May 2008


Given that yesterday was soooooo nice, we had figured on at least a somewhat warm day today and made plans to work on our garage and yard…so I opted to say no to the gym again. Of course, this led to a breakfast out where I ate my own breakfast plus one of DBF’s pancakes. Which would have been fine had we gotten the planned activity….but noooooooo…the weather chose not to cooperate! DBF managed to get the lawn mowed, and I got a few more boxes opened and pulled forward in the garage (someone up there doesn’t want me to get through the whole garage, I’m tellin ya!), but then it decided to start raining. Not enough to drown us, but definitely enough to impede fertilizing the lawn, and sorting boxes in the driveway. Boooo.

Thankfully breakfast was super filling so no snacking has been necessary. Dinner is now the Greek chicken, roasted spuds and grilled veggies I had planned for last night. We ended up doing the meat, cheese and cracker thing with our drinks on the deck last night, so I saved the planned meal for tonight instead. Last night there may have been some Ben & Jerry’s too…but that’s a dairy serving right? 🙂

Tonight we off to see the new Indiana Jones movie…and since dinner will be filling…there will be NO popcorn for me. And I’m bringing my own water. I refuse to drink $4 water! 🙂

Tomorrow is supposed to be putter around the house day, but I already told DBF that if we get up to potentially bad weather I’m going to the gym before we do anything else…

Happy Weekend All!

Today is a day off from the gym. Four days in a row is the most I can handle without likely doing some damage. DBF is home from his short week at sea today anyway, so I won’t really have time for a workout. Plus, it’s gorgeous out again, so I think some time on the deck is in order.

Plans are really loose for today. DBF emailed and said he only got 3 hours sleep last night after being on watch for about 10 hours, so he is poopered. Plus he still has to work all day today. Blech.

So, the meal plan, such as it is so far:

– coffee
– fruit salad
– pumpkin & Liberte vanilla yogurt concoction
– homemade guacamole (had to use up leftover ingredients) with crackers
– frosty can of Strongbow on the deck with my honey
– dinner: I’ve thawed some chicken boobies….we want to BBQ…so I’m thinking Greek marinade…then served with some grilled veggies & taters….hmmm…ya, good idea! Glad I just thought of it. 🙂
– fudgicle or creamsicle while watching Nip/Tuck (we are obsessed with this show)

OK, I’m a bad doggie Mommy…I didn’t walk him. I started to get ready and somehow I ended up with my gym pants on, and that led to filling my water bottle and the next thing I knew I had my trusty new Lulu bag on my shoulder and getting into my car to head for the gym. Poor puppy. Good for Mommy, not so much for doggie.

But I had a GRRRREAT workout!

I decided to start out on the Eliptical and man did that make a difference. I went a full mile further than I did on Tuesday, doing basically the same thing…but for 5 minutes longer.

Eliptical:
– 5 min warm up, ramp at level 10
– 15 mins incline intervals – 2 mins at each level 10 & level 15, back and forth
– 5 min fast paced cool down, level 7

Treadmill:
– 5 min fast paced walk, incline of 5
– 15 mins incline intervals – 2 mins at each level 5 & level 10, back and forth @ 3.5mph
– 5 min cooldown walk

Erg:
– 10 minutes rowing (went 200m further than Tuesday)

Total travelled: 7.8km (that’s a crazy 3.8km more than Tuesday for almost the same workout…I’m pretty sure I must have buggered up my counting then because today I know I’m accurate.)


As a side note: I was doing calf raises, standing on the big stretching apparatus…and some chick decided that she wanted to stretch her back using the same bar I was holding onto. She didn’t say excuse me or anything, just looked at me like I was in her way. Holy freaking rude Batman. I didn’t say anything, just kept doing my thing, but then she actually almost hit me in the face with the bar, so I lightly put my hand on it so she would realize that she’s an idiot. She scowled at me and walked away. Um, hello…first come, first served. Duh.

OK, I’m a bad doggie Mommy…I didn’t walk him. I started to get ready and somehow I ended up with my gym pants on, and that led to filling my water bottle and the next thing I knew I had my trusty new Lulu bag on my shoulder and getting into my car to head for the gym. Poor puppy. Good for Mommy, not so much for doggie.

But I had a GRRRREAT workout!

