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Happy St. Pat's...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Today has been a great day!! Soreness from yesterday was much reduced today and mostly went away after aerobics this morning. Got some nice stretching in and got those muscles unkinked a bit. Found out I wasn't alone in the soreness department!! 3 other ladies also commented on the soreness factor! All of us had sore sides from the standing abs work and some of us had sore legs and some of us had sore shoulders (triceps dips on the edge of a stage)!

Husband and I did day one of the hundred push-up challenge last night and that went well. We both got all our reps in. I did 10 for my final set and my husband did 12 just to show me he could!! That's okay, because I get to watch him while he does push ups. The funny part was when he tried to do girlies-his tush was sticking up and his form was horrible!! I was busting a gut because his form is sooooo good when he is doing standard push-ups, he looked so funny!!

I've got my green scrunchie in my hair in honor of St. Patrick! My kids all wore green today. I was laughing outside the school today. My kids' school does not have a uniform, but anybody passing the school today would have thought they do by all the green shirts!! One class, amazingly, had almost all the same color shirt!! No corned beef and cabbage for us though. I like it but my husband is not a fan and I have a feeling the kids would try to stage a coup! Maybe next year (not exactly healthy eats, but not the worst we could eat I suppose). Which, leads me to this add that came in our mail this week.

The add was for Burger King (or as it's known in our house Booger King). They have a new burger the Angus XT. This puppy supposedly has 30% more meat than the McD's third pounder. If my math is correct this puts 6 and a half ounces of pre-cooked beef in that hamburger-add the cheese, etc. and you've got the cause of many of the health problems staring the U.S. in the face!! Why do fast food places feel the need to compete for the biggest, most fattening, most disgusting burger around?? Carl's Jr. has made it their job to create the most fat laden sandwiches around and based an entire add campaign on how messy their sandwiches are because of the CUPS of sauce thrown on to imitate actual flavor. My goodness!!!

What would happen if fast food places suddenly started competing for the healthiest fare? Might be kind of fun actually!! A local restaurant (Millie's-I think they are national?) had an ad running a bit ago that was actually quite intriguing. They offered a wide selection of "healthy" items and the price was a penny a calorie!! I never go to this restaurant, first of all we hardly eat out any more and second it is WAY across town, but they had a chicken salad that looked really good for only $3 and change!! Maybe America (and other countries developed enough to offer "fast" food) would eat more healthy if everyone charged by the calorie. Here are a couple examples of menu items priced that way.

Booger Kings new A1 Steakhouse XT Burger would cost $9.70!! But their TenderGrill Chicken Sandwich would cost only $4.90 (less if you ask them to hold the mayo).

McD's Angus Deluxe would cost $7.50, the McChicken $3.60.

Carl's Jr's Teriyaki Six Dollar Burger would cost $8.40, their Low Carb Six Dollar Burger would be $5.70, the Charboiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich a bargain at $3.80 (this was one of my favorites before we stopped eating out and if we do splurge and eat out I generally still head for this one-served on a honey wheat bun with bbq sauce (only 7 grams of fat) instead of mayo this grilled chicken is a delicious and realistic option).

Taco Bell will give you a soft chicken taco for 170 calories if you choose their fresco option. Where they replace whatever sauce the taco was supposed to have with a chuncky fresh tomato salsa. At that price you could afford two!!

I think I like this pricing system, I think more people really would choose healthier fare if it was considerably cheaper than the fattening stuff. If you choose wisely many places have dollar menus and have at least one item on there that is a real option. Eating out occasionaly is still an option if you make wise choices, I just wish it were easier to make those choices...

Ah, life in paradise...

Hope everyone has a great St. Pat's day, the one day each year when even people with names like "Maldonado" are just as Irish as O'Reily's!!

  
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NEW-CAZ 3/18/2010 5:53AM

    I love hear what's going on in your world Heather- hope the soreness goes off hun but at least you know you've worked them there muscles!
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/18/2010 12:29AM

    Creative ideas!

