Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Thoughts - Revisited 6/26

So, this past week we read about Metabolism and Nutrition for my Anatomy & Physiology class. It was eye-opening.

On top of the food journal he asked us to keep, Dr. D said two things that hit home, and that finally made sense (he would call it an "AH-HA!" moment)


See? AH-HA! It has never occurred to me to think of my body as a machine. The misconception that I actually have some control over my body is just my brain playing tricks on me. You see, I am a perfect machine. Without all of my body working together, I would not have the skeletal movement to type these words. I would not have the capacity to digest food and create energy.

We often go through our lives thinking we have the ultimate control over our bodies. The only thing we can control is what we put in it, and the maintenance on it. After that, my friends, perfection happens on its own.

I must admit that my food journal was not as accurate as it should have been, but for one very important reason: this past weekend was NOT a normal one. We went and saw a movie (a rare occurrence), and we had a cookout for John & Jeanette's birthdays (again, not a normal thing). It was the first time I've had steak in quite a while... months at least. But the other things I ate, breakfast and lunch, were semi-normal, and not very good for me.

I'm going to look into the government's MyPlate.Gov website and see if I can maybe create more balance in my meals. We always have salad with dinner, but the problem is that it hardly ever gets touched because we eat the main course first, because it gets loaded to our plate right from the pan. We need to change that. If it means bringing salad bowls out to ensure a nice clean salad before my meal, then that is what I shall do. I only have one body, and it's perfect, now I just have to keep it that way.

As for my second revelation, it's more of a statement of fact rather than a new discovery.

Ever hear your friends say they have to "kickstart their metabolism"?? They talk about their metabolism as if it is a process that begins only when you eat something. Well, let me let you in on a little secret...

2. Your metabolism is a
within your body!
....... and it NEVER STOPS!

There is no such thing as a "kick-start" to your metabolism. It is constantly going. Your metabolism is the SUM of all processes within the body, so it's not just about your digestion and conversion of food to energy. It's your urinary system, your cardiac rhythm, your lung function, brain function... metabolism is ALL OF THESE THINGS!

So what exactly does someone mean when they want to "kick-start" their metabolism? Well, when I've said it in the past, I was referring to eating every few hours to keep my body from creating more fat. And there's truth to that process. If you continually eat (not constantly, but every 2-4 hours like my doctor recommends), then your body will have no need to store any of the fat it's converting from your food into your body. If you eat every 5, 6, or even 7 hours, your body isn't sure where its next meal is coming from, and so it stores some of the intake for future use.

Will eating every 2/3 hours get rid of the fat you already have? No, but exercise will. If your body is continually using the energy from your often-eaten food, it can then begin to burn that excess you have when you add in some exercise.

For the rest of this week, I am going to write down what time I eat, although not what I am eating. I want to see if there is any improvement to be made in keeping my body from storing food.

Happy eating everyone!

6/26/13 - update

I didn't write down my eating times, but I know that most times there was at least 5 hours between meals.

It's the most difficult at work because I'll be working an 8-hour shift and only be able to get away from the front for my 30-minute lunch, which usually occurs about halfway through. I'd like to start asking my managers for 5-minutes about 2 hours in, then about 2 hours after my lunch so I can get a banana down, or a handful of almonds and a bottle of water. We'll see how that goes.

Someone suggested to me to get a cheap kitchen timer to clip to my belt/wherever and use a 2-hour timer to ensure I eat. This sounds like a good idea. And also I'm thinking I'll look ridiculous! Maybe there is a watch out there that has a count-down function and not just a stopwatch function? HMMMM....

Happy Eating!

BTW- Passed my anatomy & physiology final, so I'll be back to blogging probably this week! (I don't count this!) :-P

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


So, I missed last week's fitness summary. Actually, I thought it was saved as a "draft" on here, but when I went to update and finalize it, it was not there. Bummer.

