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04.29.10 – Quickie

This is a quickie because I’m dead tired!

Breakfast

Had an unpictured slice of cinnamon toast on my way out the door this morning and some orange juice at my training and that’s it. I wasn’t feeling well.

Snack

Banana

Lunch

Panera, which hurts my stomach. I hate Panera. It’s overpriced and makes my tums hurt. BLAH.

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Chicken salad (on white, but i didn’t know it until i unwrapped it), chips, brownie (gross…ate one bite and threw it away), and a big (x2) heaping of salad….lacking veggies, and a piece of multigrain bread.

Bleck.

Snack

Kashi granola bar (Peanut Peanut Butter)

Exercise

25 minutes steadily increased resistance for 25 minutes

 

Twice through as a circuit, 12 reps per set, 30 second rest between exercises:

Back Squats – empty barbell (45 lbs)

Hamstring Curls – 50 lbs

Leg Extensions – 60 lbs

Pull Downs – 75 lbs

Bench Press – 55 lbs

Shoulder Press – 12.5 lb dummbells

Barbell Bicep Curl – 35 lbs

Tricep Pulldown – 50 lbs

Hyperextension – body weight. Our gym doesn’t have the proper bench for this, so I did mine on a stability ball

Rollups – body weight

Bicycle Crunches – body weight

Decline Bench Curls

 

HRM states 630 calories burned in 1h20m.

 

Came home and walked the pup for half an hour.

 

Dinner

Marinated grilled chicken breast, pasta tossed with olive oil, green beans

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DH picked up the fresh angel food cakes today from the farmer’s market.

I just wrapped up slicing 4 pounds of strawberries for tomorrow night’s surprise party, and I just made 4 cups of whipping cream into light, fluffy whipped cream as well.

I’m going to go crash!

G’night!

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I am a victim of the malaise today.

(I’m positive there must be an I Can Haz Cheezburger cat for malaise, but I can’t find it)

Tired, groggy, cranky, lethargic – the whole works.

And my allergies are ROCKIN’ today too. Oy vey. I may actually need to go to the doc about them this year…the OTC stuff isn’t working.

It’s one of those “just survive” days. LOL

Breakfast

Red berry, milk and banana again. Boring. I know.

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Snack

Handful of pistachios – served on a tissue. Klassy.

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Lunch

Tuna salad (2 pouches of chunk light tuna, 2 stalks of celery, minced onion, salt, pepper, 1 hardboiled egg (whites only) and a smidge of mayo/plain yogurt mixed together for creaminess) on whole grain with lettuce; pretzels; apple sauce (ended up not eating the applesauce…the malaise has taken my appetite)

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The tuna made enough for 2 lunches, so you’ll be seein’ it again!

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Oh – and a dark chocolate truffle. It wasn’t really very “dark chocolate” though. Bummer. It was my dark chocolate of choice for my desk drawer. I keep good quality dark chocolate in my work drawer to try to avoid the junky candy we have in the office.

Snack

Fruit leather (I’m addicted)

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Cascadian Farm granola bar

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Exercise

None, other than helping set up and run a work event this evening from 5-8.

Dinner

Ham, Annie’s mac and cheese, leftover medley of veggies from the fridge (eaten super-late)

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Thoughts

  • My monthly friend is sapping all my recently-acquired energy after getting over The Plague of 2010 – honestly it makes me terrified to see how much worse it is without BCP.
  • I need more sleep, even though I’m getting 8 hours a night. A mid-afternoon nap would be perfect, but I don’t think my employer would appreciate that.
  • Yoga yesterday killed me. My arms, back, and shoulders are super-sore. Stupid holding-downward-dog-forever! 🙂
  • I’m still down 5 pounds from the Plague. I’m cool with that and hoping to keep it that way.
  • Working 12 hour days sucks. I admire people who do it regularly.
  • I have a training all day tomorrow, so food should be wild and wooly (and Panera-themed, it seems) and secretly photographed 🙂

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04.27.10 – TGIT

I wish I could say TGIF, but hey…we’re just not there yet. 🙂 Working on it, though!

