Monday, May 26, 2008
I can run for 4.1 miles!!!! In ridiculously humid heat!!!
I'm slower this way, but dangit, still under a 12min mile so that's not too shabby considering when I very first started running I was so much slower than that, and it as torturous feeling outside. And STINKY. Except for the part of the route that goes by two restaurants... that was TOO good smelling. :P
It was rough, I'm so proud of myself for not giving up due to the discomfort of the weather. I knew I was ok -- I wasn't gonna give myself heat stroke or anything -- it was just uncomfortable. EXTREMELY. hahahaha. ;)
I went and bought a pair of padded bike shorts. My poor rear end is saddle sore and I'm not even doing that much!!! I want to be able to continue adding time to my bike sessions without having the sorest derriere in the south! :P So anyway. It was fun perusing the local sporting goods place... ok so I say local, it's a nationwide chain and does a little of everything so it's not that specialized, but hey. They had the padded butt shorts so they served my purposes. I also got some smaller sports bras now that mine are soooooo baggy. 3 for TWO DOLLARS believe it or not, Thank you Ladies and Gentleman, I know I'm the best shopper in the world. ;) So that's fun!
I haven't entered in all of the food yesterday yet, because there are some nutrition facts I need to manually enter on items at home, but I do know my total for that day. So here are my numbers for the whole week:
5/19: (1634+80) - 1341 = 373
5/20: (1634+451) - 1392 = 693
5/21: (1634+530) - 1519 = 645
5/22: (1634+505) - 1535 = 604
5/23: (1634+224) - 1818 = 40
5/24: (1634+574) - 1538 = 670
5/25: (1634+0) - 1335 = 299
TOTAL DEFICIT = 3324, Average/Day = 475
Calories Burned through Excercise = 2364
Average Calories Consumed/Day = 1497
This is probably one of the highest numbers I've ever seen for myself on calories burned through excercise. On one hand, that's totally awesome!!! On the other hand it makes me wonder... is this BMR calculation too low or something? It seems like I'm burning more calories than ever and eating really low still and coming up barely short of a 1lb deficit, while previously I've lost 2lbs in a week while eating roughly the same but burning less through excercise. ? Well now that I've added my average calories consumed/day, I think my average now might be higher than it used to be as well... and my BMR was probably higher before because I weighed more as well.
I guess we'll see what the scale says this week! :) At least I have some numbers to really look at for what a pretty good week is with this deficit tracking as opposed to my first experiment which included disaster weekend. ;)
Highlights of the week: Last night hubby declining a Betty Crocker Warm Delights so he could help me be good and not eat one, helping my deficit! :); running 4.1 miles!; finishing a length of the swimming pool!; burning a crazy amount of calories! :D
Lots of great stuff to be proud off. I also completed my May Goals this week - Run/Bike/Swim/Shred x 2. This week will be the final week of May, so I need to figure out some new goals, which will probably include some more hardcore strength training. :)
Today will be CLEANING HOUSE. I'm gonna get our house sooooooo supertidy. I got a head start in our office yesterday -- shredding tons of stuff that needed shredding -- it looks so good. Now I just have to spread it through the rest of the house. :)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
:) I did probably eat too much, and not good stuff, but I didn't go totally crazy because my estimated calories did NOT come out so bad! :D WOOHOO!! I substituted an extra jalapeno popper for 2 fried pickle spears(I figured, the poppers have the cheese inside so that would help compensate for the extra cal and fat of the second spear?), so I'm sure that's a little inaccurate, and the information for fried shrimp varied WILDLY so I picked one that was kinda... on the high side of the middle. So hopefully this is close and if not, maybe I can just consider yesterday about even? I think I picked a good time to cheat because my calories for breakfast and lunch were lower than any other day this week.
5/23: (1634+224) - 1818 = 40
5/19-5/23 = 2355, Average/Day = 471
So this means I have 1145 of deficit to reach the goal of a 1lb deficit this week. ROUGH! Having even a GOOD cheat day makes this difficult with the kind of calories I'm burning right now through excercise. Not sure how much I'll burn today, but it definitely makes me consider doing something tomorrow as well, or even more today.
I was just doing a quick estimate over at mapmyrun.com and if I do the full route running today in about 45 min (that's giving me JUST BARELY under 11min/mile) then I'll burn around 594 calories! If I ate all the way up to my BMR then I'd need 551 more calories to meet my 1lb goal, but if I eat 1200 calories today that'd be 117 left. Not sure if 1200 calories is a good idea if I'm doing that much today, though, but it's just interesting and eye opening to do some math on it, and see that if I add a little more excercise tomorrow or later today it won't make it too ridiculous to still meet a 3500 calorie deficit this week.
MORE LATER. :)
Friday, May 23, 2008
Ice Cream. Oh I love it -- my mom ate tons of ice cream while I was growing inside her and I think it created the ice-cream loving woman I am today. I love the kind with STUFF in it, tons of THINGS mixed in. I've found some really great lower calorie varieties that have suited my cravings and really helped me enjoy while still achieving my dietary goals.
The past couple of days, though... I was kinda full and still ate ice cream just to eat it. I think the thing is, my DH wants some, so I get it for both of us.
The question is -- if I have enough calories to spare, and I'm getting some for DH, can I possibly say NO to the ice cream???
It's a bit of a dilemma. I know I COULD. But should I really stress it? Why not enjoy myself?
