Friday, February 17, 2012

Evenings Work Too!

5:40 PM, 40 minutes, 10.4 miles (2 sets Tabatas mixed with solid-state cardio)

Since I knew I wouldn't have The Homework Monster breathing down my neck tonight, I decided to sleep in this morning and instead get on my bike after work. Then I tossed and turned until 6:00 AM because I kept second-guessing myself. ARRRGH!!

Oh well, regardless of the time, I did it.

A dress I wore yesterday showed me that although the scale is being a bitch, exercise does a body good.

Tomorrow for dinner: turkey burgers! I'm going to grab some whole wheat buns at the grocery store in the morning, some swiss cheese, and some sweet potatoes. Maybe a tomato or two if they have anything besides those sad, pale, mealy excuses I usually find. I figure I'll cut the sweet potato into strips and roast those as oven "fries", steam some broccoli, cook the turkey burgers and we're set.

Have a good one, y'all!


Michael Mock said...

I'm sure you already know this, but the scale is actually the least useful way to measure the effects of exercise. (And don't get me started on the "ideal weight" garbage, either...)

When I was fifteen, I was wrestling two afternoons a week and doing gymnastics on Monday evenings. I was in the best shape of my life. I was sleek, I was muscular...

When I stopped exercising - which pretty much happened all at once - I was able to watch the extra muscle slump and eventually melt away; I picked up more flab; and I lost weight the entire time. Like, ten or fifteen pounds worth.

Muscle weighs more than fat, which makes weight a very poor measure of physical condition.

Norma said...

Echoing Michael above...I am finally getting it through my thick head that the only way for me achieve my "ideal weight" (which is about 8-10 lbs. less than where I've been for the past four years) would be to stop lifting. Let my muscle mass diminish and put on some fat (my last BF measurement was, flabby as I am after 10 yrs. of obesity & two pregnancies during it, I have to finally believe everyone who told me that is just stretched out skin and not fat and it's not going anywhere). My body is lean, whether my belly looks good or not, LOL...but there is no way it's going to lose any more fat and let me get to 135 lbs. In fact, as I'm amping up my weight lifting to reach my strength goals, I'll probably see small gains on the scale. Being a girl -- even an atypical one -- I still get way too caught up in that, though, so I totally understand what you mean. I know, like you, that with less muscle/more fat, I wouldn't look the same even though I'd weigh try to remember with me that the true test is how you rock your sweet new wardrobe (and how you rock OUT of it! LOL), eat awesome foods and break a good sweat every day!

If you like ground turkey & sweet potatoes, check out the turkey muffin recipe I make:

These things are easy to make, delicious, healthy as all hell, great with some eggs for breakfast or with a salad or a side of brown rice & vegs...

Dr. Fat To Fit said...

Turkey burgers are great! Tami at Nutmeg Notebook has one of the best recipes for them I've ever had. And I love oven sweet potatoes!

Amanda said...

I know, and y'all are right. I'm actually trying to process the change in mindset, and it's driving me a bit bonkers :)

Norma, I saw those on your blog and am definitely going to give them a try. I tend to do batch cooking on Sundays so I don't have to think about food during the week and those certainly look like they'd fit the bill!

Ann, dinner was awesome :) And I'm definitely going to try some of Tami's turkey burger recipes. These were some pre-formed individually frozen ones we picked up from Sam's to try, and since it looks like no one in the family was totally disgusted by them (even Choreboy ate his!), I'm going to get a bit more creative with the turkey burgers and see what else we can do :)