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Learning to rest on rest days

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In our marathon group we were told to rest on rest days. That does not mean cross train that means you REST! Rest to me means not move, which equals bored, which equals eat! The resting really does help. I have noticed when I leave a few off days between my runs it makes all the difference in the world. I can do this. To bad I tend to cope with eating by moving.

They also said in the group u should not be eating that much more then usual for long runs. He said 500 more a day at the most on long run days. So I am gonna try to work with that. I am back to logging all my food again for the past week. On my low calorie burn days I am gonna work with eating 1600-1900 calories. On harder working days 2600 is the highest I should be at the moment. I figure if I burn 1200 calories on a long run, then after the day is said and done I have actually consumed 1400 and lost the rest, i think lol Just gotta keep working on this and experimenting. Still weirded out that I weighed 166 this morning and I am active! But you know what I am still fitting into the same clothes I did at 151, some smaller. I am just so pissed off that I am gaining on my husband again =((( Every woman wants to be smaller then her husband and I finally reached that and here I go. Yahoo just posted some article recently about a smaller wife makes for a better marriage. Makes me wanna hurt the writer of the article.

Next week is gonna be stressful. My boss at one job is gone on vacation for the next two weeks. My manager at the other job is gone on vacation for 1 week. So I am covering everyone's loose ends. I just found out the girl I trained at the online business is quitting in 3 weeks. Funny how we talk all the time and then she emails him to tell him this. When I am the one who trained her and really needed her. This is the 4th person I have seen come and go at that job in the past 1.5 yrs working there =( There will be someone else I am sure. Just annoying to sink time and energy into ppl and then start all over. I have worked with so many ppl in the past 2 yrs its amazing.

  
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THESB25 7/25/2011 9:16AM

    Are you serious?! (about the article). That writer deserves a punch in the FACE! How disgusting. Don't try fitting into a box - be you ok? I can't seem to shake a lot of weigh despite training for a triathlon and if I was losing large amounts it would be because I wasn't eating any carbs and workouts would be hell. I did the south beach diet one time and working out was like trying to work out after taking 2 ambien...I had NO energy and my body just was dragging! Cut yourself some slack - I think the clothing thing is the best way to measure whether the gain is healthy or not. If you're counting calories maybe you can ignore the scale a few times a week?

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FUEL82 7/24/2011 11:37PM

    You can do it girlie! You can survive the rest days!!! I know you can do it!!! That is awesome that you are still fitting in your small clothes!!! See, it's all muscle your building. You'll be a lean, mean muscle machine come race day :-)!

Ugh...somebody should chew that yahoo writer out. What a pig...:-(.
Try to have a good week! Just take a deep breath and don't stress. You can only do so much. You're only one person.You'll do fine I'm sure. That's a bummer that one girl is leaving. Ugh...I don't get how people can quit so suddenly. I know how you feel about wasting time training people. It's happened to me a few times and it really sucks...training takes it out of me. I need to hire someone but I'm really glad right now because my student is pretty much fully trained. It's so much nicer when it's like that :-).

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Feeling back on track!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My dad called me last night so I talked to him and he told me my mom was still waiting to hear from me. So I called her and we talked and things are better. This morning I met two ppl from my running group at 5:15 am. We ran 12 miles together and I actually had a lot of fun. It was the most I had run before it training and it was not bad. 1.1 miles off from the longest I have run period. I learned from them to freaking walk! During one of my training meetings this girl that has done marathons before said that someone told her to walk thru the aid stations and drink your water. She didn't do it for the first 2 marathons she ran. Then the 3rd she said she walked through about 6 aid stations and drank her water. Shaved 8 minutes off her time taking that time off to WALK! Just because you have to walk does not mean you gave up. It means that you are reserving your energy and not killing yourself. I also got enough fluid and ate enough so I had energy left to spare today. Two things that are monumental in running distance. Maybe I should tell my BIL about this who can't break 3 hrs 25 minutes and does not walk lol I worked today at my health food store job. So you can run 12 miles and then work 6 hrs on your feet! Next week I will be running 13 miles, half marathon. Now I am gonna watch a documentary and pass out. Night night!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/28/2011 5:32PM

    Wow, You are doing amazing!!

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FUEL82 7/24/2011 11:57PM

    Glad to hear things are getting better with your parents. I'm sorry things haven't been going so well lately. I hope they start to turn around for you Julie!

