I spent the better part of the day yesterday cooking and chopping. My fridge is literally bursting. I had to take Hubs' 2-liter of soda out to fit another batch of ready-to-eat salad. *evil grin* Hope he's not too mad about that...
What did I make?
Jamie Eason's 3-Bean Turkey Chili
Jamie Eason's Italian Turkey Burgers
...well, both made with grilled chicken breast instead because it's less expensive and I think it tastes much better (JE thinks so too! *lol*). I had to use some cayenne pepper instead of the spices/chili powder in the chili...but we definately got some heat going, so I guess it worked well enough. Apparently I was also torturing my boys (Hubs included) because the chili smelled SOOOO good and I wouldn't let them touch it...yet. ;) Instead I tried to get them to finish up some of the leftover grilled hotdogs so I could clear more space in the fridge for other things - like a HUGE bowl of salad and two smaller (but still large) ready-to-grab containers of the same salad mix.
I splurged this week. Jamie says I can have unlimited salad and veggies, and I'm taking that to heart, dangit! I wanted the best salad I know how to make, which is really, really simple but when I bring it to work it doesn't last 5 minutes (and they all usually eat like animals on only the fattening stuff, so I consider that a compliment). Red and green leaf lettuce, radishes, white mushrooms, cucumbers (okay, that one's new...I don't typically eat cucumbers, but I'm trying to retrain my taste buds into liking them because they're just so good for you) - NOM NOM NOM!
I also made some roasted Brussels sprouts and some roasted zucchini and peppers with just a dash of parmesan cheese on top.
Didn't get to steaming my broccoli and cauliflower...maybe Wednesday night I'll do that.
I have to say I'm feeling pretty darn self-righteous about my food plan today. It's clean eating at it's finest and yet looks amazingly wonderful! (Those ground chicken zucchini burgers...OMG! I hope they taste half as good as I think they will!) Only problem? WIth such a wide range of veggies making very little dent in my calorie count...we're only looking at just under 1500 calories for the day. I tend to stay closer to 1600-2000, but I'm just going to take Jamie's word for it and see how this works out. Hell, maybe this is the key to eat more with less caloric intake!
As for my workout this morning? A few things:
1) Jamie lies!! *lol* She recommended about an hour for the lifting routine this morning. Seemed odd to me...it really wasn't that many sets...but I went with it and got to the gym by 6am. 27 minutes later I was done and changing into my swimsuit only to find out the darn pool was closed for maintenance. Got to work 30 minutes before I needed to...and I waited in my car about 10 minutes before I even came in. D'oh! Will start budgeting 30 minutes from now on until the workouts get a little more intense (probably week 5).
2) I *love* *love* *love* my gym. My primary, I discovered, is open as early as 5:30am. And, let me tell you a secret...only serious fitness enthusiasts and those really dedicated show up to work out at 6am! And, thankfully, it's not too overly crowded either. (The one thing I really like about my primary is that they have sometimes 3 of the same machine...meaning you never have to worry you won't get one soon. (hell, they have 5 flat benches to work on!)
3) My arms are already feeling it...2 hours later! *lol* I tried to lift semi-light...Jamie calls for lifting at only 60% for the first couple weeks, just to build some muscle endurance. But I was surprised at how much heavier my "light" routine has gotten.
Workout for W1D1
Chest & Triceps
Wide Pushups - 3 sets/12 reps
Flat Bench Dumbbell Press - 3 sets/12 reps/15 pound dumbbells
Flat Bench Dumbbell Flyes - 3 sets/12 reps/15 pound dumbbells
Narrow Pushups - 3 sets/12 reps (OMFG! *lol*)
Standing Triceps Extensions - 3 sets/12 reps/20 pounds
Rope Triceps Pushdowns - 3 sets/12 reps/20 pounds
Total time: 27:08
Avg HR: 108
Max HR: 156 (probably those narrow pushups! OMG!)
Calories burned: 167
Calories from Fat: 46%
Tomorrow I have my 2nd supervised workout with a trainer. Too bad it's not Tanner again. He was a LOT of fun! He was the pre-med student and OMG if I was single.... *refuses to finish that thought...at least...not aloud*
Not sure what this one will have me do, but Tanner was really great about working around my injury and what I wanted out of a workout. He ran me through a ST circuit on the machines after 5 minutes on the arc trainer (which, yes, hurt my foot as well *sigh*) and a bunch of step-ups and some squats (which he said I do perfectly *big grin*). Not once did he correct my form on something I'm already done...that, my dears, is a ST NSV right there. Any serious lifter has to learn good form to get a good result...or so I hear. ;)
That exercise was 57:24 minutes long. Of course, there was some downtime during which I teased him about being too young to understand my Edith Ann reference (he didn't even know who Lily Tomlin was!! *sad*) and he teased me that I didn't know popular band names.
Calories burned: 259
51% from fat
DO YOU HEAR ME SPARK!? 51% OF MY CALORIES BURNED WERE FROM FAT! That's better than ANY cardio routine has done for me thus far. I think it's time to start giving ST it's due...
So...not burning a crapton of calories in a session, but burning more from fat than ever, and building good muscle, which means the calorie burn lasts longer after I stop working out...I think this might actually work as I heal. (I keep saying "as I heal" because I want to train in swimming and biking and running again...it's still on my to do list....I just have to be patient.)
I keep trying to remember to take pictures of what I eat...and then I forget. Maybe I'll at least show off my chili and chicken burger...if I don't just chow down on them when the time comes. *lol*
I'm just really trying to stay focused here. It's become more important than ever that I figure out my scheduling conflicts so I can workout Monday-Thursday here in town. Why? I knew you'd ask that! Because I had an interview Sunday for a part-time weekend job.
Yes, I realize I do too much already.
Yes, I realize it's going to be hard NEVER having a day "off."
Yes, I realize I'm going to get tired of it and I'm going to hate it.
I'm so sick of people telling me how HARD it's going to be. Sometimes it doesn't matter whether it's easy or hard...it just is...if it's something you need or want to do (in this case it happens to be "need") you don't think about the difficulty, you simply manage yourself so that you can accomplish it. Stop telling me about how "hard" it's going to be...that doesn't make me need it any less. (I guess the same could be said about working out, eh?! ;) )
I may start as early as Friday, so I simply MUST rework myself into "machine mode" again.
Workouts early morning Monday-Thursday before work.
The occasional swim or something after work if I want/feel like it.
And then working out in my FIL's garage Fri-Sun so I can be close to home and fit it in around my second job.
And then at some point I have to work in my batch cooking on the weekends, and will probably have to split it up into 3 days instead of just 1 to make it through, so that I'll be prepped for the week.
I keep seeing those Nike "I'm Making Myself...." posters in my head
...mine says, "I'm Making Myself Indestructable."