Sunday, August 19, 2012
I can't even begin to tell you all how much fun it was yesterday! The Color Run came to St. Louis, and St. Louis turned it into a party! I ended up only going with one of my friends, Nicole. Everyone bailed -- and they totally missed out. But that's okay, because I only had to make us tutus Here we are at the start.
We made the 4th wave, I don't even know how many there were -- so we got going around 8:30ish. I was feeling good -- jazzed -- full of energy -- so we ran almost the first kilometer -- aka, way farther than I normally ever run. And by the way -- I've never run in public before! Eep! So not only did I not care that I was running in public and getting sweaty and jiggling all over -- I was having an AMAZING time! It probably also helped that I bought $10 compression tights (hello clearance) in grey/black leopard. They kept me tight and right and of course stylish!
Everyone here was having a blast. I'd say only about 15% of people were jogging. It was mostly just everyone having a blast and walking and talking and color fighting. We started up Market around 14th street -- walked up to where Market ends near Chaifez Arena -- turned a corner, and came back up on Olive. It was a blast. I had my Flip camera with me to record the color run -- but it only holds 30 minutes, so I had to break it up into pieces. If you want to see the "colorful" portions of my run with my friend Nicole you can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v
After the first three color bomb sections, I decided screw it -- I'm taking out the iPhone -- we need a photo session
Did I mention how much fun this was? Haha, our mission was to get completely covered... and if you watch the video, you'll see just to what lengths we went. I ended up dumping a bucket of yellow over my head and rolling around in the street twice!
At the end of the race they had a stage set up where they were blaring music, having dance contests, and throwing out free stuff -- tshirts, bracelets, sunglasses, and most importantly -- more color packets.
With your registration you got a free t-shirt, a headband, a temporary tattoo, and a packet of color to save for the end of the fight to throw on everyone else. The race itself had an orange pink, blue, yellow, and orange section at the 1k, 2k, 3k, and 4k marks. The really fun colors were in the packets -- red, pink, purple, and green. This is how Nicole and I looked after the first color fight.
Since they had multiple waves of people running, they also had multiple color fights. It seemed like they were doing them every 20 minutes or so -- and we stayed through 3 color fights. In between we danced, sang along, and just had a blast. Oh and if you notice -- you inhale SO MUCH POWDER! This should be named the most colorful booger race for everything that came out yesterday. The powder is colored cornstarch, so it gets a liiiittle painful when it forms concrete rocks in your system. I'm still coughing up some brown stuff -- so I know I got a ton of it in my lungs. (It was still worth it!)
This was one of my favorite pictures. We got so incredibly brown and messy. I did my nails to match the theme of the run -- and they stood out because of how white they were.
Aaaaaand here's how we looked after all of the color fights:
All told we got to the race at 7:30ish, waited around until 8:30 to run. Finished in a little over an hour -- because honestly -- being colored to the nth degree is more important than a fast time with this race -- then danced around for over an hour and left after 12:00.
Then we went on a photobombing mission. We walked back up Market -- and stopped in a sculpture park to take some more photos.
Then booked it to the stadium to take pictures. I have a ton of pictures with the statues, but one of my favorites was with Jack Buck.
About this time we were getting parched and tired. Luckily we passed a frozen yogurt/Starbucks and went inside to wash the powder down our throats. I have a weakness for frozen yogurt!
Then down to the Arch grounds. It was so gorgeous yesterday. Absolutely the most perfect weather we've had in St. Louis for months. The Arch grounds were lovely, and people kept stopping us to ask why we were covered in colored powder and wearing tutus. Some people even stopped us to take pictures, it was so silly and fun.
Then we walked back across the Eads Bridge to the Casino Queen where we parked. Aaaand then proceeded to go into the Casino for their bathrooms to scrub ourselves semi clean. This stuff was everywhere and we felt a liiiiittle gross by this point. By then it was past one -- we had a drink at the bar, and went to go get lunch. We were aiming for salads, but caved and split a chicken pesto panini and cups of soup. This was around 2ish I think. Nicole's fun because she's one of my friends who is also on a fitness kick so we can talk protein powders, calories, and portion sizes with each other... I had a similar discussion when I went out to eat with my parents later, and they got all glassy eyed and stopped listening... Sidenote: if you have a chance -- everyone go to Eckerts for the best salad ever -- only until the end of the month. Grilled chicken, tons of fresh fruit, and a melon yogurt dressing (!)
After lunch we started to really feel it. My ankles were sore and my calves were tight. After a block length of runners lunges we decided to pack it in and head home... Almost. We were driving past the mounds and I thought it would be fun to run to the top of Monk's Mound... haha, totally forgot how many stairs there were and how much pain my legs were in. BUT we did it anyway -- albeit more slowly.
Here's my word of advice for you all. If the Color Run is coming to your town -- SIGN UP IMMEDIATELY! This was the most fun I've had all year. All told I walked over 10 miles yesterday, smashed my steps record with over 22,000, and burned a TON of calories having a blast!
Now for some more fun pictures to end this with. Here's a link to a video I took of a color fight from a distance: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v
And some of the best pictures I've taken in awhile... so much fun!!!! I am now a Color Runner!
