Wednesday, February 28, 2007
It is very weird not having DH around. For one, when the alarm clock goes off, I turn on my bedside lamp. Usually this is a big no no and I am scavenging around for my workout gear in the dark. Secondly I added peanut butter (sorry Kek) to my oats this morning and no one blinked an eyelid! If I had done that in front of DH he would say, "what are you doing? Now my worst fears about your weirdness have been confirmed!". Charming DH..... I also added more starchy carb to recovery meal this morning and I am feeling really good right now - and taken my fish oil capsules. Once Mr Berardi has finished with me I'll be a veggie swilling, fish oil burping goddess :)
Many people want to know about the effectiveness of the p90x program. After five weeks my stats are - weight is the same....I am stronger for most pulls/pushes..must mean a little bit of muscle being added there! Wahooie! I certainly don't look puny :)
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Like everyone else who blogs here, I am partial to a new toy or two. I decided that after my last Polar heart rate monitor died (from overuse) that it was time to invest in a new one! I scored myself a lovely blue F-11, which I cannot wait to try out. When the delivery guy came I was in the middle of doing a new workout, "Step Boxing" by Kelley Coffey Meyer. Boy, I don't think this fella knew what to think when he saw sweaty moi at the front door.
But back to Kelley's workout - this one I really enjoyed. I must admit I was apprehensive about it, because I have heard wildly conflicting opinions about it - once I got used to Kelley's style of cueing, it was "game on".
I also did p90x Chest, Shoulders and Triceps - I had never done this one either and I was sorely humbled - one armed push ups (I had to do these on my knees) and clap plyo pushups figured in the mix. Then I ran 100 metres up and down the road outside for 20 minutes. I cannot leave the house because with hubs being away, I do not want to leave my kids unattended. Jogging up the road and sprinting back ensured that I could see the house at all times and I still got my workout in.
I had breakfast the Precision Nutrition way and added peanut butter to my oats and protein powder. It aint half bad with chocolate!
Monday, February 26, 2007
DH is now officially off to South Africa and rather than feel really sad, I'm throwing myself into an official month of productivity. I cleaned the house from top to toe this morning, restocked the fridge with plenty of fresh veggies and washed all the sheets. I'm going to attack all the things that I keep putting off, like the pile of junk I have accumulating for Ebay. I also spent this morning brainstorming some ways to keep running whilst DH is gone (there is no such thing as a treadmill here) and I've decided to take the girls to the local footy field at dusk and crank out a few sprints with them and turn getting fit into a game!
I didn't train today, but yesterday I tried Amy Bento's Kickbox Extreme. It is more kickbox inspired as opposed to pure kickboxing and I was surprised that I didn't get as much of a workout as I had thought I would. Truthfully my mind started wandering at combo five, so I'm going to give it another shot before I shelve it. I've also got a copy of Kelley Coffey-Meyer's Step Boxing to try.
Tomorrow I'm back on the X with Chest, Shoulders and Triceps. That will be great!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
|You Are 30% Left Brained, 70% Right Brained|
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.
Friday, February 23, 2007
This morning I managed to do RPM34 in its entireity! I think that it is one of the best releases Les Mills have put out in a long time - I really like the big gear focus of the time trial and Track Seven is an absolute cracker. I followed up with p90X Stretch X. I must say that I don't enjoy this one as much as Yoga X (I cannot believe I am stringing "yoga" and "enjoy" in the same sentence). I also received Amy Bento's Kickbox Extreme in the post today and I am hoping that the workout is of the intensity that is going to leave me feeling thoroughly pasted! There is nothing worse than getting your hopes up about the intensity of something, only to have it dashed when you actually do the workout.
I'm still leafing through my PN. I am enjoying Berardi's slant on nutrition and timing for superior athletic performance and the way he writes resonates with the way I think about nutrition - that it can be used to improve performance and feelings of well being. I picked up some cashews, walnuts and pecans today as Berardi is keen on nuts. I plan on adding these good fats into my diet a bit more and see what the effect is. It will be interesting to plug some stats into my Leanness Lifestyle journal. Whilst LL is fantastic for body fat loss, I think it's even more potent with more attention paid to nutrition and peak performance.
This post has turned into quite a ramble. No more luck on the accommodation front and DH is off to South Africa on Monday. I think I may be better off staying put for a few weeks and see what develops. I've been given strict instructions to tape "Lost", "Desperate Housewives", "Heroes" and "Battlestar Galactica". I loved the old version of it and I'm really not too sure about Starbuck turning into a female.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Today I pushed past my BMW emotions and got the job done with Core Synergistics - this was the first time I have done this one and I'm not really too sure what I think of it. It was really hard in places, using mainly bodyweight, but I think I could have done it with a bit more oomph! I then followed up with a 35 minute run including running all the way up the hill to our house. This morning I also got in a 20 minute swim. It may sound like a lot of exercise, but I'm fairly sedentary at home and as Gollum says, "I needs my PRECIOUS!"
