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It's not when you eat, it's what you eat

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

We've all heard that standard advice: don't eat after ____pm, cause your metabolism slows down & it will just get stored as fat. Nighttime eating isn't my problem, so I've always pretty much ignored it. Not to mention the fact that it's pretty rare for me to eat past 7 pm anyways, seeing as I'm in bed by 9 pm (up around 5 am).

But I had a sort of lightbulb moment when I read the advice in the title. For those that DO have problems with nighttime eating, just what are you chowing down on? Salad? Thought not.

Eating in the evenings isn't making you fat, it's WHAT you're eating. And why.

Altho I'm not generally a nighttime eater, I struggle with this too. Wanting something sweet after dinner. Even after I've already had some fruit to quiet down that sweet tooth. It's a habit - a bad habit.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, it seems. Struggling with that age old question of just why I feel I MUST eat something sweet. Or have a bigger, rather than smaller, bowl of oatmeal. What am I trying to fill up? I still haven't answered the question, which probably explains why I've been stuck for so long. Food for thought, indeed.

My knee is much better, but I still can't exercise the way I want to - just walking the dogs still leaves me with a few twinges. So I am concentrating on what I put in my mouth, instead, and mostly succeeding.

Except for the fact that we'll probably go out to eat with my folks tonight . . . since we can't make it down for father's day & my niece's graduation next week is a question mark, too. Not really what I want to do before my WI, but that's life.

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KISSFAN1 6/17/2011 5:28PM

    Before Spark People, I used to do snacking at night as a stress relief. I think it was the crunch of the food that I enjoyed (and still enjoy to be honest). I don't worry about what time it is now because there are occasions on the weekend when I don't get to eat dinner until around 8:00 pm or later, but I try to not make it a habit.

I hope your knee is better soon, it's no fun having an injury.

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TRI_BABE 6/16/2011 7:23PM

    Yeah, I am the same way, I can't really eat at night because I'm winding down.

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RATFINKROB 6/15/2011 4:03PM

    I crave peanut butter on crackers!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/15/2011 3:15PM

    emoticonResearch also backs up what you were saying about eating after a certain time of day. It is a myth. As you say it is what we eat, so for the moment I am not buying any more dark chocolate or cashew nuts. Sticking to fruit for my "sweet " fix.
Sounds like the knee is slowly recovering. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 6/15/2011 12:22PM

    As you know, snacking at night is a huge struggle for me. It's not night time snacking per se that's the problem...but rather I'm more likely at night than any other time to compulsively snack (ie zoned out & not tasting anything & nothing satisfies). I blame it on the tv & habit because both can turn off our brains. I find it helps me to plan out my evening snacks & try to combine sweet with a bit of protien (like apple slices with natural peanut butter).

Wow, in bed by 9 & up at 5. I'm the opposite - up by 9 & in bed by 1. lol We don't actually have dinner until 8 pm because of hubby's work schedule.

Glad to hear the knee is improving. I know it's tempting to push it, but you are wise to switch your focus to food while your body heals completely.

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FRECKS96 6/15/2011 11:56AM

    So true! I have the same problem with "needing" something sweet after dinner. Luckily I'm *usually* satisfied by something small (1-2 kisses), but if there is other stuff in the house it can quickly become a free for all.

Good luck with the knee, it's never easy when something is sore.

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NATPLUMMER 6/15/2011 11:46AM

    It is definitely what you eat.
I hope the knee heals quickly. I know how much you ant to do what you want to do. Enjoy your dinner out with the folks. I'll keep fingers crossed for a good weigh in anyway.

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SHEILA1505 6/15/2011 10:13AM

    Hmmm - yes - always head for the craisins and yogurt; nuts and dried fruit!!

Can't tonight - none in the house!


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JAMGIRL8 6/15/2011 10:04AM

    So true. I have had to banish it all from house until I gain a little self control. I have to admit, I have none. Like you, I am an early to bed and early riser but for some reason, somewhere between 7:30 and 8, ice cream screams my name, ever so seductively. It goes....Loooorrrriiiieeee, come and get me! I swear, I am not crazy! So it is all gone.

