Today I am grateful for a sunny day and the only snow being on the mountaintops.
Got on the scale this morning and screamed!! Yesterday I finished all the oatmeal raisin cookies. I should have baked a single batch and taken a dozen to our friends' Saturday night and only kept 6 for us. But no. I had to be a pig. The number on the scale which I won't confess to has seriously motivated me, as well as noticing a belly this morning! Four weeks from tomorrow we leave for Uganda.
My calves are still sore today but much less so. Lots of stretching. I could feel the tightness when I used the treadmill today but didn't notice anything on the spin bike.
I'm happy with the workout routines I've worked out for our trip (listed in Sunday's blog). I just need to be disciplined and make sure I find the time to do this 3 times a week while we are gone.
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.