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Swimming Day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

So, my hip was still bugging me this morning, so I said NO to biking, but yes to Lower Body ST and swimming??? eh. I kept it simple on the lower body. Tried to avoid squatting and lunging, did instead some mini-monster walking (which seemed to directly target that hip muscle actually... but that was the first thing I did and left it after that). My legs were like jello when I got out of the pool -- I'm still doing mainly drills involving kicking with no stroking and my legs were starting to lose all control right at the end. I actually walked a little crooked leaving the pool.... HAHAHAHA.


As for deficit tracking!

6/24: (1940+855) - 1714 = 1081

6/23-6/24 = 1200, Average/Day = 600 (I PROMISE, I did not plan that... hahaha)

So yay!

I'm doing well so far today.

6/25: (1940+363) - 1072 = 1231

Dinner is planned to be Morrocan Chicken w/ Lentils. We'll see. I can't remember if I actually have all the ingredients, but this will be an Eat Clean Diet Cookbook recipe if I do make it, I think. Will have a deficit of at least 500 today.

Tomorrow is Runner's Yoga again! I might go with the slow group tomorrow depending on how my hip feels. I've been reading this "Competitive Runners Handbook" thing and it talks about most training being done at slower than race pace, running at a comfortable converstional pace most of the time... and I have definitely been putting myself OUT of my comfort zone for every single class trying to improve. I wonder if I might have been pushing too hard? I dunno. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. :D

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WOLFKITTY 6/26/2008 3:29PM

    I was reading up on running too, because my fav. machines were taken out of my gym Tues. (I haven't started yet.) But I did read about several different types of runner's training. If you're always pushing yourself beyond your comfort level, it doesn't sound like you're training for endurance.

So it's great that you're looking to change it up! :D I'll see if I find that resource again so that I'm not just repeating vague ideas.

emoticon You're my running inspiration! ;D

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MARLIE13 6/26/2008 3:27PM

    Yep, you might be running a little too fast for training purposes. I have to watch that too since I don't want to get sidelined by an injury. Your dinner tonight sounds yummy! I'm seriously feeling so jealous that I'm just not making time to try new recipes. Life is crazy right now...someday! until then, I live through you my dear. loL!

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LOBO1978_2000 6/26/2008 10:46AM

    Keep the momentum going. Your doing awesome.

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/26/2008 10:03AM

    Mmm, dinner sounds yummy =)

What is the name/author of the swimming book that you keep talking about?

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SLCOLMAN 6/25/2008 10:04PM

    Looks like you are still rockin' it :)!!!!

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A new day...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Yeah, I had nothing for the title so you get that vague crap. HAHAHA :D

Yes, every day is a new day.

Well, today was Runner's Yoga (woohoo) however it was a very tough run. I think it was definitely the hottest it's ever been and my left hip got SUPER TIGHT about 60% of the way through the run... I had to take a shortcut at the end to get back to the gym, but the total distance was still ALMOST 5 miles. So I'm glad for that. But I felt like I was jogging on a peg-leg for the last of it. BOO!

Our teacher has suggested we change our start time to an hour earlier and do 3x a week instead of two -- I am wholeheartedly in support of both suggestions!!! I've been wanting to run 3x a week but find it difficult to go on the weekends, but going on MWF before work would be much easier, so yay to that. :) The only question is are we gonna do it on the 4th of July? He said we'd start next week... but I didn't think of that until I was at work -- so I'll ask on Thursday.

As for now... I'm just feeling tired.

Deficit tracking:

6/23: (1940+0) - 1821 = 119

At least I got something even with no excercise.

Today so far...

6/24: (1940+855) - 1231 = 1564

So, dinner is going to be a grilled sirloin salad, which I do not think will set me back tooo many calories. I'll probably be eating something else tonight as well, but I'm sure I'll still have a ROCKIN deficit for today. :)

Did some great core pilates stuff in class, and then hit the upper body with 4 high intensity moves after class. I feel good about my accomplishments today. :)

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FIENDISHSARAH 6/25/2008 7:46PM

    You're such a busy lady! I wish I had the gumption to do all the things you do! Especially the running...hopefully I can accomplish that someday! emoticon

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STEFIPOP 6/25/2008 5:11PM

    Woah! 5 miles! That's awesome! I look forward to being able to do that. Someday...

I have a pilates dvd. It's supposed to be for beginners. HA! That is no sissy stuff! I got through it once. Maybe I'll try to shoot for once a week. If it's that hard, it must mean it's good for you, right? LOL

Ooh, that grilled sirloin salad sounds delish. I might have to find me something like that for dinner. I'm off to go hunting up some meat!

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LOBO1978_2000 6/25/2008 11:10AM

    way to go on the 5miles!!1

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SKYFYRE 6/25/2008 2:20AM

    vague, shmeg...

