Workout Log Challenge – Day 2

A ‘la Oh She Glows

Date: 2011-10-31

Type of workout/duration: Step (Cathe Basic Step): 35 minutes.

Hours of sleep: 6 hours (I fought myself/instincts for at least this much)

My mood before/during/after exercise: I started and ended super sleepy, and somewhat amazed I made it through the whole thing without busting an ankle due to uncharacteristic lack of coordination.

Exercise struggles:  Said uncharacteristic lack of coordination.  This is a step combo I’ve done many times before as well.

Exercise progress:  Went well, worked up a nice sweat.

How I felt the rest of the day: Exercise did my spirits well, but had some stomach ailments to what I suspect to be a food intolerance.  Looking to investigating further.

Other things to note:  Another early to bed, early to rise!  Tomorrow afternoon I am going to the gym with a friend, but I will still fit in a little something tomorrow morning.  Hopefully with more coordination!

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Workout Log Challenge – Day 2

A ‘la Oh She Glows


Date: 2011-10-31


Type of workout/duration: Step (Cathe Basic Step): 35 minutes.


Hours of sleep: 6 hours (I fought myself/instincts for at least this much)


My mood before/during/after exercise: I started and ended super sleepy, and somewhat amazed I made it through the whole thing without busting an ankle due to uncharacteristic lack of coordination.


Exercise struggles:  Said uncharacteristic lack of coordination.  This is a step combo I’ve done many times before as well.


Exercise progress:  Went well, worked up a nice sweat.


How I felt the rest of the day: Exercise did my spirits well, but had some stomach ailments to what I suspect to be a food intolerance.  Looking to investigating further.


Other things to note:  Another early to bed, early to rise!  Tomorrow afternoon I am going to the gym with a friend, but I will still fit in a little something tomorrow morning.  Hopefully with more coordination!


Workout Log Challenge – Day 1

A ‘la Oh She Glows

Date: 2011-10-30

Type of workout/duration: Step/Strength Interval (Cathe Body Fusion): 50 minutes.

Hours of sleep: 10 hours (went to bed super early as I am a super sad individual 🙂

My mood before/during/after exercise: I was super psyched because of my re-commitment to physical activity/thought it wasn’t doing much at first, then realized I was working a sweat/Felt great!

Exercise struggles:  I wanted to go to the gym, but I allowed my issues with Blogger to get in the way of getting there on time.

Exercise progress:  While I did wind up working up a sweat, I want to increase activity.

How I felt the rest of the day: Very calm.  I always feel like it is a great day if I get exercise in early rather than later.

Other things to note:  Hope to get to bed on time tonight so I can get up early tomorrow for more step.  I fear I’d have to get up super early if I want to run as I’d have to drive to the gym.  No way I’m running in that dark.

Workout Log Challenge – Day 1

A ‘la Oh She Glows


Date: 2011-10-30


Type of workout/duration: Step/Strength Interval (Cathe Body Fusion): 50 minutes.


Hours of sleep: 10 hours (went to bed super early as I am a super sad individual 🙂


My mood before/during/after exercise: I was super psyched because of my re-commitment to physical activity/thought it wasn’t doing much at first, then realized I was working a sweat/Felt great!


Exercise struggles:  I wanted to go to the gym, but I allowed my issues with Blogger to get in the way of getting there on time.


Exercise progress:  While I did wind up working up a sweat, I want to increase activity.


How I felt the rest of the day: Very calm.  I always feel like it is a great day if I get exercise in early rather than later.


Other things to note:  Hope to get to bed on time tonight so I can get up early tomorrow for more step.  I fear I’d have to get up super early if I want to run as I’d have to drive to the gym.  No way I’m running in that dark.

A B’klynHeart Mantra: Resolution. Evolution. Revolution.

  • Resolution – a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something;  the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.;  the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.
  • Evolution – any process of formation or growth; development; a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change or development.
  • Revolution – a sudden, complete or marked change in something; a procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point; a single turn of this kind.
  • Game Face on.
    As of late, The Voice has gained influence in the mornings.


