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So upset... injury 7 weeks pre-marathon.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

So, my marathon training was going really well. My 20 miler was done, I was thisclose to heading into my stepping down weeks and then into taper. I was following Hal Higdon's plan and staying very close to his recommendations - I'd maybe add a mile or two a week to his totals, on my shorter/mid length runs. I've only been running 4x a week and taking 2-3 full rest days (I've needed them!) to make sure I wasn't overdoing it.

I've been struggling with food. Eating enough scares me and feels like too much. I've been eating around 1500-1900 a week and running 30+ miles. Some weeks I'm very close to 40 miles, even. I found a chart saying that with my weight and mileage, I should be eating around 2300 daily to maintain my weight. :/ I've been trying to eat more, eat more grain based carbs, etc. My periods have been irregular for months now and I've noticed I tend to get my missing ones when I have a "bad" week and eat more. I haven't been losing insane amounts of weight or anything - so I figured I was okay.

Yesterday, on my 16 mile step down week LSD run I noticed a familiar twinge in my foot. At first I was like "oh god, please no. Maybe I just bruised it?" I ran a bit more and was okay. Twinged a bit as I started a hill and then I had the first real zap of pain. I immediately stopped running and walked to a bench where I could palpate the bones. Hurt with pressure, not "I want to throw up" pain but definitely there.

I'm thinking it's a stress fracture. Very mild and I caught it fast and didn't keep running on it, which is good. The last time I had one of these I kept running on it, not realizing it was a stress fracture. This time, I recognized the beginnings of a problem and stopped, so that's good at least.

I'm sure it's partially due to not eating enough. I'm so mad at myself, I could spit. I've been so focused on my weight and so worried about gaining/calories/being fat that I was an idiot and possibly ruined my marathon plans. I just want to cry, I'm so upset. All that WORK, all those hours on my feet and all the sweat and tears and effort and guts. Possibly ruined. I feel crushed.

I have seven weeks until the marathon.
Seven weeks is sufficient time to heal if I don't run on it or stress it out. My last one took only about 4-6 weeks and was much worse. I was in a walking boot and it hurt to walk/do stairs. I can walk on this guy and haven't really noticed any sharp pain when I'm not running. I'm hoping it will take less time to heal than the more severe one I had in the past. I hope I can take time off and then do my Marathon on the 23rd of October. The cut off time is 7 hours, I believe, so I intend to TRY at least. I'll go slow, take it easy and I'm going to cross that finish line!!! I may not be able to run the whole thing and I might take forever doing it, but I am going to do it. Hell or high water. To do anything else will be to render my efforts and sacrifices meaningless. And I refuse to let that happen.

I'm seriously upset, though.
I'm worried about my weight going up since I can't run.

I do have a plan. Bike to work 5X a week and take a long way home to get some non-impact cardio in. Do P90x strength 3-4X a week and do Ab Ripper 3x a week. Doing cross training and strength can only improve my muscles and body. It won't be the calorie torching that running is, but it's something. I'll just mind my calories more, stay active and hope for the best.

I'm still worried, though.
And so upset at myself. I was doing so well.
I have come so far. This just hurts.

  
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SERENITY4LIFE 9/6/2010 9:08PM

    I'm so sorry!!! (((HUGS))) to you. It does suck, but you are being really smart about taking time to take care of yourself. I hope you'll get things checked out just to make sure there isn't anything more serious going on (what's going on is serious enough). I'll be thinking of you and hoping for a speedy recovery.

As for taking in more calories, I saw a nutritionist who did a workup on me and took into consideration all of my training and I found out I wasn't eating enough. I upped my calories (which was hard) and the weight started coming back off. Listen to your body...we get out of that or talk ourselves out of that...but listen and it will tell you what it needs (and I'm not talking M&Ms or things like that! LOL).

Take care of you and you'll get through this.

Hang in there.

Mary

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LIV2RIDE 9/6/2010 9:08PM

    I can only imagine....UGH! Sounds like you have a plan to keep up your strength and endurance. Just be careful and listen to your body. I'm sending prayers your way.

