- Thursday Mar 22, 2012
I am in the city, just checked into my hotel and am going to head to the hospital soon to see how Dad made out with his surgery. I hate city driving; it was a mess just to get to the hotel! Oh well.
This morning I did the Insanity Cardio Recovery workout, and thank goodness for it because it was a nice stretch to balance out all the cardio and resistance training the last few days. It was still a difficult enough workout, but my heartrate stayed pretty low so i'm glad for the "day off"!
Eating is going well so far, i'm going to take some snacks to the hospital with me (yogurt, blueberries) so that I don't get the munchies and go off my plan. I'll be here for the next couple of days, so staying on plan will be a true test.
Hope you're all enjoying your day!
- Wednesday Mar 21, 2012
Nutrition yesterday went much better than Monday. I made sure to eat after the Insanity workout in the morning (7am), then lunch at 12pm, snack at 2:30pm, and dinner at 5:30pm. I still had two other meals to eat but I swapped them for a mocha ;). Every meal, except for the mocha, had protein. I think I did pretty good, and my calorie count was pretty awesome if I do say so myself!!!
I didn't think of taking recovery fuel in, but perhaps I will have to give that some thought. And thanks V for recommending Cardio Recovery on tougher days - I think that might be a great idea.
So this morning was Day 3 of Insanity, Power & Resistance. My calves were really bugging me today, very sore and I was scared they were going to cramp (yep, like my name) and cause me some pain. Thankfully that didn't happen, but it did force me to modify some of the moves during the workout. My heart rate was at its highest since starting the Insanity program, woooo calorie burn!!
Working towards a 85-90g/day goal for protein:
B - bran cereal, flaxseed, skim milk, 1/2 banana - 12g protein
L - lean beef, 1/2 english muffin, spinach, blueberries - 29g protein
S1 - yogurt, walnuts, 1/2 apple, honey - 8g protein
D - rice, 2oz chicken, peas, corn - 24g protein
S2 - pb&j sandwich on 1/2 slice homemade bread - 8g protein
S3 - 1/2 english muffin, tomato, mozza cheese - 7g protein
Total protein = 88g
- Tuesday Mar 20, 2012
Now I know how Sweetpea was feeling when she upped her protein intake... bleh. I was so full yesterday that it was hard to move without groaning.
Anyways, maybe it wasn't as bad as all that, but what a difference a few extra calories of protein will do!
Today, I'll be switching around my meals a little bit so that i'm not feeling as full during the day at work, and saving something for evening when i'm at my most munchy! It's all about finding the balance that works for you!
Insanity - Day 2 complete. Man, my calves feel like they're going to seize up on me! I'll be stretching them out at intervals throughout the day. I felt stronger today than during the fit test (maybe in part to the nutrition yesterday?), but this workout really kicked my ass and knocked me out. I took a few extra breaks and at one point just watched some of the other people in the video break for water or fall on the floor. Hilarious!
I am slightly sore today; unsure as to whether this is from Wallyball on Sunday, the Fit Test on Monday, or this morning's workout. Whatever the cause, the effect is a big, hilarious, huge grin on my face. The endorphines are kicking into gear!!!
Plan for today:
Food - cereal, mocha, burger, yogurt, chicken, pb&j sandwich
Exercise - Insanity; way too windy and cold to walk to work today, even if my legs would have let me :)
Other - I booked a hotel room in the city for Dad's surgery; now I need to pack and find a cooler for the food I want to take with me. And tonight is leg waxing night as well; whew!
- Monday Mar 19, 2012
Great times at Wallyball last night; really enjoyed getting out there and sweating. It's pretty crazy how much I look forward to this outing each week and being able to burn over 500 calories in an hour :)
I wanted to walk to work this morning but it was lightly raining and foggy out so I thought it might be a bit dangerous (I need to cross a highway to get to work). Besides, I started Insanity this morning; who needs an extra workout on top of that?!!! Not me!!!
The first workout in Insanity is the Fit Test. For ten one-minute intervals, you kill yourself to get the highest possible number of (insert exercise here) that you can. Halfway through, I needed a longer break than Shaun T was giving out. I had to pause the DVD and walk through a little bout of nausea. My numbers start off well, and then go downhill. And then after my break, they're pretty good again, and then they go downhill again :)
Funniest moment ever: I was doing the obliques, the last exercise of the test, and I was about to fall into child's pose and start crying, when I heard "I know you want to quit, I just need you to dig a little deeper" or something like that from Shaun T. It couldn't have come at a better time, I pulled out a few extra moves before crashing to the floor.
Plan for today:
Food - I'm going to try to follow the plan set out through the program, but I will be adding in my coffee at work because I am not ready to give that up!! Below is pretty much what I have planned for the week:
Breakfast - cereal, flaxseed, 1/2 banana, skim milk
Morning - plain yogurt, 1/2 apple, walnuts, honey
Lunch - lean burger on english muffin, spinach, blueberries
Afternoon - 1 slice homemade bread, pb, jelly
Dinner - brown rice, grilled chicken, vegetables
Evening - english muffin, 1 slice tomato, 1 slice reduced-fat mozza
Exercise - Insanity!
Other - I need to make arrangements to go into the city for Dad's surgery on Thursday. This is going to screw up my plans for Insanity and for my eating, but I will make it work as much as possible, even if that means taking my laptop with me in order to get my workouts in, and bringing a cooler for my food! I will make it work!
- Saturday Mar 17, 2012
Oh my goodness this healthified, fake-fried rice with peanuts and broccoli with a scrambled egg is REALLY good. Especially when you're a little bit hung over.
