2006 C1D7: One Week

I’m two meals away from completing my first week on Kim’s program. I didn’t take circumference measurements, but here are my weight and body fat stats so far:

Start (2/8/06): 140.0 lbs, 21.5% bf
Current (2/15/06): 137.4 lbs, 20.5% bf

I’ve been eating the same basic meals every day this past week and checking off each workout in my planner, which just goes to show that consistency in diet and exercise really are the keys to making progress. It seems that I can work out all I want, but if I don’t keep accurate tabs on my food intake, I just wind up maintaining. This being the case, I’ll probably never be able to just eye things as suggested by the Body-for-Life book. I get the best results when I log, calculate, and track every bite, or at least stick to food combos and recipes with known statistics.

I guess I’ll just have to save the variety for maintenance months.

🙄

I’m heading out tonight after work to meet up with Guava and maybe Chameleon from the John Stone Fitness Forums before Saturday’s official Orlando JSF Cheat Meal with the other local and visiting board members. I always have a jolly time when I meet other fitness nuts; it makes me feel like I’m almost normal.

Tomorrow night will be a quick stop at the company happy hour at Kitty O’Shea’s followed by the weekly Sketchsouth drawing group at B&N. I should be able to get in meal 5 before the company function and munch meal 6 at the B&N cafe with no problems. The tricky part will be to get up early enough in the morning to knock out my scheduled weights and cardio with an additional 20 minutes of make-up cardio on top of it all.

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2/14/06 Report
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)
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Nutrition:

Meals – On plan
Water – 15 cups

Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

6 days down, 78 more to go!

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Workout:

Weights – Done
Cardio – Postponed until Wednesday/Saturday due to time constraints

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The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing!

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Brownie Points:
1. Stayed on plan even during Valentine’s dinner. 🙂
2. Updated Palm calendar with new training and nutrition plan entries.
3. Down 1% body fat and 2.5 lbs in one week.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.
7. Finish veggie planting and put in flowers.
8. Work on being more consistent with sleep.

So much for romance…

Just because it IS Valentine’s Day, and Kyra had this quiz posted….


Your Candy Heart Says “Get Real”


You’re a bit of a cynic when it comes to love.
You don’t lose your head, and hardly anyone penetrates your heart.

Your ideal Valentine’s Day date: is all about the person you’re seeing (with no mentions of v-day!)

Your flirting style: honest and even slightly sarcastic

What turns you off: romantic expectations and “greeting card” holidays

Why you’re hot: you don’t just play hard to get – you are hard to get

2006 C1D6: Evening Energy

I normally prefer to do cardio in the mornings on an empty stomach. This isn’t because of any perceived increase in fat-burning, but a simple matter of cargo weight.

I can’t run comfortably with 4-5 meals already in my system and the remnants of my last meal sloshing around my stomach at 7 pm.

This is why yesterday’s after work gym session was so unusual. I’d already eaten 5 meals by the time I got to the gym, but I decided to risk the treadmill for a 35 minute run anyway since meal 5 had been eaten over 2 hours before. I hopped on the treadmill, plugged into my Guitar Hero workout mix, and proceeded to run the easiest half hour of my entire life.

For the first time in months I actually felt efficient when I ran instead of merely resigned.

Very curious. I may try the experiment again on Thursday.

The diet continues to go well, though it has yet to stand the test of PMS when my carb cravings usually go a bit haywire. I’m keeping my focus very tight on this challenge because I really want the best results possible in May. I’m squashing the temptation to tweak things on my own and simply doing the plan exactly as given to me.

It’s almost too easy right now. Having the same meal plan every day (and no free day) means that I have been gliding along on auto-pilot just as I had hoped I would. My meals and workouts are all printed out in booklet form so I can refer to them whenever I feel like it, but for the most part I just devote two hours on Sunday to bulk cooking and an hour or two each day to following through with the workouts. No more worries about junk food at work (like the Valentine cupcakes and cinnamon rolls near my desk today) and calculating whether I can have some if I cut out one of my regular meals. If it’s not on the plan, I just don’t eat it.

