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Day 231: Making a run of it

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Goooooood MORNING!

I'm just going to take three minutes to thank everybody for all of the comments and support lately - especially on the protein shake blog - I know the whole 'weight gain' thing is a fallacy; but, it doesn't take the fear of 'bulking up' away!

One of the things I did realize from that blog is that I am almost vehemently opposed to 'natural' eating. You know, like, going organic or that kind of thing. First off - Organic is expensive. Second off, for me to go from a powder-shake to a food-based shake takes up more time.

I'll say it for the millionth time: I just don't cook, peeps. I don't do it. Some day, when I'm rich and famous I'll have a staff to cook and clean for me. Until that happens I'll just have to make due with pre-made tuna salad, powder-based protein shakes, and Subway six inch subs.

This week is going to be insane. Outside of having been hit with a wave of hormones yesterday (stupid girly-things) I've also planned a lot on my plate. First and foremost, I have a 5 mile hill run tonight. It's actually through the neighborhood I grew up in, so it's going to be AWESOME! Tomorrow morning at 6AM is my new cross-training for runners class. I'm stoked. I just hope that I'm not too fat/weak to be able to do the exercises well. I'm quite certain that they're not expecting someone like me at this class. On top of what I've planned workout wise I also just got crapped on (again) at work. I don't mind the long nights / fire drills; I just hope this one is a bit more planned out than the last one. It's always nice to see the crap-storm coming, though. I'm going to make a run of this week - slow, steady, paced, planned, and measured. I can totally fit all of this in if I just focus on what I'm doing as I'm doing it.

In other news, looking to chop all my hair off - I just can't take it anymore!

So far I'm on track for my plan - even if the scale still has me two pounds up from last week's low.

Oh, I did have ice cream for dinner last night.

Yeah, the ice cream is no longer welcome in my home.

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SKEETOR 2/6/2013 9:03AM

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
I hope you enjoyed your run through the old neighborhood...Be sure to post a picture of your new hair!

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/5/2013 4:08PM

    I too am sorry you don't cook. You can accomplish amazing things with relatively little time and effort if you do, but it is what it is. I will suggest the frittata /omelet option. You can throw all sorts of veggies, chopped up, fresh or frozen, into a skillet with a lid or into a baking dish/pan. You can jazz it up by adding a little salsa to the mix, or salt and pepper, or a little hot sauce, and a little shredded lowfat cheese is always a good addition. You can use plain greek yogurt as a "sauce" and that can be flavored with curry powder, soy sauce, pepper, hot sauce, even a little ketchup. This is a quick, easy variety that doesn't really require cooking. If you use eagbeaters type product you can mix the egg portion heavier on the egg white and that makes it lower cal/fat and fluffier.

I wish you well in your endeavors and hope the issues at work head far away.
Debi emoticon

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REFFIE1 2/5/2013 3:20PM

    Can't resist having that ice cream in my house either. It is definitely kryptonite. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 2/5/2013 2:21PM

    Another awesome entry, I love to cook but it does take up time and often time in my world, convenience is king. I try to get around it by cooking a bunch of stuff on the weekend to serve me throughout the week. I also use plenty of premade stuff, like Tyson anytizers grilled chicken from the freezer section.

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POMATOJUICE 2/5/2013 9:42AM

    I'm against organic for other reasons :X Yeah, it's expensive. I've had a terrible aversion to it for a while that I just couldn't put my finger on. Then I saw the Pen& Teller BULLSH*T (spark wouldn't let me type that) episode on organic foods, and it gave form to my hatred! Very informative :P I do realize that some people with chemical allergies and reactions to preservatives and whatever need to have the option to buy organic to just be able to EAT veggies, and that's fine. It's the stuff in the Bullsh*t episode that makes organic like some sort of cult the things that bother me about it.

I'm sad that you dont' like cooking! I know it's not for everybody, but I enjoy it so much! :D You should take some vacay time and come visit me. I will cook for you! I will also teach you my bag-fu. That is how I make healthy dinners out of a bag when I don't feel like real cooking. If you come visit, though, I don't know if I can run. I may try running. But you can just stare at me spinning on the bike :P

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Day 230: I want to be an Athlete

Monday, February 04, 2013

Gosh, I am in one FOUL mood today.

I know it's all hormonal, but it's hard to pull out of a tailspin when you're in it.

