Monday, September 29, 2008
So..... DH's thing did not go well. :( Poor guy.
He's not sure what his next steps are at this point. They basically want him to break down his idea and do a tiny part of it instead, which he is completely disinterested in doing and it ruins his whole idea of the project. His mentoring professor thought his original plan was still a good one, but the committee was not digging it. He hasn't really had a chance to really regroup with them yet. We've had a very kind of depressed weekend full of me trying to console him and enabling stress/emotional food eating behavior... (EEK!). We went out on Friday night to Buffalo Wild Wings. I ate HORRIBLY. But -- that was my one splurge all week, so I'm trying not to feel too bad about it.
I got a lot done this weekend, but my DH is still not back on his game. He hasn't been able to sleep at all and is feeling kinda sick now. :( So more and more good vibes for him. I don't think the situation is as bad as he's feeling about it, but he's definitely an ALL OR NOTHING type personality. He tried really hard to stay positive. We had a lot of fun going to the play -- it was a comedy and quite relaxing. We watched the Alabama game -- I fell asleep during the 2nd half, but wow Alabama played an amazing 1st half, yes?? I'm glad we held on to the win as well. (And my Noles won their game, too, even if I couldn't watch it. :P) We went to Schlotsky's to pick up food on the way home after the game and since I had never been and had no clue what the cals were like, I made a super safe choice of a small veggie sandwich. I was very proud of myself. :)
So with two eating out days, one well within cals, and yesterday within cal range if not a bit low, this morning I weighed JUST OVER the top of my maintenance range. GRRR!!! Then I remember -- this week is TOM. OH. So I'm HOPING it is due to that, but to be on the safe side I'm going to aim for staying at the low end of my calorie range all week and focus on healthy choices and not just staying within cals.
High points of the weekend:
LONG RUN ON SATURDAY: I had an amazing running experience Saturday. A very SLOW running experience... I went for my 5.15 mile route and tried to keep my HR below 150. Didn't happen. BUT!!! I did keep it in the 150's for a lot of my run. There were a couple of hilly areas where it climbed a bit, and a few times I sprinted across some intersections... but mostly I kept it lower than I EVER have during a run. My average HR was 161, which is still 82.5% of a MHR of 195. I'm trying to get my base level to be more like 70-75%. (Which would be 146.25 BPM -- SO LOW!!!) I ran just over 15min miles. YEAH. That is some SLOOWWWWW jogging. Of course there were a couple hills factored into that time, but still. The amazing part was that I felt like I could have gone on running like that FOREVER. 10K?? SURRRRRRRE. Maybe a half marathon one of these days??? I can see it in my future now. By not training so fast I was better able to see what my potential was.
Now -- I am not happy with how slow I had to go to get my heart rate within the desired range. It was really difficult at times to reign myself back. I'm hoping that if I continue training while monitoring my heart rate and really focusing on doing this thing EFFECTIVELY, then I can improve my base pace significantly. It could be that it's so slow right now because I HAVEN'T been keeping up with my running well. My most recent run of longer than 3.23 miles (9/15) was 8/7 (5.15 miles). So it had been over a month and a half since I had been monger than 3.25 miles in a run. And I haven't had more than 2 runs a week in a long time.
This is gonna change!!!!!!! :) I feel like having a plan and a strategy makes running more exciting -- instead of feeling like I go out there and do it with minimal improvements and I'm banging my head against a brick wall or something. I'm going to run on Tues+Thurs+Sat. Saturday long runs -- giving my body the opportunity of a 2 day recovery after those before Tuesday. Maybe I'll start running more later... but for now this is my plan. I need to run a minimum of 3x a week if I'm going to have any kind of consistency.
ANYWAY! The other good news -- I burned 959 calories during that run according to my HRM!!! HOLY CRAP! My other runs of that distance had been estimated at around 700 calories by mapmyrun. I did run for a shorter length of time, but I was also working harder... so I'm thinking I may have been underestimating my effort on those runs.
QUILT MAKING: I got half of the front side of my quilt pieced together. :) Now I just have to get the other half, stick em together, do the back..... and then sew it alllll together. :D Piece of cake, right? HAHAHA. Actually I was surprised at how quickly it was going once I had everything laid out. I made a map of a KIND of a design based on the numbers of different colors of shirts I had, and putting a certain special shirt in the middle. So then I laid the squares in order by rows and after that it was just pin, sew, pin, sew, and "sew" on. (HAR HAR) OH WAIT THERE'S MORE. "Sew" far, "sew" good. BWAHAHA. Anyway.
COOKING: I made an AMAZING recipe courtesy of Jillian Michael's Making the Cut book -- Bombay Curried Shrimp. DO IT people. Everyone out there that has the MTC book. It's amazing. Basically - chop up some green onions/scallions (.5 cup), 1 red bell pepper, 2 medium tomatoes. Toss 1.5 lbs of shrimp (peeled and deveined) with 1 Tbsp of flour and set aside. Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a nonstick skillet or wok or whatever. Heat the scallions and 1Tbsp of Curry powder for about 1 min. Then add the bell pepper for another minute. Then you add the tomatoes, .5 cup of lite coconut milk, 10oz of chicken broth, 1Tbsp of lemon juice... and I'm pretty sure that's it. Simmer for about 4 minutes. Then add the shrimp and simmer again for a while, until the shrimp are cooked and tender and the consistency is where you want it.
