- 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!
- Monday Feb 01, 2010
I managed to make it to the gym on Thursday, but didn't really do much. All the treadmills were taken when we got there, so I went on the recumbant bike until a treadmill freed up - 9 minutes, about 1.5 miles. Gosh, were my legs sore! When I got on the treadmill, my legs were feeling quite rubbery and I was already sweating like a banshee...do banshee's sweat? 21 minutes, 3 running, 1.5 miles. I tried to continue on the treadmill, but found myself unable to. That's ok. About 1,000 calories Thursday.
Friday - 1,300 calories. I had the day off work, so dog and I went for a quick walk down some back alleys (I didn't have her leashed), then I shovelled - totalled about an hour. I cleaned house a bit, too. Other than that, I went for supper to a friend's and we watched some Charmed episodes. Good day.
Saturday - 1,300 calories. I did nothing for exercise Saturday, but did really well with my diet and even managed to make that cream of broccoli soup i'd been wanting to. I used skim milk and whole wheat flour and it didn't turn out as well as I wanted, but it's edible so i'll probably finish it off this week.
Sunday - I didn't add up these calories yet, but it'll be high. I took dog for a walk, about 40 minutes, then sat on the couch and watched tv almost all day and evening. During one of my non-tv watching moments, I drove uptown and almost ran over a stray dog. When I pulled over due to the non-rhythmic beating of my heart, the dog came right up to me and wouldn't go away, so I picked it up and took it home. It stayed overnight in the garage and this morning the catcher came and picked it up.
All in all, it was a good weekend. I still haven't received my Shred DVD; hopefully today I can pick it up. The plan is to go to the gym tonight. I feel blah from all the eating I did yesterday, but hopefully I will be able to work some of it off tonight. Good day to all!
- Thursday Jan 28, 2010
I went to bed a little earlier last night in an attempt to ensure I would wake up early enough in the morning to start a workout routine.
When I woke up this morning, the first thing I thought to myself was "wow, what a great sleep". It felt like I had actually SLEPT, and the alarm hadn't even gone off yet! Before I turned over to sleep some more before the alarm sounded, I had my second thought of the day "I will definitely be able to get up and do a workout this morning, for sure".
When I woke up again and the alarm STILL hadn't gone off, I started to worry. I rolled over and checked the time... 7:45!!!! OMG. I have to be at work at 8:00! What the hell?! When I checked the volume, I realized my mistake... I had switched it to 'beep' instead of full-on 'alarm'.
Moral of the story... wake up before you go to sleep and make sure your alarm is set properly. No wonder I feel so bloody rested. A positive is that I actually made it to work on time. I have no idea how. It's about 11am here, and I don't think i've completely woken up yet.
Yesterday was better for calories, just over 1,000. I think I am eating too much rice; I want to hit the grocery stores today and pick up the ingredients for cream of broccoli soup - after watching all those broccoli commercials (you know which ones i'm taking about? with that funny, NOT funny guy in them?) I feel the need to start including it in my meals.
Went to the gym as well. 47 minutes on the treadmill, 6 running, 3 miles. My legs were sore after 2 minutes of running, so I took it easy. They're really sore today, but i'm going to the gym after work anyways. I'll just walk. Maybe.
- Wednesday Jan 27, 2010
Whoop! Finally made it to the gym last night!
My calories sucked, though. I never even made it to 1,000. I wonder if i'm just not adding them up right. I think I will have to start measuring everything out, at least the rice I eat. Maybe i'm eating way more than I think I am? I enter everything into FitDay, but maybe i'm going too easy on the portion sizes. Anyways, I was definitely full yesterday and didn't feel like I needed to eat more. I also drank lots and lots of water yesterday.
I was on the treadmill at the gym for 45 minutes, 11 of that running. I swore that i'd stay on that thing until I reached 3 miles, and I did. From now on, no matter if I have to walk for hours on end, everytime I get on that treadmill i'm going to go 3 miles. If I want workouts to pass quickly, I guess i'll just have to run.
