Weight and Resistance Training - LWL #232 Dec 5 - 11

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12-05-2005, 07:44 AM
Good Morning LWL :sunny: Actually it's snowy here, but I don't see a snowflake icon.

How was everybody's weekend? Kyk, how is the ankle? 2F, how did weekend food go? Rabbit, how did you fare?

I got in a good cardio session on Saturday, then gave myself a "munching" day. I long ago decided that "free day" was the worst idea ever invented for people like me who tend to compulsive eating, but I did it anyway. Maybe it will help me stop during the rest of the week. Sunday was back on track despite not being home most of the day and being offered bagels and cream cheese with lox, and a big box of chocolates!

Tonight is my ds's Holiday Chorus concert, with the usually buffet of sugar laden goodies afterwards. That won't be to hard to avoid, because I know if I get out early, I'll miss a HUGE traffic jam in the school parking lot!

Hope you all had a good weekend and have a great Monday:)

Chest and cardio for me today.


12-05-2005, 09:08 AM
My twenty-minute vow was kept last night, though the workout didn't go well at all. Supposed to snow here today, so I may be leaving work early. (Kinda bugs because I want the OT.) But if I have to go, I'll just figure out some workout to do at home.

Had a terrible weekend eating-wise, and am paying for it on the scale. I think I have the same problem as Mel - I'm a compulsive eater, and a "free day" is never just one day, but two or three or etc. But I'm back to the clean stuff today, if only because there's no chocolate left and I'm not buying any more. :nono:

12-05-2005, 09:42 AM
:wave: Hello LWL! My free day consisted of French food, being in Paris at the time! Bacon, toast, pain au chocolat, hot chocolate for breakfast, cheese baguette for lunch, then mixed grill with 1/2 portion of french fries. All in all didn't feel too bad! :D But the overnighter on the coach was a bust :o Since we had to get turfed off the coach to go on the ferry I woke up and was starving! Ate chocolate on the way there and biscuits on the way back! :doh: Sunday was ok, since we woke up at 3pm then there wasn't much time to eat!

The coach arrived at 7:30am, then we caught the RER train to Versailles, which was lovely, the castle is HUGE! Aboslutely HUMUNGOUS! I've never seen anything like it! Apparently, at the time 80% of France's money was spent building it! They like their opulence! :D I bought the first 2 Harry Potter books in french and a Christmas present for mum. Then we got the train back to Les Halles, which is a huge shopping centre - it got really busy and we were getting tired and narked off! Then we went to the two big department stores, Printemps and Galarie Lafayette, that was even busier than Les Halles! So we decided to go and find a little restaurant that we went to last time and we went to the L'Arc de Triomphe and walked down the Champs Elysee to find little restaurant. We found it, just after we thought we'd lost it! Then we were back on the coach! Got back to London at 4:15am, got home and went to bed till 3pm!

Apart from eating I finished all my Christmas shopping! And it's all wrapped, and I even bought myself a pretty dress for clubbing. Think Marilyn Monroe in the white dress, but it's more of a royal blue, with black lace trim. It shows off my curves (yes even my butt!) and looks fab! :D

Before we got the coach to Paris I managed to squeeze in some weights, so that was good, and this lunchtime I have done another (HUGE) run! :D I made it all the way through this time! I'm really pleased about that! I had to bully myself to not stop, but I'm glad I didn't! YAHOOOO!

Running has stolen my appetite, I was feeling a bit ill since I had 50g of Soya Nuts :barf: which were nice, but I think they've just not agreed with me. Hmmmm! :chin: So I will wait till I feel less barfy to have my tuna and egg fried rice (because that sounds barfy enough by itself! :rofl: )

I'm vowing to keep up the running this week, since it's WI on Friday! :devil: I'm extra specially determined again! I need to buy more salad though! :lol:

I also have a problem with complusive eating, I'm reading a book called The Hungry Years about a guy who is a compulsive eater, he says that when you binge, it's just click. Like you can't control anything once the click has come on! But my mini-binge last weekend actually helped me a lot, it's given me a whole new mindset and I'm more determined than ever - again! Even after going to Paris and eating fatty french food, it's put me in a diet frame of mind! Maybe that's what the "free day" is all about! :dunno:

12-05-2005, 01:16 PM
Weekend was OK - I did a lot of walking and running with my dog inspite of snow everywhere. Yesterday did agility with him in stables for the first time and i tell you - distances there are huge and I ran a lot! Foodwise was not really good - my husband got free 2 kg of truffles and put them in the middle of the table and KIDS DO NOT LIKE THEM! I have to admit, I am not really keen on them either, but they are chocolate - there is still 1.5kg left but it does not make it any better or easier.
2F - I was in Versaille in 1995 with 5 y.o. daughter and we had to carry her everwhere as she was very tired! Now she does not even remember that she was there and I mostly remember how heavy she was and how HUGE the place is!!!
Have a nice weekend everyone!

