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5/21/10 12:24 P

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Hmm sample menu?

Oatmeal or Kashi Go Lean for breakfast
Salad (veggies, hardboiled egg whites, black beans) or veggie wrap with hummus for lunch
dinner changes around completely, some of my faves : black bean burgers, bean salad wraps with brown rice, whole wheat pasta with a salad, Amy's frozen pizza with a salad. Depends on my mood.

Snacks : green monsters, nuts (almonds and peanuts are my faves) Kashi bars

Dessert : fruit smoothie and/or vitamuffin

Not always 100% clean, but I'm working on it! You can view my blog for some of my eats too. =)

~Amber~

MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs

5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!

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If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!

FOOD TASTES GOOD
Let us eat it in moderation.


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5/21/10 11:51 A

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Rebytr- no I never use the shot blocks other than for runs over about 85min and even then only if I feel like I am going to power out before my run ends. In the morning I eat a breakfast from Tosca's menu which is full of protein and after my run I make a smoothie with my protein powder and fruit for my mid morning snack. What do you think? Any changes to be made?

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5/21/10 11:20 A

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Amber:

I tried to see exactly what you are eating in a day, but could not figure it out. You obviously know what you are doing (hence the 95 pounds of weight loss!). Do you mind giving us a 'sample' menu of what you eat and also how much cardio/strength training you are doing?

I would love to be like Amber! Amazing progress, for sure...

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5/21/10 6:28 A

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Maybelle,

I replied to you on the other team, but I saw on this post, it sounds like you're using the Shot Blocks other than your long run. I would only stick to Shot Blocks during your long run. They're pure sugar so it would not be a good snack in any other situation.

During the week, before your run, you might want to try a piece of toast with peanut butter. Some people do okay with oatmeal. If you have a little protein, it will you hold you through longer. After your run, have a balance of carbs and protein.

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5/21/10 2:28 A

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hi don't cut the carbs, you body needs more of them than any thing else, the brain functions only on fresh carbs not energy stores. if you are to low it presents a health hazard

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5/21/10 1:58 A

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That's exactly why I have to up my carbs. I am training for a 25k and with all that running my carb intake was way down. I didn't know that and had just set my carb intake on the advice given to someone else on another post. Anyways I have set my daily carb intake at 190-225 which will be way better for me. Thanks to all you sparkers out there who shared your knowledge!

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5/21/10 12:47 A

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I must exercise too much to be able to function on so few carbs. I'm a seriously flabbergasted right now!!

~Amber~

MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs

5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!

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If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!

FOOD TASTES GOOD
Let us eat it in moderation.


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5/20/10 5:58 P

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Thanks everyone for your replies! You're right Hawgwild, I also posted this on my half marathoner's team and got the feedback that with my running I do need to up my carbs. But even so I am glad to get your guys ideas to keep low carbs because I have two days of the week that I don't run and would like to make them low carb days. I know running burns crazy calories but eating so much carbs seems to counteract the effect for me. Thanks again guys, always open to suggestions and tips:)

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5/20/10 5:17 P

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Also, if you are doing lot of running, maybe you need your carbs?

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5/20/10 5:10 P

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I should be at 150 for the day. If I eat any more than that I feel really bloated. Wish I could, though...

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5/20/10 5:09 P

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I try to keep my carbs around 150 also. I can't stomach whole grains and things like that so I eat my carbs from fruits, veggies, and things like quinoa. I measure everything. I am trying to lose weight so I am TRYING to eat more protein. Am I that successful no...but why do you want to keep your carbs so low?

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5/20/10 5:04 P

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Well, today my carbs are at 114 for the day (I pre plan my meals), yesterday was 169. I have high calorie and low calorie days, and the carbs tend to follow. It all depends on whether or not it's a strength training day or a cardio day...
On a lower calorie day (lower carb day), I eat fewer fruits and a lot more protein (check my tracker) my protein today is almost at 150 grams.
I really load up on the proteins (cottage cheese, eggs, etc.) and the veggies for not just nutrients, but to fill me up.

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5/20/10 4:59 P

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I like to use low-fat cottage cheese, boosts the protein without boosting the carbs or fats. If you aren't worried about fat at all, you could have eggs or protein vegetable-base shakes.

June
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5/20/10 4:50 P

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Holy cow! How DOES one eat that few carbs? With whole grains and eating mostly fruits and veggies all day, so I'm always between 250 and 300.

What is everyone eating?

Edited by: *AMBER512 at: 5/20/2010 (16:52)
~Amber~

MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs

5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!

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If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!

FOOD TASTES GOOD
Let us eat it in moderation.


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5/20/10 4:43 P

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Ok so I have my daily carb intake set at 120-150 but I can never stay within that following Tosca's eat clean plan. I am training for a 25k and my clif shots that I ate during this mornings run had 24 carbs. By the way they are clean, anyways I ate them in place of my mid morning snack. Even on days when I don't run I go past my carb limit. So I have had my lunch now and have reached 150 carbs. What are some low carb foods that you eat to keep your intake down?

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