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Still going strong with the tracking!

Monday, September 13, 2010

So I just finished up my tracking for the weekend. :)

Saturday was NOT that strong, but I did take a splurge meal and then not really eat much else for the day. I tried to track it and ended up almost exactly at my Daily non-exercise burn number, so I'm calling that day a net nothing. (1900-1927) Just entered in Sunday's final numbers and here're the results:

(1900+1846) - 2514 = 1232

So let's say we take out that 32 just to counterbalance the little over on Saturday and to make math easier. We've got 1200 deficit to add to my weekly numbers:

Weekly Deficit - 3167, Daily Average - 452.4286

So nearly 1lb! :D And that's not counting any burn from Hula Hooping Monday. I weighed this morning and I'm down another 1.5lbs from the last time I checked (1lb down) so a total of 2.5lbs down since I started deficit tracking.

I weighed yesterday and saw the same number as today as well, been weighing more frequently, and so I know I'm not fluctuating too much lately either -- feels good!

I think this week will be a bit of a challenge since I'm cutting my miles back a bit for a little taper before my half and I'll be specifically trying to rest up Friday and Saturday AND I don't want to eat too little because I do want to make sure I'm fueling my body enough for the race. So I think I'm not going to focus on a large (for me large being 3500 cal/1lb) deficit this week - more so just trying to stay between no gain to 1/2lb(1750cal) deficit.

Just checked the weather for the first time (of many I'm sure) for Sunday and so far it's looking pretty good -- Highs in the low 90's, Lows in the low 60's. Those are temperatures I'm very comfortable with I think. Would I like it to be a little cooler than that? Sure. But there is 0% chance of precipitation which is nice... the race starts at 7, which is actually similar to when I usually have been running my LR's lately.

I made a little pace band for myself yesterday - gotta go get a sweatband to attach it to - and it shows splits for 2:25 and 2:29:59, so hopefully I can come in at least lower than the second numbers to reach my goal. I'm also thinking that unless I'm just feeling AMAZING that I won't want to start out too much faster than a 2:25 pace and risk blowing up since I have a goal to reach, ya know?

Anyway, I'm feeling the beginings of taper/race madness. I have a pain in the ball of my right foot that is sometimes not there at all and sometimes there. I'm not quite sure if I think it's imaginary or not, but I'm pretty sure it's inconsequential to how my race will go. hahaha. So I've got phantom pains, I'm checking the weather, I'm making pace bands... what else? Oh I want to shop for running gear like MAD CRAZY. hahaha.

I'm wearing a shirt today that I haven't worn in ages because I just decided one day that it was too small for me to feel comfortable in. Now that I'm wearing it today I'm not sure if that was ever really true, because I don't think my body has changed much recently, but I'm wearing it and feeling good about it. I'm not sure if this is a mental victory or a physical one, but I'm guessing it's mental and I'm really happy about it either way. :)

I put on my skinny jeans again Saturday and I was talking about them like, let me go check how they look in the bathroom and I might change them, and my DH was like, don't, they look great - so of course I still go look, but I see that he's right and yay. :) haha. I think making myself more in tune with my eating through the tracking and whatnot has given me more confidence somehow? Maybe I'll always feel a little lost and unsure if I'm not tracking. Maybe someday I'll grow out of that. Either way, I'm happy with how I feel lately. I don't feel obsessive or neurotic about things at all. Just aware - in a good way. Like on Saturday I ate out for lunch - I got chicken kabobs. They were great - just meat and some onions and a couple pepers. Coleslaw - a little bitty cup, about 1/2 cup full. It came with 2 piece of garlic toast, and I knew I didn't really want to eat both of them so I offerred one to my BIL and he and my DH split it. :) I ate some fries that my DH got. We went and picked up cupcakes, but I didn't eat mine until later because I was full. And I didn't really eat much the rest of the day - we ate at like .... 3:30-4? And I've been going to bed at 9-10 lately, so I just listened to my body and just ate the cupcake when I felt hungry again and then I was pretty much done for the day. I went to bed when I was tired. It was great! :D Sunday I ate a lot more -- ate before running, protein smoothie when I got back, etc. But it felt right because I burned a lot of calories that morning and my body was asking for fuel. When I come back later to crunch the numbers, everything aligned.

