Week 2 of 2013 Dallas Marathon Training

Today I’m covering week 2 of my training leading up to the 2013 Dallas Marathon in Dallas, Texas.  Each week I’ll do an update so that people will know what training is like for the average runner. I’m not a 2:21 marathon runner. In fact I bring up the rear of a marathon.  I’m hear to show you that yes, you can do a marathon. If I can do it,  you can to!!

Run A marathon

Each week I’ll be covering a different topic, if you have any suggestions or questions please let me know!

Also, here’s a link to few of the brands I mentioned:

Dallas Marathon

Simple Hydration

90 Revolutions

Running Nutrition 

Remember, the big thing to remember about nutrition is find what works for you. A lot of people can’t stomach gels but they’re okay with chews. I’ve even had some friends to use gummy bears .  Just be sure to take in about a 100 calories every 3 miles.  Having a set nutrition schedule when you run helps delay the “hitting the wall” effect.

Tip: Carry peppermints with you when your run.  Not only is it great for a slow, easy sugar release but it also helps settle an upset stomach.

  A great time to experiment and practice is during your long runs. Not only with gels and chews but also  find out what works as far as hydration is concerned.  Something to keep in mind is, if you plan on using a hydration pack for your marathon make sure the marathon will allow it. Since the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York City Marathon is not allowing hydration packs.  So be sure they’re allowed before you get use to using  them.

Also remember, don’t skip your long runs!  Your long run is what helps you have a better marathon experience.  Next week I’ll touch on what you should do during this long runs to help mimic your marathon day .

Till next time……Cheers!

Holiday Survival Guide

Yes, Virginia, you can survive the holiday season without getting totally “chocolate wasted!”

I love……LOVE…….the feeling when good nutrition finally kicks in. Today is the first day since I’ve “committed” to losing the chub that I have felt good. Like REALLY good.  No foggy brain, extra energy is returning.

However, I know that the holidays are on us, parties will ensue and traditions of Christmas cookies and candy will start showing up. So what’s a girl to do?

  • Drink water.  It helps fill up the stomach so that you don’t want to eat soooo much
  • Eat an apple before you go to dinner or a party. A friend once ask me, “Are you hungry enough to eat an apple?” Great question!!  Eating an apple does take some energy, so eat an apple before going, drink a bottle of water and this should help with damage control.  
  • Get a daily workout in. Run, walk, put in a workout DVD but do something, SOMETHING IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN NOTHING!!
  • This holiday season, aim for 10,000 steps per day. 
  • Moderation. If your like me, telling myself NO is like saying “take 10x as much as you normally would and expect to feel extremely guilty later.”  So, moderation. Nibble on the cheese. Try a piece of chocolate. EVERYTHING IS PERMISSIBLE BUT NOT EVERYTHING IS BENEFICIAL. Don’t go face like it’s a mosh pit but be reasonable.  
  • Remember, your at the party to socialize and spend time with friends and family.  Food is great (trust me I know I love the stuff) but it’s not THE WHOLE REASON YOUR THERE!!  Enjoy the time your with everyone!  
  • And if you do go mosh pit, face first into the smorgashborg of treats and eats, don’t beat yourself up. Just do better the next day. It’s not the end of the world.
If I can do this, so can you!!  Be committed!  

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Day 4 Mission A&m

Yep I’ve made it four whole days. A little tired and exhausted but I’ve survived. Today was my hardest. I’m really tired and to be honest I could do some comfort food eating, but I’m not.

I had the opportunity to talk with a close friend/nutritionist today about my calorie requirement right now. I live my Bodymedia but I’m not crazy about the nutrition calculator/journal. It’s says I need over 2400 calories. I call B.S. on that one. That’s way too many. That’s a lot of food. I contacted them about this and they said they go based off of FDA standards. If that’s the case now I know why the U.S. is so obese! I digress….

Now that I got that handled I feel better about tomorrow. I have to admit I didn’t take the time to journal today. Life happened. That’s okay. I also think me being tired had a lot to do with it. Too mentally exhausted.

I’m ready for day 5. Bring it!

I Want It, And I Want It Now!!

