Thailand 20 Tuesday – Week 3

Hello everybody! Hard to believe my third week of Thailand 20 Tuesday has come and gone. Lately I look at the calendar and think “WHERE DID 2012 GO?!” It’s been pretty wild how time keeps going faster and faster. I’m happy to report this week I lost 1.8 pounds! While it’s not quite my weekly goal of 2, it’s damn close and that’s just fine with me.

Last week I had a couple of things that helped me stay on track – like exercise! Here I am after an hour-long bootcamp class. I wanted to quit so many times, because this class was HARD – cardio, and then intense weight lifting in intervals. But each time I wanted to quit, I reminded myself that everything I’ve accomplished in my life has always been filled with those moments where you just want to stop. But you don’t stop – you keep going, and then eventually, that long, hard battle comes to an end and the victory is even sweeter.

I also ate pretty clean this week. Matt and I enjoyed delicious and rustic meals like grilled chicken breasts and roasted vegetables. I love meals like this because I can eat as many vegetables as I want!

I really focused on the protein this week. A lot of you know I’m not a big meat eater, and I probably eat vegetarian 80% of the week. I really tried to make sure I got protein somehow this week – like tonight, where in addition to three pieces of bacon (yummy), I made an egg white omelet packed with lots of fresh veggies. The egg whites help me get up there in the protein, and because it’s not meat, I don’t have that heavy feeling after. (PS: Breakfast for dinner? WINNER!)

This week I need to kick up the exercise even more, and stay focused on eating clean. There’s a few challenges in my way, like Halloween, but I’m determined to keep this trend moving downwards! Tomorrow, April has a great Halloween post about self-confidence, and then pretty soon we’ve got a chance for you to win a fancy new bra from our friends over at FullBeauty. I’ve also got a great review of my rad new scale from the kind people at EatSmart. Lots going on in Double Chin land! As always, thank you for reading – we wouldn’t be here without you! <3

Musical Medley

Tonight I took a Boot Camp Class. We sweated it out military style with agonizing sets of things like bicep curls, squats, lungues, and knee raises. The music throughout the class was pretty consistently pop-workout stuff, like remixes of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” and Brianna Feat. Flo Rida’s “Boom Shacka Lacka”. (I admit it – hip hop is growing on me as a result of all these group fitness classes I’m taking. I guess I’m a natural born rump shaka!)

No big surprises there, right? We’re all used to that type of music in a fitness environment. The surprise comes at the end. I’ve taken two other classes with this teacher, and while her in-class music is spot on, the cool-down music is… creative. Like “Paint with the colors of the wind” creative. I’m not kidding. We had just finished 50-minutes of pure, heart-pounding cardio, huffing and puffing and dripping sweat like savage women warrior beasts. And then… freakin’ Pocahontas.

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon? Not in a freakin’ body blast class, I haven’t. The first two times that this happened, I thought that the teacher was just in an Uber Disney mood or had forgotten her CDs at home, but tonight, as we cooled down from an exhilirating workout filled with musical medleys of popular hip hop and top 40s, she busted out the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. This song, in particular.

Now I’m sorry – but when my endorphins are swirling around like magic mushroom hallucinations, I don’t want to hear downer breakup music. Especially PIANO SONGS that make me want to relive my first break-up and scarf a pint of Chunky Monkey. When that song ended and “A Whole New World” from Aladdin came on, I took a ride on my own magic carpet (ie my crazy brain) into a whole new world of immature 14-year-old me, delighted at the ridiculousness of the situation. I started giggling, and soon, I had a full-fledged laugh attack, thinking of my sister and her propensity for bad, cheesy music. In high school on our way home from school, she used to drive around and around in the cul-de-sac with me in the car, playing horrible Toni Braxton or Gloria Estefan songs over and over, singing so loudly that I would beg her to let me out. The tiny white Toyota Tercel would turn into a little spinning dreidel of awful music, her roaring with laughter, me roaring in agony at the pollution in my ears. Ah, memories.

I eventually had to feign coughing to get out of the class without distracting the teacher, where I went into the locker room, still snickering, my face red from a lethal mix of heart-rate targeting and laughter. I like this teacher and her class, but I might have to do a cool-down on my own, because working out with Pumba, Jasmine and Pocahontas just isn’t really my style.

When it comes to music for exercise- can music make it or break it for you, too?

Weekly Weigh In #4

Well – here it is – the first GAIN post! Blech! However, I’m going to start off by saying that I fully know and acknowledge the choices I made to have this 1.2 pound increase. My weekend in Big Bear was filled with good food – steak, creme brulee, cheese burgers, fudge – so it’s only natural I’d puff up a little bit. I can’t expect to eat whatever I want and lose weight.

The good news is, however, that next week’s weigh in should be different, because I came home from my trip and got right back on track – back to the gym and veggies and whole grains and loads of water. This week alone, Matt and I went through 8 romaine hearts! We also made good choices for fun events – Last night, our friends came over for dinner and we did a make your own pizza night. Mine was packed with veggies – onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, kalamata olives. It was delicious, and not that bad on the points scale.

Tonight's Healthy Dinner: Corn, Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Mixed Greens

I was also reminded on Friday of why exercise is so important. I have a pretty busy job, and on Fridays, the last thing I want to do is put on my boa-constrictor sports bra and go bounce around for an hour working up a sweat. I forced myself to go Friday night and had an amazing workout in my “Body Blast” class, with weighted bars and dumbbells. I felt great. You know that point in cardio where you “burst through” and get this sudden exhilarating spurt of energy? I got that, and it felt amazing. I felt strong and relaxed, and that feeling propelled me to go to kickboxing the next morning at 9 AM. Endorphins are a very powerful thing.

So, it was a weight gain week, but it wasn’t a “bad” week because I know what I did, accept responsibility for it, and moved on. If only I could have learned how to do that so much earlier in life – I probably wouldn’t be writing this blog with 48+ pounds to go! 😉