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I'm still slacking in the exercise dept.  I don't know why I'm finding it so hard to get motivated this month.  I like going to Curves, I like the people there, but I just can't drag myself there in the mornings before work.  I think part of it is the state of the house.  There is SO much work that needs to be done here, I find it hard to justify carving out an hour for the workout (15 minutes there, 30 minutes workout, 15 minutes home).  If I had all day to work on the housecleaning, maybe it would be easier to get out to Curves, but when I'm trying to get a boatload of work done from 6-1, before leaving for my 2-10pm shift....well, taking care of myself tends to hit the bottom of the priority list.

Throw in that I'm sick, AGAIN (throat this time, little to no voice), and I just don't have the energy and motivation to do what I need to do.  Have you ever tried to work retail when you can only speak in a whisper?  Especially when a large chunk of your clientele are retirees who can't hear you when you speak in a normal tone of voice??

My wonderful coworker is trying to get ahold of the dept. manager to see if he can cover my shift tonight, in exchange for being off Friday.  I haven't heard back from her, so I don't know if she succeeded.

April Stats

May. 2nd, 2007 06:48 am
sailorzeo: (exercise)
Okay, now, the printout is just overall loss, not month-to-month, so I've lost in some areas, and gained in others.

I didn't gain back the 8 pounds I lost when I was sick, so total weight is down 10 pounds. Total inches, 6.75. Body fat pounds, down 7.48.

A lot of what I lost when I was sick was water/fluid, so I need to make sure I stay hydrated, but keep the weight down healthily.

I plan today, to make muffins using the gluten-free baking mix, and bars using [ profile] dollsahoy's recipe, substituting out for the wheat flour. Grab-and-go breakfast stuff.

Recently, Matt and I used a "Buy One Get One Free" recipe to pick up a couple of Six Dollar Burgers from Carl Jr's. He got the Western Bacon Cheeseburger (I think), and I got the Low-Carb: A burger and its toppings wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. It wasn't too bad, and wasn't even too tricky to handle.
sailorzeo: (exercise)
In the Independent Weekly newspaper back in Raleigh, I used to see ads for Jazzercise that proclaimed "Wrestle with the jar lid...and win."

Jar lid? Forget that. I just wrestled with a 5-gallon water jug and won. Yes, I replaced the water jug on the cooler all by my lonesome. Not to mention bringing all four jugs in from the porch by myself. I think Curves is working. :)
sailorzeo: (exercise)
Well, I had my weigh and measure today, and it looks like yes, I can get my booze. :) Practically painless, Clara took my measurements before my workout, and gave me a nifty little printout with the changes. I was nervous before I went in, since I wasn't sure if I'd really lost anything (that whole fluctuating scale thing), or if I was just deluding myself. She commented later, "And you were worried!" Overall stats (just amounts of change, no numbers, if you really wanna know my measurements, I'll fill 'em in) are as follows:

Weight: -1.50 lbs
Bust: +2.00"
Waist: -0.50"
Abdomen: -2.25"
Hips: -1.25"
Thighs: -1.00"
Arms: -1.00"
Body Fat: -0.80%
BF Pounds: -2.37 lbs

So I lost inches everywhere except my bust, which gained 2 inches. And here I was worried that they felt smaller the other day. :-P Maybe I should just remember which bra I wore today and make sure that's the one I'm wearing every weigh/measure day, for consistancy.
sailorzeo: (exercise)
Just got back from my workout, and my heartrate actually stayed in the green the whole time!  I even did the entire 2.5 circuit!  Not sure what caused this dramatic turn, whether it was not having caffeine since Thursday, drinking a litre of water while I was there, the effects of the Singulair, or just finally getting used to the workout, but I'll take it.  

Now, if I can repeat it on Monday...

Wednesday, too, I used a different club than my regular one, since I had an opening shift and couldn't get to my  home club while it was open.  The Scottsdale club had two more machines than the Glendale club, so it was kind of nice to have some additional/different exercises available.  I might try to hit that club once or twice a month, just to mix it up.  Heartrate was a little higher there, still, but not into the purple.

I hope this trend continues.  

Four days till the official weigh/measure.  Home scale still shows 220.  I'm hoping for an inch or two lost ANYWHERE, and even just a fraction of a percent body fat lost.  Keep the expectations low, since it's only been a month.  Next month will be time to start adding dietary changes again.  Preportioning the carrots, grapes, and nuts helped, but I think we may either have to stop buying ice cream, or start weighing and preportioning it, too.  Plus, watching fiber, protein, fats, carbs and salt again.  

Suddenly, I'm very tired.  But I need to change and go to work.  I have tomorrow off; we go grocery shopping and can catch up on the week's television.  I love DVR.
sailorzeo: (exercise)
My first measuring/weighing day is next week.  I should say the second, because I was weighed/measured when I signed up, but this is the first one since I started.  