Yes, that is my mentality about dieting. If I diet for more than two days I somehow forget everything I know and wonder why I haven’t lost 50 pounds overnight!!!  It’s so frustrating.  But please keep in mind, I do know better and in the greater scheme I know I didn’t gain weight overnight(I hope not) so it’s not all going to come off overnight. (But if it wants to I’m okay with it falling off overnight………….just saying).

With that being said, Memorial Day………….that’s the first mini goal I’m shooting towards. I’m trying not to get discouraged and fall back into old routines.  What I’m doing is the start of something good and I just need to be patient and stick with the plan.

Brandy, what’s the plan (trust me I know your asking)?  Well, I’m logging my food EVERYDAY. If you know me, you know this is not my favorite. I HATE it, but I’m doing it.  Secondly, I’m wearing my BodyMedia to stay accountable. It’s like a little nutritionist/trainer on my arm. As long as I’m wearing it, I can’t lie to myself about how much I’m burning in my workouts and through my day.   Thirdly, I’m doing the Valerie Waters Bikini Body Workout.

Now, I know, you know me as a runner, predominately but I have suspended my training for now.  I love Coach James (you know, in the runner coach way) but I felt like I was wasting his time, or least at this point in my life. I’m not training for a marathon or anything really. For goodness sakes, the man trains ironman athletes so you know, I just had to be realistic and take a step back and look at the big picture.

I need to lose weight.

How can I get serious about what I love, which is running, if I’m not doing the homework which is essentially minding my diet. Honesty hurts. So, I found Valerie Waters and her program and it fits in well with my mini goal.  So there you have it.

Simple and as long as I do my part, effective.  It’s not rocket science.

Seriously Yummy!

In the Pounds to Miles household dinner time can be such a struggle. I grew up on a clean diet. Sure my mom, being the southern gal she is, fried food but even at a young age I didn’t care much for fried foods (and still don’t……except for oysters). Overall we ate fresh and clean.  We had a HUGE garden every year so I was open to most foods. Buying produce in grocery store as I got older just seemed unnatural and then as I got married it became less natural. My dear sweet hubby HATES veggies. Repeat, HATES them.

I was in the grocery store last weekend when I saw the cutest older couple checking out and I couldn’t help but notice what was in their cart. Tons of fresh food.  They shopped the perimeters of the grocery store.  I was very jealous and just imagine how fantastic their kitchen must smell.  Probably very simple dinners but lots of natural, delicious flavor.  I was very jealous of their cart.  I really wanted to invite myself home with them!

Everyone in my family knows that I sneak veggies in my hubby’s diet any way I can (Thank you Jessica Seinfeld!).  Cauliflower in the mash potatoes, carrots in brownies, etc. etc.  Most days I’m a short order cook. I may cook him one thing and me something else. I don’t mind but some days my diet may take a dive because it just becomes too tiresome and thus I find myself  eatting less and less the way I should.

I’ve learned to embrace my crockpot because of this.  In order for me to be a healthy weight (which right now I’m not) I have to learn to reach deep and cook no matter how tired I am or lazy or just short on time.  With that being said I had to take a moment to share with you guys the fabulous, EASY recipe for baking a whole chicken.  A friend of mine introduce this to me and I must say it’s PHENEMONAL!

A whole chicken cost me $4 dollars and the onion was a $1. I had more chicken left over than a store bought rotisserie  chicken plus I knew that it  didn’t have any oil or grease in it.  This will be a staple in our household from now on!

Hope you enjoy!!

http://stephanieodea.com/

 

From the blog http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Diet Spells Die

I hate to say the word diet. I conjure up images of the cabbage diet, cottage cheese diet, the pray I get a stomach virus diet but I guess if I’m watching my caloric intake and limiting myself from sugary sweetness then I must be on a diet. You know if it walk likes a duck, talks like a duck well then it must be a duck.  Plus, I hate dieting. Gaining the weight was so much more tastier than losing it.  And finally my sweet, adorable, loving  not over weight husband doesn’t have to diet.  So his snacking just makes my evenings THAT.MUCH. HARDER!

