It’s Monday!Even though it is my 2nd workday of the week, it still feels like Monday LOL! Headed off to the gym. My legs felt really, really tired after Saturday’s outdoor run yesterday and still a little stiff today, so I lightened up the leg weights a bit today.
After treadmill warmup:
- Chin ups: 2 sets of 2, 1 set of 1.
- Barbell squat: 3 sets of 10 with 65#
- Incline dumbbell chest press: 3 sets of 8 with 25# DBs
- Cable squat to row: 3 sets of 10 at 50#
- Arnold press: 3 sets of 10 with 8# DBs
- Reverse crunches: 3 sets of 15
- Lower back extension (machine): 3 sets of 10 at 100#
Then I walked for 30 minutes at 3.5 mph with 0.5 incline. I didn’t want to run as my thighs were so tight. I’ll save that for tomorrow 😀
Brekkie was on my mind for most of that walk, or more specifically, protein waffles!
These were so good. Sometimes I am really sad when my meal is done because I enjoy it so much. Guess that’s how I ended up at 250 pounds, right? – kept eating the stuff I liked!
So I have been thinking about where I want to settle up scale wise. I have maintained in a range for the past year and a half right around 145. I am up a couple now post cruise, but generally I bounce around above and below this number. My lowest weight was 139 and that was before my heavy strength training. I actually wear the same clothes now that I did then (testament that lifting does *not* make you bigger, just heavier). There is a part of me that says if this is where I am maintaining, then I am at goal. John says that I am at goal. Makes sense. My body seems to kind of like it here, and I can maintain pretty well and eat a nice amount of food. It might just be complacence, though.
However, there is still that little part of me that wants to see if I can finish up. My personal heart-of-hearts goal. I don’t know as 135 is possible. According to all charts, it is really the top weight I should be at – but charts are lame. It will take a lot for me to get there, and probably I would have to be more restrictive than I want to be. Then again, that might just be the brat in me that doesn’t want to do it. I just don’t know, and my puzzler is sore thinking about it.
After doing the Oz show and this photo shoot, I think that I feel ready to go ahead and try to push some just to see if I can. My initial goal will be to get to 140 and reevaluate again. That’s just a little bit, although it will take a long time as I lose really, really slow. Not sure if anyone remembers my turtle ticker I had for a long time LOL.
Anyway, in order to do this, all I really have to do is quit the snacking between meals. And I’m not talking about planned snacks, but those snacks that don’t make it onto the blog, like a dip into the peanut jar here, or a couple dates there, or a few extra bites of cheese while making dinner. The *nibbling* stuff. Those things probably give me an extra 200 calories or so a day. If I stick to 1500 calories, I can lose. That’s not so bad. Of course, I do eat more on longer run days, but I have such a sedentary job that I don’t burn more than 70 calories an hour for my work day and not much I can do about that. That is one reason why my workouts seem intense – it’s because they have to be to make up for the all-day sitting.
So that’s the plan. I am going to update each day on how I am doing and take it 1 week at a time. My goals for this week are to curb the extra snacking, eat enough protein, and make sure my meals are balanced. Exercise is always a given 😀
Anyway – in the spirit of the balanced meal – here was dinner!
Chicken with sauteed broccoli and a kiwi. The anatomy is this: 3 oz of chicken breast, 2 cups of broccoli, 1 whole kiwi, 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce, plus 1 tsp of coconut oil (that the broccoli was cooked with). This kiwi was awesomely perfect. Just the right amount of juiciness, tart, and sweet. This is a nice light dinner and allows me a snack later on 😀
I am also thinking about going on the Q&A band wagon again. Start thinking if there is anything you want to ask me at all about whatever.