Yes, I agree with the walking!I think it makes the runs so much more enjoyable and gives you more energy. It is hard to let yourself do it though because I know I feel little inferior by doing it but then I think oh well...I want to be able to go longer and farther and with some of those walk breaks in the Galloway method they are only like 10 or 20 seconds when you have a really fast mile. Amazing to think that breaks that short will help out but I guess they do :-)

You are so awesome!!! 12 miles and you worked!!! Yay!!!! You are going to do so great in October!!!! Glad to hear running with that guy is going well!

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/24/2011 12:31AM

    glad to hear all is better :) hugs!

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CHRISTEL-LYNN 7/23/2011 11:43PM

    Whoa! that is awesome! Way to go!

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PSFITMOMMY413 7/23/2011 8:53PM

    Sounds great, girlie. I should take that advice when I'm running...I always want to take a drink, but can't run and drink without pouring water down my shirt!

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Can't pass up a 50 question blog!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sooo.... the instructions go:

Copy and paste and fill it out on your own blog.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
I got up at 7 am.

2. How do you like your steak?
I don't eat red meat but when I did I had it rare, bloody. All or nothing I guess!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Wow I have no idea, I can't seem to remember lol

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Right now it would be The Big C

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
On the west coast. Washington or Oregon.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Oatmeal, Soy Yogurt and Strawberries

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Eggplant and chicken stir fry

8. What foods do you dislike?
Mostly food that makes me feel guilty to eat it like Lambs or goose lol

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
My house when I have energy to cook something good.

10. Favorite dressing?
Any by Annie's

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Honda CRV

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Right now tank top with cut off capris and my pink vibrams. Really anything i can bike commute in.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Australia

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
1/2 emty at the moment

15. Where would you want to retire?
I don't even know where I wanna raise a family

16. Favorite time of day?
4 pm when I get off work

17. Where were you born?
Urbana IL

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Running

19. How many siblings?
One brother

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Photography

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
I don't really do them to get responses

22. Bird watcher?
Not really, fun to see something different.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Neither anymore lol I am a mid day kind of person

24. Do you have any pets?
3 rat terriers, 2 cats, 4 turtles, 1 bird, 3 lizards and some fish

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
not really

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
Radio DJ

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Spending the day with my grampa in the city

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Both.

29. Are you married?
Yes.

30. Always wear your seat belt?
yes

31. Been in a car accident?
no

32. Any pet peeves?
People staying on their cell phones when they check out at stores as if the clerk is not human. People being rude to retail workers in general. Everyone should have to work retail to see how crappy some ppl can be.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Mushroom and green olive

34. Favorite Flower?
Calla Lilly, Gladiolus, Poppy, Snapdragon

35. Favorite ice cream?
I am not picky, if there is chocolate I am there!

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
I don't really go to any anymore.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
none

38. From whom did you get your last email?
A dude in my running group I am meeting tomorrow morning

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Goodwill lol

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
I am about to call my mom after not talking to her for 2 weeks.

41. Like your job?
I like both of them at times and hate them at times too.

42. Broccoli?
YUM

43. What was your favorite vacation?
I haven't really had a good one as an adult? lol

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Husband

45. What are you listening to right now?
cicadas outside and NPR

46. What is your favorite color?
Yellow or Green

47. How many tattoos do you have?
None

48. Have you ever been mentioned in the newspaper?
Only in Obits lol

49. What time did you finish this quiz?
8:13 pm

50. Coffee Drinker?
Yes 2.5 cups a morning if I don't run in the morning that is.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/28/2011 5:30PM

    I always enjoy finding out more about you.

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EDDYMEESE 7/23/2011 10:06PM

    Awesome! I live in Oregon, and I agree that it is grand! Let me know if you ever come for a visit :)

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 7/23/2011 1:47AM

    What a fun blog!
Thanks for sharing...

