Of Exercise and Rice

I thought the Legs and Back workout was slated for today, but fortunately it was Shoulders/Back/Abs instead, because to be perfectly frank, my back, chest, and abs are NOT ready for more pull-ups yet. I still try to do at least one as I go past the bar at home, but it is just not happening at the moment. I have Yoga X for 90 minutes tomorrow, and then the Legs/Back/Abs combo on Saturday.

Shoulders and Arms was a decent workout, though I am still trying to decide whether I want to use the bands or dumbbells with it. There are two sets of 15 (or maybe 12?) different exercises performed for 8-16 reps each. The exercises are performed in groups of three. You perform three exercises, then repeat the mini series again before moving on to the next group of three exercises. As usual, there is one demonstrator on screen showing you how to perform the exercise using resistance bands instead of dbells. Because I don’t have 7.5, 12.5, or 17.5 lb dbells right now, I’m playing with my resistance bands for certain exercises where 5, 10, and 15 lbs are too low, but the next increment up is too high.

I’m fighting the urge to do extra cardio right now as I am feeling some major creatine and carb bloat from my switch to 50/30/20 and the reintroduction of the GNC Creastack after almost 8 weeks on Swolegenix. Intellectually I know I am burning enough calories with just my P90X workouts to create a deficit as long as I stick to my planned meals, but Hooah Drill Sergeant Maggie keeps urging me to just do 20-30 minutes of treadmill time every evening just for insurance. The drive to do more cardio is a novel thing for me and is probably just a wacky side effect of bumping up my carb intake. No doubt it will go away in another week or two. 😉 If not, I don’t think it would hurt to run or bike a bit three days a week on the cardio/stretch P90X days if I have excess energy.

Another option that’s open to me is to do the P90X phase 1 fat burner diet, which is somewhat low carb. Alternately, I could go back on SGX’s eating patterns for the next two weeks to jumpstart the fat loss a bit. I think in the end I will wind up mixing things up depending how I feel each day.

I’m faithfully logging my meals into my handy dandy PDA again using Diet and Exercise Assistant. I slacked off a bit with tracking in the past few months, but it’s becoming clear to me that I need a running log of my intake and output if I want to achieve the best results regardless of which plan I’m using.

I’m also experimenting with one Chinese meal each day–3-4 oz. grilled/sauteed lean meat, poultry or fish, 1/2 cup white rice (because I ran out of brown and have a huge 20 lb bag of white in the pantry), and 1 c. of veggies. I’ll be making a variety of stir-fries with these ingredients, substituting Splenda for sugar, cooking spray for peanut oil, and low sodium soy sauce for the regular soy. It is anathema to me to use the words “white rice” and “in moderation” in the same sentence, but I am going to give it a try for a few months. Yes, this Asian gal is going to attempt to eat (yummy, sticky, jasmine-infused) white rice in moderation while cutting. I find it a lot easier to resist true junk like candy and cookies when I can actually have what my Taiwanese tummy truly craves–RICE. I actually get the same blissful zing from a bowl of rice and some savory stir-fry that Western foodies get from pizza, chocolate, and ice cream.

Weird, eh?

My cats got through their ordeal at the vet without any lingering psychological trauma. Slinky even got back into his carrier voluntarily this morning and took a nap while I was doing abs. I was a bit surprised to learn that Slinky was now up a pound to 13 pounds, and my baby boy Neville is a 14 pound bubba cat. Sheesh. No wonder I need to head to the bathroom every morning when he jumps on my lower abs! It’s like a 14 pound medicine ball hitting me in the bladder.

Nutrition: 1700 calorie low zig zag day

1: Dex/whey/Creastack PWO shake; 3 T. raisins
2: 3×1 brocc/zucchini omelette and large navel orange
3: 3.5 oz. grilled pollock, 1 c. veggies in oyster sauce, 1/2 c. rice
4: Myoplex Lite Bar – Peanut Caramel Crisp
5: Oatmeal tuna salad with 1/2 banana
6: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and large navel orange

Total: 1614 calories, 53.5% carb, 33.4% protein, 17.2% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D

Water: 16 cups minimum

7:45 AM P90X Shoulders and Arms w/ Ab Ripper X :biggrin:
3:00 PM 1 mile walk (4 mph / 15 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Erm…finished off the last of the Great Grains cereal. No more Great Grains. No more Kashi. No more grainy stuff that comes in a BOX. Only tubes of oats from now on, dang it!

Brownie Points:
1. Got to the vet 10 minutes early! (This is a minor miracle for me. I am habitually 30 minutes late everywhere because I have a faulty subconscious belief that I have the ability to bend time.)
2. Made some really yummy stir-fried veggies in oyster sauce from the leftover veggie platter from work dinner last night.
3. Haven’t had any Red Vines, Hershey’s Miniatures, or cookies from work this week. Will not have any junk this weekend either. Am tired of recovering from free day bloat. Blah.

Short-term Goals:
1. Create HanDbase Palm module to track P90X workouts. Yes, I am that nerdy.
2. Deposit FSA check.
3. Work on paper doll project.
4. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
5. Clean the kitchen.

7 thoughts on “Of Exercise and Rice

  1. Maggie,

    Do you live in a palace without servants in Peiping and have more checks put away in drawers than Einstein used to put away? I mean, you’ve been cleaning your bathroom (or bathrooms? ) and kitchen (or kitchens?) and depositing your check (or checks?) for several days now!

    La Rue

  2. Those items are secondary to getting some art work done for the May show at this point. I’m leaving them up until I do knock them out. Priorities!

    Also, the bathroom was done yesterday. 😉

  3. Seems to me that if you eat that white sticky rice in you post workout lifting meal that might be actually good. I poured maple syrup over something last week post workout in the name of delivering glycogen:whistle:

  4. Roo–I’m working with two other artists on a coloring/paper doll book with a fantasy theme for Ellen Million Graphics. EMG already prints fantasy/sci-fi coloring books, but a while back I proposed the paper doll idea since I remembered how much I enjoyed playing with them as a kid. The first book in what will hopefully become a series is going to feature fairy girls.

    Jojo–That was what I was thinking. 😉 I am also seriously thinking about doing Hong Kong beef noodle soup as another PWO option. I’ll just have to use WW spaghetti instead of the regular noodles. :eat:

  5. How do you feel the P90 works for the abs? My boss is hell bent on getting the perfect abs and has purchased every infomercial abs gizmo ever invented. She purchased P90 based on the infomercial, seeing the abs on the models. Can she even say “gullible?” LOL… P90 looks to be intense, besides a tough LBW, how does the abs department fare? Perhaps you’ve said but I’ve been out of my mind lately.

  6. Well, P90 is a separate program than P90X and a bit less maniacally hardcore, so I don’t know how your boss’s program compares, though there are quite a few impressive before/afters from her program.

    The 20 minute “Ab Ripper X” workout really is pretty killer. I actually stop it about halfway through to let my burning abs recover a bit before doing this absolutely painful exercise they call a V-Up Roll Up. The P90X emphasis on push-ups and pull-ups on chest and back day also works the abs pretty hard, albeit indirectly. When I did the ab workout following the chest and back workout Tuesday, I was already pretty close to muscle failure because I NEVER do push-ups on my knees. It takes a lot of core strength to keep knocking out push-ups and pull-ups for an hour. :crazy:

    It was easier today since I only worked shoulders and arms.

    You actually work abs three times a week in the first month since you are supposed to do the ab workout after each of the three resistance workouts. Whether the program will produce killer abs on me remains to be seen. I’ll let you know in another 86 days or so. 😆

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