I'm not expecting to have lost any pounds, because I do weigh myself at home, and it's been fluctuating +/- 2 pounds all month.  But I'm really hoping to have lost inches.  I feel tighter in places, like my arms, thighs, and butt; people have commented that my belly looks smaller, and I'm noticing it's easier to lift case paper.  I'm still having some heart rate problems, though.  I thought skipping the caffeine would help, but Monday, it was right back up to 30.  (it's a 10-second pulse count, so 30 beats would be three beats a second)

I have an agreement with myself: if I've lost ANYTHING, pounds or inches, I'm allowed to buy the chocolate mint Irish creme I saw at the store.  When I've lost 10 pounds, I get to have a pedicure (a real one).  I haven't really thought much beyond that.  10 pounds is my first goal.  
sailorzeo: (exercise)
Well, it's been three weeks now that I've been going to Curves.  Had a scare last week; made it 1.5 circuits before feeling lightheaded, my blood was pounding in my face, and I couldn't catch my breath.  I went to the doctor last Friday, mentioning that shortness of breath was an issue even back 10 years ago when I was thin.  He put me on a thirty-day trial of Singulair and Nasacort (a spray) to see if it helps.  On Saturday, I met with Terri, the owner of the Curves I go to, who's also a nurse.  She worked with me, and we decided that I'd take it REALLY easy on the boards between the machines, and only do 2 circuits rather than the standard 2.5.  

It seems to be helping.  I'm not huffing and puffing so much, and my heartrate's staying on the chart, even if it is still on the high end.  Today, though, I didn't even hit the purple, which is good.  I made the realization the other day that I usually have something with caffeine in it before I work out, whether it's tea, or something chocolate.  Caffeine is a stimulant.  It can increase your heart rate.  (smacks head with hand) So when I realized that, I made a conscious effort today NOT to have anything with caffeine before I went to work out.  I think it helped.

Also, a good note for today: Claire, the trainer who's usually there when I go, commented that it looked like my belly was getting smaller.  I couldn't see it (especially now, sitting down, it still looks as big as ever), but it's nice to hear it from someone else.  What I have noticed, however, is that my upper arms and thighs feel tighter, my pants are looser around the sides of my waist, and I swear my butt feels firmer, even if Matt can't tell.  :-P  I have my first weigh/measure day in a week and a half.  According to my scale here, I'm down 2 pounds, but that can be from anything.  I've been very good at measuring and portioning, most of the time.   I've even got Matt now weighing the pasta before cooking it, rather than dumping in half a pound at a time or more.  

I'm hopeful for the 28th (first measure day).
sailorzeo: (exercise)
One week, three workouts done. Still liking it, although I'm kinda glad I don't have to go back until Monday morning.

I've gone at 8 am, 9 am, and 11 am, and all three times, it's been pretty empty, just one or two other women there exercising (and we overlap, so I'm starting as they're finishing, or vice versa) and the Curves employee. I don't know whether they're called trainers or what. Wednesday I managed to finish the two-and-a-half loops, but today I could only do two. I blame 1) my period, and 2) the fact that I spent six hours yesterday helping Ambri organize our storage in the back room. Plus, I'm having trouble keeping my heartrate down in the okay zone. I started off okay today for the first heartrate check, right between the green and blue, but was in the purple zone by the second. Wednesday I kept shooting off the chart into the "too high, burning muscle rather than fat" area. Quick primer: yellow and red are too low, green is target, blue is a little high, purple is risky, and off the chart is bad bad bad. I think, for my age range, I'm supposed to be around 22 for target: 22 beats in 10 seconds. 25 is blue, 28 is purple. I was holding steady at 30 Wednesday.

Another thing to mention: according to [ profile] sapphirerose924, who joined Curves a few years back but stopped going, their guideline for water intake is one ounce per pound per day. I did some conversions, and figured out that I should be drinking 6.5 liters a day. That's 13 of those half-liter bottles. Over half a case. I think that sort of hit me over the head. I was lucky to get through ONE half-liter bottle a day. I knew I was under-hydrating, but had no idea by how much. I've got my intake up to 2.5 liters a day, mostly. I'll tend to drink half a liter before I leave for work, half a liter on the way to work (it's an hour drive), one liter (two bottles) at work, and half a liter on the way home or at home.

Off to shower. And maybe see if I can find any moisturizer; my face feels really tight today.

Fun Day

Jan. 29th, 2007 03:40 pm
sailorzeo: (exercise)
Well, I started the day with my first Curves workout. And well, I feel kind of weird saying it, but it was actually sort of fun. I liked the atmosphere, I was there early enough that there wasn't a crowd (in fact, when I got there, there were just two women finishing up and the trainer, and one other woman came in as I was finishing), and the trainer had a good sense of humor and explained the machines quite well.

I like the setup there: there are maybe ten machines and ten "recovery boards," padded, springy-like boards between the machines. It's circuit training: you start on one of the recovery boards, running in place or whatnot, then every thirty seconds (I think) you move to your left to the next station. Recovery board, machine, board, machine, etc. It's set up so that two and a half circuits are a complete workout. The machines themselves are hydraulic resistance; as the trainer phrased it, you want to make them "swoosh" as you're using them. That's how you know you're doing it right. She kept reassuring me, as she demonstrated, "If you can't make it swoosh right away, don't worry, you'll get it." She was impressed, though, that I managed to get the hang of it pretty quickly. She even told me at one point, "You could work here!" I was amused. :)

Also, she was impressed with my flexibility in the stretching. She even asked if I was a breech baby, since apparently breech babies tend to be more flexible (like, contortionist-flexible). I don't think I was, at least my mom never said I was. But, I did have ballet training as a kid, and she said that muscles that were used a lot in youth are the ones that tend to bouce back fastest. So with the ballet and marching band/flagline, I have decent starting strength.

I was actually smiling when I got home from Curves. Matt and I went out to the outlet mall in Anthem after that, and I spent money at the Hanes/Bali/Playtex outlet. New bras, new pantyhose, yay! But now I'm wiped out.

I'm going back for my second workout on Wednesday morning. I should get into my game at least long enough to make an exercise icon.

ETA: Exercise icon. Yay.

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