12-06-2005, 03:38 AM

Rabbit reporting in after the sinterklaas weekend ! I wasn't MIA, but busy, very busy.

Saturday we celebrated sinterklaas, and I and the kids had a lovely evening!.
Food-wise it was easy: as the kids cannot eat much we skipped dinner and made small savoury snacks instead so everone of us had something he or she liked. I made stuffed eggs, my daughtres made cheese-pastries and my sun meatballs and skewers with small sausages, pickles and tomatoes. I added some bread and crackers, cheese and fresh fruit (my daughter is a fruitoholic) and we were done for an evening of fun. And I had a bottle of champagne of course. The we spend the evening eating the snacks and opening gifts and it was great. The kids enjoyed their gifts very much and I enjoyed watching their happy faces. I'm more or less broke now, but it was worth it absolutely. Sunday we went to Harry potter 4 with my sister & her family, and this also was great.

Then yesterday was very busy as well. A discussion about jobs and a meeting with my lawyer, which was extremely informative. She is a very competent woman, analysed the situation in an admirable way, told me where I am legally this again was money very well spent. We also discussed how to handle this. Since I am not in a time squeeze, and my husband will be, we will leave the initiative at his side. I know now where I am, I also know that agreements made at the therapist are binding. I am glad that I made this step as it makes it clearer exactly where I stand, and i am glad to have a really competent lawyer at my side.

Today I work at home because my daughter has the day off from school for sinterklaas, which officially was yesterday. First try to get into the habit of working at home, and I'll have to get accustomed to it.

Yesterday I did the "sitting meditation" CD from my course from the stress clinic. I found it difficult to "sit" for 45 minutes, but I notice that I did feel more relaxed and alert then i had expected to yesterday evening. I want to do a CD again today and continue on this path. I think this will make it easier to handle the present stresses.

Have a great day all,


12-06-2005, 04:51 AM
:wave: Hello! Rabbit, sounds like you had a lovely day :D

I had a lazy night yesterday after my running spree! It's kickboxing tonight so that's MORE CARDIO :faint: Eats have been reasonably clean (wasn't hungry for lunch yesterday, at all, so didn't eat till I got home but by then I was a low-blood-sugar-raging-monster :devil: ) and I've got lots of lovely protein snacks for work today.

I bought lots of lovely fruit and veg last night - a custard apple, butternut squash, aubergine, mushrooms, courgettes and lots of other yummy stuff! :D

I'm off to mum & dad's for the weekend this weekend. I'm really going to try and be very very healthy (or at least not fall into the biscuit tin the second I walk through the door!). I've got mum to buy ingredients for a stir-fry and I'll just have to hide the biscuit tin out in the duck house or somewhere! I might take protein powder! :lol: Who knows! :dunno: :crossed:

12-06-2005, 09:20 AM
I've eaten clean for two (2) days. I can't say more or I might break the spell!

12-06-2005, 09:26 AM
I've opened a glamour fund. You'll like this: it's in an old peanut butter jar. For each day I manage to eat clean, I put 1 (2 $US?) in the jar. That seems like a lot to me. The aim is that I get success rolling, I get a good amount in the fund, and then go and blow it. That underpins my success, it rolls along more, I get a good amount, etc, etc.

It's a virtuous circle. I can't lose. I am brilliant for thinking of this.

12-06-2005, 09:32 AM
I like the glamour fund idea. It's so much nicer to be able to buy cute things in small sizes than to pig out on junk and regret it. (And I say this with no judgment, because I've done both.)

Rabbit - pardon my ignorance, but what is sinterklaas?

Fit in a workout last night, but not quite twenty minutes. I'm so tired I'm not even sure I'm conscious.

12-06-2005, 09:39 AM
I like the glamour fund idea.

Thank you. I have high hopes of it.

Fit in a workout last night, but not quite twenty minutes. I'm so tired I'm not even sure I'm conscious.

Well done, Shannon. Anything is better than nothing. Try to get a bit of rest, too, won't you? If your body is anything like mine, it will thank you for it.

