I almost started this post off by complaining about the fact that it’s Monday, but then I remembered how Monday's aren't that bad and decided to ditch the negative ‘tude .
My Monday started off with a tasty breakfast cookie:
(raw oats, chocolate protein powder, almond butter, dried cherries, walnuts, and a splash of milk mashed together and set in the refrigerator overnight)
The rest of my meals were leftovers from the past couple days (chicken noodle casserole for lunch and spinach lasagna roll-ups for dinner). I actually didn’t have any snacks today, which is not typical (I usually at least eat a Larabar on my way to the gym). However, all of my meals were relatively large and kept me full through the morning and afternoon, so I never got hungry.
Today’s workout started with 5 minutes on the elliptical to warm up my legs, which was followed by the following leg routine:
- Step-ups (with a 10-pound dumbbell in each hand) 3 sets x 12 reps (each leg)
- Leg press 3 sets x 12 reps
- Calf raises 3 sets x 20 reps
- Seated leg curls 3 sets x 25 reps
- Hip adductor 3 sets x 15 reps
- Lunges 3 sets x 12 reps (each leg)
I ended my workout with 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer. Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, there was a reason why I did so many reps with the leg curls. As many of you know, I’ve been having problems with my knees. Well, for some reason, any exercise that targets my hamstrings causes me a lot of pain. However, my trainer recommended using a very light weight and just increasing the reps so today I gave it a shot. It felt great! The light weight prevented me from straining my knees too much and the high number of reps ensured that my hamstrings still got a good burn. Win .
Accountable For My Counting
So on Saturday I put the call out on Facebook and asked if you guys would like it if I started posting my calories on the blog.
Well, as expected, the general consensus was “yes.” This is actually something I’ve been considering doing for a while, but haven’t for obvious reasons (i.e. that whole accountability thing). However, lately I have been especially disappointed in myself with regards to my weight loss efforts. The No Sweets Challenge is helping a little, but unfortunately I developed this bad habit of substituting other snacks in for sweets. I know, that’s totally stupid and defeats the purpose of the challenge, but obviously I’ve been having some motivation issues as evident by my lack of weight loss this year.
Long story short: I’m counting calories again as of Saturday and decided the easiest way to post them would be to use an app that sincs to an online account that I can share a link to. Therefore, you may now click on the new My Fitness Pal picture on the left hand column of the blog and that will take you directly to my food diary.
While we’re on the subject of calorie counting apps, I would just like to say that while I’m currently using My Fitness Pal, my favorite app is still Tap & Track, which is unfortunately only available on the iPhone. I used to use this app all the time when I took my iPod Touch everywhere before I got a smart phone. I loved how user-friendly it was, how you could back-log your weights and see them all in list form AND chart form, and how you could view a pie chart of your calorie ratio for the day.
When I got my Droid, I discovered that Tap & Track is apparently an Apple-only app and since I always have my phone on me but I don’t always have my iPod, I was forced to find a new calorie counting app. I ended up choosing My Fitness Pal and since I’ve figured out how to customize all of my goals, it’s not so bad.
(Yikes, looks like my sodium was a little high today!)
I still like Tap & Track better though .
Do you keep track of what you eat? How do you keep track of them (points, calories, carb counting, etc.)?
Oh! And be on the lookout for a calorie counting FAQ post, comin’ atcha tomorrow .