So far this weekend has a good one. On Friday I barely managed to stay within my calorie range, but stayed nonetheless and also got a pretty decent workout on the elliptical at the gym. Yesterday I had quite a busy day starting with meeting the entire Clean House crew!, they were pretty cool!. My city won the messiest house in the country contest this year(airing in July) and it was the biggest yard sale I have ever seen!!!, they had to do it in an empty department store, they had so much stuff. So it was a warehouse sale basically instead of a yard sale. It was still pretty cool and I got to take a picture with each of them
so I was happy and everything they sold when to charity too! so that's good.
Anyways, after that went on I took to doing errands including grocery shopping, with consisted of mostly fruits, veggies and meat! (I ran out and I'm tired of chicken and turkey, it's the only thing left in my freezer...), I even got some healthy high fiber wraps so I can lower my bread intake a bit and substitute every now and then. Oh and popcorn, that is my one weakness that I just can give up... granted I did substitute for a much, much healthier version of the treat so I can enjoy it without the guilt; and with it I manage to stay sane and with the program. The biggest challenge has been getting myself to stop adding salt to it, which I didn't yesterday and it made me feel proud of myself (I really need to lower my sodium, if even a little), though doing so was much harder than I thought it would be, I had to have an inner mind fight with myself to stop my hand from reaching for the salt shaker... good thing is, I won!
Later, I really didn't want to go to physically go to the gym... I remembered though that with my digital cable comes exercise tv, so I looked and up and found a video from Biggest Loser's Bob. Apparently it's the first part of the Cardiomax DVD, and I decided to try it. Wow. I haven't sweat soooo much, in a very, very long time... It was brutal, yet very doable, all I needed were my weights and even those aren't necessary to do the workout. The best part is, that Biggest Loser contestants are suffering in the video right there with you. It was however a bit hard on my knees after a while, so I think I would do it every other day instead of every day. Oh, after the 22 minutes were done however, I felt like it wasn't long enough (note: not the workout not being hard enough, it was, just the length of the workout. I wanted to make sure I worked out a bit longer since I didn't get to go to the gym) so I, in my insanity decided to do it again after just a short water break and drying off the sweat of my face ( I was literally dripping! I never drip! at least not often). So I did. In fact I managed to do over the whole 22 minutes, by the end I was very surprised at what I was able to do. Granted I have to admit that on the first round I had so much energy and did everything as told and did very little of the beginner versions, though I was quite off step a few times hehe. Sometimes I can be very uncoordinated. The second time, my energy of course wasn't the same, and my knees had started to hurt so all the lunges and stuff were getting to me. This time even though I managed to conquer the form of most of the stuff I was messing the steps on before, I was going much slower and did many more of the beginner versions. But hey, I managed to stick to it, twice! even if the times weren't at the same intensity. I still moved and broke quite the sweat, so that definitely counts.
Though I'm wondering how many calories I burned, I searched everywhere and couldn't find it. The only person I found was a guy who said that according to his HRM he burned 230 calories with it. Since I'm a girl, I'm short (5'3") and I'm not that big anymore I counted it as 185 per 22 minutes that should be an okay approximation, what do you think? should I adjust it further? I know it's not exact but I'd just like to have an idea of the work I'm putting in. Also, somehow, probably because I was so busy yesterday I managed to not only stay within my calories but actually get on the low end of them, which helped to balance out the higher calories the day before.
Today, so far I've been good with food, and much better in water than I have been in the past two weeks! (I'd been struggling to hit 8) Right now, it's not even 2 pm and I'm already at nearly 5 glasses. So there's even hope of going over today! I haven't worked out yet today, and it's actually been raining most of the day so I don't think I'll go to the gym. Today will be another exercise TV day.
These videos are so very different from the usual work that I do. My cardio has always been around elliptical 95% of the time and walking the rest. Oh and every now and then I do the stationary bike, but that is quite rare. So I hope the changes with the videos is just the push I've been needing to finally break the 130's and go into the wonderful world of 120ville.