Now, I have a very important final exam coming up next week, so I'm taking a short hiatus. I will still post if the feeling is right, but it should only be a short one, so you lovely people don't get withdrawals. :-)

Have a good week, a good two weeks more like it..... I'll see you soon!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fitness Summary 6/2 - 6/11

Sunday - Zumba
55 minutes, Max HR 197, Avg HR 159, 348 Cal burned, 11.5g Fat Burned

Monday - EA Active 2 - 21 Day Cardio Jumpstart - Hard - Day 3

Tuesday - Dance Fusion (1hr), Weight Training (45min)
DF: 10:30A- 58 minutes, Max HR 181, Avg HR 147, 323 Cal Burned, 12.8g Fat Burned
Weights: 9:30A - 36 minutes, Max HR 191, Avg HR 131, 165 Cal Burned, 9.1g Fat Burned

Wednesday - Nada :(

Thursday - Gym after class: 5 min intense on the elliptical, 15 min rowing machine (2000m), upper body & abs weight training (25min)
9:30P - 42 minutes, Max HR 172. Avg HR 134, 201 Cal Burned, 10.4g Fat Burned

Friday - Nada :(

Saturday - Zumba! It was nice to make a Saturday class!
9:45A - 57 minutes, Max HR 178, Avg HR 148, 319 Cal Burned, 13.4g Fat Burned

Sunday - Nada :(

Monday - Nada :( Although I did walk a record 5.2 miles at work that day!!

Tuesday - "Zumba" 11A, Yogalates (Yoga + Pilates) 12P
Z: 48 minutes, Max HR 178, Avg HR 155, 291 Cal burned, 10.9g Fat Burned
YP: 42 minutes (was actually 55 but I forgot to start my timer at the beginning of class!)
      Max HR 135, Avg HR 100, 89 Cal Burned, 5.5g Fat Butned

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fitness Summary 5/26 - 6/1

Sunday : Zumba
50 Minutes, Max HR 186, Avg HR 159, 375 Cal Burned, 11g Fat Burned

Monday : Leisure Pool Time, and wayyy too much good food!

Tuesday : gym, 20min treadmill, 15 min upper body
35 Minutes, Max HR 235, Avg HR 152, 211 Cal Burned, 8.2g Fat Burned

Wednesday : EA Active 2 - core workout
30minutes, Avg HR 110, 173.8 Cal Burned

Thursday : EA Active 2 - 21 Day Challenge, Hard
6.5lb Weights
(I only have 84% completion because I skipped the
cooldown exercises because I had to shower..)

Friday : EA Active 2 - 21 Day Challenge, Hard
6.5lb Weights
(With this one I had to skip 1 split squats set
because my knees couldn't handle them for
a second time within the workout, and I
skipped 2 cooldown exercises to shower for work)

Saturday :
I walked 4.25 miles, at a normal pace. No running.
Don't have vitals, as I did not wear my heart rate monitor.

So, I have successfully gone through the first day of June on target.
They say it takes 21 days to create a habit, and so far I have worked out for 5 days in a row.

This means that if I work out for another 16 days, I will have created a habit!


Squishy-Face! ^.^

So, I have a nephew. What a darling nephew. His name is Matthias. My little baby, chunky-monkey 10-year old (well not anymore) brother has his very own mini-me. Yup. Matthias looks just. like. his. daddy.

Well, Matthew (my "little" 21-year old brother) and Matthias came over to Julie's house last Sunday to spend some time with his favorite (well, I'd like to think so anyway..) aunt: ME!

Here's some squishy-faced pictures! He really is adorable. Thank goodness. Because I really didn't want to have to lie for the rest of my life. :-P

Squishy-faced smiles!

Matthias and Daddy. Can't you just see why my little Squishy
is going to be so damned handsome?!

"I'm gonna eat you Squishy!"

"I know Aunty Julie, Spiderman DOES have the
COOLEST floaty boats!!"

"No, but seriously, don't let go."
"Okay, Squishy, I won't."

Daddy and Matthias taking a
leisurely boat ride.

That is all. I mean, I have LOADS more pictures, but I won't upload them all. I just wanted
to share with you two readers of mine that I have fallen in love with my little Squishy-Face
and plan to be the COOLEST AUNT EVER.

Oh, yes. There are trips to Disneyland, Busch Gardens, playing hookie from school,
overnight trips in cool new places, zoos, museums, and loads more in his future.

This little man will be one handsome and intelligent find for some lucky lady.

.....But not too soon I hope.