Wow are my arms sore from last night's push-ups. YAY ME! The weather is beautiful out so I really want to go walking after work. I wanted to go last night but "Temptation" reminded me, when he got home, that we had to go grocery shopping ASAP because we were out of toilet paper. By the time we got done, hauled the groceries up the stairs and put them away not only was it dark but I was exhausted. The squats felt great and my legs were like Jell-O all the way through the store as we did our shopping yesterday. There were several times that I would take a step and my knee would buckle a little bit because my upper thigh muscles were so tired. People probably thought I had some kind of medical condition or something. I didn't fall down, but I'm sure it looked like I was limping.
Oh well, I don't care! I am MUI PROUD of my grocery choices last night! I bought more whole-wheat bagels, more laughing cow light spread because it has way less calories and fat than cream cheese, picked up some low-cal mixed berry and poppy seed crackers (those things are so awesome, they're my new favorite snack), bananas, pears, spinach, a southwest corn mixture, some frozen veggie stir-fry, a peppercorn pork loin (which steered "Temptation" away from the Teryaki one he wanted), and chicken breasts. I'm running low on coffee creamer so I think I am going to try training myself to enjoy black coffee. This morning I added ice to my coffee and used half as much creamer as I usually use for two reasons: 1) To stretch out the little bit of creamer that I have left because money is getting tight with all the traveling we've done and 2) because I know that if I gradually reduce the creamer I can adapt to the taste of black coffee. I did that with sugar and it totally worked. When I first started drinking coffee I was using three tablespoons of sugar per pot (I use a french press which makes three cups of coffee at a time and then I put the press in the fridge and only drink one cup per day). Eventually I cut that back to two tablespoons per pot, then one, then I stopped using sugar entirely and I've completely adapted myself to the taste of coffee without sugar (something that seemed impossible to fathom just 6 months ago!)
I know some of you who have been reading for awhile are probably wondering WTH happened to my marathon plans huh? Well I still wanna do them! I know I haven't been walking (really walking) in AGES but the weather has been crappy and it's been getting dark almost before I even get off work and my hood isn't a place to go-a-walking in the dark. However, I noticed yesterday that I had about an hour between work and sunset so I'm going to regroup my motivation; also seeing the work-out room at "Temptation's" brother's place in San Diego reminded me that my complex has a work-out room too and I've not taken advantage of it once the entire time I've lived here because I'm a moron. Rain, snow, or the dark of night I can go in and walk on a treadmill to my heart's content (and probably solve all the treadmill controversy by finding out exactly how long it takes for me to burn 200 calories on a treadmill once and for all!).
Plus I've got Tia to walk with as soon as the bloody holidays are over and maybe I can even get her to plan for the next walk-run marathon with me. I could use some help in this area for any of you walkers/runners who know the drill. I need to find a marathon or half-marathon in my area (Vegas) that is either free to enter (do those even exist?) or that will help me set up a fund-raiser type website to raise the entry fee. I know charity walks do this sort of thing because my brother did one for diabetes awhile back (I'm talking to you bro!). Someone find me a marathon in my area, tell me when, where, and how to get started and I will make it my new personal challenge. You can choose whatever cause you want but travel is almost impossible for me so it must be in the Vegas area if possible. I'm sure we have plenty of marathons here, I just don't know how to find them. Carpe Diem!
5 glasses of water
1 cup of iced coffee w/ creamer
1 red pear
1 can hearts of palm
2 cups tabouli w/diced tomatoes
22 berry and poppyseed crackers
10 oz baked chicken breast
Daily Caloric Intake: 1077
Treadmill: 3 miles @ 3 mph
Daily Caloric Burn: 405
The treadmill's caloric count jumped erratically from 245 to 370 and did not factor in weight OR heart rate! How can anyone assume caloric burn based on something so flawed? However, I put the speed and time into both caloriecount.com and livestrong.com and got the exact same burn number, to the last digit. "Temptation" is going to get me a calorie counter that's based on heart rate to wear on my wrist so I can end this controversy once and for all. I can't wait! But I'll have to, until his next paycheck at least.