I think I'm listening to my body better, and just using the numbers as kind of a backup to ensure I'm really responding the best way to my body's needs and it feels really good. Which - no my body didn't need a cupcake, but it wasn't horrible for me and it was a TOP QUALITY CUPCAKE - I mean AMAZING - so worth the lack nutritional value for a one off treat.

So far today my calories are looking a little low, I will probably be eating more tomorrow to balance things out since I'll be busy tonight at the gym, then groceries, then home shower eat bed. :) Not a lot of time to get in extra cal and I bet I won't be feeling it when I do finally get home - I'll probably just want to eat something fast and easy.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/14/2010 5:52AM


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KEAKMAN 9/14/2010 12:16AM

    Hooray for the skinny jeans!

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MARLIE13 9/13/2010 11:46PM

    You are doing so awesome! Love this! Speaking of pace bands...I was looking at making mine and marking the water and goody stations. So excited to hear how your race goes!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/13/2010 8:05PM

    great job keeping up with the tracking. it is paying off for you.

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MDTWEETY 9/13/2010 2:45PM

    Good luck with your race, Dana!! And AWESOME about the not-too-small-after-all shirt! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/13/2010 12:35PM

    I hope you can feel more comfortable listening to your body. I think you are taking steps in the right direction.

Best wishes with the half.

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MBSHAZZER 9/13/2010 11:38AM

    Hey Dana, it sounds like you are doing amazing!! I am so glad that the mental part is coming together for you as well, too. I do think that weight loss is 90% mental. I can totally relate to the clothing sizes as well. The other day, I was feeling "fat" so I put on a pair of pants that are larger than most (ALL of my clothing is too large, but that's another story). Anyway, I felt awful all morning, so I went home at lunch and changed and was much happier! :D

Good luck with the half... you are READY and I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/13/2010 11:09AM

    I think that when we listen to our bodies it gives us that extra boost we need to go another day! I love putting on clothes that I didn't use to be able to fit into, and going wow they fit me now! Sometimes I think women are a little bit harder on themselves about how they look, so it very possible you were not that big to begin with that you couldn't fit into the jeans and the shirt! I think you look great! Have a excellent day and stay focused! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/13/2010 10:59AM

    I think listening to your body gives a confidence boost too- I did the same the other day after this week o getting back in tune with myself, put on a shirt that's been sitting in my drawer for a couple months cuz I was thinking last time I put it on it was too tight- it elt great thins time! The skinny jeans are still not happening yet for me... soon though as long as I keep at it :) So woohoo for your skinny jeans Saturday!
Glad to hear I'm not the only one that gets pre-race madness. I obsess or days before on what to wear race day, what to eat the day before and day of- how much I should be working out the couple days before, etc. And that's just for 5k's! Maybe someday a half is in my future... maybe. Good luck in your race this weekend- cand wait to hear all about it!

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Deficit Tracking - nothing exciting to see here... :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/10: (1900+672) - 2084 = 488

Weekly Deficit: 1967, Daily Average = 393.4

Word. Gotta stay strong today - Saturday - and make these deficits count for something. :)

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MARLIE13 9/12/2010 11:15AM

    Stay strong. You can do it!

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SKYFYRE 9/11/2010 7:07PM

    Great Job! Word!

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KEAKMAN 9/11/2010 6:02PM

    You are so right - no sense in working hard all week to blow it on the weekend!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/11/2010 3:11PM

    stay strong girl! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 9/11/2010 12:34PM

    Have an awesome weekend, Dana!

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Deficit Tracking - Friday :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Not much to say. I'm ready for next week's taper! RACING a week from SUNDAY! :D WOOHOO!


