Thursday, July 31, 2008
Just had to announce -- that apparently we can now have up to 50 photos. I just added a BUNCH of before photos, previously unseen on Sparks, and some new afters as well.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
So, BRUIN2 made an intersting comment on my last blog and I wanted to share what I read about it. She said that I need salt cause I'm a distance runner now!
HAHA. dunno about the "distance runner" part -- but I did read up and in a couple of articles on Runner's World I read that "most runners consume between 3000-5000" mg of sodium each day. (Although they really didn't mention if this was GOOD or not hahahaha) Another article answered the question of how much by stating that a runner should be fine with up to 3000mg of sodium per day.
Anyone have any other info on this? I think I'm gonna change my focus from between 1300-2300 and just worry about it if I'm consistently over 3000 (like this past week). If most days I'm between 2300-2500, and only occasionally higher, I think I'm gonna accept that as par for the course. :)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
(That picture is the cute shirt I wore yesterday -- it doesn't do justice to the rich plum color but isn't it pretty?)
OK, maybe a liiiiittle tired since I woke up BEFORE 7AM this morning. YES. :D
I got up, made DH's lunch, and got myself ready to go RUN!!! WOOHOO!!
The fact that I did this at ALL this morning was enough to make me feel very proud and satisfied with myself. I've been feeling like a bit of a slacker for some reason lately -- I think it's cause I missed my long run last week and the other runs were so THUMBS DOWN but anyway...
Well not only did I get up and run early in the AM, but I did 5.15miles again. :D WOOHOO!!!!!!!!! And I knocked a couple minutes off of last time! :D YAY! And I even think I went the harder way (same loop, different direction for variety). :D
My muscles are feeling nice and sore, and I'm feeling that awesome sense of accomplishment. It's worth being a little tired.
Well anyway, I was looking at my nutrition tracker just a moment ago and I realized my sodium was over 3000 each day for the entire week. WHAT?!?!?! I know there are some things (like beef jerky) that are high in sodium, but I wasn't sure what else was going on. So I looked at my summaries for each day to identify the unknown culprits. Sadly -- The PORTOBELLO ROLLUPS are REALLY high in sodium, and the other day I had them for lunch AND dinner. So that's culprit number one.
Culprit #2 - COTTAGE CHEESE. OH MAN. This one surprised me but I guess I should have known -- it was too much of a healthy dream come true! 390mg per serving. UGH.
Culprit #3 - Pretzel Sticks. DUH. For some reason I thought I remembered looking at them and seeing some number in the 100-200 range... but no, 400 per serving (and actually since I'm using a different brand now and didn't change since the cal's are the same, the new brand I just found out is 580mg per serving. BLAST!)
Culprit #4 - Frozen Veggies - OK I knew that.
Culprit #5 - Sausages. Ok I knew that, too.
But I forgot that I didn't change my nutrition tracker last night -- I WAS going to have sausages and veggies last night, but instead it's on for tonight so that's two days in a row. Although last night I had some wraps with sandwich ham in them (high sodium known offender) and a side of .... guess what? PRETZEL STICKS. HAHAHAHAA.
So what will I do? Well -- now that I'm aware of them I'm going to try to enjoy them separately and not all on the same day. I don't think it's feasible to just cut certain items out of my diet -- like cottage cheese. It has so many GOOD things about it that outweigh the bad. And for an occasional sub for fresh veggies, I don't mind the extra sodium of the microwave veggies. Or the sodium from the sausages. But I definitely don't want to have such high sodium days all week long forever and ever. ;) hahaha.
As far as the pretzel sticks go -- I don't often eat them alone - I usually dip in PB or Laughing Cow cheese or something, and I'm not the biggest fan of the salt anyway. I'm going to look for lightly salted or unsalted pretzel options in the future. Also the bigger pretzel rods have less salt because there's less surface area -- so that's an option to consider as well.
Edited to Add: Now that I fixed yesterday, it's over 4000mg!!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Today did not really go as planned... my morning was totally thrown to pieces by me waking up about an hour and a half later than I thought I would... WHOOPS. :P
My DH usually gets up at 7AM on M-W, but this morning I woke up at about 8:30 and he was getting done with showering. I totally did not even hear his alarm or him getting going, even though it was obviously later than 7AM when that happened. I guess I really needed that sleep!
