Interview drama and the waiting game

I had an interview today!


But, the waiting game is the hardest. When I think of all the efforts and hoops I went through last night to prepare for this interview; I even had to run out to a clothing store to get an/and/or lightweight top to wear under my old suit jacket, or a new suit jacket or both. I brought home both.

About the clothes first; With the weight-loss I was finally, finally able to fit into a very nice Jones New York dress suit jacket which I purchased 5-years ago in 2009. I wore it to one interview and even then I couldn’t button the front button. As I got fatter and fatter I got to a point where I could no longer wear it and even fake that it doesn’t fit — oh my, the buttons and the gap between the buttons and button holes were 7-inches apart!

Fast forward to 50+lbs lighter… now the jacket is old, looks old, seems discolored or dusty (it’s black) fits me for sure but is actually too big in some areas like the back and shoulders (gaping – loved seeing that but it’s not attractive) and the buttoning of it is too high-waisted. Who knew? I mean, I could never button it before.  Well, now I know.

I could get away with wearing the old jacket but how I felt in it was more the issue. I’m an older woman (50’s) and I’m guaranteed that my competition will be much younger and those of them who really want to arrive pristine, they will be tough competition. That said, I wanted to look as contemporary as possible, rather than frumpy — and I would have.

Ya know, I just didn’t want to look like I borrowed someone elses old clothes!
I bought a beautiful short suit jacket that certainly does put the old one to shame.

I looked smashing this morning. I arrived 15-minutes early as I always do…. (and they were already ready for me, so Kudo’s for me). With all that homework I did, the clothing drama; though the jacket was easy to find and buy… and I was home in less than 1-hour of shopping, the interview was rather short and they didn’t ask me a single behavioral question. My two interviewers told me much about the job that I would be doing and I confirmed that I would be excited to take on the job and (when do I start?)…

When you have an agent who sends you on these interviews, it’s the agent that has already done the selling of me; and therefore why I had the interview at all. So, generally the interviews are short  and sweet and seem more to the point of ‘looking me over, reading me and to see if we’re going to be compatible’.

I liked the job and two ladies who interviewed me. They are the two that I would be working with and if they feel we’ll be compatible, I’m in.

Hopefully, neither of those ladies owned the black Mercedes that I probably lightly door-dinged when I got out of my car…

So anyway, a 15-minute appearance in the new suiting jacket!
I hope it was worth the $90 investment!

In other important news…

newsThere isn’t really any. I’m being very serious again about food and exercise… that over being just serious and it looks like a lb has fallen off. Onward and downward. Today I shopped for low sodium turkey breast slices, Oroweat extra fiber whole grain bread and … I guess that’s it. I’m not a fan of sandwiches. Usually they equate to high sodium, too much bread and any sandwich must have cheese. Fortunately I don’t like mayonnaise and always use mustard.

My trainer is constantly after me about eating at least up to 1500-calories a day. I’m finicky and certain things that people do eat that is low-fat and high in protein are things I don’t like. Hummus, black beans, soy stuff; stuff like that to get calories and protein are things I won’t eat. I try not to eat grilled chicken salads because of the dressing and the need to prepare the chicken for the salad. Too much work and why would I buy lettuce that will go bad in a day or two and then the fat in the salad dressing issue. No, don’t like just vinegar, so. So it’s hard and lunches for me are the hardest. Anyway, the sandwich thing is pretty easy and highly portable so I have gone this route for my lunches.

Sandwich was delicious.

Last night I texted my trainer that I would not be able to do the session at 6:00. I wasn’t contacted until 3:30PM for the interview which was scheduled for 9:00AM the next day. I had to ‘study’, get clothes together, get hair washed night before to save time in the morning, and so on, not to exclude the inevitable impromptu shopping trip! Sure, training is only an hour investment in time but… getting there: 15-minutes, warm up: 30-minutes, Training: 50-minutes, getting home: 15-minutes, shower — as long as it takes. That’s more like close to 2-hours and I wasn’t up that distraction or interruption of my time.

