Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sea Salt Progress

My first adult sweater is progressing.  I'm now done with ALL the hard stuff.  Yay!!  I'm so happy.  Last weekend, I finally started on the last bit, which is actually the largest bit, the body.

Still working on the last sleeve.
The previous weekend, I wanted to pull my hair out and cry.  I misread the pattern and started knitting the body completely wrong.  I frogged rows and rows....which is so frustratingly hands ached, my fingers ached.....  

I then finished the neckline last week.  

Now, I'm on to the body, after picking up over 200 stitches.  Whew!  At least I knew what I was doing since I'd already picked up those stitches the first time around, only to knit the rows wrong and rip it all out.

I keep wondering: why do I knit?  Why torture myself?  Well, I love yarn (how it feels, how it knits up).  And I love making things.  Once done - if you ever get done - the sense of accomplishment is priceless.  And as much as I hate making mistakes, I like learning how to fix them.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Week Seven: Combat Challenge #2 thyroid meds are screwing with my weight again.  Note to self: in my next life, have better thyroid genes.  Ha!

Hopefully this gets straightened out sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, I'm still working out.  As usual.

Monday: Les Mills' Sh'Bam #17 + Scott's HIIT - Sports Inspired Intervals + walk

This one is my favorite Sh'Bam.  Very little trendy stupid stuff and some really fun dances!  Love it!  After that ended, I tuned into Scott's HIIT routine, which is always fun and effective.  It was a good morning of cardio!  At lunch, I wanted (amazing, I know) to do weights at the rec...but the rec had no power.  So, I walked around campus - quite quickly - with a co-worker.  I got as many steps as I do with my morning workout.  Cool!

Tuesday:  Les Mills' Combat #60 + weights

Wow.  These streaming Combat workouts are tough.  I still don't understand why they affect me the way the do....and why I sweat so much!  I guess cardio is cardio, whether jumping or punching, as long as the intensity is there.  And it's there with Combat.  At lunch, I did weights at the rec, since the power came back on.  Yay!

Wednesday: Les Mills' Grit #4 + Ilyse's Heart-Pumping Groove + walk

Oh, how I dread every single Wednesday.  This Grit was tough but then they all are!  Ugh!  I got through it, subbing the burpees with something else.  I was still huffing and puffing.  After that fun-filled time, I tuned into Ilyse's much-less-intense workout.  This one is my new favorite, I think!  Such a fun, level 2, dance workout!  At lunch, I did the treadmill, upping and upping the incline percentage.  Dang!  215 calories in 20 minutes.  Only one more of these incline sessions before the real inclines begin in Colorado.  Yay!

Thursday:  Ilyse's Your Best, Sweaty Self + McLean's Fit Physique

Since the rec was closed on Monday, my weights schedule got screwed up this week.  I was forced to them this morning.  Bleh.  I began my workout with Ilyse's no-nonsense cardio.  Dang, it's tough!  But fun.  McLean's weight workout was new to me and good.  I didn't love it but it challenged me in new ways, which is always good.

Friday: McLean's Barre Blend - Athletic Sculpt

I was torn this morning.  This was my last chance to do Flow on Les Mills.  But I wanted cardio, needing to burn calories. I compromised and did this workout by McLean - athletic barre, I'd call it.  It got me moving but was not too impact-ful.  I stopped a bit early to do some sun salutations and stretches.  So, a good morning!

Saturday: Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn - Fat Blaster

I was really looking forward to this CIB, since I hadn't done it in quite a while.   And it's so much fun!  I really do enjoy it.  The peaks are tough but the dance moves are just fun.  The choreography is more complex but after a few tries, it gets easier.  I finished off my morning of cardio with five minutes of squats and lunges, and then a stretch and sit-ups. 

Sunday:  Michelle's Cardio Strength 2 on Glo + Ilyse's Easy to Follow Dance Moves

This workout….I always dread it.  It's so tough - just going up and down to the floor.  I got through it but it was not pretty.  Ha!  Thankfully, it's gotten easier… that I'm almost done with it for a while.  Ha!  I finished off with 15 minutes of Ilyse's dance workout.  So much fun!  And the stretch and ab work I did afterward was even better.  I love a good stretch!

Calorie Counts:

Monday - 1292
Tuesday - 1292
Wednesday - 1292
Thursday - 1458
Friday - 1426
Saturday - 1372
Sunda - BAD

Friday, October 2, 2015

Maple Pumpkin Scones (2015:18)

Since we're on such a strict diet leading up to vacation (in a week!), the only way to bake is to take stuff to work.  And since my co-workers love all things pumpkin - and I want fall to start already - I decided to try these Maple Pumpkin Scones, which I've been eyeing for a while.

I didn't substitute anything - or add anything - even though I was tempted to add more spices (nutmeg!).  As I was mixing all the ingredients, I realized there was no sugar.  What?!  So I immediately started to worry.

When the scones came out of the oven, I was perplexed.  They looked pumpkin.  They were dark, unlike the recipe's picture.  They tasted alright, but not great.  Not really sweet.  I was going to do the Greek/yogurt and syrup glaze but instead opted for a powdered sugar/orange juice concoction in the hope of adding a bit of sweetness.  It didn't do too much.  

