Monday, April 23, 2012
Saturday morning was supposed to start with a 6.6 mile run to our local IHOP for pancakes but sis and I changed the plans a little. We talked about it Friday night and decided we wanted to run both there and back (13.2 miles) and then have breakfast at home, we were going to give it our best try. Sis has never run over 9 miles before and had to bail out on our first half-marathon last November due to some pretty serious back issues, but she's been up and running a lot here lately and wanted to spread her wings. I haven't pushed myself lately, still kinda babying the hip thing, but so far so good. So we decided to give it a shot, worst case we would have to call the DH to pick us up.
Proud to say we ran 13.2 miles in what we are calling the PANCAKE 2000 - Pancakes (for our original plan) and the 2000 is for the calories I burned on that super fantastic run. AWESOME.
A Big WOO HOO to my sis (GR8CGRM) for running her first half-marathon. I always knew you could do it.
And a yeah for me (my second half-marathon), now I know my leg is strong enough to handle the mileage so I'm wondering what I can start doing now, hmmmm more half-marathons I'm sure.
I told Sis wish I would have known sooner she wanted to run a half, we could have signed up and at least got some bling out of the deal, but we were treated to something better...we got home and the boys had made us breakfast, which taste way better than any IHOP dish, a breakfast of champions even.
I spent a lazy afternoon working on my tan, relaxing in my lawn chair after my morning run and grass mowing, sheesh I was tired.
Sunday was pouring rain here, ugghhh, enjoyed a lovely day indoors watching tv, cooking, started a new arts & craft project, and napping with my precious four-legged babies.
Ate within calories everyday, average daily calories 1400
Completed weekly fitness goal - 300 minutes
Reached my weekly calorie burn goal = 3000 calories
ran 22 miles last week
I think this has been one of the best week's for me as far as reaching all my goals, shooting for a perfect week again this week. I've got a crazy schedule of baseball, track and babysitting this week, so I'm going to have to do some serious planning today.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
Friday, April 20, 2012
....HOME COOKED MEALS. I can't stress that enough when you are trying to keep a close watch and an accurate count of calories. When you cook at home, you know exactly what is in the foods you are cooking.
Last night's dinner at the AYCE buffet was a success, only because I double checked my calories. I had everything planned to the "T" on my blog yesterday, and I just had this feeling that I should check this restaurants website and look at "their" nutritional values, and a darned good thing I did.
I was shocked that my meticulous calculations were totally blown out of the water. If I had eaten everything on my list, I would have exceeded my calorie limit by 300. YEP, a whopping 300 calories more than I should have eaten, but luckily I checked and rechecked. Hidden calories are everywhere.
The secret to all this calorie counting, etc. is summed up in 4 simple words:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEOPLE.
There is NO other way, plain and simple. Measuring foods and doing the homework is why most people find this to be too time consuming - they just don't want to put forth the effort to succeed, it's a shame - they want the results, but not willing to invest their time.
So I had to make a few substitutions before I even went to dinner, then once I got there I had to make a few more adjustments since they didn't have all the items that I planned to eat, but that was to my advantage - not only did I save myself going over by 300 calories, I ate 22 less calories than I planned - now that's a big WOO HOO. So darned proud of myself.
I didn't take a pic of my fruit/dessert plate, but it was the highlight of dinner - strawberries and pineapple.
It was great to see my friend Maria and her family, seems like we just don't get together often enough, but we've successfully maintained a wonderful friendship for 19 years. Love you Maria.
Tomorrow is what sis and I call our PANCAKE RUN. We run to our local IHOP, which is 7 miles away and we usually have a stack of pancakes when we are finished, but we decided we are simply running tomorrow, no dining at the IHOP. We are secretly hoping the DH has whipped us up some homemade pancakes upon our return.... there is NO substitute for home cooked meals.