Anyhoo…. must go put up Halloween lights!



Getting back!

Finally! I hit the gym tonight at 9:00PM.

I’m feeling as though I am, or possibly experiencing some depression. I’ve never had depression (I don’t believe in it) but spending 80% of the day in bed (on the bed; to be clear) watching TV is not a good thing. At times in my life the staying on the bed watching TV is normal, but caring less or finding a reason go get up and off the bed, is not.

I knew my best medicine would be exercise… the hardest part is getting there. Today I purposely waited until the evening to go since I knew my mom was in good hands with her husband at the symphony. She’s in good hands with him at home as well but with them at the symphony I knew it was safe in assuming I wasn’t needed the house.

But, in the midst of my gloom-and-doom-fest this evening I got a text from her husband. He says that they are at dinner before the symphony and she’s having trouble finding the silverware on the table. “Knife, fork, etc.” Poor thing. I do hope she at least found the wine glass. I mean that in love (mom loves her wine with dinner).

My.heart.sank! I ate with them just two days ago and she knew of and found the silverware just fine and had no trouble eating at all. We have no surgery date yet and with this new status report… it might be useless unless it happens soon. Also with this news, the reality; is becoming a real-er reality.

Something in that message from him triggered me to get serious about getting to the gym. Strange? Why? Because an hour of distraction in a healthy way will make for a stronger me and it looks like I’m going to be needing a lot of workouts in the weeks and months to come. And because if I am having depression (I don’t think I do, I’m just not motivated to do much; and I think this is normal and understandable) news like this means that without exercise, I will only get worse and I need to stay strong!


52-minutes of cardio; rowing, stair climbing and Incline Training. A little TRI of sorts — or a combo plate; you decide. I’ve improved so much on the stair climbing beast but in my mood and sense of self-esteem (being low on this day) I climbed next to a young woman who was banging it out at probably level 12 with no rest breaks. She was racing those stairs… And I felt so insignificant being on level 7 and was taking water breaks. I KNOW it was all in my imagination but she just gave me a vibe that read… you are a loser and you’re not taking this seriously. (well, she doesn’t know how hard it was to get there =D in the first place!)

So I did my 12-minutes on the climber (should have done 15) and then rowed for 17-minutes and 23-minutes on the incline trainer steadily on 21-incline at 4.5-MPH. And I had NO trouble with that. I could have done it all night. Funny what works for us and what we’re comfortable with. And, that’s exactly Andre’s point — and why he wants me on the stair climber — because it isn’t easy for me. Whatev, I did a bit of each that he wanted me to do and then the Incline Trainer where my comfort zone is.

The workout felt good, I was distracted and even at one point I was either so wrapped up in thought I didn’t notice how much time had passed, and other times I was complete in the fitness mind zone. So I got a break.

No plans for tomorrow; we don’t really make plans these days but I will head over to moms, anyway. But before that, I need to start making some calls. I can’t get a straight story out of her about whom she’s told or called. Her husband can’t give me a straight answer either and that said, getting any information out of either of them is a huge frustration and challenge. One sure thing is, nobody will be happy with me if she goes into surgery and/or dies and I never told anyone she was ill. :nono4:

So, I shall take things into my own hands. I never know if what I decide to do on her behalf is something she would want me to do or not, but the sad thing is — she won’t recognize or remember it anyway. :cry2:. Now this is not to say she isn’t coherent and looking healthy (at least I think so) – she’s just not sure of what she’s doing half the time.

ANYWAY Good for me for making that difficult step to get back to the gym; I’ve gone but in the past week and a half, only on Andre days :n:NOT GOOD.

A little more than annoyed

Yeah! I’m a little more than annoyed that my BodyBugg will not record my 1-hour recumbent bike, rides as physical activity.

