BRANDYCOHEN's SparkPeople Blog BRANDYCOHEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community January 1, 2013 Today's main goal: wheat free/dairy free. Did it! :) <BR> <BR> I have so much to write about, but it's time for bed. I require at least 8 hours of sleep, and I give it to myself. Sleep isn't a negotiable part of my schedule,. Misery is the consequence of less than 8 hours. <BR> <BR> So, in the spirit of non-misery, time for bed! <BR> <BR> BC Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:24:05 EST Things I've Been Thinking About 1) Triathlon is so expensive. There are so many COOL things to buy! <BR> 2) What is the right combination of carbs and protein and fat? <BR> 3) Triathlon is meaningful meaningless. <BR> 4)Wow, I guess I really didn't want to write afterall <BR> <BR> 5) I am IN LOVE with logic puzzles and Crossfit! Fri, 5 Sep 2008 23:24:56 EST Who am I? Yes, we all ask this question at one time or another, don't we? Who am I? What am I? My husband said that I must think I am a machine. I must. I am a very high set of expectations, goals, aspirations, MUSTS. I am a spirit not content with mediocracy, although I am there right now. I am a mind that believes in the POTENTIAL of self and others, and that we must aspire to become more than we think possible. I BELIEVE we must do that. But I am here, right now, with gained weight, a depressed atti... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 22:23:33 EST Grocery Store or Sleep I had INTENDED to get to bed early tonight. I have a dentist appt in the morning and I wanted to feel rested all day. BUT--the grocery store got in the way. One of the most relaxing (and expensive) things I do is go to the grocery store and walk up and down every single aisle---looking. I look for new items, things I want to try. I read the labels on everything. Tonight I thought about my race coming up on Sunday and how I would like to carb load for that, and what I'd like to drink to hydrat... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:13:12 EST Standing in the Middle of Me Today I worked out with my ex-trainer, who is moving to Dallas. I haven't worked out with him since January. What a treat. I can't describe in words how those workouts make me feel. They are group high intensity interval trainings with cardio and weights. After one of them I am left feeling as if I am standing in the middle of me--calm, centered, non-chaotic. It is one of the most beautiful feelings I've ever had. At peace. That feeling is so rare to me. It's helpful because I am feeling a li... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 22:10:46 EST A different look at life I am in the craziest of places mentally--as if I am having a mini "mid-life crisis", questioning all aspects of myself and my life. What do I want to do? Where do I want to do it? How can I further my career? What new things do I want to try?Struggling with the rollercoaster...wondering why, after such huge success, I must be "suffering" again. Why doesn't it come easy? I know HOW to do it? What does my body want? Does my body want to do triathlon? It's hard. It's hard on my hips and knees. B... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 20:20:19 EST Strange relationship with food My husband brought this up the other day, but it's something I had already figured out. I find great success, then I slip up and fall (seemingly on purpose), then I get back on track---all to feel a sense of accomplishment, of overcoming. I do it all the time. Eat well for a month, then have some bad days, then "get back on my meal plan". Why? I suppose there is more than one reason. One reason is that I love accomplishment and the feeling of doing something good for myself--of being strong, ... Sun, 18 May 2008 22:43:00 EST Fed Cup 5K Team Walk Today was the annual Fed Cup 5K for federal employees and their families. I walked with a team from work. It was a great time. We got to hang out and bond for an hour while we walked together. We all kind of walked at our own pace....some challenged themselves to pick off people in front of them, and some people just strolled. We got finisher medals, which is ALWAYS cool!! <BR> <BR> The hubby and I went to Lowes and got home improvement/gardening stuff. I'm going to paint my room as soon a... Sat, 17 May 2008 15:49:26 EST JUNK FOOD CITY Woah,I need to go on EAT CLEAN!! I have eaten SERIOUSLY bad the past three or four days. More to come... Fri, 16 May 2008 20:54:06 EST Off track Well, the last two days I have been OFF TRACK nutritionally, as is evidenced partly by me not logging food! :) I got in a good long run today, though. MY goal is hit 5000 calories this week! I think I am going to make it! Wed, 14 May 2008 23:25:29 EST Sore Butt Bike Ride Today's workout was C-R-A-Z-Y! Got to the team swim practice and swam 1800+ yards. Took a short break, go tmy biking stuff on, grabbed some food and hydration, and set out on my LONGEST and HARDEST ride to date--in my whole entire 31 years! Sure, I've ridden 24 miles in a day, but never all at once! Today we rode 27 miles (with some hills) in 1:43:57, which ends up being at 17mph pace. NOT BAD for a newbie! It was super hard, actually. Doable, but extruciating at times. I wasn't wearing ANY p... Sun, 11 May 2008 21:49:58 EST Poor Nutrition Day! I have to stop eating BIG Cheez-Its at work. Ridiculously fattening, but soo delicious. Today was super high in fat and carbs and cals, but I feel okay. My swim went well, so that helped with the calories a bit. Too tired to write much today. Gotta sleep--big workout tomorrow. Training is starting to take over my whole thinking! Fri, 9 May 2008 23:42:12 EST A Bag of Quakes and 1305 Calories I worked out 1305 calories today. So that, with my BMR of 1550, is 2855 calories burned today.WOO-HOO!! This is from my exercise log: <BR> <BR> AM--spinning at the gym--flat course--speed intervals. INSANELY hard class. I think I sweat off about 5 pounds of water! I drank almost 50 ounces IN CLASS!! But, I didn't get a headache, so it worked! Then