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Meal Plan!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm actually planning out a few dinners for this week! yay! Don't get too excited. It's only 2 dinners because J has a field trip Thursday and Friday. Yes, a field trip. I asked if he needed me to sign his permission slip. He didn't think it was as funny as I did.

Monday: Lentil burgers and homemade flat bread

I'm pretty sure we've made this flat bread before or at least something really close to it (of course J wants it covered in olive oil and of course it tastes better that way... ugh)

Tuesday: Slow cooker chicken stew

I'll probably serve this over rice since I need to make rice for Monday night's dinner. This will also be my lunch for part of the week. I'll also sub chicken broth for the water. We have an ungodly amount of chicken and veggie broth in the freezer and canned in the pantry that we really need to start using up.

Cheesy sweet potato crisps

Not sure what day I'm making these (or what I'm serving with them), but J "hates" sweet potatoes, so I'll make it while he's gone.

So that's it for now. I'm working on eating less and practicing portion control. Hoping I can stick with it!

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CLPURNELL 4/24/2013 11:34PM

    sounds like a yummy plan!

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SPARKFRAN514 4/21/2013 7:30PM

    Two days are better than zero days. your sweet potato sounds great might have to try them only use Yams Like J not a fam of sweet potatoes not sure why might be because my grandma and mom said yams were better and had a sweater taste. have a sparky week . thanks for the hint to use chicken broth in my rice emoticon

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Eating Habits

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I've decided to really hone in on my eating habits now that we've finished training for the half. I've been going over my calories more often than I've been under and I've had an insatiable sweet tooth. I've joined the tame your sweet tooth challenge on SP to help me jump start the process.

Reduce/manage cravings for sweets
Break habit of having an after work snack (unless it's post workout) and after dinner snack
Stay within calorie range 5/7 days per week and don't go over 1900 on other 2 days
Get back to pre-Thanksgiving weight (I keep getting there and then going right back up!)
Meal planning

I've gotten to the point where I keep giving myself allowances for no reason. (Watching tv? I'll have some wine! Went to work today? I need candy! Bored? Eat 2 cliff bars!) I would really like to get back to eating when I'm hungry and eating mindfully. I don't want to feel deprived, but I still want to feel like I have control of the situation. Currently, if I want a piece of candy, I have a piece of candy. I want to be able to think "I'm going out with friends tomorrow, so I'd rather have some drinks tomorrow instead of having this candy today."
I have also been treating everything as a special occasion. We don't really have any friends here, so any time we go visit friends or have someone come down to our house, I go all out for some reason. It's not like I'm never going to see my friends again, but I seem to treat the situation that way! This pretty much sums up every weekend, so it's kind of problematic.

My plan to reduce cravings right now is avoidance. I will work on making sweets a part of my life after I stop having theses crazy cravings. I'm doing well so far (2 days womp womp...). For snacking, I just plan to stay busy. We have a lot of spring cleaning I'd like to get done soon, I'm also reading a new book and it's freaking nice out finally! For portion control, I'm going to stop eyeballing everything. I may buy a food scale, but at the very least, I'm going to bust out measuring cups for everything. For meal planning, I've been planning a day or 2 in advance, but haven't done anything exciting enough to post. We've done a few recipe repeats recently, but at least we're cooking!
I'm hoping that these things will help me stay within my calorie range and get back to my November weight. Honestly, the weight isn't a huge deal, but this fluffy stomach has got to go!

Anyone have tips for getting strict with your diet (not the 4-letter word diet, I mean the what you eat diet)?

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SDLEE514 4/18/2013 8:02AM

    Seriously blog twin! get out of my brain! lol I purchased a food scale recently and it does help, as is being strict with measuring everything out. I agree, I really have to adopt more of a mindset, well I know im going out this weekend, therefore rather save my calories for then. For me, I somehow gained 4 pounds in a week (ugggh, probably just this past weekend actually with all the eating out) so right now, my ONLY concern is to stay within my calorie range. I'm not caring about percentages or numbers of vegetables, although I know its important, but it works for me right now to only be focused on one thing (e.g., rather than also no sugar, or alcohol, etc. etc.). Much luck, let's cut this twin crap out! lol

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KCLARK89 4/17/2013 12:18PM

    I totally feel ya on treating seeing your friends as a special occasion every time! That has been HUGE for me since the beginning of March... although most of the people I've seen I haven't seen in months since I moved to Florida.