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Marathon Weight Gain and Mom

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gaining weight from marathon training has been getting harder for me lately. I don't really think it's muscle either. I feel more like I just need excess food and I have no self control for days after long runs and it sucks! I made a deal with my husband that we are going back to actual dinners together again. He said he was cool with that. Even for marathon training u should eat clean. My friend keeps saying, Wow I bet you could eat anything when your running that much and that long. Um no not really. It takes "joy eating" to another level. Instead of eating until I am sick. With the long runs you feel sick and can't eat enough, or I do. No one seems to have the same issue as me lol I am just keeping the house stocked with a 4 cheese pizza I can share with Scott after the runs and I feel better from that. This man in my group group weighs about 250 and runs for his step son that passed away that always wanted him to run a marathon with him. So ever since he has run 4 in his memory. He is going out early tomorrow at 5 am, 1.5 hrs before the group because he is slower. Maybe I should go with him. It's a 12 mile run and I might need to go slower. He's the only person in the group that I enjoy talking to. Only problem is I gotta work at 11:30 am. Can I run 12 miles and then work 6 hrs on my feet, hmmmm. Maybe I can take a nap between. My life is a bit on the NUTS side these days.

Oh anyway that's what I started writing about with the marathon weight gain. I tell my friends about feeling fat and they just go PSH. Gaining 10-15 lbs after losing 130 is not as small and sad as it sounds. I am not telling them "oh poor me" I am actually telling them I am depressed and no one takes me serious they think I am just being cocky and half ignore me. I have gained all my weight back before and it's not so hard to do. It is exhausting to always worry about this and never just lay back and relax. I guess some ppl have alcohal issues and can't have alcohol in the house. They would probably envy my 1 beer or less a week. I envy their ability to stay away from trail mix.

I still haven't talked to my parents. I am not even pissed anymore, but I don't wanna be the first to call. I have a feeling my parents can go for yrs without calling me either. That is just how they are. It's easier to not confront an issue than work it out. I got really upset about this yesterday and started crying to my friend and Scott. It's been affecting my eating too. I just don't like the person I am around my parents anymore. I turn into this cocky self absorbed b!tch that's always on a time schedule. Probably because their lifestyle make me crazy now. They do everything so slowly, on no type of schedule whatsoever. If we are leaving at one time plan on them being 35-50 minutes late. So doing things with them is teeth grinding frustrating. Plus they are so fragile now and I just worry the whole time I am with them. Like that old house walk I did with my mom. I looked forward to it for weeks and I asked my dad on the 4th of july what my mom thought it and all she had to say was "There was a lot of walking". Some people are old at 60 and I understand that. But why did they let themselves get so old at 60. Maybe this is just a good time to stay away from them and work on being a nicer more patient person. Running and exercise and being with ppl who run and exercise just slowly turns u into a type A personality. My old life does not jive well with that it seems. I also feel like time is running out tho and my dad goes to dialysis 3 days a week to stay in our lives and I am just squandering that time.............

Funny thing is I got a call from "Parents House" while I was writing this blog and they hung up really fast before I could answer. Probably my dad half sleeping.

  
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EDDYMEESE 7/23/2011 10:42PM

    The same thing happened to me when I was running. I gained so much weight and I was training for a marathon. Okay, I didn't gain a ton, but I definitely wasn't losing like I would have hoped to. But part of that was because I forgot that I still have an eating disorder. I'm an over-eater. So I would undo all of the hard work on my runs. Even a 12 mile run, where you're burning 1000-1200 calories, can be undone by a couple of slices of pizza and a beer. But don't let yourself play too many head games, either. You can still fix this!

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RUNLIVEANDLOVE 7/22/2011 2:01PM

    Hi there! I've been reading your blog for a while and this one definitely struck a cord on how I've been feeling about my parents. They're in their 50s but my mom constantly talks about how OLD she is... how terrible she looks, how fat she is, etc no wonder my self-esteem is terrible. I don't even know what to do to convince her that she doesn't have to be old at 50 or 60 or actually never. You never have to become old... I think age is a mental thing. I want her to be around for a long time and be active and I really hope she changes. Maybe if she sees me making huge changes in my life- she'll follow. Maybe you should sit down with your mom and have a talk with her and tell her all of this? Take some time to cool off, but not too much time and then call them. I'm thinking about doing this next time I visit. Not even going to bother over the phone.

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MBSHAZZER 7/22/2011 10:13AM

    Hey there, I just stumbled across your blog... you lost 130 pounds!!! WOWZA! That is an amazing accomplishment!

Weight gain during marathon training is normal, but not inevitable. I have run 3 marathons - I lost weight during the first two and put a little back on for the 3rd. Here are some tips I found helpful:
-The more long runs you do, the more your body will get "used" to it and not need all that much extra fuel. That feeling of wanting to EVERYTHING in sight? It goes away with time!

