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Hoping calorie cycling works!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

So I feel I've been eating pretty healthy, but yesterday, despite my best efforts, kind of went overboard. We went to a buffet for lunch: I heaped my plate with a salad of romaine, red onions, cucumbers & chickpeas. Added some steamed broccoli & added some bok choy that was really good - so good that I went back for seconds plus a couple of tablespoons of some chicken stir fry cause I thought I needed some more veggies.

Then I got a fruit plate with strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew & pineapple.

I'm sure that all sounds healthy & it was, but it was a lot of food.

Then we had Italian for dinner. I had a half order of a chopped salad with lettuce, avocado & russian dressing - couldn't have the dressing on the side as I normally do - but did have them hold the bacon.

Didn't touch the bread basket - it wasn't even warm, which is a pet peeve of mine. Had pasta with chopped tomatoes, garlic, olive oil & goat cheese for my entree. I left almost half, but still probably ate more than I should.

And I got dessert. The food was good, I haven't had any desserts so far, so I got sort of a lava cake. Except it was disappointing! I thought it was overcooked. I only ate half, but really, I shouldn't even have had that much because it just wasn't that good.

Oh well, we did some light hiking today - more than DH wanted to do, less than I wanted. Since we didn't really have lunch, we'll have an early dinner & maybe i'll squeeze in a swim afterwards.

Nomeatathlete.com is gearing up to launch their HM guide - really looking forward to it! & here's their latest freebie, a video on mental tricks: www.nomeatathlete.com/training-psych
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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/7/2011 8:50AM

    Cycling - I sort of do it naturally - some days more, some days less. I know how you feel about eating something that isn't even good; it's infuriating.

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FRECKS96 6/5/2011 9:08AM

    I really like the idea of informal calorie cycling. Hopefully it will work for you!

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BESSHAILE 6/5/2011 5:33AM

    isn't it funny how, when you eat something that you really counted on being delicious - and it isn't - you try a second bite, just to be sure it wasn't good - maybe even try a third before you realize ... eating it won't make it taste better?



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SHEILA1505 6/5/2011 4:10AM

    Definitely think the calorie cycling works - body can get too used to the same numbers all the time - give it a surprise now and then!

Hugs

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HEYRED221 6/5/2011 1:15AM

    Doesn't sound like you did that bad, but I feel the same way about dessert too. I want it to be really worth it (meaning soooo good). But when its not, I never finish it, but true, I probably eat more that I should as well. Gotta work on that one for me.

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TEMPEST272002 6/4/2011 10:19PM

    Man I hate a disappointing dessert. If I've decided it order it, I want it to be decadent! I hope calorie cycling works too. We'll both see I guess.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/4/2011 8:31PM

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NATPLUMMER 6/4/2011 8:19PM

    The buffet does me in every time. You made excellent choices but it still adds up.
The bread is totally not worth it if it isn't warm. Dinner does sound good.
Baked desserts often disappoint me. I think it's because I know I could bake something better. Perhaps a little egocentric but it does keep me from getting dessert most of the time.
It sounds like you guys are having a good time. Why aren't I surprised that you wanted more exercise and DH wanted less. Have a good swim. I know you want to.

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How long is your longest run for HM?

Friday, June 03, 2011

So I read the report I mentioned in yesterday's blog, 15 HM mistakes to avoid. And the author suggests that your longest run shouldn't be longer than 10 miles - so you have so e excitement to look forward to.

Galloway is of the camp that you should run longer than the HM so you know you can do it.

I'm already up to approximately 10 miles on my long run - the first HM isn't for half a year!

So I'm wondering what y'all do, fully aware I'll probably get varying answers. Then again, I've never run a race longer than 10k. And, of course, I'm fully aware that there are all sorts of training plans out there, too, like the runner's world smart coach app, which I have, or Hal higdon.

And now for something completely different, my husband just informed me that the conference he just attended will be in Hawaii next year. Which does not mean we'll be going, but I've been really lucky with lots of beach vacations lately, after quite a few years of great - but cold! - vacations.

