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Saturday, July 12, 2008

I posted my recipe for sugar-free, crust-free protein cheesecake in the Sparkpeople Recipes collection. You can see it here:

You can find my protein scones recipe here:

And here's my latest post on my personal cooking/photography website:

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Getting into the swing of things

Saturday, July 12, 2008

OK, I've got this carb cycling thing worked out now.

I definitely need to stick to the order of "High-low-no". If I have a "high" day and know a no-carb day is next, I'll binge to make up for it. No good. And I think my body really needs a high-carb day immediately after the no-carb. I can tell in my morning run that my stamina just isn't there after a day with no starchy carbs.

Today was high carb day, and I've finally got it down comfortably so I don't eat too much at my mid-day meal. I tend to get hungriest around the third meal of the day, and if I wait too long to eat I will eat way too much. But as long as I keep it to every 2-2.5 hours, I'm fine.

And as I'm eating, I just remind myself that it only has to last two hours and then I can eat again. It's not like when I used to eat only three meals a day. In fact, I'm surprised to find myself thinking that way at all. I haven't really done the "three square meals" thing in a couple of years. I tend to graze my way through the day - eating a heap of veggies here, a piece of cheese there...

I think it's simply the idea of having "scheduled meals" that makes me feel the need to stuff myself at each one. I used to get so hungry between meals that the idea of "having to wait" still does something to me subconsciously.


I Did It!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Actual workout today:

35-40 minutes run/jog, with a full-out level 10 wind sprint at the end. (Channeling my frustration with my ex boyfriend is a *great* way to find energy when I'm tired!!)

Bridge ups - I don't think my form was very good, but I did 75 of them. Wasn't to failure because I just didn't think I was doing them right in the first place.

Bridges - 115 - I wasn't keeping my glutes fully contracted through the whole exercise, but once I realized that at around number 100, it got a whole lot harder.

Crunches with feet off the floor - 75 and then another round of 50 at the end of the workout.

Skater Squats - again, not sure I was doing them quite right, but they still worked! Made 124 in total.

Yoga dips - 75

Regular squats - not planned, but I did 60 anyway.

Wall pushups with thumbs touching - It hurts my elbows to do these on the floor, so I do them against a wall with as much wait as I can handle. Did 35.


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H2O4LIFE 7/12/2008 3:33PM

    Good job Monkey!

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My Mayhem Challenge

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Today for project Mayhem our assignment is to choose our own torture.

OK. I'm gonna regret this. But what I'm planning to do in a few minutes...

30-45 min cardio

The following exercises to failure:
Bridge ups (for abs)
Bridges (glutes)
Skater squats

Dips (the kind we do in my yoga class - you sit upright on the ground with your hands a few inches to the side and behind your butt, then push up while contracting your abs. The eventual goal is to lift your entire body off the ground.)

Today is high carb day, so at least I get to reward myself for all this!


Carb Cycling Update

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Well, I've now made it through one of each types of the carb cycling days. I like low-carb day best, actually.

The no-carb day on Tuesday was really tough. Biking to work and functioning in an overly-warm office all day on no starchy carbs was rough. I just felt unsatisfied all day. Partly psychological, I'm sure, but it was still hard. I ate heaps and heaps of veggies to make up for it, but then I just felt physically full and still craving something...

Yesterday was high-carb day, where I get as much carbs as I want for four of my six meals. I waited too long between numbers three and four and totally stuffed my self to discomfort... My brain totally panicked that I wouldn't get to eat anymore carbs for the rest of the day, and I just over ate.

BUT... I know that will be less of a problem in the future as I learn that the last carbo-meal of the day is really not that big deal.

Today was great, low-carb day. I get a serving of fruit and a normal portion of starchy carbs with the first three meals of the day. For dinner I made a delicious "spaghetti" with zucchini, turkey breast, and tomato sauce. Really great and way more filling than I expected.

"Treated" myself for tonights last protein meal - I made a "cheesecake" with fat free quark (like cottage cheese, but smooth), half an egg white (accidentally dropped the other half!), 1/4 scoop of vanilla protein powder (extremely sweet), and a few teaspoons of lime juice. Baked in the oven for 20 minutes and it's just like real dessert.

I also made some great scones for breakasts on carb days - whole grain flour, applesauce, protein powder, a couple tablespoons of soy flour, and flax seed. I'll post a recipe in a bit.

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CHERRYDOLL 7/10/2008 4:06PM

    Good for you for making it through and I totally wanna check out these two recipes (cheesecake & scones):)

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