I purchased the 30 Day Shred DVD and will start that probably next week, in the mornings. So, this morning I tried getting up earlier in order to get into the habit of getting out of bed when the alarm goes off. I was even going to workout to a pilates DVD I bought years ago, just to start getting into the routine. You know I love routine, right? When it changes, it's hard for me to adjust right away. When i'm forced into it, it's much easier to adjust :) Anyways, it didn't happen. I pressed the snooze button something like 35 times and before I knew it, it was time to get dressed for work. So much for today, but I will try again tomorrow!
I am so glad I remembered to bring an extra sweater to work with me. I am currently the only one working today so the office is pretty empty except for me. Without extra bodies moving around and warming the place up, it's pretty cool in here. Well, I guess i'll drink my coffee - that should warm me up a bit!!
- Tuesday Jan 26, 2010
I think our snow days are over now. The streets (well, some of them) have been cleared, business as usual! Except that it's REALLY cold. I don't know how cold, because I never look into these things... ok, just for you guys I looked... it's minus 21 celsius (minus 6 F), but with the windchill minus 33 celsius. So I guess that's not REALLY cold for us, but it feels COLD, dude. REALLY COLD.
I texted my gym buddy yesterday but she was planning a birthday supper for her mom and couldn't go. I wondered why she didn't tell me this and save me from thinking I was going to the gym, but chose to keep my thoughts to myself. I don't need to fight with my friends. I have plenty of other people to fight with. Maybe she thought I wouldn't even text her. Whatever.
Eating was good yesterday, 1,000 calories but I made sausage that I never ate so it WOULD have put me in good calorie range if I would've eaten it. I'll eat it today, anyways. It smelled good, but I was full because I'd already eaten some rice. Well, plus I was busy playing computer games. Anyways, I needed a lower day because Sunday left me with such wicked heartburn that I was plowing through my meds like you wouldn't believe. I needed to really closely watch what I ate yesterday. It helped, no new episodes. Today I feel great!
Gym buddy said that we would go to the gym tonight and tomorrow night. Let's hope so!
- Monday Jan 25, 2010
I gotta get back to the gym. I mean, really. This is pretty ridonculous already.
I went out for supper on Friday with a few friends, then played some Wii. My calories came to 1,800. I blame the soda I drank... pepsi pepsi pepsi.
On Saturday, I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow. Now, you might think that would be such a glorious thing to see, but... you would be wrong. I couldn't even get the back door open enough to let the dog out. I'm not sure how much we got in that first round, but I would guess around a foot and a half. Once I managed to get outside, the dog and I shovelled for an hour. I only got the front and back paths done, and a path around my vehicle since i'd left it out for the night instead of parking it in the garage. Feeling good about my accomplishments, the dog and I played inside the house for a long time. When I finally decided I needed to run uptown for a few things, it had snowed another half a foot and the wind was picking up. I decided not to shovel again until Sunday, since it didn't seem to be letting up any. I have to say, it was definitely a lot of fun driving my 4x4 through the side streets. I promise I didn't laugh at those tiny cars that were stuck in the snow drifts. Promise. I went to a friends' place that night and drank too many vodkas. 1,800 calories again.
Sunday, I dozed a lot. And it snowed a lot. And the wind blew a lot. I got stuck once, then again trying to get back into my driveway. Karma! I think it must have snowed another foot, but hard to tell because the wind was making HUGE stinking snow drifts that were just UNBELIEVABLE! A friend gave me some lasagna leftovers (I realize there is a theme here with my friends always giving me food. I think they must sneak looks into my fridge when they come over. I have food in there, just not a lot.) Anyways, I ate ALL the lasagna, which put me at my calorie limit at 11:30 AM! HA. Had a couple friends over later that night to watch Charmed episodes, then called it a night. 2,500 calories. Heehee?
Made it to work this morning, even had time to stop for take-out coffee. All the buses are cancelled, the office here is empty of co-workers, and stories are flying around about how awful the weather is here and there and everywhere. Some parts of the province have had no power now for over two days!
