Thursday, August 09, 2012
On the schedule was a tempo run; I was to run 2 miles at a 10:21 pace. Well, I did my mile warm-up, stopped for a water break and to set up my garmin with the virtual partner for the 2 miles. Oh, I am running, and running at a good pace and then I look up and see a hawk circling above me and looking my way. This maked me nervous because I watched a few videos where birds of prey took down some good-sized animals.
I slowed down to a walk and kept an eye on the bird. As I am wallking, I hear a car and the driver rolls down the window and says, laughing, "There was a small deer running after you up the road. Did you see it?"
The hawk must have had the deer in its sight, not me. Whew!!!
Oh, yeah in case anyone is wondering, I did not make the 10:21 pace. My average pace was 10:46 for the two miles Second mile was the slow one.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
And it all messed up.,... I have a 5k race on Saturday, which is supposed to be the long run day, but I am going to run it with my granddaughter. So, I am already not planning on having a good time, that is a quick time. I will have a good time running my granddaughter.
I ran my long run yesterday, I think. At least I did the mileage for it. My easy run is a 3 miler. So those days can be swapped.
This is the week I am going to start focusing on adding speed to my workouts. My route here close to home is hilly, so this means on the speed workout days, I am going to have to drive to a route that is flat.
I think I'll need to find an in-town route soon anyways because bear- baiting is starting which means that there will be bear baiting stations that are going to be full of what the bears think is "good stuff". I recall a particular spot on my running route last year where it smelt like cotton candy, only to realize that there was a station being baited not too far from where I was running.
I had an incident once where I turned around to see if a car was coming and instead saw a bear crossing the road. Since we have had a couple of "visitors" in the yard this summer, I will definitely look for a more populated (that is, humans) area to get my runs in. I'll most likely look for a city bike trail.
Well, off to do a trial 5k woth my granddaughter to see how she will do on Saturday.....
Monday, August 06, 2012
Here is what I came away with watching this 14 minute segment of 60 Minutes:
After a 5 year study where a controlled group was monitored with diet and effects on body it was concluded that drinking a sweetened drink was just as bad for your heart as consuming a fatty cheeseburger.
In the 1970's we were told to lower our fat consumption to reduce the risk of heart disease, so lower fat intake we did. However, the food industry replaced the fat with sugar and the result was that heart disease, metabolic syndrome and Tpye II diabetes has skyrocketed because sugar increases the small dense LDL.
Cancer research has concluded that if you decrease sugar consumption you can decrease your cancer risk. Stidies are showing that insulin has adverse effects on tissues and there are some types of tumors that have insulin receptors that hijack the glucose and feed and fuel tumor growth. The best advice to reduce cancer risk: DON'T EAT SUGAR
Studies showing the effects of sugar on the brain show that when sugar is consumed it activates the reward center and dopemaine [sp?] is released in the same manner as when one consumes drugs (such as cocaine) and alcohol. The more you consume the more you build up a tolerance to it and then need more to get that same I feel good feeling.
Best of all is the interview with Jim Simon from the sugar industry. When asked about how he felt about sugar since the scientists that have done these studies have started to eliminate sugar from their diets, he responds with "Science isn't clear" and our approach needs to be to have a balanced diet. He feels that to eliminate is to wrongly villify one food and that takes away from the need to eliminate calories and to exercise more.
Dr. Lustig, who has a video Sugar, the Bitter Truth, agrees that we need to have a balanced diet, especially when it comes to sugar consumption. Dr. Lustig's recommendations are to limit added sugars to 150 caloried for men and 100 calories for women; which, according to this video is less than what is in a can of soda.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Yesterday I loaded a software program called 'Body Tracker" on my computer. It is to monitor my body progress. I used the tape measure for my measurements and it was calculated that my body fat is 24.93%. I would like to have a 20% body fat; that means I have about 8.5 pounds of fat to lose. That is about the same amount of weight I have gained this year.
One of the features is to add pictures, so I decided to take some front, side and back pictures. Oh, man, pictures don' t lie. I can definitely see where I need to lose that excess fat. The pictures clear show that it is excess. Need I say, THUNDER THIGHS!!! and my belly is bigger than I thought.
Last year I was at my lowest weight that I can remember. Although I am just 2 pounds heavier than I was in my early adult years, I am not comfortable at this weight (137.2). I know I gained weight this spring because I had an obsession with the Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfaits. I do not remember the last time I had one because when I looked up the nutritional information that was motivation enough for me to stop.
Now, I realize these extra pounds I gained since spring are most likely those 8 pounds of fat I need to lose. No, I tell myself now, it is not because of an increase in muscle as to why I can no longer get my skinny jeans past my thighs. My goal is to be able to wear my skinny jeans again.
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