Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lacking motivation!

When I know that I can't get in 26 days of exercise for this month, it becomes hard to get myself to exercise every day!  I know I will hit 1000 minutes, particularily with my 10k on Thursday.  I figure that will take two hours to complete.  Maybe I will even go for a half marathon.  We'll see.

Menu for Thansgiving:
mashed potatoe
calico beans
broccoli salad
sweet potatoes
cranberry sauce
pumpkin pie

I will definately not be eating everything on the menu.  Way too many carbs.  But I will eat a nutritious well balanced meal.  I will only eat until I am full (not stuffed). 

I am looking forward to having my family here for the weekend.  I wish my brother Jack would join us.  But I dare not even invite him.  He is still very angry with me.  I hope that someday he will quit being so angry.  Until then I will continue to pray for him and his happiness.  Maybe one day Mom can have her whole family together again.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ugh, I hurt!

And not a good hurt either.  If I was hurting from working out, I'd feel great!  But I fell at my mom's house.  I have a humongous bruise on my hip.  My back and hip were doing better, but seem to be getting a little more sore this afternoon.  My muscles must need a rest. 

The fall means that I couldn't work out yesterday and will probably take today off also.  That means that I won't make 26/30 days of exercise this month.  But I will still meet my 1000 minutes of exercise goal.  I am feeling guilty because I could have worked out any of the other 3 days that I chose not to work out.  But sometimes life doesn't follow the plan we have set forth and we must adapt.  I think it is more important to take care of my body and let it heal than to worry about a goal I have set for myself.  It is also why I set a two part goal.  I didn't want to fail for the month.  This way I can still call the month a success! 

Now, what should my goal be for December?  The same or should I increase the minutes of working out?  I am going to give that some thought.  I am really enjoying working out at home with my DVDs.  But I think I need to incorporate some time at the YMCA.  After all I am paying for a membership there!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I have been working out everyday!  Well I have taken off one day everyweek.  Thank goodness I didn't choose to workout all 30 days this month.  Giving myself 4 days off has been a life saver!  Although, if I am completely honest with myself I could have found time on those days to workout if even only for a few minutes.

Weight has been fluctuating, but the general trend is down.  But more importantly, I am feeling great.  I am able to do more.  I can reach my toes when I stretch, thanks to pilates.  My muscles are more toned.  My stomache is harder.  Super yeah!

I haven't done a lot of blogging lately because I finally got an iPhone!  Typing on the iPhone isn't a whole lot of fun.  But I promise to be better here at my blog.  The good news about the iPhone is I now have a food journal and exercise tracker right at my finger tips.  No more excuses for not writing anything down.  No more forgetting to what I eat at the end of the day when I finally get to my journal.  I think this will be a tremendous help in understanding my eating habits.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I have worked out everyday this week, except Tuesday.  For now, Tuesday may just have to be my day off from working out.  Erica has swimming lessons in the morning, then we play in the pool for a while, shower and go home for lunch.  I work form 3-5 then have to run all three of my girls to gymnastics lessons.  The older girls stay without me, but Erica has gymnastics from 6:15 to 7:15 and she would be very upset if I left!  So for now, Tuesdays are my rest day!

Wednesday, I took out my Fluidity bar for the first time in over a year.  I will be adding that to my weekly must do list.  Yesterday I did my resistance band pilates dvd then walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes.  Today, I did the resistance band dvd again then did my balletones floor work dvd then lifted weights for a total of 60 minutes of working out!  I have approximately 200 minutes of exercise this week.  I am sadly missing any cardio workout!  But I will go to the Y tomorrow and do the eliptical and then some biking.  I also will go to the Y on Sunday and do a cardio workout! 

I have to admitt that I like working out with my DVDs.  My little Erica joins me and we have so much fun.  Plus it sets a great example for her. She knows that when I am at the Y that I am working out, but for her to see me do it and her to try to do it is so very important.

I have not lost all the weight I gained last weekend, but it is coming off.  And I realize that I did a lot more cardio last week which burns many more calories.  I will find a balance.  I am looking for a way to get fit and remain healthy not necessarily the fastest way to lose weight. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

No plan yet

I haven't written down my plan for the week.  Having a hard time committing in writing to what I am going to do.  Since it forced me to work out last week, I can't believe that I am not yet doing it this week.  Maybe because I felt compelled to do what I wrote I was going to do.  And I felt double guilt for not doing it the day I said I was going to do it.  So I hereby say that my plan, which I am about to compose, is only a map.  I reserve the right to take a detour along the way.

I did do a full 60 minute pilates workout this morning.  Hard to do with my 3 year old wanting my attention, my 14 year old calling and saying she wasn't feeling good and needed to be picked up from gymnastics...  But I didn't let these speed bumps stop my workout! 

Monday: pilates 60 minuts
Tuesday: treadmill 30 minutes  pilates 20 min
Wednesday: Body by Mercedes 45 minutes  pilates 20 min
Thursday: Fluidity bar 30 min
Friday: Cardio 30 min
Saturday: 90 minutes at the Y
Sunday: pilates 20 min

Remember...this is only a map.   Although more than 250 minutes are scheduled that is my ultimate goal.  I plan to get 300+ minutes this week.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

20 minutes

Another day lacking motivation.  Procrastinated all morning.  Took the family to go see Megamind at 12:15 (don't recommend it) ate popcorn and whoppers.  Came home and procrastinated some more.  Then did dishes.  Then decided to get off my butt and work out.  Did a 20 minute workout on the treadmill.  Better than nothing.  Sweating up a storm too!  Really need to turn the thermostat down in the family room!

