Well actually, I should say half-marathon training started today because I added to/adjusted my marathon training plan for the half I'm doing on my birthday (June 22nd). The marathon isn't until November. And I actually ran outside today! I took Lucy with me so I wasn't expecting to get a whole lot accomplished, but she actually did really well :) I set my app (iSmoothRun) for a 5 minute warm-up and then 1:30/:30 intervals and off we went.
The subdivision I live in has a main road that goes around in a circle, and it's exactly 1 mile if I stay on the inner sidewalk. Usually I add onto that by using the outer sidewalk/road and go around another street. Here, let me show you what I'm talking about...
My house is at the "pause" mark. If I take the outer road/sidewalk and add on Revere Drive (where the 5 mile marker is) it makes each lap 1.25 miles. If I just do the inner circle of Independence Drive it's exactly 1 mile. Pretty cool, huh?
Anyways, Lucy had enough after twice around so I dropped her back at home, took off my jacket, and back out I went for 3 more laps. On the 5th lap I added the extra street to make sure I hit 5 miles. It went really well, other than some tummy issues (as usual, ugh!), so I will probably keep with the 1:30/:30 intervals for my "long" runs.
After that I watched a couple episodes of Mystery Diners (I love those kind of shows on Food Network!) while making the grocery list, took Lucy for another lap, and then off to the grocery store. I really need to develop a better grocery system because it seems like I'm going every 4 or 5 days, and at about $150 each trip, this is super expensive! The problem is that my husband and I eat completely different types of foods. Of course you all know that I'm vegetarian/plant-strong, but hubby definitely is NOT.
Well well, aren't I just yappy today?! While I'm on a roll, here's today's menu:
Breakfast: vitamin, coffee
Pre-run: roasted cauliflower and a black-bean burger (this probably explains the tummy issues)
There hasn't been a whole lot going on around here, hence the lack of posting. Still eating the same stuff, still running, etc. I did somehow manage to break a tooth today, so tomorrow I have to skip the gym at lunch and instead go to the dentist. Thank goodness they could squeeze me in! On the other hand, the only thing that scares me more than praying mantis's is the dentist. Ugh.
So after 2 full weeks of photographing everything I eat, I'm at the same exact weight I started at. For quite some time now I've been fluctuating between 118 - 119. And while I would like to get back to 116 I'm thinking that maybe my body is happy where it is. I eat 95% healthy and I'm active at least 5 out of 7 days per week. At 5'4 and 118 pounds my BMI is 20. I feel good :)
Today would be the start of week 3, but since I forgot my phone at home I have no way to take any pictures. I'm going to respectfully bow out of the challenge at this point. I had fun doing this, and I enjoyed looking at everyone's photos. I wish you all the best :)
I never got around to posting last night, sorry. It also dawned on me that I don't need to post those summary photos every day since you can see them by clicking on the Food/Fitness Tracker page, and then follow the link there.
Today's workout was a 3.5 mile run, doing 1:30/:30 intervals of 6.5mph/4mph (plus warm-up and cool-down). I didn't take my Acidopholus over the weekend or this morning, and I could definitely tell as soon as I got about a half-mile into my run. I'll spare you the TMI details, but oh my, does my tummy hurt :(
I came home from work, had my monster salad, and took Lucy for her walk. Now I'm going to jump in the shower and then hit the hay. Have a good night!
I spent most of this morning paying for last night's Chinese food :( Once I did get up and moving I went grocery shopping to restock all my healthy stuff. I made a big vat of salsa for the week, more salad, more Tahini Lime dressing, my black bean/black olive/taco seasoning concoction. I boiled 5 ears of corn, cut it off the cob and (besides eating 1 ear's worth) packaged it up to make a black bean/quinoa recipe tomorrow. Then I took Lucy for a 2-mile walk and that's about it.
Yay, it's Friday! Today's workout was a 3.5 mile run :)
Tonight I really didn't feel like making anything and the fridge is almost empty (going grocery shopping tomorrow) so we ordered Chinese food. I think the nutrition information I have logged is way off and probably at least twice the calories/fat listed. It was good, but I'm sure I'll be regretting it sometime in the next couple hours.
Lucy went back to the vet today and got her last set of puppy shots. Now she's good until next year :) After getting back home, which seemed to take forever (it's a 2 hour drive each way) I made my brunch, prepped some salad for the next few days, and watched some TV. I can't believe it's already 9pm - where did the entire day go?! Jeez. Time to shower and get my work stuff ready for tomorrow. Here's today's eats:
No workout today. Back to the gym tomorrow for a much needed run :)
I didn't get below 118, but I did lose 1.2 pounds this week. Starting weight (5/1/13) 119.6 and today's weight was 118.4. However, my "normal" weight lately has been 118.6 so I really only lost .2. Regardless, I've enjoyed the challenge so far. I did not eat any Reese's all week, and the couple snacks I have eaten were healthy. I've also lowered my caffeine intake and upped my water consumption :)
Today is the hungriest I've been in a long time and I ended up over on both calories and fat. I've been "starving" since I got done at the gym (40 minutes on the Arc Trainer doing Heart-Rate Zone training). My tummy is still growling but I refuse to eat anything else, heh.
Tomorrow I'm off work (Lucy has to go back to the vet for the rest of her shots) so I'm not sure what'll be on the menu. Stay tuned...
I've made it through one entire week of photographing every single thing I eat! It really hasn't been difficult at all, and I'm proud of myself for passing up some unhealthy stuff. I was excited to see 118.2 on the scale today, but I'm really hoping to be under 118 tomorrow morning, which will be the official 1 week weigh-in. Here's today's food summary:
Today's workout was RUNNING again, Yay! Another 3.5 pain-free miles :)
How did everyone's else first week go? Are we gonna keep this up a bit longer? I'm game if everyone else is!
