Sunday, August 1, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
- 18 miles in this week, including a hilly 8 miler in 1:42
- Pretty good eating, including at least two servings of fruit a day
- A 36.02 5k race
- Some strength training
- A 74 hour work week
The boy who was hit by the car is home now - one bruised lung, a broken rib, and staples across his head, though no internal brain injury. The driver fell asleep and didn't wake up until the car hit the rumble strip - right where the boy was running.
How was your week?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
My calories went way up last night, when the husband and I finished off his birthday cake. I estimate I ended the day around 2000 calories.
Today I've been oddly hungry, too - I had to be in work super early and I think that messed with my body clock. I've already had:
5:00 am: 1 cliff bar, 240 calories
8:00 am: 1 weight watchers yogurt, 100 calories
7 - 9:30: 1 cherry diet coke, 90 calories
10:45: 1 pack of planter peanuts, 170 calories
Total for the morning: 600 (!!)
How do you sprent out your calories? I am happier eating smaller items at spaced intervals, but would a bigger breakfast better stave off hunger?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Calorie counts so far:
6:30 am - Clif Bar, 240
7:00 - 11:00 - Cherry Coke Zero, 89
10:00 - Peppermint, 30
11:45 - Two whole wheat Eggo waffles with chocolate PB, 300
Total for work day: 659
How has your day been?
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The HusbandThe cake
On Saturday, I ran a 5k with my older sister. We started out together, but she quickly sped in front of me.
Mile 1 was almost all uphill. I was able to keep up with my sister for about 7 minutes, finishing this mile in 11:01Mile 2 was flat but full of turns. It was getting to be sickeningly hot. Mile 3 was a downhill return, finished with a final lap around the local school's track. Total time: 36:34, not too bad for me.
Friday, July 16, 2010
7:00 pm - taco filling (ground lean beef, black beans, red pepper, onion, and taco seasoning) with shredded cheese, eaten with 4 tortilla chips: about 400
Total for the day: 1940
Not too bad. When I say I have an "1800 a day goal" it's much more a sense-check guideline that something I feel the need to obsessivelt stick to. Having struggled with disordered eating, I'm not willing to put the mental stress of "Must make the number" on myself. This is a good learning process though - today will undoubtably be a high-ish day, since it's the husband's the birthday, but I find myself being more thoughtful about my choices when I think about their numbers.
Anyone watching Top Chef? I had tivo'd Wednesday's and watched it last night. What's with all the hook ups? Anyone remember Angelo talked a few episodes ago about his baby/toddler-aged son, and now he's all up on Tanisha?
Thursday, July 15, 2010
7:15 am - Luna Bar: 180
7:00 am - Cherry Coke Zero: 89
9:30/10:30 am - 2 pieces whole wheat bread with 2 tbps natural pb: 350
12:12: 1 sandwich with 1 piece of cheese, 2 pieces of ham, and mayo: around 450 (That's insase. no more sandwiches for me!)
Total for the work day:1220
Super hungry today - thought bread and pb would be a good snack - but it didn't hold me over at ALL! I think I can see two big problems in my eating:
No fruits and veggies! I struggle digesting raw produce, but I could work in some cooked!
That Luna bar meal needs to be more filling - glad to be able to have Cliff bars after tomorrow's grocery trip!
It's amazing how things I eat regularly have way more calories than I thought about. This may be a good tool, after all.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
2:00 pm - 1 Peppermint: 20
4:30 pm - 1 cup chocolate milk: 160
During run - 1 Powerade Zero: 0
3 large slices homemade veggies and cheese pizza (estimate):650
1 cup ice cream and chocolate syrup: 279
Total for the day: 1870
I was trying for 1800, so I was suprised how close to that I came! Here's what became obvious: that a 20 CALORIES peppermint *so* isn't worth it; that I checked the calories counts of different types of ice cream and toppings before I made my choice, easily saving 100+ calories; that this isn't as awful as it seems. I may keep this up for a week or so, just to see if it helps!
What is your daily calorie goal?