Add to that the cold and feeling like a piece of beef jerky - all dry and brittle - and I'm just ornery.

This morning during my drive in to work I had the thought: I want to be an athlete.

By it's simplest defintion and Athlete is someone who is proficient at sports or other forms of physical exercise.

That definition doesn't say 'best'; it doesn't say 'fastest'; it says 'proficient.' That means someone has competency or skill. Again, nothing about being the best.

So, it kind of turns the idea of beating myself up for never being able to run an 8 minute mile on it's head, doesn't it? After all, I can be a proficient or skilled distance runner and not do it the most quickly. I can be an efficient runner. I can be a capable runner. I can most certainly be an able runner.

Being that I am such a competitive person by nature it's hard for me to get past the idea that can't be first at this. It's a mental challenge. It's taking a race and running it against myself. I'm running against that voice in my head that tries to bargain and tries to get me to stop. I'm running against the cold and the wind that tells me that if I just go back inside I'll feel better. Feeling better hasn't helped me be better at anything ever.

In other news with the hormones comes extra weight. Up an incredible four pounds this morning. I don't get it. I never will get it. I hate being a girl.

Time to go kick some butt at work... I've done enough wining for today.

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/4/2013 4:17PM

    Being a girl does suck sometimes. I always go up 4 lbs just before TOM, and it always terrifies me that this time they won't go away again and I'll just keep on going up in 4 lb increments. Curse you, womanhood.
Also, have some hugs. *hugging!*

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ADARKARA 2/4/2013 1:01PM

    I think you already are an athlete.

And I totally get your 'beef jerky' reference. I feel that way too!

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BARBANNA 2/4/2013 11:31AM

    You sound determined and what I am hearing in this message is someone who will be able to do what you want. When you feel bloated and out-of-sorts is when you need to just move, whether it is slow or fast. There are hormones produced by our amino acids that regulate weight gain and appetite. You may already know about them but I was very relieved to find an answer to my intervals of rapid weight gain. They are called Gherlin and Leptin. Gherlin is the one that causes our appetite to increase and they facilitate production of the growth hormones. Leptin is the one that decreased appetite. When you eat regulary and at breif intervals you decrease the Gherlin hormones and increase the Leptin hormones. Aerobic exercise increases the Leptin Hormones. Estrogen, lack of sleep and stress all increase Gherlin hormones. We have a proportinate amount of Gherlin hormones as the fat content in our body. Exercise reduces the fat content and therefore the Gherlin hormone.

If you want to be more like a man then exercise like one or increase your aerobics so decrease the Gherlin that is causing your weight gain!

Good luck!

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COOP9002 2/4/2013 11:27AM

    Sounds like are already an athlete. Nice job on the progress that you've made.

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Day 227: Groundhogs, Victories, and The FoozeBall.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Instead of being mean as it had been in the past when I worked out three days in a row, the scale graced me with a 1lb loss this morning!

I knew there had to be SOME kind of reckoning soon, I've been working too hard for it to keep kicking me in the teeth with 187.2.

Down to 185.6 - CRAZY TALK.

Plans for this weekend include a fantastic 5 mile course with the road runners! Why am I so excited? Because it's just shy of half of my half-marathon distance AND it takes place almost entirely on the course for the Half itself! There is NOTHING more empowering in my mind than running the course before the race - to know what the challenges could be and to knock them down. Really, it's alllll mental.

After crushing my mental foes in the morning then it's time to go to the movies and catch Groundhog day at a local cinema. Come on, who can say no to Bill Murray?

Sunday is the Superbowl 5K. I'm looking forward to having a nice, lazy run. I wouldn't call it a race ;-)

Last night I learned that Muscle Milk lite is best prepared with a little bit of ice and skim milk. I tried it with water and the taste and texture were simply awful. I was reminded of when I was in college and used to drink these chocolate Atkins shakes. Yeah, tasted more or less the same. I'm hoping that adding these shakes to my routine help me feed my body better - that's my only goal. I don't think a shake will ever be something I Can look at as being 'filling' and it certainly won't stave off my mental hunger. But, I think so far I've found that the inheirent sweetness does keep me from considering the run out for icecream at 8PM.

For the curious about why I'm ditching my Fitbit it's not because I'm frustrated with it; it's because I'm not using it. My BodyMedia already tracks everything that the FitBit does and I need to wear the armband for the study.