I hope that your knee gets better really soon. It is such a bummer when something like that keeps you out of your routine. Hang in there!

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MZSLYDE01 6/15/2011 9:29AM

    Sorry to hear about your knee. It's good to be back and get caught up on everyone's life.
I don't have the issue of eating too late but rather like you said what I am eating. Sometimes I eat and then I find myself eating more when I don't need it just to get filled up. Guess it's a mind game.

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MRS_EVA_K 6/15/2011 8:07AM

    You are right, try as you might to avoid the cravings that cookie calling just before bedtime is the problem now if it were say an apple or a bowl of grapes it might not be a problem.

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More GSFs & running thoughts

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GSFs = grocery store finds. No, I still haven't tried the amy's light & leans . . . really, I just never eat frozen meals anymore (I also don't work at the moment). But bean & cheese enchilada? I will, at some point.

I also found Probar's Halo bars - OMG, yummy, & at 150 calories the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet.

And I found 18 Rabbits cherry chocolate granola bars. Only 120 calories, good ingredients & also perfect for a sweet tooth attack. Also yummy.

My knee feels much better today, thankfully. I've been RIEing (rest, ice, elevate - no compression). It's the very first time I've had to do that. I had planned on some runner's yoga & a lot more rest today, but my parents are going to be up for the night tomorrow (they originally said they weren't staying overnight) & I've got laundry that has to be done, which means a lot more trips up & down the stairs than I'd really like. If they weren't staying, I would've put it off for another day.

The dog's walk yesterday felt like I was back in the race, with my knee hurting the entire way. Hopefully that won't be the case today.

I know I complained of knee pain in vegas, but that was my kneecap & this was the outside of my right knee(IT band? Not sure). I remember that my knee hurt during my first run after my 10k, but I don't remember if it was the same place, it didn't hurt during, & I also had to run thru that mud a bit.

The nice thing about racing is it builds your confidence . . . until it doesn't. I'm mostly puzzled because I've done longer training runs with zero pain. And there are just too many variables to figure out the culprit: pace? shoes? not taking walking intervals?

I would really prefer not to have that sort of pain during an HM. Or afterwards. I really have no doubts that I can do it, barring illness or disaster, but I'd really like to do it pain-free, too!

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MZSLYDE01 6/15/2011 9:36AM

    Yep Take care of yourself and your knee. You won't regret it later.
Hope you enjoyed your visit with your parents.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/14/2011 3:19PM

    emoticonsounds like you are doing all the right things to look after your knees. i know I try and avoid going down stairs as much as I can as it aggrevates my Rt knee! I walk up stairs OK. emoticon

Hope you have a great time with your parents. emoticon

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JESSIEJUICE 6/14/2011 2:24PM

    I hope your knee feels better soon- it sounds like you're doing exactly what you need to. Rest up, wonder racer!

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JESSIEJUICE 6/14/2011 2:21PM

    I hope your knee feels better soon- it sounds like you're doing exactly what you need to. Rest up, wonder racer!

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TEMPEST272002 6/14/2011 11:05AM

    Glad to hear you're taking care of the knee. Who knows what the culprit could be. Do you remember twisting it or anything while you were out?

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/14/2011 10:38AM

    I have had those enchilada's, pretty good. I don't eat as many frozen meals as I used to, used to do a lot of Lean Cuisine but since going gluten free, there are only 3 I can consume. It does help keep the cost down from buying lunch in the local cafe.

Good luck w/ your knee!

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NATPLUMMER 6/14/2011 10:22AM

    I won't be eating a frozen meal today since I'm not working so I understand. They are really nice to bring to work, though.
That 18 Rabbits stuff always looks good but I haven't bought any yet.
I'm glad your knee is feeling better. Hopefully the stairs won't aggravate it.
Hmmm...possible IT band. I assume you've been trying to stretch it.
Fingers crossed that you have no more pains.

