Starting the Weekend Right

My weekend started off right: with a fantastic swim and a long soak in the hot tub.

I lost myself in my swim Friday night. This is often the case, as I swim out the stress and frustrations of the week. But this time the time just flew by and before I even realized it I had done 40 minutes. I checked my calories and swam for about 15 minutes longer and then enjoyed the steam room. I noticed that my heart was racing in the steam room. I looked down at my heart rate monitor and it was racing. For the 2 minutes or so I sat in there I burned another 30 calories on top of the 406. I found that interesting…did I really burn 15 calories a minute just SITTING? Compared to the 9 calories per minute of swimming? That can’t be!

When I got home from the pool Michael had turkey burgers going on the skillet. That has been a new Friday night favorite. Not only is it super easy because Michael already made the patties and froze them, it’s the perfect post-swim meal for me: protein and lots of carbs. Yum!

He made some sweet potato fries too. I enjoyed a diet Pepsi with Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum and we settled in to catch up on Parenthood, The Middle and Modern Family (oh my god–Gloria and that Karaoke machine….yikes).

I slept the greatest sleep I’ve had in awhile on Friday night. Perhaps the combination of swimming, alcohol and carbs are the cure for insomnia? πŸ˜‰


I woke up Saturday morning and leisurely laid in bed. I thought about going hiking but the weather was 30 degrees? With wind? Hmm I’ll pass. Gym it is! But first, a pre-gym breakfast:

Kashi Puffs are 70 calories per serving. One serving = 1 cup! That’s an awesome number in my book. I had 1/2 a serving of cereal (35 calories) + non fat milk (60 calories or so) + 1 small banana (90 calories). It hit the spot and I was out the door in under 200 calories.

First up: the run. After seeing the Hood to Coast movie the desire to run outside and escape the treadmill has increased 1000%! If only my body and the weather would cooperate. I’m itching to run the track next to our house again. I haven’t done it since September. The gym was packed. I’m not sure if the January Joiners have found renewed enthusiasm for getting fit, or if the 28 degree temperatures drove people inside, but it was like fighting snarling lions to get a treadmill.

Next up: weight lifting. After about 5 days of no weight lifting I wasn’t sure how my body would do but it turned out alright. I spent a good amount of time on the Pec-Fly machine (my favorite) until my upper body was shaking, then I made my rounds on the other machines. This time I tried the Gravitron too.

The Gravitron is a cool machine that I normally don’t use. I don’t know why I skip it. Robyn and I did it last week when we worked out and I noticed that my heart rate monitor spiked super high when I did the chin ups and triceps dip on it. Which was strange to me because I didn’t feel like I was working all that hard–and my heart rate wasn’t racing. I wonder if my heart rate increases because I’m using my whole body? Anyone know the answer?

After doing weights I made my way to the mats to focus on my core then I ended with some hip strengthening exercises and stretches. It was a good day at the gym.


Time: 1:45 (20 of that was stretching)

Calories Burned: 836

As my post-workout snack I had a Chobani Greek Yogurt (Pomegranate flavor). Of the new flavors I LOVE the pineapple and the pomegranate. Black cherry was okay but a little too sweet for me.

Michael and I went out to lunch at Taco del Mar. I devoured my chicken and black bean burrito. It was okay–not as good as Laughing Planet though.

The rest of the day was Meal Planning, grocery shopping and visiting his Mom. Now it’s Saturday night and I’m getting ready to eat homemade pizza and BEER. πŸ™‚

QUESTION: What are your favorite gym machines?


Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

8 thoughts on “Starting the Weekend Right”

  1. I mostly use the elliptical as a low-impact alternative to running. I avoid the treadmill because I run outside so have no desire to do it on my off days! I think I need to check out the steam room–to think I bust my butt to burn 10 cal/min on the elliptical, or even running! I wonder how long you could sit in the steam room before expiring… πŸ™‚

  2. Yes, when you do compound movements (like dips) you’re using your large muscles, which pump more blood and get your heart rate up more. I highly recommend compound moves!
    Your meal looks delicious and yes full of carbs but also fat! Right?? Eat that kind of thing on a regular basis and you could be wasting all those calories you just burned. Sorry to give you a hard time… I couldn’t keep my mouth shut :). You can get me back on my blog sometime.

    1. Thanks for making me feel bad. πŸ™

      I eat turkey burgers with lean ground turkey once a week. If we want to criticize my food choices we should include pizza, alcohol, candy, etc too.

      My blog is less about losing weight, in my opinion, and more about how I maintain what I’ve already lost (which I’ve kept off for 3 years now). Sure I eat foods that aren’t ideal to lose weight but I balance exercise, healthy eating and splurging. I’m ok with that. Plus I count calories–not fat not carbs. Just calories.

  3. Lisa,
    I am delurking in support of your response to Suzanne regarding your food choices. Your incredible achievement in losing your excess weight and even more, your ability to maintain the loss while still enjoying the foods you like, experiencing new restaurants, having a glass of wine or two, trying new recipes with your boyfriend, finding real joy in exercise….that, to me, is a successful lifestyle and an approach that I truly admire.

    1. Julia, first off thank you so much for delurking in support of me. I appreciate your comment more than you know. πŸ™‚

      If I was focused on losing weight I’d be more mindful of things I ate and drink. Sure I’d like to lose those last 4 pounds but I don’t feel like my life is lacking because I DON’T lose it. I’m honestly ok where I’m at. So I do eat things like dessert and pizza…but I eat it in smaller portions and not every day. (And not an entire pizza like when I was 250.)

      Thanks again for the comment. πŸ™‚

  4. Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum <——- I need to hear more about this!

    Your body needs carbs and fats. You don't overdo it, so what's the big deal? You need to fuel your body. I repeat, YOUR body. Yeesh.

    1. Ooooh have you not tried Sailor Jerry? So yum!

      I like Suzanne. We are twitter buddies. Sure I was hurt by the comment but everyone’s story is different. I’m not the same person I was at 250. I’m not the same person I was trying to LOSE the weight. Maintenance mode is way different (to me).

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