Bravo on the 5 miler, STEEEEERetch yer hip, for hips sake!

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MARLIE13 6/24/2008 8:06PM

    Vague crap title...I see how we rate. loL! I still don't have a plan for dinner. I think it's going to be one of those...let's be creative and see what we have in the cupboards. Talk to you tomorrow miss pegleg. loL! Ya did great today!

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The Good News and the Bad News...

Monday, June 23, 2008

Well! The good news is that I had an amazing workout on Saturday, we didn't go to iHop, I also did not make pancakes, but we had a wonderful weekend.

The bad news is... I went CRAZZZYY on Sunday with some pizza. HOLY MOLY. We ordered from a place we've never really ordered from before and it was really good... and my DH ordered a special deal they had which was a large, a medium, and flatbread w/ cheese. I think I'm going to have to put my foot down in the future and say no more than 1 pizza unless they're both smalls or there are more people than us... because I want to have both kinds, and then I get carried away... and it's just not good. I felt so uncomfortable all day -- physically uncomfortable -- due to eating too much. I don't think it's horrible to eat pizza every now and then (and it's been quite a while since we've ordered pizza... I really can't remember the last time), but... I have a problem with eating to the point of discomfort and I'm going to have to find a way to NOT DO THAT anymore.


Wanna see how this made my deficit??? Well...

6/16: (1940+332) - 1691 = 581
6/17: (1940+871) - 1569 = 1242
6/18: (1940+451) - 1847 = 544
6/19: (1940+938) - 2104 = 774
6/20: (1940+0) - 1682 = 258
6/21: (1940+692) - 1790 = 842
6/22: (1940+0) - 2911 = -971 (OUCH)

Total Deficit = 3270, Average/Day = 467.14

I'm not sure if that estimate for Sunday is even close, but I tried. At least I resisted the flatbread. My total deficit PRIOR to Sunday was 4241. WOW. So with the OVERAGE of 971, I still only came down to 3270, which is 230 cal off of my goal. I am REALLLLY lucky I had such a huge buildup earlier in the week.

I weighed myself first thing this morning and it was 168.2. So... maybe it might go down in a couple of days after washing the pizza out of my system a bit? But it is definitely reassuring to know that those self-inflicted torturous weigh-ins I did yesterday (clothed and directly after consuming massive amounts of pizza), were not really right. *pwhew* I'm mostly happy I didn't bump myself right back out of my maintenance range!!! I would have been soooooo mad at myself!

But my inner thighs/hamstrings are both just ACHING still since my Saturday workout -- not sure if it was the strength training alone, or the fact that I did ST, then swimming but it was allllll stability drills (meaning kicking alone for most of it), and then biking, so my legs really got the best workout on Saturday.

I found out my pool is supposedly 25 yds long ... it REALLY seems like it must be shorter than that, but that's what the lifeguard told me, so I'm gonna go ahead and believe her. I'm glad I got this book from the library -- Fitness Swimming. It has all kinds of drills to help improve technique, and series of workouts in the back from beginner on up. It's really going to give me some good focus in my swimming sessions and a way to work on my technique without vaguely aiming to "do it better". Each drill lists a "Feedback Point" -- something you're supposed to be looking for to make sure you're doing it properly and getting the benefit you should be.

But I definitely think I needed a 2 day break this time to help recover before Runner's Yoga tomorrow, because that workout is sure to be intense and I don't want my legs to quit on me. :)

This morning I did get some good things accomplished -- went grocery shopping, took out the trash and mail, prepared some bananas into chunks to be frozen for quick smoothie making, started some pork chops marinating in the last of that MangoBBQ Sauce... good stuff.

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MARLIE13 6/24/2008 6:52PM

    I'm here to make you feel better...I had three pieces of pizza on Sunday. There...do you feel better? lol! You're doing great. I'm hating the water weight I have hanging on me. Boo! So keep strong because I need to be motivated by you. (I don't even need to tell you to stay strong cuz you'll do it anyway.) ;o)

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/23/2008 10:09PM

    Pizza is dangerous for me too, . . .

You have to take the good with the bad, . . . so way to go on your Saturday workout!! WHOO HOO!!!

I had planned to do my first swim + bike brick today and 10 minutes into my swim they shut down the pool because of the lightning outside, . . . so I had to roll with it and quickly transitioned and jumped on the bike for 40 minutes (Wanted to go longer, . . . but I realized that I do NOT like stationary bikes - lol.) So you live, you learn and you deal with it. Make the best of every situation! One day of bad eating will not ruin everything you've worked so hard to accomplish as long as you jump back on the wagon immediately afterward. Keep on keeping on!!!

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CATIATM 6/23/2008 8:21PM

    Haha. Yeah. I had an "Oh dear Heavens" moment earlier this week, only my nemesis is named Ben ... and then there is his friend Jerry ....

