Today is an unscheduled rest day (aka hangover!). Husband invited friends over for wine and home brewed beer last night. I stuck to my menu all day, then 8pm rolled around. The men drank beer and the woman and I drank wine, lots and lots of wine. Ugh! I don't drink it often mainly due to the calories, so when I do I tend to go overboard, especially on social occasions.
Supposed to be a gym day but hubby has gone off to swim laps by himself. I've done a few chores after a long lie in bed, but I'm going to lie on the sofa shortly with my book. I'll do a home workout tomorrow including my strength routines and tae bo/jump rope and probably some time on my exercise bike.
Trying again for a 1400 cals day!
I expect to hear many wino jokes from hubby today. Groan...
Today I am grateful to be in a warm house while the wind is seriously howling!
Hope all of you are having a healthy week.
This is a non-workout, 1400 cal day.
Going to finish cleaning up the guest room and shampooing the carpet. Except for the 1/2 bathroom it's the last room in the house needing redecorating - wallpaper, paint, new drapes, carpet, built-in wardrobe and maybe a new chest of drawers--a complete overhaul. But clean will do for now.
Went to the gym with hubby this morning (he does laps in the pool) and discovered it wasn't going to open until 10am since this is a public holiday. So we had to wait for 25 mins. Got most of my workout in though before it was time to catch the bus.
Due to my overeating all weekend (one day would be fine but not two!), I'm counting cals today. I've designated Sun (rest day), Tues (rest day), Thurs (30 min spin class) as my 1400 cal days. The other days I'll just use sense and still weigh my portions. Didn't count yesterday so doing so today. But since it's a heavy workout day I'm going to 1500.
Today I am grateful for good food, clean water, a comfy home.
Rest day (no workout, anyway). Got the pasta sauce made and the French bread started. My day to cook. But it's supposed to be one of my 1400 cal days, but won't work out that way. I'll make up for it though during the week.
Today I am grateful for living in a place with so much beauty!
A no-workout day and a treat day! Went to our botanic gardens to look for autumn colours (not much yet) and took some photos. Then had lunch at the cafe - jacket (baked) potato with shredded cheddar, salad, cuppa tea, and a slice of cake. They put a massive amount of cheese on my potato and when they brought it I thought there was no way I could eat all that cheese. Wrong! Cleaned my plate. Cake was a bit dry so didn't finish it.
Next I went to a place called Puck's Glen (King of the Faeries) - a very nice walk in a place that could make you believe in faeries! I hadn't been for a long time and was pleased with how easy it was to walk up all the steps and hills. Only got a bit breathless once and my legs did not object. Took some photos but many didn't come out as I should have brought along my tripod. It's also a dark place and hard to get the lighting right (and I don't use a flash!).
No calorie counting today but this will not be normal eating on a non-counting day! This was a deserved treat as the scale is nearly goal.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a rest day and a calorie-counting (1400) day but it happens to be the day I'm making pasta and homemade French bread (giving hubby a break from cooking). Hard to eat small quantities of French bread and I'll be having red wine as well. So I'll have to make up for it during the week somehow.
Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!
Today I am grateful for the beautiful sunshine on my blue loch!
Hope you all are having a healthy, pleasant day!
Put my plan into action. Nice not to be a slave to calories and my excel spreadsheet. I can deal with counting 3 days a week (1400) and w/o counting I can tell if I'm eating more than I should. So today is the first of the no-counting, no meal-planning days. I'll see how it goes. This is definitely not an excuse to pig out. I still weigh out my food - 100 g yogurt & 75 g raspberries, etc. But I am due for a treat and will take advantage of 3 days of predicted sunshine. Tomorrow I'll go to our botanic gardens for a walk and will treat myself to a nice lunch at the cafe.
Workout at gym:
35 mins spin bike
20 mins treadmill
3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
cables/pulley for triceps
back lifts on half ball
Workout at home: (usually move the Friday routines to Sat but want to get it out of the way and just do some leisurely walking and some housework over the weekend)
(Anything I've done before in sets of 4 x 10 will now be 3 sets of 12.)
dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
planks (full and alternating)
7 min video routine for triceps/arms
side dips with dumbbell
bridge (for glutes)
thighs/glutes with ankle weights
Menu: planning on clean eating all day with possibly a bottle of alcoholic pear cider tonight.
Progress as of today: 38.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!
Today I am grateful for feeling 20 years younger than I am!
I'm beginning to feel burned out with workouts and calorie counting taking up soooo much of my time. So I'm experimenting to see what I can do to find the right balance. Thanks for your comments/tips yesterday.
Cutting the strength routines to 3 sets of 12 instead of 4 sets of 10 (the time does add up)
Cut my spin bike routines to 3 times/week instead of 4 (they are knackering/exhausting!)
3 rest days per week
I really need to get outside at least once a week, and since it rains/showers/drizzles here a LOT I'm just going to have to put on my rainsuit and go for a walk.
Instead of counting every day I'm going to take a chance on my own judgement, although I'll still weigh my portions (not weighing out things like pb is a recipe for disaster!). 1400 calories on Sun, Tues, Thurs and my own judgement on the other days.
Even though I've been doing a lot of snacking lately (mainly night time tv watching), I've lost another pound which tells me I wasn't getting enough cals for my activity levels.
Still have an aquarium and some other stuff to get rid in the loft but it's a LOT emptier.
A regular at the gym asked me today about how much I workout. I told her and she seemed to think that was too much (she's very fit) and that our bodies need good rests. I'm wondering how long I can keep up this intensity and if I'll burn out. I didn't want to go to the gym this morning but made myself. I rarely feel that way. I wonder if I should get a professional opinion on my workouts? Most weeks I do a minimum of 3 hours cardio, 5 hours strength training (gym & home).
Workout at gym:
35 mins spin bike
20 mins treadmill (plus 5 mins when Ifirst arrived as the spin bike was occupied)