Friday, February 19, 2010

Feelin' smaller everyday.

I am a people watcher. Watch people at the airport, in the restaurant, on the slope... everywhere. I also look to see how I compare. Most of the time, I don't measure up. We are our toughest critics. I try to give myself a break but I am anxious to be happy with what I look like. I can't complain too loudly, when I look down I don't see a massive gut. I am down 14 lbs as of yesterday since the begining of this 52DC winter challenge. Patience grasshopper...

This new little tid-bit of knowledge has encouraged me. It seems, according to Men's Health, that full fat cheese "is an excellent source of casein protein—one of best muscle-building nutrients you can eat". Even 10 ounces a day for 3 weeks didn't budge one study groups bad cholesterol. Not even a cheese lover like me could eat 10 ounces of cheese a day.. Well maybe I could but I don't.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The cookie

It was big, full of chocolate chunks, staring me right in the face. The little sign next to the cookie read that it only contained 430 calories. It was in the front of a display at Starbucks and I had just walked into the store after having a stressfull day. What would it hurt to have one cookie?? I could even have it with a coffee. It would be my little reward for getting through the day. I have been pretty good about watching what I eat during this challenge. There have been celebrations and parties where I passed on cupcakes, brownies and cake. I have slipped once or twice but my cheats now consist of going over the edge ever so slightly, an extra beer or a couple of crackers or pretzels. In previous challenges a cheat day meant like 5000 calories.

I passed on the cookie. I was happy and proud, all of that. I am not saying this to brag because I could fall back into my old habits, easily. I mention this one win because if I can do it, anyone can do it....

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My workout today

I do a superset workout. Here it is:

5 minute warmup/stretch

1. Do a set of each, then rest 45 sec. Three sets total.
Leg Press
370 lbs (10x10x10)
Shoulder Press
115 lbs (8x7x6)

2. Repeat (45 sec rest after doing a set of both excercises)
Dead Lift
135 lbs (9x8x8)
Tricep extension
75 lbs (8x8x8)

3. Repeat (45 sec rest after doing a set of both excercises)
Incline Lat Pull Down
130 lbs (10x8x8)
Leg Cul
130 lbs (8x6x7)

4. Repeat
Dumbell Squats
50lbs in each hand (10x10x10)
Dumbell Tricep Extension
25 lbs in each (10x8x8)

5. Pullups (4x4)