Well, time to get some real work done. What are you guys doing this weekend?

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POMATOJUICE 2/2/2013 9:00AM

    One of the serious bonuses of mixing powder shakes in a blender is that you can add all sorts of stuff to it. When you start dropping in peanut butter and bananas, you make it a meal! XD lol. I think if I was going to do the powder, I'd probably get one of those blenderball cups, because I seriously hate washing my blender parts. I don't know. I think it's some sort of complex.

The thing I don't like about the taste of most shakes (even the pre-mixed ones) is that unavoidable artificial sweetener+ protein powder taste. One thing I found really masks that protein flavor is green tea powder. Not all of the shakes taste THAT bad, but if I'm stuck with one that has a really strong protein taste, I'll scoop just a little bit of green tea powder in there, and it really helps cut the taste.

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SKEETOR 2/1/2013 11:12AM

    I hope you have fun this weekend. I'm not sure what I'll be doing. Probably something exciting like helping my hubby put up window trim and picking branches up out of the yard (the wind here has been just brutal these past few days!)
Have a good run!

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JAHINTZY 2/1/2013 10:54AM

    Sounds like a good weekend, I certainly couldn't say no to some good Bill Murray. Now I'm wondering if any of the movie theaters around here play Groundhog day this time of year.

I've got a lot of work to do this weekend, I have a solo gallery opening in March and I really want to have some new paintings to hang for the show. I plan on putting in some quality time in front of the easel along with my normal chores and whatnot this weekend.

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Day 226: Fail to plan, plan to fail

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today, the last day in January, I'm taking stock.

It's been a great month, not going to lie! Though, for as great as it's been, I definitely find myself subject to a learning curve.

By the numbers:

30 miles ran
720 Fitness minutes
4lbs banished
1069.8 Average daily calorie deficit
2 Races

When I look at the numbers like that, I'm really happy. Really, really happy. I mean, I've done some work! I think what I want to improve upon (and will improve upon) are my numbers in minutes, mileage and poundage.

You see, I spent the last month playing it by ear and allowing the weather and work to dictate how and when I worked out. So, my minutes are pretty low - five days taken completely off certainly didn't help with that number. In truth, I need to stop paying as much attention to the minutes calculated by BodyMedia and more attention to the minutes I know I do intentionally for exercise. Of course, what's made matters worse is that I didn't set a plan for how I was going to accomplish my goals last month - I literally played it by ear and that just doesn't work for me!

With more miles come more minutes, with more minutes come more pounds banished. It's all a very easy cycle.

So, I've recallibrated my projected weight loss curves for next month (Aiming for between a total of 4 - 6 pounds in February) and I've also added much more specific minutes targets. I can't believe I thought I could get away without projecting my minutes. If you don't set a goal you have nothing to try and achieve!

I also had my check-in call with the Study last night - the idea is to discuss things that are impacting our weight loss to date. The things I know I need to do are 1) track EVERYTHING. Yes, that means tracking the candy-dish, too; 2) eliminate convenience foods like canned soup; 3) Get back on track of running over my lunch. I do admit that I had two very contradictory thoughts: I'm so glad to continue to make downward progress; but, I'm also disappointed that things aren't happening faster! "It's like YAY 1 pound gone forever" and "Boo, just one pound!" Happening at the same time. I'm sure you guys can relate.

So, the revised planned totals for this coming month (February)

58 - 67 miles ran
1150 Fitness minutes
4 - 6 lbs banished
1000 Average daily calorie deficit
1 Race

I know, you're probably looking at what I did this month and saying: Good God, she's doubling or QUADRUPLING her numbers! Why is that? Because I have a PLAN to execute it.

Mileage: Well, my miles are prescribed by my Half Marathon training program. The low number is based on missing 1-2 runs in the month. The high number is based on reaching the minimum mileage set for the month
Minutes: A few things went into this. First, I calculated out my slowest mileage (12:30 pace) for my miles and applied that to the training program; I also signed up for a 60 minute cross training class on Wednesday mornings (I have to pay for it, so you know this cheap, cheap bastard will be there!); Finally, I'm assuming one day a week I can get to the gym and kick the Elliptical's ass. Or bike. Or something for a total of 30-45 minutes.
Pounds- Based on a 1lb - 1.25lb / week loss projection
Race: Already signed up for a 5K

Sample week's plan (My weeks start on Tuesdays):
Tuesday: Prescribed hill repeats (5 miles / 60 minutes)
Wednesday: Cross Training for Runners class (60 minutes)
Thursday: Prescribed mileage (3 miles / 40 minutes)
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Long Run (5-7 miles / 60 - 80 minutes)
Sunday: Off / 5K
Monday: Eliptical (Unless preceding day was a race)

Those are all completely do-able numbers. I just have to hold myself accountable to get them done!

