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A possibly challenging week eating-wise

Monday, August 15, 2011

On Thursday we have a company picnic (altho it might rain). And on Saturday we're going on a food tour in Saratoga - might rain then, too, but the tour goes on rain or shine.

Not really a huge fan of picnic food. Don't like hamburgers, not really that fond of hot dogs, certainly don't want the white buns or the chips. My weakness, of course, is the desserts.

My picnic plan: bring some celery & carrots with me. Plan to either bring a sweet treat or have something at home later. There was no choice of food, but if they have veggie burgers I'll have one. The hamburger, even tho I'm not fond of them, is probably the wiser choice. If I think it will work with my plan for that day, maybe I'll bring some healthy chips with me. It's not a pot luck, btw.

I had read about the Saratoga food tour in our local paper, but at $40 a person it was pretty pricey. Wouldn't you know they had a groupon deal for it & DH can't resist a deal? Even tho he's not really into tours. Even tho he knew his time was extremely limited the next couple of months.

I won't do dessert at the picnic cause I know one of the stops on the tour is bettye's cupcakes. I plan to enjoy the tour - AND the food. I also plan to get my long run in that morning (hoping they're wrong about the rain). So I might finally get my 2 farmer's markets in 1 day!

How would you handle those events?

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NATPLUMMER 8/15/2011 9:53AM

    I like your picnic plan. I definitely think holding out for a better cupcake is a good idea.
I'll keep fingers crossed that there is no rain so you can have your long run and enjoy the food tour.
I would definitely go for a burger vs a hotdog myself. Personal preference. They may surprise you with healthier options. You won't know for sure until Thursday.

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XFITSTRONG 8/15/2011 8:19AM

    I would have to avoid everything on the food tour. One taste of something would just trigger the binge monster in me and I would want to eat non stop. But that's just me...:o)

For the picnic I would be bringing my own food. I have a cute cooler that looks like a purse.

Have fun!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/15/2011 8:11AM

    I usually have a meal before I go somewhere i know they are having food that I don't like or fattening stuff. So eat before you go the picnic and take some healthy munchies along with you.

As for the food tour, I would plan to have a little something at one of the places along the way that has the best food. You mentioned the cupcake place.... allow in your food for the day a cupcake.

You won't have any trouble with either of these events, you are very good at making healthy choices. Have fun.

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Reward schedules

Sunday, August 14, 2011

When I mentioned that the necklaces I want as rewards are on sale & could be sold out when I earn them as rewards, one buddy suggested that I buy them now & not wear them til I've "earned" them.

To my mind, that doesn't work - for me; it might work for you. If I do that, I haven't really earned the reward. I've given into instant gratification, which is something I'm working on. It's too easy today to order what we want, 24/7.

If it's easy, it doesn't feel as good. It's like the kids nowadays getting rewards just for showing up - which gives them a sense of entitlement & actually makes the rewards pretty meaningless.

I know that I can probably always find something else I want. These aren't things I need; they're things I want - exactly what a reward should be. Not to mention I'm not real happy with the number on the scale at the moment & I need every bit of motivation I can get!

What works for you when it comes to rewards?

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DISPATCHER04 8/14/2011 8:18PM

    A new article of clothing, shoes, makeup or jewelry--anything that makes me feel pretty! :) I'm a girly girl!! :)

And I totally agree with you on waiting for the necklace. I'd do the same thing. :)

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XFITSTRONG 8/14/2011 4:04PM

    I don't think I do well with rewards because if I have the money I will just buy it anyways, lol...

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TEMPEST272002 8/14/2011 3:52PM

    I agree with you - I wouldn't buy the rewards now for doling out later. It's a want, not a need... as you say, what a reward should be. Good for you for holding yourself accountable.

I don't use rewards this way. I find it more motivating to focus on the intrinsic rewards of being healthy. For so long I was disabled by my weight & now I'm just so profoundly grateful to be ABLE. It's its own reward & pushes me forward.

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    How about buy them and then give them to a friend and tell them you cannot have them till you earn them.

