Monday, May 17, 2010
This past Saturday hubby and I did the Great Urban Race for the second time. Again...so much fun!! This time I wasn't pregnant so I was able to speed up and we ran a lot more than we did last year. Unfortunately I started my HRM late, but I burned more than 1,026 calories. (Although I probably added them back in by eating that cookie! We had to take a photo of us taking a bite but we didn't have to eat it all! But we were hungry - no time for lunch!) We beat our time from last year by about 40 minutes too.
For those who don't know what the Great Urban Race is, check it out here:
ETA: Just saw these same people do another type of race called Warrior Dash! That looks fun too. Who wants to get muddy with me?? :)
Saturday, May 01, 2010
I did pretty well with exercise this week! YAY ME! Only a 20 minute run on the treadmill yesterday but it felt SO GOOD to run after a little hiatus. :)
Yesterday when Laila and I were walking to the gym I noticed two women walking on the other side of the street. They were walking pretty fast; it was obvious that they were walking for exercise, not for a leisurely stroll. So I decided to play a little game. They were a bit ahead of me, so I walked super fast to try to pass them. At one point we were neck and neck and then...I had to stop for a light! Grrr.... I ended up walking right on pace with them till the end. LOL.
Today there is a free fitness expo going on in our convention center. There will speakers (Montel Williams will be there), exercise demonstrations, cooking demos, various health screenings, etc. I thought it would be fun to check it out. It's a lovely day, so it will be a nice walk downtown from our house, too.
I always enjoy the first weekend in May! The weather is usually beautiful and this week there is always a lot going on around here. Especially around Cinco de Mayo, there are always a lot of people around. No, I'm not in Mexico. People in my neighborhood just like to drink. :) There is also a bizarre event called the Kinetic Race going on here today. People - most if not all wearing costumes - who have built these art sculptures/floats take them through the city. They go into the water here at the waterfront in our neighborhood and also make their way to a nearby park where they go through mud. I never really understood the purpose of this event, but it's fun to watch them pass by.
Monday, April 26, 2010
I'm back from a week of visiting my folks, eating a lot, not exercising and rarely logging into Spark. I guess you could call it a vacation from pretty much everything that comprises my usual routine. Baby was with me, but my mom was with us so I had some help with her during the day as well, which was nice.
I went a little crazy with the eating. My parents eat pretty healthy (they don't even have sugar in the house) but I definitely did not pay any attention to how much I was eating. Although I did not track my food (bad move!) I know I was going way overboard on the calories. We also went out to lunch quite a bit. One day my mom ad I we went to the Cheesecake Factory, where one portion feeds 4 or 5 people. I ordered from the lunch menu, which I thought would have smaller portions, but what they consider smaller still feeds at least 3 people. I did not finish it but I still probably took in almost all the calories I needed for the day. They have these "weight management" salads, which I wish I would have ordered. But those types of menu items never seem appealing on a menu full of so many temptations. And who is the genius at Cheesecake Factory who decided to name these menu items "Weight Management"? Who wants to order that??? LOL!
So...it was definitely a vacation from all things Spark. I've veered way off course and if I am not careful I will veer too far. I'm already pretty lax with my tracking and food choices as it is. I do well with tracking my breakfast and lunch. By the time dinner rolls around, I no longer wish to be on the computer. This week, however, it's back to tracking, back to exercise, and back to watching my portions. I've got to get back on track ... and quickly, before it's too late and the pounds come back on with a vengeance.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I read the following article this morning about a school in Arizona that has banned white bread (and items made with white flour), flavored yogurt, most crackers, birthday cake, and well, nearly all processed foods. If a child brings the offending foods to school, they are taken away and the school gives them a replacement from its stash of approved foods. There is no cafeteria at this school; lunches are brought from home.
Here is the link:
What does everyone think of this? I'm so curious!
What I found interesting, which the article didn't address, is that peanut butter is not only allowed, but the kids are given peanut butter and honey sandwiches as one of the replacement foods. What about all the hoopla about peanut allergies?
In any case it's an interesting approach for a school to take, no?
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