The Last Week of August - good stuff and not so good
Sunday, September 01, 2013
This was a hard week in some ways, and a good one in others. I had 3 days of no exercise. One evening I planned to dance, but had no internet signal & couldn't get any dance-able music. i tried the local radio stations but that was a waste of time - commercials all the time, and music not good for dancing. I've given away all my CDs and I don't have an IPod. I'd done strength training the day before so it was too soon for that again. So no work out that night. (tho I could have done some core work - did not even think of it at the time!) Two other nights I was frantically cooking for events at work the following day. Not enough time to work out & still get at least 6 hours of sleep - which is way too little anyway.
I cooked chicken with tomato sauce (tomatoes from our garden!) bell peppers, onion, parsley, with a little brown rice. This was to share with co-workers who are starting out on Sparkpeople (yaay!). We were going to have lunch together & I wanted to cook a Spark recipe for them. However I tweaked the recipe so I really did not know 'exactly' what the calories & nutrition numbers should be. Then the day we were going to get together we had a power outage (at an electric company - how's that for irony?) and lunch had to be re-scheduled. But I found out a couple other people might join us. Thus the second night of frantic cooking. When we finally did have the lunch, only one other person was there; she brought a lovely big salad, and now I have a ton of chicken and rice which I've been eating. It's lean, & I haven't been over eating, but it's hard to track and oddly that made me reluctant to log on to Spark. First time I felt that way. I was exasperated with having all this food that I couldn't confidently track. and very tired.
But - good thing! one co-worker for sure (the person I had lunch with) and a couple others probably are going to start using Sparkpeople. We plan to mutually encourage each other. I think it will be fun.
Another good thing - my friend who comes to the pool with me has agreed to a challenge for the month of September. Which of us can lose the most weight or the largest percentage of loss, we haven't decided which. (I have some reservations because she's type II diabetic and forgets to eat anyway - I want to be sure she doesn't short herself on food in an effort to win) If I win, she has to set up 3 sessions with the trainer at the fitness center. If she wins I have to join her for 3 nights out - 1 karaoke, 1 Texas hold'em, 1 trivia night. She thinks I need to get out more - she's an extrovert & does not get introversion At ALL!
Finally, I did not achieve all my August goals. My fiber intake was better, and some days was over 25 grams but most days not. That's surprisingly challenging! And also challenging when the goal is achieved, if you know what I mean. However I will continue with that effort in September.
Strength training and TRX absolutely ROCK and make me feel great. I can bench press with 25 lb dumbells now! Who would have thought it?
I hope for all of us a happy and healthy and triumphant September!