Happy Wednesday!

My trainer is back from the land of sick. I had a great training session. Today was chest and shoulder day with a few bicep/tricep moves thrown in. I did 2 sets of 12 pull-ups and one set of 10 pull-ups! I can’t believe I did that. I did them literally until failure but I sure felt great after that. I also did three sets of 15 hanging knee ups. It just felt really great to be working out.

Despite the costco dog yesterday, I managed to keep my calories at 1450. That’s not too bad. I’ve been super hungry today, probably from my run/walk workout yesterday. I was so hungry after my workout today!

I’m hoping to get in a 2 mile walk this evening. I have to take my daughter to cheer practice tonight so we won’t be home until close to 8 p.m. By then I am always so tired that it’s particularly difficult to motivate myself to do more than sit on the couch. Maybe by posting it here I will feel more accountable. 🙂

More About Me

Laura asked some really great questions in the comments on my last post so I thought I’d answer them here. 

1)  How many times a week do you work out (run, etc.) and for how long?

I strength train with a trainer 3 days a week for 45-60 min. We do a few cardio intervals as well. I was training 5 days a week with 2 days of HIT training but my schedule changed so now it’s just the 3 days of strength training. To replace the HIT training, I have started a run/walk program recently where I run/walk 3 times a week for 30-60 min. My ultimate goal is to be able to run 30-60 min. I’m definitely improving.  On the days I don’t run/walk I walk for at least 30 min. (Usually about 2 miles). I exercise every day at least once.

2) What kind of diet are you eating? Are pretty mindful of what you are eating? No hidden calories (even from yourself)?

 I am a fairly clean eater. My trainer wants me to eat only oatmeal, protein shakes, chicken breast, fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables. Unfortunately, that’s too darn boring for me! I need more variety in my life. Not to mention, I love fruit.

My favorite breakfast is Kashi Go Lean Crunch with 1% or nonfat milk. Some days I eat oatmeal with a scoop of whey powder or an egg white omelet with veggies. For lunch I have salad (with no dressing), chicken or fish. For my carbs I eat brown rice (1/2 cup) or a whole grain pita, wrap  or piece of bread. I don’t eat white bread at all any more. (I guess I did have a Parker House roll earlier this month :)) I probably don’t eat enough fruit and veggies every day but I am working on that.

Now, I am not saying that I am perfect, by any means. I had a hamburger a few weeks ago. And I am embarrassed to admit that I had a Costco dog today. I know, I know… horrible! I was starving and made the mistake of going there hungry.

I love tall, nonfat mochas, no whip. I have one nearly every day. That’s next on my list of habits to kick. They have 180 calories, 32 g. carbs, 2 g. fat and 11 g. protein. The sugar in it is the killer. I hate drinking my calories! I drink lots of water every day (more than 64 ounces per day).

I do write down everything I eat in my food log. On average I eat 1400-1600 calories per day.

Thanks again for the support and the great questions!

Healthy You Challenge Check In

So, the scale says I’m up a pound this week. Good grief. I have to say this whole thing is so frustrating. I’ve been exercising daily and eating well. Basically, I haven’t lost a pound in two months. Well, actually, I’ve fluctuated up and down one pound for the last two months so the net effect is no weight loss.

I love the muscles I’m getting but aren’t they supposed to burn fat and make it easier to lose weight? That’s so not happening. I’m at the point where I think I need to see a doctor for a physical (hypothyroidism runs in the family) or see a nutritionist (maybe I’m not eating enough?). In any case, I’m not ready to give up. I keep picturing myself ballooning up if I quit working out and exercising. Not a pretty picture!

Today’s a running day. I plan to make my second attempt at run 5 min./walk 3 min. I’m going to change my route to a flatter one. I think the big hill at the beginning of my last attempt killed me.

Good luck to all of the HYCers!

Note to the Caveman at the Gym

Mr. Caveman,

Must you continue with your grunting ways? Lifting weights does not require you to grunt and groan. Yes, you are supposed to exhale with exertion. No, this does not mean that you grunt so loudly that everyone in the gym can hear you. I wonder, is this your mating call? Trust me, no one will answer. Instead you are embarrassing yourself and those around you. Please, for the safety and enjoyment of other gym members, I beg of you, please stop grunting!

Regards, Newbierunner

P.S. Guys who wear shorty shorts and tie knots in their t-shirts to make crop tops are NOT attractive. Oh, and by the way, crop tops for men were a brief fad IN THE 80’s!

Today’s 4 mi. Run/Walk

…or how I died today. Okay, okay, slight  major exaggeration. I tried week 3, run 1 in the Prevention Magazine Turn Your Walk into a Run Program. I won’t lie. It was sooo hard. I had originally planned to do 4.5 miles and really did closer to 4.1 miles. I am proud of myself for completing that mileage. That being said, the run/walk today was supposed to be run 5 min./walk 3 min. I was able to do the first two intervals but the next few intervals weren’t successful. My breathing was all out of whack and my right calf was sore. So I altered my plan to 3 min. run/2 min. walk. That was much easier for me. I ran the last five minutes before my cool down.

As I was running I had the hardest time picturing myself running a whole 5k. I kept telling myself I could do it. I know that I will eventually realize my goal of running a 5k race. I can do it. I just need to keep training and keep a positive attitude.

 My next run/walk is Tuesday. I’m planning to redo the week 3, run 1. Tomorrow I’m going to walk at least 2 miles for cross-training. Monday is also a strength training day with my personal trainer.