Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I did manage to remember to go to the gym yesterday, so somewhere in the recesses of my brain I must've known it was Monday. Somewhere. In one of those deep, dark corners.
Anyway, my current weight is 215.4. That's a .8 lb drop from last week. I started my period right after last week's weigh in, so that could have been another reason that it was slightly up (that and the fact that I wasn't counting calories.)
I planned on upping my cardio last week, but it just never happened. Both boys were sick and Boy 1 ended up with a major asthma event and well, you know what happens when life throws curve balls.
I'm back to counting calories and also tracking my protein. I'm still positively in love with this new weight lifting program. I started Week Three yesterday and the results are astounding! Two weeks ago I started out on the cable row machine with 50 lbs. Yesterday I was at 90 lbs. I hope to hit 100 lbs next week. I know I'm losing inches all over and it's killing me to not measure myself. But not until I'm finished with this first stage. If all of workouts happene when scheduled, I should complete my final workout of this stage on June 24. I'll take my measurements on Monday, June 27. I can't wait!
I'm going to be trying some new recipes this week. If all works out, I'll post them here.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Having said that, I have to admit that there are a few processed foods that I simply can't give up. These are my vices.
Whey protein powder. Since I've started lifting heavy weights, I simply need more protein to recover. Whey has been used and cherished as a wonder food for thousands of years. If I were into making my own cheese, I would have my own whey. But it wouldn't be vanilla flavored. And I don't make cheese. So, powdered whey is where I turn. I did a lot of reading and a lot of research before I took the leap. Jay Robb has been getting his whey from grass fed cows since way before grass fed became the mating call for all primal & paleo devotees. He also uses stevia to sweeten his protein powders instead of sugar or splenda. Major kudos from me on that one. I'm comfortable with Jay Robb's products and I feel good using them and sharing them with my kids.
Monday, May 23, 2011
As soon as the hubs told me about this event I grabbed the computer (quite possibly out of his hands) and immediately sent off an email to two of my most stylish and girlie girl friends (hi Ann, hi Cricket!). I mean, I love playing Cinderella as much as the next girl, but seriously, I haven't been this dressed up since my sororoity formals in college.
So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that I gained 1.6 lbs this week. I weighed in at 216.2. I'm not concerned. Without counting and without working out, I think that's a pretty good number. I'm still not strictly counting ~ I'm eating when I'm hungry and I'm making good choices.
However, this week I do plan to add the cardio back in. I lifted today, tomorrow I plan to run, Wed lift, Thursday Zumba, Fri lift and rest Sat & Sun.
There have been some questions about what, exactly, I'm doing with this new program. So I'll give you a little run down of what I did last week:
- Squats (15 reps x 2 sets) (Mon & Fri)
- Rows (same as above)
- pushups ( " ")
- step ups ( " ")
- prone jack knife (stability ball) (same as above)
On Wed of last week (and Mon/Fri of this week):
- Dumbell overhead press
- lat pull downs (up to 80 lbs on those ~ Whoot!)
- stability ball crunches
I seriously cannot say enough great things about this program. I can already tell I'm getting stronger, and I have to admit I peeked. I'm already losing inches :)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
And it did! Last week was just a fluke, I think. Today I weighed in at 214.6. Whoot! I haven't seen that number in a looooooong time. And I have to say, it was a pleasant surprise. I expected a lower number this week, but I really didn't think it would go that low. So, that's a 3.4 loss from last week and a 10.6 loss overall. Phew! I'm back down past that 10 lb mark! I don't plan to ever go back..... maybe....
After reading a few rave reviews on Twitter, I decided to swing by the library the other day and pick up this book. HELLO LIGHTBULB! Wait, let me back up....
I'm currently reading about five books. I typically pick up a book and read a few chapters. Then something else will catch my eye and I'll pick up a new book and read a few chapters of it. At this point, my husband will usually recommend a book that he's just finished and suggest that I should read it because he thinks I'd find it interesting. I pick up that book with the intention of just leafing through it, but end up reading the first two or three chapters...and so on. Can you say ADHD?
So, if I tell you that I fnished this book in 2 days, you can appreciate how captivated I was with it! I've always enjoyed strength training. Even when I was playing volleyball, I loved the look of my strong muscles (even though I really wasn't all that toned) and enjoyed the time we spent in the weight room. Even though none of us (including our coach) really knew what we were doing there.
Reading this book has made me realize just how much time and effort I've been wasting at the gym over the past year. The strength classes I've been going to are not an efficient use of my time and they are not building my muscles to their potential. In fact, I'd say other than endurance, they're doing very little.
This book lays out a program of weight training and a nutrition guide and it really seemed to click with me and make a lot of sense. It's a six month program, broken down into stages. The first stage is about six weeks long. I took some before pictures today and I took my measurements and I'm going to do the same in six weeks after I'm finished with this first stage. I'm also going to slightly increase my calories ~ due to a higher need for quality protein. I'm aiming for a 40-30-30 percentage ratio for Carbs/Protein/Fat (respectively). I'll be building muscles rapidly so it wouldnt' surprise me if any weightloss slowed down or even stalled out for the first little bit. But who am I kidding ~ it's not like my weightloss has been mind blowingly fast these last few months, right? I know that after I build some solid muscle that my metabolism will speed up and I know the scale will move in the right direction. But that's why I took my measurements, so that at the end of these six weeks I'll have a tangible number to show what I've accomplished.