Here's how my day started:
6:30 am - 1 Luna Bar: 180
8:30 am - 1 cup of coffee with sugar: 50
9:00 am - 1 small chocolate chip cookie: 100
6:30 - 11:00 am: 1 Cherry Coke Zero: 85 (the syrup)
11:00 am - 1 can Cambell’s Low Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup: 175
Planned afternoon snack - 1 Fage yogurt with honey: 180
Total while-at-work intake: 770
All info is from calorieking.com I'll count dinner tonight, too, just to see where I am on an on-track day.
Do you, or have you, ever counted calories or points? I'm so sick of the 172 lbs rut, and think this may help me get out of it. If you cook at home (sans recipe), how do you figure out what the calorie count of your food is?
5:30 am: A chocolate peppermint Luna bar
7:00 am: A small-size cake donut
10:00 am: A fage yogurt
12:30 pm: A salad with 1 cup lettuce, 1/4 grilled chicken breast, 2 Tbs shredded cheese, a slice of tomato, and 1 packet of fat free ranch
2:00 pm:A glass of sweet tea
4:00 pm: 1 cup of chocolate milk
8:00 pm: 1 slice pepperoni pizza
8:15 pm: Leftover taco filling: black bean, brown rice, shredded beef, and hot sauce
9:30 pm: 2 Neuman-O cookies
WAY too much food! My female vistor is almost here, so I account some of this to hormones, and the rest to not eating enough filling protien early in the day, setting myself up to be hungry later. I'm trying to get things back together today - I already turned down a homemade chocolate chip cookie in this effort!
On a sidenote, I've switched from Cliff bars to Luna bars this week because the Lunas were on sale. Not at all a fan of these - they don't seem to hold me over at all. What are your favorite bars?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Lat pull downs, 2 sets of 12 at 30 pounds
Bicep curls, 2 sets of 10 at 20 pounds
Chest press, 2 sets of 12 at 25 pounds
25 calf raises with 10 pound weights
Tricep extensions, 2 sets of 12 with 15 pounds
Tons of ab work - crunches, twists, planks
Then I ran home, about 3 miles. It was the first time I've ever done this, and it was suprisingly nice to run to *get* somewhere. The first mile is on sidewalk, and the second is on a local coverted railroad that is a very popular running and bike trail. I finished the trip in a little under 35 minutes, including waiting on two stop lights.
When I got home, I began to water my flowers, and thanks to the combination of wet concrete and bare feetm promptly fell off my front step - only about a foot off the group, thank fully. I now have concrete burn on both knees, and a sizeable bruise! Be careful around water, ladies!
I have hatha yoga planned for tonight, with maybe a short run afterwards. What are your evening plans?
Monday, July 12, 2010
The husband's birthday is Friday, so I need to get a present and a fancy dinner planned for him. What do you do for your significant other's birthday?
Saturday, July 10, 2010
- Am working evening shift this weekend, which will result in a total work week of 68 hours
- Ran 40 minutes with no walk breaks (on the mill), 3.71 miles at a varying pace
- Weight: 172
- Ate okay, too many yummies during 4th of July celebration, but not bad the rest of the week
- Cooked lentils for the first time
- Ran a cross country 5k today, in super muddy rough trails - a horrible-but-great kind of run
How did your week go?
*Also, shout out to my *****followers*****! So happy to have you here!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
My eating hasn't been awful - or great. My IBS has hit hard since Thursday, and any raw veggies or fruit are not agreeing with me. I'm been living on peanut butter, yogurt, and cliff bars, as well as one stomach pain ease-r: Coke. I know, pop is "bad" - nausea is worse.
I'm heading to a pool party after work tonight - what are your plans?
Thursday, July 1, 2010
How do you hydrate when it's hot outside? When I'm inside at the Y, I keep water or Powereade Zero on my treadmill or along the track. Outside, I either try to pick a route with drinking fountains, or do a loop that lets me stash water in my car. I don't fuel during runs, since my stomach has enough issues without food + activity.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
My weigh in number for the week: 172. Again. Last week felt pretty darn good in terms of eating and exercise, so hopefully the scale will be better in the coming week.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday started with my favorite pre-run breakfast: pb, nanners, and toast.
I then met up with my sister, three of my nieces and my mom for a local 5k. My nieces and sister ran, and my mom watched.
