Back is still acting up but I was able to get my HIIT in this morning on the exercise bike. It’s not uncomfortable but the soreness is just there. Tomorrow morning I’m going to go on the treadmill and get some incline walking in. Might be the last exercise for the weekend as we are going away to my parent’s cabin for our anniversary. A well deserved break from it all, especially with what happened today.
We had a couple of inspections done on the house today. The first was a pressure test for the plumbing and that past with no problems. The second was a house inspection and we had a couple of flags come up. I heard about it from work and my stress level went up. We’ve been trying to close on this house for 6 months and it is just crazy how many roadblocks come up. I feel like I’m fighting for my life to get things done and then we wait and wait for others to do there part and then it comes back on us again. After a few phone calls to get our carpenter here and to straighten out some people on why we can’t close on the house on the bills we owe them, I felt some relief. They’ve been sympathetic and understand we’re doing all we can and facing a government system that is just broken. If there was a bag of chips in the house, I don’t know what would have happened to them. So grateful that we had a soccer game to go to and other things that helped get my mind off all the stress of life around this house. I’ll just be glad when it’s over.
It got me thinking about something regarding my exercise. I’ve probably found a lot of comfort with my exercise because it’s something I can control. Something I can do to fix things. Does it fix everything? No. But I see results, in the mirror and on the scale. I’m stronger. It might be why I’m getting more focused with work. Not putting in more hours since there is a cap to the 40 hour week but concentrating on my work. These are something I can control to some degree. It also helps me take a step back and look at this whole house situation. Even with the struggles, I see that we put a great effort into this great house and were able to concentrate on all the details of putting it together. We’re not done yet but it is quite an accomplishment when looking at the big picture.
Yesterday was such a fun day. I really took in the accomplishment of reaching that 40lb mark and reflected what I’ve gone through the last 4 months and where I was 6 months ago. I was remembering how uncomfortable it was to sleep, how much less room I had in the driver’s seat, how tight big clothes felt on me, how I was aware that people might be looking at me because of my weight. Now I’m sitting in my chair in my bedroom with plenty of room on the sides, wearing a shirt that I haven’t worn for 6 years and it fits great, resting after finishing my first 6 mile run in preparation for my 10K that I will run in August. I feel strong physically and mentally. I’m learning that it’s ok to treat myself with some food because of how I’m working out. I need the energy, just as long as I keep the processed stuff in check. Last night I grilled some burgers, eating one along with some potato chips that we made ourselves. We included the skins which has enzymes that helps breakdown the starch that is in potatoes which I’m re-learning can be a healthy food when prepared properly. It felt good to see the scale had not changed this morning after that good meal last night.
I was sore yesterday from yesterday morning’s workout, especially my knees. I went for a walk last night pushing my daughter in the stroller, having the puppy on the leash, and letting my son bike in front of us. It was just 2 miles but I was feeling it afterward. Had to have a soak last night because I really wanted to get things loosened up for today’s run. Woke up less sore but I’ll probably feel it later today. I’ll just take it easy on the knees for the rest of the weekend. If I do exercise, it will be on the exercise bike or an actual bike.
It just feels great to be at this moment. I think I’m going to break down my goals now to 10lb goals. No rewards. The feeling of accomplishment is reward enough.
As the day as gone on, my back has gotten a lot worse. I think I have to be really careful with stretching before and after these longer runs, probably with the shorter runs too. So glad I have a day off tomorrow.
Today was my off day from exercising but not from sticking with my diet. My body has gotten used to waking up at 5 so even though I could have slept til 6 it didn’t happen. No snacking today. No desire to snack. I kept very busy at work today with diving deep into some interesting projects that I like and I made sure that I focused on drinking water whenever I could. The funny thing is that part of it was how I felt in one of my favorite shirts. I felt very confident.
Tonight was an active night. I coached another soccer game and made sure that as a ref I closely followed the plays. After that we went to my parent’s to celebrate my mom’s birthday. My parent’s still had not come back yet so I took the kids out to see the cows and the garden. Once they arrived I played hard with the 4 young kids. Once we got home I helped get the kids ready for bed and then went for a 20 minute session on the exercise bike. Nothing intense but I got a sweat going.
I’m in a better place. I read a blog post from Southbeach Steve tonight about the sun is shining which summed up the day nicely. Even though I’ve been hard on myself the last few days, I’m making progress and staying on track to reach my goals. It is time to make hay. But first I have to get the cows back in the pasture.
It bugs me a little that when I’m on a treadmill or exercise bike, that I’m not burning exactly what they say. It really hit me when I started using my brother’s exercise bike. I could burn 700 calories in 40 minutes but it never asked me for my weight like our treadmill does. Yesterday morning I did some research and found this great little article that helped ease my mind. It’s short and quick and gives me the right mindset for what I’m burning while doing exercises on the machines.
Another short post because there is just not enough time in the day. TV is completely out of the window nowa days unless it was like last night when my wife and I were in the hot tub, watching a half hour of a Biography program. Life is so different now with activities and exercises and my mind has accepted it. No, it has embraced it. It really is a new life.
Tonight, to mix things up, I tried the Biggest Loser yoga workout for weight loss on recommendation from my sister. I never thought I could sweat by not moving around much. I think I’m going to buy a copy. It worked out muscles that I don’t get to usually, it helps train my balance, and I need to be more flexible physically. I don’t know if it’s as good a workout as my other circuit training but it should be good to do once a week.
This morning was a pretty good workout. I got 6 HIIT in before my wife came down so I went on the bike and burned over 600 calories total. I know my body is stronger but I feel week. It seems to take so much energy to get through these workouts. Maybe it’s because I am pushing myself just a little bit harder but it feels like I should just break through this and not struggle so much. But that’s ok. Bring it on.
This week I’ve been trying to do new stuff to work out to be more efficient in my workouts and finding new ways to push my body.
The first thing I did was start using my brother’s exercise bike. At first it was just seeing how hard I could push it but as I went on I found out how much it was pushing me. I’ve had two workouts on it where I’ve burned 600 cal in 36 minutes and it made me sweat like never before. The great thing about it is the heart rate monitor where I can see if I’m in the burn zone or not. I grunt a lot on it and there is a lot more in how to push myself on it. Finally the treadmill gets a break. I’ve been thinking about how we use that thing and it’s nice to have another exercise to do and keeping the pounding away from the treadmill.
On the treadmill I’ve upped my HIIT. Now I’m at the max of 10MPH and doing 10 reps. Pretty soon I’ll go up to the next step which may shorten my rest time between reps.
And then on my circuit training I’ve eliminated the steps, doing shorter reps but more circuits. The first 2 times I did 10 sets of 5 reps and tonight I did 15 sets of 5 reps. Here’s what that includes:
Traditional push-ups (I’m finally doing them off the floor)
Plank (30 seconds each)
The weight ones are with 10lb weights. Still no interest in increasing the weights, just looking to continue to tone the muscles.
Sometimes it’s scary to think I might run out of new exercises but then again I’m a long way from that. I’ve got several books with exercises that I haven’t tried yet and there are so many varients of the exercises I already do that I have not done yet. Let’s just keep it going.