- Tuesday Feb 16, 2010
I had such a nice weekend that I didn't want to come back to work this morning. I was happy to be home, but I could've used another day just to get things in order for the week. Preparation is sometimes pretty difficult, yes?
Thursday - 1,800 calories. I ate three whole cups of rice to try to keep my distance from all the 'bad' things in the freezer. I went to the gym and treadmilled 30 minutes, running 15. This is going great! I've now had many, many days off from running, so hopefully tonight I won't fall backwards when I go to the gym.
Friday - 1,400 calories. I drove most of the day away to get to the wilderness, but boy was it worth it. It's beautiful there. There are no words to describe it. I also tried a new restaurant, 'The Pita Pit'. Yup. Never been there. Mmmn, feta on my chicken wrap. Yum.
Saturday - 1,500 calories. This lovely trend in calories is thanks to my cousin's wife, who is a dietitian and had all of our meals prepared and ready for us, nearly all adding up to 1,500 calories (except for the odd snack, hee hee). The highlight was granola with yogurt and fresh fruit. We did nothing all day long. It was wonderful!
Sunday - 1,300 calories. Veggie burgers for dinner. Gosh, I think I must've been in heaven. Except for when we decided to go hiking in the snow for an hour and a half, up and down hills and across ponds. THAT was not heaven. That was something entirely different. My stomach sat in my throat for the rest of the night. After dinner, we went for an hour's walk on the ice roads, to look at the stars. There's some exercise for 'ya!
Monday - 1,500 calories. I drove all the way home and collapsed in exhaustion on the couch. I had some stupid car trouble the whole way back, which added to a long day.
This morning I woke up still tired. I will go to the gym after work today, but I probably won't do much else. I SHOULD get groceries and mail and send some mail and clean up the house and do some laundry. But I don't think that'll get done. Nope.
- Thursday Feb 11, 2010
Today didn't start out very well.
My alarm went off at 6am, as usual, but for some reason I fumbled around a little more than usual and accidentally turned it off. It's like a recurring nightmare, this alarm business! Anyways, of course I woke up with only enough time to get my butt to work. It was very disappointing to realize that I wouldn't get the shred workout in today, as I will be gone travelling for the weekend and won't be taking the DVD with me. I guess the last two days of the level 1 workout will have to be done next week. So disappointing!
Yesterday was 1,700 calories. Thank God the fresh bread is out of my house. I felt a HUGE urge to eat yesterday. HUGE. It was all I could do to keep myself away from the freezer, which holds arrays of tantallizing bread products like pizza pops and chimichangas. As well, a co-worker gave me FOUR cookies yesterday at work. They are in the fridge. My semi-binge did not include them. Isn't that GREAT news?! I ate: a whole 12" sub, two granola bars, two cups of brown rice, half a chicken breast, and lots of coffee.
I went to the gym yesterday, 20 minute walk on the treadmill and 10 minutes on the elliptical, then did some ab and leg work.
So i'm pretty tired today and a little grumpy. I feel bloated too, so that's either from all the bread i've been eating, or maybe it's that time of the month. Maybe it's a good thing i'm going to be isolated in the bush for the whole weekend :0)
Going to the gym again tonight and will try for 15 minutes of running.
- Wednesday Feb 10, 2010
Yesterday was 1,400 calories. I can't get off this bread kick, though :P I went to Subway yesterday for supper and have leftovers for lunch today, possibly even supper.
Got to the gym early yesterday and did 30 minutes on the treadmill, 15 running. I will try this again tonight and next week as well. I'm still not making very many miles, but once I get the running down I can start concerning myself with how fast i'm going. I'm happy with how i'm increasing those running minutes, didn't think i'd get this far so quickly. Must be due to all the shredding i'm doing!
Speaking of shredding, Day 8 completed! I managed about 20 actual pushups today, out of a possible, oh, say... 30? That's not bad, for a first time attempt. Two more days to make it to 30! I noticed this morning that while i'm still working up a sweat, the cardio parts of the workout are not upping my heartrate quite as dramatically as they were, thank the good Lord. That also means i'll have to get into the level 2 workout soon. Maybe next week i'll start it. That's a big MAYBE.
I'm heading into the wilderness this weekend with my cousin and his wife. We're going to hike in the deep snow and try to stay warm near the fireplace and sleep with 15 layers of clothing on. Considering I really dislike winter, this will be much like conquering a fear. When I get home on Monday, I will either feel like I can accomplish anything in life, or I will feel.... nothing, because i'll be frozen into a large, upright ice cube. If you don't see an entry on Tuesday, it's because my fingers have fallen off due to frost. It will take me awhile to learn how to type with my toes.
