Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just vegging out this year


So since I am kinda incapacitated (see BPPV post) I thought I'd write a blog post that I have been meaning to write for a few weeks.

I have decided to stop eating meat.  Now before you get all crazy (for which ever side you are on) let me explain. (I know all my veggie/vegan friends are cheering and my crazy carnivores are all WHAT?  No meats? You crazy?)

So I have not eaten meat since about Dec. 29th, the exception being some egg rolls that may have had pork in them but Lupe and I couldn't tell, and some bacon that was mixed into something I ordered the other night & I was not going to pick it all out, that would have been silly, too time consuming, and well, really, REALLY annoying.

I am not sure what happened, but I am just not interested in eating meat.  I don't know if it was a combination of things - a few meals out where the meat was less than inspiring, or delicious, or if it was watching entrails spool out of an unidentified animal carcass and across my windshield as buzzards flew off when when drove by their feast on our way to Lubbock on Christmas Eve.  In any case, I am just not feeling meaty.

So, I decided not to eat meat.  Does this mean I am calling myself a vegetarian? No, not really.  Does this mean I will NEVER eat meat again? No, maybe not.  So, what does this mean?

Well, I am not eating meat for two very selfish, I mean, wholly self-centered, reasons:
  • Not eating meat makes it really difficult to eat fast food/eat in my car, unless I want to eat A LOT of bean burritos. Ha!
This comes out of the nasty habit I have picked up while in grad school of not eating/going too long without eating/running late/being in class until late then driving to the nearest fast food joint and stuffing in a number-whatever, no tomatoes, large fries, and a Coke. I packed on many pounds from eating sometimes 3 meals a day that came in a bag, from a window, hurriedly scarfed in a car on my way to/from campus.  
Not eating meat makes that scenario almost impossible.  Most drive-thru fast food is meat: hamburgers, fried chicken, tacos...  I know there are other non-meat options as some fast food joints, but have you ever tried to eat a salad, or baked potato, in the car while driving?  I have not, but I also don't want to.
  •  Not eating meat is forcing me to add more fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, etc. into my diet.
As you can imagine, eating the majority of your meals in your car does not include much in the way of leafy greens! By cutting out meats, it forces me to incorporate more of all not-meats into my meals.  I actually love most fruit & veg, so this is a good thing.
I hadn't mentioned this before because I don't want it to be a "thing."  I am not making any kind of "statement" about meat-eating.  I am simply doing something that I feel is good for me.  I have had conversations with people about dieting and "giving up" stuff and meat is an easy thing to "give up." It is jsut one thing (as a category).  I still have plenty of options to get my protein.  I am not giving up dairy or eggs and I am loving nuts (shut it, dirty girts), and other protein sources (shut it!).  I also know I am not going to "give up" sugar or carbs... that just ain't happening. Meat is easy for me to cut out of my life, plain and simple.

I have also been posting pics of what I eat most lunches & dinners on my Facebook page.  It keeps me on track, makes me a little proud, and inspires others to break out of their boring-old-salad routine in the process.  Maybe I'll start posting them here, too.


I have been having dizzy spells since Friday & finally went to Urgent Care at my regular clinic today. 

So... I have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. It is like being drunk but painfully aware of all the sensations and knowing it is not fun at all. It lasts until it is over (days, weeks....) and all I can do is take double doses of over-the-counter meclizine & rest. No driving, no cooking, no doing anything that can be dangerous if I suddenly get dizzy... I hope this passes in a few days. I cannot tell you how bad this sucks. It is like being on a boat in rough water every time I move my head.

No bueno, my friends, no bueno.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday & Workouts

Well hello faithful readers,

It is the second week of 2012 and so much is happening already.  I have been working out everyday (except 1 - I was feeling pretty puny yesterday) and have been eating really well.  I was disappointed with my weigh-in this morning, but it is OK, it is till a loss!

Starting Weight: 275

Last Week: 263.4

This Week: 262.8

So it is a 0.6lb loss for the week.  I am ok with it, at least is it movement in the right direction.

