SEATTLESIMS's SparkPeople Blog SEATTLESIMS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting back into an exercise routine I've been off routine for a while starting in May after my half marathon.. work travel 2 weeks away 3 out of 4 months July-Sept plus Plantar Faciitis in my feet means I didn't even try much. <BR> So, back to routine has been hard. Our bootcamp class has fizzled over the summer with all our travel (our instructor also travels for work and is a co-worker too). So now we are trying to get back into the swing of things we are going for shorter more intense workouts. <BR> I put together this Tab... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:10:48 EST Joining the 30 Day #Find30 Holiday challenge on SP.. who wants to join Okay, I've been off my regular workout routine all summer since running a half marathon in May. Plantar Fasciitis hasn't helped and it hasn't gone away by cutting back in workouts. <BR> <BR> SO, I'm going to get back into it by joining the 30 minute a day challenge. <link><BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=16 </link> <BR> Hope this link works. <BR> it said to find a friend! <BR> Well, who's in it with me! <BR> I'll post a blog a day after my workouts, even... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:11:05 EST Where did October go? Hello! It is almost the end of did that happen? Oh yeah.. life work, sleep, wake, eat, etc.. <BR> I had to see a new Dr. with my new insurance for my usual prescription. My BMI is not in a good range, so she asked if I would like to see a Nutritionist.. I've been to two appointments now.Here are my strategies: <BR> <BR> Lower carbs: 35-45 grams, Breakfast and Lunch, 30 grams Dinner, and only 15 grams with 2 snacks a day. <BR> MORE Protein. <BR> <BR> That has been challenging... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:22:06 EST Post Summer update Hello! It has been a while since I've checked in. I've had a busy summer with travel for work. <BR> <BR> My PF in my foot is still bothering me. Seems like only one foot is really bothersome, whereas before it was both. I got some new tools to help (brace to sleep with at night and shoe inserts) as well as I'm trying to roll, stretch etc more often. <BR> So I haven't been running at all. I did some elliptical while on work travel and I've been walking lately with the dog and kids. I need t... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:43:45 EST Changes in Thyroid medications and meeting with new Dr. I changed health insurance and HAD to go see my new doctor in order to fill my prescription for my thyroid medication. <BR> I take Armour (spelling?) thyroid, but this Dr recommended the synthetically produced thyroid because it can be a guaranteed dosage whereas the natural thyroid can be variable. <BR> So I will be making the switch tomorrow and go back in 6 weeks and see what my levels are. <BR> <BR> Interestingly enough, it was the first time I got a little push back on taking thyroid... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:10:27 EST So I started working out again.. with intent 1/2 of July was vacation, so no workouts. Although it was only about 11 days of vacation, the preparation before and after meant I didn't get workouts in. <BR> <BR> The second 1/2 of July I was on work travel, BUT I went to the gym pretty much every other day and did either elliptical 30-40 mins and/or weights. <BR> <BR> But, I got home and the first 1/2 of August, I only did a little of this and a little of that.. not much at all really. The PF in my feet was my excuse, busy, tired, what... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:35:14 EST Restart, from the beginning I'm sure several of us have been down this road before.. lose 10 lbs, gain it back..or lose 20-25 lbs and slowly gain it back. <BR> From 2009- April 2011, I made slow but steady progress DOWN.. from the high 180s to the low 160s, even seeing the 150s briefly. <BR> Then June 2011- Sept 2012, I went from happy 161/162 to 168.. no biggie right? not too bad.. <BR> Sept 2012-March 2013, up to 173.. I came back down to 170 near the later half of 2013 and was good there.. and you know what.. <BR... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:32:48 EST Extra Credit workout or just scratching the surface? So, due to training schedule this winter/spring, I was running on Saturday mornings and resting on Fridays. Wednesdays are a default rest day due to busy busy schedule.. <BR> However, I ran my race on May 10th, and now I don't HAVE to run on Saturdays.. and I find myself NOT running on Saturdays.. If you read my previous blog, you know I am active, busy, and productive on the weekends, so there is some merit to not having a scheduled fitness day on the weekends. <BR> So this week, I dusted o... