Saturday, March 31, 2007
DH got approval from his company for the move back home. I am so relieved! It means we can all move together. Now I just have to get my butt into action and do it.
I've decided I'm going to get all business like for April. I want to ramp up the intensity and focus in both training and eating well. Not that I've been dreadful or anything, but I've missed having a goal to focus on. I want to be nice and fit when I return to Brisbane so that my first few weeks of teaching RPM won't kill me :)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Workout today involved Cathe's Terminator - Imax Extreme - the Terminator Workout contains three "eat your Weetbix" workouts - today's was cardio interspersed with interval blasts and plyo jumps. Then I followed up with 30 minutes of swimming - mixed strokes - I have discovered in my old age a talent for breaststroke I never knew I had!
I have really been enjoying the World Swimming Champs this week - Michael Phelps has been nothing short of amazing - as well as Frenchwoman Laure Manadou who "sprints" with a two beat kick. I keep studying them in the water and looking at their body placement and think about how they are so fast and efficient (vs how slow and inefficient I am in comparison).
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
This morning's harder workout consisted of Imax Extreme which is from Cathe's DVD "The Terminator". I managed to juggle plyo jumps with making sure Miss G (who has a sore throat) was kept happy. As a mother, you are always multi tasking! I am really nice and sore from Push Pull yesterday!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Anyway back to feelings - they often determine our response to events that impact on us. I am learning that it is regulating these feelings and keeping my emotions in check that keeps me on the straight and narrow. Not that I avoid feeling things, I just try and keep it all in perspective.
I went for an hour long walk this morning and had a low intensity day. Tomorrow I am going to attempt a two (yes, you heard right!) hour aerobic base building session on the bike. I'm looking forward to this, plus a nice long stretch afterwards.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Workout this morning was Cathe's Cardio Fusion "Mix and Max" Premix which clocked in at 80 mins. I don't know if it's the workout or DH being home, but I have been absolutely starving today. I've wolfed down two slices of bread in addition to my usuals - weird in that I'm really not all that keen on bread. Maybe it's avoidance eating because what I think I am craving is chocolate. Luckily there is some Mr Cadbury's in the fridge to help me out!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I received my "Chicken or Chocolate" TShirt from Lia today and also in my parcel was the National Titles DVDs and (the best part!) a "Koko Black" hot chocolate at home pack. If I have the choice of "chicken or chocolate" when I have a Koko Black option, guess what wins? I didn't want to post pics of my mug two days in a row, but will be modelling the T-shirt later this week!
I was also lucky enough to have a great chat to Lia on the phone today as well.
I have officially decided that I am not going to compete this year. Really I am having fun with all sorts of other stuff right now and as I mentioned earlier, feel that I'm headed more down the coaching and preparation path anyway. Plus it is great to be fit and healthy just for the heck of it ;) I haven't actually spent much time in "maintenance mode" and learning to keep good balance and perspective has been my challenge so far in 2007. I'm getting there though!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I am so proud of myself because I have worked out (and almost prepped!) an entire week of meals and workouts. Anyone who knows me well tends to also know that I fly by the seat of my pants with this sort of thing and it actually makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel really good about organizing the week ahead and I'm hoping that it cuts down on that dreaded anxiety of "what the hell is for dinner?" I was feeling despondent last night that I wasn't organized enough and I made a small list to get through today. I'm pleased to say that I've nearly achieved all of it! I guess the secret is in not writing a huge list and being pleased with small accomplishments.
Workout wise, I'm going to do the "Break In" program of the "New Rules of Lifting". I am hoping that the Room of Requirement will be open as the building is for sale and I'm hoping to be able to use it this week. If not, I am sure that I can substitute my exercises around and find a happy medium. I'm going to rest Bodymax 2 this week and try some other Cathe's again.
No exercise today as Miss G is still a bit under the weather. I'm looking forward to tomorrow though!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Sometimes it is hard to juggle in time for fitness with motherhood, but staying relatively fit makes me a much happier mother, so it is worth the effort. I am definitely fitter, faster and stronger since I had both children - I don't know why this is, but maybe that we just have to have this desire to put in our best and then some or whether there is a physiological component to it as well. I am definitely more body aware, but that is probably due to my wacky hip joints - I'm always trying to push the fine line, but know where my limits are with my joints.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Snack/post workout: 1 baked potato, yoghurt, berries, protein powder (in shake or mixed with yoghurt)
Lunch: grilled chicken breast with many veggies on baby spinach with raspberry vinegar and pecans, orange slices
Snack: cottage cheese and vegetables on rice cake, 2 cups pumpkin soup (homemade :) ), 2 teaspoons peanut butter.
Dinner: kangaroo chilli with beans, 1/2 potato, 2 cups broccoli, 1 cup carrots, fish oil
Snack: cottage cheese and veggies on rice cakes, 1 cup of tea
Depending on the workout/hunger level I can add in another meal if I feel like it! It is amazing how much food you can pack away on the Leanness Lifestyle. A good friend of mine from Bris, Anne, who came to the Nationals with me, likens our culinary adventures to "hoovering", especially when we are both hungry :)
I cannot believe that hubs will be home next week. The time has flown!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Now where was I in regards to connections? Yes, I have an ITB that is playing up which is probably related to my SIJ problems. I gave it a stretch on my foam roller this morning. Yipes, that bit! I'm actually looking forward to doing some Yoga tomorrow morning.