took two minutes off and ran a 8:06 mile on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> PM-Went running with Jessie--with some small hills. Ran downtown. Nice run.... Wed, 7 May 2008 23:06:10 EST Graduate School and Cereal at 10pm One of my favorite trainers ever, Scott, would kill me right now. It's almsot 10pm and I am eating CEREAL (blood sugar chaos!) Just got back from school tonight. Only 5 more weeks. Class was good. The instructor is awesome but lots of mental work to do. <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. Woke up early (always hard for me to do)--at 4am. Went to the gym. Did 5 miles of speed intervals on the treadmills in under 43 minutes. Then did weights (bis, chest, shoulders, abs). Ate decently today. Nothi... Tue, 6 May 2008 23:40:28 EST BRICK Well, today was a nice workout with the CWW team! Had my first brick workout--biking and running. Bike 12 miles, run 1 mile, bike 12 miles, run 1 mile. The first mile was 7:53 and the second one was 8:10. Now I just have to be able to do three of those in a row, after a 12 mile bike and a 1/2 mile swim, and I will have reached one of my goals for this year---as crazy as it sounds---to run thr 5k at the end of the tri in 8 minute miles. My first and only tri to date I did the 5k in 12:10 minut... Sat, 3 May 2008 16:06:37 EST Day ONE Today is day one of my new adventure. One year without sweets and treats. Instead I am going to eat well, exercise, work on my obsessive-compulsive nature, and kick ass running and doing triathlons! <BR> <BR> Today was not hard in the least. I did go over in my calories at the end of the day, but I am not upset about that. It's still under 1500, and my BMR is 1550. So with the exercise and the food, I am still in a 100 calories deficit. <BR> <BR> It wasn't hard to eat today, or forgo swee... Thu, 1 May 2008 23:40:21 EST Starting Over Scared It's scary being here, with myself, 10 pounds heavier, giggly in places I was toned, scared to be that person I was. Completely aware that I can be back to the good place. Knowing it's "easy", fearing I can't do it sometimes. Afraid I am doomed to be here forever, and worse. <BR> <BR> I know it's just pulling oneself up and MAKING THE DECISION! Not hard! Just gotta do it. May 1 is right here. That is my absolute date to be doing it all right, again. <BR> <BR> I can do this....I will do it... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 19:00:40 EST Starting Again April 27, 2008. <BR> <BR> I am starting over. After losing 42 pounds, I gained back 10. After feeling the best I ever have about my appearance, I let myself slip, let my body fat increase, and started eating however I wanted. That is not the key to weight loss and self-confidence. <BR> <BR> I've learned alot about me in the process. I'm ready to start again. This time it is going to be a year program. The time commitment helps me in times when I want to make bad choices. I absolutely prefe... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:57:08 EST Heart Thrive Bars Gotta try the Heart Thrive bars! They are perfect exercise nutrition for me. I ate two of them before my race Saturday with a banana, and it was perfect. No upset stomach, no sugar crash. Sun, 24 Feb 2008 19:18:27 EST My First 10 Mile Running Race I completed my first ever 10 mile race today with Jessie. It was a lot of fun! My goal was 9:30 minutes/mile. We averaged 9 minutes/mile. Here are the splits. Times are in Minutes.Seconds.Hundreths. My final time was 1 hour, 29 minutes, 37 seconds, from the beginning touchpad to the final touchpad. Mike and Megan ran it, too. Fun times! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> 9.48.92 <BR> <BR> 2 <BR> 9.13.84 <BR> <BR> 3 <BR> 9.21.04 <BR> <BR> 4 <BR> 9.06.96 <BR> <BR> 5 <BR> 9.06.65 <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 23:37:22 EST My new bike!! My new bike for tri season!! It's a 2006 Trek 2.1 Pilot Sat, 16 Feb 2008 22:09:02 EST Journal 02-10-2008: Measured in friday at 22.2% body fat, down from 38.6% five months ago. Went on an hour run with Jessie today. I'm not where I wanted to be with running at this point in my training, but I'm doing what I can. Still trying to find a way to balance everything and stay sane. I'm 10 pounds from my goal, but don't feel a rush to get there. My body is changing as the body fat falls off. I HAVE MUSCLES! Took a challenge from my husband---10 wide grip pull ups by the end of the year. Many ... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 22:07:14 EST Cheat Meals and Calorie Steals Today I woke up and went to the gym where I worked my a$$ off. I got on the scale and weighed in at 141.5(without shoes which adds two pounds) lowest yet! Last week I weighed in at 146.5 (with shoes, so really 144.5). So losing three pounds after coming off of a 2 week plateau is not bad at all! I was actually quite happy. <BR> <BR> So off to work I went, happy with my new low! Got to work, ate a proper breakfast, drank some coffee, started working. Later I realized I wanted to splurg... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 22:52:11 EST Rock Star Female or Male?? Jillian Michaels vs. Bob. If I were a contestant on Biggest Loser, it would be a hard choice whether to be with Jillian or Bob! Bob kicks ass pretty hardcore. Jillian isn't the least bit reclusive with her ability to kick ass. I can't decide. Both of them?? <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2008 22:19:51 EST 2007: Thank you and Goodbye 2007 was a truly amazing year! In January 2007 I started my second trimester of graduate school. In February my husband passed his black belt test with flying colors, and Sensei awarded him with a special black belt of Sensei's (20+ years old). All of Eric's parents come in from the east coast for his testing. Eric also had a birthday and we invited many friends to a indoor rock climbing party. It was really fun! February also was the month I signed up for my first sprint triathlon, Danskin... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 10:41:56 EST