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KARVY09 3/17/2010 9:51PM

    I like that penny a calorie idea! Really clever marketing! I do love a big juicy burger though... but I'd rather make my own or get one of the good ones in the restaurant rather than the fast food ones!

I'm so glad the push-up challenge is going well! I actually did some push-ups in the pool today on the steps. It was really fun! If I can do 10 non-girly ones on the ground by the end of the year, I'll be happy!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/17/2010 9:00PM

    And Top O' the mornin' to ya

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SUZ139 3/17/2010 8:42PM

    Happy St Paddy's Day!!!

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Kicked my own behind...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wow!! I really put a lot into that workout yesterday and those walking lunges, etc. really did something!! My behind hurts!! That's okay, the soreness will go away as the day goes on. I'll be ready for class again tomorrow and next time it won't have the same effect because my muscles are getting stronger!! Also feeling it in my back and shoulders from wall push-ups and tricep dips. It's been awhile since I've woken up tight!! A nice warm shower should be nice!! Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!!

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/18/2010 12:28AM

    Very funny! Except not . . .

At least you are exercising!!

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NEW-CAZ 3/16/2010 3:31PM

    emoticon Heather
hope the shower helped hun, you're getting stronger day by day emoticon
Keep it up!!!!!!!1

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BEENIE76 3/16/2010 12:39PM

  K - you've got to be one of the most positive people when it comes to exercise! LOL! Every time you post about how good it feels to run or do your lunges, it is a good reminder to me to get my junk off the couch and going. Thanks!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/16/2010 10:44AM

    Good going!

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RITEEBEE 3/16/2010 10:21AM

    great job! Great workout!! You know it's working when you feel it!!! Keep up the good work!

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WBOYACK 3/16/2010 10:21AM

  Enjoy the shower and maybe even treat yourself to a nice massage. :)

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ESBELL 3/16/2010 10:19AM

    Love that kind of sore - you start to crave it after a while. Enjoy your warm shower!

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LISTLOADRUN 3/16/2010 10:13AM

    I love that kind of sore - it's a reminder all day long of how strong you are becoming and how your body is changing. Congrats!!

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KARVY09 3/16/2010 10:07AM

    Enjoy the soreness for what it is... all your hard work! Glad you had a great workout!

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TBGRABAR 3/16/2010 9:48AM

    I love being sore! Is that crazy! It is a constant reminder that I did a good job, and also helps me to remember not to snack on the junkfood in the kitchen! Have a Happy Day! :)

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Walking lunges, standing crunches and trying to stop forgetting lunches...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Went to aerobics again this morning. Such a great workout! Today was taught by Gina. I love Gina's classes. She is very fitness focused and enjoys adding in moves that are more current, especially during floor work. She doesn't limit us to the old standards like regular old crunches. Plus she really pushes us. I wouldn't call her class a boot camp but she definately expects us to put forth some effort!! The aerobics section of class was your standard-kicks, marching, grapevines up the wazoo, etc. But then, before we could quit it was across the gym (standard basketball court-short ways) in walking lunges and then return adding a reverse leg lift on each step. By the time we got back I had jelly legs!! Awesome jelly legs-that means my legs got a great workout, but we weren't done yet. On to more leg exercises and then standing abs work. The abs work was actually fun and I really felt it on my sides!! All the way around it was an awesome workout!!

I forgot lunch again. I am going to blame my 3 year old. She has a hard time following the schedule the rest of us follow. Probably because she is so picky. Lots of nights she nibbles dinner and probably is still a little hungry when she goes to bed. Then in the morning she is famished. She'll eat breakfast like everyone else and then still be hungry half an hour later. I try to make her wait until closer to snack or lunch time, but she acts truly hungry so I give her a sandwich, then when it is lunch time she isn't hungry. We'll have a snack at lunch time and then she is hungry again just before dinner time and I can get her to wait until dinner is ready. I've got to work on getting our eating times down to a regular schedule, both of us are suffering from this lack of organization when it comes to eating!! Also, it won't be long before school is out for the summer and I'll have three kids with three different ideas of what and when to eat. Time to get it under control now before it turns into a major deal!!

