Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I've always bought shoes based on having a lot of toe room and being a style I liked, so getting truly fitted for a pair of shoes was something that hadn't happened since I was probably 6 or 7 years old at Stride Rite. But since I'm starting the Couch to 5K program next week, I figured I ought to have a pair of good shoes. I went to Fleet Feet in Louisville and was helped out by a very nice young man who was quite knowledgeable. First, he measured my foot, and I ended up coming out to be a 6, which surprised me. I've bought a size 7 or 7.5 pretty much since middle school. I told him this and was reluctant to try the 6 because when I tried to buy size 6 shoes off of a clearance rack because they didn't have my size, I always felt like I was stuffing my foot into them. So we compromised and he brought out a 6.5 in the shoes for my running test, which had no extra arch support, a neutral shoe. Much to my surprise, those shoes actually felt too big.
Next he had me jog on the treadmill in those shoes while he recorded my feet. Turns out I am a severe overpronator. It was crazy how much my foot was falling inward when I run. So based on that I tried 3 pairs of support shoes, and he tried to bring me 6s but there was only one available in a size 6 that he felt would be right for me. So I tried one shoe in a 6 and 2 shoes in a 6.5. Once again, the 6.5s felt way too big and slid up and down on my heels. The 6 fit like a glove, but didn't feel like it was pinching my toes or anything. Running on the treadmill, the 6 felt much better as well. I'm still having a hard time getting over the shock of what is, I guess, my "real" shoe size. Pretty crazy. The big difference is the way I've always laced my shoes, I think. I always cinch them way in, which I guess makes up for them being too big in some aspects but not in others, which is why I always ended up with shin pain whenever I tried to run. Here's to hoping those days are over now that I have the right shoes!
I ended up with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8, for $95. That's about as much as I expected to spend, so I don't think I did too bad. That's more than I've ever paid for a pair of shoes, but I hope it will be well worth it. These shoes should last for 300-500 miles, he said, so I shouldn't have to buy another pair for almost a year or so based on the pace I hope to get up to. Not too shabby. Of course, now that I know what I need, I am free to buy them other places as well, and it should be easy to find a 6 on clearance...haha. Seems like they're always a size 6 on the clearance rack. I used to hate that, but now I guess it's a good thing, huh?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I've stayed out of Zesto's, now I need to stay away from Dairy Queen. :P I'm not even sure why I went over there. I wasn't even hungry, I just felt like I ought to be. So I stopped and got a Snickers Blizzard on my way to the gym of all places. Word to the wise: Blizzards are not a good workout meal. There was a bit of stomach discomfort on the treadmill. But, I digress. At least I repented for about 1/3 of my Blizzard with unscheduled cardio. But that doesn't make up for the rest of my "going over just a little" this week. I did at least have a calorie deficit for this week of almost 600 calories, so that's something! Last week had a "reverse deficit" (heh) for about 150 calories, yet somehow I still lost a half a pound. I'm betting my metabolism is higher than these equations are predicting. Otherwise there's no way I lost a half pound last week. And I don't think it was water weight either, because I'd been stuck around 135.5-136 for a while, and now I'm 135. I wish there was a way to more accurately know how much I really burn throughout the day without investing $200 in a BodyBugg. It would be nice if I could rent one for a week or so...LOL.
I do feel thinner, although my measurements haven't really changed. Sort of strange, but I honestly do feel thinner. I'm not sure why. I feel like I look good in my clothes, but naked is another story because I still have a ton of pudge hanging out around my butt, hips, and thighs. I'd like to thin that out a bit when I lose these last 5 or 10 pounds. It may be closer to 5, but staying around 130 would be okay too! My current BMI is just barely into the healthy range, and I'd like to get it more securely into the healthy range. (I know that number doesn't mean much if you have high muscle mass, but, without knowing my exact body fat percentage, I'm thinking I still have a lot of body fat I could lose, just given the shape of my body.)
Even though I gave into the Blizzard later, I am still proud of myself for making a healthy choice at the mall -- an Orange Julius. It was refreshing and healthy, and it went nicely with the Auntie Anne's sample I took on my way back to Sears. ;) (Hey, at least it was just a sample and not a whole pretzel! I figured that was the smart way to snack. And it was satisfying...just enough for a couple of bites, which are usually the most satisfying anyway. Now if Great American Cookie Company would start giving out samples I'd be in business with my mall junk food cravings. Haha.)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I haven't lost the weight I had hoped for during boot camp, but I do hope I am gaining some muscle. I'm not feeling the day after soreness anymore like I did the first week, but the workouts are still challenging. I know exactly why I'm not losing weight. I'm not gaining either, but for some reason I am too hungry to come up with a calorie deficit by the end of the day, even on a day packed with veggies. I am now keeping track of my weight, BMR, calorie burn, and calories consumed in a spreadsheet so I can see each day's deficit (or not). So far the best deficit I've ended with is about 200 in a day. As long as I maintain a deficit, I know I'll lose weight eventually thought. Just not as fast as I was last year.
