Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Hello Hello Hello!!

I’m still sick but in an excellent mood. I didn’t hit the gym this morning because the fiancé and I decide that we needed at least one more day to rest and recover. Of course that didn’t stop us from enjoying a little box springs cardio last night :)

I got a call from my Son this morning shoring up all the Christmas plans. That has managed to finalize tapping the keg of my Christmas Joy and I’m bouncing in my seat with energy ready to enjoy the remainder of the holiday season.

On Saturday we’re taking the kids to Grace Cathedral to enjoy a Christmas concert (I would highly recommend it to anyone within driving distance). It's an awsome concert and one I hope to make a new family tradition. Then it’s Christmas shopping and light looking – a great way to kick off the week before Christmas.

The kids will be staying until Thursday and we’ll be doing all kinds of fun stuff like making sugar cookies and fudge. Plus we’ll be putting the finishing touches on the planning for our Christmas dinner. I can not tell you how excited this makes me! Since the kids area coming back late on Christmas day we’re planning our dinner for ‘boxing day’. We’re going for the whole shebang. Turkey, a small ham (for those who don’t like turkey), stuffing (both bread and sausage), gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin sausage soup, asparagus casserole, homemade dinner rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, and last but not least pumpkin, chocolate brandy pecan, and apple pie. Whew!

Now – onto fitness…

If I haven’t made it clear before, I would like to state here and now that my honey is the most loving support and wonderful man alive. He’s done anything and everything to support me in the journey toward my goals short of tying my hands behind my back so I couldn’t eat (though I think he’s thought of doing that from time to time). Yesterday while he was home sick he started working on the things we’ve decided we’re going to complete in the coming year. Getting fit is one of them. So, for inspiration he went out to the internet and found a bunch of pictures, printed them and created a collage that he put up on the refrigerator. But, this isn’t just fit women. He also put up picture of men because, he said, if _I_ was going to get into shape, he better have a body to match mine. I LOVE THIS MAN!!

With all this support coming my way I finally committed to sitting down and PLANNING my meals for the next day. So I pulled out my spread sheet (thank you Maggie Wang) and started looking at the numbers. Since my BMR had already been figured out I plugged that number in and over road the formulas. What I saw staring back at me was some numbers that finally flipped on the light in my brain. Hello – I have been eating too much!! It’s clear from my tracking over last week that I’m probably getting close to 2400 calories a day. AND I’m taking a free day. 2400 should be my FREE day if I want to lose! And the rest of the week 2000. So with that thought firmly in mind I figured out my meals, my ratios, and wrote it all down. I went to bed feeling like I’ve actually taken a HUGE step in the right direction.

Then this morning on the way to work I had an epiphany. The fiancé and I were talking about his goals. How he wants to get buff. Not monstrous but really lean and muscular. I commented that if he wanted to do that he was going to eventually get to the point that he was going to have to not just ‘watch what he ate’ but actually plan his meals etc. He started getting a little agitated – not angry but frustrated because he has no idea how to even start eating for ‘bulking’ or ‘cutting’. That’s when I said the thing that just might put this in high gear for me. “If I was at the point where I had my plan dialed in and I was steadily losing then I could put a plan together for you…”

If I had MY shit together I would be able to help you…


Ding ding ding…

Do you know why I’m able to get up at 4:00AM most mornings and hit the gym? Because I know that if I don’t I will be disappointing/letting down him. He needs me to get up and get gong so he can. (and vice versa).

Now he NEEDS me to get my food dialed in so that I can be there to help him reach HIS goals. This THING I’ve been struggling and failing to do for myself just might be a LOT easier when I know I’m doing it for him.

It’s weird, I know but heck I may have just found my inspiration – let’s not knock it!

So my meals are planned. I’m hitting the gym tomorrow morning. This week will probably not be my ‘normal’ plan. Some walking some lifting. Monday though – I’ll be hitting the gym with the new program I’m writing up over the weekend.

And Brit-Man – I haven’t forgotten your question about ‘reps’ :) It’s just more involved then a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and I want to give it the time it deserves to answer it thoroughly.

Have a GREAT Hump day everyone.


  1. No worries about the question :-).

    If you want them at all, here's some meal plan ideas for your lover to think about.

    These are approximate times, and can be adjusted to fit into his daily schedule.

    6:00AM Meal 1

    9:00AM Meal 2

    12:00PM Meal 3

    3:00PM Meal 4

    6:00PM Meal 5

    9:00PM Meal 6


    6:00AM Meal 1

    8:30AM Meal 2

    11:00AM Meal 3

    1:30PM Meal 4

    4:00PM Meal 5

    6:30PM Meal 6

    9:00PM Meal 7

    The great thing about both plans is, they start and finish at the same times.

    If he eats about 30g's of protein per meal on the first plan, and 60 grams Post-workout in Whey Shake form, his daily intake would be 210 grams.

    On the second one it would be 240.

    Both should work okay for helping him gain, later on in his planning stage.

    He could also have a slower digesting protein source like Casein or Cottage Cheese, as his final meal to protect some of his gains. during sleep.

    I did once do some Maths, and I concluded 1g of protein is approximately 4 calories, so you're talking 840 calories a day from protein, or 920 on the second one.

    Anyway, just thought that might help :-).

    Take care, keep doing what you are doing, and kepe training hard. You and your lover are made for each other, and I hope you both have the most wonderful life together.

    Take care


  2. What an awesome man you have! You are a lucky girl! Wow that dinner sounds fantastic!

    My BF is still in the "I'm getting fat but I'm too busy to do anything about it" mode. I haven't quite sold him on BFL but he does weight workouts on his own and does TKD 2 days a week.

    I had a light bulb moment today about my food intake. I think that I'm not eating enough. On most days I barely get to 1500 cals a day. Today I'm doing better with 1680cal at 19% Fat 44% Carbs. 38% Pro. According to my spreadsheet it says I should be eating more like 1929 to 2066 calories. I don't know how to get all that in and I freak out when the fat% goes up.

    I'm afraid if I bump my calories up I'll gain fat. Please tell me I'm on crack and its okay to eat more!
    Thanks and take care.

  3. That's it. I totally need to get DWCB to love me and then to be my workout partner. :D You've got a helluva guy there. Good for you both to use each other for inspiration and motivation!

  4. Love ding ding ding moments :)

    You are so lucky to have such a wonderful man in your life.