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Back to Basics: Part 7, Recouping the Vacation Damage July 13, 2013

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Back to Basics Weight Chart.

Boat camping for 4 days and house boating for 7 took its toll on my (and the hubs) way of eating… We made a decision that it would be too difficult to bring the large amount of veggies and meats camping/house boating due to the refrigeration challenges.  For the duration of the vacation breakfast was a bagel or oatmeal packets (read TONS of sugar).  Lunch was sandwiches.  Dinners were things like sloppy joes, haystacks, tacos, vegetarian hot dogs, etc., and of course all the snacks such as chips, s’mores, frappucinos.  Lots of high calorie, high carb food.

My weight gain was a shocking 3.5 pounds, and my husbands was eight !  After one week of trying to get back into the swing of healthy eating I am back to my pre-vacation weight.  The hubs has lost 6 pounds this week.  WOW.

So, getting my weight loss mojo back this week has been tough.  I need to improve the following:

  1. No sweets.  YEP.  Two birthdays back to back (CAKE), and eating out twice.
  2. Weigh in every day.
  3. WATER
  4. Exercise.  Haven’t done ANY this week, but in my defense I injured myself waterskiing and needed an MRI on my arm.  BUT, that is no excuse for not walking, doing elliptical etc….it just interrupts my weight training.  By the way I have an appt. with the Doc on Monday.  Keep your fingers crossed I don’t have any torn tendons/ligaments.
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Back to Basics: Part 6 June 23, 2013

Weight Loss.

One month is up, and going “Back to Basics” is paying off.  I’m down 8 pounds.  Historically I am a “slow looser” (read 0.5 pound/week), so this is MONUMENTAL.   Here are my observations:

Food Tracking.  Yes, I know it’s tedious, but WOW, well worth the time.  I am small framed, 5’2″, and have been trying to stick to about 1200 calories a day of low carb food.  That’s mostly meats, eggs and veggies, occasional fruits, occasional sweet potatoes – no bread, no rice, no pasta.  On the meats, I do tend towards smaller portions of the higher fat ones, i.e. chicken sausage at breakfast, and beef bacon in my afternoon salad.

Water.  When I don’t drink it, a weight gain shows up within a couple of days (1-2 lbs !).  Conclusions ?  One must drink water to avoid water retention !  Funny how that works.

Exercise.  Optimal for me seems to be one hour – I shoot for 4 or 5 days a week.  Thirty minutes of weightlifting (heavy by the way),  plus thirty minutes of cardio (Typically fencing, elliptical, roller blading).  On fencing nights I actually get in 1.5 hours, and per mapmyrun.com, they say that’s 706 calories.  I believe them – It’s an explosive/intense workout.  Thankfully, for the weightlifting, I have enough space in my basement/home office to have a large bench, elliptical, and a “body works” machine (which is basically the budget version of a total gym).  The machine is excellent for assisted pullups, and assisted situps, seated row, pulldowns, strengthening my weak knee, etc.  See pic below !

Caffeine.  If I drink too much (I am a coffee fiend), combined with not enough water, I actually gain weight.  This is contrary to what happens to most folks (I think) – but I suspect most folks do not consume as much coffee as I do.

Upcoming Challenges.  We are leaving for an extended camping/houseboating vacation soon, with a boat full of vegetarians.  My observations of my veggie friend’s eating habits are that there is typically a TON of high carb food involved.  Combined with the lack of refrigeration,  I am assuming I will be off my eating plan for 10 or 11 days.  The secondary challenge is that our friends all have teens coming on the trip, and they are notorious snack food people.  This means lots of granola bars, cereal for breakfast, chips, crackers, etc.  When living in a confined area around all that junk food (that I never buy), it will be difficult for me to avoid eating it.  Wish me luck peeps !

Home Gym Exercise Room

Home Office / Exercise Room

 

The Jabberwock is back ! May 15, 2013

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Are you wondering what the Jabberwock has been up to lately ?

1. Went to my first fencing competition in about 25 years !

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2. Currently attending a college class that is work related.  Unfortunately this class has absorbed the free time that I usually use to update my blog.

3. Went on a business trip to Charlotte

Even with all this going on, I have some GREAT new recipes.  A few are PERFECT for summer.

 

Jabberwock and Fencing…(En Garde)…Part 1. December 30, 2012

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Junior Olympics, Orlando, Florida

Haacke Und Slaasche high school teammate Tim G. @ Junior Olympics, Orlando, Florida, 1986/87-ish.

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Twenty five years ago the Jabberwock was heavily involved in fencing…yes…Errol Flynn, Princess Bride, and so forth.  Except the Jabberwock did it collegiately  and went to several NCAA’s, Junior Olympics, and all that jazz.

Here’s a fun video of good times from my high school fencing era:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONZMDbPUig8

However in college, the Jabberwock (who was paying her own way, and lived on her own) discovered that fencing is a demanding sport, and there were some choices to be made:

  1. Eat
  2. Pay rent, electricity (expensive in SoCal), pay gas, pay water (also expensive in Cali), and keep the car working (very important in SoCal at that time since public transportation was a joke).
  3. Pay the school bill (EGADS – no help from Mommy and Daddy on any of this stuff)
  4. Study (and subsequently get GOOD grades)
  5. Fence
  6. Get a degree in a tough major, so the Jabberwock would never need to worry about finances again

So, after fencing for a couple of years collegiately the Jabberwock had to give it up.  She went cold turkey.  End result was a degree in a highly technical field, and a great paying job right out of college.  But deep in her heart was regret over giving up fencing, which always gave her great pleasure……(to be continued….).

 

Fun Stuff October 20, 2012

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Fencing

Fun Stuff on Tuesday Nights

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The Jabberwock has decided to take up fencing again after a 25 year hiatus….

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The mask (although severely beat up) is still useable and the glove in pretty good condition.  I don’t seem to have any practice (non-electric) blades, so will need to use whatever the club has — hopefully NOT a French grip!  Alas, the jacket is too small since I have put on 25 pounds in the last 25 years, so will have to use a stinky one at the club.

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I fenced “hard core” for a year in high school, and two years in college, and quite honestly those were the best memories of my youth.  Good times, very good people, and good exercise.  And of course I loved competing in tournaments, and have a desire to get back into that if my bum knee cooperates.

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Wish me luck….I am in really bad shape right now !

 

Two Goals October 14, 2012

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Snowboarding pants

Despite “Low Carb” in the title of my page, the Jabberwock admits to a struggle with actually being low carb.

With snowboarding season coming, I have two goals.  Goal #1 is the white pair (size M).  Goal #2 is the green pair (size S).  Both of these boarding pants were really expensive, and quite frankly I do not want to go out and spend LARGE $$$ on a third pair of boarding pants which would be size LARGE.

So, as tedious as it is, it’s back to tracking my food on FatSecret.com

 

 
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