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Monday, February 15, 2010

Hi all! It's quite snowy here in central Ohio...thank goodness today was a state/federal holiday because oh dear, I can't even imagine what it would have been like otherwise! :O

Anyway, there is a lot of goodness going on:

++I didn't drink ONCE this weekend! Five total social events, even a show - no drinkies! That's progress. Ran into some old pals, we're still cool. Increase community footprint - check. :)

++Recovery progress is good. I did the full 2 hours of spinning on Saturday for the first time - typically I can manage 90 minutes before I bonk. Burned 900 calories and had falafel for the first time in a long time. :)

++Reading "UltraMetabolism" by Dr. Mark Hyman. While he's a little goofy with the supplements & herbs (IMO), he is spot-on with the biochemistry of how food reacts with our genes and hormones and ties it in very well with evolutionary biology *geeks out*

++I slept in this morning, geeked out over the Presidents' Day trivia on the radio (I went to OU on a full scholarship for acing their US history contest), cleaned house, did laundry and generally spruced things up.

++Put a pork roast in the crock pot with a bean soup mix - so yummy to come home to! :-9

++Hit the library (good thing - they closed early due to weather).

++Had a delicious lunch at Greek Corner (horatiki with salmon), then cleaned at the Lodge, missing the worst of the snow. :)

++Didn't have much trouble with the snow due to excellent timing & mad snow-navigating/car-avoiding skillz! :D Others weren't so lucky, though, so I'm definitely thinking positive thoughts for anyone who has to travel right now.

++Got a mini-workout in at the gym, since all classes were cancelled. Yay. :)

++Made it home in one piece. We'll see if I can get the car out tomorrow morning; I had to rock it into the alley and into the carport. Snow day?! SNOW DAY! :D

++Black Eyed Peas and Ludaaaaaaaa tomorrow night! Dinner at Betty's...I should just move in with Liz and demand all of her recipes. ;)

Hope you all are having a good start to the week and are being safe, happy and healthy.......

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ZIRCADIA 2/16/2010 2:59PM

    WOW, lots of pluspluspluses. :) I adore falafel.

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SASSYDI16A 2/16/2010 9:29AM

    glad you're feeling better and it looks like you made the most of it.

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BILLALEX70 2/16/2010 8:52AM

    Sounds like a most excellent weekend and Monday.

Enjoy the BEP tonight and tell Luda I said 'sup.'

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 2/16/2010 7:22AM

    What a great weekend and day you had! Safe drive to the BEPs tonight!!

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PHD140 2/15/2010 10:32PM

    totally remember jillian michaels talking about that book-- I should check it out, I'm subsituting geekgasms for food. Jk!

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AMCG2002 2/15/2010 10:25PM

    You did that all in one day?! Plus the stuff on the weekend? No wonder you're tired! No drinks? I've had a glass of wine every night for the last week. Think it might have anything to do with all of the snow days the kids have had? As you may have seen, I had to take a sick cat to the vet in the middle of the afternoon - the roads were awful! I'm so ready for this white stuff to leave us, or to move to a warmer, sunnier climate.

Ok, I want your pork roast recipe, if you don't mind. And, I did my master's at OU; go Bobcats! I'm glad you made it home in one piece. I had to back out of my driveway and make a second attempt just to get into our garage.

Have fun tomorrow!!

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KJNE8O 2/15/2010 9:36PM

    Sounds likes a great day! Great job on the 2 hours of spin... that'w awesome.

OK - so where are your seats tomorrow? We will be there too but the bf has the tix so I can't tell you where we are. We need to meet up!

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TREBLE02 2/15/2010 9:35PM

    wow....busy busy busy busy you are...all good things huh? AWESOME!

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Today's Running Song (Two-Fer):

Monday, February 15, 2010

"Blow The Whistle" Too $hort



"Ready For The Floor" by Hot Chip


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BILLALEX70 2/15/2010 7:27PM

    Luvs me some Too $hort.

Enjoy the show tomorrow night!

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JOPAPGH 2/15/2010 7:16PM

    In honor of the founder of the Knack's death today, I'm going with "My Sharona"

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Today's Running Song:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"I Don't Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem)"


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RED_RIDING_HOOD 2/17/2010 10:23AM

    I like it, thankx emoticon It does have a nice beat.

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KJNE8O 2/14/2010 9:49PM

    Oh - great song!

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HVALITTLEFAITH 2/13/2010 11:55PM


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JOPAPGH 2/13/2010 3:52PM

    Blue Man Group and Venus Hum performing "I Feel Love"


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Today's Running Song:

Friday, February 12, 2010

"Somethin' Sexy" by Cassie Steele


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SILLYRICHIE 2/12/2010 12:17PM

    Oooh, never heard it. Gotta check it out!