    (No, not that The Voice.*)


    I don’t know if I’ve blogged about it before, but I do know that I’ve told many of The Voice, the thing in the back of my head that tells me the all of the important and fully valid reasons why I should not exercise.  These excuses include:


    You’ve worked a full day today and you’re tired.  Surely exercise will only make you more tired!  (I know this is a falsehood, but “the voice” says it with such conviction…)


    Hey, it’s pretty hot outside.  You hate exercising in the hot weather, and the gym is pretty far, you car won’t even cool down by the time you get there!  (LIES, all of them, but they sound so true…)


    Hey, it’s cold outside.  Your toes will freeze and it’ll just be miserable and you’d give up anyway!  (More lies.  I sometimes like the cool better than the warm.  Also, after about 30 seconds of movement I’m ready to start taking off layers…. but The Voice does have a point about my toes, which freeze almost instantly, so…)


    And finally, the iron-clad, number one excuse my The Voice has given me to not exercise at any particular time I even have a vague thought to do so:


    Today’s day name ends in the letter Y.  You really shouldn’t exercise today.


    How do you even begin to argue that?


    About a year and change ago, I discovered a chink in the armor that is the voice, a way to get my fitness in and not allow the voice to interfere.  It was pretty simple:


    The Voice, much like The Husband, loves to sleep in.


    Hence, I started waking up super early to get in my run, step, Body Pump, gym, random On Demand workout videos… all while The Voice peacefully slept away.


    This worked for a very long time… 


    … but lately (and perhaps it was bored with nothing to do, so it started going to bed earlier), I’ve started hearing The Voice in the morning.


    The message is clear and simple:


    You can always do that later.


    Well played, The Voice.  Well played.


    You see, with very little effort, all of the old excuses become stronger, and my intents weaker.  My clever plan no longer works, and later never comes.


    I’m finding this is leaving me a little irritated (mostly at myself), frustrated (mostly at myself) and completely miserable.  As of late, it is also finding me slipping back to old, bad habits.


    I’ve been trying to put on a brave and happy face… but I realize I haven’t been actually done anything to change my circumstances.

    – – – – –

    Now, many things have sparked a vague motivation in the past couple of months that fizzled after two seconds (The Voice is good), but reading a blog entry on Oh She Glows has got me once again thinking I want to get started again, but this time with an outlined plan.


    To the voice, I will simply drown it out with my mantra:

    Resolution.  
    Evolution.
    Revolution.
    The idea came from yoga (when I tried to start that up again); the instructor taught us about the universal Soham mantra to help regain focus in the practice when our minds started to wander off to places, and I found it really helped and refocused my practice.

    During a run shortly thereafter, where all I wanted to do was stop and go home and simply not exercise (I really don’t know why, the effort pays off and I feel great, yet I still never want to get started), my mind focused in on three words:

    Resolution.  
    Evolution.
    Revolution.

    It Evolved to include the other two words, which I found to sound very similar and be very applicable to my life.  I just listened to the words, and repeated them over and over in my head methodically, “feeling” the shape of their sounds. 
    It ended with a Resolution to finish my run… but wait, I already had.  
    Where does the time go? 
    So these are my new weapons to combat the voice and not only regain my fitness, but also other areas of my life as well. 

  • Have a plan.   
  • Remember my mantra and use it to combat The Voice.
  • Blog all about it.  Because I know the two of you who actually read my blog are totally interested, right?


  • That’s that.  I’m now actually off to the gym, as was my resolution to blog before heading out.  I’ll be checking in and letting you know my progress, as well as catch up on many fun adventures as of late, including our trip to Asheville NC, more vegan cooking, a little more detail about my mantra, and upcoming projects of all sorts.

    Let it be cold outside, and let The Voice try to stop me.  I’m getting back in the game!

    *Oddly enough, my “the voice” can sometimes achieve that particular Aguilera warble we all know well.

Good Cook Day

So, yes, we all know how much I am in love with my own cooking The Husband, such that I spend hours laboring over food preparation hours cleaning the kitchen in order to slowly enjoy my food bite-by-bite in some Herbal Essences commercial state provide him a good home-cooked healthy meal.

I may have a problem.
I know I go around saying that my cooking produces “masterpieces”, which is hardly true even when considering it is solely from my perspective.  Monday however… Monday I felt like I hit them all out of the park.

