Monday, December 15, 2008

Starbucks Spinach and Feta Wrap

I'm at Starbucks in Redondo Beach right now. Needed to get my cappuccino that I've missed for the last two weeks. Non-fat grande...93 Calories.

And I ordered a Spinach and Feta Wrap. It's soft, scrambled eggs with feta and spinach (my favorite breakfast foods!), wrapped in a whole grain wrap, and I find it delicious! Their version is 240
calories. But Hungry Girl has a recipe for it, so if Starbuck's does something stupid, like pull this wrap from the menu, you can make it for yourself!

That should hold me before I head for Trader Joe's and do a little shopping. I'm going to make the Green Mountain Sun-dried Tomato Pesto over salmon and their broccoli slaw for dinner tomorrow night.

Today's exercise plans: treadmill, abs and lower body workout.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Back in the fight...

It's nearly 5 a.m. on Sunday morning. I just got back after my 10-day trip to Green Mountain Spa. How am I feeling this morning? Well...conflicted. Not enough sleep last night, headache, and I'm hungry. I'm just a teensy bit disappointed in myself for having capitulated to the charms of Col. Sanders, but I am happy to report that the man just doesn't do it for me like he used to. (I stopped at KFC last night and got a two piece meal with biscuit, mashed potatoes and gravy and a small cole slaw. I got a bottle of water with it. I ate all of it! I was hungry!) I'm going through withdrawl symptoms from having left another great group of women and I'm feeling isolated again.

On the bright side, I'm off to L.A. this morning, to see my dearest friend for a few days. We'll be having a lot of fun together. We'll go to the gym, 24-Hour Fitness in Manhattan Beach. We'll go shopping at Nordstroms. We're going to a taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday (I ADORE him!). I'll have some time alone to practice mindfulness, which is an individual's effort at being aware in the present moment, an exercise that is truely a feat for those with ADD. But I just found a website that gives some guidance with that... By the time I get back to my house, my soul will be super nourished!

And then I'll get to really hit the fitness trail. My consultation with LynnAnn at Green Mountain went really well. I appreciated being able to troubleshoot some issues and to get a reality check on the what I can actually perform with the knees I've been given. I'm happy to say that I can move forward with the upper body weight training. I had dropped nearly everything involving my arms and shoulders due to my shoulder injury, but after some physical therapy, a lovely cortizone shot, and some healing time, I'm using the 8 lb. and 5 lb. weights to do upper body, three sets of 12.

One of the best classes that I attended at Green Mountain this time was the Abs Clinic. For the first time, I actually felt my abs, all of them, every square inch! For two whole days! In the past, that would have created an inclination to avoid ab work altogether, but now I'm determined to engage those abs on a daily basis. And I can do it from the comfort of my own bed!

Lynn Ann is having me step up the amount of exercise I'm doing throughout the day. I have the time to do that. She thinks I can lose at a rate of two pounds a week with increased intensity and broader variety in my workouts. I'm up for it, I think. I hope.

According to the scale at Green Mountain, I lost 3.5 lbs during my 10-day stay. According to my measurements, I lost 1/2" off my upper arms, 1" off my waist and 1.5 " off my hips. I definitely lost fat and gained muscle!

The trip back to Green Mountain was totally worth the cost for me. I'm refocused and back in the fight with enthusiasm.

And now I'm hungry, and I want bacon!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Self-assessment at the spa

I have arrived! I'm on the backside of day three, back at Green Mountain Spa at Fox Run in Ludlow, VT. It's gorgeous here! There's snow on the ground, but the skies are blue today, with some light cloud cover, cold but still perfect.

I've been working out for the last couple of days, taking classes or on my own, and eating the delicious and healthy meals that chef John and Lisa have prepared for us. Today, while on the treadmill, I started thinking about how I was feeling in my body last year, and comparing it to how I feel in it now. There's quite a difference.

  • I'm down 45 lbs.
  • When I arrived last time, I was just having to buy size 30 pants. Now my size 26 pants are loose in the seat and thighs.
  • I was quite winded after 45 minutes on the treadmill, on the weight loss program, level 1. Today I breezed through level 3 of the same program.
  • It was a real struggle for me to climb the stairs to my bedroom back then. I can pop right up the stairs now with barely having to catch my breath at the top.
  • Because of my size, I required extra portions of protein with every meal a year ago. I'm doing fine with just an extra portion of protein at lunch now, and the hypoglycemic feeling just before meals is greatly reduced.
  • I can pump a lot more weight during weight training now.
  • I can keep up with a whole Zumba class!
  • I can jog/walk two miles!

Measuring successes is a really valuable tool to keeping focused and motivated with moving forward.

Next week I'm having a personalized training session with Lynn Anne. I'm a little worried that she's going to really raise the bar on my fitness levels, because I know that I don't really like to exercise under uncomfortable conditions. But I'm anxious to have her show me what it is that I can really accomplish. I think I'm ready for the next level.