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Let's add snowboarding to the list, shall we?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Um, yeah. I tried snowboarding this weekend. Saturday we had about 10 inches of fresh powder to fall on. When I went down it went "poof!" Which didn't hurt at all. We also had to barely lean in order to get the edges to bite into the snow.

Sunday the powder was all groomed and packed. A lot more work. And way harder to fall on. I'm going to have some interesting bruises on my backside.

But after two days I can say that yes, I can link my turns and mostly get down a short green run without falling - too much. LOL

My toe turns are definitely not as sharp and confident as my heel turns. And I found out why it is bad to let the downhill edge catch. LOL (ouch!)

But I liked it. It was a lot more intuitive than I expected. It did not weird me out to have both feet strapped in - in fact it felt kind of secure and nice. The worst part was hobbling around using my bad leg to propel me on the flats. And just walking around. I limped all over on the flats. But was fine as soon as I got to the top and could ride the board down.

So maybe this will be OK for my arthritic knee, after all...

I'll do it again. It was fun.

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S318830 2/18/2011 1:44AM

    Ah ha! I had wondered how I saw a skiing and snowboarding group on your page when I thought your knees couldn't handle it. I hadn't realized the snowboarding was a new thing. Very cool! Congrats, and I hope your knees are able to hang in there and let you add this to your sporting repertoire.

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TWOSTICKS 1/14/2011 2:47PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you had a blast!

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ALYFITN 1/11/2011 1:51PM

    I'm so jealous!!! I tried and tried but could never get the hang of it. I'm sticking to skis.

May you enjoy all the BEAUTIFUL snow I'm sending your way from across Ohio.--Aly

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SEESTARS 1/11/2011 11:30AM

    I also have bad knees and find snowboarding does not bother them. Sounds like you did great your first two days. When I taught lessons I found that the girls always had an easier time on the heelside (and boys usually did better toeside at the start). I think it is a center of mass thing. Try focusing on pushing your hips forward next time you go boarding.

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ANNE7X7 1/11/2011 10:34AM

    I LOVE snowboarding! It's amazing on powder!!! I miss doing it so much, and like you said, it's very intuitive! The first couple of times are the hardest, and the learning curve is HUGE! Before you know it, you'll be zooming down those black diamond hills!

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GRACEFULIFE 1/10/2011 10:07PM

    I've never gone snowboard. But then I've vowed never to do alpine sliding sports in my state again. BORING.

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    So jealous!! You guys in New York got a great base for it! haha I realized that the more I try to control my board the more I feel out of control. If I just let the board take it's own way its easier. I can lean and guide, but it's like... jsut let it ride man. Ha! Im glad you had fun!!

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CO_VANESSA 1/10/2011 1:59PM

    Looks like a ton of fun! And kuddos to you for trying out something different.

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CARRIE1948 1/10/2011 10:28AM

    You're leaving me in the dust. As you do more outside, I'm sorting out how to do everything without leaving home

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DDOORN 1/10/2011 9:49AM

    Remembering how limber you were on cross country skis...no surprise that you should take so well to snowboarding!

Kudos to finding another exciting outdoor celebration of the "new you!" :-)


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DIAMONDFOOLER 1/10/2011 9:28AM

    OUCH! emoticon I can't even imagine. But I am so glad you are having fun!!

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JILLWILSON2102 1/10/2011 7:52AM

    So you've turned to the dark side! emoticon Honestly you do make it sound like fun - I hope you have a blast!!

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JESPAH 1/10/2011 7:28AM

    Ooohhhh that looks like a blast.

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Report on day 4 of 4

Thursday, January 06, 2011

1o82 calories
45% carbs
49% protein (142g)
6% fat

As you can see I've paid a lot more attention to getting the protein I want.

I am feeling too sated to eat my usual midafternoon shake. What a difference, huh? I KNEW from my experience last year that carbs increase my cravings and make me feel hungry. And that protein does the opposite.

