MidWeek Musings

My Sunday post got eaten by actually preparing things and sleeping. All the sleeps!

So let’s take a look at the last few days…

Monday – ate well, stressful day at work led to an unplanned, extra R.I.P.P.E.D. workout plus my scheduled Zumba class. Oh… And because I didn’t claim weights I did all the weight stuff in R.I.P.P.E.D with 8lb weights. I did use a 6lb for the hot potato move but I jumped from 5lb to 8lb and while it was hard I didn’t let my form suffer!
Tuesday – food still good, R.I.P.P.E.D in the am, Pound and Zumba at night. How I walked out of the studio is beyond me. So sore! In a good way but ohhhhh my muscles. Stayed with the 8lb weights in R.I.P.P.E.D. By bedtime my arms and chest and back were all “heeeey, Sam! Remember us? Let us sing you the song of our people. OWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!”
Wednesday – yeah, so, about all that careful food planning. This was a terrible day for me. It was just bad. I made bad decisions for breakfast and lunch. I overslept, I was tired and grumpy, the boy was cooking his breakfast when I needed to be making mine, I was running late… All the dumb things. I got a BLT with onions and peppers and extra tomato and lettuce from Sheetz for breakfast. Not a terrible option but it wasn’t my super filling omelette that I wanted. Lunch… I wasn’t paying attention and I melted my container! Chicken and broccoli … Ruined. I walked to Sheetz again and got a crispy chicken sandwich and fries. I should have gotten grilled instead of the fried and anything other than the French fries but it was a choice and, honestly, it was delicious and I don’t regret it. I snacked all day though. A Kind bar, almonds, chicken breast deli, more almonds… I was just hungry. I was chugging water all day too. I just couldn’t stay satisfied. I taught Zumba Toning tonight, came home and Marsh made a taco casserole and I ate more than I should have.

Tomorrow will be better.

One day will not break me. Now bed…. Because R.I.P.P.E.D. at 5:30am. And then House Party Fitness tomorrow night!

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R.I.P.P.E.D Season 2, Week 1

It’s Saturday! It’s been a helluva week! With my recommitment to nutrition and my workout schedule I’ve been working hard on all fronts. 

And I’ve had… Complications. I wound up going to the doctor on Monday afternoon because the cough I developed late last week got deeper and worse on Sunday night. So I went to the doctor and he said my lungs sounded cloudy and he gave me antibiotics. He also made fun of my sunburn from Saturday because he’s a sarcastic mess just like me. 

This sunburn is no joke! None! The area around the neckline of my bathing suit is terribly burned. Pretty sure I ventured in to second degree burn territory with this round. I’m so careful but it happens. It’s he first time in 4 years I’ve had a sunburn so this is my reminder – I’m a super ginger and should wear more sunscreen and more clothes this time of year.

Anyway, today was the last workout of the first week of R.I.P.P.E.D fit camp, round 2. I got in a lot of good workouts this week and I’m feeling good. Let’s review:

Monday – Zumba Toning

Tuesday – R.I.P.P.E.D, Pound, Zumba

Wednesday – rest day

Thursday – R.I.P.P.E.D, House Party Fitness

Friday – rest day!

Saturday – R.I.P.P.E.D, Pound

I skipped BodyFlow on Thursday night because of the sunburn. Lame, right? My skin was so tight and painful and weeping I just couldn’t stretch my chest that way right then. I missed it! Tomorrow I will teach one more Zumba class for a total of 9 hours of fitness classes this week! Next week is a little more rough adding one more Zumba class and getting back my BodyFlow class. Eep!

In R.I.P.P.E.D this week I moved up to using 5 pound weights for all of the weighted resistance moves. All of them! Including my weak ass triceps! Awesome! I am still working on walking down in to a plank and my push-ups but I am seeing huge results. 