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HEZLIZZIE 9/6/2010 7:28PM

    I'm so sorry, dear. * hugs * How incredibly frustrating. I think you're absolutely right - you have plenty of time until the marathon to take 3 weeks of rest from running so that your foot can heal and still have time to safely taper before the race & not lose any endurance/cardiovascular fitness. Your crosstraining plan looks solid and effective.

I agree that continuing to have irregular periods is a red flag. I'm worried about you. This has been going on for over 8 months now, right? It's good to hear that you are aware of the need for more calories daily to fuel your body properly. I hear you that the mental aspect of "allowing" yourself to meet your body's energy/food needs is the insanely hard part. Upping your calories to the 2300 range does not mean that you're being "bad". It means that you're taking the best care of your body that you can.

I'm sending lots of healing thoughts and virtual hugs. It's so dang frustating living across the country from you!

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MBSHAZZER 9/6/2010 2:52PM

    Don't beat yourself up. it's always frustrating when you think you caused some kind of injury by overdoing it, but you don't know for sure if it's a stress fracture or if it was caused by not eating enough. And even if that is the case, you can still learn a valuable lesson from the experience... it will be a mistake you will not make again.

Rest up - I'll bet if you scale back for a week, you'll feel a lot better and will not lose that much fitness. And like you said, you can always do the marathon using run/walk.

Hang in there!

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JLITT62 9/6/2010 7:58AM

    Irregular periods is a really big red flag to me -- you definitely need to see a doctor.

You don't even know if it's a stress fracture yet, but you know what? If you can't do this marathon, it is NOT the end of the world. There are other marathons to be run, plenty of them.

But you only have one body, and you need to take care of it so that you can run marathons. And that means eating enough -- maybe not adding extra miles -- more isn't always better -- and finding out what's going on if you miss your periods, because that's not a good thing.

I am rooting for you, you know that!

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SEARCH4BALANCE 9/5/2010 5:53PM

    Oh man, that sucks. I want to cry for you. Hopefully you can see a doctor quickly and it won't be as bad as you think. You can try some swimming to keep the cardio up since it's non impact. I haven't had a stress fracture though, so not sure if that would be okay. I'm guessing if you can walk on it you can swim. See what the doctor says.

I'm a half-marathoner and have my next race coming up in two weeks. I know I'd be very upset if I had an injury and couldn't do it. However, keep remembering that all the training you've been doing is so good for you whether you can run the race or not. It the end it really is about the journey and not just the destination.

Keep us posted.

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Twin Cities, MN area and WI friends: My rescued cats need homes/fosters.

Monday, June 28, 2010

UPDATE: Kittens have a forever home. Maizie is staying with us. :)

I caught a couple kitties recently and am looking for homes for them. They have been fully vetted - spay/neutered, microchipped. FIV/Leuk negative. Mom has her rabies and distemper. Kittens will be getting their distemper booster next week. All are leuk vaccinated and will get the second shot next week. All have had Revolution for ectoparasites and are healthy. :) If you are patient, kind and have some experience socializing stray kitties and have room in your heart and home for some new kiddos, please take a look.

I AM WILLING TO TRANSPORT TO YOU. MN area and into surrounding areas of WI.

*even if you cannot adopt, I am looking for a foster* I'm moving in two weeks with my very allergic SO - the cats were trapped before we knew that an apt. we'd been on a list for would open up. I cannot bring so many cats into a home where he will be living. It is urgent that I find them at least a temporary home while I continue to look for a forever home. :)

Lovely cats. Momma Maizie is adoptable right now to the right person and the kittens are available to folks who are experienced with socializing scared kiddos. Lily is already really getting comfortable with me, Sawyer is a bit more scared and will take some work. I have full faith that he'll come around. He's already much improved and learning to trust. :) Amazing how animals can do that.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16743
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G.I.JANE 7/8/2010 10:05PM

    How sweet! Not near you & have 3 of my own but good for you! emoticon

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EM_ORTIZ 6/30/2010 9:19AM

    Good luck! Wish I could help.

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MBSHAZZER 6/29/2010 6:04PM

    Awww, wish I lived closer; I'd take them in a heartbeat! Good luck finding them homes... keep us posted!

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MAXFOCUS 6/29/2010 8:17AM

    Wish I could help but I'm highly allergic. I hope you find some great people to take care of those kittens.