Speaking of moving, like I mentioned above, I have been keeping to BodyDrive's Daily 10. You can join me by going to the videos here. Mike does an excellent job of showing each exercise WITH modifications and it is nice because you can stop & start as needed.  I usually watch each video all the way through, writing down each exercise and how many reps/duration then I can refer to the notes once I get moving.  I found this rump shakin' mix on YouTube and play it while I do each days' routine. I'll take other music suggestions, they just need to be at least 15mins long.

I am really proud of myself for sticking to this workout.  Each one takes me between 15-20 minutes because I am slow, and a beginner, and I want to get in all the reps that I can.  I figure if i do all the exercises then it is a great workout.  I get sweaty, I feel great, and I feel tired/sore later.  It is amazing what 15mins can do.  I also do the 10mins of stretching after. Mike has 2 different stretching videos posted.  It feels SO GOOD!

So Mike has T-shirts for sale and I decided to buy one.  I figured that he is providing the workouts for free I can at least support him by buying a T-shirt.  It has his business logo & "The Daily 10" on the front.  I had to get one in a men's 2XL for it to fit me.  I decided that I will take a photo in it every couple of weeks and see how my progress goes.  I'd like to be able to wear a women's size (comfortably) by the end of the year.

UPDATE: I weighed the next day and had actually lost a scootch over 3lb for the week!  It was an awesome feeling. And put me at 260!  YEA!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A little late night encouragment.

The following (edited) conversation was prompted by this photo. I posted a private message to a small group on Facebook around Midnight last night.

ME: Yea, I need to get some control of my life. I have no discernible jawline....

JENNIFER: you can do it! one day, on meal at a time.

LISA: You can do it the same way Mike Scherwitz and I are doing it.

ME: And I didn't get my 10-min workout in I should have done it this morning, but then got busy.  today, I mean 

LISA: Do you have 10 min. now? 

ME: I do, but my hubby is asleep. Don;t want to wake him. I will do them both tomorrow. 

LISA: Good plan. 

ME: thanks! I am glad I did yesterday's. My butt was sore today!and my back from the plank walks, all in that good-sore way.

JENNIFER: Mylynka go do some push ups and body weight squats, those are nice and quiet! 

ME: That is true Jennifer. I will do them before bed. I promise! I think the squats is why my ass hurts today! LOL 

JENNIFER: go you! omg yes squats are a great bum burner lol

ME: so, about how many should I do?

LISA: I do 3-4 sets of 25 at a rapid pace. but everyone is different.

JENNIFER: what lisa said, that should be good, and do it in a circuit fashion, pushups then squats, rest for 30-60 and repeat 

ME: ah, ok. so 3-4 sets of 25 of each exercise? thanks!! 

JENNIFER: yes!  err well max out on the pushups, those can be hard for beginners. hell i can only crank out about 40 

ME: I can do them modified, on an elevated surface, or wall in plank position. I can only do about 2 on the floor. 

JENNIFER: yes, good thinking 

ME: I'll report back in the morning! 

JENNIFER: yea i wanna see your numbers 

ME: numbers? (sorry, I am getting tired) 

JENNIFER: how many sets/reps you do for each 

ME: yea, i better go do 'em before I get too tired 

JENNIFER: yes you better 

ME: ok, off to do my push-ups & squats. Talk to y'all tomorrow ladies. Night night! 



ME: Ok, I did 2 set of 25 wall push-ups, 2 sets of 25 squats, 15 of the "over the chair" leg lifts, 15 lateral leg lifts, the Heismans, and dips.(from today's BodyDrive). I am so freaking tired & I think my arms & quads might be in muscle failure. It feels good though! Thanks Jennifer & Lisa for making me do it!

LISA: You are awesome. Thank yourself for not allowing excuses to keep you from your goal. Really proud of you.

