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I think it worked

Today was a really good day. After my post last night about my concerns over eating too much to keep up with my new running program, I did a lot of thinking and research.

Breakfast this morning was of course a green monster.

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As much as I love these things (and getting 3 cups of spinach in at breakfast) I am kind of glad this challenge is over. I’ve missed my oats!

I think I will try to incorporate these green smoothies into my diet from time to time but I don’t see them as a long term breakfast choice for me, especially not as the weather gets colder.

I snacked on some nuts mid-morning and then for lunch, I had leftover lentils that I made on Tuesday with some steamed green beans.

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One of the things I mentioned in my post about my running diet was that I thought eating a snack before and after my workout would help keep me from overdoing it when I got home in the evenings.

Well, I think it worked!

I had a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter for a snack about 30 minutes before I went to work out.

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We ran 2 miles and then came back and did some upper body weights and abs. It was great, especially in this beautiful weather we’ve been blessed with (high 50’s and sunshine)!

Then when I got back to work, I had a SoBe Lifewater and a Nature Valley bar.

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It wasn’t the best snack but one of the only options I could find at work. I intend to plan my snacks better next week.

It also held me over quite well, as I did not get hungry until 7:30 when I started making dinner.

I had a random assortment of foods for dinner tonight: potatoes, carrots + hummus, and couscous. It was random but it was everything I felt like eating and used up more stuff at home instead of going out or buying something at the store.

I cooked the potatoes in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes.

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And I tried a new hummus! So much better than the “original” flavor of this brand.

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Yum 🙂

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That’s organic ketchup 😉

I did go grocery shopping tonight (Josh is at a Megadeth concert) and I got everything we needed for $54 and I get to try a few new things this week, so that is exciting!

I’m getting ready to watch the film “Food, Inc.” which I won in a giveaway on Kath Eats a while back.

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I can’t wait to report back my thoughts, I’m sure there will be a few.

I also enjoyed a glass of wine and a slice of cinnamon toast with peanut butter and chocolate chips for dessert 🙂

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Good night friends!

This week’s workouts

So I mentioned the other day that I was going to a yoga class and then running later on? Well, I did go to yoga and it was amazing!

I hadn’t realized how much I missed the group / class setting! Even though it was EXTREMELY crowded (first class of the summer) I really enjoyed myself and got some serious stretching and relaxation in my day which is always a good thing. The poses were pretty standard, lots of warriors and seated twists. One thing that was new to me that I really like was lying down tree pose. I love this one standing up and lying down was a whole different experience with the same pose! Ok, yoga nerd alert…

Later in the day, I actually did NOT go running but strength trained instead. I met my friend, who is a trainer, and she had us do THREE circuits of exercises this time. Remember last time how I felt weak and dizzy right in the middle of the second circuit? Happened again, only this time it was at the beginning of the third! I think what is happening is a culmination of heat (it gets really HOT in the gym), plus not drinking enough water, plus I need some sugar or electrolytes while I’m working out. So I’m going to do some experimenting and see how it goes. However, sitting down for a minute, drinking 2 cups of water and taking a few deep breaths gets me back up and running.

Afterwards, I had this and it helped me feel way better!

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SoBe Lifewater – Calm-o-mile Strawberry Kiwi

This was so tasty! I love these drinks because they aren’t real sugary and have mostly natural ingredients, which I’ve mentioned before when I tried other flavors. I have seen there is a zero calorie version but I have yet to try any of those. This entire bottle has 100 calories. I didn’t feel the need to eat a snack this time as I wasn’t hungry. Probably because I had a Fage + granola before my workout 🙂

Here’s most of what we did, I can’t remember it all…25 reps of each exercise!

3 minute warm up on treadmill (3.0 mph)

  • Squats with bar behind head (mine was 9 lbs)
  • Chest presses with bar
  • Dips using weight bench
  • Bicep curls with bar
  • Shoulder presses with bar
  • Tricep extensions with resistance band
  • Bicep curls with resistance band
  • Lateral raises (with 2.5 lb dumbbells, I was pooping out!)
  • Bicep curls with 10 lb weights
  • Chest flyes with 10 lb weights
  • Tricep extensions with 1, 10 lb weight
  • Ab twists with 4 lb medicine ball
  • Step ups on weight bench (the part where I almost fainted)
  • Stationary lunges holding 10 lb dumbbells (each leg)
  • Ab v-crunches using 4 lb medicine ball
  • Back extensions on the floor
  • Bridges (for back)
  • Bent over row using 9 lb weight bar
  • Dead lifts with 10 lb dumbbells
  • Reverse flyes with 5 lb dumbbells
  • Another ab exercise I can’t come up with a name for, toe touches maybe?

