Summer Routine

I think I’ve had enough of a break. I’ve been sort of winging things on the exercise front since my vacation last month, but it’s time to get back on a regimented schedule of some kind.

To wit–I will be doing 4 weeks of hardcore, cutting-according-to-Swolecat Swolegenix (yes, the diet, too) starting next Monday, followed by 4 weeks of BFL lifting and HIIT workouts with extra cardio (300 minutes total cardio per week) while keeping my diet at approximately 1400-1600 calories per day and my macronutrient ratios between 40/40/20 and 50/30/20 carb/prot/fat. At the end of the eight weeks, I’ll assess my progress and decide if I want to extend the extra cardio (wah!) while changing out my lifting routine, or cut back down to three cardio sessions a week.

I’d like to pick up P90X again after eight weeks, but if I’m on a roll with what is essentially a fusion of Leanness Lifestyle, Body for Life, and Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle at that point, I will most likely just keep it up until I hit goal. I spent a good hour and a half re-working my daily schedule for meals and workouts for the next two months in Palm Desktop, and am now reasonably confident that I have things in order on the fitness and nutrition front. Best of all, my Handbase workout database module is ready to go, so I can track all of these workout types easily when I officially start next week. W00t.

Getting down and dirty with my fitness schedule had the side effect of switching my brain to planning mode, so I wound up re-doing my finances for the rest of the year in Microsoft Money as well. I am financially-projected and planned down to the bi-monthly purchase of Neville and Slinky’s kitty litter now, with automatic transfers to my IRA, 401(k), emergency savings, and house downpayment fund. The only bills I can’t deal with online are my rent check (which I drop off at the apartment complex office when I go to the fitness room for morning cardio) and my cell phone bill, which I have to deposit into my sister’s account manually down here in Florida since she pays the actual bill up in Boston. Her bank doesn’t have any branches up there, so if I sent her the money via Billpay, Wachovia would just mail her a check that she would have to mail right back down here for Wachovia to deposit into her account. Yes, it’s stupid. We both have accounts at the same bank, but I’m not allowed to do an electronic transfer into her account via Billpay. Paypal is always an option, but since we both have premium accounts, eBay gets a cut of every transaction.

The point of that entire last paragraph is that I am now looking at a meticulously-planned and generally rosy financial picture in the near future. There is something so incredibly satisfying about knowing exactly how much you have in the bank(s), when you will be completely free of debt (August, woohoo!), and how well you will be able to live when you retire.

I may have to rethink the sprouting of my theoretical Smart Offspring #1 in 2010 and Smart Offspring #2 in 2012 however, as my projections put my comfortable retirement at age 52 if I have them both on a single income, age 48 if I have just one brilliant, scholarship-bound kiddiepoo, and age 44 if I stick to feline children who do not require college educations. :were:

Nutrition: 1300-1500 calorie low zig zag day

1: 1 c. Kashi Go Lean Crunch
2: 3 oz chicken breast, 2 oz. wheat noodles, 1 c. Romaine/tomatoes, beef noodle broth
3: 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese, 1/2 c. blueberries
4: 3 oz chicken salad, peach
5: 3×1 omelette, peach, 1 c. cabbage/eggplant stir fry
6: Chocolate PB yogurt shake

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum

8:00 PM P90X Legs
9:00 PM P90X Abs
10:00 PM LISS Cardio – Bike (45 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Diverged from planned meals 5 and 6 by chomping on some Balance Go Mix instead.

Brownie Points:
1. Bought eight dozen eggs at Albertsons for 50 cents a dozen.
2. Discovered that local Chamberlin’s sells TVP for only 99 cents a pound.
3. Returned library books.
4. Did HIIT again for the first time in weeks.
5. Located the much-ballyhooed Essensia brand peanut butter at Albertsons. YUMMY.

Short-term Goals:
1. Defrost chicken.
2. Make some fresh salad dressing.
3. Prep some new chicken dishes.
4. Try BFL quiche recipe.
5. Clean out refrigerator and freezer.

8 thoughts on “Summer Routine

  1. Oh you crack me up. But I do agree, planning is a beautiful thing. If only I could get over my complex of organizing… it MUST be some disorder!!! :yuck:

  2. Maggie, you rock 🙂 you seriously amaze and inspire me 😉

    I’m on my second week of BFL and lovin it. I actually made the tortilla soup from the EFL book (slightly modified) and I HIGHLY recommend it. sooo good and the leftovers are fantastic! It seems to be a great way to get my protein in.

