Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Here it is 11 pm and my BodyBugg says I still need to burn 155 calories to meet my target. At least that's a very small amount. I just got back from walking both dogs. We went about 2 miles. I guess I should have taken them just a little bit more.
I need to figure out the Apex website a little better. My display said I exceeded my target and so does the website, but then it shows I need 155 more calories burned to reach it and shows my total burn as 155 less than the set target. Confusing.
I did find the formula to enter my daily calories eaten there without having to track my food on their site. SP's tracker is SOOO much nicer and easier! I'm happy to now be able to see my true deficit and not just my burn.
I'm getting used to my new BodyBugg and really liking it.
Monday, October 11, 2010
So, I was walking all through Wegman's a few days ago. For those of you that live in an area with one, it's an INCREDIBLE store. It has things no other store I've even been in has. It's huge and just chocked full of good for you food and hard to find items.
I was browsing the vegetable section and came across this:
Now, I am one that eats 12-18 fruit and veggie servings a day (mostly veggies) and I have a huge garden full of different veggies each year. I find new veggie recipes daily and I've never run across this veggie.
It looked like a mini Christmas tree, all spikey like and was in the section with the cauliflower and broccoli. It looked like cauliflower...the stalks and leaves, but with the weird pointy spikes that made it more triangular in shape.
It was called Romanesco. I sent it's picture to LLTS01, my fellow veggie lover Spark Buddy and she had never seen it either. I put it in my cart but then took it out, waiting to find out more about it before buying it.
I looked it up today and found that it's from Northern Italy and only available from September to November each year. It's in the cauliflower family and tastes like a milder version of cauliflower. It can be cooked any way you would cook cauliflower. So, back I went tonight and bought a couple bunches of it. It's steaming now, getting ready to make the mashed cauliflower South Beach recipe. Hmmm, green mashed potatoes? My Mom said too bad it's not around in March for St Patrick's Day. It could be if I buy some and freeze it
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Well, I've used my new BodyBugg for 2 full days now. I'm still learning about it on their website, but so far so good.
Yesterday I ate 1588 calories and burned 2575, so I had a deficit of 987. Today I ate 1451 and have only burned 1943 so far (and it's almost 11pm) so I need to get up and moving for the next hour!
I think I'll put some music on and dance away
I really am enjoying being able to have an accurate method to show what I burn and to be able to see that I need to move more. I think it will really help over time.
I can't wait til it's been a whole week and I can really see how well it works and hopefully see a loss on the scale!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Today was a great day for a race! The weather was cool and comfortable and the scenery was beautiful! We went to Reston Town Center and met at the fountain.
They had a HUGE pumpkin there:
We debated whether to get in the runners wave or the walkers/joggers wave and decided on the latter. Off we went! I tried my best to keep up with Monica and Louisa, but they were too fast for me! I continued on doing intervals of running and walking. There sure were a lot of hills! I joked that I felt too heavy with all the gadgets. My Android phone with my RunKeeper App on one arm, BodyBugg on the other, foot pod on my shoe, Garmin watch on one wrist.
As I went along by myself all of a sudden Mary came up and we stayed together until the end.
Here we are on our way to the finish line!
I went to look for Lisa to get her picture as she came across the finish line. I was standing, camera ready while a lovely voice was singing, "I Will Survive". Then she stopped singing and announced that some very special runners were headed to the finish line. Last but not least, Lisa and Dawn literally danced their way through the finish line with the crowd cheering. It was awesome!
Here we are afterwards-minus a couple people that left before we got pics :-(
I fell far short of my goal time, but I had a blast! I just need more races and practice to get my time up there. to Monica and Louisa for their finish times! You gals ROCK!
This pic leads to a funny story:
We went to breakfast after the race to La Madeline. While sitting there, I had forgotten that my Runkeeper posts automatically to my Facebook when I save my run. I didn't realize what havoc tall buildings do to a cell phone signal. My normally quite accurate RunKeeper had me running 7.8 miles (I did 3.2) in 34 minutes (I did NOT run it this fast) and had me averaging 9.8 mph with a 6 minute mile pace! LOL. Then it posts that I beat my personal best time, duration, distance, elevation (289 feet!), etc. We all were laughing so hard and as congratulations and well dones came through on my FB comments, I wrote that I did so well that I ran the course twice and that the expresso in my morning iced coffee must have really made me strong! Monica said I had a super cape on and Louisa said they tried hard to catch up with me. What a laugh that was considering I could never in my dreams run that fast!! Good thing I had my Garmin on to get an accurate picture!
Afterwards we enjoyed the Octoberfest and some shopping.
Thanks to all of the NOVA team that came! You guys are awesome!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Well, this Saturday is The Anthem Great Pumpkin 5k. I'm trying my best to run it in 32 minutes or less, but that seems quite far reaching at the moment!
I practice and practice and the best time I can get is a 12 minute mile which would be 4 minutes shy. Tonight I had a 15 minute mile, which is going backwards, LOL.
I really want 32 minutes or less so I can qualify for the Carefirst National Half Marathon in March 2011. LLTS01 reminded me it doesn't have to be *this* race. We can do plenty of other races before then to qualify, and she's right. I just wanted it for this one.
A year ago I would have never, ever imagined me running, heck I rarely walked (for exercise I mean). I have trouble believing I want to train for a half marathon next year, but that's my goal and I WILL get there. Maybe not in time for that HM, but I will get there next year :-)
I owe a lot to my NOVA Spark friend runners for all the help and tips. I so enjoy you all and the friendships we have made. I can't wait to see you all on Saturday at the race!
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