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MCL - Day 2 and Possible Weekend Plans

Thursday, September 30, 2010

So yesterday went pretty well.

Food Log:
6:30am - 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 Tbsp. whipped cream cheese

6:30am - 8:00am - 2 cups of coffee with cream (my to-go cup holds 16 oz, but I rarely drink it all and I start my day with about a half a cup before I even leave the house)

9:30am or so - I ate my grape-ity-grapes (YUM!) and some pretzels. MUNCH! MUNCH!

11:30am - I ate my lunch. Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Mashed Taters! SO good! It felt weird to eat "dinner" at lunch, but it was so satisfying!

after that, I pretty much couldn't eat because I had the interview on my mind. Once I got back to my office I got hungry pretty quick, but got wrapped up in chatting.

3:30pm-ish - Carrots with Lite Ranch

4:30pm-ish - I heated up some BetterOats MMMMM....Blueberry (yep, that's what it's called) Oatmeal and a cup of Jasmine tea with one packet of Truvia.

I then left my pineapple in the fridge for a snack for today and headed toward home/the gym. Nearly attempted to kill myself at my workout (more on that later) and then went straight home after.

9pm-ish - I made my favorite omelet. About 1/4 cup of sliced mushrooms, which I cook down a bit first, then 1/2 cup egg beaters with 1/4 cup of 2% cheddar cheese. YUM YUM YUM!

By 10pm I was in bed, exhausted!


Workout Log:

I went a little crazy at the gym. My plan was to make up at least 1/2 of the missed workout on Monday, or at least the ST part. I got to the gym about 6:45pm, and after I went pee (have to do this before EVERY workout, I'm just sayin'!), I headed straight upstairs. A quick stretch and I was off!

15 minutes on Cross Training 3 program (OW!), which requires some back peddling (which always just about KILLS the back of my knees, but I know it's helping to make them stonger!).
5 minute cool down
I hopped straight off the elliptical, stretched out my legs, and then headed to my "core/arm" spot in the gym. (It's a spot of carpet out of the way, next to our little classroom area.) I did 3 sets of 15 modified push-ups (my arms were SHAKING!!) and then did 20 regular crunches, 20 bicycle crunches, and 20 more regular crunches.
I then hopped up, drank some more water and headed over to the rowing machine.
A little over 12 minutes and my 2000 meters were done (and I was WORE OUT already!)
Hopped right off that and over to the ab reclining bench. 20 regular crunches, 20 twist with medicine ball, 20 regular with medicine ball.
I did a lap around the track at a fast pace (about 17 min/mile pace) and figured that'd be about it...but I couldn't stop. I found myself in front of the small rarely-used cable machine upstairs, where I did pull downs and cross rows and two ankle strap exercises for the hips (I don't know the names for exercises really, I just have a bit of a photographic memory that helps me remember how to do them when I get there, and I've been reading up on cable machine exercises lately). I did most with about 20-30 lb. weights.
Followed that with 3 more laps around the track and about 10-15 minutes of yoga/stretching. I really took the time with my stretching and I felt good and limber and strong after. Then I headed downstairs.

Downstairs I hit the ST machines and found myself doing 2 reps of every single machine. I did the first 12 reps with a lower weight, and then boosted it up to almost unbearable for the second 12 reps. I took short breaks in between the sets and between machines, but I found myself chasing the clock (the gym closes at 9pm and it was nearing 8:30pm and I was only halfway through). I made it through though, and stretched after, and closed down the place! *lol* I got out of there at 8:45pm, only 15 minutes before closing. It was me, the girl at the front desk, and the cleaning lady sweeping the floor around me. *lol*


How I Feel Log:

Okay, I still had a lull around 3-4 pm or so, but I cured that with the oatmeal and tea. I felt much better all day and not once did I think about snacking on something really bad. At home after my workout, I was too wore out to do much more than eat my omelet and momentarily consider a cup of ice cream (which I didn't have) before I gave up, switched off the TV and went to bed. By 10pm I was falling asleep.

This morning I woke up SORE SORE SORE, but I also woke up at 5am unable to go back to sleep. I don't think I slept restfully, though. I vaguely remember waking up a few times, mumbling something, slapping my husband once across the chest (*lol* I was trying to see if he was in bed with me...he was! *lol*) and looking at the clock and realizing it wasn't time to get up yet. What I wasn't was hungry though. This morning I had a cup of coffee before I finally heated up my bagel. (I was so afraid, waking up at 5am, that I would throw EVERYTHING off today...then I realized that it doesn't HAVE to, I can just watch what I'm doing all day, if I start to get low on calories, I pull back a little.) My 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 Tbsp. of whipped cream cheese this morning tasted like HEAVEN! (I *love* it when I really ENJOY my breakfast!) and I followed it with another cup of coffee, vowing that I wouldn't take any with me for the ride to work because I already had 2. (I brought my water bottle, though, and got a jump start on that.)

So I guess the experiment is going well. The self-imposed Boot Camp Circuit Training last night really pushed my muscles to their limit, but not beyond, which is great! I'm looking forward to attempting to make it through Zumba tonight (though I hope she lays off the "arm song" because that MIGHT just send me over the edge! These arms is SORE!!!) and to having lunch with one of my good friends. (Running out of leftovers! *lol* Plus, it's payday!)

