Monday, December 7, 2015

The next goal?

After a hiatus of a couple months, I am ready to track my current goal.

I have been working through the Jamie Eason Live Fit program and am getting close to finishing Phase 2. I'm feeling pretty strong but getting frustrated with the scale because I can't budge from 129 pounds right now. I've read a lot of reviews on this program and a lot of people feel "fluffy" through phase 2 because of the muscle growth. Phase 3 will start in about 2 weeks which is when I add a bunch of HIIT cardio to shed down the fat.

This week I am trying to keep the calories right at 1700/day to lose a little bit of bloat leading up to Christmas break.

I weighed in on Saturday at 129.8 pounds, I'd like to be in 128's this Saturday. I'm not trying to lose "weight" right now, as I'm trying to build some muscle, I just don't want to go up super fast.

I'll track my meals for the next week to keep myself accountable.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rigby Lake Triathlon Video!

Check out my slideshow I made from the Rigby Lake race:

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Triathlon Goals!

I am going off my times from the last triathlon for comparison and new goals.

Renting a $350 wetsuit for $10 - Can't get better than that!


2012 - 31 minutes.
In the ocean with some surf, no wetsuit, first open water mass start. Freaked out a little, no training.

2015 Goal - 25-26 minutes.
In a lake, so surf, full wetsuit, wave starts, actually trained this time!


2012 - 1:18 (18.8 mph)
I amazed myself. I felt great, didn't want it to end, not sure if I can improve.

2015 - 1:15-1:18 (18.8-19.6 mph)
I have a fitted tri bike this time, but I haven't trained as much and really don't know what to expect. Hope I can hold the same pace as last time.


2012 - 1:02
Had to pee the whole time, I was pretty hot, and legs were wiped.

2015 - 1:00
Can't control the bathroom part, but I'm hoping with the different bike my legs won't be so tired and I can run faster.

2012 total time - 2:55
2015 goal time - 2:48

That being said, I'll be happy with anything under 3 hours. :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

T minus 2 days...

My first triathlon in three years is on Saturday. I know, I can't believe it either. I can't believe it's been 3 years since I raced a triathlon!

I'm feeling pretty good about my training, as difficult as it's been the last few months. I am taking 6 credits of business classes in addition to teaching an online class. I have been completely swamped! I haven't spent as much time on the bike as I've wanted to, so if my bike time suffers, I won't be completely surprised. My swimming has been going well, I'm hopeful that I will be able to easily cut 3-4 minutes off my swim time, gunning for about 5, though.

The coolest thing I've had done is I got a professional fit on my tri bike and I am amazed at how much more comfortable it is to ride. I'm hoping my legs won't feel as wasted so perhaps I can drop a minute or two off the run.

I'm currently at 124.0 pounds. I'm happy with that for now, but hoping to drop another 3-ish pounds before the next race in August.

Getting excited!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Am I doing too much?

This is the question of the day. I mention it because when I told my dad I was always sore and tired, he told me I was overtraining.

That being said, I'm not sure what to cut out to fit in my workouts. I run 3 days a week. I swim two days a week. I need to bike at least 3 days a week. I also like going to my turbo kick class and I try to lift weights 3-4 times a week.

Too much? I only have 6 weeks before triathlon #1 and I really want to hit the bike pretty hard between now and then.

I would also like to lose about 6 pounds before then.

So many goals, not enough time.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Triathlon Training - 6 weeks to go!

I'm only a mere 6 weeks away from my first triathlon of the season!!!! Yikes! Time to get super serious about my biking and swimming - those are the two I think I can improve the most.

Here is my training for this coming week:

Monday - Run intervals (blah). Total of around 6-7 miles.
                 Bike 60-70 minutes.
                 Lift weights.

Tuesday - Swim 300 Warm up, 10x200's pull @ :20, 300 Cool down = 2500 yards
                 Turbo Kick - 1 hour
                 Bike 50 minutes

Wed -    Run 6 miles around 9:20 pace
              Bike 70 minutes

Thurs -  Swim 200 Warm, 2x50 drill, 4x50 build, 6x300's hard @ :30, 200 Cool = 2500 yards
              Turbo Kick - 1 hour
              Bike 50 minutes

Friday -  Run 8 miles at 9:10-9:25 pace

Saturday - Bike 40 miles

I am going to be completely dead if I don't get some serious sleep this week!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

IIFYM Challenge, Last full day

Friday morning weight - 128.0

That's a little better! I'm pretty sure I'll be in the 127's tomorrow which is a nice starting point for the next 2 weeks to shed down to a good racing weight.

