Today I am grateful that I never have to worry about having enough to eat or a roof over my head.
No spin classes till January. The gym will be closed xmas day, of course, and boxing day (26th). The 27th and 28th I'll be in Edinburgh meeting a long-time online friend and her husband. Gym also closed Jan 1st and 2nd. I can still work out at home though on those days - except xmas day of course.
Got a surprise today. Husband's brother who lives in Australia is coming to visit as he has lots of time off from work. So he'll arrive either xmas day or the day after. We leave for Uganda before he goes home though, so we'll send him to his other brother's house when we leave.
Workout at gym:
30 mins spin bike
20 mins treadmill
3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
Didn't get in my strength training this afternoon as we were Skyping in-laws in Australia for a very long time!
We were able to find some joy this weekend despite the horrific tragedies in CT. Really enjoyed visiting with hubby's grandson and his parents. Enjoyed Inverness as well. Stepdaughter's house is just too small for guests so we stayed in a hotel overlooking the river in the centre of town.
I really did NOT do well with the cupcakes or the excess frosting! Stepdaughter kept offering me more of them as well. Indulgent weekend. Lots of beer.
Got home last night and had planned to go the gym this morning before grocery shopping. Changed that to home workout after shopping, but didn't do that either. Got busy doing laundry, unpacking, sorting through all the photos I took which some of you have seen.
Grandson who will be 8 months on Friday. River Ness - our hotel room was facing this.
Did great yesterday. Good workouts and calories ended at under 1600. Tomorrow and the weekend will be a challenge. I'll be baking cupcakes to take to my stepdaughter's family. The big question: How does one put frosting on cupcakes without eating some of it?! Also will be eating out during our stay and drinking beer.
No more spin classes being held until January. So I'll get in one more class just before we leave on our trip.
While grocery shopping I noticed that my very favourite ice cream was on sale. It kept calling my name inviting me to partake of ecstasy for the tastebuds. But I told it to naff off!!
30 mins intense spin bike class - you could hear everybody huffing and puffing!
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).