The best / worst part of the Wednesday class? It's at 6AM. That means I have no excuse not to go. Except that it's at 6AM.

So, how did everyone else's January stack up? What has the first month of the year taught you about meeting your goals?

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SKEETOR 2/1/2013 8:17AM

    Great planning!

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GRACEOMALLEY 1/31/2013 6:54PM

    I admire you perseerance and dedication. Keep up the good work. Sometimes you need to slack off or back off a little just to gain perspective on what does and doesn't work among what you were doing previously.


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REFFIE1 1/31/2013 11:00AM

    I admire your dedication and I think you plan a lot more than most of us including myself. Way to go! emoticon

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Day 225 - When to Protein Shake?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sorry, "Shake, Shake, Shake-- Shake, Shake, Shake -- Shake your bootay! Shake your bootay!" Just popped into my head.

And now it's in yours, too.

This week has already taken an uptick. Yesterday I had my run with the SCRRC (WHICH WAS AWESOME.) I kicked 4 miles in the junk with an AWESOME chick. Man, she was so level headed I just wanted to absorb her into my own head and use her like a Jimminy Cricket. She also started off at 230lbs - and she's been running for about six months. I was just so thankful she hung back with my slow-poke butt.

My pace used to be an 11:30 mile - I'm now down around a 12:00 mile. I'm just glad to still be running, frankly.

So, I have plans to go be BFFs with the Y this afternoon since we have EPIC thunderstorms comng in. Going to go hit the elliptical hard for about 30-35 minutes.

As to the question in my blog title - Protein shakes, does anybody do them? I get the concept (generally) that protein is what helps bond your muscle back together after you've put those little tears into it that exercise does. However, I'm concerned about 1)bulking up (I have no desire to bulk any part of me) and 2) generally doing something frivolous (Remember, you are in the land of a cheap, cheap bastard.)

I bought a tub of Muscle-Milk light and a blender. The blender makes me happy all by itself - so I don't regret that purchase; but, I'm wondering if I really should be consuming the shakes as part of a post-run recovery?

The only thing I do know is that it's RARE that I meet my protein goals for daily consumption, so it might be a good idea to supplement.

I hate being only marginally informed!

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SIMONEKP 2/5/2013 9:02AM

    I too use Muscle Milk and I have to agree with PomatoJ, the regular ones are rather tasty and because I have a long habit of not eating breakfast, I use it as a meal replacement shake and yes, I drink it after my morning workout. The going thoughts are that carbs 30 mins to 2 hrs before a workout is best to increase the glycogen stores in the muscles and protein within an hour of completing workout to help with recovery. I wake up too early to work out to have time to eat anything.

The premade MM are great on my way out the door for work. On the weekends I use the powder and throw in a few fruits for lunch.

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POMATOJUICE 1/30/2013 5:56PM

    zomgz don't get me started on the whole women bulking up myth thing!

Protein shakes are great after workout! I have mine for breakfast, which is technically pre-workout, but whatever. You will get the most benefit from it afterwards. If you are drinking it just because you feel like you need some sort of recovery drink after workout, I honestly haven't noticed that helping for those purposes all that much. I like them because they help me get my protein and curb appetite. They are also usually loaded with vitamins.

I drink the muscle milk pre-mixed small shakes in the morning. I've been tossing around the idea of trying the powder. Just from my experience with the pre-mixed shakes, the regular ones definitely taste a lot better than the lite ones. IF you're looking for max protein and min carbs, though, the Myoplex pre-mixed are awesome :P They do get kinda spendy when you are looking at like 2 bucks per shake, though. Powder is definitely more cost efficient and versitile. I just wanted something to grab out of the fridge.

That being said, I DO have a few of the new musle milk EVOLVE chocolate shakes for in-between snacks. I have had them immediately after workouts before. I'll usually grab one if I'm feeling a little shaky after a workout, and I have to wait 2 more hrs for lunch. IT's rough, becaues it takes away an afternoon snack, but sometimes I feel like I need it.