  
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STIPER23 6/8/2011 3:57PM

    I'm doing Galloway and am scheduled to do 11 miles this weekend. I didn't train for longer than the 3.1 miles for my first 5k race and that was a mistake. I will always feel better knowing I can go longer than the race distance.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/7/2011 8:52AM

    Well, I did a marathon with my longest run having been 21 miles, but that's only because I got injured. I wouldn't recommend it. Although perhaps it was difficult because of the injury and not because of the distance. I knew once I passed 12 miles that I was going to finish 26, even if I had to crawl.

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LALAFLOWERS 6/4/2011 8:25AM

    I have never come close to the 13 miles in training. My longest run has been 10 miles. For my first one, I only made it to 9 miles. I had 10 planned, but ran in FL and it was really hot! I just didn't have it in my to make it further in the time I had available.

The plan that I was using this time around called for a 12 miler. However, I haven't been able to do it. I've been really tired, so my body just wouldn't do the distance.

Now, that I have run at least 1 half marathon, I know that I can finish the distance. Maybe not fast, and it won't be pretty, but I will finish.


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NATPLUMMER 6/3/2011 11:38PM

    I was planning on doing the Galloway program. I think you'll have no problem since you're already up to 10 miles.
Oooh. Hawaii. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :-)

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SKFEREBEE 6/3/2011 11:13PM

    I am going to max out at 15 for my training a couple of weeks before my half-marathon. I figure if I can do 15, then 13.1 will seem easier after that.

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FRECKS96 6/3/2011 11:06PM

    I did 12 in the training for my HM, but I had done 13+ previously. I like the idea of knowing you can run the distance.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 6/3/2011 10:58PM

    Which island? I'm on Maui!

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EDWINA172 6/3/2011 10:02PM

    The most we did was between 14 & 15. I totally believe in Galloway. Why would you set yourself up mentally for "what if I can't do the whole thing?" Once you've done the long practice run, then you know you can do it!

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HEALTH4LYFE 6/3/2011 9:50PM

    When training for my half, the most mileage we have run is 14. We have done a couple of "mock" runs for the total distance and not too close to the race, but within the training schedule, it seems as if it is 3-4 weeks out. I think for some it has to do with the level of confidence you have. If you are not sure you can do it, then following a training schedule that allows you to meet and/or exceed that distance may be the way to go. emoticon

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Only half the story

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Yup, now I've gone & done it. Longest race to date is 10k, no idea whether I'll love or hate a HM & I'm signed up for 2 - signed up for the Livestrong Austin HM this morning & got the discounted price for being one of the first 1000 people to sign up.

Here's a free report on 15 HM mistakes to avoid: www.nomeatathlete.com/15-mistakes-do
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from nomeatathlete.com .

My husband says I'm never satisfied & I suppose there's a kernel of truth to it . . . I'm not real happy with the start time of either race - 5:30 pm for LV (too late) & 7:00 am for Austin (too early!).

So now I have half a year to try & figure out the best way to fuel & hydrate without needing a million potty breaks or running out of steam. And pray for no snow so I can actually get to these races!

I read a book on my kindle that wasn't that exciting - it was a freebie - but I really liked this quote:

To be happy & healthy, we need someone and/or something to love, something to do, and something to look forward to with enthusiasm.

I've got a lot to look forward to in the next half year . . . How bout you? If not, get something! Doesn't have to be expensive or "big", but you'll be so much more motivated if you've got something to look forward to.

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/7/2011 8:53AM

    You'll be happy with the early start in Austin because it means you'll finish before it has a chance to get hot.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/7/2011 8:40AM

    I loved the quote - I'm always happiest when I am actively pursuing something and I know you are the same way, we both like setting personal goals and pushing ourselves. Must be the over achiever in me, but hey, it's a healthy obsession.
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HALFFAST 6/5/2011 9:20AM

    I love that quote - it's definitely true! I haven't registered for LV yet because of hubby's schedule. I just went and checked the airfare and it has more than doubled since I looked a couple weeks ago! EEk! I'll keep you posted...

