Thursday, April 15, 2010
Going a bit tired... but although it might be somewhat affected by adjusting to my new lower calorie range, I have to admit -- Sunday night, Monday night, and Wednesday night - so 3 of the 4 nights this week, I got like 4-5 hrs of sleep and on Tuesday like an hr nap if that... today I got more like 1.5hrs, but it's still not the same as a good solid night's sleep. I think the cumulative sleep loss is wearing on me a bit. BUT!
I'm still eating within range - got I think like 560 cals max for dinner? Looks like around 500 is going to be what I'm aiming to stay within for dinner in my new mode and that is ok - tooootally doable. I've actually been eating some dessert as well this week. :P So NOOO complaints from me. It helps me feel like I'm not totally deprived in this transition -- Kemp's Frozen Yogurt Parfaits. Totally good and totally on clearance last time I went shopping so I filled the freezer. The lowest cal one is 150, a couple others under 200 cal, then the ones w/ trail mix and granola toppings are a little over 200. It's a bigger serving size than a 1/2 cup of ice cream, too -- more like at least 1 cup serving size I think - close to that. NOT clean, but still I think a decent dessert alternative. The fruit flavors feature real frozen fruit toppings.
So last night for dinner I made something I personally found AMAZING.
I love these Market Pantry Garlic/Herb flavored frozen chicken breasts. I haven't looked at them again to look at the ingredients list to see if they fall under my processed vs/ nonprocessed criteria, but they are delicious. Anyway -- I cooked up the last we had of those last night (put the extra away for quick lunches - word) -- also cooked some ronzoni healthy harvest thin spaghetti and roasted some asparagus in the oven w/ a drizzle of olive oil and some garlic (sea salt after done).
A while back I bought this really good looking pesto -- low cal and good fats, like 46 cal per tablespoon? So I served it with the pasta kinda taking up a 3rd of the plate, chicken another, and asparagus on the other side, shook some grated parm over the top and spooned 1 tbsp of pesto over the pasta.
WOOHOO!!!!!! :D I was in love. hahaha :D Very good and very calorie friendly. And I had a blueberry yogurt parfait thingie. Mm.
This morning I did get called in to sub - the row was kinda frustrating, mostly for our cox. The bow pair were very very newbie, and that is the pair generally called on to assist with getting the point for the boat (meaning helping us go the right direction). The cox can steer w/ the rudder but if there are uneven pressures in the boat, there is only so much he/she can counterract that - today our cox was all the way on the rudder one direction and we were still turning the opposite when the bow 4 was rowing because our starboards in the bow (particularly 2 seat) were incredibly weak, I really don't understand actually...
AND our cox box (the mechanism that provides the cox w/ a microphone that hooks to speakers wired through the boat) was not functioning so she had to try to yell down the boat the whole time -- 60 ft boat, 8 rowers in a line -- to be heard on what to do. YEAH. I was rowing stroke seat and I was sick of the row after a while so on the way back when we started rotating in 6's I just picked up the pace and pressure like - LETS GET BACK FAST. hahaha. We even went all 8 for about 200m and it wasn't the worst thing ever.
Then at the dock I totally scraped my arm on a bolt on the outside of the boat that holds the riggers - it bled. it was gnarly. haha. :D Then actually I was still feeling pent up energy from the row going as it did, so I ran up and down the hill w/ some oars, and also pushed from behind the coaches launch up the hill as fast as I could. :P should've saved some of that energy....
I left my HRM strap at home so I went home to both get it and clean up my WOUND and then it was to the gym for NROL4W Stage 2 B4 - meaning the last workout of Stage 2! :) WOOHOO! I'm gonna totally read up on Stage 3 tonight and see what I have in store for myself next week.
Well -- it went really well in spite of being tired, but by the end of the weights segment my legs were like DONE as was I - and I still had some sprints to run. The workout only calls for 15min of intervals and 3 min is warmup so I just reminded myself- it's only 4 sprints... but still - I realllly had to push mentally (and physically) to get through those suckers - but I did it and felt proud of myself. Came home did the protein smoothie -- I reduced it a bit, so now it's 50cal lighter and the same amount of protein (woohoo! less cottage cheese, milk, and fruit, and a bit more protein powder), and watched ANTM... and ate some PB and pretzel sticks. Then shower and bed for a not long enough time until time to get to work - I ate an apple before heading to work to help tide me over till 1st break time.
I'm feeling confident about my new plan - I KNOW I can do this. I actually feel smaller already.... maybe it's all mental but I like it regardless.