I use the reward system, but I use belt's and hats. Yeah I am goofy.

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PCOH051610 8/14/2011 11:16AM

    I think I'm with you. If you buy the necklaces now then you will have all but removed any satisfaction from "earning" them because deep down you will know you have them in your possession.

I have a lot of trouble coming up with rewards and thus have none planned. I need to come up with something that I would want rather than need and something that I just wouldn't be tempted to buy anyway.

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NATPLUMMER 8/14/2011 10:26AM

    I don't usually give myself rewards but if I did, they would be things I wanted rather than needed.

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NELLJONES 8/14/2011 9:21AM

    Rewards like that have never worked for me. I have to make a reward the result of my own hands. Making a fabulous legal meal for example, just to show that I can do it. The best reward is at night as I turn out the light and quickly run my mind over my day and know that I at least did the food part right. There is nothing like that feeling, I can't buy it, yet I can have it every day.

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DRJJ2004 8/14/2011 9:03AM

    Rewards don't work for me..I'm like you..I'm all about instant gratification. I've also found then when I set goals..I don't seem to make them..that gets depressing. So I haven't set any...goals or rewards. I guess I'll just figure them out along the way.

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Good tunes. Good run. Good food.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I started my morning with CCK's Double chocolate brownie batter pancakes - chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/08/09
. Awesome.

I know, I know, the whole reduced sugar thing. Baby steps. I knew I was doing a long run. Course there was the sushi & the shared kiddy cup if frozen yogurt last night - and that kiddy cup is still pretty big. Normally I would've made enough pancakes for 2 or 3 breakfasts. Luckily the recipe is for a single serving, and I don't plan on any more pancakes the rest of the week.

I topped it with raw nut butter, whereas in the past it would've been chocolate nut butter. Never too much chocolate in thus world! Like I said, baby steps.

I did NOT have a honeystinger bar. The pancakes were actually it. Snacked on PB2 crackers & honeystinger chews during the run. I ran about 7 miles - again more than the plan but that always seems to happen at the park. I'm not training for a race at the moment . . . I'll start my training in September.

I actually think that's progress in the eating department.

My knee was bothering me a bit at first & at first I thought WTF? since it hasn't been bothering me & it was the inside, not the outside. Until it occurred to me that I did wear high heels yesterday. The pain went away fairly quickly.

Running = good for knees
High heels = bad for knees

Who knew running could help knee pain from high heels? Course I already know it can cause knee pain, too.

I didn't even realize I had some under arm chafing til I got home!

The first song up was "Born this way", which I found ironic, since I just referenced that song a couple of blogs ago. But a great way to start a run!

I deliberately tried to run slow. My slow run pace is supposed to be about 13:30; my average pace was 12:30 - so close. Those stats have to be taken with a grain of salt, too.

Used a homemade banana muffin as a snack afterwards (no flour, mostly nut butter & banana). And am sucking on a chocolate cherry protein smoothie at the moment.

Picked up a melon, plum tomatoes, apples, eggs & some chicken at the farmer's market afterwards.

I must admit visions of veggie strombolis really danced thru my head after the run - 7 miles is a decent run, after all - but I quickly nixed it. I've had my splurges for the week already in the sushi, frozen yogurt & the pancakes. Gotta knuckle down. I want my necklace & I want to get to GW.

A good start to my weekend - hope yours is going as well!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/14/2011 10:50PM

    You go Judy!!!!
You are a running animal.

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DISPATCHER04 8/13/2011 6:32PM

    LOL, for me it's stairs=knee pain. Running not a problem, heels not a problem.

Is Sushi a splurge food? I don't care for sushi myself, but it sounds somewhat healthy . . .

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XFITSTRONG 8/13/2011 2:01PM

    YAY! Great blog! I think I am actually going to be able to do a long outside tomorrow. It should be upper 70's in the morning. I love the PB2 and crackers idea for refueling. My tummy is so picky, but those actually sound like they would work for me.