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KACHAFFE82 6/23/2008 6:49PM

    You know... Pizza is the only food I go crazy on! Pizza is the ONLY food that I think "eat until I pass out". It must be a mental/childhood thing... I dunno.

I will be going to ihop on this trip in your honor. :D

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TRECECOOKS 6/23/2008 6:20PM

    Yeah - the sodium load in the mozzarella alone'll kill ya - then you add the pizza sauce. I'd give it 3 days, and then see - that's what I do. . .

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STEFIPOP 6/23/2008 6:16PM

    Yeah, pizza! MmmMMm! That's something I can really go nuts on, too, if it's good stuff. And you are so right about needing to wash the stuff outta your system. It takes days to get the sodium out! Way to go on those exercises! I always love the ache after a good workout. Makes me feel like I've really done something. Great job!

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MILLER32807 6/23/2008 4:57PM

    You know what I like the most about you? You admit that you over did it, and then you move on. You can't change the fact that you indulged, but you know you don't want to do it again!! And I totally understand that "Oh, I gotta have it" craving we get sometimes, and I also understand that "OMG, I'm horribly uncomfortable because I ate too much" feeling. You are still doing so great:)

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.I'm having a Homer Simpson moment right now!

I like your suggestion of the MangoBBQ pork chops-I have issues with pork chops, so this sounds like a great way to overcome that.

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BRUIN2 6/23/2008 4:10PM

    Mmmmm...mango bbq sauce....

Oops, I just drooled all over my keyboard.

You still had an awesome week!! Flush that sodium out of your system, be a good bunny this week, and those numbers will keep going down, down, down!!

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JAYMATTER 6/23/2008 3:47PM

    Now I have a craving for pizza. Grrrr....


Eating to discomfort is a drag. I used to do it all the time (see my Ch-ch-ch-changes blog), but now I can barely reach the bottom of my calorie range without feeling stuffed. Of course Saturday I did myself an injustice by indulging in a (large, 32-oz, 1100-calorie) McDonald's milkshake. oops. Shoot happens, right? emoticon

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Wow, work comes SO EARLY...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

... on Saturdays. When I have to work on Saturday I have to be here at 6:30AM and I usually work 1-10PM, so that is a bit of a stretch for me.

I saw a bunch of runners on my way to work, though, and I realized it's much brighter when I go to work right now in the AM -- maybe on those Saturdays I could squeeze in a quick easy run before work??? It seems a little insane with my schedule, though... but I have to admit I was a little jealous that they were out running and I was going to work. (ISN'T THAT WEIRD??? Who would have thought I'd ever be JEALOUS of people running??) But it just looked so nice and cool and not sunny outside... *sigh*

Last night my DH picked up Subway, I got my old favorite the Veggie Delite. wOOt. And I had cottage cheese and a peach w/ a drizzle of honey for dessert. Can you believe that? I was all about those veggies and fruit yesterday.

6/20: (1940+0) - 1682 = 258

6/16-6/20 = 3399, Average/Day = 679.8

I will easily reach my 3500 calorie deficit goal this week. We MIGHT be going to iHop today -- I've been dreaming about those Harvest Grain n Nut Pancakes. :P We're probably going to go see the Incredible Hulk and possibly go to iHop -- although I've been planning also on making pancakes as part of a "Breakfast for Dinner" meal this week, so if we don't go... pancakes are still in my future. HAHAHA. :)

Today I will do Full Body ST, then swim, then bike. I'm so ready for it.

I went to the library yesterday and picked up a couple of cookbooks, a new bread baking book, "The Competitive Runner's Handbook" and a book called "Fitness Swimming". I've been doing a lot of reading online about swimming, but I saw this one and figured I'd pick it up and see what else I could learn. I want to learn as much as a person can without actually having any lessons. Not that I'm denying myself lessons as part of an experiment on learning or anything, just don't have a budget for swimming lessons really. And I'm doing OK on my own for now.


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BOTZZZ 6/22/2008 8:50PM

    I can positively see where you would want to run! I am the same way but with biking, BUT I refuse to end up on someones cell phone camera as a 400+ pound fella on a bike :P soon enough though I shall join the ranks of bikes on the street. also I would like to mention because I read your blog whenever you post it that you have peaked my interest in this deficit tracking, I shall do some research. you seem to have everything under control, know that I find inspiration in what you do.

As Ever

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CATIATM 6/22/2008 8:39AM

    Wasn't yesterday the longest day of the year? I have to leave for work at 6: 30 every day, and it's been great lately because the sun has already risen. Of course, it's always dark at 4: 30 when I exercise - there's just no getting around it.