Friday, June 25, 2010
That was me today. I had no pants. Or tops that went with the pants I had. I work in a very business-dressy environment, no skirts or dresses allowed, only pants and today none of the clean ones fit. I know this routine extremely well, but today’s was different: I am used to dismissing outfits because of visible rolls or the inability to breathe. Today, all 4 pairs of clean pants in my closet were too big. It was a small victory in a frustrating situation. I am still on the path . . .I am still winning the fight with my weight, albeit not with my closet.
I ended up in a pair of dirty pants.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
As you know, I am planning - no, am going to be running the Wine and Dine half marathon in Disney World on October 2. The race mandates a 16 minute mile pace, though I have a definate goal for myself: to average 12 minute miles. It's achievable given my 5k race pace (Thanks, Mcmillian pace calculator!), but will be a challenge. My formal race begins on Monday. I've put together a hybrid plan using Hal Higdon's Novice Runner and his Walking half marathon plans. The biggest difference between the two? The "runner" uses distance to track all training runs, and the "walker" uses distance for long runs, but time for shorter runs. I seem to do better on runs where the focus is time, so I'll be using that aspect in my plan. I'll have it to share with you on Monday.
Eating this week has been pretty good: greek yogurt, baked chicken, cliff bars. My company is having a cook out today, but I have some issues with food sanitation by novice cooks in high temperatures . . . let's just say I brought my lunch.
This evening holds a yoga class, and possibly shopping for a new car! What kind of car do you drive?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It was around 90 but with a good breeze, so I started an unmeasured, hilly loop around town. It was hot, and I was slow, but it felt good to be outside, good to feel strong. I mapped the route when I got home: 4.45 miles, including warm up and cool down. Time? 1:11. Not too bad for the amount of heat and waiting through two stoplights. By the time for my half, I'd like to be able to do 5 miles in an hour, so I have some work to do, speed-wise.
What is your favorite speed workout?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The damn pound is back. I had a relvation yesterday: I have learned what it takes to live life at 172 pounds, an improvement over the only other lifestyle I knew: 195 - 210lbs. I understand what foods to eat, what exercise to do and how to be 172 pounds. What I need to learn is how to be 171. Sounds simple, but isn't. I need the next level of changes: harder work outs, better food choices. With that in mind, I put together a work out schedule for the week.
M: 2.5 miles, abs
T: 4 miles
R: 3.5 miles, abs
F: strength train, abs
S: 5k race
S: rest day
I'll let you know how I am at keeping my schedule. Ab work is my very-least-favorite-thing, probably because my abs are SO weak. Making myself do it will be a huge challenge.
As far as food, eh. Some not good choices made last week. Why is eating right so difficult? Is it for everyone, or just me? What is your best tip for making good food choices?
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
It includes Fage, Lentils, lunch supplies for the Husband, cheese for broccoli mac, and various veggies.
Hip hop yoga is AMAZING - hot room, vinyasa centered, inversion-heavy flow with current and old school hip hop (Can I take a moment to express my love for Biggie Smalls?). I bought a 5-class pass for the studio, so I'll be going to the class every week for a while.
Food photography is way harder than it seems! I've been really good photographing what I eat at work, but not so good about food at home. I'll post a recap this weekend.
I have a race tomorrow - a 5k. This will be my eigthth 5k, and while I don't expect to PR given my lack of speedwork lately, I love to race regardless of the result. I'm also off work this weekend - I get one weekend off every five weeks, and this is it! My good friend and her husband are coming to visit, and briniging their boat, so I'll get to out on the lake for the first time of the year. Which means sun, gossip, and . . . bathing suits. Ugh.
I hate bathings suits - who doesn't, honestly? I had to buy a new one before our trip to Disney in May, and it was a challenge. Thank God for seperate tops and bottoms: I am now a size medium bottom and still a Large on top. You see, the "ladies" haven't caught on to this whole get-smaller thing. Pre weight loss, I was a 38D. A bra fitting yesterday found me at a . . . . 32D. Yeah - now just a size that is harder to find.
Do you like bathing suit shopping? What is your hardest issue to fit?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
What do you think?
- I eat out of plastic bags, mismatched tupperware, and napkins. I wish I was a cute plate kind of girl, but at work, that doesn't happen
- My everyday food, especially on tummy upset days, isn't super creative. I'm a leftovers-eating, habit-forming, somewhat boring eater
- I'm not sure that I can promise the super inspiring, gorgeous food photos I see and love on so many other's blogs.
