Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chewing The Fat

The poll results for my question of how much water do you drink per day have been tallied. Eleven people put in their two cents worth with no one voting for ‘none’ or ‘one or two glasses’. The other four options showed the following information:

3 votes for 'umpteen glasses' accounted for 27.3%
1 vote for 'ten to twelve glasses' accounted for 9.1%
5 votes for ‘seven to nine’ accounted for 45.5%
2 votes for 'three to six' accounted for 18.2%

I'm glad to see that everyone seems to be getting a pretty good amount of H2O everyday. I can't help but wonder just how many glasses the 'umpteen' group is drinking though. I'm guessing that some of you must have evolved with gills to accomplish that feat!

As I mentioned in my earlier post, the desire to go for a walk today was squashed by the inevitable rain. However, I am pleased that I managed to do - what I consider to be - a wide variety of exercises in place of a nice evening stroll.

The biggest accomplishments on the workout front are that I increased my resistance setting on my stationary bike (the alteration is minuscule, but it's no longer on the minimum setting) and I doubled the weight I have been using to work my arms. I also brought a little diversity to the stomach crunches by doing one set normally, one set angled to the right, and one set angled to the left. I am hoping that making that small change will help to work different muscles.

The one thing I am still questioning myself about today is that I had steak for dinner, but I ate more than was probably actually needed. I am fairly certain that if I had stopped half way (or even two thirds of the way) through that I would have still been full and felt satisfied. But, I kept eating because it tasted so good and it... was steak. I rarely get to have steak! I guess I thought that since it was an unusual treat that I had to finish all of it, yet I know that stopping when my body - and not my mind - is done is the real goal. Just one more thing that I can work on; one more lesson that I can learn.

- 10 glasses of water throughout the day
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 nectarine with lemon dip
- 1/2 cup seasoned potatoes
- 1/2 cob of corn with butter
- 8 oz. seasoned barbecued steak
- 2 cups of a veggie platter with mushrooms, carrots, celery, and cauliflower with Mexican dip
- 3/4 cup peach yogurt

- 1 set of 10 lunges for each leg
- 20 minutes on the recumbent bike
- 10 squats
- 10 wall squats
- 3 sets of 30 stomach crunches (1 straight, 1 right, and 1 left)
- 1 set of 5 minutes of weight lifting with 5 lbs per arm


  1. Great job on the exercise, and what a good idea to mix up the crunches.

    I have a big 55 oz water jug that I fill in the morning and drink throughout the day. That, combined with some green tea usually takes care of the water. I have a harder time drinking it in the colder weather though!

  2. Hey, well done on a great weigh-in on Fri(?) - I am still catching up.

    Also, sounds like you are rocking the workouts - go you!

    I must confess to being a bit of a light-weight with the H20 - find it very difficult to get it all in, but I try, lol.

  3. Well done on the exercises! I think it's not too surprising that most of us are drinking lots considering how much it's emphasized by the weight loss establishment.

    I wouldn't stress about the steak, just try to make sure it happens less and not more!

  4. I too am feeling really good about yesterday's exercises and am hoping for a repeat today!

    F(f)M, my weigh-in is on Saturday mornings.