Kiki's Conundrums and Complexities

A blog about all things kiki. Hello kitty, ipods, music,exercise, running, books, movies and michigan.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Low key evening

Nothing exciting to report this evening. Watched Two for the Money on Dvd. A movie about sport betting with Matthew Mconaughey and Al Pacino. It was a pretty ok movie for a rental.

I continued the couch to 5k week one training session. This time I set songs on my ipod to signal run and walk sequences.

This was pretty hard to do because the run is only a 1 and the walk only 1.5 minutes. My song selection was pretty funny. I spent most of my running segments listening to the MFanfare, the intro to the michigan fight song. And the walk segments I had Stay from Dirty Dancing, Tomorrow from Annie and a few other random songs.
The runs were good, but short...and I really do need to move outside. Maybe on Saturday.

I realize if i actually start running regularily that I am going to need a smaller ipod.

1 mile walk at lunch (15-20 minutes)
Couch to 5k first week 25 minutes
Biggest Loser Strength and Conditioning 25 minutes

Interesting information

A friend sent me the following information taken from AOL's 30 days to fitness

I found it very interesting and thought I would share.

If you’re cutting back on sleep time to hit the gym, you might do better to stay in bed. “Sleep deprivation can cause hormonal changes that contribute to weight struggles, tummy fat and declining muscle mass,” says Eileen Silva, Ph.D., N.D., co-author of 'A Healthier You.'

Here's why: During sleep, fat cells in the body produce an appetite-regulating hormone called leptin, which tells your brain when it's time to stop eating. Lose enough sleep -- and miss out on producing leptin -- and you’ll experience intense carb cravings and eventually the dreaded ab flab.

Here's how to make sleep your weight-loss weapon:
Establish a Pattern: Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day –- even on weekends. And invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows. Quality sleep is worth a few extra dollars, particularly since it’s likely to increase your productivity during daylight hours.

Wear Yourself Out: “Physical activity promotes the deep, restorative stages of sleep,” says Silva. “And if you’re well-rested, you’ll have more energy to work out.” But unless you’re doing yoga or meditation, try to squeeze exercise into the early part of your day. High-intensity workouts just before bedtime can release endorphins, which make it difficult to sleep.

Make a Five O'Clock Rule: Avoid alcohol, tobacco and caffeine (chocolate, coffee and colas) after 5PM. Even though alcohol is a depressant, it interferes with the quality of sleep. As stimulants, caffeine and nicotine not only impact peaceful slumber, but they can prevent you from falling asleep altogether.

Chill: Stress is one of the biggest obstacles to restful slumber. Use a journal to get out all of your anxious thoughts, listen to soothing music, read a novel, meditate or take a warm bath before bed. And don’t try to go to bed hungry. Eating a light snack may help promote the onset of sleep. Go for graham crackers and a glass of skim milk. “Dairy snacks like cheese and milk are high in the amino acid tryptophan, a natural sleep aid,” says Silva. --Amy Paturel


Today, I took a short walk at lunch time to subway. It amazing how much I still love subway. I actually had it for dinner last night and had the exact same thing for lunch today. Now granted, I could never be like Jared and eat subway all the time, but I do like it.

Anyway walked about 1 mile there and back, and it took about 20 minutes including waiting at Subway. I use an online pedometer to figure out my walks

So lunch was good although rushed since I am on phones again this afternoon.

It is interesting to note that my lunch consisted of Subway sandwich, carrots and celery with ranch dip and I was satisfied.
I find this interesting because I used to eat the sandwich and chips and a snack. My vegetable tolerance is also improving and I actually like to eat them.

That and I didn't need a snack until just now...I the 100 calorie chips deluxe.

Go Red for Women

Tomorrow is go red for women day sponsored by the American Heart Association.

The purpose is to raise awareness about heart disease among women and to rais money for the heart association.
So please wear red tomorrow and if you can donate to the Heart Association.

Burst of Energy

Yesterday evening while watching Veronica Mars, I had a sudden burst of energy. I was tempted to do my running last night, but since i wasn't supposed to do it two days in a row, I resisted.

I am not sure what caused my sudden need to move, or if it will return.

I ended up doing 40 more crunches (20 regular,20 reverse)
and then doing punches with 2 pound weights. About 65 punches.