Starting with breakfast… which was just a typical tofu scramble… and  is not pictured (Awwww…) but let me tell you why I thought it was great:
1) Tofu press – The best thing that ever happened to my (insert name of tofu based dish here).  It really gets the moisture out (without killing all of my paper towel supply).  Tofu comes out nice and firm and then absorbs all of the lovely flavors.
Tofu torture device.  Vegan cooking is vicious.
2) Spices!  The spice must flow.  My collection of (yes, Penzey) spices has grown, and with it… the possibilities.  I sometimes feel like a mad scientist.
3) Black salt!  Kala Namak is the new third best thing to happen to my tofu scrambles.  I read about it on the interwebs (and a few of the scramble recipes  I’ve tried) and how it can add that “eggy flavor” to the tofu.  Now… I took a whiff from the bag and thought two things:  Yes, eggy.  No, not the eggy I want.  In any case, I did take the gamble, and it paid off big time.
Hence, no picture.  Maybe next time.

Delicious smelling and tasting when added to food.
Just don’t stick your nose in it while in this form.

Later in the day, dinner took place.  I did manage to capture a couple of snaps before the devourination:

 1) Gardein Tuscan Breast topped with Balsamic/Thyme roasted tomatoes.  I can’t claim the breast, but I did throw together the tomatoes as a way to balance out what I thought was an over sweet sauce last time I had it (not bad, but wasn’t my ideal).  This came out gorgeous.

2) Brussels Sprouts.  Please go look at that link.  I beg you.  Then you’ll understand why when I was planning to steam some broccolini to go with this dish I suddenly said (to my monitor, the only thing staring back at me at the time) “I need to have brussels sprouts tonight.”  Even knowing now that brussels sprouts are not the root of all evil, it’s never a sentence I thought I’d utter out loud.  In any case… yes, it was perfection as promised.  Win.

The dinner trifecta.
I really wish I could reach into the screen and eat this.

3) Lulu’s Mac and Cheese from Peas and Thank You.  The recipe I’ve linked here, but it is also available in the book, where Mama Pea described herself as a “Deluxe” girl.  That spoke to me.  Considering a good portion of the weight that I lost that wasn’t pizza was probably “Deluxe”.

Now, as I was pulling this together, I had my doubts.  Especially when it didn’t look like it was pulling together.  And then…

Magic.

Bliss.

[Deluxe Herbal Essences Commercial Moment]*

Texture, flavor, gooey… all wonderful and perfect.  This was the macaroni  I should have made those many days ago… but then again, perhaps I didn’t because the mac was meant for this meal.

It was Thanksgiving somewhere right?
Oh, Canada!

Hat trick, and straight out of the park.  I think Brussels and Mac go on ye olde Thanksgiving menu, and a few more recipes to try there…

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* … Buster?!

Mooo*

Have spent the day in pain, though it is starting to lift a bit.  I hope it lifts a lot more in short order, as sick is not my thing.


The story of me and cow goes like this:  There used to be a time where I thought cow was the only way to choke down A1 sauce, or possibly the other way around.  Then I got introduced to medium well (good bye, A1), medium, medium rare, and then rare.  Each I liked better and better.  Eventually I arrived at the one I like best of all:  The one where the cow lives and I don’t have to eat it.  


I think it is funny, at least, when I think about it.  May be the delirium from pain killers.


Those who know me know I am a fan of cows (as well as turtles, rabbits and frogs).  I may have more than one cow stuffed animal, and who cares if I’m in my mid-to-late 30s?  When The Husband and I went pumpkin picking (for about 3 minutes before his job called), I got to meander around and grab a few snaps of some cows and other things that I’ll share… as I’m too low energy to blog about food and cooking, and those need time and care.


I bet you’re surprised I take time and care on this blog.  I was certainly surprised I even wrote that sentence.


Enjoy!

I wish I’d picked this up, these are so darn cute.
Is The Husband taking notes?

No.By the way… when will “then” be “now”?

Was my grandmother’s name Macintosh Apple?

When I was a kid visiting relatives in NC, one had a rider mower
that I was insanely jealous of.  This is not a rider mower,
but I like to commemorate the moment I was jealous
of a straw man.

When my husband
saw this, his mind went to corn sex.

Now I know what to do with my water tank.

So I told you I love cows.
I can now tell you sometimes I’m creeped out by them.

Though this guy was cute.

I don’t believe I signed a release for this picture of me .
I may be due some royalties…



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* Either a great cow impersonation, or a bad ghost impersonation.  Any Ghost.