-Eating clean is key to avoiding bingeing later on. Clean eating will help you regulate your blood sugar. Focus on fresh fruits and veg and whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc. I find the bulk bins at Whole Foods or similar are a really inexpensive way to experiment with new grains.

-I have a hard time eating directly after a long run, but if I don't refuel with something, it can be difficult to tame the munchies later on. I use a recovery drink called Recoverite by Hammer, but basically anything with a 3:1 or 4:1 carb to protein ratio will work - a lot of people like low fat chocolate milk. Have that after your run and you'll be able to strech, cool down, shower and then have time to make a sensible meal.

-This is controversial, but a lot of people (myself included) opt to either not fuel or fuel minimally on long runs. By not giving your body a quick source of fuel, it is forced to use fat stores as fuel. If you want to try this, pick a day when you are doing a long SLOW run, bring plenty of water with you, and back up fuel just in case! It might be good to try it on a group run. I have used this strategy for years and most recently had a PR at my last marathon having only consumed 2 gels on the route - definitely could have skipped them, too!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!


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RUNSWITHDEER 7/22/2011 9:25AM

    At 52, I see the effects that running has had on my body. Yeah, I can take IBprofen like its candy, but I know its not good. I realize that I am sore most every day and night but I choose to run. I am blessed to be able to run. I can live with the soreness but I may pay dearly come 60 or 65? Give the parents their time. If I were you I would call them today! Life is too short. If life has to slow down when you are around them, so be it. The people we have in our lives are there for a reason, or so I believe. We should look upon them as blessings, even if thats hard. And when I look at people as blessings, you know what, I think that my attitude starts to change, my heart gets a little softer for them. Not bad for an old grinch. hehe

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Sometimes you gotta use yourself for encouragement

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I was thinking of all the stuff I have been doing wrong lately and how I need to correct it. I know exactly how to correct all the little stupid stuff I keep screwing up on. Do all the tips I give other people. It sucks how sometimes you are on such a roll and losing weight and all well. But then when u get off that track, getting back on seems so hard.

1) Get house cleaned up, nothing in my life is organized until my home is clean.

2) Get back to eating my fruits and veggies.

3) Eat out ONCE a week, THAT IS IT! Anymore then that is a disaster. Also make the occasion a nice one. Not a fast dinner on someones lunch break where I am rushing.

4) Make dinner everynight at home with 4 servings of veggies. Even if you have to eat dinner at 4 pm. Make it happen. When you eat a balanced meal it helps so much. Eating small meals all day just leaves me hungry for more and more small meals.

5) Stop stressing over the small stuff. You are where you are for a reason. You didn't sign up for any running events because YOU didn't want to. You did them because once upon a time u felt empowered to do so and you don't wanna let that girl down. Enjoy every workout and STOP looking at it as a hassle! I repeat STOP THIS NOW!

6) Stop watching so much tv. That roku box is cool but it causes u to eat garbage in bed. Start reading at night before bed instead. It is really hard to eat and read at the same time!

  
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EDDYMEESE 7/23/2011 10:36PM

    Jules, thanks for writing this :) It's a reminder to all of us! P.S. It's okay to not be PERFECT every day! Keep up the good work. You are still the same person who ran races and who loses weight and who eats all of their veggies!

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/21/2011 2:55PM

    Hey Jules,

I just want you to know that I'm here if you need me! :) I know I haven't bene posting as much since I've been so busy with this new job, but if you need anything don't hesitate to PM me or FB message me. If you want, PM me your cell and we can text or something for extra support/accountability.

I KNOW that you will pick yourself back up and continue kicking @$$. It just takes a little self-talk and reflection to get there.

Hugs!

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JWARD199 7/21/2011 2:27PM

    Julie, your blogs are frequently meaningful to me, but this one really hits home. I'm trying to get back on track too. I really need to get back to exercising and watching portions. I eat healthy, but too much at times. I like the advice you gave yourself. I may need to give myself a talking to.

Thanks for posting!

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PSFITMOMMY413 7/21/2011 9:56AM

    It's so hard to get back on track. I finally have...I hope you do too :)

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THESB25 7/21/2011 9:49AM

    Thanks for all the tips and reminders...you wrote this for yourself, but all of the above applies to me too emoticon

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