Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So today was the highly anticipated FIRST DAY OF CLASS. :D EEH!
Our teacher is a dude (for some reason I was expecting a girl), a very lanky dude named Greg. His face makes me think of a ... Robin Hood? A lanky elfish Robin Hood? hahaha Not sure why. There are four other women in the class -- two older, two younger. We briefly talked before getting started about our running experience and there was one older woman and one of the younger women that have done half marathons before and the older woman has at one time done a marathon as well!!!! Then the other younger woman said she's run about a 5K before, and the other older woman said she runs on a treadmill for 30 minutes.
Our teacher was like, let's go 5 miles. And us more inexperiencedwithdistance runners were like... 5 miles..? And he's all like, we'll do it together, if we need to walk we'll walk, or if we need to turn around sooner we will. So we're all like OK! LET'S GO!
So! We set off and not too far into our run, about 10min or so, the youngdistancerunner was like I HAVE TO PEE! and detoured towards a building on campus, so we all followed her and took a short break while she went and the treadmill lady and marathoner and 5K girl and I stayed outside and talked with our teacher. The farthest she's ever run is 3.2 miles. I told her, well the farthest I've ever run is 4 but we were discussing how the distance is a mental thing and whatnot. ANYWAY! Back to running!
So it turns out I'm kinda in the middle of our pack the whole way. Mostly more close to the front two (our distance runners). Treadmill lady was having the most difficulty and 5K girl was staying closer to her and the teacher most of the time.
There were times when us "faster" ladies would run up ahead and turn around and then run back the same way so we could let them catch up with us while still moving. At one point the youngdistance girl was way up ahead and our teacher ran up to her and then ran back to where I was, next, and was like,"Yyou're doing great! She keeps running ahead but now she's out of gas. I challenged her to a sprint but she turned me down." I looked ahead and she was stalled at a road crossing and not jogging in place, kinda leaning over and whatnot. HEH HEH.
Marathon lady mentioned she had recently done a 10 mile trail run -- she was so nice! She kept back with the slower runners for a while while our teacher ran up to old speedy and I was kinda in between and he sent me on a detour to get closer to the ones behind me. :P So I get rewarded for my good running with extra work. ;) hehehe. Then I was coming up a little behind them and he came up with me and we ran a little faster to catch up.
ANYWAY! POINT BEING, IT WAS FUN. When we're in the home stretch kinda and catching up after my detour he was like, we'll just do the running today since we did so much. I asked how long we'd been running and he's like, oh it'll be about an hour when we get back. I WAS LIKE WOW!!!!!!! I've never run longer than 45ish minutes before. :) Then it was me and the distance runners -- speedy up front, marathoner not tooo far ahead of me, and then me running up to the Rec Center. At one point I turned around and I was like.... where are the other folks??? They apparently took a shorter cut to get there around the same time as us. So I get up and the teacher is waiting, and I look over and marathoner is cheering the others to the finish! :D Treadmill lady and 5K girl are heading across the grass and almost there!!! We whooped and cheered them on until they made it back. Speedy had disappeared.
We all regrouped in the classroom after finding Speedy and did some nice stretching. Again our teacher praised me in front of the class and said I did a great job with a good steady pace! WOOHOO! :D hahahaha.
Turns out we went a little over 5 miles. FIVE MILES. My longest distance to date!!! Took about an hour, BUT, that's also including the potty break. ;)
I was so proud of treadmill lady. Next class the plan is to run less, do more abs. I'm very excited! :D Someone asked what we'd do if it rained, I was like RUN! :D And I was the only one... but since he's a personal trainer he's like, we'll just do something else -- maybe run a few miles indoors and then do more of the yoga and pilates -- or even do some spinning. I kind of hope it rains one day so I can see what the spinning studio is like and everything... ;) HAHAHA.
So! Lots of awesome today. I did a few HIGHLY INTENSE ab moves after class since we did not do abs and today was supposed to be core training. It was also supposed to be biking but after 5 miles of running outdoors I was pooped for cardio.
6/9: (1950+302) - 1656 = 596
Today so far:
6/10: (1950+757(WOW!)) - 1005 = 1702
Definitely looking forward to enjoying some of that homemade bread tonight.
Tomorrow's plan is for Swimming and Lower Body ST. I may switch to Upper Body -- my butt and hip muscles are just soooooo sore right now. I will be doing lots of stretching to try to make them feel happier, but I might also give them a bit more rest before focusing on them with ST again.
Monday, June 09, 2008
So, tomorrow is the first day of Runner's Yoga and thinking about it makes me a little nervous, but I'm also very excited. :) I just don't know what to expect! :D
First a recap of last week's deficit tracking:
6/2: (1950+0) - 1891 = 59
6/3: (1950+438) - 1757 = 531
6/4: (1950+664) - 1577 = 1037
6/5: (1950+338) - 1593 = 695
6/6: (1950+290) - 1708 = 532
6/7: (1950+593) - 1817 = 726
6/8: (1950+0) - 1735 = 215
TOTAL DEFICIT: 3895, Average/Day: 556.43
YEAH! I haven't really gone down though, only back to 171.2 again. I think my scale likes that number. I did see 170.4 for a brief moment on Saturday, though, and this week is TOM so I'm hoping after this week I can expect a drop!
