Wednesday, June 05, 2013
So, it's never too late to start a new good habit, today is the first day of the rest of my life, etc. So I decided to cut the BS excuses and just give the whole work-out thing a shot today.
I saw a pretty cool infographic or whatever it's called yesterday about how you should eat a few nuts and bits of dried fruit a half hour before a work-out and have a fruity smoothy within an hour of it. I haven't had the chance to do the first bit, since I'm pretty much bouncing out of bed and straight into exercise, but I'm gonna give the smoothie thing a shot, and have it with my regular breakfast. let's see how over the calories it puts me! Lol.
So, I did Tuesday of the Anywhere Work-Out (from Pinterest)
10 lunges on each side
This was a good little first-thing-in-the-morning workout as it was very simple and it was on my computer in a totally adjustable font; I was able to just make it bigger, stand a few feet away, and get on with it. I've used work-out books in the past but found it annoying having to stop, re-find my page, and squint at the instructions between each step; I don't have that here! And it's not as time-consuming as a work-out DVD, I don't have to wait for my super-slow internet connection to load and buff a Spark video, etc. So a good choice. I had to adapt the push-up's, burpee's and plank a little (mostly going onto my knees or not extending as far) since I'm not strong enough to hold up my almost 200lb's of weight, and I'm not convinced I did "proper" lunges as I didn't really feel the benefits. I worked up a little bit of a sweat, had it done in under 5 minutes...overall, I'm happy! Although my burpees really were something to laugh at!
I made the smoothie (one apple, one banana and one cup of semi-skimmed milk) and made 2 eggs, scrambled with 1//4 cup natural low fat yogurt on 2 slices of wholewheat toast with some butter immitation spread. I also had a bottle (500ml) of water before/during/after the workout, and a big mug of coffee with 2 tsp brown sugar and 1/2 cup semi skimmed milk. I sort of finished my smoothie first, then had more water with the breakfast, then had the coffee (which I don't like too hot) afterwards.
I chilled with an episode of Supernatural while I ate my breakfast. The smoothie staved off hunger whilst I ate, and I feel good for having had it, but by the time I sat down I felt literally sick and faint with hunger! Not good! But then, that's pretty common for me; delaying breakfast in favour of the work-out is probably what did it, but I don't regret it and I'll DEFINITELY do it again!
I was worried the breakfast might leave me all bloated and fat, but quite the contrary! Today I've done 2 loads of washing up, hung up some laundry, put some away and put another load on, I'm processing paperwork and generally tidying...basically, I have more energy and seem to be doing more with my time. It's pretty awesome. I'm used to the egg-and-toast breakfast with coffee so I know it's not that, meaning it's either the shake or the exercise (or both). Whatever it is, it's working!
One of my missions for today is to make some dry mixes. See, I made bath salts for my boyfriend at the weekend. The most economical way to do so was basically to buy a 10ml bottle of lavender essential oil and enough salts to use the whole 10ml (which worked out at 2kg epsom salts and 3kg sea salt). However, I could only buy the sea salt in 350g thick, cardboard packages; you know those ones that look a bit like Pringles tubes? So now I have 9 of those knocking around, and since they're pretty tough I don't want to throw them out, so I'm making those dry mixes for cakes and stuff, you know the ones you usually give away as gifts? Only I'm not doing anything too fancy; just mixing up the dry ingredients of healthy-ish cakes and such, and packing them in with some instructions taped on. So I'm hunting recipes!
I found several I like; one is for Mexican cookies (chocolate and chilli; yummy!), another for fruity oaty cookies, some for apple and apricot muffins, and a recipe for healthy rice pudding with LOTS of fruit and nuts in there (and no added sugar, just spices). So I'm happy!