I do realize that this lack of variety and strict adherence to very specific macros and calorie totals isn’t sustainable as a permanent lifestyle, at least not one that I would find enjoyable. However, I CAN do this for the 12 weeks in order to reach a specific goal.

And trust me–I *will*.

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2/13/06 Report
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)
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Nutrition:

Meals – On plan
Water – 16 cups

Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

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Workout:

Weights – Done
Cardio – Done

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The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing!

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Brownie Points:
1. Did cardio right after work before going home and vegetating.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.
7. Finish veggie planting and put in flowers.

2006 C1D5: Cardio Is Almost Fun

The true reason that Planet Fitness rocks isn’t the admittedly super-low monthly fee of $10, though that certainly ranks high on my list. For me, PF’s most appealing asset is the row of shiny new treadmills equipped with dual personal fans.

I am not saying that running is any more fun just because I get to push a button and be instantly rewarded with a gust of cool air, but it sure does make it a great deal more pleasant, especially during HIIT running sessions when I feel like the top of my head and the soles of my feet are burning up.

The ellipticals and bicycles, alas, lack this wonderful amenity, which might explain why my Mizuno-shod feet keep carrying me toward the treadmill row for cardio.

I saw a sign on the bulletin board announcing that the group fitness room will be converted into a cardio studio soon. I’ve been told that cardio studios are the way to go, but if there aren’t any fans on the equipment, I really don’t know if I can spend 30+ minutes in a poorly-ventilated room with a dozen cardio bunnies.

2/12/06 Report
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)
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Nutrition:

Meals – On plan
Water – 11 cups

Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

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Workout:

Weights – Rest Day
Cardio – Rest Day

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The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing!

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Brownie Points:
1. Cooked even MORE chicken.
2. Finally replaced inkjet printer cartridges so I can print in color again.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.
7. Finish veggie planting and put in flowers.

2006 C1D4: Chugging Along

I’m on day four of this 12 week cycle today, and I am already feeling and seeing some changes. It’s true that going back to any regular workout schedule and adhering to any reasonable diet at a caloric deficit after two months of only putting in 50% effort would have noticeable effects on my body at this point, but psychologically it is always motivating to have my deltoids show up again after just half a week of consistent effort, hah!

I really enjoy my nutrition plan at the moment. It’s a clean diet with a list of authorized foods that takes into account my likes, dislikes, and lactose-intolerance issue. Fortunately for me (and probably one of the biggest factors in my ability to keep at this fitness stuff in the long term), I like most healthy foods. Check out the Body-for-Life list of authorized foods sometime. The only foods I do NOT like from that list are cottage cheese (:yuck:) and regular low-fat cheese (:crazy:).

I actually think that my meal plan looks like a modified version of what I listed on my client profile questionnaire as a typical day’s worth of meals. It’s cleaner, and the macros are shifted around a bit, but it isn’t so much of a departure from my regular BFL-style meals that I’ve had any issues sticking to it. I literally count the minutes until meal 4 after I’ve had my lunch; I like meal 4 that much. :whistle:

As for the workouts, they have been challenging. I am sore in a number of key muscle groups in my upper body from just two days of following the routines, which is always a nice feeling. The only negative is that they take a bit longer to complete than my SGX routines, so I’ve had to re-do my morning schedule a bit. Bedtime will now be 11 pm at the latest, and my butt will be in the gym by 7 AM every day.

Kim told me that my current program was something of a baseline. How I do on it over the next two weeks before I send him updated stats and photos will determine what the next set of customized nutrition and workout guidelines (including amount of cardio) will entail.

As I really do not want to send in bad pics and have some of the (clean) goodies in my current meal plan taken away (I remember Amyella’s posts about this from last year), I am going to be a complete stickler about following the program, even if I have to pass up Chinese sausage and rice (from Mom and Dad), Donato’s pizza (ordered by Chris), and homemade white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies (at my friend Joel’s birthday party) as I did yesterday.

I just have to remind myself that all of those foods will still be there in 11.5 weeks if I still want them then. If I indulge now however, what *won’t* be there in 11.5 weeks is the physique I’m shooting for with this program.

