Friday, July 10, 2009
OK so I wrote a really great blog but I have to do it over so, sorry folks, you're getting the clif notes edition. :)
Essentially - morning went flawlessly except I didn't really get to eat, but I did get to try one of my muffins I made and eat my backup food at work -- a "ORGANIC FOOD BAR" my boss gave me.
I spent some time detailing the funny claims on the packaging and listing ingredients and whatnot, but not doing that again.
It's 310 cal/ 15g fat/ 35g carbs/ 12g protein -- ACTIVE GREENS chocolate
Um -- let me just say - the chocolate? where? It was ok tasting, but I really am not into the texture/flavor if it in general. And can I get some more protein in there??? Anyway. It was good to have it this morning cause I was starving.
I ate a nectarine before running (a little over 2 miles easy pace wootwoot), and one of my muffins right before I went out the door but that's it. *phwew*
I made the Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins this morning and entered it into SparkRecipes with my little tweaks - Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds sprinkled on top of each muffin (they look so goshdarn CUTE!).
Here are the facts per muffin:
4 g fat
20g carbs (2g fiber)
They are a good size and full of good stuff. :)
Tonight I will be doing Banana Walnut Bread, Whole-Wheat Flax Cookies, Strawberry Oat Muffins and.... mayyybe blueberry muffins??? :D
I have blueberries, and when I bought muffin papers I got Red/Yellow/Blue pack. I did yellow for the pumpkin, will do red for the strawberry, and dangit why not just do some blueberries to keep the theme? :)
I will post more nutrition facts as I get the rest of these babies going on -- I'll be bringing the little SparkRecipe printout to the bakesale so people can know what ingredients are in everything and also the nutrition facts. One of our members suggested ingredient lists to assist those with allergies and I figured, well if I were buying at a bake sale I'd like to be provided with a healthy choice and nutrition information so that's what I'm gonna do! :)
Thursday, July 09, 2009
my alarm did NOT go off this morning at 5AM...
I slept only until 7AM when I awoke from a terrifying nightmare about my brother being eaten by an alligator in someone's backyard and the 911 guy laughing at me and saying really?! when I said there was an alligator attack and then no one showing up for ages and him just getting eaten up...
to see that it was light outside and 7AM and I had totally missed rowing.
I sent an email and luckily (or lamely?) a couple other people didn't show up and it turned out to be a good number for an 8 and a 4 to go out instead of 2 8's so at least everyone still got to row that wanted to row!
Then I was totally full of anxiety and nerves and couldn't go back to sleep, among other things, so anyway. Boo.
Definitely did not feel like running either -- so I decided to trade tomorrow's off day for today and commit 100% to going rowing on Sunday since I missed today.
Then I started looking at cookbooks for ideas on what to make for the bake sale and I will be making a few Clean Diet Cookbook recipes and one random SparkRecipe from the Spring Spark Cookbook thingie they had up before... Strawberry Muffins!
Also I'll be making Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins, Whole Wheat Flax Cookies and Banana Walnut Bread... and I think there was another thing that I'm forgetting but YEAH! I'm stoked!! I'm gonna be a baking MACHINE tomorrow. And I bought SUCANAT for the first time per Tosca Reno's instructions and passed on the Maple Sugar Flakes. Those things were freaking $12 for a little jar!!!!!!! Maybe someday, but today with all the rest of the cooking supplies and regular groceries??? No thanks!
I also discovered the "PROTEIN" aisle at Target w/ their Whey Protein Powders, Shakes, and Bars! They have a wide variety of brands I've liked and tried and others I've never heard of AND they had Sharkies, which I had heard of but never tried. :) I bought a little pack to try -- a sparker has mentioned using them as long run fuel before so I was thinking of that when I picked them up. ALSO I bought some flavored sparkling water in cans that I just randomly wanted to try. We'll see how that goes... I'm just SO not into soda anymore but sometimes I want something more special than water. These are calorie and sweetener free. Just the water and "Natural Flavoring".
Tomorrow I will run as soon as I wake up, and then bake while prepping yard sale items. Go to work, come home, resume baking. Saturday morning it's get up BEFORE the crack of dawn to go set up for the yard sale.
Today my hubby asked me on a lunch date for Saturday. :) There's this like HOT DOG restaurant?? that opened??? I think! I can't rember what it's called... Cuke's or something like that. Anyway -- we're gonna go there after the Yard/Bake Sale. Long Run and Rowing to happen this weekend as well. I guess I'll probably run Saturday night so I don't have to do both in the same day and keep tomorrow morning easy breezy.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Just doing the blog thing, ya know. :P
I ran today for the first time with a new running buddy -- we plan to run every Wednesday morning. After today I'm deciding to call these my tempo runs because she is FASTER than me and I think her easy run is my tempo run so! HAHAHA. :) Got a good burn, then headed to the Aquatic Center to do some Strength Training and meet SARAHISKIDA to erg.
Did a move my rowing coach suggested to help me work on my finishing form, basically doing the upper body portion of the rowing stroke with weights on a cable machine while sitting on the floor. Hopefully it did something good for me. I did some walking lunges and walking sumo squats, some lat pulldowns and a good pilates session and that's about it.
Total burn today: 784
(1767+784) = 2551, so for a 500cal deficit today I need to eat about 2051 calories.
WORD. The top of my cal range right now is 2010, so I think I'll just aim to stay within range today. I may eat over range tomorrow because between rowing and running I'm expecting a higher burn, but then again I'll be taking an off day on Friday so maybe I'll just take the added deficit.
