Friday, October 19, 2012
My daughter graduated from elementary school last year and I passed the book fair baton with a promise to myself (and my family) not to pick it up again at the middle school level. Buuuuut...... the middle school chair had to step down due to a new job and the last middle school chair took on the job because someone had to do it so I feel the need to help her out as much as possible. So.... when she asked me to come in a few hours earlier than planned to help with set-up, I did. Which means my workout for the day was book fair set up. Not very intense work LOL. I was going to come home and do my kettle bell work (my usual Friday work) but my arm is wonky from all the book handling and I didn't think swinging 25-35 pounds around was a good way to settle it down. Hopefully I can get it in tomorrow!
Today's Blog Challenge question......
Q7. Review a product that is a favorite of yours (health, beauty, etc.)
Hmmmmm. I guess I'll go with St. Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran and Whole Wheat Flour products. I try to eat low glycemic index carbs during the week and these products work very well for me. I like how they taste and the texture. I like the nutrition profile. I like the calorie count. I use the tortillas and pita breads. My daughter is a big fan of the lavash and the tortillas.
70 calorie tortillas with 11g carbs, 6 of it fiber - 7g protein - 1.5g fat
50 calories for 1/2 lavash (I use 1/4 of a lavash for a wrap that I'd consider 1/2 a sandwich) 7g carbs, 3g of it fiber, 5g protein, 2g fat
60 calorie pita bread 8g carbs, 4g of it fiber - 6g protein, 2g fat
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Running for 2012:
145.75 + 5.25 = 151.0 miles
no race booked... thinking about an 8K on Thanksgiving
4. Describe your dream job.
Honestly, I do not know. I love biology. Always have, always will. I am a biologist. I, however, did not find a way to combine being the kind of biologist I wanted to be with the kind of wife and mother I wanted to be. Even now, I look at the hours and dedication it would take and know that I would hate being torn between work and home when I am passionate about both. So I've thought a lot about how to make my love of biology fit in my life and still.... nothing. Right now I am pursuing a Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification. *If* I could find a trainer who would partner with me to do nutrition consults and guidance part time, I think I would be happy while to work part time until the kids are grown and out of the house. I would be using my love of biology in combination with my love of food and my love of eating for wellness. :-) I haven't figured out how to get from here to there.... but I'm taking baby steps... taking the FNS course, serving on the local wellness committee.... thinking.
If I could magically balance it all and figure out how to get from point A to point B to point C, I would love to go back to school to get a nutrition and wellness degree and then work for a company that brings wellness programs to schools, municipalities, and businesses. I would love to sit down with people and come up with meal plans and fitness plans that fit their lives and their desired rate of 'evolution and then cheerlead them along the path to wellness.
Monday, October 15, 2012
I ran my third 5K race Saturday. It was REALLY cold - in the 30s. They called us to the start line only to then call a delay for 10 minutes.... only to have it turn into at least a 20' delay. Needless to say most of us started the race cold! Cold air triggers my asthma.... this is what killed my first attempt at being a running oh-so-many New Year's resolutions ago.... so I carried an inhaler and didn't push myself. I ran the whole way. Didn't need the inhaler. Felt pretty good - the best I've felt of the 3 races. However, I did finish 9 seconds behind my last 5K. Given this race was chipped and that one was not and that this race felt so much easier (flatter), I was a tad bummed by that. BUT I finished 10/50 in my age bracket AND I *ran* in the *cold*. I'm psyched about those things.
I spent Friday evening and Saturday all day totally 'off the wagon' foodwise. Pizza, champagne, cake, beer, nachos, chili, rolls, more beer, chocolate fondue with cake and fruit. And I paid the price! I was almost out of maintenance range yesterday and I felt like CRAP. I'm more than a little freaked by just how horrible I feel after I've had a big sugar meal (we did fondue and fruit/cake in place of Saturday's dinner after going out for lunch earlier in the day). I feel really, really out of it mentally and physically sluggish. Maybe it's just because I do it SO rarely that my body freaks out? But I'm at high risk of type II diabetes so I think I need to talk to the doctor in depth about it, even if just to put my mind at ease because freaking out over feeling that way makes it even worse.
So.... yesterday right back on the 'clean' wagon. 1 1/2 pounds gone by this AM. Right back at the normal routine this morning and I've been peeing like crazy so I have my hopes up that the major damage from my bad meals was just water weight. I'm 6 days 'til my one year maintenance anniversary. I can't screw it up now!
Blog challenge Q3. What is your favorite magazine and why?
That's a tough one! I get a pile of magazines but they are mostly fluff that I read while waiting for the kids various places. The two I save are Clean Eating and Eating Well. I think right now Eating Well is my favorite of the two. I flip flop back and forth between the two. Both have lots of good recipes. Eating Well tends to be more 'mainstream'. There website is actually one of the first places I go when looking for something new to try. Clean Eating can verge on 'weird', mostly because there is so much focus cleaned up versions of things. A lot of the time I would just avoid unclean foods/dishes than go to extreme (expensive) lengths to make (often-inferior) clean versions of them. BUT the recipes that are just recipes (not trying to clean up something else) are really good and we have a few family favorites from Clean Eating.
Running for 2012:
142.75 miles + 3.0 miles = 145.75
no race booked... thinking about an 8K on Thanksgiving
Like I said after my last treadmill run, I expected to finish in under 28:18 and I did. I did 26:42 which is 9 seconds slower than my last 5K. Different course, different weather, trying not to be too bummed about being slower. I wish I knew how to make myself faster. Something to research, I suppose.
We're going to my sister's for Thanksgiving. They are doing an 8K Turkey Trot (sort of - they'll do as much as they want and then quit - my sister is walking with her daughters, not racing). I'm thinking that I'll register in hopes of running it. I can run 8K on a treadmill no problem. I'm just not sure what 8-10 hours of travel in a hot van will do to my lungs. I tend to feel pretty icky at their house even without adding a run into the mix (due to the 8-10 hour hot trip and the wood burning stove). All I can do is the best I can do and even if I walk it that's a pile of calories burnt that I wouldn't have burned otherwise!
Other than that.... not sure what my next race might be.
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