Saturday, March 31, 2012

EMZ's favorite number

I ran 4 miles!!!!!

Go me!!!!

That's the furthest I've gone since about July of last year! It wasn't fast. It probably wasn't pretty (thank heavens it was dark outside). But I DID IT!!!

I have a goal of doing a marathon this year, and to do my training plan I need to be able to run 10 miles the first week of official training. Which begins in July. So that means I am training to be able to run 10 miles. I have only ran that distance TWICE in my entire life. I take my glucosamine religiously and pray that my body holds up to the abuse!

Now to avoid the easter candy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Today is day 3 of my 30 day no sugar challenge! I'm down from 136 pounds on monday to 133.6 pounds today. It's obvious to me that my body doesn't WANT to be this size. It's crazy how your body just sheds the extra weight when you don't indulge all the time. Like I have been lately. You know, since the second I found out I was pregnant.

I'm making sure to eat enough to keep me from feeling hungry, which I think is especially important when you are nursing a baby. I'm keeping track of eating a protein with every meal to slow digestion and help me feel full longer.

cottage cheese with fruit
yogurt with granola
cheese with xyz
lots of beans!!!
And I'm drinking at least 3 nalgene bottles of water a day = 3 liters.

We have been invited to someone's house for dinner on Sunday and I'm nervous about what they will serve and what I can eat out of it. The last 3 times we went to someone's house for dinner I have not been able to resist the desserts. The chocolate cake. the (homemade) truffles. ice cream. Or the potatoes. or going back for seconds. Geez, when I write it like that I realize how much of an issue I have. I HAVE to stay strong or I will crash and burn when Dave and I stuff the easter eggs for the kids!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jump start

I am really good at weight maintenance. How do I know this? I have not lost ANY more weight in the last 2 weeks. I've stalled out at 135 pounds. The problem with this?? All of my clothes are made for a girl who weighs 120-125 pounds.

So for the next 30 days (oh that's right! THIRTY days) I am recommitted to counting calories, loading up on fruits and veggies, and zero desserts. I am determined to get back down to a good racing weight, looking good and confident in my clothes, and feeling energetic and in control.

It's all about what is more important. Is my goal more important than those jelly beans?

Is having a healthy body more important than a piece of cake?

I am aware that my 30 day journey will be right over easter. And spring break. And I am prepared to resist the over-sugared holiday. Day 1 commences.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Live Young 5K

Today I ran a race!!!! My first official 5K post baby.

I showed up to get my packet and shirt and found out that there was no chip timing. This was a small race! I knew the weather would factor in how I would do because of the enormous amount of fog and the frizz that my hair turned into even though I used my Chi last night. When the weather takes over the Chi, it's not good news. 97% humidity does not bode well.

I lined up right on the line so my finish time would be accurate and tried not to get caught up in the kids sprinting away because I knew I would DIE later on. I'm still trying to get in shape with consistent workouts and have not run over 3.5 miles yet. slowly. My training runs are averaging about 10:20 minute miles right now. I've had 1 or 2 days averaging a 10 minute mile but was dead after.

GOAL A: break 30 minutes but was not optimistic.

Goal B: don't walk at all

Mile 1 - tried to enjoy running along the river and the historical homes downtown while not letting the adrenaline push me too much too early.  I was just praying that when it beeped at the first mile I wouldn't see a 10 at the beginning. Imagine my shock when I saw 8:53!

Mile 2 - I knew mile 1 was a little too fast so I tried to dial it back a tad but still staying strong. Beeped at 9:18. (woohoo!!) I was feeling like I could maybe be under 29 minutes by this point.

Mile 3 - this was rough. at about 2.3 miles my heart rate started going up, the moisture in the air was getting to me since nothing was evaporating and sweat was dripping off me and into my eyes. I missed the water station because no volunteers had water when I ran by and I didn't want to stop and wait so I was really thirsty. 9:37 and I paid for that. SO. PAINFUL.

mile .1 - I knew this was it so I started ::almost:: sprinting to the end. I had cramps in my side and shoulder and could barely breathe but I saw the clock in the 28 minute range and didn't want to watch it click over to 29 and miss it because I didn't push. pace of 7:45 for the last .1! yay!

Garmin time: 3.11 miles, 28:39 (9:13 pace)
12 out of 32, female 30-39 age group
77 out of 206 overall

My thoughts?? I am SO HAPPY with how I did!!!! I feel like I was in much better shape the last time I ran a 5K back in fall of 2010, but I was only 37 seconds slower than my PR!!!! I am having visions of maybe running a 5K in the 26 minute range. Some speedwork, some more endurance, and I think I can really do it!

Next race right now? Olympic triathlon in September. that's 6 months away!!!! Lots of time to train. Bring it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Podcast's rule.

So I started to cut my music out of my running. SCARY!!!! I started going at least once a week with a running buddy and I leave the tunes at home so we can chat. She is SO good at chatting. Even when I'm struggling to breathe, she keeps it going so I can pant and heave. This lady, Deb, she's pushing 50 and has those runner's legs that I envy. She wears booty shorts during our runs that are shorter than my underwear! (insert green jealousy face here)

And then yesterday I listened to a podcast instead of music. I downloaded a bunch of episodes of The Jillian Michael's Show and listened to one of those while running. I barely even noticed the time passing and my garmin would beep the miles and surprise me because I didn't think I had gone that far yet. And let me tell you, Jillian is GREAT on this podcast. She is real, down to earth, funny, and incredibly intelligent. They are free so go look them up and listen to one. I will be so bummed when I've gone through the archives and have to wait for the new one every week. I am totally excited that I am broadening my horizon's with my running routine.