Finally, I've been thinking a lot about this weekend. I want to attempt to continue this through the weekend, but it's always harder to keep to a schedule when things change so much.

Friday - Hubs and I discussed the possibility of picking up some tennis balls and a couple rackets and making general fools of ourselves on the tennis courts for 30 minutes to an hour or so while the kids are at school. I've always wanted to play tennis, and never thought I could. Surprisingly, when I pitched the idea, Hubs stated that he always wanted to play tennis too, but had never tried. That settled it! If the rain holds off, we're going to the park to TRY to play tennis! *lol* Hey, at least I'll burn plenty of calories chasing the balls we don't hit! Of course, I have to be careful of the knee.

Saturday - I would *love love love* to do 2 things on Saturday. The first is dinner with a girl from school that I haven't seen since I graduated in May. I miss her dearly and I always feel "lighter" when I'm around her, more care free. We used to joke that she and I are twins in everything but looks. (She's totally stick thin and hates that she CAN'T put on weight because she has just as much difficulty finding any pants to fit her as I do, just an opposite kind of difficulty. *lol*) She's gorgeous, though, and I tell her that all the time (and she always returns the compliment). So, if all goes well, lunch in Charleston with Teeny! (Yes, I call her Teeny or T - her name is Christina, so it's not that far of a stretch! *lol*)

After that, I'd love to drive the boys and Hubs out to Huntington. I'd like to stop at the Old Navy store and pick up the boys some new clothes for school (Logan really needs some new stuff!) and maybe some new pants for the Hubs. Then I'd love to explore Huntington with them a bit. They've never been, so it would be their first time. I only went once with my friend AM and had a pretty good time there. Maybe we'll even catch a movie or something. *shrug*

Sunday - Ethan's football game is at home this week against Warren. (I don't know where or who that is either, so don't worry.) I hope they win!! Football will be coming to a close before we know it, and I'll miss next week's game while I'm up in Ohio with my mom and Becky (RAVENSONG). I've got a race on 10/10/10 (though it's more a family fun thing and support for my Mom than it is an actual competition of any sort).

So that's the 411 on what my thoughts are for the weekend. Today is Thursday, which is my Friday, so by 6pm I'm FREE for 3 days! YAY! Of course, that could all change soon if I land the job I interviewed for yesterday. (For those wondering, I think the interview went really well, but I really have no idea who else they're interviewing or what they really thought of me. I hate the waiting game, but that's where we're at!)
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    You are AMAZING!!!
    3870 days ago
  • MENACE79
    Good GOD woman! I don't think I do that much at the gym in a WEEK! You could definitely run circles around me with your workouts, that's for sure.

    Good for you. :)
    3870 days ago
    You are DEFINITELY kicking booty! Keep up the great work lady! Have a great weekend! :)
    3870 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Wow! You're kicking some booty, girl!
    3870 days ago
  • MAIA2011
    I got sore just reading everything you did at the gym yesterday! Way to go! I thought I was awesome at the gym yesterday because I did a whole 20 minutes on the elliptical instead of 15. That was really just because some jerk was on the stationary bike which is what I always do next LOL

    Sounds like the eating plan is really working out for you. That's great! Have a terrific weekend!
    3870 days ago
    Looks like you've got healthy meals and snacks down pat. Good job :) What do you/your body think of Truvia? I've heard of it but never tried it.

    Lol! I love shutting down the gym. That, along with all the work, makes me feel like an athelete. Go you!

    Hey! speaking from experience, even *trying* to play tennis is a good workout for the mind and the soul :) I had so much fun batting the ball around with my sister. Plus--jogging after a stray ball is bonus cardio lol

    Good luck to Ethan and good luck to you for your job interview!!! Jeff and I are in the waiting game right now too. It's nerve wracking!

    :) great entry
    3870 days ago
    Holy long blog, batman! off to read it... emoticon
    3870 days ago
    Fingers crossed for you on the interview front!

    Can I just say how much I admire you for going to the gym? I hate the gym. And even though I get a ton of exercise every week - I don't do nearly as much as you. You're a rock star.

    Your meal plan sounds delicious. It's making me hungry :) I've got crockpot chicken pot pie on the menu for next week, but now that you mentioned pot roast and mash, I'm rethinking that idea. Oatmeal in the afternoon is the best - totally fills you up and pushes you through until dinner. The only thing I might add would be some almonds or something for protein and you're all set. I hope this keeps working for you cause it sounds like an awesome menu!
    3870 days ago
  • MAGPIE17
    WTG on the MCL and workout yesterday! You're a machine! :D
    3870 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3035359
    Gosh I love your wordy blogs....I feel like I am really getting to know you and your family!

    My hubby and I played a bit of tennis when we were younger...it was a lot of fun, and if you find some friend, doubles generally doubles the laughter!

    Hope the job interview works out well!

    Another fun family activity is geocaching. It gets you outside and helps you find hidden gems!
    3870 days ago
    Wowzers, you kicked @ss at the gym yesterday, must feel great! I have my fingers crossed for your job interview! Have a great weekend Esther!
    3870 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Glad the experiment and the interview went well!

    Tennis is fun. My hubs and I are horrible at it, but we still have a good time.

    Have a great long weekend!!!
    3870 days ago
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