Today I am grateful that I'm inside my cozy house while the wind is howling outside!
Had dinner last night at friends' house - roast beef, roast potatoes, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, veggies, rolls, apple tart w/ice cream, cheese and crackers, lots of vino, many bite sized chocolates. I was so full I thought my belly would explode!!
Tried out my travel workout routine yesterday. My calves are in knots today! I have good definition in my calves and thought they must be quite strong with all the spin biking, etc. But this routine must have used different calf muscles. I'll have to do the cardio portion of this routine at least once a week before we go to Uganda so I don't end up having problems with sore calf muscles while we are there! I can't do any exercise that requires lying on the floor as all will be concrete and I'm not packing a mat. I'll try to do the cardio on dirt or grass instead of hard concrete floors. Here is the routine and it took me about 40 minutes then 5 minutes of stretching:
run in place w/high knees - 3 mins
jumping jacks – 3 sets of 25
jump rope - 3 sets of 25
(laps in Lakeview Hotel pool?) 1 week
wall pushups – 3 sets of 15
full planks - 3 sets at 20 seconds each
triceps dips using chair - 3 sets of 10
squats - 3 sets of 20
lunges with water bottles - 3 sets of 20
side dips with water bottle - 2 sets of 20
hula hoops move – 4 sets of 10
standing abs - 3 sets of 12 each leg
standing side & backward leg lifts/fire hydrant - 3 sets of 10 each
standing calf raises – 10 each leg
tae bo side kick – 2 sets of 16 each leg
arms routine 7 mins (set timer and do all the ones I remember)
Just doing some housework today although I'm not feeling energetic for some strange reason.
Had 2 oatmeal raisin cookies this morning but otherwise plans are for clean eating today.
Progress as of today - 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!
Today I am grateful for a leisurely breakfast in bed with my hubby listening to the radio and looking at our view.
I changed my current weight to reflect today's reading. Guess the chocolate and other snacks caught up with me. Not going to freak out, but will do something about it. I will enjoy our trip to Uganda more if I arrive with the option of gaining a few pounds. I consider 128 the very lowest weight for me (at least until the muscles start to make a difference on the scale, which I'm surprised they haven't yet). I predict we'll be drinking quite a bit of cold beer while we are there. In most places the bread, sweets, cheese and bacon are awful there, so those won't be a big problem. The chips/fries are good though. Traditional meals there are seriously high carb and as seen outside the cities, huge portions of matooke (cooked, mashed plantains) result in very large women!
I've got a travel routine worked out and I'm going to do it today to see how long it takes and what needs to change. I'll use water bottles for dumbbells. If I buy some 1.5 litre water bottles in Uganda, even better. That's what I used when we lived there.
We've been invited to dinner at our friends' house tonight. Lots of vino. I'm going to bake them some oatmeal-raisin cookies as they liked those and they are low sugar. The hubby is diabetic. I used to bring them bottles of wine as a gift but I believe they buy wine by the case as they always have a huge stock. Same for whisky. (they have a B & B).
Today I am grateful for clean air and clean water!
Yesterday I went grocery shopping after spin class and tried to resist all the baked goodies displayed everywhere. Made it to the last aisle and bought a box of bite sized chocolates. I've just been wanting to snack non-stop for weeks especially sugar. Sometimes I resist, but more often I don't. I ate that entire box of chocolates last night!!! I really need to get ready for our trip and want to have a 'credit' before we go and get down to 128. It seems no matter how much I indulge my weight stays stable between 130-132.
My neighbour came over earlier today and she keeps making comments about how skinny I am. Today she said I looked gaunt. Hmm.... Last time I heard that was when I was 45 and got down to 119 and I did look gaunt as many tried to tell me but I didn't listen.
Workout at gym:
15 mins treadmill
10 mins rowing machine
about 5 mins on the elliptical while I waited for a very selfish man who stayed on the only spin bike in the gym for a solid hour!!
Today I am grateful that I don't hate my body like I did for years and that I feel 20 years younger than I am!
Just under 5 weeks before we leave for Uganda and I'm honing my travel workout routines keeping in mind that most, if not all, of the floors will be hard concrete. I will only bring my smartphone with internet, no computer, no DVD players. My biggest concern is not building more muscle but keeping what I've worked so hard to build. I know from previous trips/illness that not working out for as little as 2 weeks can make things start to get flabby. Got some good abs tips from V so I think I've got it pretty well worked out. 3 times a week. I will do short posts on DD while we're away so I'll feel I'm accountable.
Rest day, but I'm sorta doing an extra thorough cleaning of the master bedroom. So far I got the thick dust off the top of our wardrobe.... Better get away from this computer and finish it, or at least get most of it done.
I did update my blog which I don't do often enough:
We leave on our trip to Uganda in just over a month and I'm trying to figure out how I will manage to do strength training while there. Some is obvious, but others are not. I won't be able to bring my exercise mat, and carpet is rarely used in Uganda. Floors are most often concrete. I can still do planks, pushups, leg lifts, but what about abs? I have yet to find good abs routines that don't involve lying down. Do abs while lying on the bed?? I'm not worried about cardio but am most concerned about my muscles disappearing like they have before on trips.
Today I am grateful for the gorgeous scenery outside my window!
We had a nice two days in Glasgow. Temps were about 2C/35F but it was sunny most of the time and stayed dry and I had my long Michigan down coat, and cashmere scarf. Thursday we met for lunch with my husband's brother and his wife whom we haven't seen for ages even though they just live in Glasgow. I think lunch and chatting lasted about 3 hours. We are all going to Thailand for our niece's wedding early in 2014 and will likely combine this with a trip to Australia (where niece lives).
We really enjoyed the classical concert Thursday night as well. We were amazed by this 20 year old guitarist who was the soloist. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/aa231e7e-3672-4600-ac19-0d936c79dc06 The concert was live on the radio so everyone was very careful not to cough!
We also got our flu jabs/shots on Thursday and did some shopping. Friday morning we went to a couple of museums, one of which was the anatomy museum at the university. Lots of emm...interesting bodies and body parts which was preserved or pickled or whatever they did.
Won't mention the food/beers.
Since we were gone I missed my usual grocery shopping day and I avoid Saturday shopping like the plague... but I shopped this morning and got out early. I was at the shop by 9:00 and the crowds hadn't hit yet.
Temp is about 41F, but it's dry. Got myself an early xmas gift from hubby. Told him I was long overdue for a quality, long, hooded raincoat. Picked it up today. Now Ihave no excuse not to go for walks in the rain.
Early tomorrow we go into Glasgow for an overnight stay. We're meeting hubby's brother and his wife for lunch. Also getting our flu jabs. Concert in the evening is the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto. A bit of shopping while we are there as well. And of course sampling different ales and beers.
Workout at gym:
35 mins spin bike - intense!!
15 mins treadmill - 10% incline at 6kph for the final 5 mins
3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines (increased the weight on 2 of the upper body machines)
cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
Workout at home:
7 min video routine for triceps/arms
dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
side dips with dumbbell
thighs/glutes with ankle weights
planks (full and alternating)
bridge (for glutes)
Menu: (some indulgence coming up next 2 days so being good today) - need to have husband hide the oatcakes!