So - tomorrow is rowing - racing 4+ practice in the afternoon. Saturday I want to get a nice long run in, long slow and easy. We're taking the car in for maintenance and I'm wondering if I could go run while we're there.... either way that will happen. Then racing 4+ practice again on Sunday. That will be 1 week out from the race! :D
Alright that's enough blather for now....
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Yeah, I kinda like that. I'm in a MODE! haha.
Today's been a little.. EH.
I woke up this morning very disappointed -- I was hoping to wake up refreshed and ready to go run and feeling awesome and instead I woke up feeling more tired than yesterday and with a horrible headache. :( And hungry. haha.
I dilly dallied and ate and then realized I had no time to go run and I was ok with that cause I just wasn't feeling it - I'm rowing in about 2 hrs so it's all good. I'm actually going to think about running back to work instead of riding w/ my boatmate -- she picks me up (which is good cause I don't want to spend my energy before a tough rowing practice running and it's faster) but... if I still have enough energy afterward and enough time I think I'll run back. It's only about 1.5 miles, but at least I'll have that running feeling under my feet today.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS = GOOD! :) I kind of like cabbage, but I definitely hate that steamed gross cabbage and the smell of THAT. Well, this recipe for the brussels was interesting. You slice them thinly - after trimming off stems -- the recipe called for slicing w/ stems down - but I sometimes laid them on their side and sliced still in that direction - kinda along the way the brussel grew? Anyway. Thinly slice, keeping any leaves that fall off. Heat some olive oil w/ garlic until garlic is soft and then add the brussel sprouts and 1 tbsp of Mirin. Saute for 15 min, then toss w/ some sesame oil and sea salt. I used about 16 brussel sprouts, 1.5tsp olive oil and 1tsp sesame oil (which was reduced from the original recipe) but still used the 1Tbsp of mirin - it was SO GOOD. Tasted like the delicious innards of a really awesome eggroll. :D
I will again have to be careful with dinnertime calories, just under 500 left MAX for the day. I'm gonna get used to this though! Soon! haha :D
Apparently ZORBS13 got an email about the RW article today and I did not so I'm assuming that means I didn't make the article about the half marathon, but you should totally look for her story! I think the RW lady said it'd be in the August issue...
I said I'd sub for rowing tomorrow in the AM if they need me -- seems like a lot of the rows have gotten cut out or cut smaller lately and I don't want the club to start shriveling and dying so I want to do what I can to help - but I secretly am hoping they don't get enough people and I can sleep in again. hahha. :) We'll see.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
So yes, I have been a little hungry at times. But nothing too crazy and it's to be expected adjusting to the lower range...
and also cause I have gotten very little sleep the past two nights w/ early morning rows... and TOM is coming...
So actually all that considered I'm doing really great! :)
Tonight's dinner will require some strategerie to get within range, but not too bad - I have just over 500 cal max and I can definitely do that. I'm thinking tonight might be the night to try this brussel sprouts recipe... I've been dying to try making them for a while now because I have NEVER EATEN A BRUSSEL SPROUT. HAHA :D So I'm thinking - fish, sprouts, rice or couscous - depends on how fast I wanna eat when I get home. I think I'll go ahead and cook up the rice either way, but it takes about an hour to make my batch in my little steamer.
I LOVE THAT THING. It will steam anything - but I primarily use it to make rice. And by rice, I really mean a mixture of brown rice and red wheat berries. I am so in love with those wheat berries... they make my rice feel fancy and give a great chewy texture in there as well. :)
This morning I made my own cereal -- an attempt to cut down on processed items and sugar basically -- I shared the recipe on SparkRecipes. I would have done better on my calories so far today if I hadn't decided I just HAD to try my cereal, but come on!! And I will make it fit. Essentially - I bought bags of puffed grains (kamut, millet, corn, brown rice) and mixed them w/ some rolled oats, flax seed, and chopped pecans. Then I made a liquid mixture of some water, honey, and protein powder. Mixed it allll together and baked low in the oven until it was dried.
Kinda granola-esque, but lighter... Turned out good! I think I might prefer it w/ cottage cheese to milk, but definitely successful. :D YAY!
Rowing this morning was a little crazy. It was mostly kind of boring, we were rowing the 4+ but with a newer rower who was interested in racing, but wasn't able to start practice with us last week - so we made another lineup. So she tried it out today and she basically needs to row more and is not going to be rowing with us a week from Saturday in a race! But we did encourage her to try to work up to possibly racing in late June or in July (not sure if they'll be doing a June regatta but July is pretty likely) because she definitely was able to improve a fair amount today. But because of the newness, today was mostly drills and rotating pairs rowing, verrrry little all 4 because when we tried it we were crashing from side to side like crazy and whatnot.
