Saturday, February 27, 2010
Also- I've been cleaning out the basement for the last 2 hours, and updating our 72 hour kits. All these natural disasters are making me nervous!
Today totally sucked though. I'm on the heaviest day of my monthly cycle, and it was a struggle just to finish 20 minutes at a plodders pace, and I felt all weak and shaky afterwards. 20 minutes at around 13 mph for a total of 4.3 miles covered. I feel a bit sore after my strength training yesterday, but not nearly as bad as last week. Huzzah for progress! But thank heavens tomorrow is Sunday, and my day of rest. *shew!*
The Almighty Liz
Friday, February 26, 2010
I took Liz's advice and upped my protein, mostly in the form of milk. The milk also helped with the dying of thirst feeling I had in the days after the stomach flu.
Stair push-ups--three sets of 12 reps each.
Triceps push-ups--three sets of ten reps each
Calf lifts--three sets of 12 reps each.
Quads on weight bench--three sets of 12 reps each, but I upped my weight this time from 21.3 to 26.4. It was a little harder, but not as hard as I want it to be, so I will probably up that again next week.
The Almighty Liz
Thursday, February 25, 2010
So anyway, I had a pretty good work out tonight. I had the kids do squat sets. This is pretty close to it w/ more reps. and breaks in between every three sets. The intent being to work through all of our hand techniques. (My thighs were dying.)
After that I just had them work some of the same techniques on standing bags.
Just trying to get back in the game after having the stomach flu on Monday & Tuesday. I am still SO TIRED. I think this is the first workout in a long time that has not made me feel better after wards.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The Almighty Liz
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Oh! On Saturday, I did an hour of grocery shopping.
I wanted to work on all the opposite muscle groups of the ones I did on Friday, so this is what I did;
Hamstrings-on the weight bench thingy. Laying flat on your stomach, hook your ankles under the padded weight things, and bend your legs. 23.1 lbs for a set of three, ten reps each.
Shins-this is something I learned in physical therapy a million years ago. It actually works your shins and your calves, but since my calves need special, extra attention anyway, I figured it couldn't hurt. Get an exercise band, those big long elastic-y things, and hook it around your toe, holding the ends real tight (lots of tension) with your hands. Point your toe real slow, and then flex it as far as you can real slow. It works better with shoes because you don't have to worry about the band bending your toes back. they need to stay unflexed the whole time. Three sets at ten reps each.
Biceps-regular curls, standing up straight. 5 lbs+whatever the hand bar weighs, so probably around 7 lbs total. Three sets at ten reps each on each arm.
Ten minutes of Pilate's abs.
And boy was I sore after last Friday!! I love being sore! I feel like I accomplished something, lol! Not looking forward to tomorrow though.
The Almighty Liz
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Plus- 1 and a 1/2 hours of electrical work in the upstairs nursery (which involved lots of going up and down the stairs for various reasons). I pulled out, or wrapped & capped, a bunch of exposed ugly wiring that was right next to the baby's crib. I then covered the holes with blank wall plates. I think changing that light fixture last month gave me the added know how to figure out what to do with this wiring. Plus, I had some tips from my older sister when she came to visit a few weeks ago (who has a tech degree in electrical engineering). Another pre-baby project out of the way! Yay!
As of December I'm off the horrid pills/injections. Dana post-steroids is a mess! I've consulted with specialists and a plan has been developed. I have to eat real food. For a while I have to take a ton of supplements: fish/flax/borage oil, C0 Q 10, Linoleic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium (3 types), Magnesium, Iodine, & a totally food-sourced Multivitamin.
Oh and don't forget the exercise... We're starting slow because of a past injury but we're progressively building up a routine.
I feel like an experiment and I want to share it. Here we go...
According to the wisdom I've received from many qualified professionals. I've gotta eat. The steroids robbed my body of vital minerals and vitamins. Despite being overweight I am literally starving.
Here's breakfast: Herbal Tea, Fruit Salad, Oatmeal w/ Honey, one cup of water.