If you don't have any milk protein problems, I'd suggest going with a whey protein rather than a soy one if it's something you are going to have a lot of. The soy ones do funky things to the body because of hormones. It's pretty complicated, so I may be getting my facts wrong here, but the soy protein powder has a plant hormone or some crap that our bodies recognize as estrogen and it can throw all sorts of things out of whack. People with thyroid problems are supposed to steer clear of soy, I hear!

I'm no expert on the stuff, but I've picked up enough over the past year to happily say my breakfast of choice is one of thost 170 cal cookies& creme pre-mixed muscle milks, about 20 min before my workout. It makes me happy :)

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OLIVIANIGHT 1/30/2013 4:44PM

    I've been considering them because I usually struggle with protein too, but I am also not entirely informed. Generally I just go for tuna - not so many calories but a bunch of nummy protein.

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SALLY_MANDER 1/30/2013 12:54PM

    Protein shakes are a great after-workout supplement, in my opinion. I love one after a run; helps my muscles recover and I get two servings of fruit in, as well!

And a shake isn't going to make you 'bulk up' - women's bodies are not designed for that (wrong hormones), so unless you're hitting huge weights and/or taking hormone supplements, it's not gonna happen. Especially if you're not even hitting your minimum daily protein requirements in your diet.

Happy shaking!

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BOILHAM 1/30/2013 11:15AM

    You aren't going to bulk up. It takes a LOT more than protein shakes and 'normal people' strength training to bulk up.
I use them occasionally, when I feel like I haven't taken in enough protein, or after very strenuous ST. Convenient way to add extra protein for me.

Shake, shake, shake, ...ooh sorry about that. Where was I? Oh yeah, have a great day and train hard!

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REFFIE1 1/30/2013 10:59AM

    I use the Dotfit protein shake available from my gym. It is a little more expensive than the ones off the shelves but it has very little additives. I hate eating breakfast so the chocolate protein shake is a great alternative - quick and easy to get down. My trainer thought my protein was way too low. Since adding protein I have started to see the scale go down again. The type of calories you have does matter. I used to think all calories were the same. You have shakes pre and post workout but I like to have them before a workout for energy. I hope this helps. As for bulk, I already see my mid-section looking a whole less bulky!

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SUZEMARIE73 1/30/2013 10:52AM

    Protein shakes and other supplement type smoothies are a great way to increase your intake of a particular nutrietnt. I'm all for them as a substitute for breakfast or snack. I personally don't use the powders etc I make my own smoothies with all natural ingredients.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 1/30/2013 10:14AM

    Protein powders are so unnecessary IMO. Why spend so much on a protein supplement filled with artificial junk when you can easily get adequate protein from food?? Make a smoothie with greek yogurt! PS - protein powder or lifting weights, especially heavy weights, won't make you "bulky" - women don't have the testosterone to get "bulky" like men do, and those female body builders work super, SUPER hard to be muscular.

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CINERICIA 1/30/2013 10:12AM

    As far as I understand it, you're not going to bulk up unless--as ONMYMEDS said--you're lifting heavy, heavy weights and you have the genetic predisposition to bulky muscles. Most women don't

As for protein--I will throw a bit of powder into a smoothie if that's going to replace a meal for me, like a lunch on the run. But if I have the time, I prefer protein-rific food instead. A glass of low fat chocolate milk is great post run. A hearty breakfast of eggs and toast and turkey bacon/sausage is fabulous after a hard strength training session. Or chicken stirfry. Mmmm. Yummy.

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JAHINTZY 1/30/2013 10:11AM

    I have no experience with protein shakes... however, since you mentioned it:

Shake shake shake senora, shake your body line, shake shake shake senora, shake it all the time...

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ONMYMEDS 1/30/2013 10:04AM

    My daily breakfast is a protein shake. I buy Body Fortress at Walmart. It's only about $15 for a large container. I usually blend it with a banana or blueberries. Does it make any difference? I have no idea. But It helps me meet my daily protein goals and it keeps me full until lunch.

For post run recovery, I usually drink a glass of low fat chocolate milk.

Unless you are lifting REALLY HEAVY weights for hours at a time, day after day, you do not need to worry about bulking up.

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    Blenders, shakes and smoothies, the essentials of life

Keep n keepin on! and

Make Today a Great Day!

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