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LIBBYFITZ 6/3/2011 6:25PM

    emoticonYes we all need something to look forward to! emoticon

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RATFINKROB 6/3/2011 9:08AM

    You are still my hero!

Every time I read your blog it inspires me to run a little longer or work out a little harder. Good luck with your training for the big runs emoticon

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BARBIETEC 6/2/2011 6:40PM

    You will hate it and love it and hate it and love it but the end you will love it and treasure it :)

Yesterday is something you remember like a dream and tomorrow is just a vision.. but if you enjoy the day as good as you can all yesterdays will be happy dreams and all tomorrows will be hopeful visions :)

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2011 6:25PM

    Wow - 2 HM. My guess... first you'll hate it, then you'll love it. emoticon

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FRECKS96 6/2/2011 5:12PM

    Congrats to you for registering!! What a great motivation. 5:30 is a late start, but it sounds like a fun race. Happy Running!

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NATPLUMMER 6/2/2011 12:27PM

    I feel less crazy now knowing that you're going to do 2 as well.
I agree that 5:30pm is too late but it has to be that late or we wouldn't get all the pretty lights.
I guess I'm going to have to practice with the Gu. I'm afraid I'm going to need a million potty breaks.

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DDOORN 6/2/2011 11:37AM

    Re: "To be happy & healthy, we need someone and/or something to love, something to do, and something to look forward to with enthusiasm. "

Couldn't agree more!

Don

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You don't know how far you can go unless you run

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

That's a line from the movie secretariat which immediately stuck in my head. Of course it applies to most anything in life, not just running - like, oh, say, living a healthy lifestyle.

As frustrating as my plateau has been, I still often catch a glimpse of myself & think wow, seriously? That's me? It takes a lot of hard work, but it's so worth it. I like feeling proud of my body instead of wanting to cover it up & just disappear.

Of course I also catch glimpses of myself that make me want to cringe, too. I don't think that ever totally goes away.

And of course I often think if you can look this good at this weight, how awesome would you look with those last few pounds off? Vain much? Guilty!

I am proud of myself for not giving up. For never giving up. Even when it seems as tho everyone except me can get to GW.

And now I've buried the lead, which is that me & my buddy NATPLUMMER are signed up for the Las Vegas rock & roll half marathon in December. Our buddy HALFFAST should be joining us. Who else wants to join the party?

  
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FRECKS96 6/2/2011 5:14PM

    I so wish I could come with you for your HM. It sounds like so much fun!!

As the the mirror, she is a fickle friend indeed, much like Mr. Scale. Someday (hopefully), our perceptions will align with reality.

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SKFEREBEE 6/2/2011 11:12AM

    Sounds like a blast. That's a great race to look forward to! Can't wait to see those pics from that trip :o) Gotta bet Elvises galore will be running it!

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DDOORN 6/2/2011 11:01AM

    Viva Las Vegas!

How cool is that? :-)

Don

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LIBBYFITZ 6/2/2011 10:11AM

    sounds like fun!

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2011 10:11AM

    Boy do I feel your plateau-frustrations... but I woke up this morning thinking about how healthy & strong I feel... and glad - regardless of what the stupid, freakin scale has to say - that I am living a healthy lifestyle.

I'm proud of you too for not giving up! I've seen your bikini pics & you have a hot little body. You've earned that body, you've created it with exercise & nutrition and striving every day to do the best that you can. Those last few pounds will come off too... it's a matter of time.

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SHEILA1505 6/2/2011 8:00AM

    ... or walk, or swim
It's true - if you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you will.

Whether or not the results are visible on scales or waistbands, they just have to be visible in health benefits!! Where would we be if we hadn't taken control of our lifestyles?

Hugs

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BARBIETEC 6/2/2011 6:55AM

    I will join up! .... can't I stay at some show meanwhile you run hihihih :)
Someday.. sooomeeedayyyyy I will go to another country and ruuuun ..... how fantastic that will be!!!!

Isn't it hot running in Las Vegas ? Perhaps it is now hot in Desember... hmm... I went there in August *hothothothothot*.... :)

I am proud of you!..