Hope everyone enjoys a great weekend, love to all.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
My GD had a very successful track meet yesterday, she took second place in the 1600 [she was beaten my her team mate by a hair] and last night was the first time she ran the 800, she placed second. WOW, she's my little super star. HEAVEN.
Got home from track meet to dinner already cooked, thanks to preparing a crock pot meal ahead of time. Spark Salsa Chicken - 4 oz. shredded chicken, dollop of sour cream, black beans all rolled into a tortilla, super yummy and very filing, 450 calorie meal. Had to scramble to get everything done to watch American Idol, and of course I was so exhausted I fell asleep before it was over, no evening workout yesterday - time just ran out, but will make up for it today. Gotta meet my weekly fitness goal.
No morning workout today, I just kept smacking the snooze, my back was hurting and I woke up with a headache [the same headache I went to bed with] so I just decided to be lazy, but I will do a lunchtime run today - no exceptions. And I'm guessing I might need a little yoga tonight when I get home to just unwind from the busy week.
Dinner tonight with some dear friends. DH is happy, he gets to graze at the all you can eat buffet, so he will be really, really happy. And then there's me.... I'll be the one whipping out the measuring cups from my purse, but SERIOUSLY for real about the measuring cups. Too bad the food scale won't fit in my purse, but then people would be totally convinced I'm a calorie-counting freak. I am determined, determined, DETERMINED [did I mention determined?] not to go over my calories, PERIOD, this week, not even by one measly calorie. So this is what I plan to eat, I'm publishing my list as my accountability. I will not eat anything that is not listed below, pinky promise...
1/2 c. carrots
1/2 c. lima beans
1/2 c. broccoli
1/4 c. potatos
1 Yeast Roll (OMG, this my weak spot)
4 oz meat (fish, pork or chicken)
1 choc chip cookie
1/4 c. strawberries
1/4 c. pineapple
2 tbsp banana pudding (maybe)
Oh and BTW I will have instead of diet soda . I usually treat myself to a diet soda if we are dining out, but it always makes me feel bloated so I will forego that.
While this may sound totally ridiculous to some, others can appreciate how much effort, planning, will power and determination this takes. An SP buddy told me yesterday that I must want it bad and guess what.... I WANT IT BAD, I'm going for it, no buffet will stand in my way.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
Exciting Run for Saturday: I call it the Pancake Run, will provide details later.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I started today off with a huge success and it's still early .
Im calling it my "4 at 4". 4-mile run at 0430.
Workout for the day DONE. Anything else is a bonus, but I doubt I can squeeze much else in today, gonna be busy.
Put dinner in the crock pot this morning before I left for work [SP salsa chicken], since I won't be home til probably 7:00. GD track meet at 5:00, looking forward to seeing our super star runner in action. She runs the "mile" or for those with proper track ettiquette... the 1600 and she will be running the 800 also.
I created a new kitchen concoction last night. I made the DH a BLT since I knew there was NO way in [you know the word] he would try what I was making. I saw this recipe online somewhere [i think it was on the daily spark, 5 minute lunch ideas, maybe] and it looked so yummy that I went to the store on my lunch hour to get the ingredients to make for dinner. I dreamed about it all day *heavy sigh*.
1 packet of tuna, half avacado, one wedge of laughing cow swiss cheese, and celery put on toasted whole wheat pitas. I couldn't find pita so I substituted 100-calorie whole wheat sandwich thins, didn't put in the celery [not much of a fan] and put some lettuce and tomato on it too. WOW, it was super yummy, never thought about combining those ingredients before, but glad I ran across it. I was supposed to eat the whole bowl last night, I had accounted for it in my calories, but it was super filling, so I am having a repeat for lunch today. Just goes to show you that you just NEVER KNOW, until you try it. Good eats and simple too.
Hope everyone has a super day, I know mine is off to a fantastic start, I feel like the energizer bunny, that's why I love morning workouts.
So I'm 2 outta 3 so far this week for getting up and working out early, not too shabby, working so hard to make this a habit.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
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