There’s nothing worse than going to the gym for the sole purpose of getting logged in at the counter, a possible sighting of me by my trainer, for good measure, and the hope to add 60-minutes of physical activity on my BodyBugg. (I said sole purpose because tonight — I didn’t feel like going to the gym and forced myself…. to go to to the gym for the sole purpose of getting logged in at the counter, a possible sighting of me by my trainer, for good measure, and… burn some calories of course, as well!

How disappointing to come home, sync, and realize that only 38-minutes of physical activity was recorded. What a waste!

Well, not really a waste of time but people… In reality I had 38-minutes of physical activity throughout the day and 60-minutes of cardio for a grand total of 1-hour and 38-minutes.

I am driven in exercise by numbers and personal competition. And awesome data. Now the BodyBugg WILL record the activity as daily activity – that part that counts calories again expenditures… BUT, the BodyBugg will not record any data in the “Physical” activity data so that is rather disappointing; at least visually. That said, my data records are showing a decline — when there is not one. BUT, reading the threads on Facebook about this topic on BodyMediaFIT, many people have complained about a bugg in the BodyBugg for bike riders.

So there you have it. When my foot heals I’m going to the treadmill for kick ass running. NOT! But just power walking and working up to a goal will increase my calorie burns and so on…

If it sounds like I’m more than a little unimpressed with my physical activity and progress — you’d be right. I mean, I’m still losing and in fact very rapidly. It’s the kind of loss where you say to yourself; I wonder if there is something wrong with me? I had to laugh at that thought when I had it! Like, are you kidding me? 3-months of hardcore cardio (sans 2-weeks) and 2 major physical training session per week — and I’m asking myself if there is something wrong with me losing so much weight?

Girl needs a reality check!!

My problem is though that I can’t get real excited about being on a recumbent bike. My heart rate rose to a whopping 89 this evening during a 1-hour ride. I’m not allowed to have tension set or to ride too fast. So, there you have it.

caprisTonight I stopped in at the Sports Authority. It’s conveniently located next door to the gym. I bought a new pair of  workout Capri just below the knee workout pants. $40 (I know!) but they have the Nike swoosh on the lower left front leg — looks kinda cool and after all, I hadn’t been putting in a lot of effort in the workout leggings while I was fat — black is black no matter the brand… but some of them are getting pretty thin… Those aren’t them in the photo, but that kind.

May 1st is the day I get to go without my cast shoe. My foot feels fine and looks fine but at times I am reminded that it might not be as right as I think it is so I’m going to be a good girl and see this through for the full 4-weeks. 18-days, or 2-weeks and 4-days left in the shoe. But shhhhh! I’m not wearing the shoe at the moment. No worries on that as long as I remember to walk flat, no bending and especially to bend my foot under the desk like I always do. I rarely have the shoe off and even wear it when I get up from a dead sleep to go to the bathroom. As for right now; I just changed from my workout legging to the new ones to see how well they fit. And, that’s why.

Lots going on and lots of weight coming off.

And yet, today is not a work day; nor was yesterday or the day before.

My 5-week contract ended and as it stands right now for being hired — time will tell. The team of the 4 of us were all interviewed before leaving the company for various roles. Those roles are not now readily available but could become open job postings in mid April. Therefore, I have been a free non-working spirit for a total of 3-days. And, I start a new job tomorrow. The thing about the new job I start tomorrow; it ends tomorrow. Yeah, a 1-day gig but one that will keep me in the good graces of my agent who was so grateful to me for taking this last-minute role.

I also interview on Friday morning for a longer termed job in an administrative role. That said, the ball is still rolling and so… I’m happy to keep the money coming in.

Bodybugg, Personal Training and weight loss

I can’t keep up with my falling pants and jeans size but here’s the exciting low-down on that: Dropped 2-jean sizes and happy to have successfully shopped at The Loft yesterday with a purchase of 1-pair white jean, 1-pair light washed jeans and 1 gorgeous pair of black dress slacks. All size 14’s and Ann Taylor’s size limit IS size 14. That is the biggest size. That said, twas an honor to bring home 3- perfectly fitting pair.