I'm going to make some more kangaroo lasagna tonight and I am going to give kangaroo chili con carne a test run. The girls love chili and so do I. This should work out to be uber lean and will go down a treat with a small side of rice and some steamed veggies. I was lucky that the veggie truck had hit the local store today and I bought up big :)
I learnt that yesterday's temps reached 42 degrees C. No wonder I have been feeling so hot :)
Monday, March 12, 2007
I'm about to reveal my worst kept secret - I am officially going home! I know I have alluded to this in previous postings, but I now have a concrete aim to be back home by the Easter holidays, whether DH is ready or not. We are both happy with this decision - we both reckon that life is too short to be totally miserable, which is what I have been wrestling with, especially since December. I have been having one hell of a tussle with the "Black Dog" these past few months, which really impacted on my decision to come back. Through trying to remain positive and staying committed to healthy exercise/eating think that I am now starting to gain enough strength to send him packing with his tail between his legs.
I did RPM 29 this morning - I had forgotten what a good release this one is and then I went down to the Room of Requirement and punched out a back and bicep workout. I am starting to tire of the X, though I'm not giving it away completely. It was a nice change to get out of the house actually. It is blistering hot here today - 37 degrees at 8am! Yuck!
Best be off to pay a few bills. Gosh life can be an expensive business!
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Eating has been great today and I'm going to give the pecan crusted salmon another run tonight. Salmon is hard to come by in Woop Woop and I bought 300g frozen, enough for two meals. Seeing DH is away, I have it all to myself. I'm trying to decide whether to have my regular weekly splurge icecream tonight whilst I watch "Lost". Apparently this episode is meant to be fairly good tonight. I watched "Heroes" last night - it's pretty bent but I like it :)
Speaking of DH, he has phoned quite regularly which is really nice. His course sounds interesting - all about people management, career development and the like. Off to be a winner and cook dinner (sorry that was weak :) )
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Still playing "Chase the Ant" with the vacuum cleaner. After feeling very chuffed that I had cleaned the house from stem to stern and made it very ant unfriendly, I was dismayed to see a black stream of them this morning, ala the Urukai in the second Lord of the Rings movie as they made their way to Helm's Deep.
Things are moving very slowly here without DH. I'm about ready to tear my hair out!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I am having fun playing with my new HR monitor and decided to test it out doing a 60minute cardio premix of Bodymax 2. Let me say there is "doing Cathe" and "really doing Cathe". Shall we say that the HR monitor was a really great way of getting me to work that much harder. The thought of devoting an hour to exercise and not getting my heart rate up there is horrifying to me, so I really caned it! I was cactus by the end of it. For those who are not familiar with Cathe, imagine Bodystep x 2 - the intensity doesn't drop in this one, but rather increases right to the end where you finish yourself off with air plyo jacks and 180 degree power squats! My heart rate stats looked like this: average HR 143, Max HR (during workout) 164bpm 493kcal torched!
I woke up to rain this morning, which is rare for Woop Woop and was hoping that would make a dent in my ant problem. No luck there unfortunately. I am having fun running around and chasing them with my vacuum cleaner - hey it could be a new sport!
Monday, March 05, 2007
To see my beautiful handwriting, click the link...
According to my tree drawing I am not too flash in the personality stakes. ...
I think I need to go have my weekly fix of Desperate Housewives....
Love this pic, I'm a Fat Bloated Cow who has "Lost" the plot! Yes indeedy, TOM is giving me a thorough drubbing! At least I'm not a PMSing Fat Bloated Cow - you gotta look on the bright side, right? I hope you can see the pic, I've tried publishing this three times with no luck.
I've just come back from a weekend at the beach with the girls. It was a good way to pass the weekend, rather than having to climb the walls with boredom in Woop Woop. However I think the location is where most mining families tend to go to get away from it all because I spent the entire weekend running into people I've been trying to get away from! It's nothing personal, it's just my INFJ tendency to want some privacy to recharge the old batteries. Speaking of MBTI types, I checked out the link in the comments area of Jodie's journal - about the INFJ type and somehow managed to find myself reading about INFJ vs INFP. It was really illuminating because I've often wondered if I am an INFP, but the more I read on the more obvious it is that I am definitely an INFJ type. I'd like to delve into this more at some stage because I believe it could really help me with my future projects.
We are having a second round of summer weather here. It was over 30degrees C before 8am this morning and the Woop Woop ants are out in full force. I have spent the morning mopping the floor and trying to work out why all of a sudden, ants want to invade my house. Despite not feeling like a workout, I pulled out RPM 32 and gave myself a thorough pasting and I feel much better already!
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I'm having a day of feeling "under the weather". I cannot put it down to anything except my slight change in food intake. I struggled through Back and Biceps this morning and have been a cranky, pmsing cow all day... arrgh.
I can see a post of this nature aint going to earn me many hits..hee,he.