Breakfast - Quaker Protein oatmeal

Lunch - Tilapia, green beans, golden grahams with milk

Snack - cottage cheese and grapes

Dinner - Tilapia, green beans, magnum ice cream bar, and some fudge. :)

Not doing any workouts today to rest my muscles for tomorrow's relay. I'm running a total of around 10 miles in two different legs. I'm hoping to hold somewhere in the 8's for the entire thing.

Then to rest up for my massive week of training next week! I'm planning on going really heavy on the bike and weights next week. Schedule coming up.

Friday, May 29, 2015

IIFYM, 2 days to go.

Thursday morning weight - 129.2

Surprised that it was so high, but then again I'm not surprised because I can binge like no one else! I know a lot of it is bloat and water weight so I'm not too stressed about it right now.

Swam a short 25 minutes this morning, trying to keep it easy because I have a race in 2 days.

2 eggs, 2 slices toast with PB2 (peanut butter powder)

Massive salad with a touch of bacon, avocado, cucumber, spinach and bolthouse farms dressing. Tilapia, green beans.

I'm SO stuffed after this lunch. Really, really full.

Cottage cheese with 2 cups red grapes.

Egg, ham, and cheese sandwich with spinach. Chobani simply 100 yogurt.

Totals for the day -  1633 calories, 179 carbs, 62 fat, 113 protein
Hit my goals perfectly!

Night workout - Turbo kick. My love. My precious.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IIFYM Day 6-11

Friday morning weight - 127.0


And then the Memorial Day weekend with family came and disaster came.

I haven't weighed myself or tracked my food at all the whole time until today. Oops. We can't be perfect all the time, right?

Well, I have a couple days to get rid of some bloat and hopefully be around 126-127 for my race on Saturday.

Then my next goal is on June 13th I have my first half marathon this summer. I would LOVE to be around 123 or so for that race. Hopefully I'll be better at tracking for the next 2.5 weeks until then.

So, today's food (Wednesday)

Pre-run - 1/2 honey stinger waffle and some Mio energy
breakfast - Kashi goLean crunch with milk
Lunch - Tilapia with grain salad, cucumbers, tomato, and lots of water
Snack - strawberries with Chobani Simply 100 yogurt
Dinner - Tilapia with green beans, 2 slices toast with peanut butter
Snack - chocolate protein powder with milk!

Wednesday totals - 1405 calories, 190 carbs, 22 fat (low!), 121 protein

I'll weigh in tomorrow. Promise.

Friday, May 22, 2015

IIFYM Challenge, Day 5

Thursday Morning - 128.4 pounds

I know I'm still holding water because of the chili and sugar I had before bed last night, but that's okay! Weight loss is not linear, especially when you eat candy 4 days in a row! Goal of 127 tomorrow!

Breakfast (497 cal)
2 eggs, 2 pieces of toast with apple butter, 2 cups strawberries, and a slice of bacon. (the real stuff)

Lunch (193 cal)
big salad (why does that salad look so small? That's a serving bowl) Spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and bacon. Not feeling super hungry since I didn't do cardio this morning and had a big breakfast.

Bowl of Chili with brown rice and cheese. I ate this around 3:30pm because I was so hungry I knew a small snack wouldn't cut it.

Dinner 7pm
Green smoothie! Spinach, pineapple, peaches, and vanilla protein powder. This was the most delicious thing I have had in a while. I am making this exact recipe again!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

IIFYM Challenge, Day 4

My pop-tart binge had some serious effects on the scale and my belly. I came in at 129.4 this morning and my tummy was SUPER bloated. however, I have eaten really well today so I am excited about tomorrow's weigh-in.

I started eating before I took the picture - oops. 2 scrambled eggs, one toast with apple butter and watermelon!

I made a great salad and forgot to take a picture until I had already eaten it. It was in a serving size bowl and I ate the whole thing. Just lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Also had some pork loin and brussels sprouts.

STRAWBERRIES are on sale. I love it when strawberries are on sale! Topped with a greek yogurt. So good.

Homemade chili with some brown rice topped with some cheese.

Aaaannnnndddd, here's the problem with having kids - birthdays. Tyler turned 6 yesterday and we had some chocolate cake with candy on it. The kids had some with dinner and I smelled the chocolate. And lost all control.

Kit Kat, 1 Pop Tart, and an ice cream bar. Dang it.

Totals for the day? - Best to not keep track. Kidding, I was actually still under 2000 for the day. :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

IIFYM Challenge, Day 3

Tuesday morning

Weigh in at 128.8 again - exactly the same as yesterday. I knew that would happen because of all the salt and processed food I had. If I can keep it together today, I'm hoping to be in the 127's tomorrow.

Workouts for today
Swim 2500 yards - 48 minutes
lift legs - 40 minutes
Turbo kick - 60 minutes
Total exercise burn of around 1200 calories.

