Sunday, March 15, 2009
I've actually been back within my maintenance range for a while now, but still being there makes me feel great and I appreciate all the enthusiasm on my last blog anyway. HAHAHAHA! :D
Tomorrow is the final weighin for Scale Back Alabama and that's when I'm going to change my calories back to maintenance EATING officially.
The past few weeks have been slowly going from the top of my maintenance range to the middle, in spite of some random splurging.
This is kind of big news for me -- there's this move in pilates called the Rollover? o something? And a variation is called a jackknife? I think?
Well I've never attempted these in class because I was like WHAT I don't think I can do that and I don't want to look like a bozo.
WELL. I tried them yesterday at home and VOILA! I CAN DO BOTH!!! I don't even need to use my hands behind my back for balancing!!?!? Can you believe that? Anyway. I was thrilled.
Basically the rollover you are on your back and you keep straight legs together, point them back over your head, so your lower back gets raised off the floor and your legs are parallel to the ground over your head, toes past your head.
Then you'd bring legs shoulder width, flex feet, and slowly lower hips back to the ground, rolling slowly "one vertabrae at a time" as they like to say in pilates, back to the mat.
With the jacknife, once your legs are parallel you start raising your hips higher and opening the angle of your legs with your body so your feet get pointed more and more straight to the ceiling until your toes are directly over your eyes, and THEN the lowering begins.
The gym is not having classes starting yesterday through this coming Saturday due to Spring Break (the annoyance of using a University Rec Center) and modified hours, so I couldn't go to the pilates class yesterday.. .BUT!
WAYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyy back when I was starting SparkPeople a lovely sparker sent me her pilates video/manual because I mentioned I was interested in it and she wasn't using it. I had never really attempted to use it, but went for it yesterday and got all my ab work in. There was none of the rollover/jackknife in the video, and none of the lower back work we usually do in my class on your stomach, but the basic power series was in there as well as a couple of things we haven't done in my class since I've been going to it. I just attempted the rollover/jackknife on my own later.
I basically woke up, MADE GRANOLA (which is awesome, BTW), did the pushups challenge, ate an apple, did pilates, ate granola, and then I tried to do a day of MTC at home.
I did all the pushups as normal but from the knees since I already did the pushups challenge, I skipped some abs stuff since my abs were already screaming... and then in a set of surrenders I SURRENDERED. I was almost to the point of crying. It felt SO HARD. I did two reps of the first two circuits and was on rep one of the third when I got overwhelmed. I checked my HRM and decided I had done enough for one day. If I had JUST done MTC it may have been a different story, but I do not feel ashamed or bad at all for calling it quits. It felt like the right thing to do for me at the time. And today my muscles are alllll screaming. :) hahaha Especially my abs! YIPES!
Can't wait to go to pilates again and show off my mad skills. ;)
Friday, March 13, 2009
This morning's weighin was down .5lb from Monday. Rock on!
I am so happy to be back in my maintenance range and hangin in there you do not even know. :) hehehe.
Catfish and slaw didn't happen last night -- I was reminded by DH that I promised we could have the grilled cheese w/ sliced gouda and the Campbell's Tomato and Herb soup soooooo we had that. SO GOOD. :)
I was planning on going on a walk today but it was looking kinda gross outside when I got to work. Hopefully it'll be a little nicer when it's time for my lunch break!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
So here's the real honest breakdown:
I did share a BIT of an appetizer (well, 2, but one came AFTER dinner).
BBQ Nachos -- Had a couple nacho chips, mostly with very little cheese, more of the lettuce and pico de gallo, and a bit of the BBQ
ONE mini-corndog. And then I was like... gihaosirh. No more. It was sooo greasy.
For my meal I ordered the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich w/ Buffalo Chips. The sandwich was GOOD. It's a grilled chicken breast w/ a carribean jerk rub and it was drizzled w/ some of their jerk sauce. I added no other sauce to it, and I didn't exactly leave anything on my plate...
... but my husband ate some of my buffalo chips when I got done with them. :) That helped! AND I stashed a piece of gum in my pocket and started chewing it when I was done as well. Good stuff.
This morning is another story....
My wonderful husband bought those Reeses PB Eggs that they have at Easter. I ate 3 of them. 180 cal 11g of fat each. But now MY SHARE of those suckers is GONE. *phwew*
I will not be craving any kind of splurge for quite a while now. I am all splurged out. I just want good clean eating. I was even irritated at how sweet my all-natural Dannon Strawberry Yogurt was today at lunch.
So -- I'm still kinda proud at how I did last night. I left feeling more full than I do after a nice healthy meal, BUT I was far less full than I USUALLY am after leaving a restaurant. I felt like I showed some restraint which is hard for me to do, and made relatively wise choices.
The salads at BWW just DO NOT appeal to me. They are lettuce and chicken. Basically. Maybe some cheese, cilantro... ok one has pico de gallo. But that is just not enough for me in a salad. I want something more interesting. Definitely a healthy option!!! Just not the kind of thing I want to pay money to eat at a restaurant, you know?
Ummmmmmm not much else to report, off day from working out today. Work has been stressful and irritating. I have a pile of things to do before I leave and all I want to do is go straight home. :) But I will survive.
I want to make some catfish and slaw tonight from the Best Life Diet Cookbook.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, today's been a pretty good day.
My DH had a pivotal meeting for his dissertation today and it went well so WOOHOO on that! :D We WILL be going out to eat tonight to celebrate, and my plan is to LEAVE FOOD ON MY PLATE unless I order something uber healthy.
Although we're going to Buffalo Wild Wings so the healthy options there are generally extremely limited and unnappealing so the chances of that are not super likely...
I will be reporting back on this goal tomorrow. Maybe it will help me to finally DO THIS. This is something I have NEVER gotten a hold of -- stopping when full, not just cleaning my plate... especially when eating out. OOH! I will make sure to bring my gum in so I can occupy my mouth when I am DONE. And maybe ask for a box?
Anyway -- this morning was gym buddy day and DAY TWO OF WEEK THREE of the pushups challenge. YEAH! I'm SOOOOOO proud of myself and LAFTERSFREE for completing today's challenge. It's getting tougher and tougher!!! And while my muscles are screaming by the end of the max set each time, I'm somehow able to complete the next day so I guess it's working. At the beginning I could barely complete 6 and I was um... doing them horribly wrong. Now I'm able to knock of 10 RELATIVELY easily. Today's longest sets were 12 reps long and I KNOW that last one or two were dropping in form, but hey. I got through it.
Then I was on the spin bike and feeling somewhat uninspired, over to the stair climber and feeling irritated. When I did 10min on the stairclimber I was like, hey! I haven't done ST since Monday! :D So I went downstairs and ROCKED some ST. It felt great to be doing that. It was just what I needed this morning to really get the most out of my workout. Off to track that now...
OH. And my nutrition tracker is tracking high today for my current calorie range, but to be honest I've been eating a bit higher the past few days and not just because I wasn't paying attention, but because I'm happy where I am and I'm not concerned about losing at this point. I'm waiting until Monday to officially change my tracker back to MAINTENANCE MODE, but I'm kinda transitioning there already.
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