2/10/06 and 2/11/06 Reports
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)
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Nutrition:

2/10
Meals – On plan
Water – 16 cups

2/11
Meals – On plan
Water – 10 cups

Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

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Workout:

2/10
Weights – Missed due to time constraints; make up session on Saturday
Cardio – Done

2/11
Weights – Done (Friday’s scheduled workout)
Cardio – Done (Thursday make up)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing!

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Brownie Points:
1. Went grocery shopping again.
2. Cooked chicken.
3. Planted 80% of my veggie patch.
4. Didn’t nibble on any unauthorized foods from Mom’s house, Chris’s pizza, or Joel’s birthday party on Saturday.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.
7. Finish veggie planting and put in flowers.

2006 C1D2: The New Program

I received my new training and nutrition routines Wednesday morning and did my first phone consultation with Kim Oddo that same night to go over the specifics of my workouts and diet.

In case the name sounds familiar, yes, he is the trainer that Amyella (and dozens of other figure competitors) works with to get into competition shape. And no, I am not doing his pre-comp program.

I’m way too cheap to pay hundreds of dollars for the rhinestone bikinis, uber-dark tan-in-a-bottle and acrylic Cinderella heels needed to succeed on a figure competition stage. I’ll just have to get my stage jollies singing karaoke for now. 😉

Since I agreed not to reveal my diet and training regimens while working with Kim, I’ll just be reporting whether or not I hit my program targets for the day before and how I’m feeling and doing on the program…

…and maybe how much it is costing me in groceries every week to follow the plan.

2/9/06 Report
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)
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Nutrition:

Meals – On plan, but missed meal 6
Water – 18 cups
Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

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Workout:
Weights – Done
Cardio – Missed; make up session on Saturday

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The Awful Truth:
1. Missed meal 6 while out at Gran Cru doing karaoke.
2. Underestimated time required to do new training routine and had to postpone cardio.

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Brownie Points:
1. Went grocery shopping.
2. Stocked break room fridge at work with staples for new plan.
3. Only drank water and did not have a single Goldfish cracker at Gran Cru.
4. Did Journey’s “Separate Ways” last night and made it through all the high notes without embarrassing myself. 😆

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Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Cook chicken.
7. Plant snow and sugar snap peas.
8. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.

Guitar ‘N Karaoke Genius

Ever since I started playing Guitar Hero, I’ve kind of wished they’d show the song lyrics on the screen in addition to the guitar notes and chords. Sure, most of the folks playing the game like it because they can’t (or are too embarrassed) to sing, and Guitar Hero lets you get your jam on without having to open your mouth.

For a karaoke junkie like me, though, playing the GH guitar controller isn’t enough after a while when the songs become familiar.

I want to belt out Judas Priest’s You’ve Got Another Thing Coming at the same time, dang it.

It’s right in my range.

Until Harmonix puts out a crossovery Guitar Hero/Karaoke Revolution title, however, I may just have to create a set up like this game writer did for “I Love Rock And Roll”–two game consoles, two televisions, Guitar Hero, and Karaoke Revolution Party.

How To Rock Two Games At Once

For now, I’m just going to put Judas Priest on single song repeat on iTunes until I’ve got it down pat for Thursday’s first karaoke night at Gran Cru.

:prop:

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Nutrition:
1: Dextrose, whey, and creatine PWO shake
2: Brownie (Free meal)
3: Sashimi lunch combo
4: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1 apple
5: 2/3 c. yogurt cheese, 2 T. sugar free strawberry preserves
6: 4.5 oz. turkey patty wrapped in Romaine lettuce, 2 T. ketchup, 1 c. raw zucchini and squash slices

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter

Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
8:00 AM HIIT Run – 20 minutes (4.5-9.0 mph)
4:30 PM LISS Walk – 20 minutes
8:00 PM LISS Cardio – Elliptical/Bike/Treadmill (45 minutes)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Did taxes instead of second round of cardio last night.

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Brownie Points:
1. Tax return is almost complete.
2. Made new workout mix CD.
3. Made more yochee.
4. Sliced up squash and zucchini.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Cook chicken.
7. Plant snow and sugar snap peas.