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Time to Revamp the Workout Schedule
by Amanda (widowspeak)
at 18th September 2007 (14:11)
determined

Right now I am: determined
current ch00n: Fatboy Slim--Wonderful Night

Why?

Because some silly man named John slipped a huge ring on my left hand last Wednesday. :D

That's right: I'm getting married! *squee!*

As much as I hate to admit it, I really don't want my pictures to look crappy, so I feel it is time to step up the workout routine to the next level. So far, I have been doing 30 minutes of DDR Supernova in Workout Mode three times a week. This, I feel, is not enough anymore. My short term goal is to move up to doing 30 minutes of DDR five times a week by this time in October.

Beyond that, my exercise goals are as follows:

1--Start switching up my routine between DDR Supernova and our new copy of DDR Extreme 2, to ensure variety and curb boredom.

2--By November 18th, I intend to integrate Yourself Fitness back into the my routine twice a week.

3--Starting November 30th, I plan to add some sort of weight training to my schedule. (Right now, all I can afford to use as weights are gallon water jugs and our ABC fire extinguisher. Hey, it's worked in the past. *shrug*)

4--By New Year's Day, I aim to be doing five 45-minute workout sessions a week.

5--By Valentine's Day, I will be doing four to five 1-hour workout sessions a week.

Food wise, I've already been cutting most of the refined sugars and HFCS from my diet. (NOT EASY.) I've replaced my flavored non-dairy creamer for half-and-half and sugar-free vanilla syrup in my coffee every morning. (Fewer calories that way.) I am trying to up my water intake from five 8-ounce servings a day to eight, but it is really tough not to get bored with it.

I have also increased my vegetable intake from three servings a day to six. J and I have been adding vegetables in the usual places, such as pasta sauces, soups, and the like, but also in some unusual places too, like breads and even in some of the low-carb cookies I've made recently. (Also, steamed cauliflower pureed and added to mashed potatoes with some cheese really doesn't taste all that bad.)

Fruits, however, are still an issue. Honestly, it is a texture thing. I have always preferred getting my fruit intake from juice rather than eating fresh. But I'm working on it. I think I'll start slowly by adding half a banana to my cereal or smoothie in the morning. Blueberries are my thing right now, so those always go in, but I need to branch out more.

Now I'm rambling, so I think that means it's time to stop typing. Later days.

Comments

Posted by: Eurii (eurii)
Posted at: 18th September 2007 18:41 (UTC)

congrats on the engagement!! :D

And that sounds like a great plan. Also, I don't think there is anything wrong with getting your fruit from juices, as long as it is real fruit juice and not concentrate.

Posted by: Amanda (widowspeak)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 16:20 (UTC)

No concentrates for me! I'm a 100% juice kind of girl. Straight from the farm, if I can swing it. ;)

Posted by: amy (cest_amy)
Posted at: 19th September 2007 02:49 (UTC)

First off, congrats on the engagement! Yay, exciting!

For the water, to make it more interesting, you can either add Crystal Light (or the grocery store equivalent) to make it taste good or you can drink it out of a water bottle. I've found that I drink TONS more water if it's from my Nalgene or Camelbak bottles.

Also, if you can get ahold of some Weight Watchers recipes, they actually taste amazingly good, and they work wonders. My mom loves it, and my best friend is doing it too. I've eaten tons of recipes of my moms, and I can't tell the difference! But the basic principle is cut down on the carbs, eat more protein, since it fills you up, and don't go too low on the calories.

Oh, and with the fruits, go for smoothies. As long as you get them, it doesn't matter how! Smoothies are way better, anyways. Try banana strawberry, heavy on the strawberry. Or banana blueberry. Yummy!

Posted by: Amanda (widowspeak)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 16:14 (UTC)

As long as you get them, it doesn't matter how!

I like your style. ;) I have a very European approach to food: If it doesn't taste good, I'm sure has hell not going to eat it. Oh, and I'm a firm believer that broccoli is nothing more than a conveyor for cheese. :P

Posted by: amy (cest_amy)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 18:07 (UTC)

It's a very good style! I didn't know that the "only good tasting food" was European. I guess I'm European.

Broccoli is a very good conveyor for ranch dressing, too. And surprisingly some of the low or no fat ones taste good. Occasionally it tastes good plain, but normally...definitely a conveyor for other things!

Posted by: Amanda (widowspeak)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 19:25 (UTC)

Oh, I wasn't trying to imply that other cultures and continents don't have good-tasting food! Sorry if that's how it came across.

