Monday, May 06, 2013

What? No Workout?

How can that be?  How can I not have a workout today?  I need my workout!  Uh oh, I've turned into one of those people.  I think I've become an...Insaniac!  Oh, dear.  So tonight, I'll do the fitness test plus the cardio ab workout.  The fitness test is supposed to be done every two weeks, so you can track your progress.  I know I will have improved since I could hardly do anything at the beginning of this adventure so that will be interesting to see.  There are still things that are beyond my capability (high jumps, anyone?) but there are also things where I know I've improved.  And the cardio ab workout is only about 15 minutes (of pure hell).  It usually done after the pure cardio workout but that is still too much for me.  For now, I'll do it as a stand-alone workout.

And after two weeks of working out, I've finally dropped a few pounds.  When I started this workout, I went up 3 lbs immediately and pretty much stayed there.  Now I've dropped those 3 lbs and lost a couple more besides.  I know it's because after the first week, I moderated what I was eating, cutting down on salt, sugar and simple carbs.  I bought some sliced turkey at the deli and some whole grain bread, so I will have turkey sandwiches this week with tomato, avocado, pickle, 1 slice of gruyere and mustard.  I'm still experimenting on how much whole grain wheat I can tolerate.  I figure I'll try once a day and if that doesn't work, maybe a couple times a week.  If that doesn't work, I'll have to cut back to what I was doing before: if I make it, it will be gluten-free.  If I go out somewhere to eat, like Tomato Pie Pizza Joint, I'll eat their wheat based dough, since they don't have gluten free and they totally rock the pizza.

Bob and I went to the Arclight Hollywood yesterday for brunch and a movie.  We saw Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf-Goodman's.  It was an interesting and entertaining look at how the department store does what it does.  Of particular interest was the focus on how they create the window displays, especially for Christmas.  They work on those windows for months before they're installed.  I really enjoyed the movie.  But I think Bob (aka Dr. Christmas) got way too many ideas for Christmas decorating this year.  I foresee a lot of work coming up.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Second week

I started my second week of Insanity yesterday.  I had a bit of a tougher workout because my knees were stiff and sore.  Not sure what that was about, other than Sunday was my rest day (no workout), everything tightened up and not in a good way.  But I did the workout to the best of my ability and I completed it, which  became my goal as the workout progressed.  Today I am feeling better and have also learned the lesson that if something hurts, don't just suffer with it, take a tylenol.

I feel better and stronger just in one week of doing this exercise routine but I haven't lost any weight and I know that it's because I haven't addressed what I'm eating.  I've been a little lazy about that but today I started using myfitnesspal again to track my food.  I'm eating way too much and yet not enough.  For example, yesterday I had oatmeal and berries for breakfast but then I went out to lunch with a friend at work.  We had Korean food and shared bulgogi; spicy pork; fried mandoo plus sides of steamed rice, veggies and kimchi.  It all sounds very healthy and it is.  But it's stir fry and salty and a lot of food. Much more than I need to be eating at one sitting.  And I've been doing the "I'll just have hors d'oeuvres for dinner" routine instead of fixing a meal.  So yeah, I have some work to do on my food.  My plan for tonight is to prep the chicken and put it in the oven to cook while I'm doing my workout.  It will be done by the time I'm through with the Pure Cardio dvd, then I'll heat up some rice and green beans and it will be a feast. Then I'll have leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.  Awesome! 

The other thing I need to do is move around more during the day.  I sit at a desk in front of a computer all day and I need to get up periodically during my eight hours at work and move around.  You would think that moving around all day would make knees stiff but in reality, it's sitting or standing all day.

Edited to add: Two days later, I'm finally finishing this post.  I have been tracking my food, although it hasn't become consistent.  Maybe if I put the app on my phone, I'll remember to do it more often.  Also, I did cook dinner and I did exactly what I said I was going to.  It worked out perfectly.  Plus I pushed myself to do a little bit more in my workout.  I've had to modify but I'm getting stronger every day and I am now modifying my modifications back to what's actually on the video.  I am very pleased.