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HEZLIZZIE 6/28/2010 3:35PM

    * crossing everything crossable *

I hope that the right person sees this blog!

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JLITT62 6/28/2010 3:27PM

    Sending vibes for good homes for the kitties. I know it's not easy during kitten season!

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Delicious, high protein dessert that is totally my current obsession!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

EDIT: OMG. Add half a fresh banana to the coconut cream pie one for BANANA COCONUT CREAM PIE. It's even creamier, a bit sweeter and fanflippingtastic. Recommended!

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So, yeah.
I've found a treat that I'm currently GAGA over.
So yummy and filling and low-cal.

Tofu pudding!

WAIT, don't go yet. I know I said "tofu" and that scares a lot of people but honestly, folks, tofu isn't icky or scary or disgusting. It really doesn't have any flavor of its own. Saying "I hate tofu" is like saying "I hate flour", IMO. Both are magic for what they do IN a recipe, not for the bland flavor they bring to the table when they are naked - though I will admit to liking raw tofu with just a sprinkle of black salt (it tastes like hardboiled egg yolks!).

The great thing about tofu is its texture and its magical ability to absorb flavors like whoa.

Here are the three tofu puddings I've been eating lots of lately.
Each recipe makes ONE HUGE SERVING for under 180 calories. All have 20 grams of protein or more per serving. No added sugar. 5 grams of fat or less. Can't beat that with a stick, can you?

Recipes ahoy!
Starting with my favorite version:

Coconut Cream Pie Pudding:
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1 box Mori Nu Lite Silken Firm tofu
2 tbs unsweetened, reduced fat shredded coconut
1 tsp coconut extract
splash of unsweetened almond milk
12-14 drops stevia (to taste)
cinnamon

Blend until creamy. Chill if you want it cold or eat it room temp.
I usually eat it room temp as I'm so excited I can't wait to taste it!
This version is around 155 calories, 5 grams fat, 21 grams protein.
Serving is a whopping 2 cups. I keep meaning to toast the coconut first but I'm LAZY.
Toasting it would be super wonderful, though!

Then, the basic pudding.

Creamy Vanilla Cinnamon Pudding:
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1 box Mori Nu Lite Silken Firm tofu
1 tsp good vanilla extract
12-14 drops stevia (to taste)
cinnamon

Blend. NOM. This version is around 120 calories, 2 grams fat, 20 grams protein.
Serving is a whopping 2 cups. YUM. This one is good for topping fruit, shortcake or things like light berry cobblers. Or eating it out of the blender bowl. Not that I do that. *shifty eyes*

And finally:

Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Pudding:
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1 box Mori Nu Lite Silken Firm tofu
1 tbs unsweetened, reduced fat shredded coconut
2 tsp good quality cocoa
1 tsp coconut extract
1 tsp chocolate extract
splash of unsweetened almond milk
12-14 drops stevia (to taste)
cinnamon

This version is around 150 calories, 4 grams fat, 21 grams protein.
Serving is a whopping 2 cups. It's actually my least favorite. It's GOOD but I prefer the coconut to be the dominant flavor or the simple sweetness of the vanilla version.

You could easily take the lite tofu, stevia, extract base and add fruit, pumpkin puree, melted chocolate chips (for a more decadent, less healthy version!) or whatever you like! I'm going to try a pumpkin pie version and a fruity berry version. Using different extracts (mint, lemon, orange, almond) could make even more wonderful possibilities! I really want to try pouring the coconut cream version over a date/coconut raw crust and eating it like little tarts. OMG.

Give it a try. I swear, tofu is your (low-fat, high protein, creamy decadent) healthy diet buddy. :)

*noms coconut chocolate pudding*

  
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ASLANSCUB 2/11/2011 9:01AM

    This sounds amazing -- especially the protein! I am looking for something for V-Day that had a lot of protein in it, since the meal I'm planning doesn't. This sounds really good and a lifesaver!

