Monday, March 03, 2014
Its been a while since I have been active here- but I always find my way back!!
We bought a new exercise machine...mostly for my husband (who swears he will use it, but I digress). Its kind of like a seated elliptical, with arm rowing things. It has bars to put your feet on and just work the arms too, and if you sit up and concentrate on your posture, and not turn your body while your rowing, it works your abs too. Its fairly low impact, but I get more of a total body cardio than on the treadmill....I also started adding some strength exercises when I am done too. I really like it, its very quiet and has different programs to switch things up a bit. And when I'm done, it says "you are fueled"- which is so true since I get more energy for the day! I would have picked a standing elliptical, but the seated one is better for hubby's back...
I am also working on better eating habits. So far for work, I have brought my lunch most days, or at least healthy snacks to munch on...I have found my daughter and I both enjoy a jalapeno cheddar tortilla, spread with light laughing cow cheese, and lunch meat...I make a whole one in the morning and cut it in half-we are both happy! Perfect size for each-paired with piņata apple (super sweet and firm) water, and some almonds, it works out pretty good! Also trying to cut down on how much sugar I stick in my coffee, so I put the appropriate measuring spoon in the sugar bowl and now there is no guessing...
82 more days till my cruise, and I would really like to tone up and not hate going swim suit shopping! I really need two....so that's whats fueling me now. We decided on one shore excursion, and I cant wait! We are tubing through caverns in Cozumel! The real beauty in that is no worries about sun burns!! I think the only other one we are scheduling is a short tour in Jamaica in a horse drawn buggy...we don't want to plan every minute like we did in Alaska. My in-laws are doing the buggy tour too, so we will all have one day to enjoy together!
Another snow day today, so a good start to the week with a good workout- hoping to keep t up! Hope everyone is praying for spring to come soon too....collective positive thoughts!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Today I am off to Minneapolis. I am going to do some training for a new position I received at work....The position isn't anything really new, I have been doing a lot of it all along, now I have a bit more authority and a little more responsibility. I will be in charge of training, so now I have to learn how to train people. I know how to do my actual job, I am not so good at teaching what I am doing...so essentially I'm training to train! To be honest, I am a little nervous, on many levels...leaving my daughter for a week, feeling like I am behind everyone on what I am supposed to know, getting away from my workouts...
I am bringing workout clothes, since the hotel has a small gym, and since I am being assigned an unknown roommate, I may need to get away! I hope I have time to at least do 10-20 minutes on the elliptical...I have my sparkpeople app to help track food and exercise....so hopefully that will help.
Yesterday, I stopped by goodwill and found a Jillian Michaels workout dvd...its a cardio circuit training. I had a tough time with some of it, she does a lot of jumping, and my knees just cant do that...its broken into 6 circuits, and you can pick 1 at a time if you want...next time I will do one circuit at a time, doing some strength exercises in between..that way I can do the circuits without the jumping...good cardio for sure though!
well- I best hit the shower, so I can do laundry and my hair....trying to keep busy so the nerves stay away....
Thursday, January 09, 2014
I had a terrible night of not sleeping, this cough is just hanging on...
I was tired this morning with no drive to do anything but sit in front of the TV, in my most snuggly sweater, and drink hot coffee (pumpkin flavored! yum!)
Then I came across a quote:
" Go ahead and quit, (Im thinking, yes! no problem!) ,
just think of how you'll feel in 2 weeks!"
I actually tried to ignore it, and talk myself into taking it easy today, but I just couldn't shake that mental image of how crappy I would feel, and how much harder it would be to get back to where I am now....
And I need to move forward!
So, I hit the treadmill for 5 minutes, did some strength exercises, and repeated, for a total of 4 times. I've been a little bored or tired of my workout videos, so I have been doing this more often...Don't know if it is a good workout, but I'm sweaty and tired when I'm done, and my muscles talk to me the next day...so I guess that's good....
Yesterday I went shopping for my business trip, and found some great pants at Ann Taylor, on clearance! Then found some stylish work shoes- got my hair done too, so I didn't end up working out yesterday...but I do try and do little exercises in the kitchen while I'm cooking, and trying to keep up with the floor from the "snowphoon" is at least active!