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NATPLUMMER 8/13/2011 11:23AM

Do the PB2 crackers work well for run fueling? I may give that a try.
Glad the knee pain went away. Sometimes it's just little kinks that need to get worked out.
Boo for underarm chafing!! Ouch!
Great run!!!
You'll be wearing that necklace at your goal weight soon... you have to bring it to Vegas with you. I want to see it up close and personal ;-)

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My morning yoga

Friday, August 12, 2011

Today there was no morning yoga, because it's a rest day & tomorrow will be a long-ish run so there will be yoga later today. But since I mentioned my routine & how much I feel it benefits me both physically & spiritually, I thought i'd also share the DVDs I use. Pretty much on order of preference.

Yoga works' Beginner AM/PM
Maybe someday I'll get a short evening practice going, but this is probably my favorite 10 minute morning practice. The sun salutations are REALLY modified, so great for beginners. I like that it covers a lot of different poses in a mere 10 minutes: sun salutations, tree, dancer, chair, cat/cow.

Prevention Better Belly Yoga
I got this for just the $5 shipping. If you google free prevention exercise DVD, there's almost always an offer you can find. This wasn't even what I filled out the form for, but it's quickly become a favorite! There are 3 10 minute sessions plus a warmup. Sometimes I'll do a couple of sessions or the whole DVD as my extra credit core work later in the day. They snow you both beginner & advanced options.

Perfect in 10 Yoga
A recent addition, but already a favorite. There are 4 10 minute sessions, & so far I've tried the awaken & energize & the back relief & flexibility.

10 Minute Solution Yoga
5 10 minute sections. A bit more challenging than those first 3 DVDs.

Yoga Journal Yoga for Morning, Noon & Night
Because each segment us 20 minutes long, this one doesn't get done as often. I didn't like thus one at first, but have since come to enjoy it. A little more challenging, but still beginner-accessible, I'd say.

Element AM & PM Yoga for beginners
Because it's 30 minutes long, it's been a long time since i've done this. I think I'll do it this morning! It's cooler so I don't have to rush right out the door with the dogs. I like their DVD for weight loss a lot, but it's a 60 minute practice - hard to squeeze in with the running & the ST!

I'm also a big fan of yogadownload.com - exactly what I was looking for way back when I wa trying to find something to load on my iPod for travel. Lots of free 20 minute yoga sessions!

Do you have a favorite morning yoga DVD?

Update: just finished the Element DVD - yes, would definitely recommend this one, too. It's a bit more challenging by simple virtue of being 30 minutes, but definitely beginner-friendly & gives even easier modifications for many poses. Of course YMMV; everyone likes different things about yoga.

And of course must give a shout-out to YBB (Yoga Booty Ballet) - I don't do it in the mornings as they don't have short workouts, but it's a truly fun workout & I love the mudras & the mantras.

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TEMPEST272002 8/12/2011 2:27PM

    Thanks for the reviews. I'm just starting with yoga. Took a level 1 class last winter & really enjoyed it.

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REDEMILY 8/12/2011 9:39AM

    Ooo, thanks! I love those 10 minute solutions dvds anyway. I have a cardio dance one, and an upper body strength one.

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NATPLUMMER 8/12/2011 9:28AM

    Thank you for the suggestions!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/12/2011 8:26AM

    emoticonfor sharing, I can't remember the name of my DVD, but it's really not that great. Will look for the titles you mentioned, hope your day is fabulous.

Namaste. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/12/2011 8:11AM

    Too many of those beginner yoga DVDs are anything but! I'll have to check this out.

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QUEEN_REINA 8/12/2011 8:00AM

    This is just what I was looking for, some yoga DVD's that are great for beginners. Thanks so much for sharing this list!!

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I'm on the right track, baby

Thursday, August 11, 2011

At least it feels that way. Altho I'm a bit fearful about today's WI. I KNOW I have done every thing in my power, but I'm still feeling bloated. Course lately it seems as tho I gain when I think I've lost & lose when I think I've gained.

Basically I am simply tossing almost all sugary snacks. Even the good ingredient granola bars. Even the homemade boatmeal (baked oatmeal). I allow myself one treat a day - after dinner. Sometimes it's a sweet, sometimes it's not.