However, after wearing one pair of the jeans out last night (out to dinner, with the price tag still on the inside back of the jeans) they did, as I had hoped they wouldn’t — they stretched out to large proportions in the legs. They are going back to the store.  Yes, that’s tacky but I did ask if I could return them if they did indeed stretch out after wearing them. I wore the white ones briefly around the house and they too stretched out. Back to the store they go.

As for the black slacks — They are gorgeous and fit perfectly. And thank goodness I bought them — I’ll need them for the interview on Friday. If those stretch out — that’s easy to repair as pulling in inseams and such things is a simple task; as it is not sometimes, for jeans.

I’m sitting here at my desk in a Polo shirt. This is a big huge deal to me. I haven’t been able to look even reasonably attractive in a polo shirt and well, because they never fit. Too tight and too offensive. This one slid on and looks fantastic. No rolls no stomach (not nearly as much) and I look just above reasonably acceptable in this shirt. In fact, I’m going back for another one.

Summarizing: Two pant sizes down and falling still, 1 ‘tops’ size and a hell of  a lot of back fat gone.

This girl is starting to feel somewhat normal in size and confidence.

The BodyBugg remains a great tool for me and my trainer to communicate with. I love syncing it about twice a day to see where I am with exercise. Yesterday I walked and walked and walked the mall with friend which yielded me 38-minutes of exercise and about 4000 steps of the 10000 steps required in my quota — just by going shopping!

Meeting goal is definitely about cardio and exercise but in instances like this; walking is walking and at the end of the day it is the steps you took — not how you took them; i.e., shopping or banging down on a treadmill. But sure, hard cardio is better for me than strolling in a mall. However, and still — soon after that shopping trip I found myself on a treadmill for 40-minutes as a requirement before my training session. Even with the few extra steps I take walking and ‘doing’ around the gym floor, my total steps yesterday totaled 13,494, So see! The mall strolling did count!!

I had a few down (lower exertion) days last week. My trainer texted me this past Saturday at 5:30 a.m.; just as I was dreading rolling out of bed for that 7:00 a.m. training and told me he had to cancel. He was sick. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such good news in my entire life!! Back to bed for me. For reasons which I cannot —  honestly remember, I wasn’t able to get to the gym during the day. As the evening rolled closer and closer I still couldn’t seem to get it going.

Then, I had a family issue and even so, I knew I had to get to the gym to check in. My trainer would never know what exactly I did at the gym; just that I was there. The day turned out to become a very upsetting one and when I finally got to the gym — I had no shoes with me so I couldn’t work out. I did go in, check in, hit the ladies room and told the guy who looked at me weird as I headed for the front door that I had left my shoes in the car (and never to return that evening).  Yup! I cheated.

But still, this is another case where I had been very active during the day and that activity did show up on the BB report in 31-minutes of time. And, that was close enough to cover it up — because “A” looks at the end of week report which gives weekly averages — he doesn’t go through every single days report. And heck yeah — I balanced that average yesterday with 3-miles on the books, 13,500 steps and 1-hour and 36-minutes of cardio. PLUS my training session.


The first clump on the activity expenditure report is me getting up and getting dressed, moving about, feeding the cat and constantly up and down my staircase. The next clumps of sporadic activity are me and my friend walking and shopping. The pause in the middle is lunch at noon (grilled salmon).  The smaller clumps between 3:00 and 5:00 are me at home, once again getting ready for something; changing into gym clothes, up and down the stairs again and other preparedness preparation — the power in the neighborhood went down at 3:30 p.m.  Still, I went to the gym and that clump should be obvious. The darker steady clump is straight cardio and the up and down activity with peaks is personal training. Standing still; even though exercising doesn’t give as much ‘drama’ on the visual readout — but trust me — that man tried to kill me yesterday!