I was lucky enough to score Precision Nutrition on a forum swap and I've been leafing through all of the materials. Berardi seems to like peanut butter (hey, don't we all) and more fats, particularly Omega-3s. It was a good reminder that I can eat even cleaner than I do now. His attention to food prep is excellent and inspired by this I am off to roast some chicken breast.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I think this restaurant sums up perfectly how I am feeling today - rather deflated. After lots of negotiation with hubs, it was decided that I would move back home in front of him (we have been trying to get out of Woop Woop for ages). Do you think I can find any reasonably priced accommodation in Brisvegas on a periodic lease. I am loath to rent a four bedroom house, especially as our relocation is hopefully going to be paid for. I had hoped to get a two bedroom furnished apartment so we could leave at relatively short notice. I feel like I am so close to getting back home, but so far away.
Today has been taken up with trying to arrange a move. I got half of RPM 34 in before I was interrupted by the phone and a 70 minute walk. I think tomorrow I will be hitting it harder.
|You Are Big Bird|
You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.
You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.
How you life your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Today I did Kenpo X again and followed this up with a 35 minute run. I am finding that suddenly my running has improved. That is a nice feeling! I am trying to pack in the running as DH is going to South Africa for a month to do a Management Development Program. We all looked into going and as the airfares for the three of us were just over $5000, we decided to give it a miss. I cannot believe I will have the full run of the house to myself. This has happened a fair bit in our married life. I really enjoy it at first and then after a week or so, I find myself getting really bored and lonely. I told him that doing this to me in Woop Woop would just about send me off the planet, so if I am still coherent in a month's time, give me a big tick.
I went to morning tea as planned with my prepped meal- it turned out that there were quite a lot of women there who didn't want to load up on cheesecake and gateaux. I can never fathom why employer sponsored events assume we sit at home going for the junk food. My cut up fruit and Latte Slim Secrets bar fitted the bill nicely. Then it was home to a salad of turkey and cut up veggies with raspberry vinegar dressing. I am seriously addicted to raspberry vinegar! I buy the no-sugar variety and sweeten it with a little Splenda. I am going to cook chicken marinated in pesto tonight and team it with tomato puree, veggies and high protein pasta.
That's about all for now :)
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
I'm on my soapbox having a little rant this morning. I've decided that I hate the word "dieting" - to me it connotates images of suffering and restriction, of displeasure and a distinct lack of freedom. When I prepare for a competition, I take a completely different tack. I am preparing for a sporting event and I am an athlete. For Figure Competition, which involves presentations at lower body fat levels than normal, this means approaching eating from a preparatory perspective..ie "how can I prepare for this event with joy and do it in a way that does not violate my principles regarding a "dieting scenario". Yes, I do have to manipulate my calorie levels and macronutrient levels to achieve this goal. I'm don't do it by means of displeasure, suffering and restriction. I do it by eating well, eating a wide variety of foods and keeping it interesting. I do it with joy, because as the quote above says, desire really does create the power. Apart from appearing on stage with excellent condition, it also means the road back to your fighting weight is not as bumpy.
I don't know why I even have the urge to write about this today as I'm happily off season but I do know that when it is time to compete again, that this is the approach I will be taking.
Today I thrashed the bike again doing RPM. The temps are relatively mild, but I sweated more than I feel I have my whole life! I'm glad I have another layer of carpet under my bike, because it really got hammered this morning.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I also went for my usual morning walk and then came home to give my bike a good thrashing doing RPM33. I was a dripping mess by the time I had finished and had to disinfect and towel the bike down thoroughly afterwards.
I decided it was time to initiate my Woop Woop beauty regime and went for a couple of rounds with the old Waxeeze. I reckon I could have started reforesting the Amazon by the time I had finished. A coat of aloe vera from the fridge and voila, "maintained" for another month. I was reading an interesting post over at a forum I frequent on how much money they spent on their personal grooming per month. I spend the most on my hair and after that, I'm a strictly do-it-yourself kinda gal - after all I would rather spend my money on a Polar Heart Rate Monitor than a facial :)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
I've had Miss S home from school today with a neck strain, so it's 100km down a bumpy road (she will love that!) to the physio. She really loves making things so we made fruitsalad and inspired by KEK, we made protein enriched raspberry and apple muffins. I'll post a pic later on and give the exact ratios. I added in Soy Fibre as well which I've never tried before. Miss S wondered why protein powder was going into the recipe as well as several egg whites. They taste quite nice, a little chewy - our biggest mistake was not to spray the muffin papers because a lot of the muffins stuck it it. Oh well!