I decided to start out on the Eliptical and man did that make a difference. I went a full mile further than I did on Tuesday, doing basically the same thing…but for 5 minutes longer.

Eliptical:
– 5 min warm up, ramp at level 10
– 15 mins incline intervals – 2 mins at each level 10 & level 15, back and forth
– 5 min fast paced cool down, level 7

Treadmill:
– 5 min fast paced walk, incline of 5
– 15 mins incline intervals – 2 mins at each level 5 & level 10, back and forth @ 3.5mph
– 5 min cooldown walk

Erg:
– 10 minutes rowing (went 200m further than Tuesday)

Total travelled: 7.8km (that’s a crazy 3.8km more than Tuesday for almost the same workout…I’m pretty sure I must have buggered up my counting then because today I know I’m accurate.)


As a side note: I was doing calf raises, standing on the big stretching apparatus…and some chick decided that she wanted to stretch her back using the same bar I was holding onto. She didn’t say excuse me or anything, just looked at me like I was in her way. Holy freaking rude Batman. I didn’t say anything, just kept doing my thing, but then she actually almost hit me in the face with the bar, so I lightly put my hand on it so she would realize that she’s an idiot. She scowled at me and walked away. Um, hello…first come, first served. Duh.

Just a reminder for those of you that care about my life outside of my health plans, I’ve posted a bunch of vacation notes and pictures over on my original blog.

(Oh, and a glimpse of my new LuluLemon bag…haha…I know that will get you looking!)

Check it out!

www.bi0nicw0man.blogspot.com

The sun is finally shining like crazy today, so I will definitely be getting out for a walk with the doggie today. Poor guy has been so freaking bored because I’ve either been sick or crazy busy since I got back from vacation. He’s a happy house dog, but loves to get out and stretch his legs once in a while. I’m figuring somewhere around 2km on the BLT Trail this afternoon.

I will still go to the gym this evening though. I want my sticker! Got to get the workouts in when I can, in order to make my 20 days! It’s cardio day again today though, so I will likely repeat Tuesday’s workout….60 minutes broken up between treadmill, elliptical, and erg.

Today’s menu plan:

– apple juice
– coffee
– PC BM bagel w/ light Laughing Cow wedge & sliced tomatoes
– fruit salad w/ dollop of yummy Liberte Svelte vanilla yogurt
– salad with lots of chopped veggies, chickpeas, avacado, & light cheddar
– 1/2 lemon Luna Bar
– leftover Buttery Haddock, smashed taters & steamed fiddleheads
– evening snackie: creamsicle?

Finally got to the gym for 6:30. I really need to quit blogging during the day so I’m not always working late! I didn’t do the best workout in the world, but at least I got it done!

I hopped on the treadmill out of habit, totally forgetting that I wanted to do sprints on the cross-trainer. (I hate doing sprint intervals on the treadmill because you have to keep manually changing the speed…on the cross-trainer you can just start moving faster or slower under your own momentum.) So, since I was already on there I decided to just stay there and do more incline intervals. Not quite as difficult as sprints, but still gets my heart pumping…and my legs will thank me later. My lungs aren’t quite ready for serious heavy breathing just yet anyway.

So… treadmill:
– 5 min warm-up
– 15 mins incline intervals – every two minutes I switched between level 10 & level 15, back and forth – 5 min face paced walking cooldown

Then my strength training routine, minus the reverse lunges and back extensions (I actually hate both of those things, so am looking forward to my trainer giving me something different next week.)

I felt like I had worked out, but I barely broke a sweat. And no time for extra cardio tonight. Oh well. I still got 2.2km to add to my distance challenge…and a sticker for my gym challenge.


For dinner I made a recipe from last month’s Rachel Ray magazine. It was sooooo good. It’s made with too much butter, but that could be changed up for the next time I try it. I wish DBF liked fish because it was cheap, easy, and yummy.

Buttery Halibut with Smashed Potatoes

I had haddock on hand so used that instead of the halibut. I could see definitely easing up on the butter and maybe just searing the fish with some Pam next time. Not sure if it needed the flour coating either. My veggie was steamed fiddleheads and I just let the tomato-butter melt off the fish into the greens. Lucky me, I made enough for two…so you know what I’m having tomorrow night!

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