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Today's Running Song:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Vertigo" by U2

  
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JENONTHEROX 3/31/2009 12:07PM

    I loveeee U2 for running, particularly their Achtung Baby CD.
Your running song blogs are GREAT!

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HENNAHAIR72 3/31/2009 10:47AM

    Hey this is neat! I really like that you've added such upbeat songs to motivate! Good job, Pure!

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Today's Running Song:

Monday, March 30, 2009

"Run It" by Chris Brown

  


Today's Running Song:

Sunday, March 29, 2009

"Culo" by Pitbull

  
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BILLALEX70 3/29/2009 8:02PM

    great tune.

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Today's Running Song:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Where's Your Head At?" by Basement Jaxx

  
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BUSYMOM22 3/29/2009 8:10PM

    I think just about anything by Basement Jaxx would be good to run to.

Have a terrific week!!

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JENONTHEROX 3/28/2009 11:01PM

    great tune! it's on my cardio playlist as well!

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Things To Consider (A Long Brain-dump)

Friday, March 27, 2009

This is my braindump, since I've been thinking about this non-stop for a couple of days now, and it's getting on my nerves.

I never thought I'd see the day when my own inner voice annoys me to death.

So. I've been workin' on mah fitness (ie trying to get more 'cut') for about 6 months now, with some weight loss - a quick 20# from a 10% reduction in calories + 2.5 extra hours of running/week - and quite a bit of build/cut in my upper body. My delts are poppin', rather than just the 'pancakes' I was so excited about in the beginning. I do three lifting days a week, using the 3-pronged method that I just learned was ACTUALLY a method and not just my brain being s-m-r-t:

Monday: super-heavy lifting major muscle groups for strength, 8-10 reps max
Wednesday: lighter lifting with smaller muscle groups for endurance, 15-20 reps
Saturday: moderate lifting, major muscle groups and some 'spot' lifting for growth, 10-12 reps

Man, whoever said that women bulk up if they lift heavy should be dragged into the gym and made to do calistenics until they take it back, call uncle, and publically denouce such a silly notion. Pah.

ANYWAY. This week's SP blog post on training for fitness modeling got me thinking - why can't I do that as a jumpstart/Spark Streak? The whole less-food-more-cardio thing is NOT doing it for me anymore. I am way too efficient, and it's probably not as healthy as I think it is.

I ate 500 extra calories on Wednesday night, and was actually WARM when I got up the next morning. That says something not good about the amount of calories SP gives you compared to what you probably should be burning if you're ultra-active (if not ultra-fit). Mini-calorie cycling, I'll call my 4 tablespoons of peanut butter and toast evening snack!

Looking over my meal tracker for the past few months, I've made so not-so-surprising discoveries:
1 - I'm over on calories most of the time, by about 200 cals/day - mainly in the evening, when I'm tired/bored/starving post-workout

2 - I 'cheat' just about every day, even if it's something small, like a little taste of banana bread or a Girl Scout cookie or, or, or...

3 - I get WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY too much fiber, and I'm only supposed to get the minimum acceptable level, max, because of my stomach D:

4 - I've slowly been reducing the amount of protein in my diet (bad!) in an attempt to meet the carb requirements of the SP plan as well as control my diabetes a bit better (I got a stern talking-to at the doctor's office about the drain bamage low blood sugars cause)

Now, I see the changes I will have to make:
1 - I have to at LEAST cut back on the amount of diet soda I drink D: This is by FAR the scariest part of this diet plan!

2 - I have to bow down to the protein drink deities and buy some of the stuff, or possibly have my EAS and an apple rather than my normal snacks (almonds + apples or granola bars)

3 - No more cheating, period - one cheat meal a WEEK

4 - QUIT EATING AT NIGHT - I need to get some peppers/carrots!

Strategies:
1 - Make iced green tea/chai tea, and slowly wean off the diet soda - get it manageable to 2-3 cans/day maximum

2 - Eat better pre- and post-workout meals to curb evening hunger

3 - Possibly reduce amount of insulin taken, and rely more on fast-acting to bump me through meals

4 - Use fruits and veggies to snack on to reduce sugar cravings

5 - Keep eye on prize!

START DATES:

March 29 - Weigh-in and measurements

April 1 - 7 - Detox, scheduling, plan meals, reduce insulin as needed

April 8 - 14 - Complete reduction/detox of artificial sweeteners, work on increasing intensity of cardio workouts

April 15 - 21 - Go low-carb all the way, reduce calorie intake by 10% - 20%

April 21 - 30 - Maintenance of goals, carb-load 1 day per week

May 1 - Weigh-in and measurements

May 1 - 14 - Intensify weight training, increase protein intake

May 14 - 31 - Maintenance of goals

June 1 - Weigh-in and measurements

June 5 - CHEAT MEAL

And I will see how this little fast break does at that point!

  
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MPH43221 3/28/2009 9:37AM

  I wish I could pack on muscles as fast from lifting as some women think they will and I have testes :)

Good luck with your goals!

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BILLALEX70 3/27/2009 8:56PM

    If you're looking for some decent protein bars LaBrada makes some new ones that are pretty good. I buy mine at The Vitamin Shoppe near Polaris. Their Lean Body series of ready-to-drink shakes are really good also. If you're looking for protein powers I would suggest Dymatize (sp) brand. I've been drinking powders for a few years now and have tried all kinds. Some are pretty good and others are horrible. Nothing like having to drink 5 pounds of powder that tastes like chocolate sand.

Good luck with your new goals.

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SUPERDUPER26 3/27/2009 5:45PM

    I had to laugh when reading your post, and in defense of the dork who started the "women bulk up when they lift" rumor, I have in the past managed to bulk up a little but it took extraordinary and extreme measures to do so. It wasn't from the gym, but from working on a fishing boat loading and unloading freezers for 8-16 hours a day, I think we did approx 3 freezers per hour each holding something crazy like 150 pans each weighing 30 pounds.... Totally not a healthy way to go about doing anything, but my shoulders sure bulked up. For all reasonable normal people who don't work ridiculous jobs, yes it is silly to think we might actually get bulky from lifting.
And last week I also had a dr appt that ensued in a nutrition discussion where I need to lower my carbs and up my protein and stop getting low because its bad. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know, but still its not as easy as it ought to be. Sigh.
Anyway, I like your brain dump and good luck with your scheduled goals, maybe I ought to try that some time....
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