Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge ...

Well Day 2 is almost done. 

I did eat less and felt better.  Eating the portion of meat once a day instead of twice is better.  I usually only it one portion a day if that anyway. 

I have to say I am amazed at the "burst" exercise tonight. After I warmed up on the elliptical for 10 minutes I moved on to the "Burst" of Dr. Matt's choice for the day. He sure makes it look simple on the paper.  Hmmmm.   It was SPRINTING in place for 20 seconds 3 times per set, doing 3 sets.  Being a runner and cardio person I thought no big deal....I was wrong.  I was begging for the 1 minute break between sets to arrive.  My heart was pumping and I was sweating.  Crazy.  After the last set I waited the full 2 minutes.   I am a cardio junky so I moved on to the tread mill since my heart was pumping so good and finished with a pretty good pace for 10 minutes.  I felt last nights work as well as tonight's.  There is no doubt I will be looking like an old lady going up and down the stairs at work tomorrow. 

I learned:  Mashed Cauliflower is not very good when it is blended to the consistency of cream sauce.  Yuck!  And no it doesn't help to put it on the Salmon as a sauce.  Just had to get a spoon and do what I could.  Better luck next time....wish there weren't left overs.  ugh! 

I miss:  dark brown sugar in my strong morning coffee and apples.

Bloggin off as I need to put my 2 strawberries and 4 almonds in containers to take to work.  LOL.  Just kidding. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 1 Down

29 Days To Go doesn't explain much, but read on.  I haven't blogged before, obviously, but hey I figured give it a try.

I accepted a 30 Day Fitness Challenge through my work.  I don't usually do Fitness challenge things.  I have my own ideas and I know what generally works for me and my body.  I had to try it as it was something new to me and I love trying new things. 

Day 1:   Give me my coffee, half a piece of whole wheat toast (to get my vitamins and med down) and I am good to go.  Not today.  Today I had to eat 2 scrambled eggs with peppers and onions.  Now don't misunderstand me I love that, but ugh was that a lot to stomach in the morning.  Feeling full, it was on to getting measured.  Yes, that means, weight, body fat percentage, lung capacity (time to Google that), blood pressure and waist circumference.  Interesting way to start the morning.

I soon discovered I DO NOT like feeling so full; just ask my co-worker, Andrew.   I was rather crabby by 10:00 as my stomach was still very full feeling.  All I could think about was how am I going to get the berries down that I am supposed to eat as a mid morning snack.  I did get a few down around 11:00.   By 1:00 I almost felt like eating the salad with grilled chicken and mushrooms on it.  My tummy finally growled around 4:30, oops missed my afternoon snack of 4 almonds (just kidding).  Dinner was my fav as it was sauteed veggies with just a little grilled turkey.  Finally time for something I want to do....cardio.   Treadmill and then what I thought would be silly and useless (sorry Dr. Matt) 20 second bursts of squats as fast as I could.  That kicked my behind!!  Literally!  More treadmill and home to "enjoy" water with lemon on the deck.  A far cry from my usual glass of wine.

Lessons learned from Day 1:  1 egg for breakfast not 2, meat once a day, I will work on the mid morning snack requirement,  3 sets of 3 - 20 second bursts of squats make my legs quiver and there is a lot of slicing, dicing and planning that goes into this type of challenge.  I am disclosing now, I was not made aware of all the extra prep time. : )

What I miss most:  dark brown sugar in my strong, morning coffee!

Bloggin off for Day 1; 29 to go