Thank goodness….

Exams are over for the semester.  I have four next semester, which will prove to be a bit of a challenge, but I’m up for it!  :o)

The Mongolian BBQ: was better than I thought it was going to be, although I didn’t see any kind of nutrition information anywhere.  However, I think I did very well: hot chicken (raw with marinade), and shrimp with heaps of veggies, a small amount of garlic oil and 2 small ladels of hot chilli sauces.  Best thing about Mongolian BBQ is that you add your own oil, sauces, spices, etc. and they cook while you watch, so you know what’s going in it.

Dessert was a pancake drizzled with maple syrup and 2 small scoops of chocolate ice cream with lots of caramel (I love caramel).

And it’s buffet, so go up as many times as you want.  I went up 3 times: once for a salad, once for dinner and once (yikes!) for dessert.  I felt overall that if I had not eaten the noodles with my main, then I would have been much better off, but as it was, I think I did really well.  It’s SO hard not to overeat at buffets.  While they did have chips, I wasn’t going to eat no stinkin’ chips.  Like I said in my last post, I’m sick of eating chips.  I had a small one of DH’s and it was super salty, so no way that I wanted to eat it.

My best mate left the rest of her lollies in my car: an unopened bag of party mix and some Malteasers (Whoppers to those of you in the States).  They’re going to DH’s office on Monday, along with the unopened bag of sour worms I craved yesterday but didn’t end up eating.  I just don’t want them in my house.  Someone else can get fat eating them, but not me.

I didn’t go to class this morning: I just didn’t feel like getting up and doing much of anything except lounging, finishing the Twilight movie I started last night, and thanking whatever God decided that 12 June was the last day for exams for the semester. But while I was watching Twilight, I noticed something really kind of awkward: does nearly every girl in the movie look anorexic or is it just me? On the one hand it’s anorexia, on the other, binging.  Where do we find the middle ground in a world of eating disorders?

Day 3, Level 1 30-Day Shred: Making progress.  Only times I ever stopped for a quick 2 or 3 second rest was the jump rope in the cardio and the bicycle crunches which are super slow.  My endurance is returning.  Very happy.  Switched out the weights with the 2 tinned peaches for my shoulders and the 3kg weights for biceps and back.  I like that arrangement much better.  :o)

Vroom Vroom!

I have the distinct feeling….

Well, several distinct feelings actually.

The first is that I can’t move my left leg.  Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, I would hobble along until I got where I needed to be.  But it’s compounded by the second feeling known in the fitness world as “jelly arms”: the feeling that you’ve overworked your muscles and they feel like jelly.  Think Santa.  I looked like Quasimodo going to ring the bells of Notre Dame.

This is probably because of the third feeling.  I have officially been to the eighth circle of Hell: The 30 Day Shred Level 1, Day 1.

All I can say about this video is “what a workout”.  It’s divided into sets of 3: 3×3 minutes of strength training, 3×2 minutes of cardio, 3×1 minute of ab work.

Plus: Lots of plyometrics- jumps: jumping jacks, jump rope, butt kicks.  You didn’t do more than 20 reps per 30 seconds.  All exercises were slow and controlled- quality over quantity.  Good technique.

Negative: No sound.  This was my stereo’s fault more than hers.  Cooldown- I don’t think it targeted enough muscle groups and was static, but then again, I like a lot of flexibility.  The people who do her video probably aren’t looking for extreme flexibility.

Overall experience: 9/10 (.5 point for no sound, but the video does have sound; and .5 points for muscle pull– both are my own doing).  Definitely recommended for people who want fast, simple and effective workouts.

Vroom, cough, splutter, vroom.

Introduction and an explanation

Hi there.  Welcome to my world.  You might find it disturbing, insightful or just plain weird.  Whatever you find it to be, at least try to keep an open mind.  There is a shortage of open-minded people in this world.

Firstly, an explanation of the blog title.  This is the best metaphor I can use to describe what I’m about to do.  I’m going from a size 16 to an 8.  In my view, that’s going from a school bus (think of the big yellow cheese wagons that you rode to school in): big, not very efficient, slow and always having to stop for various reasons.  That’s me right now.  I’d like to think of myself as a red Ferrari when I get to an 8: sleek, sexy, and something that everyone dreams of having (and only one lucky man gets!).

On the road to my goal self, I’ll be changing shape.  From a school bus (size 16), to a Chevy Suburban (size 14), Nissan Terrano (size 12), Toyota Camry (size 10) and Ferrari (size 8).  A girl’s gotta have goals.  I like cars.  Don’t know a lot about them, but I like them.  And I like the idea of being, in my mind at least, a red-hot Ferrari.  I mean, didn’t you want one when you were a kid??  What about now?  Be nice, wouldn’t it?

So, that’s just an explanation of what the blog is about.  Not really an introduction per se.  As intros go, my age will change later this year, so no point in letting you know what it is (besides, a lady doesn’t tell her secrets or her age), what I do or who I’m doing it with.

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, I start the 30 Day Shred.  Apparently, this is a 20 minute hard-core workout from The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Micheals.  I previewed it, thinking it would be easy.  I’ll let you know.

Vroom vroom.