I like the idea of these scones but I won't be making them again.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Week Six: Combat Challenge #2

While I'm not gaining weigh....I'm not losing it.  But I'm trying to stay positive since it's only been a week since our company left and I started cracking down on my calories.

Hopefully some tough workouts will help that number on scale go down!

Monday: Les Mills' Sh'Bam #18 + Dozois' Calorie Burning Cardio Blast

Monday again and here we go!  It's always easier to get into the swing of things with Sh'Bam - these are so much fun!  I really liked this one, which I've done once before.  It's fun and gets my heart rate up!  Dozois' workout is always a blast....of hard work!  But also fun.  Meetings kept me from working out at lunch.

Tuesday: Ilyse's Dance Intervals 101 + Dozois' Heart-Pumping Total Sculpting + walk

It's been a long time since I did this dance workout - and it's so much fun!  Ilyse's dance number makes you work hard - lots of jogging and jumping rope....but after the first 10 minutes, it gets a bit easier.  I needed some weights so Michelle's workout fit the bill.  It's always effective, especially for triceps.  Ow!  At lunch, I walked, doing only 5 minutes of inclining on the treadmill.  I'll do more later this week but didn't want to get too sweaty today.

Wednesday: Les Mills' Grit #3 + Iyse's Groovy Dance Party

As always, I wake up dreading Grit.  This was the first one I did back in August so at least I knew I'd live through it.  Ha!  It's definitely challenging but I managed, modifying some of the burpees.  After that, I tuned into Ilyse's (mostly) low-impact dance workout.  I added some high-impact intervals here and there to keep my heart rate up....but it was a relief after Grit.  Lunch was a talk from our Wellness Program Director.  Very good!

Thursday:  Les Mills' Combat #61 + weights

This was a traumatic morning.  I lost 5 minutes before my workout to trying to find my contact lens, to no avail.  Then, while I was cooling down, the power went out...and came back on after a minute.  Ugh!  At least I got in 40 minutes of cardio, despite all the craziness.  This Combat is fun and I really enjoyed it the second time around.  Sweat was flying....ewoh!  At lunch, I did weights at the rec center.  

Friday: Les Mills' Flow #66 + walk (inclines)

Ah....Fridays.  I love them.  And I love that they usually start with a light workout.  This yoga was really good - lots of flow and stretch, but some balance as well, which was good.  I was very stretched out by the end.  I did some more stretches to make this workout about 40 minutes long.  The shorter workout didn't bother me since I knew I'd be on the treadmill at lunch - ugh.  I did inclines today.  I didn't even walk fast but I pushed my limit on the incline percentage....and burned 200 calories.  Eek!  That's a productive lunch!

Saturday:  Peak 10 More Cardio Strength + Ilyse's Easy to Follow Dance Moves

Despite doing two Peak 10 workouts last weekend, this CS still killed me.  I was dripping sweat after 15 minutes.  UGH!  This one is so tough any day….but today it seemed almost impossible.  And the fifth circuit is the toughest……oh my gosh.  Afterward, to cool down, I did 15 minutes of Ilyse's easy dance workout.  Such a relief!  And then a nice stretch.  I wish stretching burned more calories!!  

Sunday:  Combat 60 Live - Ultimate Warrior's Workout

I was actually looking forward to this workout today!  It was fun and effective.  Whew!  The cardio lasts for about 45 minutes so I did some additional work on my own to get up to an hour.  Then, sit-ups and planks.  Fun!  The stretching was so nice, though, at the end.  Always my favorite part!  

Calorie Counts:

Monday - 1291
Tuesday - 1390
Wednesday - 1303
Thursday - 1301
Friday - 1397
Saturday - 1316
Sunday - BAD

I was so proud of myself for being good for 6 days straight.  Yay!  I even had a few meals out but made smart decisions.  I didn't stay under 1300 every day, but I got close and I ate super healthy.  Sunday was bad…but one day is okay.

Friday, September 25, 2015

An Exercise Myth

I've been learning some great stuff from our resident wellness coach and our savvy nutritionist (who is also the nutritionist for the Dallas Cowboys).  Their talks are so enjoyable that I sometimes feel like I missed my calling by not doing something similar, especially the nutrition stuff.  It's so interesting learning how our bodies react to food and exercise!

One recent topic we learned about was the myth of the "Fat Burning Zone."  You've probably seen charts that tell you how you have to work out to burn fat.  

Well, it's a myth.  Your body doesn't start magically burning off fat.  It burns calories first and foremost.  The harder you work, the more calories you burn.  And not all those calories come from fat.

 It's a little disheartening to read an article like the one linked to above, that says marathon runners aren't lean, mean un-fatty machines...  "If long, slow, steady-state aerobics was the key to fat loss every person who crosses the finish line of a marathon or Ironman would have very low body fat.  This just isn't the case.  Numerous people who train for an endurance even gain weight."

Yay....The key, as always, is weight-training.  Putting on muscle that will burn more calories, even at rest.  I really hate going to the gym to do weights, so this just depresses me.  I knew it....but didn't want to accept it.  Ha!

So go lift some weights!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday LOL

Every cat owner knows this feeling.