It's just that simple.

I'm tracking my water & fitness minutes on spark again. Those things are almost never a problem for me, but I find I'm just more focused when I'm tracking.

Each morning I look at that necklace I want as a reward this week.

I've been using the mantra "I take the steps necessary to reach my GW".

I've been doing my morning yoga - just 10 minutes most mornings! - and I can actually see the difference that makes in my body.

When you cut the sweets, it's actually pretty easy to eat MORE food. Who.e foods. Things you might not have been able to squeeze in before.

I made pancrepes for dinner one night & the chocolate almond butter I used as a filling actually gave me a mild headache & made slightly nauseous. Funny how sugar can do that to you when you cut back on it - and when you open yourself to noticing it.

I'll leave you with an amusing anecdote. My husband had been reading some article on nutrition & read that some women can lose their periods because of exercise. He thought maybe that's been my problem because of "all" that running.

I explained to him that that only happens when your body fat is very low - definitely not my problem - & that I don't really run that much. 10-15 miles a week does not qualify as "all" that running!

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XFITSTRONG 8/11/2011 5:22PM

    Men are so funny!!!! I don't think my DH who is a nurse would ever initiate or even participate in a conversation with me about periods. THanks for the laugh!

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KANSASROSE67 8/11/2011 3:55PM

    I'll be waiting to see how how the low sugar thing works for you. Good luck!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/11/2011 2:13PM

    Men, sheesh emoticon.

The necklace will be yours next week. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/11/2011 12:16PM

    Funny story about hubby. It's really a matter of perspective, isn't it? Last year, someone called me the "crazy exercise lady" - which was flattering & highly amusing since I didn't count 5 hours/week as particularly "crazy". Now this year is a different story...

Great job sticking to your plan this week. I'm sure your sugar plan is having an effect & hopefully the scale will reflect it. Gotta love whole foods - so much volume for the calories!

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LEONALIONESS 8/11/2011 12:01PM

    When I lost my period, it was due to undereating - not overtraining. Common thought now is that a lot of women with perfectly healthy BF% and not-too-crazy workout schedules lose their periods simple due to underfueling. Or even just stress from training. If you don't have enough calories, your body is like "no baby for you, lady, we can barely feed ourselves!) Very low BF will also do it, but far too many normal BF (me!) women lose their periods during normal training. :)

OH! Edited to add, I am not counting calories anymore, just eating when hungry (and a bit when not.) My weight is probably up a bit BUT I haven't had a single injury/stress fracture even with much higher mileage training AND my period is really regular. So, eating more food seemed to fix me up. I think it's probably really common for female distance runners to be undereating for their activity levels. Probably the same is true for any endurance athlete who is female, too.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/11/2011 11:51AM

    Sounds like you are on track!


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DISPATCHER04 8/11/2011 11:29AM

    How flattering that your DH thought it was due to your low body fat and not perimenopause. :)

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REDEMILY 8/11/2011 10:33AM

    10 minutes every morning? What a great practice! I might have to take a page from your book and maybe just throw in a few daily sun salutations (or something similar I can do without a video/podcast) just to see what it does for me, physically and hopefully mentally & spiritually. Thanks for the inspiration!

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NATPLUMMER 8/11/2011 10:27AM

    YAY for morning yoga!!
Good luck on the weigh in!
Compared to some people, 10-15 miles a week is a lot of running but not nearly enough to lose your period.

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RATFINKROB 8/11/2011 9:16AM

    I have also given up my granola bars and "healthy" candy. In my quest for the holy abs, most of my reading has said if you want a flat stomach and well defined abs you can't eat sugar. I still have not had the nerve to try yoga. Glad to hear it is working out for you.

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KARBIE18 8/11/2011 8:05AM

    Funny that DH thought your running was causing your perimenopause!

So glad to hear you're feeling on track. Sounds like you are giving it your all. I really do feel like reducing the sugar is the key to you meeting your goal. I'm crossing my fingers and sending positive thoughts your way for your weigh in.

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