Dork…Yep, ME

March 19, 2010

What a day. This 3600 challenge is killing me. I am FORCED to workout even when I do not want to. Just to make sure I stay on top of my numbers and not get behind.

I cannot figure out how to do the Prone Leg curl. I feel like I am going to fall off, or the very least slide down… I bet you all would laugh if you could see me trying to lie down and get my legs under the leg attachment and OMG, I cannot even explain it. My daughter will be here this weekend and I will have her show me. I feel like such a dork. Obviously, I need to work on my balance.

My shoulders are burning. I have to go ice.

I will update tomorrow.


More Tools for Success

March 14, 2010

I was contemplating painting a chalkboard on my wall to help to with my workout routine. I have a very bad short-term memory. Then I thought it would be quite messy with chalk dust an all. I thought about dry erase or magnetic paint. It is expensive and challenging to apply. My mom popped over with a bulletin board to put over my desk in my newly refinished office. However, I cannot reach it as my desk is too wide and stretching like that is horribly bad for my shoulders. She said she hates to return things so I said, hey, that would look good in my workout room. Moreover, we hung it. Yeah. Now I can post my routine on the board.

I keep finding things to help me on my journey. So many people have had a hand in those little things. Amazing how one person can just mention what they do and voila, you think, hey, that would work for me. That is why I love the forums so much. I get more info from the forums than I do professionals.

I am so excited; I cannot wait to start on the new 52DC. I just might have to start tomorrow, Monday.

Things I am trying: Chia seeds, Gobi berries, raw foods, dehydrating and green monsters.

New things I have learned: Egg puffs, yam potato like chips, cauliflower mashed potatoes, dehydrated flax seed crackers.

I need to work on my garden planning before it gets too late. I need to learn to plant things better and to take advantage of the land I have. Right now, I have two 4X4 boxes and a 4X4 circle. Of course, a planter with herbs is always there. Any suggestions on what to plant?

I know I am planting more zucchini and carrots this year. I might pass on the spaghetti squash. It just took over the planting area. Watermelon was great but it also takes a lot of room and such a long time to mature.

It was great having some free time this weekend to get my blog up-to-date and do some planning.

I am off to prepare my food with some chopping and dicing so next week will be easy.

Good luck on the next challenge everyone!


What I Have Learned So Far!

March 7, 2010

Things I have learned so far.

1. I found an awesome physical therapist who taught me a lot about the way my shoulder works. She gave me lots and lots of ways to work on my range of motion and my muscle strength. After doing so great on this 52DC and seeing my progress, I guess she knew what to do to make me stronger. I have not felt this fine in such a long time.

2. The “Big Book of Exercises” is amazing. What more can I say. Go now and buy it. You will not regret it. The cost is so minimal. Just learning the “pinch plate” exercise was worth the cost of the book but there is so much more inside. I absolutely love it.

3. Clean easy works if you are prepared. Not being prepared is asking for trouble.

4. Trying new things is amazing. Look at my vegetable challenge to get an idea.

5. Never, never believe a label. Never, never believe that scale. Always go by inches and how you feel and how you look. Numbers will make you go insane. I saw a You Tube video the other day on how to lose 10 pounds in just 10 minutes. Amazing.

6. Keep your 52DC friends close. The support they give you is irreplaceable.

7. Do not rely on friends. Just get outside and walk with or without them. Waiting for them just makes you lazy and does not get you anywhere close to your goals.

8. Borrow Brooklyn as much as you can because he is a fantastic workout partner.

9. That is all I can think of for now.

If you have any ideas you want to share, feel free to leave a comment. A lot of what I have learned is from other people and by reading lots and lots of books and websites.


My New Workout

February 5, 2010

Below is my new routine for the next few weeks.

I purchased The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. This book is FANTASTIC. I LOVE IT!

Until I get clearance from my doctor this is what I will be doing. Best Three Exercise Workouts on Page 407

I have also designed a program incorporating some exercises from the book and exercises I do now that my physical therapist has asked me to do. Not all of those are listed as some exercises I do all day long.