The kangaroo lasagna turned out really well - I used 4 Vetta large lasagna sheets, onion, garlic, Dolmio Smooth Bolognese sauce, low fat ricotta cheese (which I spread onto the lasagna sheets rather than bechamel sauce) and for the topping - half a cup of low fat mozzarella and 250ml skim milk mixed with 2 tbsp flour to thicken. Oh, I forgot - 500g kangaroo mince! The stats are 305cals 28.5 carbs 32g protein and 7g fat.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
I'm sure that this will be Em's new bub as a true example of her mother's fab lifestyle! I am hoping that Em is cuddling that little one right now. Pregnancy and birth is such an amazing journey - there are highs and lows of the whole parenting adventure, but it is all worth it (I think!) . Miss S is melting my heart at the moment - she skips into school with these two gorgeous blond plaits and Miss G goes to kindy with her boots on the wrong way. It is very sweet.
I'm also continuing with the push up theme as it is now Week 3 of the "x" - Chest and Back - I increased my numbers for all of the push ups though the Diamond PushUps I am having trouble mastering. I backed this up with a 15 minute run and 4 x 30sec sprints and will swim laps at the pool a little bit later.
I've defrosted some kangaroo mince I've had sitting in the freezer for months. The roo isn't in the stew, but it will be made into burgers to grill for dinner tonight!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
This morning I slept in until 7.30am and have spent the morning catching up on paperwork. Then it's off to do the housework. Nothing much going on in my universe today and that is the way I like it :)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Another great set of workouts this morning. First up was Kenpo X - after reading Lesley's blog, I really looked hard at background exerciser, Wes, and really pushed the technique. It made the workout harder and more effective. I then went for my usual morning walk and dropped Miss S and Miss G off at school and kindy respectively and decided despite TOM starting to give a Spinervals DVD a shot, so I did the DVD in the picture. It's all technique work interspersed with core work on the ball. I really threw everything at it and really enjoyed it. Now I am sitting here in a bath of my very own endorphins!
When I have days where I work out really hard, I feel really proud of myself up here in the middle of f****** nowhere. I definitely don't have the "in season" figure look going on anymore, but I'm looking strong and athletic despite the increased body fat. It's been really therapeutic to do all of this different training and it will be interesting to see the effects in October or November, should I compete, which is probably highly likely with all the motivation pouring out of everyone else's blogs!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
My assignment today is to design Miss G's Kindy Portfolio. Sometimes I think the homework that gets sent home is sent to test us parents, not the kids!
I am having cravings for vegetables - probably because the selection of veggies in Woop Woop is so pathetic, I'd give anything to see some baby bok choy or choy sum or even some fresh herbs. I have decided that I am going to have veggies with every meal this week except for breakfast. Let the veggie challenge begin!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I opened up the paper to read the news that Harry Potter - Book Seven is going to be released on July 21st. I am really hoping that J.K.Rowling does not kill off Harry. It would be nice to end the series on a triumphant note.
Back to the housework now - Sunday is my day for doing the major cleaning jobs - more time for training during the week. I'm also going to try making tuna burgers..should be fun!
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Tonight I am musing about things that I just don't understand. Before you all wonder what deep and meaningful snippet I come up with, I am actually thinking of why sleepwear manufacturers think that we women like wearing nightshirts with images of Tweety, Sylvester and Garfield on them. It seems to be a phenomenon everywhere I look for a decent pair of PJs. If I see Betty Boop again, I think I am going to scream.
My current choice of bedwear? A T-Shirt from my husband's employ given to me that says "Dragon Slayer" - need we say any more?
Friday, February 02, 2007
Unfortunately I locked myself out of the house today and spent most of Miss G's precious Kindy time sorting out how to get back inside the house, rather than doing my cardio! Oh well, I have to chalk that one up to a bit of bad luck. I went to the local coffee place and shouted myself a hot chocolate instead. Of course made with skim milk and chocolate granules it was not like one of those superb hot chocolates that come from Koko Black, but it hit the spot! It's cold, wet and rainy here - a welcome change from the 40+ temperatures which are commonplace in February. In fact I'm thinking TOM must be around the corner as I'm craving chocolate and coffee!
Tomorrow's plan involves Plyo X and probably a nice long walk if the weather has cleared. Sunday will be Shoulders and Arms and then next week with Miss G at Kindy for 3 days per week, I can finally start upping the ante on the cardio again. It's always a bit of a juggling act with small children in the house, but keeping fit is a non negotiable sanity saver for me!