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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Gold Star Gladiator Quest - Week #1



It's been one week since I started the sports nutrition classes with former American Gladiator, Cathy Sassin of Intrafit (www.intrafit.com)

Not sure how to measure how I've done in tangible numbers, since we've been told that weighing ourselves won't help much at the beginning. Turns out muscle weighs more than fat, and if you're building lean muscle, you may look better, but actually gain pounds or stay the same which can be discouraging, if you're just watching the scale.

So, I'm setting different goals for myself to stay motivated. Here are my gold stars for the week:

*Exercise: I exercised 6 out of 7 days. I didn't get into my target heart rate for the the 50 minutes a day I'm supposed to, but I got out of my chair and onto the street.

*Weights: I started lifting some weights, although not many and not for long. Still, a gold star for starting.

*Food: I stayed on the food plan about 90% of the time. I drank more wine than needed for my carb allotment, but hey, what can I say.

*Dares: I did some push ups and sit ups. Not many, but more than last week's ZERO, so there. Dare yourself to do some push ups. See what happens!

So, four gold stars for me this week. We'll see what next week brings.

I need to get a heart rate monitor thingy, so I can really start measuring the effectiveness of my walking and running. I know my heart's healthy, but I have to get into the zone to burn some fat. I hear Sunnyside Sports, in Bend, is a good place, so I'll check them out this afternoon.

The Bend local Chubby Mommies are still planning on the Monday Morning River Walk at 6:15 a.m., Farewell Bend park. Would love to see some new faces!

Do you have some gold star goals for the week? If so, leave them in comments and we'll check in with you next week to see how you did.

Go for the gold!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I am very proud of you, and am encouraging you to keep up the good work!

Aunt Kathy

MeadowLark said...

Hurray for you!
I always end up letting things slide on the wine part, but I make it red wine so at least I can pretend it's sort of good for me.

Is this similar to the Mediterranean diet? It worked really well for us. I love to cook though, so some may not like it if they're not much into cooking.

Stay at it!

Miss Julie - Chubby Mommy said...

Thanks for the encouragment! I'm drinking a vodka martini tonight, hope I'm not letting anyone down...but I'm balancing it with chicken and salad, for the record!

I think the closest I can compare this to is the diabetic diet, where you make sure to balance carbs, protein and fat to keep your blood sugar from crashing and burning.

My dad's diabetic, so part of me senses the urgency in being pro-active.

But I think, for me, it's the combination of healthy eating and exercise that will do the trick.

Jen F said...

See you at Farewell Bend tomorrow morning!!