What can promise is this: an honest look at what I'm eating, the struggles that go with it, and maybe some high points along the way.
I have a hip-hop yoga class tonight! It's a new class my studio is offering for the summer, and I'm super excited!
Do you do yoga? What is your favorite kind?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Husband proposed on Christmas 2008, and we planned a small, casual wedding that happened March 14, 2009.
How did you meet your significant other?
I haven't been under 170 since . . . high school, so I'm anxious to get there again. As a child, I was average weight until about second grade. I was hit puberty by age 10 and with that came size C breasts. By my freshman year of high school, I was close to 190 (and I'm 5'5"). The summer after my junior year, I used slim fast to lose about 30 pounds. The lightest I remember being 9I have generally avoided scales my entire life) is 167.
When I went to college, I got sucked into a lifestyle of little exercise, late night trips to Denny's and drinking coffee with tons of sugar. I can't imagine how much worse it would have been if I drank alcohol. When I started my last year of college, I weighed around 200 pounds but got down to around 175 when I met the husband. Over the past three years, I slowly gained back to around 200, until last fall when I began this journey.
169 will be a huge celebration for me - here's to hoping it will come soon!
What number is/was your hang up?
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
As far as eating, I was really spot on until Thursday, and it went downhill from there, including eating too much co-worker brought in homemade coffee cake, and basically no veggies since Thurday's lunch salad. Something you don't know about me: in March of this year, I began suffering from sporadic severe gastrointestinal issues, which I've found out is IBS, affected mostly by stress and diet. My stomach has been crazy for most of the week, and my fallback foods are carb-aholic in nature: sandwiches, toast, oatmeal, plain pasta, cheese pizza. Hopefully a more relaxed week will get me back on track.
As far as my goal of packing lunched for the week, I did it 5 out of 7 days. I'm going to reuse this goal again this week, because I'm figuring out that my work eating habits are the most destructive to my healthy efforts.
I'll be back later to finish the story about how the husband and I got together, and also with my inches update for the week.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
There was good news at my house today: the husband has been working evenings (2:30 pm - 11:30 pm) for the past 13 months, will be moving to a regular day shift job! I'm so excitied, not only for how good this will be for our marriage but also for my weight loss efforts: he's a workout fiend, and will be good motivation for me the days I want to skip out. Also, it's much more motivating to cook when both of us our home to eat dinner.
The husband and I have been together for almost three years. He is an engineer by job and personality: analytical, practical, and constantly taking things apart to "see how they work." He plays guitar in a classic rock band with a few of his friends, wakeboards, and is a huge foodie. We are very different, but have a strong relationship because we see things from opposite persceptives. I thought in the next few posts I'd share with you the story of how we met (which is also a fat-skinny-fat journey for me).
I dated the same boy from the time I was seventeen until the end of my second year of college - I graduated in three years, so this was the summer before my senior year. I was sure he was The One, but he chose an addiction to prescription painkillers over me. I was heartbroken, and am an emotional eater, so my weight slowly began to climb. I moved from college housing in with my parents that summer, and spent some time volunteering at a church camp I had attended as a kid. There I met a boy we'll call X. X was several years older than me, had recently moved back to our hometown after completeting a Master's in Education, and was living with his parents while he looked for a teaching job. He was very religious and had a close knit group of religious friends. While I has always attended church, I had never really been super involved with it, but, having just moved and looking for a friend group, I was drawn both to X and to his place in a such a seemingly supporting church family.
X and his large extended family were together all the time, and it didn't take long for his parents to dissapprove of me taking so much of his time (He was 30 and lived his parents who were concerned him staying out late? How was this not a warning sign??) X was very thin and athletic, and his family made open comments about my weight, though his mother weighed over 350 lbs herself. I was semi-subconciously using X as a rebound, but he ended up being a huge mess.
After about 6 months of dating I had lost 25 pounds in a not so healthy way and was getting ready for college graduation. I had been accepting into grad school for the next fall, and gotten my job at the large automotive company where I still work. The more successful I became, the worse our relationship got. Everything from my eating choices to my religious beliefs were up to scrunity from X and his whole family.
Up Next: A boy my dad picked out
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Hips: 38 1/2
When I started in October, it was: 40, 35, 41, and 14.
