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Catching Up With Reality

Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm quick to adjust the weight tracker down, but not so good when it goes up, telling myself, "it's just a blip, I'll wait until next week." It's a slippery slope. My weight started creeping up again a couple of months ago - not by much but by maybe ~2 pounds - but then with boot camp and a renewed focus on food it stayed the same for awhile. This week, it finally moved down a pound. I just updated it in Spark. It's actually a pound higher than it was in the tracker, but my last weigh-in was back in February. I'm going to try to be more consistent with tracking. Weighing in once a week (and ONLY once a week!) and recording it once a week. I need to get a tape measure and start taking measurements too, as I suspect that's the bigger difference. My pants feel a little looser - like I don't have to do 50 squats in my jeans when they come out of the dryer to loosen them up. (OH come on you know what I'm talking about!)

Today's boot camp class was another go-at-your-own-pace doozy. Seven exercises, to be completed in order, for as many rounds as possible in 55 minutes. His minimum was three rounds. I completed my third round with one minute to spare. ha! But I did it! And I actually ran the entire half-mile in each round - not a single walking step. (Though I'm sure rounds 2 and 3 were at a damn slow pace!) I told him I may be an overachiever in other aspects of life, but when it comes to boot camp I'm just impressed I managed the minimum. :)


1/2 mile run
30 bicep curls w/band
20 military presses w/band
20 leap frogs (front/back)
10 barrel roll push ups
20 burpees
50 leg raises


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SUMMER2203 4/21/2014 10:07AM

    ooooh this workout looks awesome! i think i might steal it :)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yesterday I talked about stepping up my food game but that I wasn't really going all out and tracking everything.

Then I tracked everything. Ha!

Though, I'm calling it pseudo-tracking because I'm taking some liberties. A lot of the food I eat is homemade and I don't have the time to input every recipe - if there even IS a recipe, which is doubtful - into Spark.

For example, my dinner yesterday was leftovers off the grill - squash, balsamic-marinated tofu, and half a portabella mushroom. So I tracked the veggies and 2 TBSP of balsamic vinaigrette. Aeh, close enough for government work. Also I found a recipe for this vegan orzo, mushroom, broccoli casserole thing that is delicious. I had a big serving spoon full of that. I don't really know how many calories are in there, but I found an "orzo broccoli pilaf" in the food tracker that seemed reasonable so I added that in there.

In the end, the calorie count isn't perfect, but it's a decent approximation. About 1900 calories yesterday, which is a bit high given all I did was 30 minutes on the elliptical but today, when I tell Spark I've done an hour of boot camp and burned 600+ calories, my low-end calorie range is 1951.

I know I need to eat more than 1200 calories to keep my body ready for all this exercise, but that silly 1200 number I feel has been beaten into my brain and I feel guilty somehow for eating more than that. I'd like to keep my intake to maybe about 1800 calories on boot camp days and a little lower on, say, elliptical days.

That's what I'm starting with, anyway. Then I'll see how my body feels - if I have the energy I need for boot camp, if I'm ravenous at 3PM, if I get cranky or dizzy or dehydrated, etc - and then I can reassess the situation.

This is why I don't track calories. I get obsessed with the numbers.

Why did I have 1mg of cholesterol yesterday? ONE? Silly.

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TCANNO 4/20/2014 1:30PM

    You sound like me. Throw it in the dish and mix


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SMILINGTREE 4/18/2014 9:33AM

    You hit on exactly my problem with tracking: when I cook, it's a little of this and a little of that. I cannot imagine taking the time to weigh/measure every ingredient THEN type it all in. I've also noticed that when I do take that time, Spark does some weird stuff. For example, if I put a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet to sautee something, Spark counts that as an ingredient and says that I've consumed the entire spoonful...It's an inexact science, is what I'm trying to say!

A couple of weeks ago, I read a really interesting article about the number 1200...I've been searching for it to share the link, but I can't find it. If I do, I'll come back and add it. Basically, it said that there's no real rhyme or reason behind it, and that it's nuts how that number has been programed into the minds of so many women.

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    I'm playing back and forth about tracking. Mainly because I have a good sense of what I'm doing after years of doing this.

To each their own and even if people track it truly is not hard science.

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Food Matters Too

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I've been concentrating a lot lately on exercise. Boot camp boot camp boot camp! Active recovery! Spring = running!

But the fact of the matter is I've been back at boot camp for two months (as of Friday) and I haven't lost any weight.

I know how my body works by now and I *KNOW* I have to keep plugging along even when I don't see any results on the scale, and I am committed to doing so. And sometimes I look in the mirror and I think I see less chin. And J swears he sees a difference in my body. (I haven't taken measurements, which I probably should.)