So, overall a very good day today!! Now to try and get the kiddies off to bed at a decent time. They think because it is still light outside they don't have to go to bed!! WRONG!! I still need my quiet time!! Hope everyone had a great Monday!!

  
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8THTIMEUP 3/16/2010 7:54AM

    My kids have always had trouble with the time change. I do, too! Sounds like you're getting a great workout though.

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NEW-CAZ 3/16/2010 6:03AM

    Morning jelly legs- sounds like a fantastic workout!
I'm sure your little one will come around to your eating time eventually- how about fruit in between meals.......something really small to tide her over???
Just a thought.
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WBOYACK 3/15/2010 11:08PM

  I'm glad you had a great day.

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PHDMAMA06 3/15/2010 10:14PM

    My son got confused by the time change too. Last night I put him to bed and he kept telling me to turn the lights off (and they were off but since it was still light outside his room was lighter than usual). Luckily tonight was a little easier!!

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Something fun, something amazing and something very serious...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Something fun...this survey that is EVERYWHERE!!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
2 french toast sticks (it was a rush morning-kids got to eat, not me)

2. How much water do you drink a day?
Usually at least 8 cups...

3. What is your favorite workout?
Running, running and then running.

4. What is your favorite fruit?
Strawberries

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
Broccoli

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
I don't really know-I could go check because I know my fitness tracker tracks that but it is not the number I usually concern myself with. As long as I get a certain number of workouts that of good quality I am fine with that.

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
Whatever the Nutrition tracker tells me I should be doing. Again, the number itself is not something that really registers-I have too many other things I focus on each day. I try to put my food into the tracker before I actually eat it and then as long as I still have a credit at the bottom of the tracker I am happy.

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
carrot sticks, cheese, wheat crackers

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
What is lunch? I've been bad at eating an actual lunch and am trying to fix that. My favorite lunch from last week was a warm corn tortilla (just regular not fried) with a few beans (black were really good) and some coleslaw mix (no sauce just the cabbage and carrots) and some salsa.

10. What is usually for dinner?
I make menus. We eat a lot of different things. I try to keep red meat off the menu, I make my own pizza to include healthier options, I try to cook meat free at least two to three times a week.

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Legs-in Jr. High I held the school girls record for amount pressed on leg press and the number of times a given weight was lifted. My legs have always been a "strong" point (haha pun intended).

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Core-sorry everyone, I know it is vital, but I hate working my core.

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
crunches

14. What is your favorite exercise?
Running...

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
M&M's, potato chips (depends on the week)

16. What is your go to workout song?
I don't think I have one. I am very variable. The song that gets me moving one day may not do the same thing the next day. I'll let you know if this changes.

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
I have multis and I should take them but most of the time they stay in the bottle, working on changing that too.

18. How often do you eat out?
Not often. Lately not even once a month.

19. Do you eat fast food?
Used to, had one thing from Taco Bell in the last 4 months that is it!!

20. How do you stay motivated?
Sparkpeople. Remembering how much more mellow I am when I've worked out...

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
Husband, sister, mom and kidlets.

22. How much weight have you lost?
30

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
I thought about what I weighed at my "skinniest" and went for roughly that weight (I didn't own a scale and am sort of guessing). I have a "sturdy" build to start with and even at my skinniest I looked pretty good but was still "overweight" according to BMI-so I threw that out of the window. I simply can't picture myself at a weight BMI wants me to be. When I reach my goal I will re-evaluate.

24. Do you have a gym membership?
Nope...

25. How often do you work out?
Goal is 5-6 days a week. 3 days aerobics, cross training, video, etc., 3 days running. 6 days strength training.

26. How did you find Spark?
I was working and all the office girls were joining weight watchers, etc. I couldn't afford WW so I started looking for a more affordable approach. SparkPeople definately fit the bill at FREE!!

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
7 hours or so. Sometimes less, hardly ever more. Trying to change that too.

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
Morning. I would prefere evening, but I have 3 kids and a husband, evenings belong to them.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
I never just give up for an entire day, but I do "cheat" by giving up a day of exercise in favor of sleep-but not more than once a week.