12-06-2005, 09:40 AM
silverbirch - my glamour fund is going on some studio portrait photographs when I'm buff! :D It's a great idea - we are geniuses! :lol: I do 50p for every bout of exercise, 50p for a clean eat day (which works out approx £1 a day) :D

12-06-2005, 05:50 PM
Oh I have a pink moneybox, that's going to be my glamour fund. I'll start tomorrow!!!!

My ankle is a very attractive purple colour, and still painful. It's certainly getting better though. I'm not back at the gym yet, I am swimming tomorrow, then on Friday will do some non weightbearing cardio like rower and bike and hopefully it will start to improve so I'll be back in the gym at weekend. Doc thoguht it would be back to normal by then. My gym instructor is giving me some exercises to do to get it strong again, he happens to be a physiotherapist as well, which is useful.

12-07-2005, 05:40 AM

Shannon - Sinterklaas is the holy bishop of Myra (turkey) who lives in spain in a castle with moorish servants, all called zwarte piet (black peter). Every year he aarrives with the steamboat from spain and he travels on his white horse over the rooftops with his servants to put presents in good childrens shoes. On his birthday, december 5th, he brings present to all the good children, and the bad children go in a big bag and are taken away when he travels back to spain. Sinterklaas is a big thing in the netherlands and I believe in Flanders. The arrival of sinterklaas is live on television every year, and the day after his birthday most schools are closed so the chiildren can play with their presents. Incidentally, if you translate the name, you get something like "saint klaas" where "klaas" is the dutch version of the german "klaus".

That said, I'm in for a quiet morning. Working at home, avoiding most criseses. Now I'm practicing the meditation CDs more I notice that i do have a continuous undercurrent of thoughts, mostly about the XH situation. So I think the meditation stuff is really helping! i did the body scan yesterday, so today I'll do the "sitting" or maybe the yoga.

Silverbirch - absolutely brilliant idea to go for the glamourfund!!!! Brilliant brilliant brilliant!!. I see peanutbutter jars, moneyboxes and the like sprouting out everywhere.

Have a great day all,

12-07-2005, 02:32 PM
Morning ladies. I've been super busy and not much time to hang out on the internet! :lol:

Rabbit - glad you and the kids had a good sinterklaas. Your idea of little snacks in place of dinner is one I may copy. Do you give presents at Christmas as well? Your lawyer seems to be on top of things. Now you have someone in your corner. My DH does some CDs like you have. He especially likes the body scan.

My eating is being sorely tempted these days. Lots of people like to fee the "library ladies" it seems. We've had lots of sweets this week, and there's still 2 more weeks to go. :eek: Tonight we having a soup dinner at church before the Advent service. I made a large pot of a veggie soup which is very filling and low cal - has only 8 oz of sausage for about 8 quarts of soup (okay so I upped the ratio of veggies to meat :) )

12-08-2005, 04:41 AM
:wave: Hello...

It's a bit quiet in here! I'm doing ok, did another run yesterday lunchtime, off to double kickboxing tonight. Having a mega super duper clean eats week! Am really not hungry either. I must be ill! :dunno:

Last night I baked some protein muffins which I haven't done in a while, this time I got a proper muffin tin and lined it with greaseproof paper and they look all pretty and nice. Taste great too! ;)

Keep up the great work laydees, wherever you are! :lol:

12-08-2005, 08:53 AM
Here I am, still nursing my ankle, which gets better then worse again, sigh. It's still quite swollen, so no lifting or cardio for me at the moment. I will swim tomorrow though. I am struggling a bit with not going to the gym, I am finding I really want to exercise, but I know I can't at the moment. If it feels a bit better on Monday I'll start doing some non weight bearing cardio, like bike and rower and do some upper body weights.

I'm glad your protein muffins turned out well, I still haven't purchased any protein powder yet, perhaps my new years resolution will be to eat more protein!!!!

I'm still amazed that I kept to this years resolution which was to lose weight and get fitter!

12-08-2005, 09:14 AM
Keep up the great work laydees, wherever you are!:lol:

Thanks. I was at the gymn (back and biceps, and cardio). I'm very pleased with myself at present. Clean eats still so the glamour fund jar is filling up, and rescheduling my gymn visits so that I go even though the week is rather busy (e.g., school carol service tomorrow).

Thinking aloud here. I might tell myself to lose two stone (=28lbs) this coming year. I'd split it up into half-stones (=7lbs) to make it manageable. I think part of my difficulty has been not having a clearly defined aim. As we all know, 'losing a lot of weight' doesn't really cut the mustard as an aim. I'd start on 1st December so I'd already have lost 3lbs. Pretty clever psychologically, don't you think?! What do you think?