Serving 1 cup of shrimp mixture with 1 cup of cooked brown rice and topping with 1.5 tsp of shredded sweetened coconut = 397 calories. Can't remember the rest of the ingredients. If you check my nutrition tracker you will see the nutrition facts for me inputting my ingredients with only 1lb of shrimp and making 4 servings (not including the rice or shredde coconut on top). (The recipe made with 1.5lbs of shrimp is supposed to be 6 servings.) Good stuff. The leftovers are in my lunch today which is where you can see the nutrition facts for that amount.
HOUSE STUFF: Also got the shopping and a ton of laundry done. :)
Well... I tried to pick some good emoticons for each item so you could skip one if uninterested, but they didn't really have great ones for each... oh well. :) HAHAHA.
Did anyone make it this far in the longest blog ever?
Friday, September 26, 2008
I bargained with myself this morning. I said -- "Dana, you know if you don't workout today, that means working out Saturday AND Sunday. Are you OK with that?" And I carefully considered and answered,"YEP!" So anyway, good good. I'm thinking this tactic might be ok with me -- the off Monday and Friday tactic that is. It still leaves me 5 days of the week to workout, enough for my 4 workout a week minimum, and enough to get to my 2000 cal burn a week goal, and it lets me not have to get up super-early to workout on the two days I have to be at work earlier than the rest of the week.
My DH is doing the first in his dissertation presentation thingies today -- I can't remember what it's called... if this is his like proposal presentation? Anyway -- whatever it is. GOOD LUCK TO MY DH!!!!!!!!! PLEASE! :D hehehe. Send all your good SP vibes in his direction.
He asked me out earlier this week. :) Taking me to a PLAY tomorrow. Isn't that cool? I haven't been to a play in ages. It's something on campus, but I'm still really kind of excited. :)
Started watching Biggest Loser Australia season TWO online this morning -- not through the first episode yet, but got to see them have their "LAST MEAL".
They set up this massive stage area with a total smorgasbord of food. Piles and piles of very unhealthy options. Everyone stuffed their faces. THEN, they were shown slow motion replay close-ups of what they looked like while eating that food. UGGHH it was painful to watch and it wasn't even ME on the screen -- I can only imagine having to not only watch myself eat, but watch myself stuff my face with unhealthy garbage.
I'd like to think that even when I ate unhealthily I didn't shovel the food into my mouth... but .... to be honest, I have always eaten very quickly and if I had more food to eat I was probably shoveling it in with the best of them. :) More elegant table manners gets to be a nice side effect of me being mindful about what and how I'm eating.
(Except for when I was eating Indian food last week... I could tell I was in shovel mode - UGH.)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Yeah, I SO meant to post a screencap yesterday from mapmyrun.com because I posted my MTC workout in there and it has a cute icon with a person lifting a weight. :) I'm wondering what other kinds of icons there are... I got that one from putting in there a gym/health club category workout, and then selecting circuit training - resistance from the more specific description list.
Cute huh? ANYWAY!!!
Today I definitely dawdled before heading to the gym, but I knew I was doing sprints and wouldn't spend but about 20 min -- which I went OVER, thank you very much... burned 251 calories according to my new obsession, the HRM, in about 22:24 which is cool. :)
SO -- I consulted my Competitive Runner's Handbook some more this morning and saw that a "Tempo" pace is about where I always run. Which is to say, I'm running at a racing effort every time I run. (Based on my typical effort from that run on Sunday.) ANYWAY!!! I also read about doing sprinting and what recovery should be like and blahblahblah. Anyway -- during my sprints I can get up SUPER high. My maximum today was 189, and I'm estimating my Max HR at 195 so that's 96.9% -- WOOHOO. What this author calls a "near sprint" pace (the fastest he recommends ANYONE run) is at 98-100% of your max HR. He does not recommend this for anyone but elite athletes. So I was right in the next level which is where I wanted to be. Can't remember what he calls that pace. Anyway -- for recovery he suggests that you should do a brisk walk ( could do a slow jog, but he prefers walking) and get your HR to below 120. Well.... I was slightly impatient so I didn't get quite that low inbetween, but I got it IN the 120's at least every time.
Previously when doing sprints I'd just kinda jog slowly for about 3 min and then go again. I feel like today my sprints felt much better and more effective when I was actually sprinting. I felt more powerful. I'm really digging this HRM thing in regard to running. I definitely feel like I am going to find a way to make my training more effective as training and not just going out and running. Using a strategic approach will (hopefully) help me really achieve the goals I have for distance and speed. :D HOW EXCITING!!! hahaha. I also read about the other paces some more and the "base" pace is supposed to be between 70-75%75%, "easy" (which is to be used on recovery runs after races and stuff) is like 65-70%. And I don't remember what all else. But anyway! The other paces higher can be used for certain purposes but are not intended to be daily run type of paces.
Interesting stuff, huh? :D
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So I did my first Making the Cut workout with my HRM today and it was such a dud. The workout was SOOOOOOO hard today -- I think these circuits are just more killer. I did each one only once -- at first I was planning it that way because of time constraints, but by the end I wonder if I would have been able to do two!!!
In 39:44 my HRM tells me I burned 501 calories. My average Heart Rate was 164 (within my "aerobic range" woohoo), max was 186. OUCH! I think that must have been while doing burpees or something I can't remember. :) But yay!! Good workout! And kind of along the lines of the Spark Estimate I'd been using for circuit training with those workouts, so at least I feel like I haven't been underestimating.
Not a whole lot else to report. :P
I might be a flapper for Halloween....
Edited to add: A dud because I felt so wiped out and barely capable of completing the reps. :) I definitely think it was effective but it made me feel like such a wimp.
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