Diet + Exercise = Confusion

I love food. I tolerate exercise. So, how on earth do I combine the two in the healthiest way? Apparently, I haven’t been doing it right at all.

For example, eating a high calorie, high carb energy bar AFTER my workout and then parking my ass on the couch is a huge FAIL. Makes sense though. My body’s in “go” mode and I’m making it do nothing. Fail #1.

Also, after I came home & showered, I devoured a bagel with cream cheese (light cream cheese, in my defence!). Fail #2. What can I say? I’m a carb whore!!

Anyway, Kyle informed me of my mistakes (Darn him and his BCRPA certified mom!) and now I’m going to try and make a better effort to eat properly after my workouts. I guess giving my body fuel and then not using it isn’t so good. Goodbye carbs! Hello healthy stuff! Maybe I’ll even bust out the blender and start making myself smoothies. I just have to find myself a meal plan I guess.

On a random side note: My laptop is down for 2-3 “business days” :( My USB 2.0 drives stopped working and my camera card reader (more times than not) freezes my computer completely. I’m a little sad about it, but at least we still have Kyle’s desktop PC. And thank Cheesus that my cellphone is uber wicked-awesome and I can catch up on my blogs on there :)

On another random side note: My wedding dress arrived today and I’m picking it up tomorrow. I’m SOOOO excited to get back into it!

Any post-workout munchie tips for me?

Morning Person

I’m actually so NOT a morning person. I like to lounge around all morning on the couch and sip my coffee while I wake up. So when I went and signed up for a new gym membership (at a different gym than the last one I went to) I got the idea in my head that I’ be all tough at get up when Kyle goes to work and gym-it-out first thing in the morning. Hell yes!

So yesterday morning, I dragged my ass out of bed and got ready to go. Kyle chuckled at how bleary-eyed I was, I groaned and told him to get to work.

Really, once I got up and moving, it wasn’t so bad. My sleepiness wore off quickly as my heart rate increased. (Sidenote: How accurate are the built-in heart rate monitors on the machines? It told my my heart rate was “high” but didn’t give my actual rate. I have no idea what my heart rate was when I was exercising a year ago)

Verdict? I think I could be a morning person three times a week so I can get my butt into the gym. For now I’ll do cardio and hopefully I’ll be able to get the guts to use the weight machines. (I am totally shy to use the weight machines on my own.) Maybe I’ll even get a lap-pool friendly bathing suit and do some laps afterwards (String bikinis are not rapid-swimming friendly. Hell-oooo boob exposure!). Maaaaybe I’ll even start getting up earlier than 7 a.m., but lets not push it ;)

Are you a morning workout or evening workout person?

Down Dog/Downward Dog/TMI Thursday

So almost a month ago, I bought Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown DVD:

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It sat in my DVD rack for quite some time, partially because I was afraid of it and partially because I was so busy with freelancing and moving that I didn’t have the time or energy to pop it in and give it a whirl. On Tuesday morning, I finally got a chance to try it out!

I started off with Level 1 because I’ve never done yoga before, and it was still really intense! My flexibility apparently isn’t what it used to be, but I could really feel the burn! I don’t know if I have favourite pose, but I can tell you that my least-favourite pose is the camel pose:

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It just made me feel like I was going to roll backwards. Or that my neck was going to break. Moving onto the TMI part …

Daphne also decided to join me during the first little bit of the workout, which also brings a whole new (yet obviously dirty) meaning to the “Downward Dog” pose.  Yep, my beautiful, majestic and otherwise normalish canine decided that she would harness her inner instincts and tried to mount me while I was in the downward dog position. Awesome! I kicked her from the position, to which her response was to start growling and trying to shove me over. Thanks Daphne!

I’m glad I shut the curtains, because I’m pretty sure the neighbours would’ve got a great chuckle out of that little show.

A couple other things I learned quickly: Loose shirts are designed to come up and over your head and if you change into shorts and a sports bra, the dog hair on the carpet will stick to you if you sweat. No wonder why you use those special mats and wear tight clothes for yoga!

So, now I know that yoga won’t kill me, Daphne will probably keep trying to rape me, and to maybe invest in a yoga mat.

Happy Thursday! Got a TMI workout story to share?