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LOVELY_ENIGMA 8/22/2010 8:41PM

    These sound amazing! I've been vegan in the past but was unable to maintain due to severe financial strain... But! I'm working my way back toward it. I have never felt better than when I was eating a solid, balanced vegan diet & I'm always on the lookout for new recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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MARATHONBOUND 6/25/2010 3:42PM

    Oh my...I see a dessert in my future! These look amazing, and I am totally unapologetically in love with coconut. Just sayin'! :-)

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WITCHZLJA 6/19/2010 12:34PM

    As a brand new vegan, these sound delicious! I wonder about stevia, though. I like real food - is stevia natural? Thanks for the recipes!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 6/14/2010 7:20PM

  Awesome!!

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HEZLIZZIE 6/14/2010 4:30PM

    All right, you; I'm officially a tofuholic thanks to your silken tofu coconut cream pie recipe! I made it TWICE within a time span of 18 hours! :D

Did I tell you about my current favorite dinner? I parboil a bag of spaghetti-shaped shiritaki tofu noodles and while I do that I cook a bag of either organic frozen broccoli/asparagus/ or spinach with a couple Tbs. of bragg's liquid aminos, a Tbs. or so of raw almond butter, garlic, ginger and a bit of cayenne. Then I drain the noodles, add them to the veggie & almond sauce in the saucepan and coat everything. It's sooooooo awesomesauce!

Hooray for tofu, LOL!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/14/2010 1:34PM

    My sister loves using tofu!

I'm allergic to soy but if you're able to eat it, tofu is supposed to be awesome!

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DESERT_BIRD 6/13/2010 7:01PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipes!!

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DRJJ2004 6/13/2010 8:53AM

    Interesting!! I think I would try that! Now, when someone mentions the word tofu..I immediately think..ICK!! But I just might go get some and try this. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs!

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EM_ORTIZ 6/13/2010 8:42AM

    Oh, man, those look good! I've never brought liquid stevia, but I think we might have some powdered somewhere... do you think it could be converted, or should I get some liquid?

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LIV2RIDE 6/13/2010 8:37AM

    Whoa! These sound amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I'm experimenting more and more with tofu but usually on the grill or something like that. I must try pudding.

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JLITT62 6/13/2010 7:47AM

    Even my husband likes tofu pudding.

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RONIE11 6/12/2010 6:41PM

    I make a desert with plain nonfat greek yogurt, fresh fruit like blueberries or straberries or both, add a little stevia and some walnuts and its wonderful.. I wonder how the tofu would be I'll have to buy some and try it.. I'm trying to work on my nutrition part of things..so this is a great tip.

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CYBORGKITTEH 6/12/2010 2:09PM

    I have to try these, I love silken tofu and chocolate but I've never tried it with coconut, it sounds so good emoticon

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LEONALIONESS 6/12/2010 12:57PM

    Totally!

I have a massive sweet tooth and have been moving away from using refined sugars as much as I can. I've been playing with stevia and I bake (vegan) with no oil and use stevia to sweeten. I'm trying to pack as much nutrition as possible into my sweeties! I figure, I eat three to four "desserts" a day but one is tofu, one is frozen bananas (frozen banana ice cream owns my soul) and fresh strawberries, one is dates and coconut and maybe one is an actual baked good that's whole wheat flour, prunes or applesauce for the oil, and some organic fair trade cocoa (antioxidents!) Not too shabby. Mostly fruit, all whole grains, no added oils and no processed sweeteners. Plus coconut is so good for you. :D

I can live this way, happily. It might seem overly decadent to some folks but in the end I'm eating FRUIT. ;) It's darn near saintly compared to Past-Melissa and her unfortunate vegan cookie habits. Ha.

Definitely try the puddings.
If you like coconut, do the coconut cream one first. Epic!

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MBSHAZZER 6/12/2010 12:51PM

    OMG, that sounds really good! I have not experimented with silken tofu.. I usually get the firm, press the liquid out of it, slice thin, marinate and then broil... but this sounds like a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth while getting in some protein!

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FOURTEEN MILES!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Whew.

So, I've decided I'm totally going to run the TC Marathon this year in October. Work gets free entries (we're a sponsor!) and I know I can do it. I may have to go slow or even walk some bits, and I'm okay with that, but I know I can tackle this beast. :) Especially when, as I look at training plans online, I'm already in the week 10-12 range in my current training. These are 18 week marathon plans(!) so I'm well in the game. I've got time to even slow the training schedule down and still be well trained by October. I'm doing a 27-28 mile week this week. WHEW.