Had a weekend that started out VERY frustrating, but was an enjoyable weekend nonetheless.
I MADE MY FIRST SUCCESSFUL BREAD!!! SO GOOD. The Bread Bible is GENIUS. :) hehehe. The key to my success! I actually made one small error in the recipe and it still turned out good. We had sandwiches from the bread last night. Now I just need to get a real normal sized loaf pan because I had to make two small loaves, which were awesome.... but not like normal sized bread? Actually now that I think about it, the bread was the exact size of the meat and cheese so maybe it's PERFECT sized bread. ;) hehehe. And it wasn't very hard!!!
Also -- The pork chop/slaw recipe tasted SO GOOD after sitting in the fridge as leftovers. I ate the leftovers as lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Also, the "Fettucine with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce" was very good as well. I'm going to try a "Chicken w/ Mango Barbecue Sauce" Recipe this week, which involves making your own Mango Barbecue Sauce so I'm pretty excited about that. :D
I also tried on some clothes on a whim while I was shopping and I think I MIGHT be a size 10 almost? I tried on a size 10 and a size 12 from the same kind of pants and they fit almost the same...... the crotch was too short. So I think it's just that brand of pants is weird because I seem to remember the same problem when I tried them on before. (George at WalMart?) But I could definitely get into the size 10's! Will have to try some other brands to see how I really am. Oh and I picked up a shirt in a size small and tried it on with the pants and.... it fit. The label read size 4/6!!!
I need to get some clothes that fit! hahahaha. But... need money first. So I'm working hard. Just thought I'd share my fun little moment at the store when I was like, wHAAAT? But I have been feeling extra skinny lately -- I wish my scale would stop giving me error's when trying to get my body fat %. I need to take some measurements as well. Maybe I will be able to find the time tomorrow.
I got a calling at church as well -- I'm going to be the Ward Chorister, which basically means I pick the songs we sing in church each Sunday and conduct them from the stand. :) A good calling for me, I think.
Today was Upper and Lower Body ST and Swimming. Since I was doing both Upper and Lower Body I took advantage and did some combination moves -- W Shoulder Presses w/ Leg Extensions, and Hammer Curls w/ Pendulum Lunges, and then I did some excercises just for lower and then just for upper body. Then swimming. I got called in to work early today so I was a LITTLE pressed for time, but I think I definitely made the most of it.
Today so far:
6/9: (1950+302) - 1195 = 1057
This does also include 2 snacks and lunch, none of which I have eaten yet, but I'll be at work an extra hour so I'm expecting that I will be needing them. :) Dinner tonight will be relatively light so that bodes well for my deficit -- some kind of chicken and a rice pilaf. Not sure yet how I'm going to prepare the chicken. We were going to have this last night but my bread came out and it was like... GOTTA EAT THIS AMAZING BREAD! :D I have another loaf which will be eaten tomorrow night. :D WOOHOO!!! I'm still so jazzed about making bread. HAHAHA. And no bread machine, folks, all by hand.
P.S. -- It's Employee Appreciation Week at my work and I just won a Goody Bag as a Door Prize... A Diet Coke, Cheetos, and candy. HAHAHAHA :D At least the soda is 0 cal? :D
Friday, June 06, 2008
Had to get up "early" (for me early is 8:30AM since I work till 10PM usually) to make sure I could get in my run before it got too hot and whatnot.
I did my fastest time EVER today!!! Only did 2 miles, but came in at 19:59. ;) JUST under a 10min mile. I was SO PSYCHED!!!! Obviously I can't keep that pace up for too long because on my last run I was more like 10:44 min miles, but still. This makes me pretty happy.
My stomach is feeling OOKY today. I felt fine until later about an hour after my run I started feeling weiiirrrddddd.... so I ate some bread extra to what I had already eaten -- it and some chocolate I have planned in to today has my pre-dinner calories a little higher than usual, but not unmanageable.
Last night's dinner was a really good recipe from Ellie Krieger again, but.... it's just not my style. I was eating it and it was good -- but just not my thing. We have leftovers we'll eat, but I don't think I'll make it again. I'm not really a pork chops kind of girl although I kind of want to be, I've tried making them a couple of times, and this is my least favorite unfortunately. I think I don't like sage. Maybe I'm just not an herb-y person!! I wrote yesterday about how I don't like cilantro. :P I think I like basil and oregano... eh whatever. For people who like this stuff though -- it seriously was a really good recipe. Not tough to make, smelled great, tasted good... just not for me.
I STILL GIVE HER BOOK FIVE STARS! ;) hahaha.
I forgot to write down the nutrition details from the book, but I remember one serving (porkchop+slaw) was 330 calories. So I entered the calories in to my tracker to get my DEFICIT TRACKING ON!