And another thing……….why is all my time spent with my favorite peeps involve food.  We really have to start playing board games or drinking more coffee. I don’t get to see my husband a lot this time of year so when is a good time to see him……..dinner and lunch……….eating out. What about friends………….dinner or lunch……..eating. What’s a girl to do?!  I go to my mother’s house and I’m welcomed to ouey gooey goodness. That woman makes the THE best tacos!  Not to mention oatmeal cookies and made from scratch cakes. It’s really a wonder I’m not 200 lbs. heavier than what I am.  Oh lastly, I love the site Pinterest but there are WAY too many recipes for cupcakes and soul food dinners.  I’ve resorted to pining about clothes (I’m not a clothes person if that tells you anything), house decorations and books.

I must lose this weight that clings to me like Saran Wrap (this makes me day dream about fried green tomatoes that we use to get at WCW’s Restuarant).

Is there a monastery for the overweight food challenged folks like myself? How about if I just wire my jaws shut? Is there an off button for my taste buds?

Hydration..Frequently Asked Question

Rebecca Turner of Runners Fuel is kind enough to guest post for me today. I personally consider her my number 1 go to girl for all nutrition questions! Thank you Rebecca!


Frequently Asked Question:

 

…is there a preference with regular sports drinks (Powerade, Gatorade) over the new non-calorie ones? Don’t we need the carbs (be they sugar or not) in the “old” drinks? Or are the low or non-calorie ones better? Thanks

 

Both are great fueling strategies during the appropriate situation. Knowing when to use which option is important to optimize performance and avoid an increase in the waist line.

 

Take a look at the difference between the two beverages:

 

Product: Gatorade Original 8oz Gatorade Original 32 oz G2 Low Cal / Low Carb 8oz G2 Low Calorie / Low Carb. 32oz
Calories 50 200 20 80
Carbohydrates 14 56g 4.75 19
Sugars 14 56g 4.75 19
Protein 0g 0g 0g 0g
Sodium 200mg 800mg 106mg 427mg
Potassium 90mg 360mg 30mg 120mg

 

Notice there is a substantial difference between the two, especially in the sugar. Regular Gatorade has almost 3 x the amount of sugar than the G2.  The length of the run determines whether plain water, Gatorade or G2 should be consumed.

 

Exercise 30-90 minutes

 

Assuming adequate nutrition prior to a 30-90 minute workout the body is well prepared with glycogen stores (carbohydrate storage).  The risk of running “out of fuel” is low therefore there is no reason to consume regular sports drinks. Water is the best option with a decent post run snack. However, G2 or low calorie sports drink would not hurt anything either.

More than likely most of your Sunday – Thursday workouts either running, walking or crossing training never exceed 90 minutes. There is no added advantage or nutritional need to consume regular sports drinks during the week. G2 or low calorie options are ok but water is best.

Exercise 90 minutes to 4 hours

Long slow days (LSD) will exceed 90 minutes. Here is when hydration strategies become extremely important for performance and safety.

At this duration, inadequate nutrition and environmental stresses on the body begin to take a toll. You are risk for depleted muscle glycogen stores and dehydration. Nutritional goals include adequate fluids and carbohydrates.

Regular sports drink that replaces both carbohydrate and sodium can be utilized during these workouts. Recommendations suggest up to 24 oz of sports drink or 1 gel/gue with water every continuous hour of exercise. Plain water is a pour choice of hydration if gels are not being consumed.

To rehydrate after long runs choose G2 or low calorie options along with plain water. Restore and repair with adequate solid nutrition as a post run snack. Utilizing complex carbs and other nutrient rich food choices instead of sugar found in sports drinks. Low fat chocolate milk serves the purpose of both water and nutrient rich snack.

 

RECAP:

30-90 minutes

Water is best – G2 or low calorie options are acceptable.

90 minutes to 4 hours:

Mid run- regular sports drinks or gues with water.

After run- Water or G2 / low calorie options with a solid nutrient rich snack.

Remember:

Regular sports drinks and low calorie options should ONLY be consumed before, during and immediately after exercise. Under NO circumstance should you (or your children) drink either as a leisure beverage. The added calories, sugar, and nutrients serve a purpose for a body in motion or immediate recovery.

Operation Consistency

So I’ve started a new mission. It’s called “Operation Consistency.”  As of today I’m working hard at creating and maintaining for one month

  1. A food journal
  2. A consistent go to breakfast
  3. A consistent go to lunch

I know variety is the spice of life and all that good jazz. Trust me, I’m the first one in line when it comes to something tasting good. I love flavor, texture……..all that good stuff. Here’s MY problem, I can’t allow myself to have choices OR I can’t allow myself to go through my day without being prepared. I stress the word “my” because that’s exactly what it is. The thing about nutrition and dieting and how one might view it, perceive it and handle it is that there is no one true set way.