(1900+915) - 1902 = 913

Weekly Deficit: 1479, Daily Average - 369.75


This morning ran 2.85 miles, burned 430 calories, didn't hit the gym for ST last night but I have my gym bag with me today and plan on hitting it after work to start the weekend off RIGHT. :) So far today's food is looking good. Tomorrow will be a test for me, I think. Not sure what we're doing yet -- Artists' Market to buy Fred Bread and eat at the Happy Tummy? Go to a friend's mega awesome party with a water slide? Both? Neither? and somewhere in there will definitely be football watching!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/11/2010 7:28PM

    fred bread? happy tummy? silly names for things lol. i don't know what either is. i could sure use a happy tummy though.

i can't believe it is your 1st half next week. enjoy your taper week.

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KEAKMAN 9/10/2010 10:40AM

    I can feel your excitement for next week's race Dana!

Hey, do you remember back when you never thought you could or would run? Isn't it so cool to be a runner?!?

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SEEHOLZ 9/10/2010 10:39AM

    Enjoy your week-end!

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MBSHAZZER 9/10/2010 10:15AM


Have an awesome weekend! One week till your first half marathon!

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Speed Kills

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Speed work kills my muscles and forces them to return stronger. :) HAHAHA. Seriously, I was sore already this morning, I guess my glutes just weren't happy about doing bulgarian split squats and deadlifts Tuesday -- but I made them run me all over the greenway anyway.

Today's training schedule called for 4 mile repeats. BLURGH!!!! Those are so intimidating to me -- It's one thing to settle into a faster tempo for miles at a time, but to run even faster than that one mile at a time... I dunno why, it's daunting for some reason. Because since I'm running one at a time, it should be faster than my tempo run pace, which is faster than my HMP goal pace by a bit. AKA - I gotta book it for a mile. I can't just SPRINT because hello, I'll crash and burn before I finish. It's this balanced effort, trying to find the right speed that gives it all right at a mile point, then recover a bit and do it again.

It was dark when I started and my watch has no light, my estimate is that my first mile was at 10 min or possibly slightly under. 2nd mile estimate is near 11. 3rd and 4th I ran a .9 mile section of the trail because I was sick of the other side of the greenway. HAHA. those extrapolate to about a 10:30 min mile pace. So I feel pretty good about that. 4th was actually a bit faster than the 3rd. Granted -- 3rd was OUT on that section and 4th was BACK so it might be slightly easier on the way back? I dunno. All I know is that I was SPENT by the end of today's run.

Deficit Tracking:

(1900+475)-1876 = 499

Weekly Deficit: 67+499 = 566, Daily Average = 188.667

So not quite the pace my deficit was building last week - drastically influenced by Monday being a calorie eating fest instead of my usual calorie BURN fest (w/ Zumba and Hoop class), but I'm still in the negative some and that makes me feel good.

Today so far:

(1900+915) - 1571 = 1244

So probably a small deficit again today. See -- if I had been eating up to my min or my max calorie range on some of the days this week that I went under, I'd be definitely in a deficit hole (which means GAINING). With a fluctuating burn each week, this is so much easier to see where I really stand with things. Tomorrow is only scheduled a 3 mile easy run, so tomorrow's burn will not be large. Saturday is an "OFF" day -- so not sure if I'll do anything or not, maybe hit up yoga again finally for the first time in ages. And then Sunday is 11miler.

OK I'm tired. Got enough sleep last night, though! :) I've been doing good at making sure I get to bed early. I think I'm finally finding a good groove with my schedule!

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MARLIE13 9/9/2010 10:48PM

    Oooh routine groove. Awesome! I love those!

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SKYFYRE 9/9/2010 3:43PM

    I love that you used the word "extrapolate" in your blog today! :) Awesome!
I think you are jamming with your speed work, yikes!
Another yikes... your gonna hit up yoga this weekend emoticon I'll shut up now!

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MBSHAZZER 9/9/2010 11:07AM

    Just the phrase, "Bulgarian split squats" scares me! Hehe! Way to power through!

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Got up early today! YES! :D

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Yesterday I had not gotten enough sleep so I bagged my run in the morning saying I'd do it that night.