    Also, what is this Swolecat Swolegenix thing that you speak of?

  3. Maggie, your future vision is beyond astounding. Once again, you’re my financial and fitness hero. Wow. 😀

    I choose BFL (that’s how I stumbled onto btw) as my guide to help improve my health, energy and all around well being. BFL appears -insofar- to be a great way to make positive changes in how to eat and exercise as well as in a very efficient manner. As I said, insofar, I’m only just within week number 3 and trying like to heck to lock these habits down. Making these changes stick, making them become default is tricky. It is still really hard sometimes, planning isn’t at all in my nature 🙄 but when I do, things just go smoother.

    Aside from BFL and feeling MUCH better about how I spend my time eating and exercising another major goal of mine are my finances. I’m lacking strength there big time. I really like Dave Ramsey’s books FPU (Financial Peace University) about dumping debt and building wealth. Both men, Dave Ramsey and Bill Phillips, stress future vision and making progress everyday by all the little things we do that get us there. You seem to really have mastered that. Sometimes I am so nearsighted -or I lose sight altogether- and that’s hard to deal with. 🙁

    Anyway, it’s always nice to read your blog and see you doing so well. You’re doing it, you live it and I am starting to also. If you don’t mind me asking, how’d you get so good with your money? Where do you get you ability to look and plan so far down the road?

    Thanks again for my muscletank account. I have been using it and I love it. Already I am down 5 lbs.! I haven’t really told anyone I’m doing the BFL Challenge but already yesterday my sister-in-law said right away when stopped by the house “Have you lost weight? Your face looks like it.” :biggrin: So that was funny and cool. It’s working already and someone noticed it in my face. =)

    Take good care! 😉

  4. Hi Maggie! I am looking to start BFL next week, and I had a few questions to which I haven’t found answers. I was hoping that a veteran like yourself might be able to point me to the answers.

    Like you, I like to track each and every macronutrient down to the tenth of a gram. Nowhere have I found what the goal macronutrient ratios are for BFL. From looking at the recommended Myoplex shake, it looked to be 42g protein to 21g carb to 3g fat. Is this what you did in your first BFL challenge to get the progress you did?

    But, I have to admit, it would be nice to be able to just estimate the portions, so that I can save some time each day. But, I don’t quite get the whole fist/palm thing. My fist looks like it should be about 1 cup in volume, but when I look on the BFL website, they say that one serving of brown rice should be 1/2 cup. 😕 Could you clear this up for me?

    And finally, did you eat exactly by the original BFL book to get your success in the first BFL challenge and then start eating along with your 300-recipes PDF file for the ensuing BFL challenges or did you start with the 300-recipes PDF from day 1?

    Oh! One last question… Bill’s book specifically says to do cardio in the morning in the fasted state. What about the workouts. He didn’t say what time specifically to do these. Am I supposed to do them in the morning in the fasted state as well?

    Thanks a lot for your help on this!!! 🙂

  5. Alan, BFL ratios are closer to 40% carb, 40% protein, and 20% fat according to most online sources. I’ve been told that the book also mentions the 40/40/20 ratio, but I’ve never found the page where it does so.

    The palm/fist measure is a good way to estimate things. Foods like rice and bread are pretty dense in calories and carbs, though, which is why the website gives the 1/2 c. serving size guideline. But think of it this way–as a male, you need more calories than a female each day. A female’s hand would be smaller than yours, so her palm/fist portions would be smaller than yours as well. So while most women average 1200-1600 calories per day on BFL using the palm/fist rule, men are closer to 1800-2400 or even a bit more, which is just about right.

    For my first challenge, I used the PDF recipe file. I am way too precision-minded to wing it with palm/fist unless I’m dining out and have no choice but to estimate my portions, and I wanted to know exactly how much I was taking in to get my results. Besides, if you palm/fist too much, you could easily end up eating the most boring combinations of plain chicken breast, 1 c. broccoli, and 1 small sweet potato over and over and over….

    Much easier to use a set of recipes already calculated for BFL ratios and your target calories for fat loss in my opinion!

  6. Thanks for clearing things up for me. I have one other question. I know I’m supposed to do the cardio in the fasted state, but what about the workouts? The BFL book didn’t say what time specifically to do these. Am I supposed to do them in the morning in the fasted state as well?

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