Chest:
Page 66 – Doorway Stretch √ (This is awesome for the shoulder and I do it anywhere. )
107 – Standing cable pullover
102 – Lat pulldown √

Shoulder:
Page 116 – Barbell Shoulder Press √
125 – Plate front raise (I went and bought plates. I love this concept.)
168 – Dumbbell overhead triceps extension

Forearm:
Page 174 Wrist Curl √
177 – Plate pinch curl (I hope this helps, my pinch sucks. I dropped the plates the first few times.)

Quad and Calf:
Page 229 – Straight leg calf stretch √

Core:
Page 301 – Weighted Russian twist (Figured I would take advantage and use the plate again.)
335 – Half kneeling rotation

You have to buy this book, it is amazing. It has workouts all planned out for you. It has pictures of all the exercises.

As always, any suggestions, comments, or rants, feel free.

P.S.  I purchased a swiss ball (well actually a GoFit Ball) and I am unable to get this sucker blown up to 81 inches.  I have only gotten it to 68 inches.  Any suggestions on how to do this?  Also, the silly plug is not flush.  This plug will definitely scratch the floor.


Fast Food

February 5, 2010

Why is America Fat…? Knowledge and Laziness.

Carl’s Jr. a fast food burger joint (www.carlsjr.com/menu) came out with a new burger. Grilled Cheese Bacon Six-Dollar Burger. If you make it a combo, get Criss Cut fries (regular size), are diet conscious, and get “vitamin water” instead of a soda this is what you get.

Calories – 1540
Protein – 63 g
Carbs 104 g
Fat – 98 g
Sugar – 26
Sodium – 3180

Moreover, this is just ONE meal. Image the numbers if you “super size” your fries or make the burger a double or even a triple. How about adding that “Jumbo” soda loaded with sugar.

This is very sad.

Driving early to work I saw car after car after car of these horrible mothers taking their kids through these fast food joints and donut shops to get their kids breakfast before dropping them off at school. The kids coming out of the donut shops did not have milk but SODA, and not a small cup but gigantic cup. What is wrong with our parents?

I can make an egg white puff in the microwave in 90 seconds. Throw on some fruit and Voila. Less time then waiting in the drive thru.

Therefore, my rant is over. Thanks for listening.

I stopped at a new store today. I got two heads of lettuce, celery, tomatoes, yams, onions, zucchini, potato, bell peppers, apples, asparagus, corn, raspberries, jicama, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, beef, Canadian bacon and yogurt for a whopping $37.00. and I was in and out in 30 minutes (because I was browsing the new store).

If I go to Carl’s Jr. for one of the above meals… Probably about 10 bucks.

So there you have it folks. Eating healthy is not only good for your health but also good for your pocket book.


My Progress

October 18, 2009

I have been doing great on my new eating plan. I am actually having fun logging my food and watching my Protein, Carbs and Fat. At the end of the day, I have to make choices of what to eat so I do not go over my numbers. Looking at my log, I craved Potato chips and cottage cheese. I continue to crave those Potato chips and Cottage Cheese. I typically am not into snack foods so I am not sure why all of a sudden I crave chips. Maybe it is the crunch, which usually is missing in my diet. I do not think it is the salt. I feel I am getting enough salt just in the foods themselves. Funny, the days I eat the potato chips and cottage cheese I lose weight. The days I gain weight or stay stable, I am eating very very clean.

As I sit here, I am thinking I should go to the grocery store today. I need food, but my car is not being nice to me. I have a doctor appointment on Tuesday that I cannot miss and I am afraid to drive my car.

Well here is my update. In 17 days, I have lost 6.2 pounds. This is the most I have been able to lose in a long, long, long, long, long time. This is the lowest weight I have been for two years. I still cannot get into that smaller pair of jeans. Sad, but I promised to do this program for 30 days no matter what. I will continue and finish. This is a great goal.