And as a result I'm set to go to spinning with two whey shakes to eat later. One I'll have in the car on the way home and the other I'll have after I've showered and busy baking Hubbard squash at home. It should help deflect some of the temptation to snack on the squash. (I dunno about you, but I LOVE me some baked winter squash. Especially a sweet variety like Hubbard, all brown and carmelized... LOL)

So why didn't I focus on protein back on Monday? I have no idea. Probably because it took me these four days just to get into a zone where I cared. Maybe I was flying so high on carbs that I wasn't thinking straight.

I'll tellya what. This whole "start with tiny achievable goals" thing definitely works. I'm much more mentally prepared for the weekend and my winter off-season training now than I was four days ago.

I've also lost some weight already. I'll post the final tally tomorrow morning when I weigh myself.

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ANNE7X7 1/8/2011 12:38AM

    Awesome! Way to finish off your 4 day challenge on the right foot!!! I love that it helped you figure out where you were going wrong and how you can fix it!!

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CARRIE1948 1/7/2011 10:23AM

    Good job! You might consider adding just a tad more fat.

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JESPAH 1/7/2011 6:54AM

    Tiny achievable goals. Good. :)

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GRACEFULIFE 1/6/2011 11:19PM

    That strikes me as a pretty low fat level.

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    rockin'. What a difference 4 little days makes. Speaking of high on carbs, I knew I had a problem with carbs when they found me in the corner shaking with crusts of crushed wheat bran caked around my nostrils.

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BUFFYW410 1/6/2011 5:30PM

    I love that you are exploring what works! Having the courage to be curious sounds empowering. I'm doing my best to figure me out too.

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Report on day 3 of 4

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

1289 calories
70% carbs
27% protein (93g)
3% fat

These ratios do not please me.* I function much better on lots of protein and I need to feed the muscle I'm trying to regain. Another problem with the beans besides the possible arthritis pain is that they come with a LOT of carbs. I knew that, but I guess I conveniently forgot, since I love carbs. LOL. Gonna cut down on the beans and go back to the 2-3 whey shakes daily plus high protein breakfast and lunch.

Went to the Y for a bodypump class tonight. (The trainer had a last minute appointment conflict so I'll just go next week and lift on my own in the meantime.)

52 minutes
236 calories
133 bpm max
102 bpm average

Had to put down even the 5-lb weights for some things - I must have wrenched my shoulders pretty badly last weekend kayaking. Next time I'll bring or use 2-lb ones to work the shoulders back up again.

Now I'm curling up with the cats to watch Biggest Loser on Hulu.

* These ratios apparently do not please my body, either. Not long after writing the above post, I had a hunger pang that wouldn't go away so I ate a Soy Rocks protein bar (11g protein). Then later I had another one that threatened to disturb my sleep so I had a protein shot (26g of protein). After that everything quieted down again.

Total protein intake for the day including the emergency rations at the end? 130g in 1480 calories.

Grams of protein I used to eat while successfully losing weight and dropping body fat last year? 120-140. So, guess what. My body is going to demand what it wants, and apparently it wants more protein. A year ago I suspected that it ran better on protein, and this seems to be confirmation of the fact. I am adjusting my foods for Thursday accordingly.

My favorite sources of lean protein are listed here:

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CARRIE1948 1/6/2011 1:03PM

    Protein really is the linchpin of the food pyramid

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ANNE7X7 1/6/2011 11:34AM

    Beans... YUMMO! I totally get the struggle. I love me some carbs too! At least you are seeing where you need improvement and can adjust accordingly! Good luck with day 4!!!

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JESPAH 1/6/2011 8:16AM

    W00p - is peanut butter good?

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    More PRO! :)

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Report on day 2 of 4

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

1604 calories
68% carbs
28% protein
4% fat

Ate beans again when I got home. :-/ Not cooking any today so I hope the lack of temptation will stop that habit.

