Friday, September 16, 2011
As you can see by my new profile picture - I have a . Since spring I have been training to do a sub30 5k, just once in my life. On September 15, 2011, I met that goal. It was not during an official race, just one of my workouts I do here on the roads close to home.
I did not think I was going to accomplish it because when I started running (it's really a fast jog) I could not seem to get my time down and was actually slower than I was last summer. I even changed my goal to do a sub31 just so the goal wouldn't seem unattainable.
I took a local running class and did not see any improvements in my time. So, I reverted back to this coached program from Running Mate Media - 30 days to Your Fastest 5k - which I purchased last winter but never completed, to continue with the speed and endurance workouts.
I stayed focused on each of the workouts and I cannot believe how much I improved. For each workout, I set out determined to do what was required in each of the coached sessions. That, I think, was what is the reason for my success. In the past, I would not push myself and whenever I got too winded, I would stop and walk. These workouts called for going at a faster pace and then slower down a bit to recover. I amazed myself in that I was actually able to go faster and then slow down a bit but not walk.
I was beginning to think I did not have it in me - but deep down the determination was there and I managed to rely on that to push through each workout. Often times during the runs, I pictured myself crossing that finish line and the clock being under 30 minutes.
Now, my next goal is a sub29 5k.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to rise ...
" Samantha Heller, a dietitian in Fairfield, Conn., called childhood obesity "a complex, multi-faceted problem that needs to be tackled from many different angles." She said she wished the report offered ways to educate parents and caregivers about healthy eating for children."
How do we educate others about healthy eating? I do most of the cooking in my household mainly because when my husband or daughter cook, I do not want to eat what they prepare. Mainly it is because the main course will be from an animal source and there are never enough vegetables for my preference.
I tried to share resources such as the Spark, Eat To Live, The McDougall Program, etc. However, there seems to be a resistance for them to learn on their own. When I went to a Culinary Program, one of the classes required the students to do a weekly paper where we had to research a particular topic. It was the final paper researching the Food Pyramid that caused me to rethink the way the guidelines suggest we eat. Then I read about this book called "The China Study" by Colin T. Campbell, then I stumbled upon Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live.
The light bulb turned on!! Every time I talk to my husband about eating less meat, he tells me how much he loves the savory flavor that meat dishes have to offer. This coming from the man who has chronic kidney stones and has made the connection that when he has red meat and cheese he develops kidney stones.
I guess the pain is not enough for an education lesson. There seems to be some stronger drive that causes him to continue to eat foods that could be the source of excruciation pain.
Both my husband and daughter are overweight and say they want to eat healthier, but it seems like that is so only if I prepare the meals for them because they do not seem to make the choice on their own.
I am not being too critical of them because my area that I need to work on is SUGAR. I eat way too many processed sugary fatty foods. I have been trying to arm myself with knowledge about the ill effects sugar has on the body. Despite knowing what I do, I still eat things I know I shouldn't.
They say knowledge is power but sometimes just knowing something does not seem to be enough. There has to be a determination and dedication to do what you know you ought to be doing. And, you know, a little support and encouragement would be beneficial also.
So, cheering me on....
Monday, September 12, 2011
making every calorie count?
There is a big difference between just counting calories or making every calorie count. Just the other day, my sister in law posted how she gave into the temptation to have a coffee latte and it used up over 2/3rds of her WW points for the day. I thought "WOW!" that's a lot of calories in that drink.
This past couple of weeks I just couldn't seem to get enough of the DQ's peanut Buster parfaits and bars. Now the bar has 440 calories and I never even looked up the count for the parfait - perhaps that explains the weight gain I experienced
The other day, I was volunteered to make the birthday cake for my grandson and I cannot tell you how much frosting I "tasted" while frosting that thing, but then the next morning when i did my run, I noticed how i felt and it was not a good feeling. I have been training hard to do a sub30 5k and I realized, once again, that all those calories from junk food do nothing to fuel my body properly.
So, once again, I am going to focus on eating to give my body the proper nutrients it needs, not just a certain amount of calories. My next race is on the 24th and I want to be able to say I gave my best effort, even if it is not a sub30. So, rather than counting calories, I am going to make every calorie count.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I am trying to blog about how I was asked to provide the birthday cake for my grandson's two year birthday party and I am feeling so guilty because I caved in to their request to provide a junk food cake only.
As I was frosting that cake, I kept snitching a sample of the frosting and I think I had a sugar overload because I felt nauseous the next day. I cannot help but wonder the effects it has on those little bodies.
Why do we think we need to celebrate with sugar and other junk foods? I offered to make a healthy cake but was told NO NO, its his birthday and he likes chocolate cake and so he shall have a chocolate cake.
I still recall the effects the dig in cake had on his little body as he shoved it into his mouth - he ate so much of it that he actually started to act like he was drunk.
That event made a lasting impression on me and I am feeling a bit guuilty because I gave in to their request even though I know better.
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