- Tuesday Feb 09, 2010
Yesterday was around 1,000 calories. I got lazy after work and instead of making myself something to eat, I just went to the grocery store and picked up a sandwich. It was made with cheese bread too, so my supper was not the healthiest it could have been. I gotta watch this bread kick!
After the meeting last night, gym buddy and I went to the gym. I walked for 10 minutes on the treadmill, then did a run/walk combo for 50 minutes, totalling one hour. I ran for a total of 34 minutes. That's darn good, if you ask me! That's like a mugger is chasing me and it's not a dream and I need to get away quick, darn good. I visualized the end of the 5k race actually. Each time I had to run, I pretended people were cheering me on from the sidelines. It's funny how my mind seems to unravel the more I run, kinda crazy-like. But to be honest, I WAS having trouble concentrating on anything except finishing that run. I started off running 4 minutes, then I would walk 2 minutes. I did that right to the end, but it was heavy. Not weak. Heavy. Hard.
This morning I did Day 7 of the Shred. All good. I have three more workouts to master the art of the push-up, and then i'll be ready to move onto level 2. That is now the only thing I can't do. I once hated bicycle crunches, but now find the challenge quite enjoyable. Who would have thunk?
I had more to say, lots of funny and endearing comments to make. I swear, I dreamt about it and had my next entry written out perfectly. This... is not it. I wish I could remember it, I betcha it'd be pretty funny. It probably wouldn't make any sense at all. Oh, maybe this IS it, then.
- Monday Feb 08, 2010
Hi! I'm doing great today, and I believe I can thank the garlic bread for that. Seriously! I *almost* feel like running down the hallways clicking my heels together and singing loudly! We'll see if it lasts until the end of the day, but so far I have enormous piles of energy just waiting to be used up!
Please don't picture me running down hallways clicking my heels together and singing. I just did, and I don't think I like that picture. LOL.
I ended yesterday with 1,300 calories which is pretty good considering I went out for supper. And I did the Shred workout that day, too.
Day #6 of the Shred was this morning. I continued my goals of following the higher impact workout more often than the regular routine. It was another successful workout, but i'm starting to get pretty tired of getting up in the morning! Part of the whole 'suck it up' thing, I guess.
I might go to the gym tonight, but also have an evening meeting so will see how much time I have. If I don't go to the gym, maybe i'll throw in a different workout DVD instead.
- Sunday Feb 07, 2010
I missed doing the Shred workout yesterday. On friday I fell asleep after having something to eat (1,000 calories), and slept until Saturday morning. My Dad came to visit yesterday, so I was kept busy cleaning up and getting ready for the visit. We went out for lunch and I had a denver sandwich on whole wheat, with fries. Once he left, I just bummed around and ate more (1,600 calories), and went to bed early! I really must have needed some sleep. When I got up this morning I felt pretty blah, like I just wanted to keep sleeping or something.
I just finished my 5th day of Shredding. I will have to retract my statement about going after Jillian Micheals' hide. Today I was even able to incorporate some of Natalie's moves! (Natalie does the higher impact workout), especially with the cardio parts. I hope this means that by workout 10 I might feel the need to move onto level 2. Haha - probably not. I'm watching level 2's workout right now. I'm laughing out loud. Maybe i'd better move onto this level as soon as possible, since I don't imagine i'll EVER master some of those moves they're doing! I'll be stuck on level 2 for months, i'm sure.
I'm going out for supper tonight with a few friends for an early birthday supper (my birthday is in a few days), and plan on having the small chicken caesar salad. It comes with garlic bread. This, my friends, is what i'm looking forward to! YES! More bread this weekend than in the last two weeks put together! Oy!
- Friday Feb 05, 2010
The days are starting to blur into each other. I'm exhausted when I go to bed, and i'm exhausted when I wake up. Don't get me wrong, I like the feeling of losing inches and pounds due to all this working out, and i'm in a great mood during *most* of the day and have lots of energy in the mornings, but... ok, wait. I lost my train of thought. What was I saying?
I'm too sore from Shredding to shovel the walkway for my Dad when he visits tomorrow, so i've let him know that it's dangerously icy and to be careful when he's walking up it. My arms are killing me - I can't do the dishes. Well, I can and I did do the dishes, but not all of them. It's a slow process due to not being able to lift my arms higher than my waist. I think of something to do, then forget it 5 minutes later. Is it burnout? And am I at a point where I am too exhausted to realize it?
Yesterday was 1,500 calories! Thank you, mocha! Your extra-largeness added 450 calories to my day! And you were good, too! I haven't had one of your kind for a while!
I didn't go to the gym last night. My new computer was delivered yesterday, and so instead I spent the evening getting it set up. Later on I had some friends over to watch Charmed. I think I actually fell asleep quickly, but I sure did not want to get up this morning at 6am. I slept in for half an hour, then dragged myself out of bed.