Now I do believe it’s calories in and calories out. I do believe in the quality of the food makes a difference. It’s like someone pointed out this weekend. A person can go to the coffee shop and get a fru fru drink with all the fixings and suddenly they have themselves a 400 calorie drink. Or they can go get a chicken sandwich that will fill them up for the same amount of calories. You know it’s kind of like the book, “Mindless Eating” or “Volumetrics.”  A person can eat a cup of raisins or a cup of grapes. Which one is going to feel you up?  I digress.

So if I go into my day prepared with food and I know what I’m going to have for each meal then that lessens the risk for random, mindless eating.

So why am I doing this? What is the point of all of this? I’ve been asked a lot of questions lately that some I can answer and some I can’t. Like why do I run? I guess the best answer I can give anyone is I have to.  Is there really an option? If I want to live a healthy, productive life I don’t have any option. To be honest, none of us really have an option. Sure there are the few exceptions, there will always be the exceptions but I’m not one of them. Sure I want to thinner but I would rather be stronger and be the size I am than be thinner and weaker. But that’s just me.  So I guess my goal is best described as wanting to be healthy which would include weighing less, or as I like to say being the best me that I can be.  I can run, lift weights and workout as long as the days are but if my nutrition/diet is not right then it’s worthless (to a degree).

So the best thing I can say at this point is, welcome to day one of Operation Consistency. May the force be with me!

Achieving Balance in Your Diet

         I have a saying that I firmly believe, ” I know just enough about  ______________ to get us both in trouble.”  That’s how I feel about nutrition!  I have really wanted to take my blog from being about my random thoughts and experiences to teaching you guys and helping you learn something (besides learning from my mistakes.)  So to help me move in that direction my lovely , wonderful and extremely smart nutritionist has written a guest blogging piece to share with you guys today. (Thank you Rebecca!)

            Trying to achieve balance in our everyday life can be a hard task. Daily we strive to juggle a career, family, friends, training and the sudden curve ball. Too often, health takes second place and we skip meals, cut exercise short, and grab dinner out of a window. The cycle of unbalanced dietary choices leave us overweight, undernourished, and exhausted. To maximize life we must maximize nutrition by achieving balance.

            A balanced diet consists of consuming appropriate amount of macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals from food and beverage to maintain a healthy weight. An essential part is to maintain ample dietary carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are the body’s energy source. Protein will not do nor will fat. Misconceptions of carbohydrates’ benefits have lead to high-starch, cereal-based, carbohydrate-rich diets all day every day. This lifestyle results in a rise in the scale along with fatigue and anxiety!

            Are you a self-proclaimed carboholic?  Make an effort to limit one carbohydrate source in proper portion on your plate at a time. Substitute excess carbohydrate choices with lean meat, low fat dairy, fresh vegetables, and heart healthy fats. Research illustrates that when carbohydrates are eaten beyond storage capacity we have two (2) hours to burn extra energy aerobically or it will be stored as adipose tissue (fat). Before you reach for the second helping of rice or unnecessary dinner roll ask yourself; Am I going to aerobically exercise this off in the next two hours? No, then do I want to make room on my thighs to store it?

             Achieving balance with macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) is the first step. Next, focus on a balance in the timing of meals and snacks to help shed those extra pounds and increase energy. Remove the mind set “I am too busy to eat healthy” or “balanced eating takes too much effort” and acquire basic knowledge on how the body metabolizes, utilizes and stores nutrients and consequently achieve weight loss goals regardless how unbalanced the rest of your life may be.

              Everyone has heard the mantra, eat small meals throughout the day, but why? Research suggests that smaller meals more frequently make the body more efficient at burning calories. Smaller meals help lower blood cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and decrease binge eating. Likewise, it prevents long stretches of starvation which will murder an active metabolism.

               Recommendations suggest eat 4-5 times a day with 3 meals and 1-2 snacks every 2 ½ to 4 hours. Ideally, eat the most before doing the most. “Catch Up” eating, happens when long periods of time pass without food and large portions are consumed in a ravenous manor. The body can only handle so much at one serving without storing excess as fat not matter the source (carbohydrates, proteins, or fats).

