Faith Fitness and Laughter

Off Their Rockers and Self

It’s Wednesday 🙂    Has it been a good week for you so far??  As I set here typing this up I am watching Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.  This show is hilarious!!!  Have you seen it?

 

I picked up the new Self Magazine today, (the one with Bethenny Frankel on it), and it has some great stuff in it!  One of the things that really caught my eye was this Drop 10 Plan.  Self even has a link on their web-site with tons of recipes, fitness, and food tips.

Another reason this interests me is because I have about 10-15 pounds that I would love to lose.  Here’s the thing.  It’s not really for vain reasons.  I just feel uncomfortable.  I have just been struggling on how to approach this journey in my life.  I have done this before, I know how to lose the weight, but it’s seems to be different this time.  I am not sure why it is, but it is.

Crazy as it sounds, I feel like I am having to start from scratch.  To sort of re-educate myself about fitness and health.  I do love a challenge though. 🙂

I have always been told (and read) that the best way to lose weight is cardio, cardio, cardio.  One of the sections in the Self magazine lays out this HIIT (high intensity interval training) treadmill workout.  What does it include??  Sprints.  As I read this, I was like…..”there is no way!” I have never even attempted sprints!  But you know what?  I am going to do it!  My question is this?   If I do treadmill sprints, should I still do different cardio workouts?  Or, work in some strength training?  My thought would be strength training.  Just wanted your opinion.  🙂

 

I tried to cut some calories from my breakfast this morning by using the PB2 instead of my Dark Chocolate Dreams on my GF toast.

 

Breakfast:

 

Gluten-free toast, PB2, half a banana, chia seeds

 

The calorie difference??

Dark Chocolate Dreams: 2 tbsp=170 Calories

PB2:  2 tbsp=45 Calories

I won’t completely replace peanut butter with the PB2 because the PB2 doesn’t have all of the good fats that regular peanut butter does.

 

 

I also found a new recipe on one of my favorite blogs that I read: Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Zucchini Banana Chocolate chip bread

 

 

Trust me, you don’t even taste the zucchini!  This bread is super moist! 🙂

 

 

I had a visitor while I was taking the pictures 🙂

Isn’t she sweet??

 

I am feeling a little sleepy tonight, so I am hoping to get into bed a little early tonight.  😉

 

Don’t forget!!  There is still a chance for you to get the Sweat Pink Shoe Laces!!

 

Question:  Have you ever just done sprints/running as your only workout?

 

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Having a balanced workout program

Hola people!  I trust you are having a great day!  I work this Saturday, so I was able to leave work at noon today.  Gooo Team!  🙂 

Workout:

The Firm: Pump, Jump ‘n’ Jab  55 minutes.  This was a combination of cardio and strength training.

 

With the BodyRock challenge finished, I went back to my trusty Firm DVD’s.  I really, really do like their workouts.  As I was doing this mornings workout however, I really started to consider whether or not I have a balanced workout program.  Do I do the right amount of cardio and strength.  Do I do them on the correct days.  Should I have another rest day?  Needless to say, I missed some of the moves in the DVD I was so distracted!

I think my main concern is figuring out if I should work a particular part of my body more than the other.  Having weighed 250 pounds, you can imagine the damage that has been done to my body.  (Can’t believe I just typed that), oh well.  Anyway, there are areas that I really want to work on more than some.  I just want to do it the right way.  What I have read so far is that High Intensity Interval Training is the best way to drop the pounds.

Here are some things that I have read so far:

  • HIIT trains and conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems. You train your anaerobic system with brief, all-out efforts, like when you have to push to make it up a hill, sprint the last few hundred yards of a distance race, or run and hide from your spouse after saying the wrong thing.
  • HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session and afterward because it increases the length of time it takes your body to recover from each exercise session.
  • HIIT causes metabolic adaptations that enable you to use more fat as fuel under a variety of conditions. This will improve your athletic endurance as well as your fat-burning potential.
  • HIIT appears to limit muscle loss that can occur with weight loss, in comparison to traditional steady-state cardio exercise of longer duration.
  • To get the benefits HIIT, you need to push yourself past the upper end of your aerobic zone and allow your body to replenish your anaerobic energy system during the recovery intervals.

Source

Anaerobic-without oxygen.

Breakfast:

Post workout I dug into an English muffin, egg, provolone cheese, and turkey bacon combo.

I haven’t had this one in a while and it was pretty good after my workout…:)

Since I was leaving at noon today, I didn’t have to pack a huge lunch  I love those kind of days.  🙂  I did however, pack at least one snack.

Mid-Morning snack:

Dannon Key Lime Greek Yogurt, with granola and one tangerine.  I have this snack so much I think I need help.  😉 

1:00 p.m. rolled around and I started to get a little bit hungry, but wasn’t sure of what I wanted.  I did know one thing…..I wanted it right then.  Ever have one of those days when you just don’t want to wait for your food to cook??

I love this combo: Whole wheat tortilla, with peanut butter, half of a banana, and some chia seeds.  It hit the spot!

Tonight I have my Seminary class, so I am not sure how dinner will go.  It may be a smoothie.  Monday’s dinner’s are super hard when I have class.  I normally don’t get a chance to eat until after 6, but my class is from 6-9, so getting in a balanced meal is pretty difficult.  I do pack a snack though! 🙂

I hope you have a great day and night!  🙂

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