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NATPLUMMER 6/1/2011 9:43PM

    I'm proud of you, too!! You will get to goal weight. I can feel it.
No, I don't think that cringing reaction ever quite goes away.
Yay for Las Vegas. I'm already excited :-)

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Sometimes you just need some NSVs

Sunday, May 29, 2011

& some ramblings.

So my NSVs (non-scale victories) this week:

1. Altho I haven't been able to hit my core mission as much as I wanted to, due to running around for/with the cats, today my water belt sat below my waist - AND stayed there - for the entire run. Usually it rides up above my belly button, which is totally annoying.

2. I wore a sports bra (sorry, guys!) that used to feel really tight (despite having it for many yrs) & it was totally comfortable.

3. I do hill repeats where I run up a hill, go over a little ways to the next hill, run down that, then go over a ways back to the first hill & run back up it - repeating as many times as I feel like it. When I first started that workout, I had to walk once I ran up the hill. Now I can do it without walking at all.

4. I'm sitting here wearing a short tank top I bought in Santa Cruz about 20 yrs ago that had become too tight across the chest (& I'm not big chested!) which now fits again.

Better wear that bikini the first day cause as soon as I start eating restaurant food I'll be bloated again. Since I don't eat out a lot normally, I always gain weight when I go on vacation. Always.

Got a another question for the PB2 users. When you use it in a smoothie or baking do you reconstitute it first or just add the equivalent amount of powder? I tried it in a smoothie the first time I used it, but I really didn't taste any PB taste. Can't remember if I used a full or half serving.

I plan to make some protein bars today, which are basically oats, honey, protein powder & PB. if I used PB2 instead of regular PB, maybe I could fit a few chocolate chips in there.

I made some protein cookies in kind of nugget-form that I used for my pre run snack this morning, with a banana on the side. Seemed to work well.

I don't know why I've been resisting early morning runs lately - other than the fact that I've been tired when I wake up. Today was no different, but I just did it & I always feel better when I do. Then I took the dogs back out & we did some run/walk intervals on top of my morning hill repeats.

By 9 am I'd already had 7 glasses of tea, water & fruit smoothie combined . . .

Warned you I'd be rambling!

  
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LEONALIONESS 6/3/2011 11:29PM

    I use PB2 dry in smoothies and banana ice cream. Reconstituted in my oatmeal. For baking I use the cheaper peanut flour from Trader Joe's. PB2 is too darn pricey to bake with, IMO.

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KANSASROSE67 6/2/2011 6:33PM

    Hey, I'd love your recipe for the protein bars, if you have time to share. Rambling is good... emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/31/2011 10:46PM

    Love the rambling! It all sounds great - NSV's are the best!

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LIBBYFITZ 5/30/2011 3:03PM

    You did all that while I sit here at 3pm still procrastinating about getting out there and walking! The hill stuff you are doing sounds great cardio! emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/30/2011 10:14AM

    Great NSVs. I must concentrate on those instead of the blessed numbers. Thanks for pointing out the importance of them!

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BARBIETEC 5/30/2011 3:56AM

    I loved your list, specially number 3 :)

Have a grate week my friend :)

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TEMPEST272002 5/29/2011 3:51PM

    Yeah NSV's. My favourite is #3!

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SHEILA1505 5/29/2011 12:24PM

    Congrats on the NSVs!!

I spent so much time wondering whether to go out early that I ended up having to go to the gym treadmill and wasted decent weather in the process :( If I have a class to go to I never think twice!

Hugs

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KARBIE18 5/29/2011 10:26AM

    Wow! Love your list! You have so much to be proud of! What an inspiration!

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NATPLUMMER 5/29/2011 10:22AM

    Those are some great NSV's!!! Yes, definitely wear the bikini on day 1!!
I always reconstitute it for baking and cooking. In a smoothie, you might not need to.
Yes, if you use the PB2 you could definitely get away with more chocolate chips. I love the way you think ;-)
Yay for some running early. I'm waiting to see if the weather is going to clear up 'cos I don't know if I can really test the GPS if it's too cloudy. Also my husband is still asleep and if he's going to come I have to wait. GRRRR.

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