Yesterday, I had an awesome workout.  I used the eliptical for 30 minutes then biked for 20 then used the weight machines for 25 and stretched for 10!  I felt like I was back at Fitness Ridge!  Only thing missing was the 2 hour hike in the mountains!  Looking forward to doing those again.  I told my family I was going to the Y for a couple of hours so not to expect me back.  And I took the full two hours. 

I felt so great afterwards.  I came home and cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom (my room for the next couple of months).  Also, when i came home, the girls had done their chores without having been asked.  I came home to a clean house!  What a great day.

When Al came home from hunting he and I went out for a bump and then to watch Due Date (also don't recommend).  I ate a box of milk duds.

A couple of notes.  When I eat junk, I feel like junk the next day.  My weekends are filled with junk!  Need to make some changes.

Tomorrow is Monday.  I need to write out my workout schedule for next week...or I'll find every excuse in the book to not exercise. 

This week I worked out 287 minutes.  250 put me on my goal for 1000 minutes this month.  So I am 37 minutes ahead of plan!  Short 13 minutes of what I had set out to do this week.  But considering i didn't work out on Friday at all, I think I am doing pretty good.  I burned over 2000 calories working out!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Yesterday was a bust!

I could not get motivated  yesterday.  And to top it off... I ate horribly!  Well I ate nutritious meals, choosing to eat healthy at meal times.  But in between, I couldn't stop eating candy, and cupcakes and chips & dip and I had two beers! 

Why is it when I start to feel success I sabotage myself?  I gained a whole pound from yesterday to today!  That is a lot of extra eating in one day. 

And I did not excise.  But I did put 4 days of no exercise in my monthly goal.  I guess yesterday was one of them.

I am not about to continue on this downward slope.  I am going to forgive myself for yesterday and move on to a smaller better me!

I am about to head to the Y to do a long workout!  I am going to bike for 1/2 hour then use the weight machines and then stretch for 5 to 10 minutes.  After which I will spend some time in the hot tub and sauna.  Or if the bikes are busy I will use the treadmill or eliptical.

I have lost 3.8 pounds this week! 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

20 minutes of swimming 9.5 laps.  That's just over a quarter mile.  I worked hard to not push off on each turn because that would make the swimming easier.  And in reality I want to be able to swim a quarter mile in open water next July for the Tall Timber Triathlon.  I finally conceded that next June I will have to take my swims to fresh water.  I hate swimming in lakes.  Just ask my kids.  I rarely go in with them.  But I can't do the tri without swimming in a lake.

I also swam 1.5 laps with my face in the water!  As much as I hate lakes double that for putting my face in the water.  I am making tremendous strides with puting my face in the water.  I need a pair of goggles now so that I can see and quit bumping into the side of the pool :)

My plan had been to swim for 30 minutes this week.  But I only did 20.  I was sore and wanted time to sit in the hot tub.  And since I am ahead in minutes of working out, I thought it would be okay to take a small break today.

Down another pound today.  I was amazed because I ate 1824 calories yesterday.  But I burned 600 working out which only gave me the 600 calorie defecit for the day.  I can just tell that my body is eager to remove this fat I gained last month.  It just keeps falling off.  I have 4 more to get down to what I weighed in September.  I hope it continues to slide off even then.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I could really use a nap right now!  Just needed to say that.

Went to step/kettlebell class today.  Oh, my knee hurt so bad in step class.  It hasn't hurt that bad in a long time.  But guess what?  By the end of class my knee did not hurt.  It was just my mind trying to get me to quit before I was done.  How often that happens.  We are eager to do something and our mind plays mean tricks on us trying to get us to stop doing the things we want to do.  I remember now why I always left after step class and skipped kettlebells.  I just don't enjoy kettlebells.  So in the future, I'll just go to the fitness center and do my own strength training.  I just don't like kettlebells.

I am down almost 3 pounds!  I guess the weight I gained in October really didn't want to be there.  It seems to just be jumping off!  But the weight loss also motivates me to keep to under 1900 calories and to keep exercising, even when my body hurts and my stomache says feed me junk food!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A small change in plans

My plan was to swim laps for 30 minutes today after my daughter's swimming lesson.  First we were 40 minutes early for swimming lessons so we sat in the hot tub for 30 minutes, she just putting her feet in.  Then when lessons were starting they were short a teacher.  I was asked to help out with Erica's class.  That was a lot of fun.  for most of the 30 minute class I was treading water in the deep end.  So I didn't feel like swimming laps after class.  I decided to switch Thursdays Pilates workout with today's swimming.

After swimming lessons I came home and did a 40 minute workout with my Windor Pilates DVD.  Didn't quite make the full hour of the DVD but didn't do the 20 minute DVD I had planned to do.  It was a great workout!  I have now completed 95 minutes of my November goal.  I am off to a good start! 

Yesterday I had a 900 calorie defecit with my workout and eating! 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day One

The first day of my November challenge has been a success!  I went to my Body by Mercedes class at the YMCA.  She worked our upper body today.  I had a hard time changing my clothes after class my arms hurt so bad.  I was 10 minutes early to class so was able to get in 10 minutes of stretching!  So my total workout time for today was 55 minutes.  only 945 minutes to go for November :)

Tomorrow my daughter has swimming lessons, so I plan to swim laps after her class.  She'll be upset if I make her go to Y Weecare.  I may let her sit at the edge of the pool while I swim laps.  If that works she won't have to go to Weecare while I swim.  But I will have to give this some thought.  Do I want to worry about her while I am swimming or just concentrate on doing laps?  We'll see what tomorrow brings.

I have set a goal of consuming less than 1900 calories today.  so far I am at 729.  If I eat a sensible dinner and don't snack while I am at work, I should be well under my goal!