The other peaks on the chart are fairly small. The clump between 8:00 and 9:00 is me fumbling around the house in the dark looking for clothes and a bag to take stuff to a friend’s house; to change clothes and head out to dinner. What else is there to do during a power outage — which by the way, ended at 12:30 a.m.

But I dunno – maybe I’m a geek but to be able to track my day and activity and whereabouts is nothing but fascinating.

My end of week reports still show too much fat consumption (it’s so hard!). I’m down to 21% intake from 33% or higher. Still, he wants me at 15% and that my friends, is rough — especially when salmon comes into play. I’m not eating anything I’m not supposed to be and fat is very little. For that 21% I do blame the salmon. But then again — what else can you do when your taken to an Asian Bistro (PF Changs?)  but have the baked salmon???


12-official-lbs gone since 2/2 when I started training. However, since “A” was sick last Saturday, we did not have a weigh-in on ‘his’ scale. Still, my own scales reads differently but trends the same. On my home scale I took that loss number, upped it by 2-lbs and entered that number on the BodyBugg report. If that number is true; and it is certainly very close then I have lost 13.5-ish-lbs. By this Saturday we’ll expect to see another 2- or 3-lbs gone making that number around 15-lbs gone. AND adding that to the 10-lbs I lost before beginning with “A” — think 25-lbs total!


So much for that mini-vacation I thought I’d have this week before hitting the job market. My agent is too good and, as I noted, already has me working and interviewing. Today I had to do a drug screening for the day job — that kind of infuriates me since the wait there took a good chunk out of the day. But being a good sport will keep me on the agents amazing side.

At this moment..

I need to figure out how to use my time for the rest of this day. I do have to hit the gym for 1-hour but 5:00PM is not the time to do that. Planning on 7:30 – 8:30 or thereabouts so that I will miss the crowd; though its more about parking that equipment access. I don’t want to get home too late and DO want some quality me time before falling asleep. This means: Showered, clothes laid out, alarm clock set and me in bed by 9:30 p.m. all primed to watch TV (for a change) and fall into a deep sleep while watching it!

And then… Work tomorrow, gym (oh wait, tomorrow is a rest day!) and same scenario as this evening with some changes. I have a 10:00 a.m. interview and THANKFULLY I fit into the suit jacket and I have gorgeous new black slacks and a slimmer body. After the 10:00 a.m. interview I am free for the day — until Monday; if I get hired.

So yeah. Lots going on and lots of weight coming off.


I accept!

I got the job – the one that pays good money!


I’m so very excited of course and look forward to not starting until the 11th — with the exception of a days training on the 7th. And my apologies, I started writing this last Wednesday when I got the good news – I just got busy…

…and got down to the business of my Personal Training. Yes, it’s official.

This photo below was taken at 6:30 a.m. of the sun rising, of course in the east of me. Heading west, of course, I saw the reflection of this gorgeous sunrise in my side view mirror and I  just HAD to stop and take a photo. I The sunrise is gorgeous enough but it was the ‘accidental’ reflection against the car that made it the money shot.


Even though I didn’t ‘officially’ start training until this past Saturday, “A” had me start; well now that I think of it, I started training on the day the credit card was swiped, but we didn’t do a ‘session’ until Saturday. Anyway, he  ‘went over things’ and we got my BodyBugg adjusted. He told me to do cardio every night until I meet with him.

And so I met with him on Saturday and we did a pretty darn hard workout!!

At any rate, below is one of my daily report cards… I’m loving seeing the sleep data! Until A and I get together and go over compiled data for the week, I’m just a little bit in the dark with what these numbers mean — other than that the right hand column is full of positive information.


What’s weird, and likely true:  I don’t feel like or seems like I have walked that many steps. But there is an embedded graph which proves it.