IHOP - I've gone a couple of times. I liked it better before I realized how many calories I was eating! emoticon

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BRUIN2 6/21/2008 11:48AM

    You know, my one and only experience with ihop was awful - I was six or seven and we were on a family trip to disneyland. The place stunk so bad that we left before even eating, so now when we go to the states I'm reminded of that experience. Hmm, that may not have been a helpful story to share with you. hahaha. Sorry.

Running in the morning is absolutely GLORIOUS!!! I would think about doing a 20 min run on Saturday mornings before work, but not much more....you've got to get up early as it is!

Happy Day!!

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    I love breakfast for dinner! I know what you mean about the morning runners. I see them on weekday mornings (I leave for work at 7 am) and I am sooo JEALOUS! Completely green with envy...

No IHOPS in my future but if you have a recipe for these pancakes pass it on, I can make them myself !

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KACHAFFE82 6/21/2008 9:14AM

    I actually salivated when I read about the ihop pancakes... *drool* I felt like Homer Simpson! "Ahhh... Pan-cakes... *drool*".

My goal for this year is to hit my dream weight before xmas. THEN for 2009, my goal is to run a marathon/5k/whatnot. I might have to get some tips from you when the time comes! :)

When we were in high school I would have never pegged you as a healthy running freak!!! Your transformation is amazing... Aren't you a little stoked about going to the 10 year reunion and blow them away!?

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Off Day

Friday, June 20, 2008

So I made the executive decision to take today OFF from the gym.

I wasn't feeling it, I know I'll get it in tomorrow, so I'm not worried.

I did eat a lot of calories yesterday, though! WOW! hahaha. I think my allowance to eat whatever yesterday really made me a little crazy -- but I only went over 1g in fat, it was the carbs that got me. Still got a great deficit though, so I'm not worried.

6/19: (1940+938) - 2104 = 774

6/16-6/19 = 3141, Average/Day = 785.25

I'm sure I will have a deficit today, even though I'm not working out. I'm feeling very full today (hmmm I wonder why... ;) haha) so I don't anticipate eating too high in calories today, especially with the relax in activity, plus I will be working out harcore tomorrow!!! Tomorrow's plan was to bike and do upper and core ST, but I decided instead to do a swim+bike brick and do Full Body ST. :D YAY! It sounds like a lot more, but really it won't be too much. When doing Full Body instead of focusing on one muscle group, I utilize more combination moves, so adding Lower Body to ST is no big deal, and I want to get that swimming in... just not this morning. :P

But I do NOT feel lazy, I feel like I'm taking an appropriate rest and I feel just GREAT. :) Well, about that stuff. Aside from workingout/eating I feel kinda irritable in general but I'm hoping a positive attitude and getting some work done today will help banish my irritation.

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MARLIE13 6/24/2008 6:54PM

    The rest will be great for you. I was back in the gym after taking four days off. The heavier weights I've been lifting...today they felt easy. Didn't take enough days off of running apparently since today's run was rough. Completed, but rough. lol!

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AKASHA66 6/21/2008 7:50AM

    It is hard to remember sometimes that taking a day off occasionally is what we are supposed to do and not feel ashamed about!

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KACHAFFE82 6/21/2008 6:03AM

    You sure have earned a day off! You're rocking! emoticon

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WHATAGRL42 6/21/2008 12:06AM

    Well you have definitely earned a day off-- you'll get right back in tomorrow, and the workout planned sounds very thorough.

I used the recipe calculator to figure out my coconut smoothie concoction--I ate it as lunch. 240 calories, 6 fat, 31 protein and I think only 16 carbs or something like that. I submitted it, but don't know if it's searchable yet, so here it is:

caribbean Joy Coconut Milk: 1/2 cup
Lucerne (or other brand) Plain Fat Free Yogurt, 8 oz
Twinlab 100% Whey Protein Fuel : 2 scoops
Splenda, 2 tsp
banana, pineapple, or coconut extract, (imitation, alcohol), 1 tsp

Remember, this serves 2 PEOPLE. You could throw a banana in the blender too, but it would up the carbs and the GI level.
I was surprised it wasn't too "protein powdery". Pretty good.

Blend away!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/20/2008 9:15PM

    hope you enjoyed your rest day.

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WOLFKITTY 6/20/2008 8:22PM

    Good idea! :) When I got dental work earlier this week I didn't go to the gym. And luckily the day of rest did me good and I didn't have as much pain the next day. Sooo... Yeah. ;D


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SKYFYRE 6/20/2008 8:22PM

    Relax and enjoy you deserve it Youga Runner!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/20/2008 2:16PM

    I'm glad you are listening to your body and giving yourself a rest day. You are doing AMAZING and you deserve a day off every once in awhile. You definitely are NOT lazy, . . . your body just needs a break.

Oh, don't forget to ask tomorrow how long your pool is. Most, I think, are 25 yards long (at least that's been my experience).


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