Wednesday, July 8, 2009

That's Why They Call it a Garbage Disposal

Things are definitely on an upswing around here. I've made it to the gym every day this week! Yay for me!! And my jogging is coming around. Until now I've been doing a walk (3.5mph) jog (5.0mph) thing alternating every 2 minutes. It looked like this...

1-3: walk
3-5: jog
5-7: walk
7-9: jog
9-11: walk
11-13: jog
13-15: walk

Total jogging: 6 minutes

So on Monday I was near completion of my first two-minute jog and still feeling strong. I decided to go for it and jog 3 minutes. At 3 minutes I still felt strong...and at 4, I made it to 5 minutes! woot-woot!! It looked like this:

1-3: walk
3-8: jog
8-10: walk
10-13: jog
13-15: walk

Total jogging: 8 minutes

Also, I was short on time that day and had to power through weight training. So instead of taking a break between sets I did my ab work. I was sweating like crazy but let me tell you, I felt like a million bucks when I left that place. Yes!

But, it gets better...on Tuesday I did this:

1-3: walk
3-10: jog (7 minutes straight baby!)

I stopped after that due to extra time I'd done on the elliptical due to treadmills being full. But I was feeling so proud of myself for being able to jog 7 minutes straight!

And in other news...I've been doing modified push-ups on the Smith Bar like in this image. I was doing 3 sets of 10 on the second to lowest rung and they were starting to feel easy. So yesterday, Tuesday, I lowered the bar. Now I'm doing them on the lowest rung! It wasn't easy, I did 3 sets of 8 and had to really push those last couple out but I felt so strong! Ab work is getting better too. I have increased my bicycle crunches from one set of 25 to two sets. I usually do 10 hanging leg raises but I've added 10 straight leg lifts to further work my lower abs. Let that be a lesson to ya! What lesson, I don't know, it just sounded good :o My new ab routine (that I do at every gym visit) looks like this:

crunches: 2 sets of 25
bicycle crunches: 2 sets of 25
hanging leg raises: 1 set of 10
straight leg lifts: 1 set of 10

I have three of my four gym days in the bag. I'm thinking of skipping the gym today but going for a real outdoor jog this evening when Miguel comes home. That should be interesting. I am so Boom Boom Pow this week!

Alright, so the gym is obviously going well. And what about food, you ask? Eh. Seriously, not-so-good. Last week, in a moment of weakness, I purchased some bad foods at the grocery store. How bad? Well, let me warn you, I'm going to be 100% honest so if you're susceptible to food-talk you might want to skip this (and the next) paragraph. So I purchased a 3-pack of It's It ice cream sandwiches (why don't they sell them individually anywhere anymore?!), a half-gallon of low-fat (insert sarcastic joke here) ice cream, 2 chocolate chip cookies, some caramel sauce, whipped cream (also low-fat...come on people!) and chopped nuts. Whew, putting that down in writing makes it look really bad. Over the week I ate the ice cream sandwiches, I made sundaes out of the other stuff for three nights in a row (which I at least shared with Miguel - can you see me mitigating things here?). It hasn't been pretty.

See? This just proves that a) I can't keep crap like this in the house and, b) An impulse buy turns one moment of weakness into many, many moments of weakness - if I don't buy it I only have to resist it once, if I do buy it, well, resistance is futile. I'm sure it proves a lot of other things too but I'm not into self flagellation. So this morning, while prepping all my salad fixings (that's my new thing, I cut up all the tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper and keep them in little baggies in the fridge for easy salad prep all week) the remaining half of the ice cream popped into my head. I'd previously (as in, last night) told myself that when it's gone I won't buy anymore. But the wrongness of it all hit me and I got out the ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce and nuts (the cookies were already gone) and, you guessed it, down the garbage disposal. I hate wasting food (as in = wasting money) so this was not easy. And it turned out it wasn't just about getting rid of the garbage, but also about the act. Hopefully this will cure me from purchasing such crap for a good long while. At least I go back to work (3 days a week next week, sniff sniff) so the refrigerator and I will get a much needed break from one another.

I have to tell you, I have not felt this embarrassed about sharing my food-junkie behavior in quite some time. Let's hope I hit bottom with this incident and that while I don't expect to start tracking and eating perfectly from here on out, a corner has been turned and ridiculous choices are out.

Something tells me you won't argue when I tell you I don't expect to see a loss at my WW meeting on Friday. Ok, I think I have exposed myself enough for one day. I will now try to carry on and still feel good about myself. After I post this I'm going to go back and read the first half and stop there. Boom boom pow!

Who wants a picture of my baby?? I do, I do :)

He loves his fingers!

I saw Mama eating that ice cream,
but I'll never tell...

As long as she keeps letting me eat
the dirt off my toes! Yum!

I promptly went in and washed those dirty toes. Well, after snapping a ton of pictures of course :)