Thursday, May 26, 2011

No Sugar. For Realz.

Okay, I am beginning a No Sugar Challenge for 21 days starting tomorrow. Why not today?? Well, because I had pancakes with syrup this morning! HA!

I am going to rid myself of the cravings of sugar. There will be no dessert, candy, sweets, etc. No cereal with sugar, crackers (pretzels are okay, they have no sugar), anything with added sugar. No soda. No juice.

I am ALLOWED to have whole grain bread (It just does not work for me to not have bread), salad dressing, and a small amount of honey. All fruits and veggies are okay but not dried fruit. Real, unprocessed food. YUM. Bring on the apples!

From May 27 - June 16. NO. SUGAR.

I HAVE to lose these last 5 pounds. Hopefully that will be a by-product of cutting the sugar out of my life.

Who's in?

Monday, May 23, 2011

I crave pain.

My eyes are burning.

I have cried 4 times since I woke up this morning and although I have already run today, I am craving a crazy hard workout.

I want to go for a run and go so fast that my body screams in protest. I want the physical pain to overwhelm me and block out the emotional pain. I want a tangible hurt so the intangible hurt seems small in comparison. I want it to be so hard that I puke and my muscles cramp up. I need a serious endorphin overload.

Anyone want to join me??

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Humidity is the death of me

It's has been so humid here in the big D lately that my front door is sticking and won't open, and my kids slide in the backyard has condensation pooling and dripping down when it's not raining.

SO. When i am done with a run over 1 mile this is what I look like...


Yes, that is a bag of frozen meat on my forehead trying to cool me off. My shirt was COMPLETELY soaked with sweat.

And I am so dazed with how horrible the weather feels.


See how wet my hair is from the sweat?? That's called I stink worse than a man hair.


Here's what I found on humidity, heat, and running:

HEART RATE 

Here are the statistics of what these two elements can do to impact your running: 
 
    Heat
  • Temperatures between 60-75°F will increase heart rate (HR) by 2-4 beats per minute
  • Temperatures between 75-90°F will increase heart rate (HR) up to 10 beats per minute 
 
    Humidity
  • Humidity levels between 50-90% will increase heart rate (HR) up to 10 beats per minute
 
When the two elements are experienced together the effect is magnified.  


Forecast for tomorrow morning at 5am: 75 degrees and 88% humidity. That would equal me running VERY slowly. Even for me.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Those last 5 pounds

are SO stubborn!

I mean, I run. I bike. I eat lots of fruit and veggies. Whole grains. No soda.


Why oh why can't I lose those vanity pounds?


I can't think of a single reason!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

DONE with the Calorie counting

Quick synopsis of the 4 day challenge.

I was to eat as I normally eat but just to track EVERY single thing that I ate.

Day 1 - 2800 calories
Day 2 - 2000 calories
Day 3 - 1876 calories
Day 4 - 2271 calories

I noticed that a TON of calories came from sweets. Candy, cupcakes, cookies, etc. I mean, who am I?? The Hungry Runner Girl?? I probably ate an average of 700 calories a day on JUNK. I have GOT to get rid of this stuff. I am seriously considering the 10 day no sugar challenge that some blogger is hosting. Annnndddddd I can't remember who right now. But it goes June 1 - June 10. I think I will do that!

And today while I ran my 6 miles, I had my first experience EVER with hurling during a workout. The temperature was perfect and my legs felt great, but I think it was too soon after I taste tested 8 cookies (true) and I did not keep them down at mile 3. I was ALSO tempted to pull a SUAR and squat behind some bushes, but I wasn't gutsy enough with all the cars whizzing by on the service road.

Tomorrow will be a re-do. I will eat good tomorrow. I hope.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Calorie Counting

Why can't we just eat what we want to eat? Day 2 of calorie counting ended at 2000 calories for the day. (MUCH better than day 1)

Day 3 (today). I am sitting at 1210 so far and it's 2pm. And I'm really full right now. I'm thinking I won't even want food until at least 7pm.

In theory, after I ride my bike today at 5pm for an hour (600-700 calorie burn), and eat 1/2 homemade hamburger for dinner, I should be around 1800-ish for today. IF I don't eat any more candy or ice cream. (I've tackled some coconut m&m's already today)

I'm pretty worried about tomorrow. I'm helping throw a baby shower tomorrow for some good friends that just adopted a baby!! I made this AWESOME cinnamon walnut streusel coffee cake, the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever, and banana bread. There will also be 3 different varieties of gourmet cupcakes.

Oh. Em. Gee.

I'm pretty much screwed for tomorrow. I'd better run 10 miles and bike 20 miles to burn off all the goodies I will eat tomorrow. Yummy, tasty, goodies. Hmmmmmm...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Paying Attention is Scary Business!

The newest diet challenge is up at Fit & Hungry and I am doing it!!

Today is day 1 of true, honest calorie counting. I am using spark people to keep track all the way and my total is 2800 for today. (I may have over-estimated the amount of candy, but better to aim high than underestimate) Keeping in mind that I burned over 800 calories today running, so that puts me at 2000 calories for just regular daily life.

Confession: 800-ish calories of my daily count were from sweets and candy. GASP! Now normally I don't eat that much in one day, but that's kind of eye opening. small display of what I ate:





I'm gonna try to do less candy tomorrow. seriously.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Head for the Hills 40 mile

Today my mom and I did a 40 mile bike ride in Cedar Hill, TX. (technically, 43)


I'm all ready to go!!


My mom trying to figure out the map. (I personally like to ride by the seat of my pants. ha.)


The fasties starting!


annnnddddd, there they go!


One of the rest stops (which were awesome, by the way)


All done!


and sunburned. oops.