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:59:06 EST what a 'workout' free weekend looks like.. So after 4 long months of long runs on the weekends to train for a 1/2 marathon.. I suddenly find myself with little to NO motivation to continue long run Saturdays. EVEN though I really think I should/could be doing an 'easy' maintenance run of 6-8 miles without being completely exhausted and tired the rest of the day (the real problem with longer training runs in my book, is the total lack of energy the rest of the day!) <BR> <BR> So, this long 3 day weekend, I had planned to do my runs/wo... Tue, 26 May 2015 13:57:50 EST The struggle continues I like to read SP emails in the morning and click on any links I think I might enjoy. <BR> This morning lead me to PIXIE-LICIOUS and her highlighted post.. and it really resonated with me. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927543&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=best-of-sparkpeople </link> <BR> <BR> We all struggle.. I'm struggling too. I'm 8 lbs away from my 'starting' weight after having baby #2! 8 years a... Thu, 14 May 2015 12:38:04 EST Mother's day Half Marathon Well, I ran my second ever half-marathon yesterday. About 7 years after running my first one (which was when I first started running with a 6 month training plan). <BR> <BR> Going into it, I knew I could have a better finishing time since that first 1/2 so long ago, so I didn't have to worry about that. I had my 'half' from last year's full marathon as a guideline which was a 2:25:27 finish for a 11:06 m/m pace. <BR> I remember feel 'great' crossing that 1/2 way point last year. <BR> <BR... Mon, 11 May 2015 13:31:26 EST weight loss and watching the scale Well, I've been a lot better about not weighing in as often.. <BR> I often forget in fact, so I weighed last Friday after my long run.. saw a nice low number (as to be expected due to sweat etc), so in some ways, I expect to see a similar number if I've been good about my sodium etc! <BR> <BR> Which I haven't been lately, mainly because I've been eating canned beans with lunches.. but I've been doing well in overall nutrition, just not watching my sodium. <BR> <BR> So I took a quick show... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:10:32 EST My Long run was Friday and Birthday weekend Hi there, I had a birthday on Saturday, so I knew I would prefer to get my long training run in on Friday. My volunteering in Kid#1 class was cancelled so the stars aligned and I went for a run. It was supposed to be 11 miles, but having been off a little in my training and then a particularly heavy leg workout week in bootcamp, I ended up running 10.75.. very slowly! <BR> <BR> Lesson #1. Rest day before long run day is essential to a good workout! <BR> My legs were SO tired! YIKES! <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:40:20 EST time to play catch up Okay, had another week 'off' . Spring break with the kids. I had planned to go running and it just didn't workout. I was actually trying to get some work done in the mornings and afternoons so I could bill 1/2 days and not use up my vacation. That coupled with my beautiful location (that didn't lend itself to easy running routes) means I just full on flaked and shrugged off the running/training I was SUPPOSED to be doing. <BR> <BR> Add to that I had a major cold last week and didn't hardly ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:43:52 EST Another cold.. Blerg! Yep, another cold.. thankfully not as bad as last time (yet). Felt it coming on yesterday and hit me hard in the evening.. but slept pretty good and ended up feeling a bit better this morning, although the full effects in my sinuses (stuffy AND runny nose) are present. <BR> Healthy lifestyle, eat right, exercise, rest right too, vitamins, hydrate.. and have elementary school age kids.. who get colds and no matter how hard I try not to share drinks or eat after each other, I get the cold.. bl... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:40:32 EST What do you think about 'easy' cardio HI there, <BR> I was wondering what people think of 'easy' cardio. Here is what I mean. <BR> I walk my 12 year old dog, and let her sniff to her hearts content and we are slow (usually), so only I don't usually count that as 'fitness'. <BR> But yesterday I already had a bootcamp class workout (although I went a bit easier as I'm getting over a cold) and then I did what I like to call 'easy' cardio at the gym while my daughter was in class. <BR> <BR> Elliptical, while flipping through a m... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:49:26 EST Do you get your 5 Fruits/Veggies a Day? Wondering how many of us get our 5 servings in? <BR> <BR> Mine look like this <BR> 2 large mushrooms and a handful of kale or spinach with the morning eggs = I'm counting as 1 serving <BR> <BR> 1 Apple <BR> 1 Banana <BR> Sometime during the day, one is usually mid-morning snack with some almonds pre-workout. Other is a post lunch snack. <BR> <BR> Lunch has a veggie: Today handful of spinach with meatloaf.. but is that a full serving? <BR> <BR> 1.5 cup of strawberries, so let's count t... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 18:14:52 EST Calculating Calories burned and Differentials Well, I'm happy to report that I've been tracking my food 7 days a week thanks to the Spark App on my phone! I've also added in little workouts/chores, to chart some calories burned so I could look at the Charts on the app, showing the difference between calorie consumed and calories burned. <BR> <BR> You know what.. it so isn't working. <BR> I tried pretty hard to be accurate with my food choices in the tracker, and try to err on the side of 1.5 serving or what not based on what I actuall... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:33:22 EST TGIF and dealing with the ho-hums Well, yes, this week has been a bit slumpy because I've had a cold. I went to workout at bootcamp yesterday and mentioned my blahs and someone suggested maybe I try a SAD light therapy. A good friend of one uses it every morning and says it is like a shot of espresso?!? <BR> <BR> I was pondering myself on my drive home last night and thought I might be in a depressive funk. I have also considered that my thyroid is off too, but won't be able to check those levels until my yearly check up in ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:34:06 EST Some changes that seem to be working I've made a few tweaks to my nutrition and fitness plan and I'm seeing some progression on the scale! Finally in the right direction! <BR> <BR> Lunches have included a big bed of greens with lentils. I was in a rush and didn't have time to really make the lentils super yummy, but added some spices when I package it up for lunch and tasting pretty good. I need to keep the flavors yummy so I don't get bored! <BR> <BR> Protein Special K cereal and snack bars (only 110 calories). For in a pinc... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:34:56 EST hey I tracked my food yesterday! Yay! I tracked my food up to the late afternoon and although I was already at 1300 calories, I opted for another snack (Kind bar 190 calories). I was just feeling a little off and not sure what that was about. <BR> <BR> I got home and had a light dinner but my main course option was more caloric than I had first thought! Always pays to read the nutritional information first! BUT although I ate in the 2000 calorie range, I knew it going into it and that was okay. <BR> <BR> However, it lead... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:32:11 EST A hard look at the year I gained 20 lbs.. (aka 2014) Yikes! that is right. I gained about 20 lbs this year! I pulled out my new calendar to replace my 'weigh-in' calendar in the bathroom. I scanned back over 2014.. not a good year for me. <BR> <BR> the worst part? I really don't know where I went so so wrong! I maintained working out.. ran a marathon (gaining 10 lbs while training) and then just ballooned even more this late fall. And I didn't even indulge that much during the holidays. <BR> <BR> well, I say that but I didn't track my food ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:38:06 EST Almost like starting over and 5% challenge is on! Yep, the scale reveals I'm way off track. <BR> 186 in early December on my way from 188 to 185 by the end of the year. <BR> Today 191. <BR> just a few pounds shy of starting over. <BR> But, not starting over because: <BR> I work out regularly now... BUT could be doing more and pushing a bit harder. <BR> I eat pretty well now... But obviously need to make better choices and get into a better routine. <BR> <BR> This week, I was actually trying REALLY hard with my nutrition/food choices. ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:46:11 EST weekend update Okay Okay, didn't do my best this weekend. I did pretty well on food choices for meals.. except homemade cookies! ;( <BR> I haven't baked in forever and got my son involved in the process and we had a fun time of it. thankfully it is a small batch and they did a lot to help eat them up! However, a couple of cookies doesn't do much for my 'cut back/cut out' sugar process :( <BR> <BR> Workout? didn't happen.. I should have went for a training run and instead ran around doing stuff with the ki... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:28:34 EST Mid-November update and 7 weeks till the end of the year!! Hi there! I had a nice long weekend in Northern Cali with my kids, visiting my sister (and my mom who was there for work and visiting my sister already!). <BR> I ate pretty well, no exercise, just walking around etc. <BR> <BR> We drove the 11+ hours back in one day (Tuesday) and yesterday I woke up feeling like I had a hang over?!?!?! What? Was it all the driving? or the limited water drinking (didn't want to have to stop too much) or some of the food options (did have a snack size bag of ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:05:56 EST 8 weeks, 1 days until end of year? My holiday challenge Wow, that is soon! Thanksgiving is up next and then Christmas will be here! <BR> <BR> Where did my accountability go? Well, I may blog every other day the exact same thing so that I keep accountable to my self. <BR> <BR> Starting weight? 