Hope you're all fit and healthy. And topped up on sleep. EDIT Sorry, Kykaree, I know you're still suffering. You'll be better soon.

Rabbit - your lawyer sounds the bees' knees! What a find!

12-08-2005, 09:46 AM
Silverbirch, I like your idea about the splitting it up into 7lbs. That's so manageable in 3 months! I might follow you on that one! I know, my siggy says just another 13lbs to go, but my "healthiest BMI" would be me at 140lbs/10stone, so perhaps I'm aiming for 11st 7lbs by end of March! I like it :D

Been eating like a crazy woman this morning! All clean though! But I ate my snacks for this afternoon too. :doh: Been out for petrol at lunch, so I figured I'd buy some more food. I got a lovely :chin: chicken burger (not too bad, at least there's no breadcrumbs on the burger - it's "flame grilled" :rofl: ) and some melon slices to fill me up! I was thinking about buying peanut butter since I'd read somewhere that eating even a small amount of protein straight away after a workout stops muscle deteriation and promotes fat loss and muscle growth. I'm thinking I might mix some peanut butter and chocolate protein powder to put in my kickboxing bag so I can lick a fingerful after class! :lol: I'm going to try it next time I'm near peanut butter!

12-09-2005, 04:15 AM

TGIF!!! And friday is my day off. I am exhausted by the last week, although I have no real reason to be. I am however "hearing" a lot of my unconscious thoughts. Apparently the meditation CDs are working, and what I hear is not nice. All centered around me being stupid and worthless because XH dumped me. I am battleng these thoughts all day, counteracting that my worth did NOT change when I was dumped, and that, in fact, I have accomplished a LOT in the past 2 months. Furthermore, although XH dumped me, the kids definetely choose to live with ME and not with him. I'll not bore you further, but you can see that I am a busy woman in my mind right now!!!

This weekend the kids are with XH so i have planned a lot of ME time. I have to do the household chores of course, but I made an appointment with the hairdresser, and sunday there is a market that I might go to. Furhtermore I'm going to have a luxurious breakfast in bed, a nice bath, and maybe even do some excercise!!!

Kykaree-I hope the ankle is getting better

Pat - interesting to hear that your husband is also working with the CDs. I have the feeling this is working for me (see the rant above). I feel that I am slowly but steadily working my way out of the depression and burn-out situation, and luckily it happens to work for the divorce situation XH threw in as well.

Meg, Mel, Tiki, Ilene - where are you guys?? Still getting over thanksgiving or busy in the christmas thing???

Silverbirch, 2F - sounds like you are doing allright! 2F: the idea of licking peanutbutter sounds yucky, also will give a terriffic mess if something breaks or spills into your sports bag IMO. If you do the experiment, please report back how this works out!

Have a great day all,

12-09-2005, 04:30 AM
Ooh yeah I never thought about the breakages! :lol: I will have to wrap it in bubble wrap!

Anyways, double kickboxing last night, very good. Had a nice bath when I came home and lazed around. This morning is horrendously foggy so I am taking the morning as holiday and going to go into work at lunchtime. :D

Oooh I got my new watch yesterday from gilrsruntoo website. It's lovely, I can programme intervals into it (although only 2 but still good!) and it beeps when the interval's over. I'm a happy running watch bunny!

Might squeeze in some weights this morning, since I've not got much else to do. Then hoping for a clean weekend with the 'rents. I've decided I'm definitely hiding the biscuit tin! :rofl:

12-09-2005, 09:20 AM
Good luck with the biscuit tin, 2F!

I woke up to 5 inches of snow, which is still falling. All my clients have canceled for the day, leaving me with my first unscheduled day in eons! Other than a meeting with a health insurance broker and clearing the driveway, there's nothing on my calendar! I may try to just blast down the driveway (I have 4 wheel drive) and see if the mall really opened at 7am. So far my Christmas shopping has been sparse, and I've nothing to wear to the formal party that I'm supposed to be attending tomorrow night :eek:

I will do arms and cardio today, but I may stay home and do it. Plus shovel cardio :rofl: Actually, we bought a huge snowblower two years ago after a dreadful winter, and ds and dh are anxious to use it. Figures, it hardly snowed at all after we bought it. Sure did a lot of shoveling the year before....