Breakfast

…was a little wacky today. My tums hurt this morning so I made myself a slice of cinnamon toast (aka belly tamer) on my way out the door. Ended up eating it as soon as I got to my desk.

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Then, I was whisked off to meetings with the boss lady, and finally returned to my desk at 10:30 to eat my actual breakfast: red berry, milk, banana. I know it’s boring but (confession) I really can’t dig oatmeal every day, and my egg supplier has been out of large eggs lately…and I don’t buy any other size!

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No snack, as ‘breakfast’ occurred at 10:30.

Incidentally, I also consume 8 oz of water/Citrucel on my way into work every morning. I have trouble with IBS when I get stressed, and the extra fiber helps. It also gets me some water and fiber first thing in the a.m.

I have to think it’s better for me than coffee! LOL

Lunch

“Clean-out-the-fridge” lunch: leftover salad from Sunday (romaine hearts, red pepper, carrots, celery tomato) with red wine vinaigrette and a tiny amount of leftover brown rice and chili

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Hit the spot!

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And a sweet tea. I don’t normally consume caffeine (aside from the occasional chocolate) – no regular tea, coffee, etc. But at the end of my cycle each month, I really struggle with fatigue. Especially at work – I have trouble concentrating.

So this month I tried incorporating an old love (sweet iced tea) to see if it helps. Result? HELPS IMMENSELY. I was actually able to be productive today. So I may add some caffeine back in…but only at ‘that time’ when it’s needed. 🙂

Snack

PB & J on  whole grain…I was just hungry for it 🙂

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My yogurt and granola snack yesterday was AWESOME for staying power, but, left me feeling a wee bit sluggish at the beginning of my workout. Maybe I needed to eat it earlier?

Exercise

20 minutes HIIT on the elliptical (I did them high intensity, but NOT balls-to-the-wall, as I am trying to be a good girl about getting back into the gym this week at a slow pace)

20 minutes walking on various inclines on the treadmill (because I was reading the Oxygen Abs special edition and it was pretty good!)

Finished off my fitness for the evening with yoga. I’d intended to do an OnDemand beginner yoga session, but my OnDemand is being wonky and it wouldn’t play.

Ended up doing a 30-minute ‘yoga for weight loss’ video on yogadownload.com – holy crap was it hard. And I am STIFF. LOL

550 calories burned today, in about an hour and a half.

Also, walked the pup for 30 minutes.

Dinner

Leftovers! Beef stroganoff from Saturday, and steamed cauliflower/broccoli

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Dessert

Strawberries again…with the last of the test-run whipped cream. 🙂 It lasted two days! Yay! That means I can get everything ready Thursday night, for the party on Friday. Whew!

Thoughts

Can you believe April is almost over?! DH (moreso than me) has a very busy May…but I have some activity in there too, and when DH is away/busy, I have more responsibilities and errands, so it affects us both.

  • First weekend DH is headed back to my hometown to help my dad load and bring a lawn tractor, gun safe, and huge toy chest to our house in York.
  • Second weekend DH is turkey hunting. (Although I’m secretly looking forward to this and hope the weekend is filled with sappy romantic movies and such that DH won’t watch!)
  • Third weekend is potentially another turkey hunting weekend for DH, depending on how it goes
  • Fourth weekend DH and I are supposed to go back to my hometown and ride bikes on rail trails with my dad. He loves doing it, and wants us to go with him. But I’m trying to get him to come to us – less travel for us, and he’s on vacation the whole week anyway! 🙂
  • Fifth weekend is memorial day weekend! We don’t have any plans yet, but I’m sure something will come up.

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1.  Think back a decade, do you remember what your first cellphone was? Was it as cool as Zack Morris’s phone?
I got my first cell phone in 1998 when I got my license. It was a green Nokia, and it was probably 2” thick. But I was awesome with my red sports coupe and my cell phone. LOL

2. What is the first children’s book you remember being read to you? 
I don’t really remember any being read to me. I started reading myself at an early age. I loved the Where The Sidewalk Ends

3. What was your first car? Did you love it or hate it? 
1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Red. I still miss that car.