I finally got to run today! I took it nice and easy, and am ecstatic to report that my toe didn't bother me at all! Woohoo!
On the food front, I really haven't been hungry at all today. I didn't have my breakfast until around 11am, only ended up eating half of my lunch, and where I would normally be "starving" about now, I'm still full from dinner. I ended up under on both calories and protein for today, but I'm not going to force anything else in.
Tomorrow will be one week since starting this challenge, and I'm hoping to be under 118!
Nice relaxing day today. Got up and took Lucy for a mile walk before I even had my coffee. By the way, I've been doing GREAT on limiting the coffee! I haven't had more than 2 cups per day since the challenge started. I did great on water up until this weekend. But yesterday I only had 48oz and today only 24oz.
This afternoon I prepped some food for the week. More black bean taco filling stuff and a batch of Thai-style cabbage. Took Lucy for another mile walk and then went to a couple different grocery stores, but didn't find exactly what I was looking for.
Watched some TV, did some laundry, and took Lucy for another (shorter) walk. I was way under on my nutrients so I just had an Asian pear with a "Jif-to-go" packet. So I ended up a bit over on fat, but good on everything else.
I've spent a couple months now deciding whether to replace yet another Fitbit (Lucy has eaten 3 of them so far), or try something different like the Jawbone Up, the new Fitbit Flex, BodyMedia Core, Nike+ Sportband, etc. I really wanted to get one of the bracelet or armband ones, but the Fitbit One came in 1st place on just about all the reviews. I think because it has both an accelerometer and an altimeter (steps/distance and altitude basically). I'm not so concerned about pace/distance because I have my Garmin for that (when I get to run outside) and of course the treadmill gives that information. Duh. But since most of my workouts are at the gym, and I'm trying to incorporate more cross-training, I wanted a fitness tracker that was better for indoors, and for all-day tracking. Radio Shack had the Fitbit One on sale for $89, plus a $10 off coupon for next time, so off I went to grab one!
I also have an older Polar (F11), which is great for doing heart-rate zone training, and I finally got a new battery for it, but I can't find the right tool to get to the battery! Oi! And ultimately, I just love all these little gadgets ;)
How about any of you? Got any favorite fitness gadgets?
Food today was all within my nutrition goals, except for fiber. Over again :(
Today was a rest day but I did get in 2.5 miles walking with Lucy.
Oh, and the visit with the moms is being postponed until the end of the month so no food worries until then, hehe :)
Last night after dinner I started getting terrible stomach pains. They've been coming and going ever since. I think it's from too much fiber, and the combination of half a head of cauliflower yesterday followed by Brussels sprouts must have sent me over the edge ;) I was down a pound this morning, but that just puts me back at 118, so I still have those 2 stupid pounds to go.
Oh look, I hit all my nutrition goals for the day:
Today's workout was 35 minutes on the Arc Trainer. I do like that machine, but my feet both went completely numb after about 20 minutes (again). I burned 300 calories and was sweating like a pig by the time I finished. Then after dinner tonight I took Lucy for a 1.5 mile walk. My toe seems to be good! And at least when I walk (or run) my feet don't go numb. I can't wait to get back on the treadmill Monday!!!
Tomorrow is a rest day, and will most likely be the hardest day of this challenge for me. The moms are coming over and my mom -always- brings snacks and/or will take us out for dinner. When I say no to anything, she tells me I'm too skinny and need to gain about 10 pounds. Oh well, we shall see how it goes!
Wish me luck!
How's everyone else doing so far? It was another crazy day at work, so I only got to 3 or 4 blogs to look around. Tomorrow I'll be cleaning and then "visiting" but by Sunday I should be able to get in some reading time! Have a great weekend!
Another 72oz water day! And again, I ended up under on my calorie goal. Today was for a different reason though- it was hell day at work and I just didn't have time to do more than throw stuff in the microwave pre- and post- workout. I was planning on a veggie burger w/guacamole on a sandwich thin at lunch, and then when I didn't have time I just figured I'd have it for dinner with my salad. But I had to stop at the grocery store on my way home, and my food prep took a lot longer than expected. I'm trying to eat the salad while typing this up but I'm really not even that hungry. Must be all the water ;)
Workout today was 20 minutes on the stationary bike (5 miles) followed with 20 minutes ST (one set of 12-16 reps around the circuit room). Tomorrow I think I'm going to do the Arc Trainer. I'm really trying to NOT run before Monday. Better safe than sorry, right?!
I didn't get a chance to look at everyone's blog/food today because I was so busy at work. Hopefully I'll be able to play catch up tomorrow. Be well, everyone!
I drank 72oz water today! Holy crap! I NEVER drink enough water (I do however, drink entirely too much coffee) but today I rocked it! And I only had 2 cups of coffee.
I'm not sure how to get my pictures from Instagram onto here, so I'll just post a summary (from my food tracker at SparkPeople.com), and if you want to see the pics, click on the Instagram link.
As you can see, I still have some calories left, but I don't think I'm going to use them.
And I have no idea what I'm going to eat tomorrow since I used up the last of my salsa, guacamole, and salad stuff today. I better get in the kitchen and roast up that head of cauliflower that I can't decide what to do with, and then I'll hit up the grocery store on my way home from work tomorrow night.
I did 35 minutes on the Elliptical for a total of 4.31 miles and 318 calories burned. I'm trying to NOT run for the rest of the week, but I think by Friday I'll go batshit crazy if I don't get on the treadmill ;) We'll see.