90 day challenge – Rest day

The problem with rest day is the lowered calorie count I get to consume.  Dietbet gave me a range to follow, and I set my goal for the low end of the range. So, I ate a few too many calories today, but I didn’t break the upper limit.

Also, Trader Joe’s white cheddar puffs are dangerous. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Excuse me, I have to go stuff some more into my face.


90 Day Challenge – Day 20

I was pretty excited for my cardio today, about as excited as I am that tomorrow is a rest day. I mixed it up a bit, again. I love how the HIIT lends itself to diversity, helps keep me from getting bored.

I looked ahead at the next round of strength training exercises, and they look crazy! And a little fun.

I was also pretty excited about my dinner tonight. They had garbanzo beans in a display at the grocery store, which I really like, but almost never eat. So I bought some and treated them like pasta! I used some tomato sauce (no sugar added) on top, and it was quite enjoyable. I think it’s a great substitute for pasta, but I haven’t done any research on them. I’ll read up and let you know how many garbanzo beans are too many, and if there are any warnings about them.

Day 19 – Evil one done

Done with the “Evil One” until day 85!

I can’t believe I’m almost 3 weeks in…seems crazy to me that I’m still at it. I’m actually, maybe even having a little bit of fun. I’m getting better at proper push-ups. I’ve been doing them on my knees, but some now and then on my toes. I can’t do a whole one, but I’m getting better. I can lower myself further than I used to be able. It’s good to see that I’m making any sort of progress.

I ALSO did 20 seconds of mountain climbers at a fairly high speed before I had to slow down and walk some of them. My body felt like it was so capable of moving; I don’t remember the last time it felt that way.

And, today, I worked my calorie intake out to include Reese’s peanut butter cups. Delicious.

Is it bad that I’m already excited for the food on Superbowl Sunday? Cause I am. Pizza, and Skittles and Guacamole, oh my! (Go Seahawks, obvi.)

Cardio mix up – day 18

I changed up my HIIT today, adding in stairs and switching out some of the others. Stairs, they are unpleasant, but kinda fun. They help the minutes go by faster, and it was nice to have a bit different of a workout.

Today’s workout was:

Stairs, stairs, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, stairs x2.

I was getting a bit bored, and frustrated feeling like I’m not getting any better at any of my cardio items, but I’m just going to ignore that. I don’t need to get better, I need to keep going. I need to get my heart rate up, sweat, and burn some calories. That’s the goal; I don’t want to get too competitive with myself and get burnt out, or tear myself down.

Calorie intake is below target for the day, so I’m going to eat something.

Evil One, done again – Day 17

Only one more of those until day 85. This makes me excited, but nervous. I can only imagine something worse is in store. But, I’m not going to look ahead. I don’t want to know.

So, my weight loss portion is going really well, and I think I’m not going to count calories today. My favorite show, Sherlock,  is on tonight; there are only three eps per season and the last season was  two years ago. I really want to take the time to savor and enjoy the show because it’s so rare, so I might eat some popcorn, or have a beer, or chips with guac, or even more than one of these. If I don’t allow myself to enjoy food once in a while and enjoy the things I love, eating this way simply won’t be sustainable.

Anyway, feeling good. I hope to get some studying and some writing done today before my stories come on the TV. Hope you are all having a good Sunday, and all your personal health journey’s are going well.

Day 16

I almost didn’t do my cardio today. It was a bit of a long day, and I was super tired after a long week at work. By the time I got round to it, the kids were in bed and I thought, if I do cardio, they’ll wake up. But They didn’t.

I’m not sure where, exactly the motivation came from, but it’s done now, and I’m glad I did. I suppose it could have come from my calorie intake having depended on my doing it. (I should probably exercise BEFORE desert in future…) I think a lot of it had to do with my telling myself I didn’t have to; it’s such a relief to exercise as a daily choice instead of under the pressure of feeling a need to look a certain way for other people.

During my cardio, I actually thought about this a fair bit. One of the reasons I’m remained able to keep going with this challenge is that it is a specified amount of time, and the goal is just to show up for each session. Just do it.

In the past I’ve had goals like “be able to run this far” or “lose this much weight.” Part of the problem these haven’t worked for me is that I have a hard time setting small goals. I don’t want to lose 10 pounds, I want to lose 90. It feels like I’m failing myself if I set a 10 pound goal, but feels like too much to set a 90 pound goal.

I like that with the 90 day challenge, I know that these 90 days are going to pass, and I can choose to do this workout one day, and this workout the next.

I also LOVE not having to go to the gym. One of the things I’ve really hated about exercising in the past is that it is such a production to get ready, drive to the gym, lock up my valuables, workout in front of people, and then drive home. It just adds all that much time to a short workout. Working out in a small clearing next to the TV where strangers can’t even see me is wonderful.

Oh, and for the record, I ate McDonalds and FroYo and didn’t exceed my calorie goal for the day. I are really healthy all week, but weekends are a whole other beast. Good that it’s still possible.

Day 15

Start of week three, and we did a new strength training routine. I thought it was going to be way worse than it turned out to be, but I’ve still got it saved in my interval timer as “Evil One.”  It was actually kind of fun, I can’t lie.

This is unnerving. I shouldn’t enjoy any of the bits of working out. And I guess I don’t really, but I feel strong, and that is something I do enjoy.  I’m beginning to feel so much more mobile, able to move around without my body becoming a burden. I feel like I could play like a child. (well, almost. I can’t keep up with those two.)

So often I have felt like a mind or a person wearing a very heavy body, but I’m beginning to feel like it’s all part of the same whole. I like it.