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BILLALEX70 2/12/2010 10:28AM

    Is this a little something sexy for Valentine's day?

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MEGAMITENCHI 2/12/2010 9:40AM

    I like her voice! The beat's a bit slow for cardio, but it might be nice for kickboxing!! Especially with that voice!

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Feel the fear & do it anyway

Thursday, February 11, 2010

So. Hi. I think I need to do another brain dump and get some feedback. (I know, how do I possibly have any brains left?!)

I've been low. Tired. Exhausted. Cranky. Irritable. Less-than-optimal. For a while now.

Specifically, since October 31, 2008, when I first noticed that I was feeling a little bit tired and run-down. At the time I chalked it up to losing the new-job sheen and settling back into a routine. I felt good, just tired. I kept on track with my new routine of running 3 miles everyday at lunchtime (or, in the winter taking a 45-minute spinning class) and my recent decision to cut my caloric intake by 10%, or just above my BMR.

I lost 30 pounds in 3.5 months. That was great, and I felt determined to take off the last 25 pounds my doctor kept chirping about. I got another ten off through sheer grit and determination, but I felt even more worn out and went through a bout of overtraining. Those ten pounds came back, but my body looked more sculpted, so I was (and am) okay with that. The exhaustion, however, has never gone away - not when I sleep well, not when I nap, not when I take a rest day, not when I don't.

A bone-numbing cold settled on me that fall, and I still can't get warm - I was only able to go out to ride my bicycle twice last summer because if it wasn't 90*, I was unable to stand the chill of the air on my arms & legs. After an evening workout, I have to change and shower, and I have trouble getting warm enough to go to sleep even with a heated waterbed, heating pad, flannel pyjamas and thick socks.

My weight has been fairly steady since June 2009. I am on SP's plan calling for 1550-1900 calories/day and I keep that fairly steady on the higher side, since my BMR is ~1850 and I burn ~500 cals/day in workouts per my HRM.

Right now, I am in a quandry. At the edge of the running season, I am faced with the real possibility that I will be physically unable to meet my training goals because of fatigue.

Journaling has helped me find a solution. Over the holidays, I allowed myself some liberties that I haven't enjoyed for a couple of years - fudge when I really wanted it, cookies if I made them - and I found something interesting happened. I would eat, gain and lose over the span of about a week. While there is nothing too unusual about that, what was unusual is how little extra I ate and how big the numbers were both going up and coming down. It was...cycling.

Cycling...with carbs...something...something...temporary starvation with carb-load...temporary....temporary only...

Uh-oh. emoticon

I read up on some different methodologies and outcomes, thought it through, crunched the numbers, gave myself a good shake, a mental talking-to and decided....to up my calorie intake.

Yep. That's what all this angst, bitter exhaustion, overtraining and freezing has come down to - I've been in starvation mode. What I've been doing has not been working and I need to suck it up, look at what all those numbers add up to - I have to eat more. Eat. more. carbs. *meeble*

I'm a bit flung on the floor over this. You'd think I'd be thrilled at the prospect of EATING MORE, but I have some trouble getting in all of the food I need each day, especially if I eat something like a sweet potato dinner is going to be rough to get down no matter how hard I workout.

I reset my weight loss goal and reset my calorie counter. Last night I had my first bowl of cereal in...3 years? And laid very, very still for a hour, hoping that it wouldn't come back up, and succeeded. And I had half a banana for topping.

Today I had honey with my English muffin, a no-bake cookie, black beans in my salad and I'm going to add a granola bar to my pre-workout lunch routine.

Right now my short-term goals are to find more good, low-fiber carbs to fill in my calories and to have enough energy to get back to my Thursday night kickboxing class (I've been so exhausted after spinning that I literally have jelly legs...not so good for kicking...).

I feel trapped either way - if I don't do something differently, I'm doomed for this season and if this isn't the right thing I'm going to gain weight back and that is a much scarier prospect.

Anyone? Thoughts? Advice?

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AMCG2002 2/12/2010 12:38AM

    Wow! Is there something in the universe? This is the third time in two weeks this issue has come up. I think I'm in a similar spot, but mine hasn't been as long. Just this week I was gently chastised by a Sparkfriend that my calories were way too low for my level of activity. I had been eating 1200-1400 calories and he said I should really be more like 1800-2200! Holy !@#$!! Ironically, two weeks ago I had started increasing my calories, especially protein and carbs. I'm having trouble getting much above 1500, but I'm working on it. I feel like I'm still in experiment mode, but haven't seen any jump on the scale, so... But I'm like you, in that I can't believe how much I'm having to eat to make my ranges.

