Workout Nazi…. February 20, 2010
I woke up today to a fresh cup of steaming coffee, a good night’s rest behind me. Looking forward to the day? Nope. Workout Nazi had already informed me that we had a two hour workout planned for this morning.
I got my breakfast in me…whole wheat bagel with egg on it. I’m not a huge breakfast eater, but today I wish I’d had more. Those approximately 250 calories didn’t last very long.
We started off with–once again–the devious Coach Troy and his Ultimate Conditioning dvd. One hour of cycle spinning, interspersed with squats, plyometrics, and pain, and I wished we were done. Alas, it was not to be.
Another hour of torture by the Workout Nazi Jeff’s exercise plan involved running intervals combined with upper body circuits. I can handle 8 minute runs, I told myself. Okaaayyyy….eight minutes run, five minutes of weights, eight minutes of running, etc. Over and over again….
Two hours. Sweat. Pain. Barked orders (his, not mine!) and I’m done. My legs and arms are wet noodles. But I have to admit, I feel like I accomplished something. Thanks to Workout Nazi, I lost 2 1/2 pounds last week for my Biggest Loser competition at school. He’s on a roll to make me lose at least another pound this week. I may just do it….but don’t tell him I said so.
More Random Stuff… February 5, 2010
Okay, I really wanna punch Puxatawney Phil in his fat little furry face, and say “Enough, already!” Please. Estimated 8 more inches today.
There is not enough wine in the world to compensate when your husband is home with you on a snowy weekend. Visions of snuggles, romantic dinners, candlelight, etc…..out the window. Mr. Type A was into laundry, dishes, softball drills, working out like a banshee brandishing a whip. His new name is “Cleaning Nazi”. Because he makes US do it.
As per the banshee-induced workouts….it was my own damn fault. Last time I try to do the right thing and buy that boy some new cycling dvds so he doesn’t get “bored” with his spinning routine. He also doesn’t like working out alone. READ: I really wanna vomit on this bicycle, but I know who’ll have to clean it up! (See Cleaning Nazi comment above)
Biggest Loser started this week at my school. I’m in charge. I do the weigh ins. Talk about temptation. It’s not the chocolate, wine, or martinis I’m talking, either. It’s the temptation that I’m the ONLY one who knows ten people’s weights. And some of them aren’t all that pretty. Just saying. Treat me NICE….
Speaking of Biggest Loser….my weight for the weigh in yesterday was the best of the bunch!!! I was happy. BUT…it’s kinda scary weighing in your clothes, after school, after eating and drinking all day. The number was a bit higher than what I’m used to seeing in the morning. But I guess it’s all relative. I will be weighing every time under those circumstances, so better get used to it!
I may just head to that tropical island yet…..I’m not giving up. Hopefully the Biggest Loser competition will tickle my competitive bone into finally getting rid of these last few pounds. Fingers crossed. Now, I’ve got to go get ready to work out. “Workout Nazi” is on his way home, and he’s already called to say he wants me to do the cycling workout with him when he arrives. Better go grab a barf bag…..
As if I didn’t do enough already…. January 31, 2010
Have you ever had moments when you think, “What did I just do?” Or “What did I just sign on for?” Well, today I spent a couple of hours on the computer (NO, not just on facebook!) But it really was for a very good cause. Those of you that know me well know that I love the show, “The Biggest Loser”. All that fat being turned into toned, taut physiques….all those catty comments….all that backstabbing….I just love it! And Jillian Michaels, well, she’s my nemesis hero.
Jillian and Bob make the contestants work out for six hours a day, teach them about food and fitness, and push them emotionally, physically, spiritually. When they’re done with them, they really ARE a new person. Well, for the last year, I’ve been trying hard to turn this 45 year old body into something other than a dumpy, middle-aged couch potato. Biggest Loser gives me motivation. How many of us haven’t thought, “Wow, if THEY can do it….I can do it!” Trouble is, I haven’t quite gotten the art of my own motivation yet.
So, a friend recently competed in her company’s own version of The Biggest Loser. The participants put in a registration fee, and worked out on their own, dieted, etc. and weighed in each week. At the end of the program, the Biggest Loser (henceforth known as the BL since I’m damned tired of typing it) got the registration bucks. In her case, it was in the hundreds. I got the knucklehead inspired idea to start a BL club at my school.