Rabbit- enjoy your ME weekend.
SB- Sounds like you are back in the groove. Good way to look at it.
Pat- Not only do people feed library ladies, but they seem to want to feed trainers! :dizzy: I'm being brought all the food I tell my clients NOT to eat.
Kykaree- Yay for sticking to last year's New Years resolutions :bravo: How is your ankle?
Tiki- are you still out there?
Ilene- How goes the cross-training?

Have a good day, LWL.


12-10-2005, 07:49 AM

The jouse is silent except for the washing machine. The kids just left for the weekend with XH, and I'm ready to commence MY weekend!. First of all, some cleaning, and then on to the haidressers and on to the shop to get me some good smelling bath bubbles. This evening I have to catch the cat... I have a mouse problem in the house so the cat has to stay indoors to solve that. And I have to sort out some administrative stuff.

But the good thing was I managed to let them go without crying, and i am even sort of looking forward to the time off.

have a nice day,

12-10-2005, 07:57 AM
Are you still online, rabbit? Well done so far and enjoy the rest of your day.

Just flying in for a moment. It's one of those days here. More later.

Love, Silverbirch.

12-11-2005, 08:21 AM

Sunday and the house is still silent. Sofar the weekend went well, but now I'm having a dip. Another 8 hours untill the kids come home again. I slept in, had a long bath, cleaned the house, caught the cat, and I should do some administrative chores now. But I guess I'll just enjoy some spare time now.

Silverbirch- thanks for your kind words.

Some 4 hours later: I was really feeling a bit down when I wrote the above. So I took myself out of the house to the christmas market in the next village. I immediately remembered why I never go to such things, lots of people, a lot of greasy food...but I wandered around for about an hour, dropped into the bookstore, bought some christmas cards and generally actually enjoyed myself being out in the crowd. And my sad mood has passed. As they say in the CBT book: action comes before motivation. But I am proud of myself because I have solved this on my own.

Have a great day all,


12-11-2005, 11:27 AM
Hello LWL - just got back Fri night and spent yesterday and this morning working through e-mails. It may take me a few days to read and catch up with the goings-on of you all. More in next week's thread (just let me say, Las Vegas was fabulous).

12-11-2005, 01:16 PM
Hello ladies, hope everyone is doing well. Rabbit, you have been on my mind all weekend, glad you got over your dip you are doing so well in a very cr@ppy situation. You are becoming one tough cookie (in a good way). Our Christmas markets in Manchester are really good, the food is lovely and not too greasy. I had my treat meal yesterday, a flame grilled steak burger which was fab and probably within plan, and chocolate strawberries. My friend and I decided the chocolate calories were more than outweighed by the fruit!!!

I am pleased to report some progress on my ankle. I swum a mile today and have done a lot of walking. It has a lot more flexibility and the swelling has gone down markedly. My calf is a little tender though. One of the gym instructors thought I could probably start resistance work today, but it still feels a bit dodgy, and I will see how it is tomorrow and then give it a try. Because of my coordination issues and balance problem, I think even upper body work on a dodgy ankle is probably not overly wise.

12-11-2005, 03:47 PM
Morning ladies! Well, it is still morning here. :lol:

Had a good session at the gym yesterday - though all cardio! I am working into HIIT since the thought of doing cardio beyond about 30 minutes leaves me cold. When I finished yesterday I felt like I was going to wash down the drain in the shower along with the soap. :rofl: Recovered pretty quickly though and managed in an hour (while DH finished his workout/sauna/shower) to get to the store and buy film for work (preschoolers with Santa), an outfit for a dressy party next Sat (30% off!) and gas for the car - $2.35, the cheapest I've seen for a long, long while. I was only 5 minutes later than I'd told DH. :)

Last night we had fireworks for our city's Colony Christmas, which from the sounds of it is like Rabbits and Kykaree's Christmas market - lots of craft shows, food, sleigh rides. It had been raining off and on all day and at 30 F coating the parking lots - whooee slippery! Fireworks were great though.

This morning I'm doing laundry after a lovely breakfast of Ilene's pancake topped with unsweetened applesauce. :) In a half hour or so I'm off to meet DH for a latte and the Sunday paper (he's at a yoga/meditation). This afternoon is open - though we hope to get out to our back acre and see if the tree we marked this fall is really good enough to cut for a Christmas tree, or if we need to go buy one!

Good to see you Rabbit. And horray for you picking yourself up and improving your mood! Ellen, sounds like you enjoyed Las Vegas. I'll be waiting to hear about it. Hi to the rest of you! Have a great Sunday!