Breakfast (410 cal) (sorry for crappy pics - phone camera got water in it)
2 eggs, kashi golean crunch with dannon greek yogurt

Lunch (502 cal)
Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado. I got a new dressing that is awesome! It's bolthouse farms ranch, it's made with yogurt and SO good. Bye bye Walden farms dressing!
Pork loin and brussels sprouts. (leftovers)

Mid afternoon tired slump and binge. 4 poptarts. Yeah. You know what's scary about tracking your calories? The calorie bomb that some foods are that you didn't realize. Like poptarts. ONE is 200 calories. You know there are two in the package, right? If you eat one package, that's 400 calories.
My flavors totaled 760 calories. For a snack. O.M.G.

Not super hungry and the day kind of feels like a bust. Grilled ham and cheese sandwich (A tiny one) and a piece of chocolate cake for Tyler's 6th birthday.

Probably broke even on the calories when adding in exercise and once again way over on my salt and sugar. Probably won't be less weight tomorrow. I have got to get a handle on this! Tomorrow might be a fruit, veggie, and fish day.

Day 2 Challenge

Monday morning I woke up with this one the scale:

Not too shabby of a starting point.

Breakfast - 2 eggs cooked with zuchinni, 2 slices turkey bacon, and two slices 45 calorie bread with apple butter. 325 calories

Lunch - Broccoli, same grain salad with cucumbers and red bells as yesterday, and a chobani flip yogurt. 200 calories in that yogurt alone - yikes. Total of 524 cal.

I don't have pictures of the rest because...I forgot. 

I totally binged at snack time. I was working on my computer and was really tired. I ate a protein bar at 220 calories and then ate chocolate covered pretzels to the tone of 530 calories. 

Dinner was pork loin, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and a skinny cow ice cream bar.

Total for the day - 2242 calories, 309 carb, 78 fat, and 108 protein.
(way too much salt! I'm going to be holding water again.)

Workouts today were run 7 miles, cycle 45 minutes, and lift arms and shoulders.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

2 Week IIFYM Challenge - Day 1

I have a mere 14 days until my first "big" race of the summer season. I am running in a 4 man relay with my two legs totaling about 9.8 miles. Our team name is Crazy Legs which means those patterned running capris from before must be worn! I had a pretty bad week this last week on the eating and I'm super bloated and hanging on to a lot of water weight right now. I didn't even weigh myself this morning because I didn't want to face the music!

One week ago I weighed in at 123.6 but I'm sure with the salt and stuff I'm back around 130-ish. I think my real weight is probably around 126-127. Anyway, I will be doing a 2 week IIFYM challenge and keeping track here to see if I can get back down to my 123 and maintain it.

Breakfast today was 2 eggs, 1 piece of toast with apple butter, watermelon, and pineapple. Lots of water to flush the salt out of my system!

Lunch is tons of veggies! Broccoli, cucumber, tomato, and red bell pepper mixed in a suddenly salad mix. Even more water!

Snack. Two pieces of 45 calorie bread with peanut butter and protein powder mixed together.

Not really hungry at dinner but I'm low on calories for the day. Hot dog, no bun. Greek yogurt with granola, and you guessed it - water.


Let's see what the scale says tomorrow.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Final weigh in

Final weigh in this morning before the race was 126.2. I blame all the salt from the bacon, I think it made me hold some water.

The race? Total crap. I did pretty good until about mile 3-ish and then I blew up. The wind blasting in my face, and my stomach was SO upset. In fact, it is still upset right now. I spent all day curled in a ball with my stomach cramping and not being able to stand much. I don't know what's going on with me today but I do NOT feel good.

I pretty much ate whatever I wanted today. I think I had chips and raisinettes for lunch!

I'm going back on the "diet" (I hate that word) tomorrow. Next goal is to hit 123. I am about to have a pants problem. I put on a pair of jeans today (granted, they are the fat jeans) and they fell off me today. I don't think I can wear them anymore! My running tights during the race were a little loose as well. Does this mean more shopping?? :)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 6 IIFYM/Clean Eating Challenge

Hanging steady at 125 even with the bad day yesterday.

I tried on my "racing" capris to see if I could wear them comfortably at the race tomorrow.

I could use some more work in the thighs and butt, but (see what I did there?) I think they are going to be good. It's the first pair of workout pants I've ever owned that aren't black!

Breakfast - 2 protein waffles and an apple. Topped with sugar free syrup. (230)

Lunch - spaghetti squash, chicken, and some cacciatore sauce and parm.

And 2 cups of strawberries with a greek yogurt. Dannon, of course.

(502 total calories for lunch)

Snack is two three slices of banana bread. I swear it's addicting. Call it carb loading for tomorrow's race. (392 cal)

Are you ready for the major caving to a craving? Here goes.

