Over the Hump

Ladies and gentlemen, I am over the hump. I worked my butt off all morning long and now I’m cruising through until the end of the day.

I totally demolished my To Do list this morning. I’m all about Google Calendar when it comes to scheduling, but for To Do lists, paper + pen is the only way to go. I love crossing items off my list. There’s nothing like the physical act of crossing it off. Actually, I enthusiastically scribble them out! 😉 It feels so good.

Workout

So, I had a nice surprise at Body Pump this morning: the new release of Body Pump 75!!! :mrgreen: Apparently, my gym launched it last week. I have no idea how I missed it, but I was psyched when the instructor announced the new workout to the class this morning.

I really like Body Pump 75. It’s so much better than BP 74. Even though 74 grew on me after a few weeks, I already like 75 better. Here’s a little summary of my initial reactions to the new workout:

  • Warm-up: Typical warm-up. Nothing crazy.
  • Squats: Very long track. I felt the burn.
  • Chest: Ended with push ups.
  • Back: Weirdly slow. Not a fan.
  • Triceps: Skull crushers, rows, and extensions.
  • Biceps: Sort of tough. I rested a few times.
  • Lunges: Ends with squats, so go heavier on the weight.
  • Shoulder: Fun! You won’t be bored!
  • Abs: Better than 74!
  • Cool-down: Adam Lambert’s “What Do You Want from Me.” Wasn’t this a recent track?

All in all, I’m a fan of Body Pump 75. I always start out feeling so-s0 about new releases and liking them more as the weeks go on. I already like 75, so I’m sure I’ll love it soon enough.

Lunch

I ate lunch early today– pretty much right after I got home from the gym. I swear, I’m always more hungry on Body Pump days. Must be that metabolism boost from strength training! 😉

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Mal cooked American Chop Suey for dinner last night, so I paired the leftovers with a big salad topped with crumbled feta and balsamic vinegar.

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I finished off lunch with a piece of Chocolate Chip Squash Bread. Delish!

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Snack

Even though I just ate lunch, I’m already thinking about an afternoon snack. My mom gave me the most delicious-looking caramel apple from her work, and I cannot wait to eat it. Caramel apples are one of my favorite fall treats– besides apple crisp and pumpkin everything! 😉

Seriously, I want to eat this NOW!

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Eggland’s Best Goes Pink

Eggland’s Best has gone pink to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure! In addition to donating $50,000 to the cause, Eggland’s Best will display Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s ribbon logo (along with a pink version of the “EB” stamp) on all of their eggs during the fall of 2010. Cool, right?

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I had the opportunity to get involved with this promotion by writing a guest post for the Eggland’s Best blog about running the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. It was my first ever 5K and it inspired many more road races for me.

Feel Great Weight

Check out this week’s Feel Great Weight post: 6 Weird Weight Loss Tricks That Really Work.

Do you have any “weird” tricks for losing weight and/or watching what you eat?

65 Comments

  1. I was wondering that you can tell any changes~ body wise from doing more cardio lately and less Body Pump while training? Just curious~

  2. You’ve inspired me to start doing Body Pump more often. 😀 My gym (I’m in Australia) launched Body Pump 75 on Tuesday.. The shoulder track was painful! As were lunges. And agree the back track is a bit weird. But yeah, overall quite enjoyable. 😀 Thanks for motivating me to get back into it!

  3. When I try to lose weight, I sit down to eat my food and use smaller plates. I’ve been reading Brian Wansink’s book called Midless Eating, which points out that we often use external cues – such as an empty plate – to register that we are full.

    I also like eating carrots. It takes a while to go through one and it has lots of nutritiens and fiber in it.

  4. yay, new releases! Our gym’s date is 11th October, I suppose we are always behind in the UK. Can’t wait for the new pump, combat and attack!

  5. This is a pretty odd, and I don’t think it would work for everyone, but I find I *always* lose a pound or two when I stop thinking about weight altogether, and literally eat whatever the hell I feel like eating. I find that my body knows what it needs, and is not going to gravitate only towards cupcakes! I’m not seeking to lose weight, so I find this “approach” more interesting than anything else.

    If you’re seriously trying to lose weight, I would advocate keeping a food journal (written or visual) or counting calories. Still, I think there is real value in trusting your body to tell you what it needs, eating intuitively, and not being overly critical of yourself.

  6. For what works is counting the calories that I consume by planning my meals out, which usually consists of 4-6 small meals a day. It might seem anal to most people, but I’m a planner and very organized so it works for me!

    I also eat out as little as possible, and when I do I usually check the menu first. I cook my own meals (usually one dish a week), and try to purchase easy to deal with meals. I cut back booze (3-4 drinks, two nights a week, etc.), and try to hit the gym 4-5 times a week.

    I’ve lost 5 pounds so far, 18 more to go! I’m not always perfect (I just came back from Vegas…haha), but I bounce right back and do my best to eat a balanced diet when I’m away from home or out.

    But what works for me might not work for everyone, you know?

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