- Friday Jan 22, 2010
I had a very busy day yesterday. I have to say that I got quite a bit of work done, but now all that energy I was boasting about on Monday has formed into a separate being that has perched itself beside me and is wheezing heavily, coughing loudly, and generally being a pain in the you-know-what. Actually, it's not all THAT bad. In fact, I feel good. Most likely because it's Friday today...
Wednesday's calories were around 1,000. Just one of those days. I tried to get more calories in, but I really wasn't feeling it at all on Wednesday. I think I was more interested in sleep.
I made up for the lack of calories by adding them up on Thursday to 1,900 by the end of the day. I still think this is okay. There will be days such as this - the obstacle to overcome is purely mental. As in, I need to tell myself that this is okay, that I haven't failed myself, that i'm still in great caloric balance for the week, that I didn't binge, I ate well (blueberry muffin, rice, granola bar, pork chop, cream of broccoli soup). I just drank too many darn mochas!
I have the last pork chop to finish up, and rice coming out my... I eat a lot of rice, and have a large container of cooked rice in the fridge. Needless to say, i'll be eating a lot of rice over the weekend. I may attempt to make a batch of my friend's cream of broccoli soup since it was so yummy and not that heavy in calories. Plus, it would spice up all the boring rice. That's why I hardly ever tell you what i'm eating, it's just boring!
I really hope gym-buddy wants to go to the gym tonight. I haven't been all week. If it's possible, I actually miss it.
- Wednesday Jan 20, 2010
I'm a creature of habit and seem to thrive under regularity and schedules. Back down to the weight I was at before Christmas. It seems to have taken a while, but that is alright, I have all the time in the world!
NITA asked when I take vitamins and such. I try to get them all down in the morning, but will have to see how that goes after a week or so of it. Since I LOVE routine, I always take the calcium/magnesium when I wake up. I take everything else to work with me and get them down before I start the workday and on weekends I take them before I eat the first meal of the day. It seems to be working, as long as my memory stays intact and I remember to take them!
I didn't make it to the gym last night as my gym-buddy is sick with the flu, poor thing. I was okay with sleeping the evening away, then obviously had trouble throughout the rest of the night getting the whole 8 hours in. Oh well. Not sure what I will do tonight, i'll probably check in with my friend to see how she's feeling and go from there. I don't like going to the gym on my own, not sure if I don't have the incentive or if i'm just being self-conscious. Probably the latter. I walked to work today, it took me 30 minutes, but was it ever a nice walk. Early morning, people are just starting their days, the weather was good - it was worth it. 1,200 calories yesterday. Doing well!
I'm having troubles with my vehicle (which is why I walked to work today). It's in the garage this morning, hopefully being fixed but I sure hope it won't be a hefty bill. I don't know what i'd do if I had to start looking for a different vehicle. Talk about squeezing the budget. Hopefully it only needs to be thawed out and there are no bigger issues. I have a big trip coming up in February, so I really need a dependable vehicle.
- Tuesday Jan 19, 2010
I had so much energy yesterday, it was truly amazing. I didn't know what to do with myself! My friend ended up cancelling gym night, so instead I went to the store and did some grocery shopping and picked up two large 5 gallon jugs of water and carried them into the house. 1,300 calories yesterday.
I'm not sure where i'm getting all this energy from, but I have a few ideas. I might say it's because of going to the gym, but I don't think I go often enough to feel that kind of energy. I might say maybe i'm getting enough sleep finally, but that wouldn't be true. I have a feeling it's because of all the vitamins i'm taking for the last week. I don't know if they can kick in that quickly, but it must be that - what else could it be?
I'm taking vitamin C and B Complex, a multi-vitamin and mineral (Centrum), an Omega-3 supplement, Calcium and Magnesium. My doctor suggested Vitamin B Complex, Calcium and Magnesium. I added the rest because I know I don't get enough in the food I eat.
So, i'm going to try and finagle my friend into going to the gym today. Slight headache this morning is reminding me that I haven't had my morning cup of coffee yet! Off I go!