Nutritionally this week was good! Not perfect, but good. I realized I put in my macro nutrients wrong and was going way too low on carbs based on what the R.I.P.P.E.D plan calls for but I feel pretty good with it so I’ll keep it for the time being. I ate fast food one this week, Friday night and the one planned lunch out. So I’m very proud of myself for sticking to that. 

Next week will be even better! Tonight is planning for next week time and I will update y’all on what next week holds in terms of food planning and my weekly workouts! 

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Preparation Day

Sunday is the day of preparation! For the new work week, for a new class, to build on my regular classes, for the R.I.P.P.E.D fit camp. So many things to prepare for this week!

I did sleep in a bit this morning. Between the nasty sunburn I got yesterday, the cough I’ve had since last week, and my sciatica was acting up so I just chilled in bed and drifted in and out of sleep until about 9:30. It was glorious!

Then I hit the ground running. I made a late breakfast (3 egg omelette with bacon, spinach and cheese) and worked on choreo for House Party Fitness. Picked up my groceries and then cooked all the things! 

Things I cooked:

  • 4 pounds of chicken baked in a Memphis BBQ sauce
  • 2 pounds of boneless pork chops baked in a honey chipotle BBQ sauce
  • 5 pounds of potatoes – mashed 
  • 4 more chicken breasts in Italian dressing with yellow squash and zucchini (dinner tonight!)
  • More squash and zucchini
  • Vegetarian baked beans
  • 2 pounds of bacon – coarsely chopped for easy making of omelettes during the work week
With all of these things prepped I should have no trouble making up dishes for lunch and dinner this week. I also have chopped carrots and celery and fruits at the ready!
 
After all the cooking, I went to the studio for R.I.P.P.E.D orientation! Today I just watched and did measurements on the other participants. I didn’t want to risk throwing my back out further since it was still tender this morning. I can’t wait though. This season/session is wild! So many cool moves I can’t wait to get good at doing! 
 
Now that I’ve eaten dinner, I’m going to work on more choreography and get in to bed early. This week is going to be a busy one! 
 
My workout schedule for this week
Monday – Zumba Toning
Tuesday – R.I.P.P.E.D*, Pound, Zumba
Wednesday – Foam rolling/rest day
Thursday – R.I.P.P.E.D*, BodyFlow*, House Party Fitness
Friday – Foam rolling/rest day
Saturday – R.I.P.P.E.D.*, Pound
Sunday – Zumba 
(classes with a * are for me, non-teaching workouts.)
 
Tomorrow morning I will update my measurements for my new round of R.I.P.P.E.D and I am excited!
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Bad Movies and the Sam who loves them – Part 1

Outside of health and fitness my hobbies mostly include television, movies, books and theater.

But my guilty pleasure? Horror movies.

I love horror movies and thrillers and psychological dramas. Good movies are great but, honestly, the badder the better.

Bad acting? Yes, please. Bad special effects? Even better! Lame plot? Ohh, yes. Yes!!! All of the above? Ahhhhhhh! Win!

So now, every now and then, as I fall in to the hole that is Netflix I will be sharing my thoughts about these awful, terrible, no good, awesomely bad movies.

Have a favorite bad flick to share? I’m always looking for suggestions!

First up:

