Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blog Thoughts & Intuitive Eating

I've been doing some thinking about blogs. I read ALOT of them. Some of which I'm not sure why I bother with.

The internet is flooded with blogs about an endless array of topics. Fitness has got to be near the top. Lots of people trying to sell you stuff, lead you to their affiliates pages (which I don't think there's anything wrong with- more on that later) and there are LOTS of "ODE TO ME blogs" These are the ones that annoy me the most. Look at me, I'm so great, I love myself, look at my bicep. AAAAAAAACK! Boooooooooring! Say something interesting that will motivate others, share your knowledge and experience and maybe a link or two! A picture of your bicep isn't going to help me in anyway!

Yes, totally childish of me, but that's honestly how I feel. Which is why I'm going to commit to sharing a link with every post. Yes, it will also be an online journal for my workouts, trials and tribulations but if I want someone to read this thing, it CAN'T just be about me.

Here's what I think blogs should be:

- informative (share links and info!)

- funny (don't write it like a text book, I want to feel like I'm being talked to, not lectured!)

- positive (I really don't want to read about you complaining the whole time)

- variety (the same thing everyday? REALLY? yaaaaawn!)

- motivating (motivate yourself so others can be infected by this same motivation!)

Now let me just comment on affiliate programs within blogs. I honestly have no problem with this... as long as your site is compelling, full of good info and you're not JUST trying to get me to click on a link! Tit for tat right? I think that's pretty fair. Most have a good sense of this already (I'd think it was common sense), others... not so much.

Bringing me to today's link of the day. Intuitive Eating - check out skwigg's post on reaching Food Nirvana.

What is Intuitive Eating? (stolen from Wikipedia)

Intuitive eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body's natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight; rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods or satiety levels. It's a process that is intended to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. Intuitive Eating, just like the many books available today, goes by many names, including non-dieting or the non-diet approach, normal eating, wisdom eating, conscious eating and more.

Wow!! I am so not there yet, but skwigg's new found peace and relationship with food is what we should all be striving for. I am still in the obsessed with food stage. Log it, track it, look it up, how many grams of protein did you say? Yup... admitted food obsession. It's probably one of the reasons why I can't seem to lose these last 20lbs! But anyway... knowing what my relationship with food should be like is definitely helpful!

Monday, April 20, 2009

April 20, 2009

Sick... snotty... coughy... blaaaaaaaaa.... Thanks DH for the cold. Sigh. Anyway, haven't worked out since last wednesday so decided I HAD to do something today even though I feel pretty gross. This is like the longest cold EVER though. Usually I'm done and over it in 3 days.
Go figure it happens when I start focussing/ blogging/ logging nutrition.
Are you on If not... WHY?! It's the greatest thing since whole grain brown sliced bread! :) I think it's the most comprehensive site I've found so far. The food database is awesome so far and you can log workouts, goals, join groups and challenges etc etc. It's getting my approval for sure. I'm gonna check out the iphone app a little later. Will post comments about that too. The forums are also chalk full of people who want to help and provide lots of great information/ links. Much moreso than sparkpeople. (though I do still greatly value SP and it's "facebook-esque" personalization pages.) Look for me... (my handle is "that70sgrl")
Twitter has been great for leading me to blogs and informational sites that I otherwise wouldn't have found on my own. Good stuff!
On to today's wimpy workout. As expected I'm pretty weak, so I did workout A and just couldn't do my HIIT. Good news is that my nutrition has been pretty good.
See you tomorrow!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday April 17, 2009

So I'm sick (thank you DH xo) and am wheezing and coughing. :( The good news is that my calories have been good and I still have the weekend to get in one more TT workout and some other light exercise :)

It's a strange feeling to not be in the gym 5days a week... feel like I'm slackin!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Week 1 Workout B

Yesterday's activity was swimming laps in the pool. Good stuff for intervals and my HRM monitor worked like a charm in the water. Think I'll try and do that more often.

Today's workout B was good. I need to up my weights on one of the supersets but other than that was great.
Did my HIIT on the bike, sweat sweat sweat!! I swear I sweat more during these 45min than I do when I run 3.5mi on the treadmill. Good stuff!

Now, off to get some soup!

PS- my little rant about Biggest Loser last night... TARA SHUTUP! OMG does she annoy me! Fantastic weightloss and a great athlete but shaaaaaaadup!! :S I really wanted Felipe to win. And Jillian's teary bla about Laura... somehow... it just seems fake when she cries... is it just me?! Don't get me wrong I would love to get my ass kicked in the gym by that woman, but I just wasn't buying the crying and the holding hands. Wonder how much NBC paid her to do that.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Week 1- Workout A

I did this one yesterday when I got home from work. The gym was empty. YESSS!! I love that! Was a tough workout. Finished it in 50min. (4 min MORE than doing it in the gym at work- smaller space, less walking around, wiping off benches/ looking for weights etc.) but that's ok.
For my HIIT I used the recumbent bike and found it was... ok. I think I should stop playing bejewelled on my itouch while I'm doing the HIIT and FOCUS. Still got my HR up to where it needed to be, but I felt like I was cheating. Does that make any sense?

In anycase, but some act of god, I'm not sore today. YAY! I'm waiting for the shoulder burn though... I really liked that. No go on kayakining today since DH is sick, but I think I'll go for a swim instead. Try out my HRM in the water and see if it actually works. Not to mention it's good Interval training to do laps. :)

nutrution today has been stellar so far. I've tracked yesterday and today and have maintained my calorie goals :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009

So it's been a while. I fell off the wagon for a while. Anything I say would just be excuses, so I won't. I do have some things to say about P90X though... I miss some of the workouts. Not all, but some. I think I'd like to keep doing KenpoX and CoreSyn and incorporate it into my new workout schedule.
I've decided to give Turbulence Training a try. I think what I like about the idea of TT is that it's LIMITED time commitment. 45min in the gym and I'm out. That's it. With P90X I found it was just completely consuming me. Following the blogs of other Xers, I saw the same trend. I understand that this kind of program is a HUGE commitment, it's just not for me.
I'm going to give this new workout program a try and see where it takes me.

Some goals I've set for myself:
1- more water. Atleast 1L a day
2- hit my 3 TT workouts plus some other activity (kayaking or walking to work) on my off days
3- no starchy carbs after lunch
4- take my own lunch to work every day of the week
5- log my nutrition HONESTLY

So there you have it. I'm counting this week as week one, though i did both workouts A & B last week already. OUUUUUUUCH!! I was sooo sore! And sweating like there was no tomorrow.