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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weekly Results 1/9-1/15

Exercise - The time every week where I sit down to post this and think, "crap - what DID I do that day..."
  • Monday - Kettle Fit and C25K - W2D1 (2 miles)
  • Tuesday - C25K W2D2 (2 mile anger run) plus 2 miles on elliptical and 2000 meter row
  • Wednesday - Elliptical (3 miles), weights (arms/legs) and Zumba: Tone
  • Thursday - C25K W2D3 (2 miles) and Elliptical (1 mile)
  • Friday - Elliptical (3 miles) and Yoga
  • Saturday - C25K W3D1 plus extra run/walk for 3.8 miles
  • Sunday - 8 minute cold walk and 30 min on elliptical

Mileage: About 21. Sunday's elliptical was on my machine at home and I don't trust that mileage.
Minutes: 419

Everything was great until Thursday when I hit the wall. The weekend didn't go well either.

As of Tuesday morning I was up a pound from last week. Very frustrating in that any extra calories eaten (which weren't a billion extra) should not have equated to a gain. So a lot of it is probably the tricksy water weight.

Saw La La Land on Sunday, kept thinking of "hey girl" quotes.

Schedule - since I'm behind on posting this some of it has already been done but this will be a harder week to fit in workouts due to my regular work schedule.
  • Monday: 2 miles C25K run, 1 mile run/walk, later on I walked another 2.68 miles because it was such a gorgeous day outside
  • Tuesday: Yoga (planned to do more but life got in the way)
  • Wednesday: Zumba
  • Thursday: C25K run and Ult Sculpt video 
  • Friday: elliptical (3 miles) 
  • Saturday: C25K run and weights
  • Sunday: elliptical and weights (different muscles)
Diet so far has been better for this week but it's going to be a busy and stressful one so the temptation to eat my way through that will probably be stronger. Good news is that it really just affects this week.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Little Treasures and Experimental Waffles

So last night I ended up eating more than I should have but eh, whatever. My body probably needed pizza and breadsticks (plus more). Then I started reading in my bed and fell into a sleep coma starting at 8:30 p.m. and going through 7:30 a.m. No sleeping pills or aids taken at all.

That was my first treasure - an awesome night of real sleep.

Of course, waking up at 7:30 and not just jumping out of bed meant that I missed my Saturday morning Zumba class but I was also ok with that. Zumba is far more fun than running inside at the gym but as I learned this week I'm really not ready physically to do both in one day and I wanted to run today.

Breakfast was homemade waffles - where I tried a recipe for banana/oat waffles that I found on Pinterest and adapted it to put more protein in it. The original recipe called for oats, a banana, almond milk, baking powder, and vanilla - plus stevia (I guess the banana wasn't sweet enough for that person). Instead of almond milk I used egg whites (1/2 cup), threw in some cinnamon, and used less oats - mostly because I was only making them for one person (me) and I only had just under a cup of oats, it called for 2. I don't have stevia so I just topped it with honey once it was made. It was ok. Not horrible but not great either. I like my Biggest Loser pancake recipe better which has oats, egg whites, and cottage cheese as the main ingredients.

What's interesting (at least to me) was looking at my regular waffles, which I made for the kids compared to the banana/oat ones I made for me. I thought nutritionally it would blow the regular waffles out of the water. While the banana/oat is healthier it's not as huge of a difference as I expected:

Top line is both kinds of waffles together, second line is regular waffles, last line is banana/oat.
These are the stats for one square of the waffle (out of the 4 you get when you pour the batter on the iron). You'll see that the banana/oat is better in fat, fiber, and protein but calorie wise it's about the same as using Heart Healthy Bisquick, 2% milk, a whole egg, and canola oil in the regular waffles. And the banana can screw with your carbs if you didn't care about the source of the carbs - obviously oats and bananas are better for you than bisquick (as you can tell from the fiber content).

