Monday, October 25, 2010

Uck Mondays

Good afternoon! 
Well I had a nice weekend with plenty of activity. 
Saturday morning got up and hit the gym by 9:30am.  I managed to do 40 mins on the bike, 20 on the eliptical and 5 on the rower.  I did 20 mins of Abs but skipped arms. 
My eating was good as well.  Saturday morning for breakfast I had 2 hardboiled eggs with a small peice of ham.  Lunch Marty and I hit a vegetarian restaurant downtown London called Veg Out! I had the tofu panini, well half of it, and then the other half I shared Martys bean burger.  It was good, but a bit soggy, the bean burger that is.  We had a later Supper on Saturday...wasn't the best, but had corn chips in the over with LOTS of veggies and a bit of cheese...yes I guess you can say we had a Nacho...but minus all the fatty cheese that you would get in a restaurant and meet. 
Sunday, went for a nice hour long walk with Logan.  (babysat for my friend while she was in town for a photoshoot).  For breakfast I had Steelcut oats with skim milk and a bit of brown sugar.  For lunch, whole wheat spaghetti (small portion) with olive oil, pesto and vinegar made into a dressing..with cut up tomatoes and cucumbers.  Along with that had a Tuna sandwich.  For Supper, a peice of chicken breast, lightly tossed in Panko break crumbs and baked. 

I didn't drink nearly as much water as I should have, a bit disappointed in myself, but I'll get it.

How was your weekend? 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2 Down!, 69 to go!

Check out my ticker people...!! 2 pounds down...wish it was more, but 2lbs is 2lbs. 


Breakfast: - Oatmeal and a coffee.  Morning Snack: Banada.  Lunch: 2 Hardboiled eggs, small peice of chicken, chopped fresh mushrooms, and sliced green pepper, Grapes and a handful of almonds. I skipped my afternoon snack, I know, very bad, but just forgot.  Supper: 1 egg, sauteed hearts of palm, with kidney beans and shrimp, glass of Skim milk. 
Gym: 20 mins on the eliptical and 20 mins on the bike and walked home, which was 15 mins.  No weights today, tomorrow though.

So there.  Not horrible, but not wonderful.  But that's ok, I'm pleased!

I still haven't had a chance to make something from the Eat Clean cookbook.  Working on it. 

I've been feeling so gassy lately.  May be from all the veggies.  Who knows.  I'll keep drinking water and hope it gets better.  I'll tell ya, I'm so due for a new pair of sneakers.  Mine are getting flat and my feet hurt a bit after a walk or workout.   I'm sure it doesn't help that I need Orthotics.  I got Friday afternoon for my fitting.  Saw a Dr. turns out my arch is stressed out and needs some help.  I'm glad that I'm going to go Friday, cause my heel is sore.  I hope the Orthotics help.

Tuesday...only 3 days to go.  Ahhhh weekends! My most favorite workouts are Saturday morning workouts...I feel like I give it more than my all on Saturday mornings.  Not sure what's up with that...I'll have to keep my mojo going for all my workouts.

Ok, night, Biggest Loser is on!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's easy to judge

My gawd, what the hell is wrong with me.  So sorry for the delay in posting.  Thanksgiving has passed, my computer was on the outs and was in being repaired, and I have been neglecting my vow to get my shit organized to loose this fucking weight I'm carrying around.

So Saturday morning, Oct. 9th, I got up, went to the gym and had one of the best workouts I have had in ages.  I mean, I was given er.

20 mins on the Eliptical
15 mins on the treadmill (running for 5 of those 15, with walking breaks)
10 mins on the bike.

Then I did some arms, and also 15 mins of Abs on the mat.  When I left the gym I felt worked out...felt so good. 

Then Sunday we had friends over for dinner, instead of the traditional turkey we made ham, potatoes (mashed with butter and sour cream, ya not the lowest of fat I know), carrots, brocoli and crescent rolls.  Needless to say it was a really great meal, tasty and comfortable...isn't that how it always is:

Fat = Comfortable

So anyway, now that I got all that out of my system...

I need to name drop...Thanks to my girl Miranda for all the awesome tips, she's Eating Clean as well...and not only that, she had the opportunity to meet Tosca Reno, the creator of the Eat Clean Diet and also the author of the recently released, Best Body Now.  Check out her site, she's amazing and so inspiring!  Miranda has been trying alot of Tosca eats from her first cookbook, which by the way, I freaking own...!  So I probably need to get my ass in gear and start making more of her recipes and I promise that in the next few weeks I will share some ideas with you.

I have weighed myself today, I am still the same which makes me sad.  It's been over a month now, and not even a pound.  I know why though...I haven't gotten my routine down pack yet.  I can surely talk the talk, but really...I need to move it.  MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT...I always seem to come up with some sort of excuse for myself...I want every workout to be like last Saturday workout. 