By the time we get going I've agreed to do a couple of errand type thingies for my DH and it's already 10 past 9 and HOT AND HUMID as all get out. :P BOO!
I had planned to run outside for my medium length run today and hadn't run since last Thursday so I REALLY NEEDED IT.
BUT! Rather than throw in the towel, I revamped my plan.
Instead of my medium run, I opted for speedwork. With my speed sessions I can hit the indoor track since the distance is not too long so turning all those loops is not unbearable. :D YAY!!!!!!!
So I did 2 miles PLUS a warmup/cooldown. My 2 miles only took 19:25. :D MY BEST PACE THUS FAR. WOOHOO!!! I didn't feel like I was killing myself either... I felt STRONG, capable and flat out powerful. WOOHOO!
Just gotta keep the revamped plan for the REST of the week in check and I'll be totally on track with my running. :D YAY!
Ate within my new higher range Monday. :) Made an AMAZING dinner last night. Of course, one of Ellie Krieger's recipes. Portobello Lasagna Rollups. SO GOOD. I actually had to revamp the portion division a bit since I only had 8 noodles to work with instead of 12, but I recalculated the nutrition facts using my ingredients in the Nutrition Calculator and my 2 rolls versus her 2 rolls is 530/500, same amount of fat. COOL! :D I had leftovers for lunch....... and that will be dinner as well. :D
I'm actually still full from lunch and usually I'd be getting hungry again by now. I estimated my calorie burn for the rest of the week and it will be around 2300, and if I'm short, I'll do something at home with the Netflix Player Box.
Have I blogged about this amazing creation yet?
It's a little box that will play things from Netflix Instant Viewing on your TV. :D I went to the computer, added a Jillian Michael's Cardio Kickboxing Video to the Instant Queue, went to the living room and DID IT. It was awesome. I have some other stuff added to the Queue already that I can try. :D YAY. I do love me some technology.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Based on the advice of the SparkPeople article "Your Nutrition Plan for Maintenance" I adjusted my "Weight Loss Goals" and came up with my nutrition plan for maintaining.
That's the link to that article, it's also in my favorites if that doesn't work.
So I left my calories burned per week at 2300, which I might adjust, but for now I'm going to leave it the same because I think I've been meeting or exceeding that pretty consistently.
SO! Wanna hear what it said I'm eating now???
I think I'm definitely gonna be aiming to the bottom of that range especially at first to see how it works for me. It's going to definitely be a time of experimentation to see what works for me. I had some different excercise this weekend than I anticipated -- no long run, but I did a workout video from Jillian Michael's on my ROKU Netflix player box! IT WAS AWESOME. :D Some Cardio Kickboxing thingie. And then later I had to go to the gym to get my swimsuit for swimming in someone's pool that evening, so I decided to make it worthwhile and did some ArcTrainer and tried a NEW bike they have -- Expresso.net? It has a computer screen and it shows you tracks and trails and whatnot. You can also shift gears. I think I will be using it because it felt a LOT HARDER than the regular stationary bike -- oh and you steer, too. It's not one of the kind I've seen online that incorporate actual leaning, but you do turn the handlebars.
ANYWAY. And I also played in a pool for hours which was so much fun. :)
Then yesterday I was going to do my long run, but I was soooooo sore. So I decided I needed a day off. This morning I did part of the Project Mayhem Challenge -- I want to do it fully.
It's a countdown challenge -- starting at 20 reps working down to a circuit of 1 rep each -- Pushups, Squats, Dips, Flutter Kicks, Lunges. (I think that's it.) I did 3 circuits, so I only got down to sets of 18 before I had to start getting ready to leave -- but that was a time thing. I will spend more time on it next time I do it so I can see how far I can really go.
For those who are curious, my weight was up a little this morning, but I'm chalking it up to some bad food choices Friday and Saturday. Not so much overeating, just the types of food. It's a fluctuation. I've decided to leave my ticker as a monument to my achievement, and only adjust it if I start weighing consistently above my maintenance range of 165-170, at which point I will work on losing again. :)
HERE'S TO A LIFETIME OF HEALTHY HABITS!!!!!!!
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