Thursday, April 01, 2010
I'm not gonna lie - posting my stats in the Partying Penguins team today for April challenge was tough for me. Not going to post them here.
But to be vague, my weight is up, my inches are some of them up.
The waist through the thighs... maybe my boobies too to be honest but I don't remember that one. But waist/hips/thighs are all up 2 inches each. OUCH! No wonder some of my clothes feel a bit snug.
I'm soooooooo glad I'm starting this challenge -- it's been AGES since I participated in a challenge on SparkPeople and I think it's going to do me a world of good. It's hard to find one I can relate to and I don't want to join one that's just about losing weight because although I'd love it if the number went down, that's not really my focus right now.
I'm full of enthusiasm and excitement and determination for this challenge - don't want to let me little team down - GO BRAVES - and I will try to maintain that enthusiasm as I go.
So far so good on the tracking front -- I also had a wave of inspiration to actually calculate how many calories come from processed food and junk over a week's time frame, so once I get a week of good tracking in I will share those results with you. Last night I added about 120 calories of caramels into the mix - but that was my only indulgence. I am not sure where I want to draw the line on processed foods - does Salsa count? I didn't make it myself.... but it's not exactly super processed either... I figure I'll calculate two ways - one with anything over 5 ingredients considered as processed, and one with only the junk parcelled out.
So yesterday for example - I'm gonna assume my salsa meets the unprocessed criteria, but I had some Kashi Go Lean Crisp w/ cottage cheese - cheese in the un category, Kashi in the processed.... PB and pretzel sticks - pretzel sticks I choose have 5 or less ingredients...I had a salad w/ spinach, chicken, broccoli slaw, and some Litehouse Sesame Ginger dressing - DRESSING is only processed item there APPLE.... my activia would get to count as unprocessed I think... snack of tuna...dinner was rice bowls - ground beef, black beans, brown rice/wheat berries mix, egg on top - and SALSA! and then caramels.
So .... the only JUNK thing would be caramels. Processed- Kashi, Salad dressing.
That's pretty darn good! Calorically, the kashi is 190 cal, dressing 35-40, caramels 120...
So of a 1930 calorie day, 345 or 17.8% came from processed items and 6% from JUNK.
Although I never nailed down an exact ratio that I'd prefer - 80-20 whole to processed, 90-10 or 95-5 good stuff to junk sounds pretty good to me.... I'm looking forward to seeing how a whole week plays out - making sure I really get QUALITY in my diet. Now... today I had a protein smoothie - I guess I need to look at the ingredients on my protein powder...
ANYWAY. I was sooo sore yesterday - DH bought me some Tiger Balm and rubbed down the worst ones last night!!!!! :D WHAT AN ANGEL! hahaa :D I felt sooooo ready to face my workout this morning, it was awesome. Although I have to admit - the burning/freezing sensations were crrraazzzzyyy feeling it definitely worked it's magic.
I did my NROL4W Stage 2 B2 workout, including the sprints at the end. Granted -- I do feel like I've been able to sprint better in workouts where I've been less taxed -- I still felt like I was working to the right level of exertion and really working it throughout my workout today. I've actually exceeded my calorie burn goal for the week already - but given I ate all those donuts Monday night, I'm not stressing any extra burn I will get this weekend with running/rowing/zumba whatever.
My boat for the regatta looks like it'll be a womens 4+ instead of a mixed 4+ as I thought before, either way. KINDA funny I'm gonna be in the BOW SEAT but hey - I actually think it's more challenging to be back there so I feel well trusted :D All of my boatmates can apparently only practice in the afternoon/early evening (typical after work type time) - which for me means SMACK in the middle of my work day. Luckily I spoke with my boss and one of my colleagues who works in the evenings with me and both seem to be cool with allowing some flexibility for me to come in an hour early and have a long lunch on the days we practice. SWEET! :D I loved doing that with running before and it will be so nice to break up the work day with a row!
In wrapping up, I'm sore again - haha - not AS bad this time, though, and looking forward to my OFF day tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
And no - that isn't sarcasm.
I am soooooo sore from the NROL4W I did yesterday is it NOT EVEN FUNNY. haha ok it is funny. :) I thought - hey a nice long(ish) run will run out all the kinks! As soon as I started going my quads were like - DANA WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!? But I stuck with it and my pace was 12:30+ per mile, but that includes my 5min walking warmup, and some times I got stuck at intersections. Usually I never even think about those cause it's a couple seconds and I'm OFF again, but today I got stuck for a while twice and I was like UGH this is taking forever. hahaha. I think I said to my sister TWICE while we were running our 5K how much I loved running with the streets closed down to the runners, it's so fun.
But anyway -- it went pretty well and now I'm even more sore... *doh* but it'll all go away soon.
