Monday, March 02, 2009
This is from Figure Athlete and it's called "Why Scales are for Suckers"
The title is a little harsh for what the articles really about, but basically it's telling you not to obsess about a number because there are so many other more important factors to consider about your health than a number. Loved it! GO READ IT!
Monday, March 02, 2009
So this week is AWESOME week, starting today... and I forgot until just now, but so far today I hadn't thought any thoughts of hatred or misery, only somewhat positive things, so at least I coasted this morning without any mistakes. ;)
This morning's weighin was .5lb down from last week's weighin, so that's good. I might go by tomorrow's weighin if I feel like I get a better night's sleep or something, but I'm gonna go ahead and change my ticker today as well. WOOHOO!
My clothes are fitting like they used to, my abs are SUPER SORE from Pilates. LOVIN that Pilates class on Saturdays. I can't go this Saturday because of work, but I'm thinking I might try to get to one of the other class times because I really like it that much.
ALSO -- Pushup challenge on Saturday was a success! LAFTERSFREE and I actually did them TOGETHER for the first time, we had been simultaneously attacking the challenge, but not side by side at the same exact time in the same place -- you know what I mean? So that was cool. Turns out my hand doesn't hurt from putting pressure on a flat palm, especially if it's on a mat or carpet or something even remotely soft. Still hurts if there is pressure directly over the cut, but otherwise I'm rockin and rollin.
Week Two Day One of Pushups Challenge tonight! And band! :) And I'm going to be excited about these things I get to do because they really are cool and this is the week of awesome. :)
Friday, February 27, 2009
So...... when I was trying to cut a semi-frozen chicken breast in half last night, I totally STABBED my hand. OW!!!!!!! I was quite freaked out at first and it was hurting, but then it stopped bleeding and I was ok. It's only like... 1/3 inch long? .5 centimeter? Or something? I can't remember how big a centimeter is... anyway. It's not very long, but the tip of the knife went straight in so it's KINDA deep.
I went to the gym this morning and I must say I ROCKED it. Burned 623 cal in about 50min... but I was nervous to start because I was like... crap. I can't GRIP anything. There goes upper body ST, Rowing machine, probably the spin bike, too.... so I first hopped on the ArcTrainer for 20minutes. Then I went over to the spin bike cause I figured as long as I don't lean on my hands right there I'll be fine -- and I was! I was even able to do some jumps and whatnot, but I did accidentally lean on it at the beginning of a jump series and it HUUUUURRRRRRRRRT.
So I'm nervous about what this means for the hundredpushups challenge! Day 3 is supposed to be tomorrow!!! :( I'm going to try it out tomorrow just to see if maybe a flat palm is better than focusing the pressure with a bar, or if by tomorrow it will have healed a bit more, who knows. I'm also going to pilates tomorrow because I don't have to do anything on my hand -- last time there were some side planks and I think I was the only person do do them up on my palms, so I can easily change that this time. I'm looking forward to it!
I'm very proud of myself that I went instead of just assuming I wouldn't be capable of what I wanted to do so I should just skip it -- I had a very productive workout.
And now I'm starving. I think I might go break into my lunch and get a half of that grapefruit I packed today!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
So - yesterday I posted an ubeat blog, and later described my life as "depressing" in a one word survey thingie on facebook. WHAT GIVES? I'm a dope. My life isn't depressing. When I filled that out I was in a short period of time in the afternoon that I was focusing on the negative. When I look at the big picture, life is good.
Next week I've been challenged by a friend from college to make it the week of AWESOME. An exercise in positivity -- I'm determined to maintain an optimistic outlook and not let these little sad moments overwhelm me. I don't think I got overwhelmed yesterday, just answered in the moment to that question and then my poor hubby was like -- you said your life was depressing? :( awwwww. He's the best.
This morning... I should have done more to burn calories, but I've decided to take the week off of lower body ST just to be sure. Also I weighed in this morning at 167 on my scale at home, which is where I was maintaining before Christmas and all that good stuff. This is my first recent weighin after I've felt like MYSELF again AND gotten a good night of sleep the night before. I feel like that was a legit weighin and maybe Monday's was a bit sleep deprived, and also the next day after homemade pizza... (better than delivered, but still a sodium fest by virtue of ingredients I think...) so anyway. I'm not changing my ticker yet, but I'm feeling good about where I am right now in regard to health and fitness.
I did Day 2 of the hundredpushups challenge and I think I've got the "keep a plank form throughout" part of it down, just not quite able to go down as far as I need to yet. My plan is to continue going down as far as I can (which is short of a 90 degree angle in the arms, but not like NOTHING) and hopefully since I'm focusing on doing this 3 times a week I can build up those muscles enough to really get to where I want to be as far as that's concerned. I had my DH check my form and he concurs my body is straight but I'm not going too far down.
UMMMM ALSO.... I bought some new jeans while I was on Christmas vacation. I currently have a size 12 Diva Cut BOOTCUT jean from Old Navy which is the pair of jeans I feel fits me the best of what I have right now. I wanted the skinny jeans cut but they never had them in my size locally. Well I took a look while visiting family and there they were! I tried them on there... but they were a little tight!!! I think I had already swelled a bit from Christmas festivity, or JUST eaten a big meal.... ANYWAY
Today I'm wearing them and they fit perfectly -- in fact, maybe a TOUCH bigger than I like. I think once they're washed and dried they will be perfect. I decided not to wear them until I was back to "NORMAL" for me and since I weighed in today at 167 I was like, ok let's do this. SO WOOHOO on that.
Tomorrow it's bright and early at the gym w/ LAFTERSFREE, and again on Saturday for pilates.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It's a pretty good day... unless my arm really does have a gross rash, then I'm through.
HAHAHA It's been itching but I don't see any specific marks or bites or pattern, just redness. I put some lotion on it and I'm avoiding touching it -- hopefully it was just dry skin.
ANYWAY. Went to the gym this morning -- was SO tired, but knowing I was meeting my gym buddy helped me along and I got a really good solid cardio workout. 527 cal in 45 minutesish, so ROCK ON. I did ArcTrainer, Rowing Machine, and Spin Bike. I did the Rowing Machine for about 10minutes and a couple minutes in this girl came in and sat next to me with the resistance all the way up and started rowing MADLY. I kept my pace and shifted a bit faster when I had a faster song, was close to her pace... but she left a couple minutes before I finished my 10 anyway.
UMmmmmmm. Was NOT feeling well last night at all. My stomach was cramping and my head was throbbing. Feeling pretty good so far today, though, so I hope this good feeling sticks around.
At the gym today I weighed 168, but that was post workout, still 169 this morning at home, so I'm gonna stick with that weight for now. I extended my 165 goal to March 16th since that's the final Scale Back AL challenge weighin and that's really when I'm going to switch to maintenance, whether I hit 165 or not. Since I'm below where I need to be for the challenge I decided I didn't need to have the cushion week affecting my calories. :) hehehe.
Pushup Challenge Day TWO tomorrow. Thinking I'll try to make Timbucktuna tonight. (The names for ALL the recipes in that cookbook are kind of ridiculously cheesy... the Thai soup I looked up the name -- Thai One On. BWAHAHA.)
I'd really like to get a Mongolian cookbook and practice making some things for my sister for when she's back from Mongolia -- although maybe she'll be ready for some good old AMERICAN food by then??? But I thought it'd be cute if I could fix maybe one meal of Mongolian dishes for my family to celebrate her return. I looked on Amazon and there is one that is like $80.00, and no others. Sooooooo...... I'm going to check the library and see, and if nothing there I will do some internet searching.
Hope everyone is having a good day!
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