As far as my workouts, I have physical therapy two days a week and I do RT and CT while there. The Therapist has a great machine. I now have Thera-Band, putty and lightweights to work with. I can sit and watch TV and get a great forearm, wrist and shoulder workout. I have finally figured out how to program my Treadmill to do hills automatically. I have started out with a low program but it was really easy. I will go up to phase 2 and see how that works. I am only doing 20 minutes, but hey, 20 minutes is better than nothing.

I no longer walk with my cousin. It was time to call it quits. Long story and now worth the time to write. I will miss our long hikes. I cannot find anyone to do these hikes with me. Most people are just flat out lazy. I found one woman but she ONLY wants to walk flat surfaces. Not as enjoyable as going into the backcountry. Winter is upon us and I plan to find someone next year. For now, I will walk the lake and the treadmill. There is a new section around the lake that has a few upgrades and lots and lots of wild critters. It is beautiful. It is about one mile around or taking a long way it is two miles around the lake area. I can get a good 2 3 mile workup and work on my speed.

I really believe drinking the Meal Replacement and Protein drinks are what are helping to keep me on track. It seems I was not eating enough protein. Logging my numbers, I can make sure at the end of the day I get enough protein. If I am low, I can have a protein drink which are 35 grams of protein and only 2 carbs. It is delicious also.

I am buried in work and have not been highly motivated so I am forced to work this weekend. I need to get more productive so I have more time to do me things.

This week will be very busy. I have a Doctor appointment and my last two Physical therapy appointments. After that, I can get back onto my schedule.

This is some of what I will miss…I hope you enjoy it.

Okay, everyone, have a great week.


My Weekend

October 4, 2009

I stopped back by this new nutrition store for a third. The girl working is a nutritionist and she helped me design a program. She is fabulous. She printed out a program and went over it with me. It will be very easy as she designed it for my lifestyle and me. I pick a protein, carb and fat from their respective columns. One from each column at each meal and Voila. She is allowing me to continue with my Meal replacement drink and I can continue to eat three meals a day, which works better for me then the typical 5 6 meals most people are saying you have to eat. We went over the when and why of protein bars and drinks. She had me buy some fiber powder to add in my meal replacement drink. She said it would help with weight loss. She also highly recommended a multivitamin and two supplements. I have to check with my doctor first but seems these have something to do with breaking down the fat yada yada. She wants me to eat my biggest meal at lunch and not dinner and have a protein drink for my fifth meal if I need it. Protein 25 30 gm, carb 15 20 and fat 10 gm per meal. She suggested I go on the low side of the carb grams. Eat veggies at each meal if I can. No more watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew, boo hoo. HOWEVER, I can have a coupe of red potatoes as a carb choice once in awhile. Yeah.

I was amazed that she did not TELL me what to do but worked out a program that fits with ME and my lifestyle and what I want to do.

I have been on this for three days and feel great. Just like I normally eat, but I am more conscious of what goes in my mouth at what time. I am still trying to incorporate in more veggies. I have added spinach and green beans into my omelets so that is a plus. I have to go back to eating beans again. I had stopped on some bad advice. In addition, she recommended no pasta. Hey, that is easy for me because I am not a pasta kinda girl. An occasional dish fits right into my lifestyle.

Brooklyn is here visiting again this weekend and I love it. Yesterday we redid the garden. Thank goodness, I did not actually plant the seeds because he kept going into it when I was not outside with him. After he leaves today, I will plant the seeds and maybe this garden will do better than the last. I added new ingredients to the soil to help. All Organic stuff for sure.

My daughter, Brooklyn and I walked around the lake and the new natural creek section. I had my daughter take a few pictures and once she sends them I will post them. We walked 2.5 miles and had a nice visit. Brooklyn had a blast and he was on his best behavior. That little guy just never gets tired. We came home and he was running and butt tucking all over the back yard. Took him about a half hour to finally settle down and rest. It is amazing the endurance this little guy has. Now if we could just teach him to come.

That is it. I hope you all had a great weekend.