Sooo about moving! So many people asked. Basically - my DH is getting so close to being ready to defend his dissertation - but he is likely to be unable to defend in the Spring (not THAT close), or the summer (because some members of his committee object to summer meetings - yes. seriously), so in all likelihood he'll be defending in the beginning of the Fall semester. So it was either find a place to live cheap again (our sublease ends at the end of June) or go ahead and move, since he will only have to come back to Tuscaloosa mayyyyybe once a week and to defend - and save on rent by living w/ the in-laws temporarily, get in a place where he'll be able to network a bit (good jobs in his field in that city) and just in general begin the moving on process! So this move is another more temporary one (after moving to our current place for about 6 months).
I'll have to find a job to cover our expenses and paying a small rent to his parents (they haven't asked but we're gonna do it anyway) - hoping I can maybe get a job at a gym. :) That's the plan - it's still not set in stone, but it is very likely that we are going that route.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Might be a bit too soon for a "so far so good" -- but it's the truth!
I made this decision yesterday, I calculated my new ranges this morning after workout, and I planned my day accordingly. I really think I know where I will be cutting out/changing the bulk of my eating and that is with "breakfast".
"Breakfast" has come to be eating something before working out, after working out, then a little bit later, then something before I go to work. Now -- I may be up for enough hours to eat more than just once, or my workout might necessitate a refuel afterward or something - BUT. I think I can modify what foods I'm choosing and how much to better balance my day. By eating lighter this morning, I had pretty much the same snacks and lunch that I've BEEN having lately and I have a nice adequate balance left for dinner. I'm also registering +30% for protein still today which I am happy about. It'll probably shift a bit with dinner of course, but I want to make sure I'm still getting the amount of protein I want to support my strength training even though I'm reducing overall calories.
My new range is from 1320-1670. I can do this! I have 293-643 left for dinner - which is definitely doable. Meaning, so far today I've eaten (including the tuna I'll have in about 45min) 1027 calories - 101 carbs/30g fat/93g protein
Naturally Ground Peanut Butter w/ Pretzel Sticks - 318
2 % Cottage cheese w/ strawberries and some Kashi Berry Crumble Cereal - 139
Fage 0% w/ Blackberries - 129
SALAD! - Spinach, Broccoli Slaw, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, chicken, dressing
Small Granny Smith Apple
I'm still undecided about what to do with dinner, but I know I can manage the calories I have left.
This morning I had rowing practice with my racing boat lineup - I got moved to the bow of the boat and it was ok. :) We mostly went kinda slow during today's workout which is TOUGH because it's a lot easier to balance the boat when we're going fast - I guess there is just so much more natural momentum it doesn't tend to tip side to side? Anyway - so we had to work a lot harder to maintain a kind of balance in the boat. We DID practice the "racing starts" a few times and were able to get off to a 32 stroke rating in one of them! We stopped after about 10 strokes, but still -- speedy! :)
Then I went for one of my new SLOW runs - almost 58 min w/ a brief 2 min walking warmup included in that for only about 4 miles. SLOW - but my AHR was 164 and max 174 so that is still looking a lot better than before. Just gonna keep working on it.
I liked being able to row and run today (usual off day), because that means tomorrow after rowing I won't have to lift AND run - just do my lifting. :) Woot! Wednesday will probably be erging and a run in the morning and then rowing practice in the afternoon. Lifting on Thursday - then rowing Friday afternoon. Run Saturday - maybe erg. Row Sunday evening. Yeah - I know - no off day. Saturday's are optionally off.... I'd like to get another running day (4 total counting the sprints after lifting on Thursday) but right now with all the regatta practices - rowing and erging - I'm not sure that's really feasible. This extra practice schedule MAY only be until the regatta on the 25th... but... if I can swing it there's one on the 10th of July that I'm thinking about.