The Haunting of Helena – I picked this movie out because it was all “OooOoOo a spooky tooth fairy story.” That normally leads to quite a few laughs.
As the movie started I texted Matt going WTf because it’s a horror film about a bad tooth fairy but they’re talking about infectious diseases and and showing pics out of books about the Black Death. Color me confused.
The movie got going and there’s a little girl with a wiggly tooth and a mom who wins the distracted driving award for putting her SUV over a bridge playing with the GPS and then sees a ghost in the back seat during the accident. The little girl is very upset because she lost her tooth in the crash and the lady in the closet wants her teeth. Gross.
There were some good Eep! and Ack! moments in the movie but it tried to be too many things. There was the family drama – the bio dad wanted to take the daughter away from the mother because, well, the kid thought the lady in the closet was going to kill her. There was the haunted house story – the house mom and kid were living in was once the site of the horrific murder when a wife smiled at another man and her husband pulled out her teeth and left her in the closet to bleed to death. Then there was the everyone is mentally ill subplot because mom may have schizophrenia because her mom did and what if this is all just the little girl showing very early signs of that or some other mental illness. And the creepy neighbor upstairs? The old creepy dude? Superfluous.
There was a pretty cool twist at the end that I appreciated because, well, who doesn’t like a sharp left turn with 10 minutes of the movie left. And, actually, this twist was actually well done and made sense in the flow of the movie.
I was impressed that the movie was as good as it was considering how rough of a start it got off to but I actually enjoyed it. It was still a pretty bad movie though. The acting was bad, particularly the leads, and the special effects were lacking. It was also an Italian film and the parts where they needed to do subtitles (Italian newspapers and patient records) were tiny and I didn’t have my glasses on so I still don’t know what they said.
Movie that did the scary tooth fairy better: Darkness Falls.

Would You Rather – Worst. Dinner. Party. Ever. I fully admit I watched this because I saw it had Brittany Snow in it and I had to know if she’d gotten any better at being a scream queen since Prom Night.
Basic plot is her brother has cancer, no parents, she’s trying to help keep him in treatment and keep hem afloat financially. Her brothers doctor calls her to the office to discuss some ways to make the treatment more affordable but when she arrives it’s an offer to go to a dinner party to play in a game to be financially set for life. The doctor who knows this guy apparently won said game years ago. He has a giant scar on the side of his face. Questionable. All around. BUT she goes. And it goes about as well as you’d expect.
Usual cast of characters: Middle aged suspicious dude, kind old white lady, young punk rock chick, straight laced white guys 1, 2, and 3 and random guy of color.
They sit down to dinner and it’s steak and foie gras and Brittany Snow is all “I’m a vegetarian.” Big bad dude is all “You have a price.” 10 grand later, she eats the steak and foie gras. Well done life long vegetarian. When everything goes south and you’re shitting your brains out and/or puking you deserved it. Middle aged suspicious dude won’t drink the wine, he’s a recovering alcoholic, but for 50 grand chugs a decanter of whiskey! Also awesome. Everyone has a price and all these people are poor or in a bad situation and need things!
The game officially starts – Would you rather give yourself an electric shock or shock the person sitting next to you. The movie goes downhill from there. Each round getting more violent and disturbing. Everyone wants to protect Brittany Snow, because she’s a beautiful white chick and we can’t have her being hurt. Well, maybe punk chick will, but all the guys are PROTECT THE BLONDE!
It’s not a smart movie. It’s totally a dumb, turn your brain off and enjoy people being awful to each other and for each other.
The end of the movie? Total buzzkill. And Marshall called it. So kudos to him. Didn’t hate it and Brittany Snow gets two thumbs up! Vast improvement!

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July – plotting and planning

I know it’s the 4th of July already but I’m just now working on plotting and planning and trying to come up with concrete goals for the month. Here’s what I’ve got so far…

  1. Do a minimum of 3 workouts a week that are for me. Not teaching, but for me. For 3 weeks that will be easy as I’ll be doing another round of R.I.P.P.E.D. fit camp but in the off week… I don’t want to get lazy. So, 3 hours a week – if not more – every week of exercise for me!
  2. No eating out during the week. The one exception to that will be a coworkers birthday lunch this coming Tuesday. This means needed to do a lot of prep on the weekends so I won’t feel the need to do something dumb like the Taco Bell drive through after teaching at night.
  3. Protein! Eat the protein! Getting to 40% protein on my macro breakdown is so hard for me! So I’m making it a goal to keep tweaking my meals so that my protein is steadily over 30% a day. Right now, I’m averaging 23-25% so I think a consistent 5% hike is reasonable in the next month. Maybe I’ll get all the way up to 40% but I don’t want commit to something that I’ll fail in. 
So, there you have it. I will do updates at least at a minimum of once a week to keep myself accountable. 
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