Forgot to turn on the HR monitor before spin class started so I don't know how many calories I burned, but the bike said about 400.

I fell asleep pretty early and woke up in the middle of the night and thought about food. So I pulled up a couple of "before" pictures on my iPod and looked at them for a while and decided I didn't really want to eat anything badly enough to go back there.

Woke up with some actual hunger for the first time in a long time. I used to be so hungry when I woke up that it provided incentive to get to work because that's where I usually eat breakfast. I'd like to get back there again!

Installed FatWatch on my iPod to see if it'll be a viable replacement for physicsdiet.
One feature it does not have that I would like is a way to put in calories eaten to estimate my metabolism based on weight lost or gained. I'm going to ask the developers if they can sync with my tracker app, Lean Me Pro.

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ANNE7X7 1/5/2011 11:32AM

    Sounds like you are doing awesome! I love waking up hungry cause breakfast tastes SO good!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/5/2011 11:00AM

    LOL Don.

Freezers are a wonderful invention, by the way. hehehe

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DDOORN 1/5/2011 10:41AM

    Keeping on keeping on...! :-)

Made a great bean soup with the 15 variety bean bag...am looking forward to having that for dinner for oh a week or two considering how much I made...lol! Yum!


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Report on day 1 of 4

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

1435 calories
71% carbs
25% protein
4% fat

That was more than I planned on eating. Mostly because when I got home the lima beans were done and sitting in the slow cooker and they smelled so good I had some straight out of the pot, with nothing added. One of my cats LOVES beans and he demanded to have some too.

Getting myself onto the elliptical was surprisingly difficult. It was like pulling teeth. I didn't get around to it until about 10:30 pm and had to convince myself that even if I only did it for 20 minutes it counted. That I could do it in my socks and jeans if I really wanted. The point was just to *do* it.

Once I got down there I grudgingly decided to change into workout gear and put on my Nikes. And once I had Pandora up and streaming the Lady GaGa channel I was into it.

Still, I had no idea I had slipped so far that I would put up such resistance to using the elliptical. I LOVE the elliptical. I like listening to catchy inane pop music while using it. I always feel better after doing it. I used to think nothing of 45 minutes or an hour on there.

My knee arthritis has been hurting a little the past few days, including while ellipticizing last night. I think it may be due to the large amounts of dry beans I've been eating lately. There is some thought that the purines in beans might contribute to gouty arthritis. I have osteoarthritis, but it's all joint inflammation, right? So I think I may cut back some on the beans for a while.

Today I'm on track, having eaten 369 calories so far, 59% carbs, 38% protein, 3%fat. I'm signed up for the spinning class after work so that should burn a few calories.

Wednesday I have a session with the personal trainer at the Y so that's locked in.

And Thursday I think there's spinning again. So for the rest of the week I won't have to self-motivate on the exercise front. I just need to keep the food under control.

And I put in all the weights and % body fat numbers since December 1 at physicsdiet.com so I can watch my trend lines again. It helped before, so I think I should go back to it.

I wish Spark People had a moving average tracker implemented. It would mean less place to track things!

One down, three to go...

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ANNE7X7 1/5/2011 10:08AM

    So far so good! Keep it up!!!

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GRACEFULIFE 1/4/2011 4:38PM

    Oh, OK. Ignore my comment on your page, and remember... I'm watching you, Wazowski... allllways watching.

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PAYGIRLZ 1/4/2011 11:17AM

  Great job tracking your food! My goal this year is track, track and track!! I will try and follow your good example!!

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CARRIE1948 1/4/2011 10:51AM

    Sounds like you're on the right path

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DDOORN 1/4/2011 10:14AM

    Shifting from outdoor workouts to indoors is a HUGE adjustment! I've had a similar reaction to ye olde treadmill as well. It just doesn't hold the appeal it once did.

There just are too few options during our cold and mostly snow-less (at least down here) weather.

But hey, we're getting 'er done, right? :-)


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