I think moving forward I'm going to see if I'm really full, and if I am, I won't have any. If I'm still feeling somewhat empty and I have calories to spare, I'll go for it. I'm trying to be more mindful and not just eat because I can and because others are.
DEFICIT TIME! :)
5/22: (1634+505) - 1535 = 604
5/19-5/22 = 2315, Average/Day = 578.75
So far today:
5/23: (1634+224(shred)) - 688 = 1170
This is for what I've eaten so far plus lunch -- I also have some bread and PB that I MIGHT eat later as a snack, and if I do that's an extra 360 calories, which would bring my before dinner deficit to 810. I'm going to see if I can do without the extra snack, or maybe even just cut it in half. Once slice of bread and one tbsp PB.
Tomorrow I'm going for a longer run than I've done before -- I'm gonna try for 4 miles solid. :) It's perfect because I'll be at work till 11AM, and right next to my work is the beginning of a 2 mile long trail, so if I run it out and back I'll get in 4 miles. :D I'm trying to think of it as being easy and think positively, but I'm still a bit nervous.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
When I blogged about it before I was so focused on how bad I did at eating, I completely forgot to write about a very awesome thing that happened! :)
We were in sunday school and it was inbetween classes, and the ladies were sitting around chatting and there was this one lady and her daughter that I totally grew up around, and I love them. Well anyway, she saw me but was talking with other people and we didn't talk to each other. Then at the beginning of the next class (Relief Society = AKA all girl Sunday School), my mom was making announcements and whatnot (she's the Relief Society President there), and was introducing visitors and so mentioned me since I was visiting.
YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE LOOKS OF SHOCK I got from that lady and her daughter. :) They turned back around and were like WHAAAAT?!??!?! :D It was awesome. HAHAHAHA.
I went up and talked with them after it was over and they were saying how they saw me... and thought I looked familiar but couldn't place me, but didn't want to stare. They didn't put it together until my mom introduced me. :) They COMPLETELY did not recognize me!!!! The mom lady said,"Of course you've always been beautiful (*awww shucks*), but I now it's like, WHO IS THIS SUPERMODEL?" hahahahahahahah
Just wanted to commemorate that one for the records. :)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
OK, so maybe I'm not quite up to the level of this hardcore looking woman above ("France's Alena Popchanka"), but....
I swam one length of the pool without stopping!
And got at least 3/4 of the way a couple more times! WOOHOO!!!
I think my secondary goal for May might have been jumping the gun a bit. Rather than now setting my sights on completing a full lap (down and back), I think my goal now would be to make everytime across the pool without stopping, still keeping short breaks at the end, until I can THEN work up to not stopping at the end of the pool so much/anymore.
I'm so excited about this!! I almost started cheering and jumping up and down in the pool, but I contained myself...
My bread didn't turn out so amazing.
I have not made ONE BREAD yet that has risen properly. I'm wondering if I'm not letting it rise in a warm enough place??? Am I somehow setting them under the AC??? I know the yeast is active... so what am I doing wrong? It rose a bit, more like spread all over the place. I didn't put it in loaf pans because our loaf pans were too tiny to contain all the bread. Perhaps I should have made some tiny loaves and then let there be an extra weirdo loaf?
I dunno. But... I'm thinking I might not be able to really use this sourdough starter for bread anymore because the recipes I got with it either don't say how much starter to use, or I'm not sure they're talking about the same mix of starter as it is.... ugh it's confusing.
It'd be a lot less confusing to make my own and KNOW what I put in it to begin with, and know the ratios of everything so I could follow the recipes better.
The recipe I made yesterday called for 1 cup of starter. ? *shrugs*
Well, the bread made a very dense bread that is about 2 inches tall and 5-6 inches wide. HAHAHAHAHA. It tastes ok. Has that sour taste (DUH it's a sourdough bread...), and as fun as it is to have a thing to feed and grow to bake things from, I don't even think I LIKE sourdough.
OH well. I still have the bread bible and I can try some more bread recipes after we finish eating what I made. The bummer is just that one slice is like 90 something calories, and it's just not that BIG. I did get pretty filled up by eating one slice with one TBSP of PB and one slice with 1/2 a laughing cow cheese last night... but I still had some ice cream afterward.
Which brings us to everyone's favorite part of the day...
5/21: (1634+530) - 1519 = 645
So I came pretty close to the top of my range yesterday, but it was also a pretty intense cardio day. I'm only disappointed that I didn't meet my protein minimum and almost reached my carb max. I was not really paying enough attention to the balance.
5/19-5/21: 1711, Average/Day: 570.33
So far today -
5/22: (1634+505(swim+bike)) - 933 = 1206
Eating to 1200 calories will give me a deficit of 939, max 589.
Since I ate almost to my max yesterday, I'd like to keep it lighter tonight, but I did get started out ahead of what I have usually eaten by this time of day in calories, so I guess we'll just see what happens. I have meals planned out to eat during the week, but not assigned to a specific night so we still get to choose what we'll eat each night. :) Left we have... Moroccan Chicken w/ Couscous, Chili-Stuffed Potatoes (both Cooking Light recipes), Angel Hair with Meat Sauce, Taco Salad, and Pizza. Definitely not Pizza. I think each of the others have a fair chance.
And then there's the spontaneous possibility of more bread... things. They're too weird to make sandwiches with really, but bread with stuff on it. :)
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