But now that the stream of friends visiting has ended, I find myself used to eating how I was then, and I need to remember how good it felt to eat WELL before this all started. I cooked some great food for the first time in awhile (as opposed to just CONVENIENT food) yesterday and it felt great to be back in the kitchen like that :)

I think it definitely takes getting back to the mindset where you were happiest. Remember the things you did when you were most successful. YOU can do this!

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I Ran My First Half Marathon!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I did it! I ran my first half marathon! I say first here, because I am definitely running another one!

The raced started at 7am just over the bridge to the OBX. We started out pretty slow (10 minute miles). My friend and I needed to pee around mile 2 (yes, that early haha), so J kept running while we stopped at the porta potties. We stuck together for the next 7 miles. We talked to someone who had a Garmin around mile 7 and she said we were running 9 minute miles at that point. When running around the Wright Brothers Memorial, we camp up to the 9 mile marker and saw J ahead of us! We tried to catch up for about a mile, and my friend ran ahead to catch up with him. I tried to catch up, but they were going pretty fast.
I turned on my ipod before mile 10 and just kept going. Honestly, I was running pretty fast. Faster than I'd run on any longer training runs. I kept that pace for most of the last 4 miles until I reached the finish line. The last mile was on a trail through the woods. Sweet!! J and I did most of our training runs on trails through the woods (not a lot of safe places to run on roads around here). There were a lot of small hills in the woods and a lot of people started walking. I just kept going, knowing the finish line was close. The song Bodies by Smashing Pumpkins came on my ipod and I just sped up. I ran up a hill and came around the corner to see the finish line at the bottom of the hill. I ran full throttle to the finish line.

Chip time was 2:00:45! Yes, if I hadn't stopped and had to wait for someone else to get out of the porta potty, I would have made it under 2 hours. Definitely a goal for my next race.

I also tried to load a picture and it's too large, so once I figure out how to make it smaller, I'll post it on here.

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WALKERRN1 4/20/2013 10:05AM

    Great Job. I love that half marathon. I have done it a couple of times, not nearly as fast as you though.. I hope to run it next year.

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SDLEE514 4/18/2013 7:46AM

    emoticon Congrats!!! sounds like you really enjoyed yourself too, and I know you had been struggling lately with running. That is awesome, good for you!!

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STODD251 4/16/2013 9:34PM

    Congrats. That is so awesome! Almost makes me want to start running

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FATHINSN 4/15/2013 10:09PM

    Congrats for finishing and if you deduct the time from the potty waiting, should able to get less 2 hours :D

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CLRWILLIAMS25 4/15/2013 11:05AM

    Thank you everyone for your support!
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JEN_IN_CA 4/15/2013 10:27AM

    Congratulations, that's amazing!! emoticon

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SOXYINMO 4/15/2013 6:56AM

    emoticon Congratulations! It's a great feeling!

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CELIAMINER 4/14/2013 8:31PM

    You rock!

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WINDSURFNERD 4/14/2013 7:57PM

    Congratulations! 2:00 for your first HM is an awesome result!! Enjoy your recovery, the next race will be even better!

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PMRUNNER 4/14/2013 7:54PM

    Yay! Loved the report, and the positive attitude about doing another!

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Meal Plan and Other News

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Other news first:
I haven't run since last Monday. I'm not sure what my problem is. I just don't want to! I have been doing exercise videos, so I am exercising, but not running. Which is bad because my half marathon is next Sunday! I'm not sure why I'm deliberately sabotaging myself here. We're doing a 12 miler tomorrow after work though. Last long run before the race. I have also been over my calories all but one day for the past 3 weeks. I'm way out of control for some reason.

Meal Plan:

I would like to note that this is my first meal plan in like a month. Small steps...

Monday: Honey lime chicken skewers with siracha brussels sprouts

Tuesday: Grilled tofu and grilled asparagus

Wednesday: Avocado chicken salad. on a salad

Thursday: not sure

Friday: going to obx, so eating something when we get there. My MIL is going to be out of town, so it may be pizza. My FIL can barely make toast.

