Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I wrote a blog entry last week saying that I was doing great in all my trackable categories except for sodium. I have only been averaging around 4,500 mg of sodium per day which is almost twice my daily MAX! WAAAAYYY to much sodium!
Well, I have made some tweaks and substitutions and today, I got my sodium to a new low of 2,600 mg which is only 300 over! That is over a 40% reduction!
Plus I was able to keep my same calorie/fat/carbs and protein ranges! Not sure I can actually get below 2,300 on a consistant basis but I feel much better and my current range!
Good evening Sparkville
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I have now finished the first 2 weeks of Insanity and I couldn't be happier! All the soreness has gone away and now I can just get a good workout in!
My Week 1 averages per day were...
2,246.0 calories, 28.6 fat, 334.0 carbs, 174.7 protein, 260 fitness minutes burning 3,416 calories.
My Week 2 goals...
2,250 calories, 35 fat, 320 carbs, 175 protein, 270+ fitness minutes, burning 3,500+ calories.
Now let me see if I met my goals!
Spark says I can have between 2,220-2,570 calories/day. Here is my week in calories...
July 8 - 2,238
July 9 - 2,271
July 10 - 2,255
July 11 - 2,291
July 12 - 2,265
July 13 - 2,266
July 14 - 2,239 (already have my menu done for the day)
My goal was 2,250 and I averaged 2,260.7. So I was a little over but I am definitely happy with my average!
As for fat, Spark says I can have between 49-100. My week in fat...
July 8 - 30
July 9 - 34
July 10 - 39
July 11 - 36
July 12 - 34
July 13 - 36
July 14 - 29 (already have my menu done for the day)
My goal was 35 a day and I averaged 34.0. Also, very close to my goal and I am very happy with that number!
As far as Carbs, Spark says I can have 250-418. My week in carbs....
July 8 - 323
July 9 - 330
July 10 - 329
July 11 - 329
July 12 - 316
July 13 - 310
July 14 - 313 (already have my menu done for the day)
My goal was 320 per day and I averaged 321.4 which I am very happy with!
As for protein, Spark says I should have between 60-225. My week in protein...
July 8- 174
July 9 - 170
July 10 - 156
July 11 - 171
July 12 - 177
July 13 - 185
July 14 - 188 (already have my menu done for the day)
My goal was 175 a day and I averaged 174.4 which I am definitely happy with!
I have been tweaking things a little here and a little there to try and cut out some sodium and I think that has been working. It is a constant thing and kind of fun making it a challenge. Really happy with my week 2 numbers and I WILL KEEP GOING!
*370 fitness minutes for the week - so I was 100 minutes over!
*4,594 calories burnt - so I was 1,000+ calories over!
Friday, July 13, 2012
I have done a lot of reading and research on supplements and vitamins and exactly what I should take. I figured I would put a blog out about it to see what else anyone else might have for advice on what to take.
I take flaxseed oil, fish oil, and the GNC Mega Sport Vitamin. I also have some of the Amino energy drink in the morning. After my workout, I mix 2 cups of skim milk with an instant breakfast and GNC Amplified Wheybolic Extreme that has a lot of protein and other things that are good for workout recovery.
So what kinds of supplements and vitamins do you take? Anything you would recommend?
Good day Sparkville
Thursday, July 12, 2012
On Spark, I really enjoy reading other people's stories and goals. I also enjoy seeing what fellow Sparks will treat themselves to when they reach a mini goal or an ultimate goal. That got me thinking about what I should treat myself to. Hmm, that is something I had not really thought of before1
I have a pretty lofty goal, so it is still a ways off. I will hopefully reach it in the Spring of 2013...that's the goal! I had not really thought of what I should do for myself for reaching such a lofty goal. Maybe because I wasn't sure I could do it or maybe I just hadn't considered it. But now, I really feel like I can make my main goal and I think it may even help push me more if I set a goal!
So what should it be? I really don't like buying myself much of anything. I would much rather buy others things before I buy myself things. But in the end, this is my thing...this is for me!
I really like to travel, so maybe that should be it. I have always wanted to make an East Coast "Baseball" trip. Go to a Yankees game in New York. Then go to a Red Sox game in Boston. Then hit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. That sounds like fun and could be a great option!
Or maybe I should think bigger! My number 1 place that I have always wanted to go is Italy! With its history and everything, I have always wanted to go there.
A close second is Costa Rica! You got the beach in the front yard and rain forrest with mountains in the back! How can you go wrong there?
Those both sound like great options but with the kids and financial considerations, I may not be able to do it the "right way", how I want to do it. We'll see. Maybe I will just go with new golf clubs! I really like playing golf and could use some new ones!
Good evening Sparkville
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Seriously! In my best Jerry Seinfeld voice, what is the deal with all that sodium?
For over 2 months now, I have been eating great! I I have been within my carb, calorie, and fat ranges for probably 64 of the last 67 days! I think that is pretty impressive and I am making good progress. Within the last couple of months, I have mixed & matched foods on different days to get in my ranges of those categories and others like fiber, Vitamin C, and protein (and I do track them all daily). I have had 1 problem category the entire time...
I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I have been within my sodium range for a day. One hand out of 67 days!
I know that packaged and processed foods and all of that makes it really hard. Those things are packed with sodium to keep "fresh" and to keep their flavor. Fine, but what a pain in the butt.
I tell myself that if sodium is my one bad category, I will be ok, and I have been. I guess it is just kind of frustrating to be so good in all the categories and see that sodium category high day after day!
So I guess I will just have to take the good of the other categories and try not to worry about the sodium to much, right? Does everyone have this problem? Anyone have any good ways to cut down on sodium?
Good day Sparkville!
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