               Achieving balance is an individual goal that must fit an individual’s lifestyle. Never assume that just because certain methods work for someone else, it will also work for you. Find the balance that fits your everyday life.

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Rebecca Turner, MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Dietitian in the state of Mississippi.

She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi receiving both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Rebecca designed, implemented and analyzed research: Measuring Hydration in Non-elite Half Marathon Runners On Race Day. She presented her findings at a graduate symposium, March 2009 and was selected top paper from the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems.

She continues her education in Sports Nutrition while gaining hours towards becoming a “Certified Sports Dietitian”

Let’s Talk About……….

Attitude and Nutrition!!!

I love the video above! It’s old but still cute.   I can think of a few little girls that would do something like that.  Also I love the video because it shows her practicing a good attitude. Attitude really makes a huge difference in how a person handles situations and how we go about day to day life.  You know the adage, it’s all in the attitude.  It’s true. The same applies to dieting (I hate using that word) nutrition  and losing weight.

I did not grow up an overweight child. In fact  I was called Olive Oyl  (you know the character from Popeye) for a good portion of my life. I was extremely skinny and tall. I’m 5’9.  I didn’t have a weight issue until just the last couple of years.  I jokingly blame it on my husband. I told him I got happy, comfortable and the weight just came piling on.  I nick named it “Happy Fat.” I could no longer eat  a whole pizza alone. Yes, I was that person.  I’m sure a change in hormones had something to do with it as well. However I can’t put the blame there. The blame is on me.  I know/knew what was good for me, what wasn’t good for me. I would look over at my husband who could eat half the kitchen and think, “ohh that looks good. I want some!” Then one morning I woke up and looked in the mirror and thought, “Who’s butt is this?!”  It was not a pretty sight.  Honestly, It’s like someone took the foggy glasses off of me and suddenly there was this body I did not recognize! Then shortly thereafter I went to my girly doctor who was kind enough to point out that the pounds needed to come off.  I know he said it with my best interest in mind but it still stung!  That was 6 years ago.  Today I weigh more and I still get the same lecture.  I feel like I have tried every diet with some success but I give up and the vicious cycle starts all over again.

Little older, Little wiser and a little rounder!

That bring us to July of 2011.  Someone on my Facebook page recommend Runners Fuel.  I checked her out and we corresponded back and forth before I decided to pull the trigger and use her program. The thing that has failed me in the past besides my ability to overthink EVERYTHING is most diets eliminate food groups. Then there’s the ones you buy prepackaged food or count points.  I needed something real. I needed someone to teach me and change my way of thinking.  Plus I’m training for a marathon and I needed something that took that into consideration.

Now let me take a minute here before some of you lay into about how you’ve done the Paleo thing or you’ve done the green smoothie thing and it worked wonders for you. I’m sure it did. It’s just not me. I have an attic full of diet books and I’ve read them all but I personally like food too much to give up one food group.  I want to be able to eat chocolate chips (dark chocolate of course) for a snack and have a healthy home made pizza for dinner. That’s just me. There are hundreds of diets out there and I’m sure every one of them worked for someone. I’m just an old fashion calories in, calories out , eat your fruits and vegetables kind of girl.  Back to our regularly schedule program……..

Since then and countless emails later  I’ve slowly (think turtle pace) started making some real changes. Ones that I can hold me head high and claim I made them.  I also started asking myself “What is it worth to me?”  If I’m training countless hours why in God’s green earth would I go get a cheeseburger? I know better. I know what it’s doing to me but there was no thought, rhyme or reason for what I was doing.  Today was another mini milestone for me. I’m 3 pounds away from meeting my first mini goal.  I have a long ways to go. I’m tired of being overweight and feeling it while I run.  Nobody can make these changes but me. I have to have a positive attitude about this.  Sure I get frustrated and wonder why the scale is not moving faster but with a good attitude and diligence it’ll be worth it in the end.

You know nutrition and running have a lot in common. To be  decent runner you have to have a good base. Same with nutrition.  You can’t declare today that you’re going to be 100% total non-processed foods and nothing but picture perfect health and expect to just change over night. You have to take baby steps. Nutrition is not a sprint………….it’s a marathon!  (cheesy I know but i had to say it!!)