Oh my gosh, writing that out made me want to almost pass out! My friend is crazy, but she’s a professional. I totally trust her. 🙂

Between circuits, we did 1 minute walking @ 3.0 on the treadmill and 1 minute of running at 6.0 (for me) before stepping off to start another round.

Today I did get to run…for 30 minutes! I’m so happy to have done it and I feel great, especially after stretching. I’m really looking forward to my next 5K which is next Saturday, oh my gosh! After this race, I’m going to start working on improving my speed, which is going to be fun (haha).

Hope you all are having a beautiful Thursday!

Heaven, I’m in Heaven…

My, my, my dinner was goooood last night!

So were my veggies at lunch yesterday though, I love this mix. I think its the Green Giant digestive health box:

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Mid-afternoon yesterday, before my yogurt (haha), I was just feeling kind of lethargic and it was 85 degrees in our office, so I felt the need to get out for a while. While I was away, I found this drink that I decided to try:

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SoBe LifeWater Agave Lemonade – Electrify

“Plug into the tail-swingin’ energy of Agave Lemonade. It’s electrified with taurine and yerba mate and has a tart and sweet flavor you’ll love.”

I’m  a little hesitant when it comes to spending calories on beverages (unless we’re talking Starbucks, haha) but this was intriguing to me. Per serving it is 40 calories, 100 for the entire bottle. It contains no HFCS, asparatame or sucralose and contains lots of vitamins. Plus it has taurine and Yerba mate which I was pretty sure would give me the pick-me-up I needed (since it was way too hot to drink the green tea I brought)!

Ingredients
FILTERED WATER, SUGAR, ERYTHRITOL, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), CALCIUM LACTATE, POTASSIUM CITRATE, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, TAURINE, GUM ARABIC, VITAMIN E ACETATE, YERBA MATE EXTRACT, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12)

Nutrition Info
Serving size 8 fl oz (240 mL)

  PER SERVING
8 fl oz % DV*
Calories 40
Total Fat (g) 0 0
Sodium (mg) 20 1
Total Carbs (g) 16 5
Sugars (g) 10
Protein (g) 0
Vitamin A
0
Vitamin C
100
Calcium
0
Iron
0
Vitamin E
20
Niacin
10
Vitamin B6
10
Vitamin B12
10
Pantothenic Acid
10

This was a very good drink and definitely the only lemonade I would probably consider drinking again. It left a little bit of a sweet aftertaste in my mouth since I”m not used to drinking sweet beverages anymore. But it did the job, I was energized and cooled off before leaving work for the gym!

I did 1 mile on the treadmill and cooled down for a couple…

Time: 15:00

Distance: 1.20

Calories: 120

After that, I was really in the mood to do some weight training, in fact I had been thinking about it all day, so that’s exactly what I did. I also used an idea I saw on Tina‘s blog, about not assigning a certain number of reps, but instead using the muscle to fatigue. So here’s what I did:

Chest presses (10 lb weights): 1×30, 1×20

Bicep curl + Shoulder press (10 lbs): 1×20, 1×15

Tricep extensions (1-10lb weight): 1×20, 1×15

Hip adductor/abductor machine (80 lbs): 1×25, 1×20 (for one), 1×20, 1×15 (the other)

Clam shell crunches (double crunch): 1×40

Squats: 1×20

It was a quick workout but I did way more reps of exercises than I normally would and I’m definitely comfortably sore today! I think my goal for April is going to be getting back into weight training again. I really do love it.

Here’s a preview of dinner, I will post my recipe in a later post today:

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Baked spaghetti, asian salad, and bread, that was seasoned with Rosemary and something else I can’t remember right now! Oh my gosh, was it good. I made the spaghetti dish!

Dessert:

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Plus some peppermint tea 🙂

Be back soon!