Awesome to have such a big goal in mind.
And a bit scary! But I'm determined! I can do it!

I've got a ten miler in June (cakewalk) and my second Half in July (less cakewalk, there is a HUGE evil killer hill in the race route, apparently. Thanks planners!). I'll be running both with my SO. :) His first time running both distances, my second race for both. Fun times!

The thing I love most about long runs: it takes my mind off how my body LOOKS (never as good as I want, never "perfect") and reminds me of what a beautiful, strong machine this body is. And the amazing, wonderful things it can do. I ran 14 miles yesterday. My feet and my legs and my heart and lungs ... that's an amazing thing to be able to do. Thanks, body.

I'm sorry I made you legs feel like poured concrete. I hope the coconut water I drank helped, legs.

Also, I LOVE long run days because I get to EAT with near abandon. I'm burning roughly 100 calories a mile and try to keep my deficit really reasonable (300-500) since I'm just trying to burn fat, not necessarily lose more weight. To get my deficit out of the insane range, I get to eat like 2200-2500 calories on long run days. NOM.

I totally run so I can eat.
I love to do both, so it works. LOL.

  
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MBSHAZZER 6/10/2010 11:05AM

    OMG, we are one and the same... I share your reason for loving the long runs! Also, FWIW, I ran my first full marathon in January and employed somewhat of the same strategy you are thinking about... I worked up my mileage so that 16 miles was a comfortable distance BEFORE the trainig plan started... then I had plenty of time to get in LOTS of long runs once the training officially started and they were painless. When you are comfortable with 16, what's the big deal adding on another 2 or 4?? I will not lie, however.... the final 5k of the marathon was tough! But worth it! Good luck with your training!

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ETAGGEL 5/27/2010 6:53PM

    Best wished to you! Well done!

Phyllis

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JLITT62 5/27/2010 3:53PM

    My very first 5k is next weekend.

I figured out if I wanted to finish it in 40 minutes, I needed to run at 5.5 mph. Which for most people would be easy. Not me. Even on the treadmill, I just couldn't do it. I just can't run that fast. I finally quit at after 3 minutes (I forget how far I got by that point, but it wasn't 5k, as I ended up doing walking/running intervals, which wasn't the plan).

Anyhoo, OTOH, I also can't even begin to fathom running for more than an hour, much less more than 3. I totally think I'll stick with short races. We'll see what tune I sing next week. I figure with 4000 female-only runners, I won't be last at least.

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HEZLIZZIE 5/27/2010 2:57PM

    Woo hoo to signing up for the Marathon! Wow! I haven't even started looking at full Marathon training schedules, but it's good to know that after doing a Half it isn't such a daunting prospect!

I hope your hard-working and awesome body enjoyed your coconutty recovery eating, too!

You are an inspiration, my friend. I love, love, love your happy mindset while running and feeling proud of everything you have accomplished (so far!). Woo hoo! :D

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LEONALIONESS 5/27/2010 11:09AM

    Aw, thanks you guys!
I appreciate the support. I'm still in the stage where you SAY you're doing a new race distance and you're committed to training for it but it doesn't feel *real* yet. I think my first 20 mile long run will let it sink in! Ha.

I really love the longer distances. I'm not super duper fast (I ran my 14 miles in 2:40ish, for instance) so I hate short, speedy race distances like the 5K. I hit a sub 30 PR (I think it's 27 something) and never want to beat it. Ugh. I hate running that fast! I'd much rather go steady as a drum for 20 miles than do another speedy 3. I'm a slow-twitch gal, apparently. :)

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CHUBBYSISTER1 5/27/2010 11:00AM

    That is soooo cool you have made the commitment to do a marathon. I just did a half a couple weekends ago and a full is definitely in my future. It will be a great journey and I look forward to seeing how you progress. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!!!!

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WONDERJUL 5/27/2010 10:11AM

    Good for you for committing to the marathon! Sounds like you will be quite ready when the big day comes. And how awesome to run with someone special. Enjoy your training--and the eating! emoticon Keep us posted so we can cheer you on! emoticon

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ANNE7X7 5/27/2010 10:08AM

    Um, the calorie increase makes me want to go out there and run 20 miles!! Unfortunately I would die after about 6. LOL.