At SEEHOLZ's suggestion I joined the Penguin Partyers... Partying Penguins? team and I'm gonna do their April Challenge - which is a weighin and measurements only at the beginning and end of the month, affirmations, goals, etc. in between. So like basically the whole concept of rewarding for actions rather than results and trusting the results to follow. I think this will be good for me -- instead of not worrying about some actions (like donut dinners) as long as the result isn't TOO bad???? YOU GOT ME? haha.
So anyway, that's the scoop for today.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Yeah I'm doing this at the end of April/beginning of May (it's an overnight event) with CLOVERR1 and raising money to fight cancer!
To donate here's the link:
Yeah, our team is the Pajama Cats and we'll be running in PJ's... and maybe some ears/tails? :D
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Well -- I got better.
But I ate worse. HAHAHA I dunno -- I just didn't really get back on the tracking train but I've tracked everything so far today and I'm determined to make sure my eating is 100% on the ball -- and I'm looking forward to getting my workouts in ORDER.
Saturday I had a GREAT time at the Rumpshaker 5K.
I have to say -- my poor sister was a little disappointed at her performance since it was slower than her homestaged 5K time, but she did a GREAT job. She thinks it's the most consistently she's ever run (go sister pacer me haha), but she's also struggling with some pain in her lower back calves (guessing might be some Achilles Tendonitis, but I've never had it so I can't really relate). She was going to get her gait analyzed by someone at the place, and did - turns out she's pretty neutral, neato! - but when she went to take off her shoe one pinky toe area was TOTALLY BLOODY! ACK! Apparently she split her toenail -- she didn't even feel it, so eh. But yeah -- he recommended she look into some shoes w/ wider toeboxes, and afterward I asked if she was going up 1/2-1 size in her running shoe and she said no, so that might do it as well. At the moment she doesn't really have the income to support buying nice running shoes, but I did tell her about going into a store, trying on stuff, and then ordering last years model at the cheapest discount you can find. We'll see.
But other than those little disappointments, I have to say - I HAD SO MUCH FUN.
ONE of my coworker's showed. One of the two that didn't show apologized and said she didn't set her alarm and woke up at 7:30, the other didn't bother giving an excuse. eh. But the one that came carpooled with us and finished her first 5K (or at least her first in years and years) and she loved it and I'm so proud of her! :D
AND - there was the inflatable colon... and people running with plastic butts on... and most awesomely - the fact that I got to run the whole race side by side with my sister. I have never been able to run a race side by side with anyone and that was so cool, but more cool was that it was my sister's first official 5K and I got to help her through it and continue through the pain she was having and hopefully to have a pretty good time. :) We crossed the finish line together, side by side, with identical chip times! I SCOURED through the finish line photos and couldn't find one of us -- but I did email the guy because they said if you couldn't find yourself to send an email w/ bib number, clothes worn, finish time, etc. So I'm HOPING he happens to have a picture of us that didn't get uploaded or something. *fingers crossed*
Also she won a hour massage from someone in Birmingham, AL. hahaha. But she does travel there regularly so I encouraged her to keep it and use it. :)
ALSO! I met a SPARKER!!! MCHLLEMABELLE! :D She came up to me after the race, I guess it's pretty easy to be sure it's me when I'm 6'2" hahaha.
So I will share some pictures from all that at the end of the blog.
Then Sunday I went rowing and we took out a lopsided boat - 7 rowers w/ a cox. This means that transitions are a bit more difficult because you can't evenly drop in and out in pairs up and down the boat since one pair is missing a person. Well anyway, what it translated to was that I was the person in the middle so I was rowing almost the whole time -- it was a good way to get worked out, I tell you what!
Last night - donut dinner. :P BLURGH. I am glad I tried the banana pudding donut from Krispy Kreme, it's just the amount of donuts I ate that I am not happy about. *sigh* But I've discussed w/ the DH again about how I need his help and support in not getting tons of junk and he is on board. I had a correspondingly sick weighin this morning but I'm going to ignore that for now and focus on using it as inpsiration to get back into my healthy kick butt routine -- based on dinner last night plus little sleep I'm guessing it'll go back down with a few days good behavior anyway.
This morning was a really good row -- some nice drills followed by a good stretch of nearly continuous rowing, including more rowing all 8 than I've done in a while (honestly on Sunday I hadn't rowed in almost 2 weeks so yeah!). I also found out that I'm likely to be competing in a FOUR in a regatta at the end of April and I'm sooooooo excited about that prospect. There are some minor details to work out (ok major details, but apparently they are very likely to fall into place and very unlikely to be an issue - but we have to borrow a boat... haha - no boat would be a major issue.......... but it seems we are likely to get one so I'm not worrying about it). Our local college crew club has agreed to let us use theirs for practice but we are not capable of taking it with us, so we have to borrow a boat AT the regatta basically. Good thing is we have connections that tell us they can make that happen.