30. Do you drink soda?
Occasionally and getting less frequent every day.

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
Never

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
The people...

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
Hate the belly, love the legs

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
Thursdays and Saturdays I am joined by my sister and sometimes my Mom. The ladies at aerobics, my kids!!

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
Running. Never thought I could/should run. Love it!!

End of Something fun-this is getting long, but we are almost there-keep going...


Something amazing-my husband has "agreed" to do the hundred push-ups plan with me!! So far hubby has resisted every offer to exercise with me-I think he likes the idea of beating me at push-ups. I'm starting with "girly" and he is doing standard.

Something very, very serious....(quit here if you aren't prepared to be a little (or a lot) depressed-but it is important)

There is a case here in California (it is probably getting some national attention, but I have no way of knowing) where a girl (17) was abducted, molested and killed while out for a jog in her local park. This is a horrible story, her body has been found and her possible killer arrested (due to evidence nobody doubts that they have the right guy). One of the problems is that this monster had been in prison on previous molestation charges and paroled and is being looked at as a suspect in another girl's disappearance and the attempted attack on another female who got away.

The point is, dear Sparkfriends, there are some HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE people out there. If you exercise outdoors please, please, please be careful. Find a buddy, don't go alone, stick to populated areas, tell someone where you are going and how long you will be gone, carry somesort of protection-an alarm, pepper gas, your cell phone, a dog. Do everything in your power to protect yourself. This 17 year old girl, Chelsea, had every right to go out for her jog and she should be home right now with her mom and dad happy and healthy, but because a) our justice system failed and released a monster back into public and b) this monster failed to control himself and find a "healthy" way to deal with his issues, her mother and father are struggling to find a way to get through each day.

Sorry to be so serious, but it is important that each of you is safe out there and gets home each night!! Be safe...

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/17/2010 12:04PM

    Love your answers! :-) woohoo for strong legs and hubby taking on the push-up challenge!

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RITEEBEE 3/15/2010 1:03PM

    great blog, thanks for the safety tip, you are so right!! Great job on getting your hubby to do that challenge with you!!

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NEW-CAZ 3/15/2010 5:54AM

    Great blog Heather and I hear you about playing safe- emoticon

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BEENIE76 3/14/2010 10:30PM

  I feel the same way about running that you used to. I don't like it and cannot imagine myself ever being a runner. After reading how much you love it now thouhg, maybe...

I have been reading about Chelsea King. So sad. Personally, I think there should NEVER be a second chance for sex offenders. One and done. Locked up for life. This man cannot be rehabilitated. I think I read somewhere that the maximum sentence for him in this case is only 6 years. What?!

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KARVY09 3/14/2010 9:47PM

    I hear you about poor Chelsea. And she was running during the day too, not at night! So sad.

thanks for sharing your answers. I really loved that survey!

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MRS_LOOMIS 3/14/2010 8:54PM

    And in California it's illegal to carry pepper spray...whereas in Georgia I can get it at Fleet Feet!

Best plan---work with a buddy.....

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KATIEWELL 3/14/2010 7:08PM

    emoticon for the safety advice, never can be to cautious

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What a run!!!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

emoticonWHAT AN AWESOME RUN I HAD THIS MORNING!!! emoticonYep, I'm yelling it from the rooftops!! I had the most awesome run this morning. Regular readers will know that I've been battling shin splints for several months now and the Jeff Galloway method has finally, finally, finally apparently provided an answer. I've actually been using week 4 of C25K for two weeks to provide my interval coaching. I think I will l go closer to Mr. Galloway's 2:1 ratio in future runs though. It will mean carrying a stopwatch but I'll live. I don't own a working watch so for now the stopwatch will have to do. The run/walk intervals and an additional stretching session have really done the job on clearing up the shin problems (at least for now, knock on wood). Anyhow, this morning's run....Last night I sat down here on Spark and used the route tool to plan today's route. emoticon Last week I mentioned that we got to run a little bit on the dirt trails weaving in and out around my sis's neighborhood and how fun that was so I planned a route that took us on many more of those trails!! I fit in as many trails as I possibly could and repeated them.