Speaking of RUNNING - there is a HUGE likelihood that this will NOT turn into anything, buuuut - I talked to someone from Runners' World today on the phone about a story they're doing on people running a Fall Half-Marathon and aiming for a certain time goal - they wanted to hear from people wanting to beat 2:30, 2:15, 2:05, 2:00 or something like that... anyway. I want to beat 2:30 in my September Marathon. Right now I feel like I'm taking two steps back with my pace but I know that's only a training pace and not a representation of my speed capabilities -- based on where I crossed the half point in my marathon and my 5K PR, and other races - I think with some good training I can do it. If I maintain my recent race pace times of around 11:39 for that distance, I'm a few minutes over that goal. Soooooo we'll see. :) If I'm selected I will get some coach to give me a training plan I think? That'd be cool. I do think I helped myself stand out by: being 6'2" - it's in my signature on RWOL haha, and when she asked about when I started running I got to talk about my weight loss, etc. The downside? I'm a first time half marathoner and they may be only featuring people specifically looking to improve a previous race time, meaning no first-timers. *shrug* I have to tell you, it'd definitely be a MAJOR incentive to train hard if I knew a bunch of RW readers would be reading about my results! HAHAHAHA :D
OH. And. It's very very likely that we're moving at the end of June. So that will throw a wrench into regatta on July 10th w/ BWRC... if I continue to row with the club until we leave, that only leaves a week and a half or so of not having a place to live before the regatta.... I mean - theoretically I could stay with someone for that week if we thought we really still needed some practices together before that race. Assuming moving doesn't completely eliminate the practice possibilities! :P I mean - obviously I'll be mega busy during moving so.... *shrug* not to mention that regatta travel and registration means money and moving costs money. I'm not ruling it out because it may be my last chance to race in a regatta for some time, but I'm not expecting to be able to do it either if that makes sense. :)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Yeah -- so my weight's been holding fairly steady since sometime around the marathon or a little before, or really since about last August. But... I'm done with it.
I'm sick of being over my low weight, I'm sick of the extra flab in the middle. I've been trying to be patient, to focus on weightlifting. First focus was on the marathon and it was easier to ignore I guess cause I had so much going on or I wasn't up QUITE as much. Then after the marathon and holidays it was like. darn. This sucks.
Saturday I went to put on a pair of shorts and they flat out did not fit. Not they were a little snug, they didn't fit. Granted I haven't worn them in a little less than a year - other clothes are just snug but I bought these at my very lowest weight and they have no stretch really... so....
Anyway. That was depressing.
And I had such a mopefest on Sunday -- I KNOW my TOM is coming up this week and likely contributing to some hormonal stuff and some bloating BUT.
I decided to be honest with myself -- I'm tired of waiting on losing weight. I've been loving this New Rules of Lifting for Women plan and I plan to continue with the workouts, but I'm throwing the whole nutrition plan of being close to maintenenace with the calories out the window.
If I can commit myself to losing the extra weight, I will be done with that soon and I won't have to be living with the extra lbs so long. I will NOT discard my strength training, or any of the other exercise I'm doing. I just have to get used to doing it on less fuel.
I did NOT eat clean on Sunday -- I overdid some black jellybeans (my one easter splurge cause it's the only time of year they sell them on their own). Then later that day after my DH and I talked over our current stresses and I discussed how I think I wanted to change my tactic right now physically to weight loss because I'm not happy carrying the flub - he suggested I take the rest of the easter candy to work. I did NOT over do ANY chocolate items while they've been in the house! I have to say, I've been proud of my will power where that stuff has been concerned. Well -- last night I consciously made the decision to have a few of each kind of thing I bought, and give the rest away. Don't need em.
I ate that chocolate and stuff last night for "dinner" - not too healthy but I also didn't double down on eating healthy PLUS the junk. haha. The rest is in a big ziploc bag to take to work. I have a co-worker who maintains a "CHOCOLATE" jar that people go and partake of and sometimes contribute money and other times chocolate. Well- I have been an OCCASIONAL (rare) patron, but not contributed too much and here's my opportunity to give her the motherload. HAHAHAHA.
So now it comes to getting used to eating less -- making the most of every calorie. I think I will feel better knowing I'm finally working toward this goal. I KNOW that some of my muscles have grown, but it's hard to notice or appreciate them as much when I still have the extra flab covering them up.
And I KNOW I'm not fat. I'm still healthy range for my height, but I think for my frame (which is actually quite narrow and small for my height from what I can tell) I just do not feel comfortable where I am right now and I've given it time (4 months) to decide to go this route and I think that's a good enough amount of time.
I just got back from the grocery store -- I'm gonna try a couple of recipes this week from the CLEAN FOOD cookbook... I think that's what it's called (checked it out from the library)... I'm trying to get back to trying new recipes a bit more again.
I hate to give up on a strategy before seeing it through to the end, but I think sometimes you just have to admit when something isn't working for you even if you're midway through the process. I need a lot of support with this! I have my husband's buy in and I'm gonna need my sparkfriends.
I'm still sticking to the Partying Penguin challenge, not weighing myself or measuring till the end of the month -- I haven't done that at home at all and only accidentally saw my weight at the VO2 Max test.
OK - time to go eat. And drink lots of water. And check on my beans.
I rowed and ran this morning, BTW. :)
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