So what’s on the horizon for me?

1. Kicking the sodas. (They’re expensive and I hate having to go to the recycling bin with a ton of cans. )

2. Eliminating junk food (I eat more of it than I want to admit)

I feel like I make small changes everyday some are conscience changes others just happen before I realize it.

I know I’ve posted these before but I’ll do it again.  Some great websites to help you get started……….

Calorie King

My Fitness Pal 

SparkPeople

Spark Recipes

Daily Mile

Runners Fuel

PowerMultiSport

I know for a fact (because I’ve done it) you can exercise and lose a few pounds but if the nurition is not right then you’re just wasting your time.  Don’t think of it as a diet because diet spells DIE (meaning diets normally don’t have any sticking power with them).  Make it a true life style change.  It doesn’t have to be dull and boring. It’s all in the attitude!

Most Important Meal of the Day

Friday Ramblings-Monumental Moments

So today I thought I would do my Friday ramblings about my little monumental  moments.  In case I’ve faliled to mention earlier, I created this blog as a accountability tool. Well to be honest up until this week I wondered if it was really doing what I wanted it to do for me. Sure I feel like I’ve maybe entertained but have I gotten anything out of it?

As of this week, YES!  So yesterday I decided I was having tuna fish salad for dinner. I knew I needed a few things from the grocery store so I popped in to do some shopping.  Instantly I realized how hungry I really was.  I love chips and dip!  So I automatically thought “Why not? What would it hurt?” That’s I looked up at this woman who just randomly glanced at me and I thought, “What if she knows I’m Pounds to Miles Brandy and she knows that I’m buying junk food!?!” I normally don’t have these kind of thoughts. In fact I normally assume that I know most people and very few people have any clue who I am.  So NORMALLY this kind of thinking would never have cross my mind. Really.  So I put the chips back.  I wasn’t done with the internal battle yet.  Aisle after aisle of all my favorites were screaming at me “Take me home!” and all I could think was “What kind of fake would I be if I surrendered to this?”  So with my head held high (and a bag of ginger snaps) I came out with tuna, eggs, ginger snaps and lettuce!

I’m constantly setting small goals for myself but I have to say, the monumental moments are so much sweeter!  They come unexpected and in different forms.  It’s not like running a marathon.  I know running a marathon that 99.9% of the time I’m going to reach my goal of finishing the marathon.  However on my little  journey of becoming a better version of myself some days are harder than others.  It’s so much easier (most days) to do what feels good than what my mind wants to do.

That’s another thing, I’ve been reading the book “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” and I’ve got some really good points out of the book.  For instance:  “For individuals’ behavior to change, you’ve got to influence not only their environment but their hearts and minds. The problem is this: Often the heart and mind disagree. Fervently. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (p. 5).  

and

Change is hard because people wear themselves out. And that’s the second surprise about change: What looks like laziness is often exhaustion. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (p.12)

There are tons of other great points and ideas in the book but these are just a few that really stood out.  I’ve come to realize about myself as I write more through here that I’m more of an emotional person than I thought I was.  I emotionally eat and I make decisions or don’t make decisions based on how I feel. I also critique (sounds nicer than criticize) myself all the time.  I’m very hard on myself when it comes to how I’m measuring up.    For example: in the past I’ve tried so hard to have a hard nose attitude regarding  self control and eating. My thinking was it’s all or nothing. There is no room for failure. This attitude might last a week or two then I’m so exhausted I wake up one morning and I’m like “Screw it. I work hard, pay my bills and live a relatively healthy life. I deserve to eat whatever I want!” Well then 2 hours later I’m beating myself up for having no self control (again) and being so mentally exhausted.  No wonder!  I exhausted myself with having self control with no plan. The all or nothing attitude might be just a bit too much for me.  I’m learning that I have to have a plan.  I have to educate myself on whats healthy and whats not.  I also have to remember I don’t deserve to eat junk food. In fact, I’m punishing myself by putting that junk in me rather than saying “I love myself enough to know I don’t deserve to eat crap!”

And of course as I write all of this I imagine Tina Fey’s voice in the back of my head narrating all of this!