After breakfast I finally got around to getting out to exercise. I was heading off to the gym but once I started to drive I realized it was a great day to be outside. So I headed out to our local greenway instead. First, I made a pitstop at the car wash to get the salt brine off the car from last week's snow days and to finally vacuum the inside since it was still a mess after our Christmas road trip to Austin, TX. While vacuuming I found our other pair of ear buds which have been a source of a minor argument between my husband and I - he lost that pair and I refused to let him use mine - reason being whenever they (he or the kids) steal mine I never have them when I need them so I've started to be completely selfish about not sharing them and even hiding them. So found earbuds were my second treasure of the day.

While driving to the greenway I realized I had to pee and I didn't want to use the nasty port-a-johns at the trail head. So instead I drove a bit further to our Civil War battlefield where the National Park Service has an awesome real bathroom. Plus it's really nice to run the battlefield - that was my main place to go while training for the 10 mile run last spring. Mostly because of the bathrooms...  Treasure #3.

I put on the Week 3 Day 1 plan for C25k but I knew I'd end up running more than that as I only get about 2 miles in over those intervals. Overall I almost made it to 4 miles total for my run. I put on a playlist that has a lot of awesome movie theme soundtracks and I got a real outside run in. Seriously, it's been MONTHS since I've ran outside. The weather was great - chilly at first but I warmed up pretty quickly and realized that I really didn't need long sleeves on, the air was crisp and smelled of fresh cut cedar, blue jays were out, and there wasn't too much traffic on the driving part of the park. Once I finished the C25K I would run a couple minutes at a time and then walk for a couple of minutes. I didn't really time anything, just did what felt good at the moment.

Apparently at some point I felt super speedy with that 8:39 max pace... I must have been on a downhill. But being outside was definitely a treasure, highlight, and a rarity for this time of year since I am definitely only a fair weather runner. The good news is that Sunday and Monday look good for getting outside too.

The rest of the day was spent running errands and indulging in two hamburger sliders with fries so my fat percentages were really bad for today but once again my thoughts are, "eh - whatever".  Tomorrow will also have a bit of a food indulgence since I'm going out to lunch and a movie with a friend but I can balance it out with a good breakfast and dinner. If I don't lose anything this week weight wise I'll instead take my victory for a great week of workouts. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

My body cries "Uncle"

You all knew it would happen didn't you? You were just waiting for me to get to this point. You read my posts of

  • "I'm not going to have a rest day!!" 
  • "I'm going to get 3 miles in every day!" 
  • "I'm going to strength train 4 days a week!!
And just waited for it to catch up with my delusional mind....

Yesterday was that day.

On Wednesday, I did 1) 3 miles on the elliptical, 2) weights for arms/legs, and 3) Zumba with toning. This was after doing a little extra on Tuesday as well. To say that my body was tired is an understatement.

I did exercise on Thursday but the day was not pretty: I finished week 2 of the C25K and finished up with a mile on the elliptical to get my precious 3 miles in for the day. My original plan was to also do my Ultimate Sculpt video but there was no way in heck that was going to happen. I felt like sleeping all afternoon and could barely function at work, ate a lot extra at dinner because I was hungry and tired, and felt my back start to ache because it was having to overcompensate for my other muscles not being able to pull their weight.

So instead of Friday being a major exercise day since I would have extra time it has become a low key day. Three very easy miles on the elliptical and a 30 minute relaxing yoga class. And I won't do anything else for today. Speaking of yoga - my favorite class is coming back this semester so that is definitely on my weekly schedule again. And last month I bought myself the "Whiskey and Yoga" shirt I've been wanting for more than a year now. Merry Christmas to me.

Now if I can just keep myself from eating everything in sight I'll be doing just fine. My brain and stomach are telling me that I must eat more than a reasonable amount of food but I know they won't shut off with a "I'm full" button if I do start eating more than what I have planned so I'm struggling my way through the day.

There are some mental victories even though everything feels hard and like a failure right now. So I'm trying to focus on the right things I have "done" rather than just how I "feel" at this particular moment. I'm still on the wagon and hope to stay there through this swing of tiredness and most likely hormones.