That said, this is a clip of the full range of the day and circled first is the cardio with training. Cardio is the first tall ‘mass’ and the shorter and intermittent peaks and valleys is the training. And, in the next series of spikes is me at iTan, Old Navy, then Trader Joe’s and finally Costco. Then I’m home doing not much, and then a rise in the middle and I think this is where I was trying on clothes to see what I’d wear to the party, then shower and hair. Then, a nap and then around 2:45 you seem me actually “getting ready” to go… and so on.



Anyways, lots of things too look at in this program and it really is — something — and mind you — I have the poor people Bodybugg.

So, so far so good!

But it has been a crazy busy week — the kind of crazy busy with transitions… like doing one errand or class only to have to drive around come home to change clothing, maybe in some instances remove things from the car for a friend visiting (and I had to drive to lunch) then changing for a workout, putting things back in the car, then a date for this and time for that and …. it has been non-stop like this for the entire week.

And “Scarlett” knows she’s a princess and that maybe this is a day in the life for most. But this chick is exhausted and today (Sunday) is the only day I didn’t have to go do something; with the exception of the morning BodyPump class and 40-minutes of cardio.

Here is a sneak preview of my class getting started!


For the first time ever, I really struggled in this class. I think I was just run down completely with the crazy week winding down and the daily trips to the gym for cardio, and cardio and more cardio and cardio.  Also, in training yesterday, it was a full body workout with emphasis on core and upper body. Today I seemed weak. But, A said to do the workout — it’s good for me to keep my form.

Wrapping it up…

…Cuz girl needs her beauty sleep and tomorrow is the first of 7-days in a row without a morning, afternoon, or evening appointment. WOO-HOO. Still, I will have to look forward to 1-hour of cardio at some point in the day — but otherwise, free as a bird!

This photo was taken of me last night.  I cropped just me out of a huge photo because I wanted to post this one. This is me working very hard to completely hide myself behind my hands and crossed legs. The idea of posting this here is to use it as a before photo and fine statement of everything wrong about my being fat — hiding, being mortified and … pissed off. The next times that people insist on shooting pics of me – each next time will show an improvement and I will post it!


OK… off to bed!

Day 1 – my triceps are sore


ON MY HRM: Total Calories: 451. Total time: 85.7-mins. Miles: 2.06

A day of determination… Step one: Breakfast morning starter; “the smoothie”

Making it…

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Taking it…

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Getting there….


And finished … (and feet posing)!


Day 1

Being at the gym felt great, and immediately; again like my second home! It was fortunate that I didn’t see “A”, my trainer friend and thankful that it appeared he wasn’t even there today, at least while I was. I can’t wait to see him but the longer it takes to run into him, the better I will look.

First day back on the proposed plan, and the one I used to follow. I fulfilled my obligation this morning to do a BodyPump class and then cardio on the Incline trainer — Jut a little bit out of order, but it’ done. I gotta tell ya — the calamities and missteps in this entire workout scenario; getting there and being there — and even leaving — are unbelievable.


I wasn’t at the gym early enough to do the cardio warm up first; oh wait! Yes I was! I just had so many set backs at the gym before getting started. I didn’t arrive at the gym very prepared — but when I left for the gym it was that ‘defining’ moment when I said to myself, GO now or you’ll dismiss it. I went with the moment and I knew that everything that I needed was in the truck of the car. Most of it, as it turns out. I didn’t have my iPhone armband case and spent too much time looking for it. In retrospect, it turns out I don’t (really) need it. Also, I kept forgetting to take things I needed out of my locker, one by one I had to go back to the locker to get something, or put something back into it and the last straw was wearing my Flip Flops to Bodypump class. Lordy! But now that I think of it — this kind of absent-minded disorganization is normal for me! LOL.

BodyPump class. The latest updated version is 84  and it was great. Despite being away from the class for such a long time (2-months) and even though I left off at BodyPump v.83 — 84 is positively harder. I like this version. Infamously, by far the bicep track is the hardest. And I feel it today — course I could be feeling it from all of it — but being sore today feels good.