My first workout was today and while I was at the gym, I really didn't think I was getting that tough of a workout, but now that I'm home ~ HOLY MOLY. My body is sore! The first stage is broken down into two workouts and you alternate these two workouts ~ lifting weights 3x per week (you can do 2x, but 3 is best).
So this week I'll do workout A on Monday, workout B on Wed & workout A again on Friday. On the off days I'll keep moving, but I don't want to over tax my muscles so I probably won't be doing much running or spinning. I plan to do a lot more swimming, yoga & walking. Just keep my body moving without tiring out my muscles. I need them to recover to be ready for the next lifting session.
I am so stinking excited about this program!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I'll admit, at first log in I wasn't all that impressed, but within a few days I'd received friend requests from almost 25 people with whom I'd gone to highschool. People I hadn't seen or spoken to in over 15 years.
Nearly all of
Let me introduce you to Sarah. Internets, Sarah. Sarah, Internets. Sarah and I hung out occasionally in highschool. Her boyfriend (now husband) was best friends with a guy I
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
I did indulge a bit yesterday for Mother's Day, but I was in complete control of my eating all day. I just ate things I wouldn't normally eat. I woke up and had a cup of coffee & a green smoothie (normal), we had brunch around 10 am and I had a few bites of an egg strata & half an omelette with crab & shrimp with some potatoes (not normal, but not a horrible choice).
The omelette filled me up, so I didn't eat much the rest of the day until dinner. We did Thai takeout and I had half a serving of Pad Thai and half a serving of Broccoli Chicken with white rice. Again, not what I would normall eat, but not out of control. Oh, I also had four crab wontons.
I dipped into the candy bowl yesterday and had three Starburst candies. Bleh ~ time to start over with my #7daychip. Boo.
So, anyway, my dinner was fairly salty and I woke up really really thirsty. I'm hoping that after a few days my weight catches up with my workouts again and I see some better results.
So, this morning's weight was 218.0. That's a 2.8 lb gain over last week. I'm feeling my body tighten back up and I can tell my waist is getting smaller and smaller. Out of curiousity I broke out the measuring tape again (Statistics reporting to resume June 1) and my waist is back to where it was in November before my injury, so I know I'm going in the right direction. I'm just frustrated as hell.......
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I started the day with two beautiful hand drawn tulips from my babies and a new Keurig coffee maker. Whoot!
We then got all fancied up and headed out to brunch. I split an amazing crab & shrimp omelette with Hubs. I had a handful of breakfast potatoes and a few bites of my son's pancake. I washed it all down with a fresh squeezed mimosa. Yum!
Friday, May 6, 2011
For my first run in six weeks, I think this wasn't too shabby.
Best Protein Shake. EVER. Stay tuned for recipe.
**Edited to add recipe**
1 Tblsp Adam's Natural Peanut Butter
1 1/2 c Whole Raw Milk
1/2 c Vanilla Milk from a local farm
I blended it all up in my Vitamix. Holy Guernsey Cow!! It's awesome.
For my first run in six weeks, I think this wasn't too shabby.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
I've decided to jump in. That candy bowl is still sitting on the kitchen table and it's still calling my name. My first 7 days is going to be to say NO to that candy (as I slyly throw small amounts away each night so the kids don't notice!).
7 days without candy. Oh, and 7 days WITH a green smoothie. I've let my smoothie slack and I always regret that when it happens.
So, what are you going to do for the next 7 days?
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I'm in a bitchy mood this morning. I will not win any Mother of the Year awards today. I've already yelled at my kids twice because the sun is out, they are happy and happy boys = hyper wound up loud boys.
My husband had a dentist appt at 11:00 and instead of just taking the boys to the gym with me, I left them home with the promise that I would leave my class as soon as it was over and meet my husband at the dentist to pick up the kids. I set my weights and bench up at the back of the class in case class ran late and I had to cut out early.
I like working out in the front of the class. I like being right up there with the instructor. I push myself harder that way. So, I don't feel like I got much out of my workout and I felt rushed. I usually go to the cardio room for about 20 - 30 minutes after my weights class. Today I skipped that.
I came home starving and I discovered my cottage cheese had been pushed to the very back of the top shelf in the fridge which means it was frozen solid.
I have three days left in this budget cycle, we're low on nearly every food group and I have $14 left. I have only a 1/4 tank of gas in my van. Sure, I could dip into the general budget, there is plenty there....but this is my budget and I hate going over.
There is a ton of candy in the house from Boy 1's birthday party last weekend and I've been dipping into it way more than I'd care to admit and I'm sure that's a factor in why I feel more like a beached whale this week than someone who is working her ass off to become a healthy role model for her children.
I'm going to go drink a green smoothie & take a shower. Then I'm going to soak up some of this sun. Maybe I just need a good dose of Vitamin D?
Monday, May 2, 2011
Also, if you read this through a reader, you may have seen a deleted post about a May challenge. More on that later.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Chicken Pineapple Kabobs
2 chicken breasts
Honey brown beer
Cut the chicken into 1" cubes. Place into a ziploc bag with a few pineapple hunks and the juice from the package (if precut). Dump in some teriyaki sauce & some honey brown beer and a handful of cilantro (coarsely chopped). Allow to marinate for a few hours.
Soak some wood skewers in water. Alternate chicken pieces, pineapple pieces, onion pieces and green pepper pieces on the skewer and grill over med hi heat until chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile, place the marinade in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer lightly until thickened. Serve kabobs over brown rice with the sauce on the side.
**This is one of those recipes that I do not measure anything. I just dump it all in until it looks right.**