The Shred workout was a little easier this morning. I even used my weights and did all the exercises without cheating! I felt horrible towards the end of the workout, like I really wanted to lose my cookies, but I finished and Day 4 is done! Two more days to The Reckoning (a.k.a the day I go after Jillian if the workout hasn't gotten a LOT easier by then).
- Thursday Feb 04, 2010
I was so tired yesterday. I hardly ate anything and this morning everything just hurts!
When I got home from work yesterday, all I wanted to do was lay on the couch until it was time to go to the gym. I had a bowl of rice and 1/2 cup peas, then lay down, staring at the wall for an hour. I got to the gym, sleepy-eyed and miserable. 43 minutes on the treadmill, 12 of that running. I felt better after that, so I ran a few errands then had coffee with a friend. I practically fell into bed last night; unfortunately I couldn't get myself wound down quickly enough and didn't actually fall asleep until well after midnight.
This morning the alarm blared in my ears at 6am. I seriously considered staying in bed and just telling you all that I gave up on the darn workout DVD. Then I thought I should take a day off from it. Then I thought 'if I really want to go after Jillian Micheals' hide after day 6, i'd better just suck it up'. So that's what I did. I have to say though, I didn't use any weights today. It was bad enough having to move the coffee table so I could stand in front of the tv. No way was I bending down to fill some water bottles up. I thought of the canned peas in the cupboard, but got lazy and didn't bother with them either. I also cheated with the skip-rope parts and the jumping jacks. Basically, I skewed the entire workout to resemble this: shuffle, shuffle, fall down on the floor and try to do a curl up; try to get up off the floor; lay on the floor an extra second; try to get up again; shuffle, shuffle, fall down on the floor. It was weak, ladies. Weak.
I am sitting at my desk dreading the moment when i'll have to stand up to do something.
Gym tonight. Gym buddy must be torturing me for something I did that I haven't realized yet.
- Wednesday Feb 03, 2010
Well, I got up this morning. Alarm went off at 6am, I lay there for 45 minutes trying to think of a good enough excuse to stay in bed. When I couldn't think of one, I got up and shuffled to the living room to turn on the Shred DVD.
20 minutes later, I sit on the couch breathing heavily, mildly surprised. Mildly, mind you. Remember that it's about 7 in the morning - full emotion doesn't kick in until at least 9. I got through it all without having to stop the video. Of course, I stepped it down a notch and followed the girl that was doing the alternate moves for less impact. And sometimes when Jillian counted down from 4, I stopped when she reached 2. Whatever, I got through it. Day 2.
When she says the day 6 and 7'ers will be noticing a huge difference, she better be right. I'll take it out of 'er hide if there isn't a huge difference by that time!
1,000 calories yesterday. I even ate some cashews, but skipped a later evening bowl of rice because I wasn't hungry.
Gym tonight. My legs are wobbly right now, so i'm hoping they will work once I get on the treadmill. If not, that's okay, i'll just walk.
- Tuesday Feb 02, 2010
Ok. O. M. G.
So I got my Shred DVD today. I don't know if I even need to say anymore than that, i'm sure bez15 and panda22 know exactly how i'm feeling right now. I just had to log on to let you all know I tried it out. Just finished level 1, like, two minutes ago. I can hardly breathe. I had to stop the DVD twice to catch my breath. Seriously. TWICE. That really kicked my butt. It makes me wonder if i'll get up in the morning to do it again.
So I added up my calories on Sunday - 2,200. Actually, to be honest, that's not as bad as it could have been. I know I can eat so much more than that when i'm on a mission.
Yesterday 1,000 calories. For the life of me, on these low cal days I don't know how to get them higher besides eating more later on in the evening. Should I add another granola bar, in the morning maybe? I really can't add anything to my meals - they are filling enough already. Maybe I should try to find some smoothies and I can take them to work with me in the mornings. Only problem - that will surely cut down on my daily water intake. It's a dilemma, for sure :>)
I went to the gym last night and treadmilled for 47 minutes, running 10 minutes out of that total. This time, I felt great, but forced myself to slow down. We'll see how i'm doing by the end of the week (I like to burn myself out Mondays and Tuesdays... then have nothing left for the rest of the week). I only ran 1 minute after walking 5, then at minute 45 I ran for 2 minutes. Next time (tomorrow hopefully), I will do the same, except will start running at minute 40 and not stop until I hit 3 miles. Oh, you really don't care about the details, do you?!! Sorry, it's the number-cruncher coming out in me.
Today i'm hoping to get some more shovelling done, maybe take dog for a walk, and tidy the house. My Dad and his wife are visiting this weekend, so I want to make a nice healthy diabetic lunch for us all (my Dad is diabetic). Off I go to investigate some slow cooker recipes! Have a great day all!