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FRECKS96 6/14/2011 9:57AM

    Glad the knee is on the mend. It really is hard sometimes to know what the problem is. Good Luck sorting it out.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/14/2011 9:23AM

    Glad to hear you are taking care of the knee. Take it easy for a few days to let it completely heal. Enjoy visiting with your parents. emoticon

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Peaks, valleys & knowledge is power

Monday, June 13, 2011

Life is a series of peaks & valleys, and that allows you to learn about yourself.

Yesterday's race was definitely not my best. It's the first race where I was truly hindered by my body - one of my slowest races to date no doubt because of that. And while I did not finish last, I was darn close & everyone behind me - not to mention the person ahead of me - was significantly older than me. A bit demoralizing. Someday, as I get older, I WILL be last - but if I'm still racing at 80, I will most definitely count that as a victory.

But as I say in the title, knowledge is power. I now know I have kinks to work out before my HMs. Whether it's walking breaks - guess I'll have to swallow my pride - or new kicks - I have plenty of time to work it out. Not to mention I will learn how long it's going to take my knee to recover.

I also have a bit of a knot in my calf. The odd thing about that is I was having some pretty bad cramps in that calf before I left the house, but it didn't bother me at all during the race.

Stamina-wise I feel fine & my hamstrings aren't as sore as they've been after other races, no doubt due to the slower pace. Another lesson learned.

A few days before the race I noticed a neighbor's car with a 13.1 bumper sticker on it - I probably wouldn't even have noticed that a year ago. And when I arrived at the race, "Firework" was playing on the radio - I thought that was a sign it was going to be a good race. Oh well. Oddly enough, it was playing on someone else's radio as I left.

MP3 players were not allowed. Music would've definitely helped. I don't think it really makes me any faster, but I think it makes running seem easier.

You can't enjoy the peaks without the valleys. If all the world was a peak, the view would be boring!

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DISPATCHER04 6/13/2011 10:40PM

    My 5K, I didn't have music. I had read up on whether it was allowed or not, and many of the pages suggested that it was bad form and frowned upon. So, not wanting to be considered bad-mannered, I left my iPod at home--only to get to the race and see that almost everyone there had iPods. ::facepalm:: It definitely makes it easier for me to run with my iPod. :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/13/2011 2:18PM

    I am seriously coveting the 13.1 sticker. I told hubby he haa to be waiting at the finish line with one of those stickers when I run my first half in November. Make sure to jot down the "lessons learned" in a journal somewhere for future reference.

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KKINNEA 6/13/2011 11:19AM

    We've all had that race. The important thing is to finish and take away as much knowledge as possible for the next race!

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NATPLUMMER 6/13/2011 10:19AM

    Not every run (or race) is great. You finished so it's a victory.
Hey, there is no shame in walking breaks. And you'll definitely need new kicks before the HM anyway.
I hope the calf and knee feel better soon.
Music definitely makes my runs happy but I realized yesterday that it isn't necessary. I guess I'll have to see what it's like in a long run by myself.
We definitely need valleys to go with the peaks.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/13/2011 9:59AM

    emoticonYou turned up, you did it! Well done. emoticon emoticon As you said you learn new things about yourself with each run. hope your knee gets better soon!

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FRECKS96 6/13/2011 9:29AM

    Some of the best lessons are learned on our hardest runs. So glad you went to the race, even if it didn't go as planned. I hope your tightness eases soon and you are able to reflect on what you learned more.

You're right, the highs would not be nearly as enjoyable without the lows.

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TEMPEST272002 6/13/2011 9:25AM

    Those "best" runs are great because they make us feel powerful and strong, but it's the rough ones we truly learn and grow from. Congrats on finishing the race & also learning some lessons.

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From 5k to 8 miles

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It was just about a year ago that I ran my very first, very slow 5k, after a lifetime of non-running. I've been active for probably the last 20 yrs, but didn't become a runner til a couple of years ago.