My absolute favorite candy bar, worth every one of those 250 calories. :)

Again, not super hungry for dinner but I'm a little low on protein so I had "breakfast".

2 eggs, 4 slices turkey bacon, and 1 slice of low calorie toast. (290 cal)

Ending the day almost right on track for my macros.
1666 calories, 171 carb, 50 fat, 110 protein
Goals are 1610 calories, 173 carb, 51 fat, and 115 protein. - pretty stinking close! 

This just goes to show that you can splurge and have a candy bar and still fall under your goals. :)

I'll weigh in one more time tomorrow before the race, but I'd call this week pretty successful! 

Day 5 IIFYM/Clean Eating Challenge

Woohoo, only one more really strict day left before my race!

Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to this:

another .4 down from yesterday and a total of 4.8 pounds since Sunday morning. I really, REALLY thought my weight would go up or hold steady since I've been dropping so fast. I'm betting tomorrow I will either go up a little or stay where I am.

I was starving when I got to the pool this morning and found this granola bar in my bag. I have no idea how old it was and it didn't taste that good so I only ate 1/4 of it.

Real breakfast was a breakfast burrito! Low carb tortilla, egg beaters, turkey bacon, and a sprinkle of cheese. Also 2 oranges.

Lunch was a great salad. Chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, hard boiled egg, and my first time trying Walden Farms calorie free dressing. (494 calories)

I spent a lot of time studying and was feeling pretty snacky, so I kind of overdid it on the snacks.

Jamba juice had free smoothies, so I got a strawberries wild. (260 cal)

The kids opened a bag of candy and I had a couple. (150)

air popped popcorn. I was DYING for more candy or something sweet, so I snacked on plain, boring popcorn. (220)

I wasn't really hungry at dinner, so although I served myself this, I only ate 3/4 of the hamburger patty and none of the sweet potato tots. (180 cal)

All in all, not a great day for me. We'll see what tomorrow looks like!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 4 IIFYM/Clean eating Challenge

Now before you freak out over the low weight this morning, I did an exercise class at 9pm last night and sweated a lot and while I did drink a water bottle, I was really thirsty when I woke up so I'm sure I'm dehydrated. My guess is that tomorrow morning the weight will go up a little.


I ate half a clif bar before running the worst 7 miles of my life. (125 cal) I felt horrible the whole time.

Then I ate real breakfast, 4 protein pancakes topped with PB and honey again. Lots of water. (430 calories)

Lunch is my cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad again. It's SO good. But only if you like those things. (309 cal)

I spent a lot of time today doing school work on my computer so I was feeling pretty snacky. I picked up these two things to try.

The BBQ flavor of the protein chips is actually really good! I must have gotten the wrong flavor last time. The quest bar was pretty great as well.

I had to make these ice cream cookie sandwiches for a church thing on Thursday and there were a few broken ones left over. I only had one and gave the others to my 3 year old.

400 calories in snacks all together. Yikes. I am worried about the weigh in tomorrow!

Dinner: 1 chicken breast, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup spaghetti squash and 1/2 cup cacciatore sauce. I also added 1 TBSP of parmesan.

After that I had a dessert with my Greek yogurt and some of this:

I mixed 2 TBSP of powdered peanut butter with one tablespoon of cocoa power in water and made this glob of peanut butter chocolate, then I dumped it on top of the yogurt.

Yum. All of dinner (including my "dessert") was 528 calories.

Total for the day was 1792 calories, 198g of carbs, 72g fat, and 158g protein.
The highest day of this week so far!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 3 IIFYM/Clean eating challenge

Weight this morning:

Down another .4 pounds this morning for a total of 2.2 pounds so far.

I had an early morning swim and was pretty hungry so I ate this bar before hitting the water. (120 cal)

After that, I had a normal breakfast of 3 protein pancakes topped with natural peanut butter and honey, and an apple. (445 calories)

That peanut butter honey mixture was amazingly good.

I apologize for the following crappy pictures. I stashed my phone in my waist band when I took a bike ride and my camera got all condensed!

Lunch was 1 cup green beans, 1 chicken breast, 2 cups spaghetti squash, and 1/2 cup cacciatore sauce. And a Dannon yogurt. (473 calories)

I was pretty hungry about 1:30-ish so I ate one of these: (160 cal)

and one serving of golden grahams (120 cal)

Dinner was the rest of this powerade zero, another chicken breast, and 1 cup of green beans. (267 cal)

I had to run some errands after dinner so I filled up the empty bottle with water and added some crystal light for an appetite suppressant. 

Just for fun, here is my one month progress picture from Jamie Eason's Live Fit program.