JENNIFER: ^5 you did it!! you are awesome and you will thank yourself later. Now get some good rest!
ME: I did Mike's 10-mins of stretches & took a hot bath! Heading to sleep. ok,I'll say it.... I am little proud of me right now.
LISA: You should be A LOT proud of you right now. Get some sleep. Tomorrow is a new day...and a new workout.
SARAH I missed this whole thing! But yay, Mylynka! Aren't you glad you did it? And Jennifer and Lisa are quite awesome!

ELISA: I missed the whole thing... anyway, way to go, mylynka! i'm glad they were online to encourage you like you encouraged me the other night. i'm always loathe to start, but i always feel better once i've finished! yay you!

ME: Aw, thanks. Oh, and record, I am not sure if I can get out of bed.... Of course, I HAVE to. The coffee is not in here!!

JENNIFER: mmmmm coffee is in my mug right now

THANKS LADIES!!!  My butt hurts and my arms are sore, but I KNOW it is worth it!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2 of 2012

Day two and I am off to an OK start.  I am getting ready to do my 2nd day of BodyDrive's 10min workout (& 10min stretching) before showering & heading to campus.  Wintermester classes are in session and I am sitting in on a US 1 class since I will be teaching one in 2 weeks time & needed a refresher.  4hr classes are a beast, now I know why I never did them as an undergrad!!

I just wanted to pass this link (to a PDF) along.  I am a pack rat and lazy and a full-time grad student and my house is a cluttered nightmare.  This declutter calendar, I think, is just the tool I need to get it under control without feeling overwhelmed. Much like my goal of fitness, I need to gain control of my house in small, manageable steps!

Ok, speaking of stepping, I'd better get to my workout.  I need to leave in a little over an hour for class!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012!

Twenty-Twelve... whoa... that just sounds weird. 

Anyway, I have reclaimed my blog and am taking this year, twenty-twelve, to reclaim my life.  I decided not to have the blog post where I go on and on about what all I haven't done in the year and a half since I started this. Or to bemoan all the things I should have done, meant to do, wish I'd done etc.  Instead I have decided to change up some stuff. I changed the background (BOOKS!), but I am not 100% in love with it yet, and I added new blogs I follow, and, as you may have noticed, I changed the blog name.

I will be 40 in 82 days (!!!!!!!) and will not be "fit" by then, BUT I can become fit/find fitness in my 40s, and that is the plan.

Recently a few things have happened and have pushed me to realize that being unfit is no longer an option:
  1. A whole crew of fit friends just entered my life. I take this as a sign that the Universe is telling me something. I am now getting all kinds of fitness support from great people like Sarah at Sarah Fitness, Wendy at I See Fit People, and Jennifer, (who needs to blog so I can link it). These gals inspire me to attain some fitness and they drink tons of coffee so I {heart} them already.
  2. My yoga instructor's husband died unexpectedly the day after Christmas and she is not teaching for a while. I have been loving her classes, so was floundering around about what to do to fill the void until her return to the studio when...
  3. Facebook came to the rescue (yes, you heard me right, Facebook). Firstly in the people in #1. And secondly in the form of Mike & his fitness company BodyDrive. Mike is posting 10-minute daily workouts on his Facebook page.  He posted this quote today:
    Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
    I read this when I was thinking, "Meh, I won't work out today. I'll wait until tomorrow then I'll start." Famous delay tactic, no? After readng it and this:
    I've already heard from a few people who have done "Daily 10 workout" Day 1. Don't let this first day get away from you... It only takes 10 minutes! Don't think about it, just do it! Be sure to watch the Exercise demo video I posted. I show you how to modify the workout for your ability in it.
    I decided that I couldn't put it off any longer. Today was the day to do it.  And come on TEN MINUTES!  I can do ten minutes.  And I did.  And it was hard, but awesome. I watched the demo video and was so glad to see all the modifications. It made me feel like even I could do it!  And I DID!
    I am very excited to do this 10 minutes (plus the 10min post-workout stretches) everyday. And I know I will start to add more exercise into my daily life.
    That is it for today. I am tired and have that good-sore feeling one gets from exercise.  More soon!