And, the ride in numbers:

43 - miles we rode
3 - number of rest stops
5 - number of bugs that pegged me as I rode
29 - highest speed of the day (mph)
4 - fuzzy caterpillars I saw on the road
.5 - chick-fil-a sandwich I had at mile 30
4 - number of chocolate chip cookies I ate at the rest stops
2 - port-o-potty stops
2 - hours I spent riding
43 - minutes I spent riding in addition to the hours above.
1 - quick adjustment I had at mile 30 with the chiropractic students (my hip has NEVER felt better!)
90 - minutes I slept at home afterwards
38 - cheetos I ate after the race.
95 - ounces of water I drank
15.8 - average mph (not too bad since I sure didn't ride that fast for the first 25 miles!)
20 - mph winds the first 25 miles!
1 - mother and daughter memory

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

No Sugar Day 2 - Part 1

Let's back up and talk about the rest of last night first. I had a single serving bag of salt and lime popcorn (no sugar - I checked), and then at 11pm (I couldn't sleep because my mouth hurt so bad from the dentist yesterday. He was brutal with that syringe!) I was on the computer and the room started spinning uncontrollably. I laid down on the floor and closed my eyes but I felt like I was spinning on a turntable or something.

SCARY.

So I ate a second helping of dinner and 2 scrambled eggs.

Okay, now on day 2.

When I woke up this morning I felt awful. My stomach was upset, I am crampy (like a period, but it hasn't started yet), and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what to eat before running 6 miles.

Don't say bananas. I am allergic to bananas.

So I cheated and ate 1/4 of a slice of potato bread so I had SOMETHING. I wasn't about to sit there and eat an apple.

During the run my tummy was revolting the entire way. I thought I was going to throw up, I had heartburn, it was awful. And when I was done I then had intestinal distress. And I was dizzy again and knew I had to eat something but couldn't figure out what.  So I made oatmeal cooked in milk with NO sweeteners added. Ummm, yucky.

Then I still felt like I was going to hurl, I'm crampy, dizzy, and just feel so bad. I go back to bed for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Take my oldest son to playgroup and wonder if I'm pregnant?? (what?!) My period is late, I'm sleepy, nauseous, and dizzy - all symptoms of mine when I'm pregnant. I run to the dollar general for their $1 pregnancy tests, run home and take the test while my heart is racing with nervousness. Those 3 minutes feel like an eternity when you are waiting for those pink lines to show up.

My conclusion at 9:45 this morning? I am adjusting the no sugar challenge to include bread. I ate 2 slices of whole grain toast with butter and jam and felt not so dizzy anymore. (did I mention that I am slightly hypoglycemic?) I HAVE to have more carbs that are easy to digest. Feeling like this is no bueno!

Oh, and in case you were wondering - the test was negative.   :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

No sugar day 1

Today went as follows:

1 HUGE wrap including

  • 10 inch flour tortilla (no sugar added)
  • 1 chicken thigh - no skin
  • mustard
  • raw spinach
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • cheese
greek yogurt with raw strawberries

roasted red pepper hummus with cucumber and carrots

cajun chicken pasta including
  • whole wheat linguine
  • chicken breast
  • bell peppers
  • onions
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • cayenne, salt, paprika
  • chicken broth
  • cream cheese (no sugar)
pink lady apple.

I'm sitting at about 1500 calories for today and I haven't really been hungry. Even though I burned like, 1000 calories in exercise this morning(3.5 mile run and 1 hour bike). It's amazing how you feel when all the food you are eating is really nutrient dense and you have a good amount of protein and fiber.

I'm thinking I need one more snack before bed. And I'm drawing a blank right now. I wonder if popcorn would work?

Blah.

I took 3 days completely off from exercising because:


  • Sunday is my rest day.
  • Monday it rained ALL DAY LONG. Like...it poured. All. Day.
  • Tuesday I was banned from exercise since I had a physical that night for our life insurance. No exercise 24 hours prior to the blood draws because it would mess up the results.
Okay so this morning was my first workout since Saturday. I planned on doing 6x400's @ 8min/mile pace with 400 jogs in between. I even figured out how to put it all in my garmin so it would keep track and beep automatically at me! Got a running buddy, set my alarm for 5:30am.

And then I woke up at 6:50am.

No alarm. My buddy ran without me. No time to run the 5+ miles I had planned.

So I got dressed, and went out the door to do my 3.7 mile loop that I DID have time for. I felt awful. I'm supposed to start my period today so maybe that's it. Or maybe I haven't gotten enough sleep lately. OR it is the garbage way I've been eating for 4 days. (At my physical last night, I weighed 129 pounds - that's approaching my scary weight)

Okay, so after my dentist appointment today, I am going to take the boys in the bike trailer for 45 minutes or so giving me 1 hour and 20 minutes of card today. Then I'll do my 70 push-ups for today.

AND, I am on a diet. Well, more like cutting out the sugar. ALL additive sugar. I can have all the fruit I want but no sweeteners added to food. No honey, sugar, stevia, spenda, etc. until Sunday.  That is four days of super-de-duper clean eating. A mini-detox, if you will.

I'll update you on the food situation. Greek yogurt and strawberries are calling my name!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Dean is the man.



As I read this book, and am brought to tears several times already, I have to throw out one of my favorite quotes:

"...don't we spend enough of our lives doubting ourselves, thinking we're not good enough, not strong enough, not made of the right stuff? The marathon gives you the opportunity to tackle these doubts head-on...you tune out the naysayers who tell you you're not good enough, and you listen only to the passion in your heart."


    -Dean Karnazes

Sunday, May 1, 2011

What did I just do??


It's official.

My dad and I just registered for our first marathon.

Kill me now.

November 13, 2011 - the day after I turn 30. (My dad will be 56)

Why am I insane??


(this will be me)