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The Exercise Front
The one thing I definitely say about this week? I walked. . . a lot.
- I kept up with my walking/running intervals each day, however, I didn’t spend a full 30-35 minutes completing each set. Typically, I leave treadmill time for the kidlets’ nap time (otherwise, they’re both trying to get close the machine, climb on it, etc. Too dangerous for a 3 year old and a 9 month old), which gives me plenty of time to complete a cull set of intervals. This week, my kidlets were apparently honing their spidey-sense and would wake up, screaming (of course), whenever I was 10-15 minutes into the routine. GAH!
- This was also the week I incorporated Leslie Sancone’s Walk at home DVDs into my routine; I used the Punch Up Your Walk, which uses weighted gloves to add upper body movement/stretches to the walking workout. (By the way, stay tuned for a Leslie Sancone GIVEAWAY this week!)
- A friend and I started “park-walking” this week, which I complained wrote about here. It was a good, VERY HOT, walk around Houston’s Memorial Park. I just need to get used to the heat and humidty of Houston and all will be well!
- Saturday, our family spent 11 hours walking the 450+ acre establishment known as “Sea World.” (Anyone heard of it before? lol) Yep, 11 hours of walking . . . an excess of 16,000 steps. My pedometer reset a couple of times, so I don’t have a completely accurate count, but it did register 16,000 steps (just in the afternoon) before the Little Lady reset it again. We . . . Walked . . . A . . . LOT!
And, that was it. It was just a week of walking – and, to be honest, it was a little weird to “just” walk all week. After 7 weeks of EA Sports Active, Taebo, and the Tracey Mallett dvds (all of which are moderately intense), walking felt easy. It was an activity that raised my heart rate and got me sweating but definitely easier than the EA Sports Active’s lunges/raised squats or Taebo’s Amped Bar.
The Food Front
With the exception of our road trip to Sea World, we stuck to our meal plan this week — which I set up to be both balanced and no more than 1500 calories daily. I know a lot of people don’t like planning out each the meals/snacks for every day, but I LOVE IT! It does take a bit of time (unless you use a service like Food on the Table – my review and GIVEAWAY for that can be found here) to plan out 28 different meals/snacks, but the time and CALORIES saved over the course of the week outweigh that. During a busy day or at the end of a stressful day, I don’t have to worry about trying think about a meal – I just look to my fridge where I post the week’s plan. It also makes it easier for Hubby to help out – if he can tell I need a break, he looks to the fridge and follows the plan. LOVE IT!
The Weight Front
So, my weight is another reason why I believe I need to add more intense workouts back into my regiment. Walking alone only netted a loss of 1 pound . . . the good news is that one pound puts me at 199. . . UNDER 200 lbs. WOOT!
While that is exciting, I’d rather see a full two pound loss. The only way that seems to happen is if I have a combination of the hard workouts with the walking stuff.
I’m kinda bummed about that; I had hoped I could taper off of the 2-3 hour daily workouts and still see good losses. But, either my body isn’t ready for that yet or it never will be. So, back to my Mamavation Boot-Camp Exercise Plan for next week.
This Coming Week’s Goals
- Make bread! I FINALLY have a bread machine, so I’ll start making our whole wheat/grain bread now! Woo hoo – that will save about $7 a week on bread.
- Finish reading the I Can Do This Diet book; I’m not reading this necessarily for the dietary plan, but for the “science behind” what it takes to make our bodies work properly. I think I’m going to do a mini-series over the next few weeks, highlighting some of the information Dr. Colbert shares. If you want to learn more about nutrition and how our body reacts to both good and bad foods/chemicals, I recommend getting this book.
- Add Taebo and the EA Sports Active workouts back into my exercise regiment; I actually have been missing them!
- Exercise, each day, BEFORE I get on the computer.
How You Can Help
I need hounding assistance to make sure that last goal happens. Sooooo — anytime you see me on Twitter (in the mornings), please call me out and ask if I’ve already exercised. Yes, I need the public calling-out!
I think that’s about it!!!
* Thank you for all of your lovely comments on my “Sista’ of the Week” post; I was very surprised to be this week’s sista!
**If you are applying to be one of the next Mamavation Moms, please let me know! I’m ready to support everyone. 🙂