Anyway, I'm now at the point where I need to really push the focus back to food. It hasn't been terrible, exactly, but it also hasn't been great. I'm still eating way more Subway and Chinese food than I ever did before I had boys living with me. I've had candy and cookies and more french fries in the last six months than I'd eaten in the previous two years. I've also bent the vegan rules more than once. Just one spoonful of J's ice cream or one bite of the chocolate cake he brings home from work.

It's gotta stop.

Back to clean, whole, vegan foods. I don't think I'm going to track just yet, but I am going to make a commitment to myself through the end of April to truly practice Mindful Eating. Then I'll see where it takes me and if I need to hold myself accountable to a food tracker, I will.

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DEBADEAU 4/16/2014 7:14PM

    It will work out. The important thing is that you are catching yourself before it gets completely out of control!

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APONI_KB 4/16/2014 1:10PM

    I know the feeling. In fact this is why I quit weight watchers. They were all about taking a walk after dinner and I would be sitting there in the meeting thinking, come on I ran a half marathon this past weekend I do not need to take a walk after dinner.

sadly it takes both diet and exercise
personally I prefer exercise but that isn't doing the trick

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STEVEN_D 4/16/2014 10:36AM

    Watch out for those tempting treats. Why do they have to taste so good?

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    Thank you! I've been wondering about this part of your program. I appreciate you letting us know.

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SMILINGTREE 4/16/2014 10:12AM

    Yep. Keeping it in your head is more important than it might seem.

I remember when I first started running and I tracked every step and every second. Sometimes weeks would go by and it felt like there was very little or even no improvement at all in my speed or endurance, then suddenly one day, I would have a great run and go further, faster than ever before. Then there would be weeks of what felt like nothing again. It's so weird how that works!

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GEORGE815 4/16/2014 9:02AM

    Keep on plugging. It will work out.

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Is That All?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This morning was one of those classes where I left looking like I had gone for a swim because I was so sweaty. My shoulders and chest are pretty sore from yesterdays push-up-alooza. I didn't think my chest ever really got sore, but it turns out I was wrong. And I realized on the first exercise of the day - sit ups - that my abs are sore too. I didn't think we even did that much ab work yesterday but I guess we did. Soooooo, basically what I'm saying is that this morning was rough. It was also hot in there which probably didn't help matters. Someone turned on the giant industrial strength fan and every time I had a second I went and stood directly in front of it.

Anyway, just now I was trying to write down all the exercises we did and I came up with the list and then thought, "oh is that all?"

IS THAT ALL? Did I really just think that? That's enough!

Also, band-resisted leap frogs are the devil.


Sit ups
Run in place

Tricep pullback w/band
Lat pull down w/band
Reverse lunges w/row w/band
Leap frogs


Suicides w/toe poppers

Band-resisted running

Band-resisted leap frogs

Walking lunges


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DEBADEAU 4/15/2014 7:10PM

    That is a LOT not a "that is all?!" Great job!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/15/2014 12:39PM

    is that all?!?!? beat me by a mile!

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HOOKEMBABY422 4/15/2014 10:46AM

    That's a great workout!!

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Right. Let's Just Make Up Franken-Exercises.

Monday, April 14, 2014

If someone asked me to pick my two least favorite exercises of all time, they would be pushups and triceps. So imagine the look on my face when I learned that this morning's class would be all pushups, triceps, and shoulders (my 3rd weakest part).

And then imagine the death glares I shot the instructor when the last exercise of the day - after the barrel roll pushups and offset pushups and overhead triceps - was a one-armed pushup with a tricep kickback with a band. WHAT? I can't do a one-armed pushup. I can barely do a triceps kickback. I sure as hell can't do both at the same time. Are you freaking kidding me?

What you're supposed to do: Be in pushup position with one arm on the ground, over one end of a resistance band. Have your other arm holding the other end of the resistance band at your butt, and bend your elbow straight back to work out your triceps.

What I actually did: Bitch and complain and fall down a lot and do maybe 6 out of the 15 on each side.

So maybe I'm not quite ready for those yet :)


Leg throws

Uneven pushups on curb
Curb step ups

Barrel roll pushups
Fancy footwork on ladder

Upright rows
Shoulder extensions

Chest flys
Overhead triceps

Push up with tricep kickback w/band


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APONI_KB 4/14/2014 4:38PM

    oh dear that does not sound fun

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SUE5007 4/14/2014 1:45PM

    Those sound awful!

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