We have another snow day today, 4 in a row...getting a little sick of it. I understand why, all the bus routes are essentially a mess...I can hardly get out of my subdivision, I cant imagine a bus doing it...not to mention, most bus stops are piled with snow....I don't understand why they don't use snow routes for buses... oh well. The kiddo really need to go back to school! Keeping fingers crossed for tomorrow!
Monday, January 06, 2014
I told myself, no matter what, I was going to do at least a 15 minute workout this morning...I have had a bit of a break from my exercise routine, mostly being busy with the holidays, family from out of town, a general feel of laziness, and now a head cold and cough. But, I need to get active again. Even though I am fighting some sort of head cold, I actually did a modified circuit type workout. A total of 15 minutes on the treadmill, walking at a fast pace, with about 10-12 dumbbell exercises in between. My chest was hurting when I was done, but it felt good overall. Hopefully I will feel even better tomorrow...
Then I decided to bite the bullet and weigh myself. It had been a while, and I knew how I have been eating, and not exercising....but I figured I needed a reality check...I actually was 1 solid pound less than my last weigh in....maybe I haven't been eating as bad as I thought...and even though I wasn't exercising in a structured format, I still spend plenty of time cleaning my house, going up and down the stairs, and I did clean the garage....so maybe it was enough to offset the not so great things I had been eating....
But, that being said, I need to get moving more.... tomorrow I think I will do the 10 minute solution cardio kick boxing, but I usually do it 20-30 minutes with weighted gloves...
I am back to tracking food again-and today I am going to put honey in my tea...baby steps!
I do have some challenges ahead-Sunday, weather permitting, I will leave for Minneapolis for some work stuff...I plan to bring some workout clothes in case I have time...but eating out for a week is tough...the day after I get back, we leave for Las Vegas....another eating challenge...gonna give it my best, because that cruise is just around the corner...okay, its 5 months away, but still!
Right now, its 7 degrees below zero, and at some point I need to buy pants for this business trip...hope it warms up enough so the roads aren't a mess...also have a hair appt. on wed, weather is not in my plans!
Plan to do some housework a bit, but I do still feel yucky today overall., luckily there is no crap in the house to munch on...already had a good breakfast and 2 glasses of water! Keep moving forward!
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Monday is a great day to start up again...that's my plan. I have been better about what I ate then just killed it all yesterday with a trip to the movies followed by dinner at McDonalds. I didn't really try to eat healthy - unless you count eating hamburgers instead of cheeseburgers....Feeling kind of down about it...might be the head cold hanging out in my sinuses talking- but I just don't feel like exercising right now. So my solution is to give myself 2 good days of rest and no pressure, then start up again on Monday...no matter what.
We are waiting for the "great snow of 2014" to arrive, and yes I will be going out to get milk and toilet paper in just a bit..who wants to be holed up in the house with out those things? Actually, I will be sending my husband, since someone has to wrangle 3 ten year old girls....
Got terrible sleep last night, which isn't helping things, and I'm fairly certain my daughter will be extremely crabby today....super.
On a good note, I finally got to see Frozen last night....I Loved it! It is honestly my new favorite Disney movie, bumping Beauty and the Beast to 2nd place, followed by Aladdin...I enjoyed it so much, I'd like to see it in 3-D, which never happens!
I am going to keep an eye on eating and not go crazy- I honestly don't feel all that great anyway- might make some spice tea, which is full of OJ, cinnamon, and cloves...may help. Yesterday while waiting for the movies, I went on the sparkpeople recipe app, and started putting interesting, low carb recipes into my "favorites" so I could find good recipes easy. There was one for a chocolate zucchini bread that sounded interesting...might be worth a try...maybe I should add zucchini to my husbands list! If you don't have that recipe app, I highly recommend it!
I guess while I feel slightly motivated, I best do some sleeping bag rolling and air bed deflating....crap, just remembered I have bowling tonight....ugh. At least I will get a little exercise....
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