We'll see how I go from here!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
We then went to Y where husband lifted weights, and I did a 30 minute run and some ab work, followed by a shopping trip for flip-flops and a trip to the local pet store.
I have packed two successful work lunches* so far this week: yogurt, cliff bar, oatmeal with pb and a banana. This gives me a main item and two snacks, whch seems to be about right for the amount of tim I'm working. Last night, however, I got tripped up in my diet efforts: my boss brought me in breakfast when he got here at 6:00: sausage mcmuffin and a hashbrown. I ate the mcmuffin and about 1/3 of the hashbrown. I was planning on a smoothie when I got home, but I instead ate the McDonalds.
Part of what I struggle with is eating in "special situations"- someone brings in homemade cookies, my mom fixes fried chicken, it's a holiday, etc. I know I should have willpower to eat the salad, but is a life without, say, donuts, worth living? I feel like a moderation approach works best for me - eating some of the "bad stuff" but trying to eat much healthy, whole foods, and cutting back elsewhere to make up for the indulgences.
How do you find balance?
I thought I'd share my barbeque recipe - it's the result of about two years of experimentation.
1 small pork roast (you can alson used a beef pot roast)
2 tsp meat tenderizor
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp seasoned pepper
1 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp garlic power
1 tbsp chilli power
Mix spices together in small bowl. Use a fork to puncture meat on both sides, and spinkle tenderizor equally onto each side. Place meat into a glass baking dish and rub top side with spice mixture. Cover with foil and place in 200 degree oven, cooking for 3 1/2 hours if the meat is under 3 pounds, adding twenty minutes for each additional pound of meat.
After cooking time is over, remove from oven and use two forks to shred meat. serve sauce on the side, but you can also toss the shredded meat in sauce.
1/8 cup ketchup
1/8 cup yellow mustard - not dijion
1 tbps worcheshire sauce
How do you like your barbeque?
*are they lunches if I eat them at 4 in the morning?
Friday, May 28, 2010
Work eating is a huge make-or-break it for me. If I don't have healthy food, I'll hit up a vending machine or the work cafeteria, and my choices are seldom good ones. That is partially because there is a lack of good options, and partially my own weak willpower. I know I should pack a lunch, but it doesn't always happen. I'll let you know next Friday how it goes.
Do you pack a lunch?
What do you think? Are we hooked on fat and the related drama?
Last night was a rest day for me, and I went pant shopping with my mom. Pants are my personal hell, something that has only got harder as I lost weight. Why? Running has led to one side effect I don't love: much increased thigh and calf muscles. I am naturally very muscular, add muscle easily, and now have "man calves". Skinny jeans? Only if the lower leg is wide enough. Zip-up tall boots? Yeah, right.
But I enjoy my strength, really. I can squat and leg press absurb amounts of weight, I look good in shorts, and I don't get tired easily walking around. I just need to find pants that aren't so slim-legged.
What body parts has running changed for you?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
- Man this has taken a long damn time! But I've yo-yo'd enough in my life to know that quick weight loss leads to quicker gain-back.
- My arms still need work - more lifting for me.
- That I can wear shorts! Me - shorts!! I was flabbergasted the first day in Disney where I could wear shorts and walk around with absolutely no thigh-creep/rubbing. Probably the first time since age 10 I could do that.
What amazes you about your pictures?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I have been through 3 pairs of running shoes: Brooks Adrenalines in wide (ok feel but caused blisters between my toes), Ascis 3010 (led to severe plantar facillatis after 2 runs; returned them), and my current beloved Saucany Guides in a men's wide, suggested by my local running store after filling them in on the blister issue from the Adernalines. My current pair have about 85 miles on them, but the blistering is getting worse as my mileage goes higher - not sure if I have too much motion control and am rolling my toe into the outside of the shoe, or if I need more width in the toebox. My LRS has been ok, but they're not the most helpful place I've been. I'm going to try thicker socks, but if they don't work, I may be shoe shopping again.
What kind of shoes do you run in?
I have decided to train for my first half marathon, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, in October of 2010, and am starting this blog to journal my training. I also have some more weight to loose to meet my goal, having plateaued over the past two months. I have seen what a motivating, positive community the weight loss/food blog world can be, and I am happy to be joining you.
Weigh in day 1: 172 pounds
Thanks for joining me!