My runs lately have been at MOST 2.5 miles and that includes the warm-up and cool-down distances. Before the problems with my shins every run was exactly 3.1 AFTER warm-up and before cool-down. So, needless to say I was cutting myself short and was feeling the lack of satisfaction, emoticonbut for the sake of my legs it was totally necessary. I've gone two weeks now without a problem and decided that today was a good day to put my shins to the test. Especially since a good amount of my running would be on dirt instead of concrete. The route I created was 3.2 from start to finish including warm-up and cool-down, so still shy of the distance I was completing before, but not by much. Besides, next week our 10K training plan has us running 3 miles so I will get there soon enough!! Yes, I was a little worried about the distance but it was an AWESOME run!!!. emoticon

Started off with the warm-up walk and then into the warm-up run (slower than regular pace) and felt a little tight by the time I reached my stretching bench. I attributed some of that tightness to the aerobics class I went to yesterday and made sure I thoroughly stretched my hammies and calves. For me, it seems that tightness in the backs of my legs brings on the shin splints, I think this is due to altering my stride due to the tightness? Maybe someone out there knows if this theory makes sense or is bunk?? Anyhow, started the run again feeling quite a bit looser and hit all my trails, tried to stay on the street (asphalt) instead of the sidewalks (concrete) whenever possible (safe) and had sooooooo much fun this morning. emoticon Got to run past lots of swimming duckies emoticonand mud hens, got to see a few egrets (???, sorry not really possitive-smallish long skinny birds who love being near water-some were white and some other ones brownish with different beaks??) Had to watch for a couple muddy spots to make sure I didn't "sit down" during my run. Kept to my intervals (3 min run/90 sec recovery, 5 min run, 2.5 min recovery and repeat) until my ipod gave out (forgot to charge) and then just kind of made it up as I went. For a 5 min. run I ran until I was really tired and then walked a bit (not 2.5 min, but oh well) then ran a shorter distance then a short recovery and then one final short trail ALL OUT before cooling down. I was sweaty, tired and ready to stop and it was WONDERFUL!! For the first time in MONTHS emoticonI feel like I gave a run everything I had and I still won!!! emoticon It was still a slow run emoticon-55 min to go the entire 3.2, but that is almost the time I had from my very first 5K so I'm no longer back at the very beginning, I'm back to a point where I had made enough progress to run a "race". I put that in quotes because I am only "racing" myself-there is no compition between me and any other runner on the road, but I am okay with that-for now emoticon...

So, it was a beautiful morning, the sun is shining nice and bright, the water fowl were happy and I met a rottweiler (behind his fence thank goodness) who appreciated my flattery and stopped barking while we walked past!! I went the distance and it was a good distance and it felt GOOD!! Oh how long I've waited and the victory was SWEET emoticon!! Sweeter than candy, cake and pie! Now, on with the rest of my day! Got some major housekeeping to do and the kids are at a Primary activity day (Primary is our church's children's organization) and the husband is at baseball field clean up day!! WHAT????? I HAVE AN EMPTY HOUSE???? How on earth did that happen? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/17/2010 11:59AM

    Yes indeed - it was an AWESOME run! And you are right...sweeter than any piece of food could ever be. :-) I actually mapped my route after I got home and did 3.7 miles total with the route I ended up taking. Not bad!! That's my longest distance yet. Can't wait for this Saturday to get out and do it again!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/13/2010 7:55PM

    I love my intervals. It makes the run more enjoyable.

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KARVY09 3/13/2010 6:58PM

    I'm so happy for you. Good runs are the best!
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Love ya, runner girl!

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AZMOM1 3/13/2010 4:04PM

    Glad that you had an awesome run! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/13/2010 2:47PM

    emoticon Go Heather Go Heather!
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MRS_LOOMIS 3/13/2010 1:47PM

    SATISFACTION!!!! A great run to begin a FABULOUS day!!! Love your enthusiasm---and isn't that route tool the bomb???? I used it to plan my route today, too.

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