Monday, August 13, 2012
I have come to the realization that I am my own worst enemy. We all have struggles -- and this weekend I caved. I caved hard. I overloaded my body with crap, felt like crap, and kept doing it. There was a bit of a downward, well f*** this spiral. I won't go into it, but needless to say when the pressure goes up and I have to actually be proactive about my future I'm being lazy. The same kind of lazy that led me to gain all the weight.
So I avoided those feelings of, oh crap what am I going to do after I graduate what if I never find a job what if I find a job but hate it... you get the point.
And instead I ate an entire bag of Oreos. AN ENTIRE BAG. Each cookie is 57 calories. I apparently ate 45-50. Do the math = brain explodes. Why did I do this? You may be asking, why the heck did you buy Oreos in the first place? Well my sparkfriends, I joined Pinterest. It is a mecca of fitness inspiration and desserts you can make to destroy your progress. I have a department picnic tomorrow and I was going to make Oreo brownies. Now that the Oreos are gone -- I've decided to make something healthy. I'm going to use the 75 cent zucchini I got this weekend that is -- no joke -- 2 feet long and I'm going to make zucchini pasta. Take that department. No I will not be eating your fried chicken -- I'll be bringing my own main dish at 70 calories a cup thank you very much.
But in my spiral on Saturday, I was thinking I feel great. My abs are actually starting to feel HARD, I'm happy with my weight -- its not perfect but I'm not upset, and what the hell I can have one cookie. What the heck, I had one, why not a serving of three cookies... then oh crap I've had 3 cookies, screw it I'll just have 3 more... and you see the problem. I'm an overeater. I used to HATE these cookies. Now I know I like them and I need to keep them away. I've had to do this with "healthy" foods too. I have a few trigger foods that I can eat almost non-stop and even if they are "healthy" -- after four servings or six servings...
So I started Sunday off in a similar bad mood. I finished off the Oreos with some chai -- and threw in some homemade protein bars (5 servings of them) -- for a whopping breakfast total of 1200 calories. Aka -- my entire day's worth of calories.
I stopped myself from going completely out of control... sort of. I could have easily gone into the 6000 calorie range again on Sunday. My stupid mind was in a tizzy of guilt -- I was bored eating, I was emotional eating, I knew I wasn't hungry but I was eating...
Finally I put a stop to it. I spent 2 hours on the treadmill and did 7 miles and 1500 vertical feet. I burned over 1000 calories. I recovered, showered, and later did some crunches. Then had a bit of a dance party during the closing ceremonies -- I mean who could not dance during the Spice Girls. So I ended my day just short o 2700 calories burned... and I even though I still ate more than that -- it came close.
So now how to move forward? First off -- I threw away the remaining cake batter protein bars. Too delicious to keep and I can't just have one serving. Tonight I'm going to make the zucchini pasta for me and the picnic tomorrow. I'm going to focus on eating sweet things that are good for me like cherries and apricots -- which I love -- and avoid over processed sugary crap that makes me feel like I'm a horrible person.
And funny enough -- my eye started twitching from all of this processed crap. I also had caffeine for the first time in awhile. I found out I could workout harder and longer with caffeine -- but sorry ma'am -- I'm giving it up again. I just can't handle it and my body is freaking out. I just need to detox today and get moving again.
I am my own worst enemy. I am close to my goal weight and happy. What I do not need to be is complacent. There's a reason I allowed myself to get out of control before, and apparently its something I'm still working on.
I'm not going to quit. I think that's the biggest change. I'm not going to let this stumble break my stride. I'm going to keep going.
Plus I have surgery in 15 days. I have my consult on Wednesday and I have a job application due the 25th. I CAN DO THIS. I CAN DO ALL OF THIS. AND I CAN DO ALL OF THIS WELL!
Friday, August 10, 2012
According to this website: www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm
Most people would say 154.
They recommend to be healthy a range of 132-174.
Using a different calculation they came up with a healthy range of 155-176.
So where should I put my ideal weight? That's a question I've been pondering... I'm just glad I'm finally CLOSE!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
I'm back to experimenting with protein powders. I have a bunch of Biochem Whey protein powder -- it kind of tastes like cream of wheat to me. But with my dairy intolerance -- and a slow brain that forgot whey WAS dairy -- I have been trying out new protein powders. So far I've been liking Spiru-tein -- a soy/plant based protein powder. This is what I made after I got home from work:
Aria Chocolate Protein Powder (2 scoops)
Silk, Light Vanilla Soymilk, 1 cup
PB2 - Original, 1 tbsp
Banana, fresh, 1 small --frozen
SNACK TOTALS: Calrories =269, carbs = 36, fat = 4, protein = 24
Total ounces when made ~16oz
Not bad... and tasty! I might add in another tbsp of PB2 powder next time to get a more peanuty taste. I use my Jimmy Buffet Margarita maker to make all of my smoothies, so I also add in about a cup of shaved ice and froth it up. Yum!
I forgot that Aria is half whey/half soy. I just saw the soy when I glanced at the label. Hopefully the whey won't upset my dairy allergy too much -- so I will probably substitute in Spirutein protein powder. I just didn't want to cough up $18 for a can at Natural Grocers. I can get it a little cheaper online.
I also tried a pea protein powder drink.... and then poured all $3.69 worth of it down the drain. I'm kind of glad I'm okay with the soy protein powder for Spiru-tein. Plus the banana helped cover up the protein taste (you know what I mean). All together -- I think I might start making these for breakfasts if I'm running late -- or a smaller version of this for post-cardio days.
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