! OK and I didn't make the pasta, that came from a box. :P But who makes fresh pasta? Almost no one, thanks. It was delicious but made a TONNNNNNNNNN. The cookbook says it makes 24 cups and six servings, so that means one serving is 4 cups! 2 cups is PLENTY, thank you very much. I added one whole serving to my tracker for lunch by mistake, but I also need to add the peas. (OH yes, frozen peas) to the recipe as well, but that won't add many calories. I will be eating this stuff forever. :)
Work has been crazy busy today. I came in, prepped for a meeting that started about 50 min after I got here, was ready to walk into the meeting 5 min before it started, the meeting lasted the FULL 2 hours scheduled for it, then I had an hour to get other things done and in order before lunch. Now I'm back from lunch and getting my SparkPeople stuff in order.... then more work stuff to do. :P hahaha :D It's good to be busy, though, it makes the day go by faster.
Umm, I guess this will work.. :) Adding more pictures to my gallery since I finally put them on my computer today, including ones from "the day I felt cute" as I'm calling it -- with the legwarmers. A little unusual, but I'm a fan. :P
I think that's it....
OH!!! I burned a total of 500 calories from my MTC/KBswinging/Tromboneplaying session, 54 minutes.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
So today's run went well. :) I kinda procrastinated it too long, just BARELY managed to shower and make it to work on time. (One more minute and I would have been considered "tardy" oooooh) Anyway...
My average Heart Rate was 158 which is ALMOST the lowest so far (157) not counting the day I did sprints that I walked in between to get down to 120-130's before sprinting again. That day's average was a bit deceiving. But yay for my average being low, and that is including a SPRINT to the finish!!! It started raining just after the 3 mile mark, so I pretty much sprinted the rest of the way back to my apartment, about 1/3 of a mile. My average time was 14min miles. So my Heart Rate would have been lower average had it not been for the fast run at the end, and I don't think the time would have been THAT drastically affected had I run more slowly for that last 1/3 a mile. :) So ... maybe I'm getting faster at a low heart rate? That'd be nice. But overall, just a very nice run. I did kind of get soaked at the end, but the rest of the run was beautiful. Nicely shady with the clouds and overcast, breezy and lovely. :)
Last night was sausages and sweet potato fries. :) Tonight I'm planning to make some veggie stew thing from Dr. Weil's cookbook from the library -- can't remember exactly what's in it, but I'm excited. (Hope it's actually really good...)
Work has been kind of weird this week. That's all I'm really gonna say about that. Some weird dramas going on...
I dunno what else. Need to practice my trombone during the week and not just play on Monday night. Gotta go by the library to pick up a book that's on hold. Gotta do some ST at some point this week as well. Kettlebells. Yes.
Monday, October 06, 2008
So, last week was a little up but it was TOM, this week is back to where I've been maintaining, minus a some ounces, so I'm pretty happy about that.
My run on Saturday went really well. I did NOT keep my heart rate as low as I've been trying to in regular runs -- I tried most of the time, but then I got very distracted by everything else on my run and excited and just let it go. :) I ran in a new area and also through all of the Alabama Game Day festivities. :D It was pretty fun to be running past all of the people tailgating and milling around before the game. The only bummer was when my MP3 player's battery died, but it was toward the end of my run and I actually started in a different place than I had mapped -- in the bottom of the elevation map actually -- so I ended on a downhill trend, which made the home stretch more enjoyable than it would have been going uphill without music. :) HAHA
After my run I was feeling pretty good until later that evening I just got exhausted and didn't want to do anything. I'm not sure if it was really the run, or if it was the fact that I didn't really get enough sleep the night before. I wanted to do the run so bad I just got up anyway and went for it, but I think it caught up with me later that evening. I drank water like a demon and ate ate ate so I don't think it was dehydration or refueling issues.
OH and I burned 1174 caloried and ran for about an hour and a half. :) WOOHOO.
On Saturday I cooked Curried Masoor Dahl and Naan for dinner. :D WOOHOO!! The recipes are both from SparkRecipes and delicious. I have leftover Dahl for lunch. (That's a lentil dish, BTW.) The Naan was AWESOME. My DH was in heaven. :D So I think next I gotta try making some of PSDAHRI's recipes wiht the naan and I'll be a regular Indian Dinner MASTER.
I did NOT finish my quilt. I finished the front part, organized the squares for the back... and then got pooped. (That was all on Saturday.)
On Sunday I was a total bum -- aside from doing our grocery shopping. I have to say I'm pretty excited about some of the recipes I'm trying this week. I picked up the Biggest Loser Cookbook from the library -- to be honest, it's not super exciting, but I'm gonna try a couple of things from it this week. I also picked up a book co-authered by that Dr. Andrew Weil guy... I don't know a ton about him, but I get an email every day with a healthy recipe so I decided to pick up the cookbook to check out.
Um... I think that's about it, except that I ate really kind of poorly in some aspects this weekend. Within calorie ranges, but I ate a relatively higher amount of sweets than I have in a while. My DH picked up some amazing mini-cupcakes from WalMart's bakery- - they were pumpkin spice with a cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD. 160 cal for two of them, too. So not too bad calorically speaking.
OH! And I DID NOT do the last day of MTC yet. I was just not feeling it on Sunday, and looking at my total burn from last week, I was over my goal by 441 calories anyway. So I decided to do it this week.
I have some goals for October. Nothing shattering:
1. Keep running 3x a week, working Heart Rate stuff.
2. Kettlebells 3x a week.
3. ST - back to muscle group rotation -- will be easier to fit with running than MTC with my Mon/Fri off day pattern. Might even do a body part of ST on those days since it won't take as long.
4. Eat within my range, maintain weight.
Friday, October 03, 2008
It's EXACTLY 6 miles. :) For some reason the one part says 5.9, but that's a lie because the other part says 6. But either way, close enough. :) And I actually mapped a 6.5 mile route along the same kind of path right before that so I know how I'm gonna continue extending my most favorite route here. :D
Friday, October 03, 2008
Been a good week.
Super stressful at work at the beginning of the week, but lots of good things ended up happening and productive overall, so yay.
DH is feeling better and I'm very happy for him on that. :) Still fighting the sicky stuff though -- said he was feverish while lecturing yesterday!!! But emotionally he's in a better place.
Today was an off day for workouts so not too much to write about....
- Last night was chicken breasts cooked with Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning (SO GOOD, people!!!!), brown rice on the side, and the microwaveable asparagus thingie. SO GOOD. :) I love asparagus and this was in the produce aisle, so fresh asparagus but had a like, lump, of a "Hollondaise" sauce that melts as you cook it in the microwave and it cooks the asparagus perfectly in the bag. If you see this in your market, it is a bit expensive, but give it a try!!! My DH was not feeling it, he though the sauce was too buttery (? he's feeling sick so food is not normal tasting right now ither...), so I ate his as well... only 24 calories per serving, 3 servings in the bag, I ended up eating about 2.5 servings. :)
Just wanted a new emoticon so that anyone wanting to skip the food can know all is well. :D HAHAHAHA.
I plan to go to the library today during lunch - YAY!
I finished "In Defense of Food" and I highly recommend it. It's a little... over the top I guess sometimes, or pompous, but definitely worth reading. Some good information and I like the food recommendations.
So this weekend I have planned:
LONG run tomorrow. Longer than before. Definitely partially on campus since it's a home game and it'll be fun to run around everyone tailgating. :)
Maybe farmer's market finally?
T-Shirt Quilt finishing.
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