Fitness Journal C3W3D4

Thoughts: Like so many others this time of year, I am a little bit under the weather. I’ve been fighting off a very light cough and some congestion since last Tuesday, and the sleep deprivation of the past week due to work, Everquest 2, social obligations and Neville the Ninja Kitty attacking me every morning at 5:30 am hasn’t helped my recovery very much.

I actually thought about dropping out of my HIIT run this morning after the first two sets of intervals. After about 5 seconds, I realized I was just being a shammer, wasn’t REALLY that tired and finished it up at my normal speeds in spite of the wheezing sounds coming from my stuffed up nose. To tell you the truth, I’ve been using the same intervals so long that I probably need to increase my speeds again. The first ten minutes always suck major gluteus maximus, but by the end of the third set of intervals I’ve warmed up and can tackle the rest without a hitch.

HIIT is nice, but it’s annoying that I don’t even feel warmed up and in the correct stride until I’m more than halfway through it. Maybe I will try to do a light jog for 10 minutes Saturday before I do HIIT just to see if that helps me get a more realistic gauge of my perceived exertion. No wonder I always blew on my two mile PT test runs in the Army–I apparently can’t get into a good running groove in under 10 minutes, which left me about 8 minutes to actually finish my run.

I’m really dreading tomorrow’s LBWO because it’s time for the high-rep Oxygen leg workout again. The thought of crippling myself right at the start of my week off from work just doesn’t appeal for some reason. 😉 (I’m going to go ahead and do it of course. I’m just going to moan and whine about it for at least 3 days afterwards.0

Nutrition (1400-1600 calorie low zigzag day)
1: 3×1 veggie omelette with navel orange
2: 1/2 Uno’s grilled lemon pepper salmon salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and 2 tangerines
3: Blackberry cheesecake bar
4: Cottage cheese and blueberries
5: Bennigan’s Grilled Chicken Caesar salad (subbed fat-free Honey Dijon dressing) with roll
6: Chocolate protein pudding and tangerine

Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil

Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = 2162 / +141 (target -500)
Water: 13 cups
Ratios: 34% carb / 37% protein / 29% fat

8:30 AM HIIT run (4 mph warm up, 4.5, 6, 7, 8 mph intervals, 9.5 mph max, 4.5 mph cool down)
8:50 AM steady state (5 minutes elliptical at level 5, 5 minutes rowing machine)

10:30 PM Mat pilates level 4 DVD

The Awful Truth:
1. LOL…my “carb” with last night’s final parmesan glazed chicken meal turned out to be about 3/4 c. of mini marshmallows. 😛
2. Didn’t get enough sleep last night and was dragging during HIIT this morning.

Brownie Points:
1. Got to my dental appointment on time.
2. Gave the new jump rope a try this morning.

Short-term Goals:
1. Do the dishes.
2. Bake banana bread from Oxygen Magazine recipe using Atkins low carb bake mix and a few of the scary black bananas on kitchen counter.
3. Modify old watercolor painting of some elven archers.
4. Do a prelim sketch for this year’s holiday card design.

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