I eat this while reading my morning devotional passage from My Utmost For His Highest followed by 3-5 chapters of Scripture.
I ate it all & less than two hours later I was so hungry my stomach growled & growled.
Snack Time: Carrot/Cucumber/Ginger Juice & more herbal tea.
I drank it slowly as I read friends' blogs, posted on my own, and caught up on emails.
By the way I HATE cucumbers but the juice wasn't bad.
About three hours after that more intense hunger. I fixed a Pesto Pizza. whole grain crust, prepared pesto, red onions, chicken, topped with thin sliced tomatoes. Peppers on the side.
I ate the WHOLE thing along with a salad.
Lettuce leaves w/ homemade hummus, pumpkin seeds & crackers w/ goat cheese.
I ate this while studying.
I am hungry again. I don't think my stomach has felt full for more than an hour.
Miso Chicken on spring mix greens, baked sweet potato, overly done asparagus (total accident)
Week One Rundown
The rest of the week went a whole lot like the first day...
I feel like I'm spending the majority of my day fixing food. Gotta streamline!
I ate & ate & ate... I also drank a lot of water. (About 3 quarts a day.) I added extra snack times & ate nuts (almonds & pistachios), bananas, yogurt with fruit, etc... I ate and then I ate some more. I ate as much as I wanted to eat. Hunger woke me up regularly at 2 am & I instituted yet another snack time & filled it with natural peanut butter on Sami Bread & an apple. Then I'd wake up hungry ready for breakfast.
No exercise yet. Not even light stretching. That starts next week.
I lost eight pounds.
Since my hip problem, I've just not gotten back into the swing of things. I've been LAZY about working out for too long. It's irritating me in many ways, not only am I considerably slower than I used to be, but my scale has started going in the wrong direction. It's nothing horrible, just a gradual 5 lbs. So anyway, I decided it was high time I got back with the program. However I over did it. Yesterday I started in writing down everything I ate just so I could make sure that I keep my calorie count in check. So after a day of dieting, I hopped on the bike and rode 40 minutes (which was tougher than usual). This morning I woke up and went running with the group. I did two loops which equals about 12 ish miles. Our first loop was with a faster girl and for someone planning to do 2 loops, it was too fast for me. (My first loop was her 2nd. She put in 16 miles today. Those crazy marathoners! Everyone in the group is, except me. Several people were doing 19 and 20 miles today - and this is totally typical) I did okay on our first 6 mile loop, but I bonked HARD on the second. I have never felt that bad during a work out ever. I guess I had it coming though. I've been lazy lately and haven't done that distance in a long time, I started a diet yesterday, biked at the end of the day last night, and I didn't eat anything before I ran this morning (I usually don't) I ran the first 6 way too fast considering that I was planning to do 13, and I just started my period. It all added up and I crashed hard! I felt awful! Totally spent and even a little dizzy and shaky. The bad thing about it being cold outside is that while running feels great, if you stop and walk you get COLD (I was only wearing a 3/4 sleeve shirt and no gloves). So I started feeling really bad about 2.5 away from my van. I stopped and walked several times, but you just can't walk for too long or else you will freeze. Anyway I made it back, but it was BAD!! I stopped at Shop -n- Save on the way home and got some orange juice and a bunch of other stuff. I totally don't care how much I eat today. I've been done running for about an hour and a half and I've already had a thing of OJ, a 170 cal, 8 grams of fat granola bar, a banana, two chocolate pop-tarts and a large glass of milk. Shutting up now.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Today I made a wonderful concoction!!
Four Oranges, Four Apples, & Two Grapefruits yielded 2 Quarts of deliciousness!
I dropped all the fruit into the juicer & then poured it into the pitcher from the blender because I don't have a real pitcher. Can you believe that?! LOL! Just wanted to clarify that no blender was used in the production of this juice...
The sweetness from the oranges & apples knocked out the bitterness of the grapefruit. However, the grapefruit toned down the sweetness of the other fruit so no sugar shock.