My goal last year was to run a 5k; that was it - I ended up running 2, and slashing 7 minutes off my time by the second one.

This year I've run 3 1/2 miles on new year's day; a 4 miler, a 5 miler, a 10k, and now an 8 mile race. I am signed up for my first HM by the end of the year, with another to follow in February.

I don't think you'll ever see me doing a full marathon, but never say never I suppose. I just don't want to run for 6+ hours and considering the way my body is reacting to 8 miles (altho 10 training miles seemed fine) it wouldn't be pretty, I think.

I'm sure the fact that DH & I put in a new bathroom vanity yesterday didn't much help. Well, he put it in, but I had to help carry the old one down & the new one up - 2 trips each times & man are those things heavy!

So today's race was small - maybe a couple hundred people or so - & not chip timed. I started out with another woman who claimed she does 12 minute miles & we ran together for a couple of miles until she met up with a friend & they took off.

My first 5k went pretty well, for me, with a 34 minute time which is normal for me.

I spent most of the next 5 miles in 2 loops by myself, altho somehow my running buddy from the beginning got behind me - don't know how since they were so far in front of me - but after the last water station they surged ahead again.

The volunteers were super nice, but they began to thin out as I entered my last loop & at one point if I hadn't caught up - or more like been near - my running buddy I seriously wouldn't have known which way to go.

I was running slower even than normal because my knee was hurting. No idea why. I'd done 10ish miles not that long ago with no pain at all. In fact, I've never really had much pain other than side stitches. Probably won't be running for the next several days.

Of course, when I did the training run I was doing run/walk intervals - I only walked thru water stations today - at no doubt a slower pace.

So while it's very tempting to actually runthe whole HM, I'm probably better off sticking with run/walk. Or getting better shoes, which admittedly could be the culprit, too.

So I'm sitting here with my knee on a pillow & a bag of frozen cranberries around it. We took the dogs for a short walk - DH grumbled about that because he's now cutting the back lawn. I didn't say anything, but I was thinking seriously? I've already run 8 miles & you're grumbling about walking the dogs maybe 1 mile & just when was the last time you walked the dogs anyway? I can't remember.

My time was 1 hr, 40 minutes. Actually about where I predicted. I didn't need a potty break,which was good, as there really weren't any - I'd have to go totally off the course to get toa bathroom (I did use it before the start). TOM didn't really bother me at all. And it didn't rain. Pretty good racing weather - about 60ish.

No idea where I came in - pretty darn close to last, I'm sure (at least they still had the clock going). I didn't hand my card in cause they epwe're already handing out awards when I got in there!

My journey as a runner so far. If I can do it, believe me, you can too - if you want to. You don't have to want to, but you do have to find something you either enjoy doing or at least makes you feel better about yourself.

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LEAG0628 6/14/2011 2:23PM

    Congrats on your 8 miler! I just accomplished a similar goal a few weeks ago after starting running just last year. It feels great, doesn't it?

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/14/2011 2:19PM

    Wow, congratulations, you are an inspiration!!

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KANSASROSE67 6/14/2011 2:17PM

    Way to go! I'm just like you...I was always active but never a runner until a year ago. I haven't done nearly as many races as you...I'm so impressed with how far you've come! I hope your knee feels better soon.

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KATERYN 6/13/2011 4:52PM

    Yea you! I'm just starting the running thing this year. Did my first 5k at 59 minutes (I'm really a really slow jogger.) My second one I didn't finish. It was 30 degrees hotter and I became too dehydrated. But still, I'm glad to see someone else starting to do this running thing. I'm currently looking for another 5k to run in October when its cooler again.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/13/2011 2:14PM

    emoticonon your longest race to date. Sorry about the knee, take it easy for a couple of days. If I lived close, I'd walk your doggies for ya.

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DISPATCHER04 6/12/2011 8:46PM

    Go you! :)

I've only just finished my first 5K, so you are an inspiration to me. :)

But can I just say that I think it's terribly bad form for them to be handing out awards before the last runner is in? Wow.

