Tuesday, February 05, 2013
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.
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?
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
1069.8 Average daily calorie deficit
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
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)
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?
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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