Thursday, December 02, 2010
So I'm not crazy, I am not the only one that has winter blues during this time of the year. Just recently I started to read up on this disorder and really seek out some information. I'm sure there are foods that will really help boost my mood - anyone know what it is?
Taking more naps
Finding it hard to get to the gym
Feeling Bad About Yourself
All of these symptoms are associated with the lack of sunshine that we endure during the winter months. I'm going to be doing some major research studies on this topic and find out more. If you have this, I would love to know more. Thanks.
Here is some basic information:
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Today it finally hit me that I haven't been on Spark in about a month! Actually when I took a look at the last date on my log-in chart, it was over a month ago. This last month has been really hard for me and it has brought my energy level way down. Thankfully my husband and I are still hitting the ground running (and sometimes the never-ending treadmill belt). Unfortunately, as I was sitting in front of my computer, when I should have been writing for work, I realized that I was feeling depressed. I get seriously depressed during the colder months since I am such an outdoors person at heart - just not when it is cold. I think I was deemed to be an Australian instead of German-American. But, lemonade baby, lemonade... *smirk*
Lately I have noticed that I have been eating a lot more than what I should be eating. It is true that we are eating vegan still however the quantity isn't the best for my smaller frame. A person that is 4' 10" just really can't eat as much as someone over 5'. Over-eating is one of my main problems. I'm thinking it also could be contributing to my depressed, lazy mood lately.
So, I'm back and ready to get back into the swing of counting calories and counting the workout minutes. This is a lifestyle change, so I have to make sure I keep it for a lifetime, not just when it seems fit to do it.
Tonight: Out to the gym, a little yoga and then a healthy dinner in the warm house.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I'm so proud of my accomplishment of completing my second ever 10-mile run! Truth be told, it was on the treadmill so the surface was flat, but it is a 10 mile run nonetheless.
Some interesting things that I found to help me through longer runs (since I'm not a natural runner):
1. Set a plan before you get to the gym. For instance, before I left the house this morning, I planned out that I was going to run ten miles. Then when I got to the gym, I settled in on my treadmill and kept the ten mile goal in my head. It is very easy to get tired in the beginning and then tell yourself that four is good enough for today. But, that doesn't help anyone...
2. Use those "treadmill peepers" as running motivation. This may seem a little competitive however when I run and see others running around me, I tell myself, let's see who will last longer. It is amazing at how much a little competition will keep you going.
3. Remember that a runner doesn't have to be the fastest, rather has to run over the finish line. That is something that I always tell myself when I am running. I actually have to laugh when a very "serious" person gets on the treadmill after throwing off his/her jacket and jumps on the treadmill full speed. I think to myself, slow and steady wins the race. It is shocking to see how many people I outlast on the treadmills. Those that jump on the treadmill and forget to get a good warm-up generally do not last much more than 30 mins. I love that I can be calm and give my body the needed warm-up it needs and then start running when it's ready for the adventure.
4. Drink lots of water on long runs. This is something that I had to train my body to be able to do. It may sound weird (but then again I am, so it's ok) but my body used to have stomach issues when I ran and had just drunk water. Now though, I tend to cut my runs up in 4.5 mile increments. This partially due to my body needing water in-between and partially due to the fact that our treadmills stop around 60 mins of running. So, I make sure that I run 4.5 miles and then drink water. Sometimes (like today) I throw a Energy Block in my mouth and then keep running. It really helps with the longer runs over 5-6 miles.
Do you have any suggestions to make my runs better? I'm also looking for energy blocks that are vegan if anyone has a suggestion, I would love to hear about it! Thanks.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
What Your Body does within 1 Hour of Drinking Soda
According to the Nutrition Research Center, this is what happens to your body within 1 hour of drinking a can of soda:
-10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system, which is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. You’d normally vomit from such an intake, but the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.
-20 minutes: Your blood sugar skyrockets. Your liver attempts to maximize insulin production in order to turn high levels of sugar into fat.
-40 minutes: As your body finishes absorbing the caffeine, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing you from feeling how tired you may actually be.
-45 minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, causing you to feel pleasure and adding to the addictiveness of the beverage. This physical neuro response works the same way as it would if we were consuming heroin.
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, which boosts your metabolism a bit further. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners compound this effect, increasing the urinary excretion of calcium. The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (You have to GO!) Your body will eliminate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was otherwise heading to your bones. And you will also flush out the sodium, electrolytes and water. Your body has eliminated the water that was in the soda. And in the process it was infused with nutrients and minerals your body would have otherwise used to hydrate your system or build body cells, bones, teeth.
-60 minutes: The sugar crash begins. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You start feeling like crap. Time to grab another?
Thanks to http://www.vegansecrets.com/blog/ for this lovely narration of what happens when you drink soda.
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