I stole that bit from a comic from the late 1990's. . .damned if I can remember who she is now, though. :P Basically, its "insert any other flavorful food nation HERE" type of joke. It is in response to all those American food gurus from the 1980's who kept saying things like, "No, of course you can't put cheese on your broccoli/asparagus/salad! That defeats the whole purpose!" It is hard to pin down where the "you can't eat anything tasty and still lose weight" philosophy came from, but most folks agree that it is a very American idea.

Yeah, sorry, if it doesn't taste good, not eating it. Even if it means I'll be 250+ pounds FOREVER. Not gonna happen. :P

Posted by: amy (cest_amy)
Posted at: 21st September 2007 03:06 (UTC)

I didn't think you meant that at all...I missed a couple of words when I typed that out. What I meant was "I didn't know that Europeans only ate good tasting food." It was something to that effect. My brain is currently scrambled, like very scrambled eggs. My daughter was up all night sick, and I was trying to study for two tests today at the same time. Result? No sleep for me, not much studying done.

I agree that the whole idea of good food= being fat being American. It really is. Just look at Europe...no where near as fat as America. And oh boy is their food good. Especially Germany. I was in heaven the three weeks I was there.

P.S. I'm watching House, and there was a very creepy stalker-psycho shot of him. ::shivers::

Posted by: The Great Queen (jesterneko)
Posted at: 19th September 2007 05:56 (UTC)

congrats! woo!

i'm trying to do 30 minutes of DDR every day! it's hard. it was 10 pm before i got in 20, and i felt like that was enough for now. i have...DDR Max and Max 2, and i like to do 15 minutes on one and 15 on the other. i REALLY want a copy of Yourself! Fitness, but i can't find one in stores! ugh.

it is NOT easy to cut sugar! ugh, it sucks. i'm doing that right now. it gets better after the first week. also, unless you need the caffeine, switch your coffee to decaf. caffeine leeches all the water out of you, it's awful. AND! i've found nonfat half-and-half. i don't know how they make it, but oh god, yum.

for your water, drink some decaf tea instead, or drink through a funny straw. i drink tons now :D

i am opposite you on the veggies and fruit. i hate veggies. love cauliflower, broccoli, peas...that's about it. for fruits, smoothies are definitely the way to go. i wouldn't drink too much juice...i had a superfood today(if you haven't had one, omg yum), and it had 25g of sugar in it.

i just got a blender and i am wearing it out. banana and strawberry with vanilla yogurt is SO GOOD. i blend strawberries, bananas, oranges(though i dunno about that with you if texture's a problem, the fiber doesn't blend all that great), apples, blueberries, raspberries...hopefully, i can do mango one day. yum. and i make like...24 oz and sip on it all morning. especially good for you if you add a fiber or protein powder.

Posted by: Amanda (widowspeak)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 16:19 (UTC)

As to the sugar, we had been on a low-carb diet earlier in the year, but it was causing us acid reflux issues so we stopped doing it hard-core. However, a lot of the habits stayed with us.

Sugar substitute in our coffee. Low carb pasta from Dreamfields. (Strangely, we like it better than traditional pasta. *shrugs*) Lots of fiber. Drinking lots of liquids.

Now if we could just get the kitchen table cleared off and start eating a proper sit-down once a day. . .I found that we ate better and slower when we weren't in front of the TV.

Posted by: The Great Queen (jesterneko)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 23:26 (UTC)

i hate sugar substitute -.- i just use soy or go without it. for pasta, i go for whole-wheat and avoid bagels at work.

totally feeling you on the sit-down meal. cuz my boyfriend and i eat in front of the tv and i look over 10 minutes into dinner and it's like DAMN! already finished.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 20th September 2007 23:26 (UTC)

i hate sugar substitute -.- i just use soy or go without it. for pasta, i go for whole-wheat and avoid bagels at work.

totally feeling you on the sit-down meal. cuz my boyfriend and i eat in front of the tv and i look over 10 minutes into dinner and it's like DAMN! already finished.

Posted by: The Great Queen (jesterneko)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 23:27 (UTC)

i wasn't logged in when i did this one O.o weird. you can delete these XD

Posted by: Amanda (widowspeak)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 16:22 (UTC)

P.S.--You might want to try Overstock.com to see if they have any copies of Yourself Fitness left. That's where John got ours.

Posted by: The Great Queen (jesterneko)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 23:27 (UTC)

oh, i know they have it...i've seen it on Target.com too, and Walmart...i just don't wanna pay $30+ for it just yet.

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Posted by: Amanda (widowspeak)
Posted at: 20th September 2007 16:16 (UTC)

*lol* That's funny!

Lucky for us, everyone knows we've been working out more since about April, so ramping up my workout isn't totally unexpected. And yeah, while I was saying I didn't care about losing weight, I am. Not a whole lot, as I am more concerned about my arms and legs looking good, but you have to work on the whole package, you know?

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