Went to the new bar last night; the little place was packed. Not surprisingly for a small town, the cops were there twice and there was a "burn-out-and-run" with some idiot thinking he could out-run the police. He couldn't. His car is pretty smashed up now. Also being hit on by awkward adult-teens was not fun. But the dancing was alright, and there was laughing too, so i'd say it was a successful night!
Of course, it was SOOOOO difficult to get away once the bar was done. There's always an after-party, yes? The pressure was hot on me to keep going, but I persevered and snuck away around 3am LOL. At least 3am is better than finding yourself with a beer in your hand at 8am and deciding to go for breakfast. Those were the days LOL!!!
Guess what???? I went to the post yesterday and my Insanity program was there! So I get to start a whole week earlier than anticipated! Can't wait!!!
Plan for today:
Food - mocha, rice as above, snack? creamed soup, crackers.
Exercise - no plan!
Other - no plan!
- Friday Mar 16, 2012
Well, haha, here I am at work today! So much for my plan to take the day off; but it's alright since it's Friday and for some reason I feel like I just ate a whole lot of chocolate and am on a wicked chocolate high ;) (I didn't eat any chocolate, just for the record).
Was asked to go to the opening of a new bar in town tonight. I hate saying no to things like this, especially since it's so nice to still be asked on occasion, seeing as i've let my social life go downhill for a long time now. I just would rather it not be a late night because they tend to send my weekends into the gutter in terms of diet and exercise! But perhaps a few hours out dancing and laughing would do wonders for my mental health :)
It took a fair amount of coaxing to get my body to walk to work this morning; it sure didn't want to! I had to wear my knee brace AND take an advil, and now i'm thinking about taking a robaxacet as well. When I get up from my desk to move, my hip flexor fights back. Oh, the joys of getting older!!!
Plan for today:
Food - mocha, rice and chili, cottage cheese with fruit, rice and stir fry. a few drinks later.
Exercise - walking outside 1 hour.
Other - a nap? LOL.
It's going to be a beautiful day today - the high is at 18 degrees celsius for this afternoon. It will be a lovely walk home so long as my joints will allow it!
- Thursday Mar 15, 2012
I am fighting huge yawns this morning at work :(
I haven't totally decided yet, but i'm thinking of taking tomorrow off. I am not entirely sure what I would do with my day off, but I am thinking sleeping in would be a good start ;)
I was able to walk to work this morning; the weather network is showing a high of above 10 celsius for this afternoon how awesome would that be?! I complained a lot yesterday about not being able to feel the heat of the sun, but today I don't think that will be an issue! Yay! Sun! How exciting!
Plan for Today:
Food - mocha, free lunch during meeting, cottage cheese with fruit, rice and brussel sprouts, ritz baked chips (these things are awesome and also give me zits).
Exercise - walking outside 1 hour
- Wednesday Mar 14, 2012
Well, bad news... I missed my doc appt yesterday because I was in a meeting and didn't realize the time. For now i've decided to let it go until next week and see how i'm feeling then.
Wasn't able to walk to work this morning as the wind was incredible!!! And cold. So will try to make up for it with a workout this evening.
Plan for today:
Food - mocha, rice and chili, yogurt with fruit, dinner??? heading to Grandma's after work today!
Exercise - running? core workout?
It feels like it might be a long day; I think it might be time to take an extended weekend to recharge. I don't know if I can wait it out until Easter break.
- Tuesday Mar 13, 2012
I had an evening meeting yesterday and didn't get much in the way of exercise, but I was able to walk to work this morning as the weather has turned for the better. Thank goodness, I was really missing my walks ;)
I made a doc appt for this afternoon to get antibiotics. Hopefully i'll be feeling more like myself soon; just in time to start Insanity!
Plan for today:
Food - mocha, lunch from cafeteria, yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit, pita with ground beef and veggie toppings
Exercise - walking!
Other - doc appt
- Monday Mar 12, 2012
I was told on the weekend that i'd better get my butt to the doctor for a round of antibiotics, just in case this is a flu virus. The flu and I, we seem to be attached by the hip. Even though I am not feeling sick - like PUKE sick - I think it might be a good idea to knock the rest of whatever is going on out the window.
I had an incredible sleep on Friday night and woke up feeling awesome on Saturday. I slept until nearly noon (um, SICK, anyone?) and when I woke up all I wanted to do was workout. That's crazy! LOL, but I had so much energy. And it was so gorgeous outside, I went to the dog park and meandered about for a while, just watching people playing and walking their dogs. It made me miss my Zoe a little bit, but it was good therapy all the same and I was glad to be outside in the sunshine.
So I took the plunge and ordered the Insanity program. Yikes! I should get it towards the beginning of next week, so hopefully this week i'll be able to do some walking to work and maybe a couple of other workouts just to get me going and motivated for the program. I'm a little nervous that i'll feel really overwhelmed with it, but we'll see how it goes. In the end, it's only a workout, and it's all about making it a priority.
But give me as much support as you can, girls, because i'm going to need it!
Plan for Today:
Food - mocha, yogurt with fruit & granola, lunch from cafeteria?, cottage cheese & grapes, pita pizza (homemade) with brussel sprouts for dinner.
* I know some of you suggested I stop eating dairy for a week to see if that's why I was feeling so sick. I'm sorry i'm not taking your advice. Yet. Sorry. *
Exercise - some walking today would be great.
Other - I need to make multiple bank deposits (that's what happens when you procrastinate), and it would be great if I could muster the energy to take my mail to the post.