6/5: (1950+338) - 1593 = 695
6/2-6/5 = 2422 (1078 remaining to 3500 goal), Average/Day = 605.5
So, I have 3 more days to reach my goal and one of them is tomorrow's super duper workout day. Gotta average a deficit of 359.33 for each of the next 3 days (including today) in order to reach my goal. I think I will achieve that.
Today so far -
6/6: (1950+290) - 1200 = 1040
I know dinner tonight will be a pasta dish from the Food You Crave -- Fettucine with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce. :) I'm excited. I think it'll be really good.
Tomorrow's Workout: Swim+Bike, Full Body ST
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I think I've used that title many times before, but it also applies today so DANGIT THERE IT IS.
I would first like to talk about the AMAZING meal I made last night. ;) Consider my own horn tooted. But really, all credit goes back to Ellie Krieger and her amazing cookbook. It is SO on my amazon.com wishlists. The recipe was Steak Tacos w/ Cucumber Avocado Salsa. I am a HUGE avocado fiend, and I love cucumbers, and well.. MEAT. Her recipes are simple, but delicious... I'm such a fan! This was some top sirloin (pricey, but delicious), rubbed with what was SUPPOSED to be cinnamon, cayenne pepper, garlic, and CHILI POWDER, but we didn't have any chili powder (oops we're out), so instead I used cumin and Mrs. Dash Chipotle. :D haha. But anyway, cooked that on the stovetop in a nonstick skillet. let rest, then slice thin. Warm little 6" corn tortillas. The salsa is made from avocado, cucumber, red onion, jalapenos, and lime juice. Also supposed to contain chopped cilantro but to be honest, I'm not that big a fan of cilantro and didn't feel like buying any, so I left that out. Salt to taste.
SO FREAKING GOOD EVERYONE!
And my DH does not like avocados so while he did TRY some of the salsa, he didn't enjoy it and so I get to eat leftovers today. HURRAH! :D
Two of the tacos with a serving of the salsa comes to about 414 calories, the salsa alone is roughly 117 cal per serving according to my calculations. I think her calculations say 410 for two tacos and 111 for 1/3 cup salsa, but close enough.
END FOOD DISCUSSION!
So, my workout this morning was good. It was a bit short, but I got done what I intended to. Lower Body ST -- about 18min, 15min of actual action. Swimming -- 20min, I'm counting about 15 of that as swimming.
NOW! :D I finished all but 2-3 lengths of the pool without any midway stops! WOOHOO!!! :D Still stopping at the end, but tried to wait less. I kind of alternated between a short rest and a longer rest depending on how I was feeling as well. The few times I stopped short of one length I was at least 75% down. I am very pleased with this progress! :D
Also, my arms are SO SORE from the combination of yesterday's upper body training and today's swimming. YOWZA! :D It feels GREAT. I can't wait to start seeing some results in my arms.
Tomorrow's workout plan is for a run ONLY. I am definitely looking forward to this as a lighter day for this week. :) Then Saturday is SWIM+BIKE+FULLBODY ST! KICK! BUTT!!! :D
6/4: (1950+664) - 1557 = 1037
6/2-6/4 = 1727 (1773 remaining to 3500 goal), Average/Day = 575.67
Today so far:
6/5: (1950+338) - 1062 = 1226
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
WOW, it's been a while since I had that nice sore feeling and it is HERE in FULL FORCE, ladies and gents!!! HAHAHA.
My lower body is quite sore.
This morning's workout was AWESOME. I think I am going to aim for what a couple of sites I've read today have mentioned and do ST before cardio if I can. It may not be feasible for the running because I have to run so early to avoid the heat, but I'm going to attempt this strategy. It also seems that about 5-6 moves per muscle group is a good number. Although I did only 4 core moves today, I'm feeling pretty pleased.
Did 25min bike, 36:44 run (3.42 miles), and then my ST! WOOHOO!!
This was a new route for me today, relatively flat but with some long slight inclines and then a more aggressive incline right at the end. It was pretty though, took me around campus. I should run around people that are walking more often -- makes me feel fast. HAHAHA ;)
I ate something new this morning -- an instant oatmeal packet from Quaker Simple Harvest style, mixed uncooked with an Activia Light. It was very good! I think I will be trying this again.
Deficit Tracking!!! :D
6/3: (1950+438) - 1757 = 631
Today so far:
6/4: (1950+664) - 962 = 1652
WOW! Well, I tried to end up a little lower after lunch and dinner than I have been recently since I've been on the high side of my range, this way I have a bit more freedom when it comes to dinner. So I do plan on EATING at least probably 550-700 calories tonight.
OH!!! SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!!!!!!! Someone actually said I "need to gain some weight" today. Granted, it was obviously kind of a joke, and I'm like 99% sure it was because my pants were almost falling off.... but still!!! ??? It's kind of weird. I was like, no I just need to buy some new pants. And he was like, just do what I do and gain some weight! It's easier! :P (One of my bosses.) Can you imagine? Someone telling MEEEEEEEEEEE to GAIN weight????? Ok, maybe you folks out there who didn't know me my entire overweight life might be able to imagine it but for me it was very weird! HAHAHA :D
Tomorrow's Workout Plan: Lower Body ST+Swim
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