This is possibly my favorite juice blend since I started making juice in December. Yum!
I did three sets of stairs push-ups with 12 reps in each set.
And three sets of calf lifts on the stairs with 12 reps in each set.
And three sets of triceps push-ups with 10 reps in each set.
And three sets of quads on my weight set at 23.1 lbs with 12 reps in each set.
It took me between 15 and twenty minutes. I'm totally going to incorporate strength training twice a week into my routine, as it's low impact and needed big time. I'll be doing opposite muscle groups once a week, for a total of twice a week training. I know you're supposed to work a muscle group twice a week at least, but I have to keep my main focus on cardio. Plus, John does his muscle groups only once a week, and he gets pretty good results. I will double up with two workouts in one day (cardio and strength) as I get stronger, but for right now, it's just not feasible. I feel pretty good today, though! My back is only twinging, not flat out throbbing and stabbing! I think this is what I've been needing!
The Almighty Liz
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Plus- did laundry.
I had to type those links out by hand, so hopefully I didn't make any mistakes and you can get there. If I did make mistakes, copy and paste.
Yesterday I practiced for around 1.5 hours on the piano. I did Aa scales & arpeggios, I also practiced Schubert and I did some sight reading Sally DeFord, who I LOVE. I love piano. My goal is to get a good practice rhythm going to get ready to audition in a couple of years to get back into the music program. They say that it takes 28 days before something becomes a habit, so I'm going to try to stick with this for 28 days before I call and beg for lessons. Yesterday was day 1 consecutively. I'm going to sit down for day two in just a minute.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Plus- I baked two loaves of banana bread, and a dozen muffins.
10 minutes on the bike at 13-14mph for a total 4.4 miles covered.
The Almighty Liz
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Also- Monday I cleaned house for 3-4 hours along with baking. I just did not have time for working out with all the cleaning and such!
The Almighty Liz
Monday, February 15, 2010
I also did 1/2 hour of scales and arpeggios key of Aa. Then I worked on Chopin and Schubert for about 1/2 hour, but that just isn't enough time to really accomplish anything. What to do? My kitchen is a total wreck, I have laundry up to my ears and I need to tackle my taxes. I'd also like to take the kids sledding. Will the roads be ready to run hills on tomorrow?
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Plus, 1 hour of small car repair/maintenance stuff, and small home repair work.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Thursday- Replacing a battery connector on my car in the cold- 40 minutes.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Anyway I came home (I don't feel at all comfortable running by myself in the dark especially in that neighborhood) and tried to go back to sleep, but it was no use. I'll be tired for no good reason today.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Also- 2 hours deep cleaning the fridge, and under the fridge, and behind the fridge.
School was canceled and I did lower body strength training followed by 40 minutes on the bike avg speed 16.5 mph. My legs are very tired! Now for piano, will I get a minute to do it?
One hour of piano, but I didn't feel like I accomplished anything.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I got very little else done today due to this gosh awful tiredness I have had for over a week. I ran errands with the kids and made dinner, that was about it!
Goal for tomorrow- clean out the fridge before sentient life forms start emerging!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I've decided I need a huge dose of discipline lately, so I've mapped out a schedule for myself starting tomorrow (Monday). I hope I stick to it. I've planned myself plenty of workout time and PIANO. My sadly neglected piano! ARGH! Back to work. Less of this computer crap!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Also- laundry, kitchen cleaning, errand running.
Stretch nearly every work day. (This has been the norm for awhile.)
Rode the stationary bike 20 minutes while watching Green Lantern: First Flight.
Walked 45+ minutes round trip to son's school w/Timpani
Hour and a half martial arts class- less work out than it could be since I teach, so I must stand and yell a lot ;) .
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I did nothing else today (except taxes!!!)
Monday, February 1, 2010
I did nothing else today. I was too tired to get motivated to do anything else today. I'm having major allergy problems still from all the dust I kicked up scooting furniture and excavating baby stuff from the basement.