Once I began the sign up process, I realized that I needed to provide the participants with the one thing that always lacked for me…..motivation! So, I decided to set it up where the participants would weigh in weekly, and the BL every week would get a little “mini” prize. Sort of an enticement to keep going. I also thought that it would benefit them to get a fitness tip and a healthy recipe each week. Soooooo…….you guessed it, a couple of hours later on the computer, I’ve done my Excel spreadsheet to chart their progress, found a great exercise comparison chart for calories burned, and found a comfort food recipe called Broccoli Cheese Chowder for them to try to brave these cold winter nights.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 large potato, peeled and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 14-ounce cans vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 8 ounces broccoli crowns, (see Ingredient Note), cut into 1-inch pieces, stems and florets separated
- 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
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- Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery; cook, stirring often, until the onion and celery soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add potato and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in flour, dry mustard and cayenne; cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
- Add broth and broccoli stems; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in florets; simmer, covered, until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes more. Transfer 2 cups of the chowder to a bowl and mash; return to the pan.
- Stir in Cheddar and sour cream; cook over medium heat, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the chowder is heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt.
My “WILL NOT” Resolutions…. January 13, 2010
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Not Too Shabby…. January 8, 2010
Soooooo……how did the first week of 2010 go for you? We’re one week in, and I have to say I did better than I WAS doing at the end of 2009. I’ve gotten in three workouts (will be four today since I’m OFF from school!), so that’s progress. I need to do some running around for the girls tomorrow, but there’s hope for another one squeezed in tomorrow afternoon.
Nutritionally, my appetite has been off this week…..way off. Totally unusual for me, the girl who can eat through good moods or bad. I really haven’t felt like eating much of anything. Don’t know what’s up with that, but I know I’m not sick, cuz it didn’t put a dent in my total vino consumption. I’ve nibbled cheese and olives, pita chips and stuff like that, but sitting down to a plate of food? I sit and it just looks unappetizing. Oh well, better enjoy it while I can.
Lots of illnesses are floating around my school at the moment, so my next greatest hope is staying well so that I CAN continue as I started off 2010. There’s nothing more sucky than getting in a good routine of working out, cutting back on food, then coming down with something that knocks you for a loop for a week or more. Looking back over my 2009 posts, that happened a couple of times to me, and it took me awhile to get back on track. So, fingers crossed to ward off evil germs.
All in all, not too shabby of a start to the new year. I’m not weighing….just sayin’….I hate those numbers. Here’s hoping I can gauge my success on looser pants in the coming week. How has YOUR year started off?
Start a New Year as You Mean to Go ON! January 1, 2010
This past week I was bad. Really bad. We vacationed in Nags Head, NC for several days while the hubby went swan, goose, and duck hunting…..and I ate. And drank. And shopped. And ate some more. And drank. And drank. And drank….you get the picture.
Now I have to pay the piper. I will not get on the scale, because I don’t want my self worth to be measured by some stupid number that pops up and crushes my ego. Who weighs themselves after the week I’ve enjoyed? Only a sado-masochist would. I will not even post how many glasses of wine or raspberry cosmos I consumed. And they were DARN good.
Suffice it to say that I indulged a bit too much. But I had fun. And isn’t that what life is all about? Finding a balance between having fun (within limits) and a healthful lifestyle. I know I am not able to eat/drink like this all the time. But I will not regret a great week, with great friends, at a great place.
Today we begin a new year….2010. I reflected on this past year. What I did well, what I did….not so well. And the thing I see is that I really didn’t eat or drink horribly ALL the time, but I really could have worked out a bit more by the end of the year. I DID kind of let my workouts slide due to the job (an excuse). So today, I pulled out the workout wear, slipped in a power yoga dvd, and got my groove on.
Tonight’s dinner is chicken breasts, onions, garlic, herbs, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms, sealed in aluminum foil and baked. We’ll have a little rice with it, and yeah, even a glass of vino. But yoga in the morning, and a healthy dinner at night? Yeah, I can live with that. Start your year off right, and continue as you mean to go on. That’s my new mantra.