Last night was the first of hopefully no more... My husband and I took out to run our normal 5K distance for training for the Turkey Trot in 16 days! We are thrilled to soon be registered in our first turkey trot together! Last night on the other hand was one of those nights that nothing seems to go just right. We started out feeling tired (hopefully this wasn't due to over doing it lately) and beat right from the start. It always seems like for the first mile is the hardest to complete - after that first one I could go on and on. Since the weather has been nice I thought it would be rather comfortable to run without my jacket - which has a nice pocket for my blackberry that contains all my Korean/Japanese Hip-Hop music. I find that this music really keeps me going throughout my running and I keep focused while singing to the music. Then the pounding started with my pocket to my lighter jacket that I had never run with before on any other occasion. It was beating into my stomach and let's just say that it was not comfortable knowing there was not a bathroom in sight. So, my lovely husband decided that he was going to carry it for me so I could try to get focused once again on the run. Unfortunately, it was all down hill from there. We were too fast in the first mile and ran out of steam on the second and third. It was just a run from a night that maybe we should have just stayed in and just stuck with an extra hour of yoga instead.
Thankfully, though I am not sure how, we managed to knock off another thirty seconds from our 5K run. Unfortunately we did have to stop once to hand over the music player and walk a little to catch our breath and re-focus. I guess we all have these nights but I hope that it was the last until after the Turkey Trot that I am so looking forward to doing.
It seems just like the other day when I was declaring that I was going to take my life back into my own hands. After taking a few months off this summer so I could enjoy the outdoors weather, I am back into the swing of exercising and doing a normal amount of exercise. This time around I am trying to not go overboard because I want to make a lifestyle change instead of a fad diet/exercise plan again. Not that my family and I are in terrible shape but things can always improve.
Pounds Lost: 2 pounds! So, this week I was able to lose the two pounds that I had gained from my time off from sparkpeople. The amount does not appear to be different in my weight tracker but at least I am where I seriously started about a week ago. Weight lingers on me, so I know I have to kick my plan up a little notch just so I can met my goal of losing at least ten pounds by Christmas (hopefully my birthday on December 10th!). Yes, I do sound crazy but I am a goal seeker and that is how I am driven.
Total Time: 10 Minutes! Weight lifting has been a downfall in our household this week because we can just not seem to get a break with our busy gym. It is hard to move around our small gym to get anything done - so we tend to shy away from it. I plan on working on lifting some weights at home before going out for a run. I am not looking to gain bodybuilding muscles - just lean muscle mass to burn calories and run faster.
26.1 Miles Run! I am extremely proud of my accomplishments this week with running. Let me first tell you that I am not a runner and never have been however I have fallen in love with the sport. I run daily and just this last week came up with the idea of doing a 5K Run. At first we were going to do just a 5K competition before Thanksgiving parties. We were surprised to find a Turkey Trot in our area where we will be for the festivities. Hence, we are going to compete in my first run ever on Turkey Day! My husband is an experienced runner however we are doing it together so we are going to try to finish around 25 minutes! We started out not running one mile and now are running 5K distance everyday for training. Our time has gone this week from 46 minutes to 33 minutes!
As the story goes, there are two sides to everything... This goes for whey vs soy protein. I mentioned before that I personally love soy protein bars. There seemed like some confusion though with responses though from other sparkies. I just wanted to spread some light on the fact that soy protein has been found to actually help build more lean fat mass than whey protein. Basically the studies say if you want to be a body builder try some whey protein (although soy also works) while my beloved soy protein is for woman that are not trying to win body building challenges. My idea is to get rid of the fat on my body and gain some lean muscle mass - aka not the muscle that turns into fat if you stop exercising. I've always had a problem with building muscles and then it turning to fat after a short pout of laziness. haha
So, if you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan protein you should try soy protein - it is better for you and does the exact same thing as whey protein. check out www.bodybuilding.com/fun/drobson71.h tm for more information.
Always trying to information on scientific study research that is leading the way to a healthier vegetarian body! Try both and decide for yourself on the taste - only difference found is one's vegetarian and one is not. Keep Run ...
Yes, you read that correctly there is a protein bar on the market that doesn't taste like paste from kindergarten! My husband is trying to gain some weight so about a few months ago we started in on EAS soy protein powder. We love the taste of the powder so we thought we would try another brand the other day because it was a lot cheaper. Let's face it, this stuff is not cheap! But, we found out that price does actually make a difference in this case. AKA do not buy the cheaper stuff unless you like the taste of thick guppy paste... I was looking over the EAS website the other day and found out that we could try out their protein bars for free! Yay! I have wanted to try them however I was afraid of the price tag and also getting addicted to it if I liked it. haha We purchased our normal protein powder (which is good for dieters to lose weight too) and got our free EAS Myoplex Lite Bar. There were about three choices in the store we went too and we chose the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Crisp. I'm not a fan of chocolate however the others didn't sound as good. To my surprise the protein bar was very tasty and didn't seem like a protein supplement at all! I highly suggest going to EAS.com and printing off your free coupon to try this tasty treat. Only problem now is that I am addicted even after the first one! Uh oh...
I know I know... Experts say to not watch the weight scale everyday - that is not how I like to play the game of life though. I need to look at the scale each and everyday (usually once in the morning and once at night) to keep my motivation up. I like to compartmentalize my weight issues into a tiny drawer under lock and key. The scale helps to keep things real and there is no hiding the fact of what the weight scale is showing me when I grudgingly step on it after saying some sweet encouraging words to it. I was shocked this morning to find that I had actually gained back my two pounds - I am really hoping that this weight gain over one day was not due to my lack of one night off from running but rather liquid retention.
It is all a learning game however I plan to keep a close eye on my abusive weight scale after mocking me this morning. Hoping the weight goes back off by tonight! Does anyone find that they retain water if they don't exercise? I love drinking all the water for my health and body so not drinking as much daily isn't a solution for me. Any suggestions?