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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So yesterday I ended up taking half a day off from work. I had some floating holiday time to use up and I wanted to get my taxes done. I figured since I had the extra time, might as well see if I can make it to 15 miles on the bike.

And I did! Roughly 16.3 miles in about an hour and ten minutes (including a warm up and cool down). And it was all on resistance levels 2-3! Needless to say, my legs felt a bit wobbly getting off the bike, but I was super stoked because a) my knee wasn't hurting and b) my left thigh wasn't giving me any trouble once I got it warmed up.

See, on Saturday I did a light 30 minute ride on B's seventies-era exercise bike while watching Hell's Kitchen. I also did a resistance band workout with some extra crunches and squats thrown in. I hate lunges because I never feel like I'm doing them right. Squats, however, are acceptable.

I don't know if it was just muscle exhaustion or what, but I ended up pulling something in my left thigh on Sunday. Not while doing some glamorous exercise routine. Oh no. I pulled it GETTING OUT OF BED. Old people problems, I know. Apparently I can be a beast on an exercise bike, but I need assistance to get out of bed without injuring myself emoticon Whomp whomp.

It didn't hurt much unless I put pressure on it, like squatting down to get something or using that muscle to get up out of a sitting position. I think it was my quad. And I was worried I had torn it and would need to rest it instead of getting on the bike. I got on the bike yesterday prepared to stop if it got worse. After some initial warm up, the pain disappeared and my leg feels much better today. So doubt it was a tear, and thank goodness for that. legs are pretty tired today. This is the first time I've felt, well, muscle exhaustion since I started this. So today is a strict no-exercise day (not even ST) and maybe even tomorrow if I'm not back to 100%. If I mostly bounce back, then maybe a light ride like Saturday. But the last thing I want to do is overtrain and hurt myself.

I dug the resistance band workout though and added some to my wish list on Amazon, which is now chock full of exercise gear. HR monitor, foam roller, gel bike seat...and I'm sure the list will continue to grow. I'm hoping to get a few things with tax return funds and am hoping other things come in to play soon which will allow me to snap up the rest of it.

So that's the good news. Now for the bad. I was a total PIG this past weekend. It's like I had some freakish tapeworm that suddenly invaded my body and said, "must eat ALL the foods!" I did great on Friday and was reasonably OK on Saturday until B's mom brought out her string of desserts. Cupcakes are my arch nemesis, guys. Regular cake I can pass on, but when it's in minaturized form it is irresistible to me. And of course, she had cupcakes. Not to mention a coconut/pineapple thing that was ah-MAZ-ing. Thank goodness I don't go over there but once every few months.

Complete sugar frenzy this weekend and I felt like crap as a result, though the exercise yesterday helped flush out my system. No big surprise. Like a drunken hangover, I know it will happen if I overdo it. But I guess I just didn't care. I completed the spree with more cupcakes Saturday night, Sunday after sushi, and a WHOLE PIZZA Sunday night. It's crazy but it was like I just could not flip that "full" switch and still felt hungry after my usual serving. I mean I did the whole drink water with this, wait 20 minutes, and everything. I don't think it was the usually doesn't make me ravenous like that. Regardless, it was rather ugly.

And I was still starving yesterday. I managed to stay in my range, but it was right on the 2,000 mark (my highest). It's probably the increase in exercise, so hopefully if I can hold out and stay in range for a week or two, my body will readjust. I was getting to the point where I was pretty content with 1500-1800 before I increased training.
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    In the exercising you are doing great! One step at the time.. Now if you manage to control the food, you will see miracles!
    1954 days ago
  • JUDY106
    I have those days too, We all do. Love, love that we can start a new day every day. i found that planning helps me get back on track. It may take a day ot two to be able to stick to the planned food but it will get me back on track. Then most of the time I will have bought enough good healthy food that I don't have to plan that too far ahead to eat healthy. I love it when I get the house stocked up on ONLY healthy foods. then if I go on a binge there is nothing but healthy food to eat. So, I don't gain as much weight that way even though I do eat too much food at the time.
    You will get back on track with the food soon. You are already doing the exerciser, So food will follow. when we exercise more sometimes our brains wants to tell us that we can eat more because of the extra out put. don't let it tell you those lies. (LOL)

    OK, have a wonderful tomorrow. Hugs, Judy

    1954 days ago
    Way to get back on track with the exercise. I've been able to trace most all of my binges & ravenous eating to carbs....the more I eat, the more I want.

    Sounds like you're on a good workout schedule....I'd recommend a book called "New Rules of Lifting for Women" it has some good details in there on how to do lunges, squats, etc correctly and SAFELY!

    Good luck!
    1954 days ago
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    1954 days ago
    Good job on the bike!
    1954 days ago
    Congratulations on meeting your mileage goal on the bike! I wonder if the pain in your thigh might be helped with more post workout stretching targeting that quad?

    I know what you mean about those feeding frenzies. The ONLY thing you can do at this point is focus on today and your plans for tomorrow. Planning helps me. When I do it. I'm in critical condition now. No groceries left. Nothing green to be found except a couple mushy granny smiths.
    1954 days ago

    I have such problems with stationary bikes (probably regular bikes, too, but I haven't been on one in years!). Good for you!!!
    1955 days ago
    good job
    1955 days ago
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