184 (last time I used the scale, now battery is dead) <BR> ending Weight GOAL: 172 (By Dec 31) <BR> Total loss GOAL: 12 lbs in 8 weeks <BR> <BR> That is a lofty goal for me, but I'm going for it. <BR> <BR> Action plan: <BR> 1. cut sugar <BR> 2. cut oth... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 13:01:55 EST Accountability during travel Today is my last full day on work travel.. Tomorrow I fly home. Yay! <BR> <BR> As per usual, I've been trying to eat the right portions while away and get some exercise. I've been making it to the gym about every other day and doing cardio for 30-45 mins and then some Strength training with dumbbells for 30 mins. On days I don't get to the gym, I've been trying to 'move' around my hotel room for 30-60 mins! yep.. have TV on, and just squats, kicks, high knees, butt kickers, push ups, crunche... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:15:41 EST Today's menu and Accountability Day 3 of 99 I didn't blog yesterday, but I did well with my food choices which included. <BR> <BR> Eggs, spinach, small amount of cheese with mulitgrain bread for Breakfast. <BR> Lunch was a 'taco salad' with beans instead of meat, some cheddar cheese, salsa and a splash of Catalina dressing. <BR> Snack was Fiber one bar, few almonds, few chocolate chips. <BR> Dinner was late due to soccer practice, but only ate grapes with cottage cheese. <BR> After dinner treat was 3 Hi-Chew candies. <BR> Drinks... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:26:06 EST Today's menu and workout.. Accountability tracking Day 1 of 99 Okay, I'm going to try something new.! <BR> Blogging accountability for food and fitness. Looks like we have about 99 days left in the year (if I did my math right in my spreadsheet). Just at 14 weeks. <BR> <BR> I've worked up my projected spreadsheet to include a variety of weightloss options ranging from an ambitious -1.5, -1.0, to a -.75 and -.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> My goal for the end of the year? 170, so right around that -1.0 lb/week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is today's menu tell me what you... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:39:52 EST My European Vacation (with pics) Well, I've been home a week now from my European vacation and of course life is a whirlwind sometimes.. so I'm trying to take a few minutes to post some pics. <BR> <BR> I flew to JFK from Seattle to meet up with my sisters, mom (and her boyfriend/partner), brother-in-law, nephew and we crossed the Atlantic to Barcelona in an overnight flight. to 'awake' in Barcelona at like 8am.. really only got 4ish hours of sleep? not enough! <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:03:44 EST A few Sugar Free days Okay, I'm feeling bloated and yucky. So I'm cutting the grains and the sugar for then next 3 days to see how I feel. Mon-Wed, then I'm off flying to Europe all day on Thursday. I will pack some of my own food and snacks, but my go-to snack of a Fiber One bar may on the menu. <BR> <BR> any recommendations for easy to pack grain-free, sugar free snacks? <BR> <BR> I can take some cheese sticks, beef jerky? almonds, fruit.. hmmm what else travels well. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being fat and t... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:44:52 EST Back home and back at it Howdy! <BR> I had 2 weeks in Alaska for work. I did well on workout out and eating. I did the treadmill with interval running (faster than my steady state pace) for 45 mins almost every other day. On the 'off' days, I tried to move more around the hotel or walk and do a little ST. Not every day, but pretty good. <BR> I do well with food while on work travel, due to trying to be careful with portion sizes so I can make my food last my whole trip! <BR> <BR> did the scale move? NOPE! <BR> I r... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:31:46 EST Happy July! Happy July.. seems like July feels to be more officially summer than June? At least here in Seattle area as it takes a while to really warm up. <BR> <BR> Nutrition has been good lately! I'm really really determined to make weightloss progress and my nutrition has been my downfall. <BR> I've really cut back on bread carbs. Focusing on veggies and fruits with proteins. Greek yogurt (plain), cottage cheese, chicken, steak, eggs. With lots of veggies and fruits! <BR> <BR> Workouts are pretty ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:30:49 EST No weightloss progress, but not giving up Here I am almost 6 weeks post marathon and a month since my last blog.. <BR> Although I've been more aware of food choices, I haven't been perfect, but better. <BR> Fitness/exercise has been different post marathon training. I needed a break from the long runs and had been focusing on sprint work on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I've been away for 2 weeks on a work trip, and did daily morning walks. Sometimes I would do some run/walking but due to my work schedule, the morning walk was the bes... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:50:12 EST Time to set and meet my weightloss goals for REAL! Well, back in the fall, after the sprint triathlon, I decided I wanted to do a marathon. the next 'big thing'. So I started running on Saturday mornings as I knew it would be the schedule I would have to stick to during training.. and I started running a little more each time to get the body ready for the increased mileage. Then 18 weeks of focused diligent training to end with one of my biggest bucketlist items of all.. Running a full marathon!! <BR> <BR> So, NOW? I just turned 40 and I am ... Mon, 12 May 2014 13:10:36 EST My first Marathon recap The family and I arrived Saturday in Tacoma, WA in the afternoon to hit the race expo and packet pick up and check into the hotel. The expo was really small, but then again, we were hitting it near the end of the day and it isn't a HUGE race. <BR> Took the kids to the local children's museum (play area) and I sat around as much as possible. We ate dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory.. bland marinara for me! but it was just what I should be eating! <BR> Went to bed early, thank goodness for ea... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:12:16 EST Week 18 of Marathon training.. 3 days 22 hours and counting down! Yep, that is right.. only 3 days left until my very first marathon! EEEEK! <BR> . <BR> <BR> So to wrap up the lat of my training.. <BR> week 16 ended not so great.. I was busy with my daughter's 7th birthday and Easter egg hunting and rain! so pushed my 12 mile run to Sunday morning, but was awake most of the night with a cold. I had been tired all week, but thought it was just my body recovering from the 20 mile run the weekend before (week 15). <BR> <BR> I took Easter Sunday off finish... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:38:29 EST Marathon training week 15 and starting 16 Welp, we did it.. the longest run of marathon training. Just a few short days ago, Saturday 12th, my running buddies and I ran 20 miles! <BR> <BR> So my co-worker, who is signed up for the race with me, and our other friend that is just running for the heck of it (she does a marathon a year and is scheduled for one in October)... met at my house and headed out about 8:30am. I tried to keep very close control on my watch and timing.. stopping for red lights and bathroom breaks and water refil... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:56:36 EST Week 13 and 14 of Marathon training Ok, so I'm into week 15.. here is the recap from 13 and 14. <BR> 13 was a big week.. 19 miles for the long run. I did a 5 mile run on Monday that week.. and then totally skipped my other weekday runs! I did running in bootcamp, but not the mileage I should have done. <BR> the 19 mile run went well.. Rainy, but good. New route with the running buddies. They run part of that route almost every week. It was TOUGH! <BR> Through the park that included stairs!! I had to walk up most of them! <BR>... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:47:05 EST April Plan and Birthday month! Happy April 1st! ;) <BR> It is my birthday month (the 25th, so I have time to prepare) and the last month of marathon training! <BR> I'm no where near my weightloss goal and have not made any progress, but backwards since marathon training! :( Boo! That is no April Fools <BR> <BR> So simple commitment and goals for April <BR> <BR> 1. Cut sugar.. I need to eat like a diabetic so I don't become diabetic! <BR> 2. Cut carbs as grains.. focus on vegetable carbs for fueling the body for exercise... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:04:20 EST Week 12 of Marathon training and recap of week 11 Hi there, Thought I would post an update on my marathon training. <BR> Week 11 ended on Saturday with an 18 mile run! Like the 17 mile run, I went with running buddies. I'm very fortunate to have co-workers/workout buddies that are either training for the same marathon, or do long runs anyway! Yep, that is right. One co-worker usually runs a marathon each year at the same time as this race. She would have signed up, but can't due to work travel coming up in April.. BUT, she has committed to ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:17:59 EST Marathon training week 9 Good morning, <BR> I have arranged to have running buddies tomorrow for my 17 miles! <BR> <BR> My one good friend/co-worker that runs with me at work is out of town, but her weekend running buddy wants to run (at my pace) tomorrow! They already had a great 17 mile route (they've trained for 3 marathons) <BR> <BR> My other co-worker that actually is signed up to run the marathon with me is also planning to meet up.. he hasn't been as good at getting some of his runs in due to schedule and ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:50:10 EST Sticking with Marathon training for now HI all. so I blogged about it on Saturday and texted my workout buddies and had nice replies and one long pep talk via phone. <BR> I went and ran my 15 miles on Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> For now, I'll stick with marathon training. <BR> It is a bucket list item I've had in my mind for a while and I'm already half way there with the training. <BR> <BR> that said, the 15 mile run yesterday was tough and the recovery tougher. I was just flat out exhausted! <BR> I may need to adjust my nutr... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:26:03 EST Small Crisis of choosing one goal over another I woke up this morning depressed about being overweight.. more specifically re-gaining weight.. <BR> Regaining almost 20 lbs! <BR> I have/had 2 main goals this year that I turn 40. <BR> Get to goal weight (which is now 30 lbs away instead of 20) <BR> Run a marathon. <BR> <BR> I had thought the two goals could go hand in hand.. why not? <BR> The slow ramp up of mileage over the course of 18 weeks should burn tuns of calories. <BR> Eat right, fuel workouts and recovery, but still burn to... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:59:22 EST Week 7 of 18 of Marathon training Good morning, <BR> So I'm in the middle of week 7 of training. I'm using Higdon's Novice 2 training schedule. <BR> So far my long runs have looked like this. <BR> 8, 9, 6, 11, 12, 9 <BR> with weekly runs of 3, 5, 3 and 3, 6, 3 <BR> <BR> This week the weekly runs jump up to 4, 7, 4 and my long run on Saturday is 14 miles! <BR> <BR> How is it going? <BR> OK. I've missed 2 of the 6 mile runs the last two weeks. And just trying to squeeze in a couple of extra miles on the other short run da... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:03:09 EST Scared of the scale and marathon training So the scale is moving in the wrong direction still!! <BR> <BR> I have been trying to eat 'normally' staying in my general calorie range while starting marathon training. Last weekend was my first 'long' run of 11 miles. I thought that the slow ramp up of mileage would help with calorie burn. <BR> <BR> BUT, I've also heard you have to be careful as the extra calorie burn can make you extra hungry. <BR> So, I've been proactive and I've been reading books like "Race Weight" and "New Rules fo... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:58:14 EST Does Marathon training cause you to GAIN weight? I'm still very early in the game of training.. slowly adding miles, keeping cross training (bootcamp and ST) 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> So, I'm bummed to see the scale more in the wrong direction. <BR> I'm trying to stay neutral and give it time.. I will weigh in this Saturday for the 5% challenge. <BR> I will log my food better! <BR> I will lift my weights like I KNOW I need to. <BR> I will rest when I need to rest, and see what happens. <BR> <BR> So, does anyone out there have experie... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:06:21 EST Scale moving in wrong direction, Failed diet approach? Good morning.. <BR> So the scale is moving in the wrong direction.. at an alarming rate! <BR> I've been 10-12 lb up for a while now.. 171-173.. From where I was sitting comfortably for a long time 160 (although not my goal weight). <BR> <BR> I've been seeing 174 lately.. but chalked it up to sodium or sore muscles or both. <BR> Although I've been pretty good in calorie range, I was relying on some more sodium rich foods (canned soup, deli meat, ham, canned beans) for some of my go-to mea... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:12:02 EST Fitness and Weightloss plan.. will it work? Ok, here is the plan.. <BR> Eat healthy, clean, minimal processed foods, minimal flour foods <BR> <BR> Breakfast eggs, spinach, pinch of cheese.. OR Oatmeal with fruit and a protein source (powder or greek yogurt) 300-350 calories <BR> <BR> Snack: almonds, fruit, 200 x 2 (mid morning, late afternoon) <BR> <BR> Lunch: greek yogurt and hummus and veggies and salad, or soup or left overs <BR> 300-350 calories <BR> <BR> Dinner: Soup, extra protein? or chicken and veggies, or eggs and veggies... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:16:23 EST Training and weight loss? So I've officially started training for a full marathon. It is an 18 week plan and I would really really like to lose some weight at the same time! <BR> Is that possible? <BR> I'm burning some serious calories on long runs.. as well as mid-distance runs during the week. <BR> I'm aiming to have a larger breakfast and a protein/carb post workout snack to help fuel my workouts and recovery and keep dinner on the smaller side. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> Is it possible to train for an ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:15:11 EST