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TEMPEST272002 6/12/2011 6:54PM

    Congrats on the 8miler. You've come a long way this past year with the running. Hope the knee heals up quick.

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JESSIEJUICE 6/12/2011 6:43PM

    What a fantastic running journey! I really enjoyed reading this :)

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SKFEREBEE 6/12/2011 5:58PM

    emoticon on the 8 miles! You'll keep on going further and further and there is no telling where you'll stop. May a tri be in your future somewhere down the line? emoticon

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FRECKS96 6/12/2011 5:42PM

    Congrats on finishing the 8 miler!! I'm sorry your knee is bothering you, that's never fun. Rest up and hopefully you'll be 100% soon.

You're right, you do need to find something you love. I'm happy to say that I have.

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NATPLUMMER 6/12/2011 5:02PM

    Yay for an 8 mile race!!
I'm going to be doing run/walk for the HM, so don't worry.
I think it's DH's job to grumble about doing any walking, isn't it?
Yay for no potty break!!
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Enjoy the new vanity. You worked hard for it. Those things are heavy.
I hope the knee feels better soon.

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SHEILA1505 6/12/2011 1:21PM

    Well done, Judy!
Hope the knee eases up - enjoy the new bathroom vanity, too


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What's your intention?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The holistic vet suggested putting a warm teabag on the lump on Gizmo's tail several times a day. I don't think she thought I'd be able to do it - but he's a different cat with me than he is at the vets & he LOVES the extra attention - from me, anyway, not so much from the pet sitter.

So I've been doing it faithfully for a couple of weeks now. And last night it occurred to me that rather than watch tv or try to read while doing it, I should be sending him all my love & healing thoughts. Not just go thru the motions, but do it with intention.

Which, of course, is exactly how we ought to go about the whole business of a healthy lifestyle. So why is that so hard to do?

Intentions are similar to goals, really, yet I think they're different, too. Not so much the how of something, but more the why.

We should have daily intentions, but I admit to having trouble coming up with them. I also know that I want to be more focused, and setting a daily intention would help. Do you have intentions when it comes to your healthy lifestyle?

If my race were today, I would definitely intend to skip it. Sorry, couldn't resist! It's pouring - not just raining, but pouring - and supposed to stay that way all day. TOM never did begin yesterday (wish it had, the timing would have been better) but it sure arrived this morning & I'm crampy & tired. Not to mention sore from yoga, of all things - in my inner thighs!

Although maybe pouring rain would be motivation to run faster.

Still leaning towards doing it tomorrow, despite the fact that my tempo run yesterday left me even sorer. The good news is I wore my Nike+ sensor & did it on the treadmill - and the sensor was almost spot on. So my 10 mile run before I left must've actually been close to 10 miles . . . at the very least over 8 . . . as long as I stay injury free & healthy, I feel confident about running (or run/walking) a HM.

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NATPLUMMER 6/11/2011 9:47AM

    I bet Gizmo does love the extra attention.
I do intend to make the best of every day. Usually I do.
I would intend to skip the race as well if TOM was making me crampy and tired and it was pouring. I do not intend to skip my race tomorrow as I don't expect TOM or any rain.
Yay for getting in a tempo run yesterday. It's nice to know that the Nike+ sensor is pretty accurate. You will do just fine on the HM :-)

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TEMPEST272002 6/11/2011 9:37AM

    Have you seen the work that Masaru Emotu has done with water crystals and words of intention? Mind blowing stuff. And with that in mind, I agree it's a good idea to focus on the cat for those few minutes to mindfully send healing energy.

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KISSFAN1 6/11/2011 8:48AM

    I hate that time of the month when you don't feel your best and have not much energy or motivation. It sounds like you are very dedicated despite that with your exercise routine (something I have a lot of work to accomplish) and also with taking care of your pet cat.

I hope you feel better soon and that your weekend is great!

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