Thursday, November 17, 2011
For those of you like me that struggle with calories (ie too many) I thought I would share some sage advice that is helping me as I have been drastically cutting calories (ie to normal people range), the first thing is find a way to track it and do it religiously, a smartphone helps greatly because you may not always have a notebook and pen but I am certain you have your phone with you. Spark can go with you on a smartphone (as well as other unnamed trackers I actually prefer a tracker other than the spark one... sorry spark, love all of your other features though). The 2nd big thing is make frozen vegetables your friend and snack of choice, I love me some broccoli or some peas and I add a tablespoon of that powdery parmesan, perfect snack and you can have a lot of it and only hit like a 100 calories, especially if like me you have been overeating for a long time, volume without huge calorie numbers is a good thing. This goes to my 3rd tip, for you salty crunchy lovers like me air popped popcorn once again a lot of it and it is a low cal alternative to chips. The next thing and so common sense but prepare your own food, whether you have to take cooking lessons or whatever avoid eating out, even when you think something is healthy it is loaded with calories!! If you prepare it you know how it is prepared, a good example is when I go to Subway even if I say light on the mayo they still plaster the heck out of my sub. My final suggestion is find distraction, because you are focusing on eating healthy you WILL think about food all the time, so find something to do in boring parts of your day, if you don't you become obsessed with food and make yourself hungry and then eventually turn into a wild green eyed bad for you food eating monster. I am almost 2 weeks going strong on good nutrition so I am still not great at this but I am learning every day and have been lowering the calorie count almost daily without driving myself insane.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Ever since the 10k I have been crushing my workouts, something about that race really clicked the motivation inside of me. I even joined a gym and I am going to do 4 sessions with a personal trainer. ( the joining of a gym at this stage in the game might sound intriguing, up until now I have been very successful working out at home, outside, on my own treadmill and bike, but I need to swim as well for my Tri training, so I need a gym. Plus since I have been maintaining at a weight I don't want to be maintaining (ie still have 80lbs to lose), I thought maybe a change of venue was in order. I like the gym so far I can go to 3 different locations, one of them being a 24/7 gym which is a fantastic invention for a night shifter, who sometimes is not motivated to workout until 10 at night. I guess I am just on an emotional high right now and it is doing wonders for my complexion and hopefully my waistline (okay I am just being funny about the complexion thing) I am probably extra happy because my boyfriend gets home from Utah today, hopefully he will notice how hard I have been working, not sure if my body changed any in 10 days but he knows I have been kicking booty in the gym and out for runs. Enough silly rambling for now.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
I have officially run my first 10k, while that may sound a bit strange from someone who has done triathlon's, marathons, half marathons, it is a fact this was my first 10k, On Saturday November 5th I ran the 5 Sullivan Brother's Memorial 10k in Waterloo, IA. It was apparently a race that almost wasn't. They couldn't get enough funding for it and then last minute someone chipped in the money for the race. So for the last minute put together it was a great race, overall I liked the course although it did go by some of the stinky industrial places, it still offered an interesting tour of Waterloo, some of it a bit ghetto, but no worse than the Indy Mini. I was actually rather reluctant about this race, I have been running but only short runs 2-3 miles with a 4 miler about a week ago, I have been hiking and biking a lot so I knew I wasn't out of shape, but I didn't feel I was in any shape to run a 10k even with a good 4 miler the previous week. The race started and it was cold, my legs were not really wanting to run right away, I wanted to walk within about the first block, but I told myself I had to go at least 2 miles before I walked. The strategy paid off, I kept going to the 2 mile mark, where I looked at my watch and was surprised to find that I was holding a 12 minute mile pace, so I figured a walk break could wait until after the 3 mile mark. At 3 miles I was still holding the 12 minute mile pace and I was feeling good, knowing that I had just done 4 miles the previous week I decided to continue to mile 4 and then take a walk break. I hit 4 miles and I was in last place just behind the person in front of me, so my mentality was I didn't want to finish last so I just kept running. Miles 4-6 offered a strong headwind, but still I pushed on closing the gap on the girl in front of me. Mile 5, 1.2 miles to go and now I knew I was not taking a walk break I had to keep close if I had any hope of passing the person in front of me, I DID NOT want to be last at this point, while a dead last finish is better than a did not finish, I'm still competitive. At mile 5 looking at my watch I was quite pleased I was going to well exceed my expectations for 2 reasons 1) I was going to run it with no walk breaks 2) I was definitely going to beat my time that I thought was worst case scenario of 1:30. Back to the suspense of my battle to finish at least 2nd to last, I would hate to disappoint but my legs did not quite have the kick, I didn't catch the person in front of me but I came in at 1:17:13 a 12:27 pace which is actually on par with what I run at over distance races. At first I was like oh I didn't do that well, but then I was like wow actually I did. I was disappointed that I came in last but I was happy with the overall performance considering how little I had been training. The race also renewed my confidence in my running which for some reason has been a bit shaky, I feel excited to run again. Later on I went to the website to check my actual time (at this point I knew I came in at about 1:17) and to my astonishment I did not finish last there was someone behind me that I didn't see on the brief glance back to see if anyone was left behind me. Huge success, while I had come to terms with coming in last it actually stung a bit, but it was hard to be mad about it when I had run pretty well, so seeing that I didn't finish last after all was really a relief ,that might seem petty but sorry I am competitive even if I will probably never win a race. Now I have a nice 10k time to try to better, because the reality is that is who my real competition is, but it doesn't mean I am content to let you pass me
Friday, November 04, 2011
It is my dream to finish the Pigman Long Course 70.3, I also would like to be down to about 166lbs when I accomplish this feat, I need to track my food like a maniac for the next 28 weeks, this will get me into the final 14 weeks of tune up training for the race. That much weight loss will make a huge difference on hills on the bike, on the wear and tear on the body, and for my confidence in spandex...Guess I got my work cut out for me!
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