This will mean some extra rowing practice specifically with my competition lineup and I'm really excited about that. :) I like rowing in a 4 (I've done it a grand total of probably 3 times) because... it feels like a cool little club. more intimate? The boat is more responsive, which in a way is tough - but more fun - and because there are fewer people it's easier to get everyone on the same page anyway. And because there are fewer people, the easier it will be to coordinate these extra practices and make sure everyone is actually committed to racing (which is a problem we had in the regattas last Fall).
Then it was back to the gym for lifting. After the first time doing workout A of Stage 2 I was REALLY looking forward to upping some weights the next time around -- but since I had some time off since then, I definitely did the same weights as the first time. Maybe next week. Those squat/push presses were TOUGH today -- but they always make me feel so AWESOME for doing them. :) The rear foot elevated static lunge thingies felt less crazy today as well.
Tomorrow I'm looking forward to running. :)
And now that I've got all that out there -- the pictures!
Our team photo before the race -- my sweater was ditched before running - BYEBYE SWEATER!
I dunno if you can see us here, but I'm in a pink ponytail hat and sunglasses and my sister has green pants if that helps. HAHAHA :D
We're in the background here and my ponytail is goin NUTS - that's a downhill for ya. HAHA
I snapped this cool picture of my sister running - YAY!
There was a little troupe of ACCORDIAN players near the end - it was awesome! :D
My and sister right after finishing!!!!
In the inflatable colon at the post race party -- you could walk through it and there was like inflatable advanced colon cancer, polyps, etc.
I got a picture of this plastic butt w/ sharpie tattoo while in line for - wait for it - MELTING POT CHOCOLATE FONDUE. YES. That is the coolest post race food I've ever had. hahaha.
Meeting Summer (MCHLLEMABELLE) at the post race party! :D
Our shoes w/ timing chips. yayyy.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Yeah so not having any internet access at work has been a serious hindrance.
I got it back today - hence the blog.
I think if I hadn't also been sick I would have had a little sparktime at home but with being sick and all my home time was devoted to moping (ok RESTING) on the couch and sleeping and whatnot. Throwing together the simplest meals possible... stuff like that.
My DH went out and bought me a ton of instant noodle soup varieties - a few of the Thai Kitchen rice noodles (Bangkok Curry, Spring Onion, Lemongrass and Chili) and a couple of Udon noodle packs. I was in sick person heaven. :) hahaha.
On Saturday I started to feel a lot better in the afternoon, only to crash a bit that night and the following morning feel so poopy I stayed in bed instead of going to church. Didn't row that afternoon -- just rested.
Monday still feeling kinda sick but started feeling somewhat better later on that day, at band feeling good! :) And then yesterday I felt good all day after a nice sleep in - I called off sick from rowing because I didn't want to take any steps BACKWARD in my recovery by missing sleep. It paid off!
Today I'm feeling really NEARLY normal, just a slight feeling of congestion/tickle in the back of my throat, but energy levels are back and I feel pretty good! :D WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I went on a SHORT run today - short short. A bit under 2 miles. It was gorgeous outside and while my heart and lungs felt they were working a bit harder than usual, my body felt just fine and I felt good afterward as well. Hit up Target for some MUCH NEEDED grocery shopping - YAY. And had time when I got home to shower and watch a show/eat/relax before heading to work.
Big excitement: RUMPSHAKER 5K is THIS SATURDAY! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm still not 100% sold that my coworkers are actually going to go... hahaha. But one of them talked to me today about it without any prompting from me and might be carpooling down w/ my sister and me. I honestly don't care because no matter what, it'll be me and my sister doing a 5K together! :) I think I will try to stay with her the whole time - I'll ask her to see if that's what she wants me to do or not. I'd rather do it with her, but then again if I finish first I can get a cool finish line picture for her... haha :D Either way, it's all about her cause it's her first real 5K and I'm so excited! :)
Been doing a lot of reading -- Sookie Stackhouse is going to run out of supernatural people to bang at the rate I'm running through these books... HAHAHA.
My plan is to go lift weights tomorrow and maybe do some running. I haven't decided yet what weight lifting I really want to do -- I think I'll start next week as if it's the 2nd time through for all my NROL4W stage 2 exercises regardless... so tomorrow will be bonus. So will I do one of those workouts? if so, A or B? and if not, what the heck will I do? But I am feeling good and want to do something, and then Friday I will have a work MARATHON.
Gotta be here 8am-8pm. HURRAH! :P Glad Fridays are my usual off day anyway plus the race the next day I wasn't planning on anything for sure...
Well that gives you an overview of what's been going on and what will be going on in the near future if I don't get another chance to blog again soon. :P
OH - and with all the eating I was doing while sick (my throat felt good when food was on it but sitting there felt horrible... so that was tough to manage - at first even sucking on ricolas irritated it!) I was worried I had gained, but my DH kept telling me not to worry about it I'm sick blahblah, and well, I was down 1/2 lb from my last weighin this morning so I hope it's not all muscle but I'm glad I didn't see some blowup number.
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