My main problem recently seems to be Zesto's, a local ice cream place with heavenly milkshakes and sundaes and frozen yogurt. The frozen yogurt isn't too bad for you, but I still think I would do better if I stopped getting things there. I think I need to start a "no Zesto's" streak. It's just too tempting to get a sundae or milkshake, even with the frozen yogurt option. Plus, it's just not good to add on 150 unplanned calories at the end of the day.
My jeans felt a little more baggy the other day, so I'm hoping that's a good sign of postive fitness even if the scale isn't moving. Now I just need the motivation to stick to my calorie range.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I see a lot of posts on the message boards stating concern that eating healthfully is more expensive than eating junk. Personally, I don't think this is true. Sure, if you're trying to eat healthy fast food, it does tend to be more expensive than a greasy burger and fries. But if you're cooking at home, all it takes is a bit of planning ahead to make healthy eating cheaper than buying junk food.
Menu planning is crucial to saving money at the grocery store, no matter what you're buying. Put together a list of meals that use common ingredients, so you're sure you'll use up items that don't keep for very long, such as fresh produce. Even with ingredients that have a long shelf life, it's better to use them in more than one meal, because the more you use one thing, the fewer items you'll have to buy, more than likely.
As the SparkPeople meal plan demonstrates, you can create several different meals out of just a few ingredients. Green peppers, onions, tomatoes, chicken breast, marinara sauce, salsa, ground turkey, beans, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta can be arranged in many different configurations to create a different meal every night. Or you can create your own menu using your favorite cookbooks--there's usually an index in the back where you can look up ingredients and find a list of recipes that use that ingredient. This is a great help in finding ways to use up extra food.
My husband and I eat a variety of different foods, but most are made out of the same relatively short list of ingredients. Here is a sample list of our pantry staples:
Fruit & Grain Cereal Bars
Bread (Whole Wheat or Oat Bran)
Pasta (Whole Wheat)
No Yolk Egg Noodles
Oatmeal (in the big canister)
Reduced Sugar Jelly, Jam or Preserves
Shredded Cheese (regular store brand, not expensive "diet" cheese)
Cream of Chicken, Celery, or Mushroom Soups (for casseroles)
Canned or Dry Beans
Canned Green Beans
Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Apples (pre-bagged is usually cheaper than by the pound)
Other fruit that's on sale
Romaine Lettuce (easily washed and chopped for salads or sandwiches)
Baby Carrots (great for snacking or salads)
Ground Turkey (usually cheaper purchased in rolls or frozen)
Frozen Chicken Breasts (come in a large 3-5 pound bag for about $6-7)
Other fresh meat that's on sale
Of course, not all of these items have to be purchased every week--some will last much longer than that, depending on how many people are consuming it. We used to buy a lot more frozen convenience foods than we do now, and we are spending a lot less at the store now. Our freezer is still full, but now it's full of frozen veggies, meat, and dishes I've made. Sure, we still buy Lean Pockets and frozen "diet" meals every now and then, but they're no longer a staple.
No matter where you buy your food, sticking to a list like the one above and purchasing store brands whenever possible will help save you money. You can save even more money by shopping at a no-frills discount grocery store such as Aldi or Save a Lot. Most weeks I can purchase everything I need at Aldi. Other weeks, I fill in the gaps at Wal-Mart or by shopping with coupons or sale ads for other stores.
On the surface, it might look like healthy eating is expensive, but with a little smart shopping, it's really much, much cheaper. When my husband and I were eating junk and convenience foods, we were spending $100+ every week at the grocery store, just for the two of us. Now that's down to about $50, and it can be even lower if I really watch what I'm doing and don't buy any extras at all. It's all a matter of necessity.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Today I was finally inspired to set a new fitness goal for myself -- I hope I can achieve it. I'd like to run in the Crazy 8's 8K run in 2009. For someone who can't jog for more than a few minutes right now, that's a pretty tall order, but I think I can do it. I'll go get myself fitted for running shoes that are right for my feet, and start with the couch to 5K program, then work my way up from there. If I start the 5K training in July, hopefully I should be able to work my way up to 8K within the next year. It feels good to finally have something to aim for.
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