4. Who was your hero growing up?
I don’t think I had one. Is that bad? I grew up showing Arabian horses, though, and I looked up to my trainers at the time.

5. Think back to your first kiss. Was it everything you dreamed of?
I’m going to assume you don’t mean the hit-and-run kiss I planted on my neighbor on the bus ride home from kindergarten. Haha Is it terrible that I don’t really remember my first real kiss?

6.  What was your first BAD hairstyle choice? (Extra points for embarrassing photos)
I had hair almost down to my waist in 6th grade and I wanted it permed. It was so heavy, though, I ended up with a uniform wave, and only for a few weeks, before my stick-straight hair rebelled and went back to its natural state.

7. What was your first realistic dream? (One where you had to think “Oh dang, was that a dream?”)
I don’t remember many of my dreams.

8. What was the first phobia you remember developing?
Water. I was dunked by my cousins until I passed out when I was like 4. I’m terrified of water.

9. Which character on Sesame Street do you most identify with?
I don’t think I ever identified with any of them. LOL

10. What was the hardest goal you ever accomplished? 
I don’t know. I feel like after I’ve accomplished a goal it doesn’t feel as ‘tough’ and I forget about it. Is that bad?

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Hello all!

Back in action today 🙂

Breakfast

Red Berry! (and milk ..alas..no picture, and no fruit on it because I forgot my banana!)

Snack

Granola bar. Was feelin’ the carbs this morning!

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Lunch

Brown rice, turkey chili (with kidney beans), sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of plain yogurt as “sour cream”

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And carrot sticks 🙂

Snack

Yoplait Vanilla/Honey Greek Yogurt (I have a bunch of coupons for these, but this flavor is the only one I like) with Cascadian Farm Dark Chocolate Almond granola = heaven

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There was also a bag of Annie’s fruit snacks and a handful of pistachios today. Work makes me so freaking snacky! I think it must be sitting at a desk all day.

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Exercise

As today was my first day back at it in 14 days I tried to take it moderately easy. Also, because of work/life obligations this week, I chose to go with full body strength days.

Random Observations:

  • My legs actually look BETTER after 2 weeks off than they do when I’m working them. What’s up with that?!
  • All the regular gym rats were sure Dave and I must’ve gone on vacation, died, or went to a different gym, we were gone so long. LOL
  • I had a great workout today, but didn’t work myself to the point of full and total exhaustion like I normally do. It made me enjoy my workout a thousand times more.

Do you generally work out to the point of being totally beat? I always feel like I should push myself to the limit, but I’m thinking maybe I don’t need to do it EVERY time.

25 minutes, steady state (moderate) stationary biking

Twice through as a circuit, 12 reps per set, 30 second rest between exercises:

Back Squats – empty barbell (45 lbs)

Hamstring Curls – 40 lbs

Leg Extensions – 50 lbs

Pull Downs – 70 lbs

Bench Press – empty barbell (45 lbs)

Shoulder Press – 12.5 lb (dumbbells)

Barbell Bicep Curl – short barbell (25 lbs)

Tricep Pulldown – 45 lbs

Hyperextension – body weight. Our gym doesn’t have the proper bench for this, so I did mine on a stability ball

Rollups – body weight

Bicycle Crunches – body weight

Planks – 50 seconds each

HRM says Glad you finally managed to get your butt off the couch! err… HRM says 500 calories burned in an hour and 10 minutes 🙂

Dinner

It’s Monday – also known as Dave-Cooks/Steak Night at our house! LOL

Tonight is filet mignon, steamed broccoli, and leftover mashed potatoes. Yum!

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Dessert

I made whipped cream yesterday (fresh, real, whipped cream) as an experiment as to how far in advance you can make it. I need to make it for an event this weekend, but am hoping to make it early, so this was my “test batch” (I was afraid it wouldn’t last and I’d be screwed!). I promised Dave we’d eat it tonight.

So anyway…my whipped cream survived its 24 hour trial period, and it’s reward was to be part of our dessert: fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries!