After BodyPump it was time for cardio! I hit the FreeMotion Incline trainer like it was yesterday! That is to say, I hadn’t lost any of my mojo at all and I worked it well for 30-minutes — not one second over. (First day back and I was kinda over it all).


Thanks to burning 451-calories, by 5:00PM I had consumed a net of 27-calories. OOPS again! I needed to crash eat because according to my calorie counter — I had a total of 1350-calories to consume by midnight. That’s not a particular issue — I could go to McDonald’s and cure that  but…   that they had to be, um, healthy calories. I grilled a chicken breast and made some brown rice. Unfortunately the chicken was disgusting because it was slow grilled on a portable Baby Weber grill.

theweberThe grill is great for a few things but it doesn’t have the BTU power to sear and char. And it cooks soooo slowly. I didn’t want to replace all the unit pieces on my old REAL grill but it looks like I’m going to have to if I’m going to be doing any kind of serious grilling this spring — or even now.

So when it cooked the chicken breast so slowly, didn’t sear it and didn’t give it a spec of flavor, I didn’t eat the cut up chicken I had put into my ‘brown rice bowl”. I ended up eating just the rice and later a high fiber cereal. What can yado?

So anyways, the food will always be an issue unless I start planning. PLANNING. PlAnNiNg.


photo(4)I’d scheduled myself for cardio, TRX and resistance training. As expected, I am more sore today than realistically anticipated. I’m going to make today a full cardio day instead of adding TRX and resistance workout to the mix. Then, tomorrow (Tuesday) morning will be an exact replica of Monday with the exception that there is BodyPump classes at 6:00 and 9:30. While the 6:00 a.m. class is appealing in the ‘get it over with’ sense, the 9:30 class is more appealing in the ‘beauty sleep‘ sense. Therefore, if not one, the other!

Which ever way the wind blows, Scarlett will be there.

Today is supposed to be one of the hottest days on record, for this time of year  so it will be a great day for outdoor work and part of that work should be fixing up the old “real” grill. If I’m going to eat right from here on out — the grill will be stove. It is surprising that the coldest days on record for this area were just 15-days ago. Crazy! 30’s and 40’s to mid 80’s!

The most important thing: A well-planned plan A and a plan B


I saw this image below on my Facebook page as soon as I sat down with the best looking grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread!  I was tempted to spit out the bite I took … but no, “I’ll enjoy this one and … Scarlett O’Hara will about all of this tomorrow.


I used to eat clean and as I recall I didn’t workout all that much while I was eating clean. Interesting. Food for thought. Literally!

The actual plan this week,
the obstacles and the patches for the obstacles.


I have a date with my mom — another of those errands and shopping days. We had this date last Friday but something came up on her side and we didn’t do it.

THIS particular Monday is the drop dead start date for my fitness plan. To ease into it, I want to (still do) do the 30-minutes at least of Incline training. I also want to get back to the Les Mills BodyPump  class because: Even though my Trainer Friend told me that the classes are nice, and good and are good for ‘form’; and he didn’t come out and say it (he can’t) it’s 100% clear to me that he finds them on the foolish/faddish side.

That’s to be understood — he is a hard core personal trainer who likely feels as passionate about the classes and a runner feels about people who walk, or even stroll and call that a workout. Walking is exercise but even Jillian Michaels’ was quoted as saying: (something like) …anyone who parks at the back of the parking lot and feels they’re getting a workout because of the extra steps is kidding themselves. I won’t quote of course but the point being that there is serous and strenuous exercise that brings on solid result, and there is, just exercise.

“I” felt that after doing the bodypump classes for an extended amount of time that I did gain flexibility and I DID get a small version of a full body workout. The class is not to be slighted for the average workout-goer — there are plenty of good-looking bodies in that class so trainers should not be so quick to dismiss its validity. But yeah, daily dose of training and TRX, tossing medicine balls and such things — WILL bring better results faster.

