Thursday, December 04, 2008
So... here's why today is awesome:
a) Got up for spin class. IT ROCKED. The teacher did so many various interesting things it was great!!! Not just stand up sit down sprint... she actually planned for sprints to go WITH the music (so even though I didn't love all of the song selections I could still get into it), we did arm stuff at one point, we did a series of "jumps" - 4 counts sitting, 4 counts standing, sprints, hill climbs, rolling hill thing (seated with a lower resistance, crank it and stand and sprint up the hill, repeat), um... ONE LEG at a TIME portion! All kinds of stuff. OH and a 665 calorie burn! Average Heart Rate 160! and Maxed out at 185! ROCK ON!
b) Had time to relax after the workout -- forgot what working out earlier and coming back home before work was like. :) Pretty nice!
c) Cake was in the building again -- and I RESISTED. NO MORE WEDDING CAKE FOR ME. The co-worker's roommate or someone got married and they had the entire bottom tier of the wedding cake left over so he keeps bringing it in to help get rid of it, but I will "help" no longer. :P
d) Planned a snack for before lunch and after lunch, and am sticking to the plan.
e) Got lots of work stuff done.
And for tonight -- I'm not cooking a dinner, we're just having sandwiches... cause I'm mixing up a ton of cookie dough for tomorrow night's cookie party. :D WOOHOO! I'm still pretty excited for that as well.
The same teacher is teaching next week on Tuesday and Thursday for the LAST TIME maybe EVER. She said she's moving -- I wonder if she's graduated or just leaving school for some other reason, who knows, but I'm very tempted to make those last two classes next week. ALSO I wore the padded butt shorts and had a padded seat, and while it wasn't 100% comfortable at the time, the class lasted a good 55 minutes or so and I'm experiencing NO after pain. :D YAY.
Just under 3 weeks till next vacation time. *CAN'T WAIT!*
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Back down to 75%.
The CAKE MONSTER got me at work. *doh* Go check out my tracker.
Silly co-worker bringing in the most delicious wedding cake EVAR to work. I estimated the size kinda high (I hope) to ensure I am really being honest, and I've entered a proposed dinner solution that will keep me below calories.
AND I stocked up on diet hot chocolate and minimarshmallows.
So if I feel the need I still have room for a 65 calorie treat after dinner.
(25 cal for the hot chocolate, 40 calories for 1/4 cup mini marshmallows (I weigh them on my food scale haha))
Maybe I can still count as being more like... 95% because I'm purposefully tracking to stay within calories??? Minus 5% for a big chunk being the unhealthy KIND of calories????
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
So, your favorite Sparker is back in business. (MWAHAHA I'm so conceited. HAHA) Anyway.
Today I have had NO cakes or candies (other than sugar free gum, come on, I'm no saint!) and only mostly healthy foods. Also I got in a 300cal burn kettlebell workout -- thereby simultaneously getting the satisfaction of - 1st post holiday workouts AND full body ST AND not neglecting Babybell (that's my kb's name).
I got inspired because yesterday I got a KB workout emailed to me for being a member of the facebook group "I *heart* My Kettlebell" :D So I printed those out and did some moves from em this morning.
I didn't 100% follow the exact workouts in there, just did whatever moves looked insteresting, but it was fun to have some more ideas for what to do, along with detailed step by step pictures and comments.
I also mixed up my snack mix this morning. :D So all is well in the world right now.
Except I'm hungry and have 1 hour to lunch. GRRRR time move faster!!! ;)
So only 3 more 300cal workouts to go this week, orrrrr a 400 and 500 or whatever, I gotta get to 1200 minimum, but I'm aiming for extra this week due to all the holiday merriment.
I'm thinking -- SPIN CLASS SATURDAY MORNING is a good idea. :D I need to check the schedule to make sure class is still going on that day. Woot.
DRAT IT ALL!!! NO classes this Saturday. There's one tomorrow at 9AM... considering how early I've been waking up this week that might not be too bad... we'll see. Or I might try my first run since the hiatus this Saturday (or both).
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
... on track, but getting there.
I had a TON of grocery shopping to do this morning -- it wasn't actually all that bad, but a couple stores to go to and we needed food BADLY. Without this trip we would have had... well. Pasta. Um... rice... other grains (quinoa, etc)... frozen corn and peas.... yeah. That's roughly it. Peanut butter! But nothing to put it on. Soymilk! But I don't just DRINK soymilk either... hahah. Oh -- we had oatmeal. That's true. But yeah -- things were getting dire.
Now I have FRUIT and VEGGIES and CHICKEN and other lunch stuffs, so I'm in business. :)
I made this delicious recipe last night -- from (you guessed it) The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. :) Jambalaya with Shrimp and Ham. My first ever Jambalaya and it was SO GOOD and SO EASY. :D I highly recommend it!!! I only had to chop up one onion, one red pepper, one green pepper... everything else was a piece of cake. Cook those in 1tbsp Olive Oil with some GARLIC! When getting soft, add some canned diced tomatoes(14.5oz no salt added), chicken broth(2.5 cups), tomato paste(1 tbsp), seasonings(1tsp paprika, .5 tsp thyme and oregano, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 bay leaf) and 6oz cubed "smoked" ham (Not sure if mine was smoked, I just bought some ham cubes and went for it)... then add rice and simmer for like 20 minutes. Then you stir in the shrimp (1lb raw deveined and shelled) and cook for like 5 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through. It's thick and delicious and each serving is like 2 slightly heaped cups for 440 calories. :D ROCK ON!
That's what I get to look forward to for lunch! MMM!
I also bought a lot of ingredients today for a cookie baking marathon party I'll be rocking this Friday. I wanted to do it, and we're having it at a friend's house and helping her decorate for Christmas for the first time. :D So I'm pretty psyched. I'll be mixing up batches of dough on Thursday night, so most of it will be ready to simply be made cute and baked, or baked and made cute... And then there are some other recipes (at least one) that I want to mix at the time. The best part is that another friend is having a Christmas party the next day, so the vast majority of the cookies will be actually going to that purpose.
I was planning on not taking ANY home, but I just found out that I'm supposed to bring cookies to my concert which is on Sunday, so I will set some aside for that as well.
:) I'm excited. :)
But all this shopping left me without my usual workout time, so I'm going to have to get on the workout train tomorrow. Feeling a little nuts about it because that is 3 days off in a row, which is longer than I almost EVER go, but I know I'll get back on it.
Monday, December 01, 2008
:) Had a great time, ate too much, worked out, end result?
I've been maintaining mostly between 167-168, and this morning, 170.
I'm optimistic that after a week of being back to my normal healthy eating and normal exercise routine, I'll be back to my usual.
WOOHOO! And if not -- 170 IS technically still in my range, although I think I'll continue to be a little more to the lower end of my cal ranges and stricter until I get more toward the middle again.
I cooked a lot. I also found a new favorite Chinese food, I think! :D Mu Shu Chicken! :D Lots of veggies and no batter to be found! I'm sure it's stir fried in oil, but I think a better alternative to my old favorite -- Sesame Chicken! Battered and friend and drenched in a sugary sauce please! :D HAHAHHAA.
Um... cool thing. They have a kind of home Green Screen set up. I played my trombone and they recorded me and my brother edited me in front of a Christmas tree. :D HAHAHA.
Now to get back to normal life! Work has been horrible today. :P
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