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SDLEE514 4/10/2013 7:49AM

    that chicken salad does sound amazing, and easy!! I was just thinking of what to have for dinner on this second day of HEAT! love it. even though we skipped spring

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CLRWILLIAMS25 4/10/2013 7:43AM

    Well, we were out of propane for the grill so we decided to make the avocado chicken salad for dinner last night. OH MY GOSH. I think I found my new favorite food. I've never had "regular" chicken salad because I have a mental block against all things mayonnaise, but this chicken salad is honestly so awesome! We added like 3T of salsa and sauteed the onion mixed with chopped celery for a few minutes on the stove to they wouldn't be crunchy. J also mixed in some chopped pickles. So yummy and so refreshing on a hot day like yesterday. All of you should try it out.

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CLPURNELL 4/8/2013 10:15PM

    Hope you get back on track. I am sure you will still do well in the Half! Maybe this break is what your body needs!

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SDLEE514 4/8/2013 9:21AM

    Small steps is something! Looks like a great meal plan. Best of luck on your runs!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 4/8/2013 8:43AM

    Thanks for the support! I'll definitely follow your advice and do some 3 milers this week before we leave for the beach.

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STRIVERONE 4/7/2013 8:46PM

    If I were in your shoes I'd do the long run, but not go crazy. Maybe do a little speed-work Tuesday. After that I'd just do a couple easy 5Ks with one on Saturday morning. That is in fact what I did last week. Take a look at my SparkBlog from yesterday for some insight and maybe inspiration.

The most important thing is that you enjoy your race Sunday and come away injury free.

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DONDAIN 4/7/2013 7:56PM

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Just DO IT!!!!

Good luck in your race!

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April Goals and March Goals Recap

Monday, April 01, 2013

March Goals:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Follow half marathon training plan without missing a run
*Incorporate strength training at least 2x per week
*Eat mindfully. Taste each bite. Slow down. Realized when I'm full.
*Think before you eat.
*dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week (can split up if needed)

I'm still doing my 10 minutes daily exercise streak! For the past 2 weeks, I've been having trouble with getting out to run, and covering my mileage while running. I've missed a few runs and had a really bad run Wednesday and even worse run Saturday. I've been doing well incorporating strength training, although I haven't been in the gym much (doing more videos). I've also been doing some ab videos online and in the gym , so I think I've met my 45 minutes goal (or at least made a huge leap towards it!). Food-wise, I've been all over the place. I haven't been within my calorie range in about 2 weeks. Seriously, that long. I've also had quite a few days in the past 2 weeks where I haven't tracked. Of course, were are my worst days too! I have tracked pretty religiously for the past year, so not tracking is pretty bad for me.

April Goals:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Download new music for ipod.
* Find new running routes, videos, workouts etc.
*Dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week
* 15 pushups per day (450 for the month).
* 15 squats per day (450 for the month).
*Dedicate time to eating each meal. Stop multitasking and just eat (no tv, work, computer etc).
*Track all food daily.

My plan for the month is to like exercising again! I do not want it to feel like a chore. I also want to put a larger emphasis on tasting my food, not just scarfing it down. I'd like to eat my lunch outside if it's nice or turn off my monitor at work and concentrate on the my meal. And plan my meals! I honestly eat much less when I plan my meals.

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STODD251 4/2/2013 11:33AM

    I should probably start doing something like your 15 a day pushups and squats. I am so bad about exercising daily. I did really well for the first week of January and then that's all gone down the tubes since then...,

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PMRUNNER 4/1/2013 6:26PM

    Sounds like a good program!

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SDLEE514 4/1/2013 3:31PM

    Thats so great you're still keeping your 10min streak up! Every little something counts, I know you've suggested that to me before so maybe I really need to consider it. Otherwise, awesome goals!

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    With the weather changing, I think it will help you start enjoying your workouts again. If nothing else, you can go for a long walk and enjoy the sounds of spring around you.

It is hard to like it long term, I've found that I have to change things up pretty continuously to not get bored. I know you'll be able to get back into your groove!

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KCLARK89 4/1/2013 11:11AM

    Awesome! Don't stress about bad/missed runs. Just focus on what you have ALREADY accomplished :)

Downloading new tunes and finding new places to run are probably 2 of my favorite things about running! It never has to be the same run twice, even if you are running the same number of miles!

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