And although, even at the end of the day, those of us who did serious hard-core exercise fall off the line too and fail. Quite possibly those who do the walking in the evenings might have less failure rate. LOL, but not LOL. I mean… well, you know!

So… Monday’s Obstacle & patch… I mapped out, that is re-mapped out the old schedule I had for BodyPump classes. The Monday class schedule is already a showstopper because the fist class is at 10:30 a.m. Now that could be used as an excuse to not hit the gym — but I know better than that! The plan for Monday is a trip to the gym at 8:30 a.m. for Cardio and stretching out my arms and legs on the TRX. Nothing hard-core on the TRX — just that. THEN plan to shower at the gym, dress, put on my face and head to mom’s. OR, over sleep and head directly to mom’s and do a longer and better workout around 10:00 PM. OR… a little of both!

On Tuesday I have a friend coming down for a visit — she’s not out-of-town but in a town that is a little bit far away. Likely we’ll shop and do lunch. She’s likely to arrive at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday’s obstacle and patch…  I have the opportunity to hit the 6:00 a.m. bodypump class instead of the 8:30 a.m. class. The advantage to taking the 6:00 a.m. class allows me the do the class AND the cardio after AND more time to get ready before the friend arrives.

For the rest of the week I should have no obstacles or deviations from the plan (thus far).

The base plan:

This week:

Monday – A.M. Cardio – 40-mins to 1-hour on the Incline Trainer.
Exception: Doing this late in the evening

Tuesday – 6:30 a.m. BodyPump + 30- 40-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer

Wednesday – 40-mins to 1-hour on the Incline Trainer

Thursday – 30-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer  Resistance Machines + TRX
(this is back to the normalcy I used to have)

Friday – 30-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer + 12:00 PM Bodypump class

Saturday – Possibly a day off –
OR: 30-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer  Resistance Machines + TRX

Sunday –  8:30 a.m. BodyPump + 30- 40-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer

Next week: repeat with changes (more stuff)!

And I’m dusting off my old fitness log. Below is a sampling from last year. You’ll note (as I have) that my cardio calorie burns is very low for the time and intensity invested in the cardio. I don’t go by the output from the machine display but rather from what is reported on my HRM watch from my HRM strap. Now, the HRM strap will also send the (Polar) information the cardio machine and even though the machines are said to be accurate and the incline trainers will burn 3- 5X the amount of calories burned (how they advertise), this is NOT the case. The algorithms on the machine are set to run 3x more and will output 3x more calories on the display but that cold hard fact is that you WILL NOT burn 3x the amount of calories and my HRM and my heart certainly tell that story.


In a debate I had with the education & training manager at the company that produces the incline trainer used t my gym about this (nice guy, very helpful) he did indicate that the BEST actual measurement of calories burned comes directly from the HRM watch, not the machine display. Now this will make no difference in how I work out but when counting calories in and calories out —  it’s a slippery slope when the calories OUT are not logged properly — you may be way over eating, or way under eating and calories out/in are then incorrect. That said, I was concerned with how low my calorie burns were despite being IN ZONE for a strong part of my cardio.

Another nice and helpful man was the one at Sports Authority who was in an education program on … not gonna try to quote him but he was in a specialized program for sports medicine and cardiology…  Whatever.. he was he was quite knowledgeable. I was buying a new HRM because mine was old and I felt it wasn’t giving me good enough information and some of it I couldn’t seem to change — like age and weight because that would make a difference in the accuracy of the HRM output. The nice man told me that changing my weight would not make a difference but the AGE would! He told me that as we get older…. (yeah, yeah, yeah) it become harder and harder to reach a high volume of burned calories.

Well, that explains that but at 57 + change, I accept that and did keep moving forward with my program and I DID lose weight. A good deal of it.

Until the holidays! And even now, into the new year.

That’s all for now folks!

Much to do on this lazy day until it gets too dark to do them. That leaves me with about 2-hours! Man! I am just getting too relaxed these days. And, this is a good reason to get back into my gym clothes!