Here's the running program that I have come up with, with help from the internet of course.  I will start this next week...let's hope I can stick to it.  Challenge me...anyone...!  I walk home from work and think to myself, shit I need a Bob or Jillian to kick my ass...I wonder if I would work out harder or more if someone was screaming at me...who knows.

Do you think this is realistic?

8 Week Running Program

Time Required: Eight weeks

Here's How:
  1. Get medical clearance from your doctor before you get started.
  2. Getting the right running shoes for your foot type is crucial for comfort and injury prevention . Visit a running store to get expert advice on buying the right running shoes .
  3. Before you start your workouts, make sure you warm up properly by walking for 5-10 minutes. You should always end your workout with a cooldown.
  4. Week one: Walk for 6 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Aim for three sessions with that same sequence for week one.
  5. Week two: Walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Aim to do three sessions in week two.
  6. Week three: Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 4 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Aim for four sessions in week three.
  7. Week four: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 5 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Shoot for four of those sessions in week four.
  8. Week five: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 8 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do four of those sessions in week five.
  9. Week six: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 9 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Try to do four sessions for week six.
  10. Week seven: Walk for 1 minute, then jog for 11 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do four sessions this week.
  11. Week eight: Congratulations on making it to week eight! For your first run this week, try walking for 5 minutes to begin and end the workout, and run for 20 minutes in between. By the end of the week, try to run for 30 minutes without stopping.
Aim to run for 30 minutes four times a week, and you'll notice that your stamina and fitness will continue to improve. Soon you'll be ready to run your first 5K!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Water is Important...don't deny it!

Water makes your metabolism burn calories 3% faster.

Drinking water is important if you're trying to lose weight, some studies have shown that thirst and hunger sensations are triggered together. If there is a slight dehydration the thirst mechanism may be mistaken for hunger and one may eat when the body is actually craving fluid. As most food contains some water, if one doesn't drink much they may be subconsciously driven to eat more to gain the necessary water supply however, you also gain the undesired effects of increased calorie consumption. Drinking more water can help to prevent overeating and benefit weight loss.
Importance of drinking water in the modern diet
So many new food product created today not only contain high amounts of energy from added sugar and fats, they also contain very little water. Foods today need to be stored for longer periods and foods with a high water content tend to spoil much faster, think about milk, yogurt, eggs, fruits and vegetables. It may be great to think that we can stock our cupboards full of all these tasty foods that last for months, trouble is, it means less water consumption from foods.
If a weight loss diet doesn't allow much food or if food consumption is mainly in the form of processed, TV dinners it may be necessary to drink even more water to help stop strong cravings for food.
How Much do I need to drink to benefit losing weight?
For the average person experts suggest getting at least 64 ounces of water daily or eight 8-ounce glasses. If you are on a diet to lose weight it is more important to consume more and keep drinking water throughout the day, unless you have any medical condition that doesn't allow much water intake. A good guide for daily intake is to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight. A 200 pound person should be drinking around 100 ounces (12.5 cups) of water in order the gain the benefits of increased energy and metabolism.
If exercising is part of a weight loss program a bit more water should be included to account for water loss from sweating. Drinking water before, during and after exercise will keep energy levels high and help recovery after training.
Many people don't like drinking pure water. Gaining water from eating fruit high in water content is a great way to boost water consumption without drinking it directly. Fruit will also help fill up the stomach with low calories and gain tons of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to increase vitality. In fact, any food with high water content can boost water consumption, most foods high in water are naturally occurring, healthy foods, another reason to eat a healthy diet!

Water Tip:
On feeling hungry
drink some water
15 minutes before

Health benefits of drinking water
  • regulate appetite
  • increase metabolism
  • boost energy levels
  • less water retention
  • alleviate some headaches
  • help reduce blood pressure
  • help reduce high cholesterol
  • ease joint pain
  • decrease in risk of some cancers
  • less chance developing kidney stones
  • release toxic waste products
  • improves skin

Cautions to consider
People with kidney problems or other conditions were fluid intake needs to be limited should follow their doctor’s recommendations with correct sodium intake.  One potential but rare side effect of fluid intake can be hypoatremia in which electrolytes become imbalanced. Always seek advice from your doctor before trying any new diet or changing eating / drinking habits!

Hope this helps you!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Don't shoot me!

Ok, so this weekend was full of awesomeness...but not in the weightloss and fitness department.  My brother came for a visit, our first visit in over 3 and a half years, so needless to say there were a few beers in that mix.  But, that was only 1 weekend and really, it wasnt that bad.

I will give you an example of how the weekend panned out.  Roast beef dinner on Friday, with beers that night and Jamaican Rum Cream...Saturday a burger, with more beer that night...need I say more.  Not very proud of myself, but I*m moving forward. 

So it*s Monday and the week is beginning!  So, a picture as promised.  More to follow with updates.