I've got my first real race on saturday after having my little Ryan and for 2012.

Live Young 5K. Hope I don't die.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

it works!

It's amazing what 2 weeks of solid workouts and eating well will do for your bod.

I'm down to 135.8 (as of this morning) and even though I've only lost 4.5 pounds, there is a noticeable different in what I look like. There is less tummy fat and the skin is getting tighter. My pants are looser around the butt and thigh area. I don't have to strain the waistband of skirts and pants to button them anymore.

It is so motivating when you are disciplined for a little while and see results! The results are making my choices easier. No sweets. Lots of veggies. Very little meat and dairy. Only whole grain carbs. Only drinking water.

It also didn't hurt that my baby reacts very badly to nursing when I eat chocolate. SO I guess no chocolate for me until he is 6 months!

I'm interested to see what I will look like in another 2 weeks, I can't wait to be out of the 130's!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Green monster?

Today I tried a green smoothie using the No Meat Athlete formula for the perfect smoothie. 

And after getting through half of it, it made me gag every time I brought it to my lips. And the rest of it went down the drain.

I don't know why I keep trying this "cool" trend of the green smoothie. It does not work for me! I am allergic to bananas so no go there. Even when they do taste good, I'm STARVING an hour later. I think I would just rather eat some spinach and fruit whole. Why is everyone doing this? Does ANYONE's smoothie taste good or is everyone else gagging like I am and not saying anything?

tell me, are you a smoothie drinker or a solid food eater??
Put me in the camp of those who like to chew their food!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

piece of cake

A new acquaintance here in my new little town brought over an entire 10x15 pan of german chocolate cake.

All homemade.
from scratch.

this is my favorite cake. I have it every year on my birthday. I have gone 8 1/2 days with no sweets and don't want to break my streak!

But that dang cake. It's mocking me. It sits there on the counter and I hear it calling my name and laughing at me. I feel like Alice in Wonderland with the cake that says, "eat me" on it. I gave a big slice in my daughter's lunch today, and gave another big slice for my son after his lunch.

What am I going to do? have a cheat day? freeze it and eat it later? throw it away???? (GASP!!)

Every time I look in the mirror or try on some clothes that don't fit, I don't want it. And then I go into the kitchen to make a snack or something, and there it sits. beautiful waves of chocolate scent hit my nose and my resolve weakens.

What do I DO???

Monday, March 5, 2012

going down

7 days with no sweets!! I can DO this! I am down 3 pounds from last tuesday (yippeeee!!) and I'm hoping to lose another 3 by next week.

I'm slowly working on my endurance for running. I did 3.3 miles this morning without completely dying - even though I was as slow as cold tar.  Does anyone know how long it will take to get some speed back??

I am not tempted to make brownies or anything and eat the whole pan, however, I am a little nervous about having easter candy in my house. I have no control when it's around!

Friday, March 2, 2012

4 days in.

I'm on day 4 of no sweets and a more plant based diet. I still eat meat, eggs, milk, etc but in much smaller quantities and each meal is based around veggies.

This week I've had -
shredded beef tacos (easy on the beef, heavy on the fresh toppings) with a side of homemade "refried" black beans. (no fat)
sweet potato white bean burgers with broccoli
wheat berry salad - I ate this for lunch every day this week
chicken and wild rice salad
hummus (homemade) with carrots and cucumbers
salad, salad, and more salad.

I think I've eaten beans in some form or another every single day this week.

I made my own homemade oatmeal wheat bread for sandwiches (for the kids, too!), and whole wheat dinner rolls.

I made homemade wheat pancakes this morning and subbed the oil with pumpkin. Instead of syrup, I used some peanut butter and ate them like bread. I'm doing lots of oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit. I think I singly handedly went through an 8 pound bag of oranges.

I'm starting to have a sense of satisfaction after eating that I didn't get before unless I ate 10 cookies or 3 slices of cake or something. Now if I want something else, I'll eat a pear or an orange or an apple with PB and I'll feel fine!

My body is SOOOO sore from this week but I'm feeling confident that after a bike day tomorrow and a rest day on sunday, I'll be ready to rock on monday!

I'm very interested to see how I feel with a continued diet like this and how it affects my training. Tune in for reports...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

2012 goals check in

These are the goals that I put into place for 2012, and with 2 months down, I wanted to see where I was.
  • Run a 5K under 27:30 (8:50 pace)
  • Have a baby. (hahaha) DONE.
  • Get down to my "happy weight"at 122 not even close.
  • Biking speed averaging 18 mph.
  • Do an olympic distance triathlon. no time goal although I would LIKE to break 3 hours.registered and nervous!
  • Complete my marathon in under 4:30.
  • Find another 10K and break 58 minutes.
  • Run 800 miles for the year. I probably won't be able to start anything until February 1st and I'll be starting slow, so I want this one to be really doable. If I take out January, that's 72 miles a month which is still more than I've ever done before. As of Feb. 29, I'm at 49 miles so far. That breaks it down to 75 miles/month from now on. here we go.
As for my running time goals, I'm not sure how those will fare this year. at 7 weeks postpartum, I am really struggling with both my endurance AND my speed. I hit the wall at 2 miles (so sad), and to hold a 10 minute mile feels like torture. my heart rate is soaring to 190 at a 10 minute mile. how sad is that?

I'm attempting to run a 5K at the end of march, and I'm thinking that if I break 30 minutes I'll be happy. I'll check in at the end of march to see my progress!