Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
(FYI - Drew didn't electrocute himself because he hasn't re-wired the kitchen yet. At this point you can't run two things at the same time or you blow a fuse.) (Yeah, Drew! I know! It's breakers, not fuses! It's just an expression! Geez!)
I'm back on the treadmill full-time and not just a couple days a week. We're talking 5-6 mornings a week. I'm up to 0.30 mile jogging. I do it in three 0.10 stints. I have no idea if that's a good idea or what, but it's more than I usually do so it can't be bad. And this morning I feel fantastic!
(As my co-workers have painfully discovered. I'm pretty sure no one likes a happy co-worker who is trying to improve their lives and visibly enjoys doing so.)
When I get to a half mile, I might throw a party. Really. That's my goal for the month.
My eating hasn't been good. I mean, it's not what it used to be, but I have been absolutely terrible on a few occasions. I'm not beating myself up about it. Just being honest. And I know you're allowed your "eff it" days, but I've had more than my share in the past couple weeks. I'm good for breakfast and lunch. It's dinner where I go gonzo occasionally.
Jason's blog today has got me rethinking my breakfast options. Currently I'm following the "protein bar and yogurt on the go" plan. It works well for me. I bring them to work and eat them at my desk. Anything else is like a chore.
The bar and yogurt fill me and I really enjoy them. I do have to have some kind of snack mid-morning or I'm a raging byotch by lunch. It's usually a cheesestick and a 100 calorie pack of cookies. I have no idea if the cookies are healthy, but I love them! I refuse to eat things I don't like or I merely tolerate. If I'm gonna do this the rest of my life, I have to enjoy it.
I think it's time that I sat down and evaluate everything I eat. Figure out the complete nutritional value. So far I've just been watching the calorie count and eating smaller portions and avoiding junk I know I shouldn't eat. It's a good plan. But I want to go further with it. I may have to look for some alternatives and move some things around. Seriously consider doing what I've been avoiding for all of my life...
Get up early enough to make and eat a healthy breakfast with the desired nutritional value.
Ugh. Wish me luck.
Monday, February 20, 2012
430am... my clock keeps blinking blue and that beeping is not stopping. I roll over groping my way around in the dark to try to shut it off before it wakes my roommate up. I got it.... five more minutes.... oh I can't the clock is ticking now. I have to get to the cardio gym before five or else I will never get a treadmill. I know what your thinking, why not just run outside... Well its 19 degrees out and I hate running in the cold, dusty and polluted desert air.
So here we go, I try to sit up and not make noise in my ten by twenty-foot metal can I live in. We are packed in here tight like tunafish but at least its dry and warm. I try to find my sneakers and then grab my other pair because you can't use the treadmill unless you bring an extra pair of clean shoes. I put on my sweats and hoodie hoping it will be warm enough to make it to the gym. Oh, there is my reflector belt because I wouldn't want to get hit by a car on the way to the gym. Ok, I think that's everything.... iPod, watch, ID, room key, extra shoes, glow belt, ok let's go clock is ticking.
445am.. I step out into the cold and it's still dark. Hard to believe I am in Afghanistan, it's like it hits me every morning I step outside. The cold frigid air freezes me and I know I have to move quickly. I run down the catwalk, down the stairs in hopes I can hit the bathroom before I make it to the gym. Ok I have two minutes....
450am... oh I got to hurry if I don't make it there it will be full and I need to be out of there by 535am... ok let's jog.... man it is still super cold out, I can't feel my hands. It's dark out, I look around to make sure nothing suspicious is going on. A few army guys are out doing crossfit, the sailors are running around trying to stay warm. Oh well I'm making good time now...
455am... I made it, now I have to sign in. I look around 30 treadmills are all purring quietly, insanity in the back corner, cycling on the wall, elliptical machines are always full, oh look jump rope time... ahhh there's one left. I change my shoes quickly, boot up my iPod and run over to the treadmill before anyone else tries to take it.... ok I only have 30 minutes before the gym police comes around and kicks you off ..
503am.. not too bad. now it's time to get busy...
Theres no better time than to do your cardio than first thing in the morning. Kick start your metabolism, burn some fat and give yourself some energy to start the day. You don't have to conquer mountains every time. Consistency here is what eventually will produce results. The fact that your up early doing cardio is a huge step into maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Now I'm going to drug the bleep out of myself and take a nap. My head is throbbing. Peace.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Super Bowl Sunday.... wow what a great way to end Week 2 for me. It has been a great start to getting back into training. I was able to get back into the pattern of eating 6 times a day. Nothing but Chicken, Beef, vegetables, and oatmeal and egg whites. This is simply done by cleaning up my diet. The super bowl has a lot of opportunities to cheat on so much good snack foods. That's ok if you cheated a little bit, don't beat yourself up about it. Now just take the time to get back onto your diet and exercise program and stay strictlymotivated. Remember it's a lifestyle, you're not going to change the world overnight. Take it one step at a time.
Surround yourself with people who enjoy staying healthy. I currently am doing cardio with five people in the morning, I do abs with four people at lunch and I am training two people in the gym. There are always people who want to work out or change their eating habits. That's what keeps me going, is seeing other people with results. Excuses don't get you very far you have to keep pushing no matter how hard it is. Nothing is ever going to be easy. Keep very small goals and when you accomplish each one it will feel like your moving forward. That's all you have to do. Keep it simple.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Lost three and a half pounds. Squee!
After the meeting we came home and ate a healthy meal --- Drew grilled Aldi’s pork chops marinated in Wegman’s Spiedie Sauce --- super yummy!!! (FYI – Aldi’s pork chops are the most tender, juicy pork chops we’ve ever had. I highly recommend them!) Then I pulled up my spreadsheet, charted out a menu for the upcoming week, found some great recipes to try, and declared I was happy and in the groove again!
I should point out that my brains are still trying to escape thru my ocular socket, but it’s not bothering me as much. I’m determined to not let it stop me. This morning I got up and got on the treadmill. And I jogged too! So maybe I'm not turning into a zombie and it was all just a headache induced funk. I still entertain thoughts of murdering the people around me with my bare hands, but now it’s for fun and not because of pure rage. That’s gotta count for something, right?
Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy my pork...yummy, yummy pork...
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Lately I’ve been completely lethargic and run-down. I’ve had no want to do anything. I still do stuff, but I do it with complete disdain. I had been happy and up-beat and joyous. I had been loving cooking and exercising and reveling in the changes I’d made. Now it’s just a depressing chore.
It appears this strange phenomena is not just happening to myself, but has begun happening to other people. Jason experienced an alarming loss in energy recently. Mike has once again fallen off the blog planet, a fact I attribute to a lack of creative energy. (Or maybe he’s just too busy being a rock-n-roll god. Don’t know.) Jeff dispises the entire universe.
I think I know the source of my problems. I’ve been having headaches again. I hate writing that, but it’s true. Nasty little migraines that plague me morning, noon and night. From when I get up until I go to bed. Two days now. It feels like my brain is trying to push out my right-eyeball and I have an overwhelming desire to kill everyone around me. This can only mean one thing…
I am Patient Zero.
It’s only a matter of time until I die (probably at my desk) and come back from the dead to feast on the flesh of the living. Someone should probably take a shotgun to my head now to avoid the impending apocalypse. Or find me some Oxycotin. Or at least some effing gin.
So why is everyone else having problems? Their immune systems have sensed the coming doom and have gone into overdrive to ensure their future survival against the plague, thus sucking up current energy reserves in the process. Obviously.
I’m sure it’ll all be better soon. My apologies for any inconvenience.
~ Stephanie, Queen of the Zombie Horde.