Also, I'm just throwing this out there - I know you just saw your dr., but does he regularly check your thyroid? One of my first symptoms of hypothyroidism was being continually cold. I totally get what you are saying about the fear, though. After losing all of that weight by exercising and eating less, it is scary to think we have to eat more. Plus, you have all of your other nutrition issues.

Ok, enough said. Good luck and keep us posetd.

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MEGAMITENCHI 2/11/2010 11:36PM

    I think it is really good that you noticed a problem and used your tracking to find a possible solution. What you've written sounds like it makes sense to me, but as my Med school friend always chirps at me about; if you're not sure, always check with a doctor. Or maybe even a nutritionist? But you'll do it! You have a plan, monitor, and if it should not turn out, it won't be the end of the world, I promise ^_^ February has been miserable for me, but I'm still here, still fighting onwards!

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BILLALEX70 2/11/2010 9:02PM

    I'll be interested to see how this all turns out for you. I used to love to go workout, but anymore it's a chore because of being tired. I'm always cold as well. I just figured it was because I'm half the guy I used to be and don't have the blubber storage I used to. It's not uncommon for me to wear one of my running thermal tops with a l/s t-shirt under my uniform.

Now, the difference is that I almost always am right at the top of my calories, if not a bit over. I haven't had my BMR done recently, so it's possible that I'm burning more than I realize. Maybe that's why I can't drop a pound.

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SARA_ANN12 2/11/2010 3:28PM

    Can't say anything the others haven't said. Think you nailed it. I had the same thought as you last night as I was trying to cram more calories in: "Ugghhh...no morreeee food" but, you do what you gotta do! You're a strong chica so I know you have this one in the bag! emoticon

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KJNE8O 2/11/2010 2:52PM

    I'm in agreement with your analysis - I think you haven't been eating enough. Now, I know as a diabetic, the carbs can be a bit tricky, but if you don't have carbs you don't fuel the muscles. That could be why you are so fatigued and your legs all rubbery after spin class.

I like your approach to try to up the carbs, slowly, don't freak out the body. And if the weight goes up a pound or two it could just be glycogen in the muscles and not fat. Take your measurements and track those more than the weight. If you weigh more but look sculpted you have more muscle.

Other things you can do to up the calories a bit - nuts, greek yogurt, avocado, etc. The black beans on the salad sound good, I like to add chick peas to mine.

Hang in there and let us know if you start to feel better. I'd love for us to cycle and run together this year!

PS - where do you take spin classes?

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CHARGER25 2/11/2010 1:51PM

    I have had issues with begin cold as well. I chalked it up to the weight loss and the colder winter temps here in So. Cal.

Yeah OK stop laughing..... it does get cold here...it was in the 40's last night. Anyway, I also have felt cold when I workout without having some food in me before I work out...especially when I am bike riding for longer than an hour.

I found the timing of my intake was very important or my body would just start shutting down and try to conserve energy to maintain function of the vital organs.

Good luck and continued success

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BDMCLAUGHLIN 2/11/2010 1:43PM

    Sometimes you just need to listen to your body. All you can do is try and see how it goes. Keep us updated! x

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LUVIN2BEME 2/11/2010 1:15PM

    Um ya know I think that I have some of the same issues and until now I had no clue why. I am always cold, like so cold it pisses me off and I am mean. Even through I am working out and running I am so sleepy most days. I get nine hours of sleep a night.
Now with my calories I am in the 1200-1550 range and hardly ever even get to 1200. So the last couple of days I have been eating more... we will see how that works out.
I am glad you wrote this blog. I really had no idea that I was not eating enough and how that can effect us.

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ZIRCADIA 2/11/2010 12:34PM

    I think you're making a very smart choice to try eating more -- and doing those little add is like the beans in the salad, etc. sounds like a great way to add some things in without making you feel like you're overstuffing yourself. Good luck with this!

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BUCKEYESKIER 2/11/2010 12:33PM

    As you know I have been struggling too. A lot of my struggle has come from just being exhausted, both mentally and physically.

Hang in there and just do what you can right now. Try adding the extra calories and see if that helps. You don't have to do it all. I know how hard it is when there are things that you want to do, but your body just doesn't cooperate. I really wanted to do the half marathon in May, but I have realized that it is just too much for me right now, so it is the 5k for me.

Remember that this is a journey and there is no clear cut path to your end goal. You just need to listen to your body and go from there.

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