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(You know you love my ancient men’s plaid PJ pants from Old Navy. Ha!)

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  • I’m hosting a Cascadian Farm giveaway on my cooking blog – feel free to head over and enter to win a huge stash of organic cereal/granola bars!

 

  • I’ve taken 14 days off from the gym. The first half, because I had the Plague and the second half because I was weak as a kitten from the Plague. And let me tell you –  I love having all this free time. To go home after work, leisurely change and walk the dog, leisurely make dinner and pack my lunch, check my email and blogs, and still be sitting down to read my book at 8pm? Heaven on earth I tell ya. Honestly, it makes me depressed to think about how busy I’ll be again next week when the workout schedule resumes. I like being fit and working out, but I hate that it completely annihilates all my free time.

 

  • Dave wants a baby. I’ve talked about it here before. Problem? Dave went to a grad school that cost him $80,000. His loan payments are $650 a month…also known as the money we’d need for daycare. I can’t quit working (we use my health insurance AND get a monetary kickback from his employer for not using his health insurance) and we have no support system here to assist us. So Dave is grouchy and unhappy, and all his friends are pregnant/having babies, and we can’t figure out how we’ll ever afford to. Thanks Pepperdine University!

Next Week

I should be back to posting regularly this week. I’m also busy with a lot of obligations, which makes getting back into the gym tricky as well.

Here’s my gameplan:

Monday: Full Body Strength Circuit with Abs / 20 minutes steady state cardio

Tuesday: 20 minutes HIIT / 20 minutes steady state cardio / yoga (Shiva Rea Beginner Yoga OnDemand – to get back into it)

Wednesday: Potentially assisting in a work-related event from 6pm – 8pm, but still want to try to get in a  Full Body Strength Circuit with Abs

Thursday: 20 minutes HIIT/ 10 minutes steady state / Yoga (Yoga Fitness Fusion OnDemand)  — also have to prep angel food cake, strawberries, and whipped cream for Friday evening

Friday: Nothing. We are attending a surprise birthday party (and I’m obviously in charge of the dessert) and we’re leaving as SOON as I get home from work.

 

I’m hoping to put in a workouts page on here as well – for myself and for any readers. Hopefully make it easier to pick and choose workouts I’ve already typed up. Not sure when I’ll get to that, though! LOL

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1.  What two cities should be moved closer together?
York, PA and Butler, PA. So my family is closer and it isn’t such a hassle to see them.

2. What was the first plane ride you took?
I flew home  — by myself – from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh. I’d driven cross-country with my boyfriend (now husband) to take all his stuff to Malibu, CA so he could attend Pepperdine University, and I had to fly back home by myself.

3. What continent would you most like to visit? 
United Kingdom

4. What’s your favorite place to window-shop?
Any kind of kitchen/bed/bath type store. I LOVE looking.

5. What’s the least fun you’ve ever had at a place specifically tailored for fun?
We did our honeymoon in Las Vegas, immediately after our wedding. The first 2 days I was so exhausted from wedding planning/stress/jitters/jet lag that all I wanted to do was sleep. I suck. 🙂

6.  You’re stuck on an island with plenty of food, a companion, and a relatively stress-free lifestyle. What do you say when the rescue ship comes? 
“What took you so long?”

7. Which day of the week do you look forward to most? 
Sundays. Normally all the chores are done and at least half of Sunday is mine to do as I’d like.

8. What’s your favorite place to enjoy the great outdoors? 
Mountains 🙂 I am SO not a beach person.

9. What’s on your “to do” list this summer? 
“Summer doesn’t have the same meaning as it did in school. Now it’s just the same as the rest of the year, only hotter. Much hotter.”ß- Amen, sistah!

I’m going to do a small garden, and going to try to do more outdoors activities for my fitness. I think I’ve become a bit of a gym rat.

10. Which natural disaster freaks you out the most?
We don’t get many here – the occasional tornado, or rain from a hurricane, but that’s about it. In general, tsunamis scare the crap out of me because I’m afraid of water.

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