Well what the heck - it's HOT here again! DANGIT! I want the cooler weather back, please! Since all the clothing in my gym bag was just completely suited for the GYM and not for RUNNING, let alone in the heat -- I said, it's 3 miles. I'm skipping it today. :P And the same day I signed up for my marathon -- how am I gonna complete a marathon if I'm skipping runs??? HAHAHA But anyway -- the real solution is to ensure I get up and do my run in the morning unless I KNOW it's going to get cooler at night. AND also not to stress about missing the occasional couple of miles as long as I'm hitting everything else. Heck, they even say not to stress missing a long run or two as long as it's not too many toward the end of your training cycle and that you're still hitting important longer distance training runs -- ie: don't miss your 18 and 20 milers and have only run up to 16 miles before marathon day.

So I DID get in a workout -- I got on the ERG for the first time in ages -- rowing workout of intervals. 500m at a warmup pace, and then 200m intervals, stepping up each hard interval by 2 stroke ratings. It was short and sweet and perfect for before doing strength training to get my body warmed up and the heart pumping. Then I hit all body parts pretty much - assisted dips/pullups/chinups set (alternating up with down sets), then 21's, deadlifts, bulgarian split squats, seated rows, weighted crunches on ball w/ chest press using kb, oblique twists on ball using kb, and a few KB swings and I was done.

I was not that hungry yesterday, guess the body was recovering from the madness of Monday night --

9/7 - (1900+369) - 1572 = 697

Weekly Deficit: -630+697 = 67

So I'm not in the hole anymore. :) haha. We will have to see what kind of deficit I'm able to get by the week's end.

So last night I got to bed in a good reasonable time to get up early and I DID. Ran 3.25 ish miles around the neighborhood (3 on the schedule), and that's my workout for today. Maybe some hooping tonight....

So far today:

(1900+475) - 1138 = 1237

So I'm sure I'll get something to add to my deficit today, even if it's small.

I weighed myself this morning and was down 1lb from my weighin last week -- which is pretty right on compared to my deficit tracking estimates from last week. I have to admit, seeing changes that small is like seeing no change at all, but I'm trying to remember that that is exactly what I'm AIMING for - is small small small changes over time to make sure I'm losing fat vs. muscle. So I'm really stuffing the gut reaction of "that's it???" and filling myself with a feeling of celebration for hitting my goal of .5-1lb of loss per week SPOT ON! :) Need to be able to celebrate to keep moving forward and realize that what I'm doing is working.

Yesterday I registered for the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL - 12/11/2010

WOOHOO!!! Yes, I WANTED to do Miami in January. I still do. But let's be honest -- DH hasn't actually defended yet, job hunt hasn't begun, even if all goes smoothly we may be moving in January or something. It's a completely nonsensical idea. So why not plan for what is going to REALLY WORK and make sure I get to do a marathon in the near future and not miss it this year/season/whatever.

So I will have a week to recover post half, and then 12 weeks of training building up to the full. I feel good about the timing and good about everything. It will be neat to be able to fix my own pre-race meal at HOME and sleep in my BED and whatnot before the race. :) hehe.

My DH will be walking for his PhD that day -- he was more upset about missing my marathon! HAHA Didn't even mention me missing his ceremony until I expressed being upset about that -- he said that didn't matter, the years that I've been supporting him through it are the important part. The plan is that I run, he walks, and we join in celebration that night! :D

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KEAKMAN 9/8/2010 5:18PM

    Now to get DH to find a job out here so you can run HTC with us!

I love that you are both encouraging the other to do his/her own thing!

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SKYFYRE 9/8/2010 2:41PM

    Very cool that DH is supportive of you as your are supportive of him, that is a good marriage :) I am glad that you are doing one near home, if I ever get back in condition to do the 70.3 Ironman (I can do everything but the run) I will register for the one and hour from my home. They are big races and being comfortable and having routine is so crucial I think when staring out! I agree on the not stressing about missing a run or two. You have already put a ton of training runs in to this marathon so you are ahead of the game!!!

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SEEHOLZ 9/8/2010 1:34PM

    Your hubby totally won extra points in my book with that comment! I think your choice makes sense and it's not like you've run this one before-- it'll be a great pre-holiday celebration and since it's close to home, you might get some alternative supporters!

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MBSHAZZER 9/8/2010 11:39AM

    Dana, I hope you can make Miami! But I totally understand the uncertainty with the schedule. Fingers crossed for your hubby! I love his attitude about your support, too!

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