Congrats on signing up for the Marathon! You will be so ready!! Good luck with the training!!!

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That Health Survey that's going around ...

Friday, April 30, 2010

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Oatmeal with melted banana, a tsp of cocoa powder and some left over young coconut meat. My calcium supplement.

2. How much water do you drink a day?
Usually 6. 8+ on a good day. I eat lots of produce, though, and it has a high water content.

3. What is your least favorite "healthy" food?
Eggplant. It's pretty much the only veg I don't like.

4. What is your favorite fruit?
Currently bananas. In "ice cream" form or melted in the microwave and blended with my oats.

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
Currently, ASPARAGUS. Also love brussels, broccoli and kale.

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
3200 is my goal on normal weeks. This is a taper week for my race so I'm set to 2800.

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
1500-1800

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Soy yogurt with cereal and berries, Clif Builder bars, dates, fruit, peanut butter, baby carrots, KALE CHIPS, dried fruit, nuts ...

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Dinner leftovers plus a big serving of veg and a piece of fruit.
If I haven't been making multi-serving dinners I'll eat canned soup or sandwiches with the veg and fruit.

10. What is usually for dinner?
Some sort of protein (gardein, tofu) with a pound of asparagus (or big serving of other veg, cup of roasted brussels, half a bag of frozen broccoli, etc.), big salad with raspberry blush vinegar and fruit topping it. Some days I'll add a starch like homemade, baked sweet potato fries or I'll have my protein in sandwich form (vegan sloppy joes, shredded chik'n on ciabatta) but I usually don't have grains at dinner any more.

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Arms/shoulders, abs.

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Legs. Mine are already so THRASHED from running most weeks that squats kill me. And I hate lunges due to my hip tweakiness.

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
Lunges. Yoga. Ellipticals.

14. What is your favorite exercise?
Running, biking, P90X.

15. What is your "bad" food cravings?
Insane amounts of peanut butter, lately. I tend to let myself eat what I want so I do make healthy baked goods, raw date "candies", banana "ice cream" or homemade vegan ice cream. Nothing is really bad. I eat it all.

16. What is your go to workout song?
I only use the iPod when I'm running. And then it varies based on how I feel.
I love this one, though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVHpwmy7Ess

Makes me smile. :) Ah, JPop.

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Yes. I take a calcium/D2 supplement daily. I also try to pop a B12 ever once in a while and occasionally take half an iron pill.

18. How often do you eat out?
1-2 on the weekends, usually.

19. Do you eat fast food?
Not really in the traditional sense. I'll eat Panera or Noodles or Chipotle but they aren't fast food like Mickey D's and Wendy's are.

20. How do you stay motivated?
Fear and guilt. Ha. Only partially kidding.
When I'm in a bad place the above is true - when I'm doing alright then I do it because it feels good to move and I love to run.

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
SO and my bestie, HEZLIZZIE.

22. How much weight have you lost?
About 50 lbs.

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
BMI and how I feel/look.

24. Do you have a gym membership?
Nope

25. How often do you work out?
5-6 days a week.

26. How did you find Spark?
SUEBEE posted it on goosemoose.com.

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
4-7 on the weekdays. More on weekends.

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
Evenings on the work week, afternoon on the weekends.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
Nope. But I have bad days.

30. Do you drink soda?
Nope. I'll maybe grab a sip of Aaron's once in a blue moon but I never buy it/order it.

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
No, not really.

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
Tracking of food and workouts, helpful people.

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
Still wish my tummy would get rid of the flub and wish my waist were smaller/nipped in more. I have very small hips (33˝) so even with a 26.5˝ waist, I look wide bodied. :/ Oh, it sucks to be a rectangle figure. I always look at hourglass gals in envy.

My arms and legs are ripped up. :) My upper torso/abs look quite good. It's just around my belly button that makes me go argggghhh...

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
Aaron runs with me and does P90X with me. :D

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle? I run now. :) I eat less sugar and I am stronger/fitter.

  
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JLITT62 4/30/2010 3:06PM

    Always nice to hear from you.

Mmm, we have the same tastes in veggies. Google raw eggplant bacon. It's awesome. Wish it weren't so time-consuming, tho, had one go bad on me just this week because I didn't get around to it.

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