Thursday, April 08, 2010
I make a real effort to try different classes at my gym. I'm paying for it, so why not? It's fun to get out of my comfort zone.
Last night was supposed to be 60's and 70's Dance Party with a former Rockette and Broadway dancer. Super fun, right? Well, it turned out that she was stuck in Manhattan (she is producing the new Hairspray) so the class was going to be Dance Your Butt Off. Hm... I was already at the gym, so I decided to try it. I really slogged through it - it was exactly like Step Class without the step. One of those classes where everyone is doing exactly the same thing at the same time, wide steps, repeaters... bleh. I have taken step classes before, and there is a reason I don't still take them. I'm just not into that kind of class. It takes me a while to really "get" a step, and most of the time just when I get it, the class is moving on to something else. It's very frustrating.
So I left, feeling a little dejected, but very sweaty, and came home. Honey made some grilled chicken with avocado/onion rice (YUM) and I was SOOOO glad there was dinner here.
But on to today. This morning I planned on going swimming, but my body was saying "no no no!" when I woke up. I listened to it, and here I am.
Did I meet goals from yesterday?
Water - YES
Have fun at class - I tried my best!
Compliment - YES
Eating plan - um, no. After dinner I had some peanut butter, and then some more. And then some honey bread. Bleh.
I'm feeling a little run-down today, which is a little bit of a bummer. I was in such a good mood yesterday, and today is more blah.
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Make good food choices at dinner tonight (we have a homeowners' meeting at a restaurant tonight - they make good sushi, so I think I'll have a roll or two)
Go to bed at 9:00 tonight. I've been staying up too late this week, and I think it's finally catching up with me. I don't like it.
Off to get another cup of coffee and pack my lunch.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
I went down to my mom's house today for Easter. At the end of last week I didn't really want to, it's over 100 miles round trip. But then I thought about spending time with family and how that is really important.
It was a nice day. We had some ham and potato stew for lunch, and again for dinner. It's very tasty. My brother and I decided to ride our bikes to the bank and ended up riding around town for about 25 minutes. We rode up a really big hill - my quads are still burning! Got home, ate some dinner, and decided to walk up to the ice cream place for a dusty road sundae. The whole walk was probably almost two miles. All this on what was supposed to be a rest day! Goes to show how my life has really changed.
I really enjoyed riding around today! Enough so that I'm going to consider getting a bike (used) in the near future. I can't ride to work (there are only two ways to get there, and the roads are both scary) so I'd have to stick to state parks and other trails. Luckily, there are lots of nice places pretty near. My brother is also looking into a new bike - we're thinking of being biking buddies.
Today was not a typical eating day for me. I made ok choices and didn't go crazy, but I'm used to having more protein and more fresh veggies. But with my April goal of tracking 5x a week, I can chalk up today as a non-tracking day and get back to it tomorrow.
Off to sit in a hot bath and get ready for bed. Tomorrow is some serious strength training in the morning and then some running at night. I have to really take advantage of my last day of Spring Break!
Saturday, April 03, 2010
I am loving this time off. Yesterday I got so much done around the house! My family is coming up to visit today - my aunt and uncle haven't seen our house yet, and my mom hasn't been up for a while. I love showing people our house - I'm so proud that we own a home.
I got in some good swimming yesterday - 60 laps toward my 5-week goal of 204. (the triathlon challenge at the gym.) This morning I'm going for a little run - checking out the local 5K course and taking advantage of this beautiful weather. I also bought myself a new pair of running shorts - I'm so excited - they are the short running shorts, the ones that I ever only dreamed of wearing. But I put them on this morning and I saw some muscles in my legs. Yippee!
One goal for April is to track my food 5x a week. I know it's only April 3rd, but I've done well with tracking so far. I like to feel in control of my food choices, and it's helping me to see where I was getting a little off-track. One of those off-track areas of eating for me was peanut butter. A little bit of PB is not going to kill me, but I discovered that I was eating 2-3 tablespoons a day. I started using it instead of butter on my morning muffin; when I saw how many calories and fat grams it was adding to my day, I decided it wasn't worth it. besides, without the PB on my muffin I can taste my expensive fruit compote much better.
I have decided to change my weight tracker to show my actual weight, not just how much I want to lose. This is a big step - I was always so self conscious about my weight. I'm finally starting to feel comfortable with where I am. I'm happy with my size (4-6), and my body fat % is in the healthy range - it's 27.2% (I can't believe I just posted that!) and I'm working on getting it even lower. My weight is at the high range of the BMI range for "healthy," but I feel strong and fit. I am hoping that posting this will make me feel even *more* comfortable with my numbers and maybe I can encourage someone else by showing them that the high end of the BMI scale is ok and different weights look different on everyone.
Anyway, off to finish my water and head out for a run. The sun is out, I'm feeling good!
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