And yet again I have a week worth recapping! Woohoo!!!
• Saturday: this day was a kind of a crap shoot, so to speak. I was going to try to get up early enough to workout before meeting a friend for lunch at the Indian buffet, but I didn’t because I was sooooo tired from working overtime the day before. I told myself that if I felt like it, then I would go to the gym later in the day, but that rarely happens, so I wasn’t really expecting to get a workout in this day. However, when I put my sliced salmon in the bag of homemade marinade and it needed to sit in there for at least 2 hours, I got the itch and ended up at the gym and got in a kick ass workout. So, I’m super proud of myself for 1) going and working out when I hadn’t exactly planned on working out, and 2) not phoning in my workout and actually upping the weights on some of the exercises.
• Sunday: I had a 25 mile bike ride planned for this day. I stayed up super late tending to the salmon jerky Saturday night and so didn’t get out of bed until like 10am. I had plans with my friend Amanda, so I cut the ride short to just 20 miles. I headed out the door and was cruising along. I hit mile 5.4 and BOOM flat tire. Ugh, great. I almost called Amanda to see if she could come pick me up, but then remembered that Target wasn’t far away and they sell bike inner tubes, so I made the 1 mile, mostly uphill in 90°+ heat and no breeze, walk to Target to get an inner tube. I then changed my tube and discovered that my tire had been skewered by a headless nail. Nice. I abandoned the 20 mile ride and adjusted my route. Ended up with 15 miles on the bike and 1 mile walked.
• Monday: the gym was scheduled for this day and the gym is what was done. I like to push myself a little harder each time I do the stair climber to do at least 1 more floor of stairs in my 10 minutes. My ultimate goal is to do 100 floors in 10 minutes. This means I will basically be running up the stairs and I really like this idea. After the stairs I hit the weights for about an hour. I’m thinking that since I have going to the gym twice a week down pat as a habit right now that I should maybe split my workouts into 2 different workouts: upper & core and lower & core. This way I think I can make more progress with the exercises I’m doing than I am by doing a full body workout every time I go to the gym for weights. And by doing core both times, I can add more core exercises, like leg lifts, Russian twists, and so on, to improve my core strength.
• Tuesday: got up and did the Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior workout DVD. I cut it pretty close with this one. I got to my therapy appointment with like 6 minutes to spare. Oops. Shouldn’t have hit snooze so many times, but I just did not want to get out of bed. Anyway, I did the Yoga for the Warrior DVD that I had meant to do last Tuesday but didn’t get up early enough to do it. It wasn’t much of a calorie burning workout, even though it was a challenging one. I ended this workout hoping that I would be sore later or the next day.
• Wednesday: REST DAY!!!! Sort of. I had CPR/AED recertification class this day. I wore my chest strap as I wasn’t sure if it would be enough physical activity to count as a workout. Plus, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I would hop on a rowing machine as well. I didn’t turn on the heart rate monitor while doing CPR training…it wasn’t enough to be considered exercise. Not even close. But, I did go across the way afterward to the gym and use the rowing machine for 2000 meters! Yay! Not much, but every little bit counts and, well, this was technically a rest day. I’m proud of myself that I chose to do something active, no matter how small of an effort it was.
• Thursday: was thinking that since I’d already gone to the gym twice this week that maybe I would get up early and go for that 10K run to earn my virtual race medal (well, one of them…I now have 2 waiting to be earned…haha), but I decided by the time I went to bed Wednesday night that I wouldn’t even try getting up early and that I would be heading to the gym for day #3. I did decide to mix it up just a smidge but changing the way I did a couple exercises and added the leg press machine to my workout. I changed from the seated bicep curl and tricep curl machines to the cable machine with the rope attachment for standing bicep curls and over-the-head tricep extensions.
• Friday: REST DAY!!!! I worked overtime Thursday night, so I just slept in the morning before having to head right back to work in the afternoon. Then I worked another double shift.
I made salmon jerky last weekend to eat for lunch most of this week. I only say “most” because while I used an entire side of salmon, it was only enough for four 4.5 oz servings of salmon. I had intended on it being enough for all 5 lunches this week. Instead, I had the last remaining serving of fried rice from last week’s dinners for the 5th lunch. I have to say that my first attempt at making jerky is a big success for me! It’s super yummy and not over dried! I will be making it again!
Even though I ate an entire medium pizza on Sunday, I had more than enough calories (thanks to exercise) to cover it! And I had a bunch of calories left over at the end of the day. YAY! Something I noticed this week was that I’m leaning toward making better choices with my food (with the exception of the entire medium pizza…ha!). Hooray! 3 weeks of tracking what I eat and counting calories and trying to stay within a specific calorie count has made me subconsciously start making better choices. There was leftover cake from a party on the shift before mine at work on Tuesday and I only had a small piece and was satisfied. On Wednesday there was a fundraiser at work that was selling sausage wrap plates and while I love sausage wraps, I wasn’t even tempted to go get one! YAY! But, that said, I worked overtime on the night shift Thursday night and they were having a going-away party for one of the guys who was going to a different section in our agency and there were chicken salad croissant sandwiches, pickles, potato chips and cheesecake. I had a little bit of everything, but I don’t really think I overdid it. I didn’t gorge myself and I certainly didn’t eat until it hurt. I just ate what looked good until I felt satisfied and that was good enough.
I got the word from my supervisor last weekend that my time off request that I put in for the South Padre Island Marathon is approved, so I registered for it! Also, I have been in contact with the social media managers for this marathon and I am pretty sure I will be helping to promote it! WOOHOO! I’m super excited for that! Also, since my time off request starts on November 12th and not the 13th like I thought it did, I might just head down to South Padre on the 12th and stay 2 nights and make it a mini-vacation! I’ve never actually been to South Padre Island, so I think it will be fun to do a little bit of touristy stuff on top of just going down there to run a marathon.
Now to go over my weekly weigh in portion of this post...here's the scale and Omron:
Yep, that says "+1 lb." I'm so frustrated with this. I do great for a couple/few weeks, a month, maybe 2 months, and then BAM I start putting weight back on no matter how much I adhere to my eating plans and my workout plans. I don't understand why this happens to me. I know that it does happen to people, a lot of people, and I'm one of those people. I do have to keep a few things in mind:
• my body fat only went up .1%...that's 1/10th of a percent. That's nothing.
• I have gone to the gym and lifted weights, and have been steadily increasing the weight I'm lifting over the last 3 weeks, 2-3 times a week.
• my pants are looser than they were last week.
• my stomach is looking closer to flat.
With all those things taken into consideration, I'm going to tell you that I am swallowing my pride and am going to just wait it out, keep up my eating plan and working out at least 5 times a week and see what the numbers are next Saturday. Now, a friend requested I take and post a current set of "before" (or maybe they're more accurately "during") pictures.
I am now 2.8 lbs down from where I started 3 weeks ago. I'm hoping that I will see another drop when I step on the scale next Saturday. I have a goal to lose as much of 20 lbs as I can by October 24th. That's 12 weeks to lose 20 lbs. If I can lose an average of 1.6 lbs a week, then I can hit that goal.
I bought some new running shoes today. They're Hoka One One Cilftons. They are last year's model and thankfully (HALLELUJAH!) they had one pair in my size left! I saved about $40 or so by being able to buy last year's model over this year's model. I have never run in Hokas before, so expect to be reading a product review from me after I've run in them for about a month. I'm still on my break from running, but I'm seriously hoping these new pretty shoes will kick start me to be done with my break sooner rather than later. I have to be running regularly again mid-August to make sure I'm decently trained for the South Padre Island Marathon on November 14th.