Thursday, May 28, 2009
I'm still a LITTLE tired, I think that's to be expected after a couple days with not enough sleep and still a wonky schedule, but hopefully I can recover soon and move on. I definitely feel MUCH better than yesterday.
So... my food has been so weird. It's challenging to a), get enough protein, b) not eat too much of something else, and c) spread those lower calories throughout the whole long day so I don't go insane.
Here's what today is looking like:
6:45ish - post rowing club, prior to run - BANANA!
7:30-8ish - After run and shower - Archer Farms Multigrain Ceral (10g protein), a little over half a scoop of protein powder and a cup of light vanilla soymilk - (30g protein total)
***NAP from about 8:45-11:30***
12ish - Popcorn and a hard boiled egg - 10g protein
***at work now***
3PM - Archer Farms Lowfat Probiotic Yogurt - 5g protein (I found a better yogurt, but I gotta use this kind up first!)
5PM-6PM - LUNCH!!! A salad w/ Salmon and Feta and a Ginger Dressing, more yogurt, my snack mix, and cottage cheese w/ blueberries - 47g protein
8PM - Can of Tuna on Wasa Rye Crackers w/ Mustard on top - 26g protein
Somewhere around 11PM ish - DINNER!!! Buffalo Burger w/ Cheese and a side of Green Giant Immunity Boost Veggies - 30g protein.
That all totals to: 1939 cal/ 222carbs / 60g fat / 150g protein
I have remaining: 71cal / 4carbs / OVER 4g fat / 1g protein
So -- pretty good balance!!!!!! Not too far over on fats, and I came in at 60g yesterday, too. :P I arbitrarily set a Saturated Fats goal of under 25g because I knew that with an increased fat ratio I needed to pay attention to this number, but now that I look a few places I'm seeing anywhere from 7-10% recommendation for Sats which is obviously lower than 25%. THAT SAID -- today's cals were at 1939 and Saturated Fats were at 19. But I'm going to change the actual GOALS in my settings to make sure that I can be more watchful of that.
My sodium has skyrocketed lately too -- I know yesterday is due to all the cheese, lunchmeat, and canned soup. :P Today is a much better 2801mg (down from the frightening 4613 yesterday and 4376 the day before!) -- but I can still try to keep an eye on that as well.
But I definitely have to plan MUCH more carefully at this point to be within the narrower than Sparks Ranges, and to adjust my eating to the new percentages. I'm hoping when I've been at it for a while it'll be a bit easier, but I'm proud of the success I've had so far in getting in that protein! WOOT!
So this morning was Rowing Club Day 3 -- I want to be so much better than I am right now.
There's the split times -- how fast it takes to go 500m. Well, I was mostly focusing on form and trying to distribute the power smoothly and evenly from my legs to my back to my arms -- my back seems to be the weak link sometimes and I get a little dip during that portion of the stroke on the wave style display. ANYWAY! But then at the end she had us all try an exercise she used to help SARAHISKIDA to develop her power in her stroke.
She went around the backside of the erg and held the handle so that we were pusing with our legs until our rears came of the seat with our arms straight so we could feel the tension of the pull in our shoulders. She then encouraged us to look for that feeling when driving in our legs. I think I had the concept down, but after doing the exercise with each person she pushed us individually to lower our split times. Well, the DUDE next to me went before me and got down to 1:40 something, after starting over 2min... well dangit I wanted to get as close as I could so I pushed it until I at least got below a 2min split. YAR!!! Then this other lady -- kinda short, not a thin athletic looking body -- she went and her splits were down to 1:45 ish I think. Her little power arcs looked perfectly curved and high and I was like DANNNNNNNNNG. I gotta WORK! HAHAHA :D
But I like that feeling. That little sparked competitiveness. Although we're all going to be rowing together, wouldn't it be perfect if we all get our power up to the same level and are able to really book it??? :D
Tomorrow is the swim test and then next week it's ON THE WATER! BOAT TIME!
After rowing camp, I did a 2 mile run. I was sooooo bargaining with myself to get it done because I was tired.
I ate my banana and during Rowing Camp I talked myself into going to a particular running area - the park with the 1 mile loops. I figured mentally it'd be easier for me to consider doing 2 of those instead of one longer loop or running around a shorter place where I had to see the same thing a million times. HAHAHA.
Then about halfway through my run I saw the swingsets... and I was like, MAN. I haven't been on a swingset in AGES!! So sad that I don't want to stop to get on because then I'll be interrupting this run that I need to get done. Then I said to myself -- WELL WHY THE HECK NOT??? And I told myself that when I got to this part on my run on the second loop I'd almost be done and I could take a swinging break. :)
So I checked my time so I could subtract out my swinging (haha), and took a 2 min swinging break. SO FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember being on swings before and having the seat AND the beginning of the chains digging into my legs. It was uncomfortable to say the least. Today I just felt like a kid again and I still had my music going (yay running to The Dirtbombs - Ultraglide in Black) and just WENT FOR IT. Actually using my body to drive myself higher and it was sooooooo fun. :)
Then I got off and finished the last little bit of my run with a big smile on my face.