So as for my Friday Ramblings go, it’s time for me to put this one to bed and move on.  I have a busy weekend in store.  Today my brother-in-law comes home from Afghanistan after being over there for a year now.  We all feel very blessed to have him come home safe and sound to us.  He has  3 beautiful children and a lovely wife I know can’t wait to see him.  Saturday I get to teach pilates, get a hair cut and then out to my mom’s to do some honey-do chores. Sunday I’m running 12 miles. Next weekend calls for 18.  I can’t wait!!

Have a great weekend!

Cheers!

Nutritional lessons and boredom

So nothing new  and exciting here.  As of today I’ve logged in 6 miles and been on my diet for 3 days now.  Monday was easy. Almost too easy. Yesterday, I woke up hungry, actually starving.  I did my small pre run meal and then my protein shake after my run. Lunch was fine but after lunch it was all down hill. Correction, after work it was all down hill.  It was raining when I got off from work so I didn’t have any yard work to do and I was kind of antsy bored so I cooked dinner early. And………..I ate two chicken patty sandwiches.  I was/am shameful for it but my only excuse is I was weak!  I regretted it and still do!  I’m hoping the 16 miles I have planned this Saturday will off set it.  Today was a tad bit better.  Same breakfast, only I didn’t work out today. I know I should cross train but today I didn’t. Instead I made the executive decision to stay in bed. It was nice.  Anyway, when I’m dieting (which has failed every time in the last 6 years) I get overwhelmed when I have to order out, or eat out. When I went to order lunch today which I totally didn’t plan for like I should have, I got extremely annoyed and frustrated. It’s food for heaven sake, not rocket science.  I shouldn’t have to sweat a decision out like this. But……..I did.  So I ordered the Chicken and snow peas with rice from a little local Chinese place here in town. It was so good. So I wondered (afterwards) how bad of a job did I do picking out a good lunch.   So thanks to my new friend over at Runners Fuel was nice enough to explain that even though a serving of broccoli my be a 100 calories and a serving of rice may be 100 calories the calories  are not metabolize, stored, or used from broccoli the same as the calories from rice. So even though cheesy burger might be 100 calories (exaggerating obvisously) and a Subway sandwich might be 100 calories (topped with tons of fresh veggies served with lean meat) they are  not treated by the body the same.  Also another point that really hit home today is I have got to prepare and plan.  It just takes some thought, planning and preparation.  I’ve also been posting (which I know it’s only 3 days) my food on here and there is nothing worse than knowing that everybody will know that I ate a half a bag of chips (which I haven’t).  Sure I could fib about it but my hips will know!

A friend of mine who is doing the Couch 2 5k program  was mentioning earlier that she is bored right now with her plan.  I’m not bored with my plan, I’m just in that training lull.  For me it’s in the in-between stage where I’ve decided I’m committed to a race and getting to the race.  In between point A and point B there is the excitement of  buying the plane tickets (if needed), getting the hotel room coming up with a schedule.  For me when all that is handled there is a short lull before I get close to doing a 2o miler that I get a little bored.  It’s almost like a road trip. I’m excited about leaving and I get excited when I start getting close but gosh those roads in-between all look the same, sometimes feel the same so it just gets boring.  It’s just part of the roller coaster called training.

Meanwhile, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.  I’m definitely a lot more antsy and a tad bit bored in the evenings than I have been.  Last week was crazy but this week is not any different than what it has been but it sure does feel like I have a lot more extra time.  Maybe I can use this so called “free time” to catch up on some reading, catch up on the DVR or just whatever.

Tip of the day: If you “don’t have time”  during the day to get in a full 45 minute workout then fit in shorter but more frequent session, like 5-10 minutes several times a day throughout your day. Take the stairs, park your car further away from the door, and definitely count in those house chores such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or a short brisk walk around the block at lunch or for a break.

Cheers!

Day 3

No having to hang my head in shame today!  Lunch was a little bumpy.  Actually I didn’t plan and before I knew it, it was 1 and I still had not ate.  So Chinese take out was the last minute choice.  I tried picking something that was well rounded but take-out on a diet always stresses me out. Nobody’s perfect, right?

Day 2

Yes, I’ll be doing this daily.  Or at least till October 18, 2011.

So I went over on calories.  Yes it would be the extra chicken sandwich. Yes, I said EXTRA chicken sandwich.  ummmm………..I don’t know what to say.  It’s only the second day.

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