I DID meet my goal yesterday and ended the day at I thik 1858? So pretty close to the 500cal deficit goal, with small margins of error we'll call it 500.
Now I need to go shower and meet one of my rowing club peeps at WalMart so we can get some oar painting supplies! :) We got our oars from the Alabama Crew so they are crimson with white A decals on them right now, but our new design will be black with a white and teal stripe decal down the middle, so we need to get some razor blades, sandpaper, primer and paint to prep the oars for the stickers that will later grace them.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Hahaha, oh man I can't talk.
Day one of super on track rock on fitness week: 603 calories burned from my run.
(1767(estimated RMR for no exercise w/ that BOD POD estimate)+603) = 2370.6 - 500 = 1870.6
So... if I want to have a 500calorie deficit today, I need to eat only 1870 calories. This is going to be my aim for today.
Monday, July 06, 2009
So.... we'll not dwell on the fact that on Saturday night I was laying in bed moaning and whimpering because my stomach hurt...
I don't really know why I still let myself do that to me. I should really know better by now, shouldn't I?
Yesterday I almost really overdid it but my hubby helped stop me before I went for an extra thing of ice cream. :P
Today I'm not tracking because there are some things this morning I have no idea how to track, but I made mental estimates of calorie amounts and I'm about where I usually am before the workday, and I brought a typical lunch and snacks. Tomorrow I'll go back to 100% tracking.
I know that I didn't totally ruin my hard work this weekend, I really only overdid it on Saturday (although WOW I really did it!)... but it never stops being disappointing when I eat to the point that it causes me pain. If I had only eaten things that were unhealthy but stopped when I was full I wouldn't be stressing it -- but this compulsion to just keep stuffing my face until I hurt realllly bothers me.
But hey! I'm here! I'm on SparkPeople and I know that this is a lifelong journey for me. I will continue to learn everyday, and as my lifestyle changes through the many different stages in life, I will have new challenges to face as well and I will need to continue to self-analyze without dwelling and wallowing in guilt in order to adapt and make the changes that will keep me healthy for the rest of my life. :)
One thing I learned last week is that I'm DEFINITELY burning more than 2500 calories a week on my current workout regimen. Last week I ran far less than usual, rowed a bit more than usual, didn't count any strength training burn due to squeezing it in randomly, and I still was about 700-800 calories OVER my calorie burn entry.
SO -- there IS that to consider as well. This week as I'm running more consistently and Strength training with more focus, even though I will have less rowing opportunities this week (only rowing Thursday and Sunday), I'm pretty sure my calorie burn will still be up there. I AM still planning an erg session with SARAHISKIDA tomorrow so I will be getting some rowing type action even though I won't be on the water.
I'm wondering if since my calorie burn is going to be fluctuating week to week if I should start doing a daily/weekly deficit tracking again. It might be more productive than me tossing a guess into SparkPeople and then forging ahead blindly. :) hahaha. I will start doing that tomorrow.
I also realized this morning that TOM is due Wednesday -- *DOH* -- this kinda also explains the ravenousness and carbtastic feelings I've been having as well. :P I definitely ate a ton of refined carbs this morning even though my calorie count is at least close to normal by my estimates... the protein was in low supply. All I could think about was how much I wanted some chocolate. HAHAHA I can't believe it took me so long to realize what time of the month it was. Looking back -- it should have been very obvious.
ANYWAY - regarding rowing, that's been GREAT. Regarding running : oops. I didn't even run 3 times last week. Gotta get my game face on - MARATHON COMING UP, HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm considering following the plan in the Runner's World Summer Training Special instead of the one I was looking at, or at least closer to that. They have a standard intermediate level program and then instructions on how to modify it depending on your goals -- and one of those goals is - first time finisher! It doesn't have any speedwork, runs 4 times a week, and goes up to 20mile long run. I think I might feel better doing at least a LITTLE speed work, but hey -- I can do that if I want to. They're saying 3 easy runs a week and one long run. ? I'm like dude -- I gotta run fast SOMETIME. hahaha I'm just thinking running 4 times a week is more feasible than my 5 times a week schedule I planned on, and more honest considering I haven't actually MET those 5 runs a week very often since starting this plan anyway.
So even if I don't follow the Runner's World Plan exactly, if I do some sort of amalgam, I still think I'm going to shift to a 4 run week instead of a fiver. I'm no superwoman and maybe if I'm setting a more realistic expectation for myself it will be more encouraging to me when I DO run, instead of lingering guilt over "skipping" a run. Ya know?
Anyway, lots of thinking and introspection today, I think the hormones are getting me down a bit as well, but I feel optimistic about the future and ready to really ROCK July and then kick it into official marathon training ZONE at the end of the month going into August. :)
Oh and my blisters are fine. They... unpussed themselves on Saturday later on -- I guess whatever liquid was making them puffy reabsorbed? Cause now I just have the discolored spots but they're flat. And they were fine rowing on Sunday. ALTHOUGH - I got blisters on my right foot from the shoes on the boat. :P I've never really ever gotten any blisters EVER until I started rowing.
Then it was butt blisters, hand blisters, and now foot blisters.
Oh and wherever I forgot to spray bugspray on Saturday I got bit. My feet (*DOH*), the backside of my right thigh, my right KNUCKLE on my HAND... yeah. hahaha. Mostly my legs and arms are fine. :P silly me.
Fireworks = good. Company = good. Cupcakes = I ate a lot of them.
:D HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA hhahaha.
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