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.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
I ran with the virtual partner feature yesterday on my Garmin Forerunner 305. I ran the same route and distance as I did on Monday, so I thought I'd compete with myself and see if I could beat my time.
Monday's stats: 4 miles in 47:24
Wednesday's stats: 4 miles in 46:09
I was able to jog 2 miles before I had to stop and take a breather. I think it is because my route is hilly and I start out heading toward the river. That means despite the hills, I am running downhill; so, when I turn around I have to go uphill. Plus, I cannot get moving early in the morning so it starts getting hot when I turn around and I don't want to overheat my body.
I did weigh my before and after and I lost almost 2 pounds - in this heat I need to be very careful to stay hydrated.
To make a long story short - I shaved 1 minute and 15 seconds off my previous time by competing with myself using the virtual partner feature. YEAH!!!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Last year I had a dream to do a sub30 5k and did not reach that goal. The closest I came was 30:23.This spring I trained for a half marathon and focused more on adding the distance rather than speed and did not cross train much and now my time for the 5k are slow; even slower than when I first started racing. However, some of that can be due to the hot humid weather we are having.
Well, summer is half over and I am half way through my scheduled races and I am once again focused on that sub30 5k time. The other day I was following links that lead me to the Runner's World page and I found a link for Smart Coach. I was able to create a training schedule that just may cause me to be able to reach that goal of a sub30.
The plan, ( on paper), seems totally doable for me. It has most of my runs at a pace I believe I can sustain if I stay focused and dedicated while running. The only thing that has me concerned is that I just ran that 5k route a couple weeks ago and I just barely broke 34 minutes. I came in at 33:59 and I had a good run then. So, to do a sub30 in September would mean shaving off 4 minutes.
So, not to be too discouraging, this is the route that I did that 30:23 last year. For the next 8 weeks I am not only going to focus on the running times, but I am also going to focus on the cross training. That is something I did not do while training for the half marathon and I believe that is why my times are now not as good as they were last year.
Lesson learned, time to move on....
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