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Published October 6, 2012 by Becca

Tomorrow is my half marathon!! I’m eating my pasta for dinner. About to pack up all my stuff and lay out my clothes and head to bed for the early wake up. I can’t believe it’s here! It’s supposed to rain, and while it’s not optimal, I just pray for none to minimal blisters.

Half marathon baby!!!


Surprises on the Scale

Published September 16, 2012 by Becca

I was quite surprised to see on the scale 225.6 when I weighed in Friday at Weight Watchers. It was a 5.2 pound loss from the previous week. My scale at home only said I was 227. So I like the other number better. I’m 1 pound away from my 10% goal! I’m very excited. And 2 pounds away from 25 pounds lost. So I’m hoping to lose 2 pounds. But we’ll see.

4 weeks ago I joined an online game pool to lose 4% of my weight in 4 weeks to get a shot at splitting the pot. It was $15 to get in. I did great my 1st week and petered out. Totally. The thought of winning money did not help sustain any weight loss efforts! Bummer! So I’m out $15. Oh well. It’s a neat idea. Maybe I’ll give it another shot sometime when I’m feeling more dedicated.

Emotional eating is still a severe struggle for me. Obvs. It’s only been a few months since I’ve started tackling the issue. It’s so hard to stay on track when I’m upset or stressed or tired. One weakness of mine is drinking soda at work when I’m tired. I sometimes feel like the sugar/caffeine works. Sometimes it doesn’t. There are some days though I’ve had 2 quarts of Sprite! Even 1 quart is too much. I got diet coke instead the other night but it wasn’t the same and I did not enjoy it. I should go back to drinking iced tea. That caffeine definitely helps.

I’ve only had a few mini-binges this summer. I don’t full out binge, which is good since I’m not doing too much caloric damage, but I have to stop walking that path and digging a rut. I gotta say though eating crap really does make me feel better after. I’m not one of those people that’s filled with shame and regret and I don’t binge to the point of being uncomfortable. So yeah, eating a sleeve of Oreos can make me feel better when I’m stressed or sad. Which makes the habit that much harder to break.

Getting down to it

Published September 14, 2012 by Becca

I basically haven’t lost any weight since July.  That’s $80 of WW’s fees down the drain.  :-/  BUT I also haven’t gained any of it back.  Because even though I haven’t been diligent about tracking and losing weight, I haven’t given up on trying to live a healthier life.  Which makes me think that this time is different.  That no matter how long this process takes me, it’s gonna stick.  The same way running has stayed a part of my life- however inconsistently in the first 6 months.

This past Sunday I ran a 10 mile race at the last minute up in the Bronx.  I’m really glad I did!  Both as a dress rehearsal for how to handle the half-marathon as far as what to wear, eat, drink, all that stuff, and also to check in that I still have some work to do in the next few weeks to keep building my strength and stamina.  The 10 miles were good, but I really don’t think I had another 3 in me.  So I have to really be diligent about my mid-week runs.  Which have actually been boring me a touch, so I’m making sure to make them interesting by doing some speed work, which will also hopefully help with speed.  I’d love to do the half-marathon in maybe a 13- min/mile?  I started out that pace for the 10 miler but I peetered out around mile 7. I think needed more calories. But also my legs were tired.  So far this week I did a repeat session.  I did 3 mins high intensity with a 2 min walk in between.  I only did about 3.5 so next week I’m aiming for 5.  And today I’m aiming for 4 miles Fartlek style.  I’m doing another long run Sunday and I’d like to do 10 miles again.  And the next 2 Sundays will be 6-7 miles to taper.

I’m back to going to my WW meetings.  Heading to one a little later (missed my favorite leader this morning though cause I slept too late 😦  But I also worked 10 days in a row, so yeah…).  I’m going to resume my tracking today.  I hate it, and it’s labor intensive (especially when I eat staff meal at work and I have no real idea what’s in it so I’m totally guessing), but counting points or calories is really the only way to lose weight. Everyone keeps saying it, and it’s true.  Because I stopped losing when I stopped counting.  Even though I remained mindful.

And I’m also getting some food because I have like NONE in the house and I ate a Fiber One brownie just to stop the rumbling in my stomach, but I’m definitely hitting up the grocery store for lunch and dinner and some staples.

4 Weeks!

Published September 12, 2012 by Becca

It’s just under 4 weeks until my half marathon!  I’m getting very excited.  I’m still seriously in love with running.  But mostly mu long runs.  I ❤ long runs.  They’re so relaxing and a confidence boost.  But they leave me in a lot of pain lately because I’m seriously slacking in the mid-week run department.  Like not doing them, or doing them half assed.

But I’m going to go do one right now- so I’ll update more later!

Quick Update

Published July 2, 2012 by Becca

This week was busy and exhausting!  Friday I worked hard at work again for the wedding going on.  (Future note- cooking for 100 wedding guests is not the same as cooking for 100 model wedding guests.  The bride was Isabella Rosselini’s daughter, who is a model, so all her friends are models and actresses.  There was sooooo much food left over after.)  I didn’t eat a whole lot during the day.  Just a fiber 1 bar and an iced tea.  And since I basically had all my points to use for dinner, I splurged on 2 BLT sandwiches and a magnum mini.  Though after the 2nd sandwich, I realized I would have probably been satisfied with just making a slightly larger sandwich and it would have been less points over all.  Lesson learned!

OMG BLT!!!!!!!  It was sooooo amazing.  I’m a fan.

Saturday morning I worked and then went to part 2 of the job interview.  It went well and I was offered the job, but decided not to take it and try and work things out where I am.  And keep looking for a 2nd job instead (mine doesn’t pay enough, and that’s not likely to change).

My tracking for Saturday was spotty- I don’t remember much at this point.  There were some raviolis.  A fiber 1 bar.  A candy bar.  Ummm eggs at work.  I broke my tracking streak! Boo.

But I kept track on Sunday, yesterday, so that’s good.  I decided to bring my little paper tracker from the meetings so if I don’t have time to plug it into my phone, at least I can remember what I ate at the end of the day.

Notice there is NO running in any of that.  I haven’t run since last Tuesday!!  Fuck!!  Well better, the 2nd week of training, rather further down the line.  I was just so busy and so exhausted and scared of the heat, and making bad social choices (seeing people instead of making time to run), that it hasn’t happened.  I’m hoping to have the energy to run after work tonight.  It’ll be my 1st time doing that so late at night, so it does make me slightly nervous, even though I live in a safe neighborhood.  I’m going to my parents for the 4th for 2 days, and they have a treadmill, so I plan on taking advantage of being able to run in the AC for 2 days.  And treadmill running is easier, so I can definitely do 2 days in a row.

Ok, that’s that for my quick update.  More to come when I have a second! (Possibly the train ride home tonight?)


Thursday Log

Published June 28, 2012 by Becca

Holy long day batman!

I was up at 7:30 this morning (after going to bed at like 2:30 last night) because I had to be in Manhattan at 9 for a job interview. I’m not earning enough at my current job, so I’m just seeing what’s out there right now. In the culinary world, a job interview is called a “trail” and it involves you cooking for a few hours so they can see how you work and you can see if you like the kitchen. I really liked the pastry chef but I’m not a fan of the menu or the kitchen. I think I’ll pass, even though it’ll be more money.

But anyways, I did that from 9-2. I had 2 pieces of toast with light butter and jam (5 points) with some chocolate milk (4 points). I guess I could save a point if I switched to 1% but I like 2% and dairy fat is actually good for you. (I swear I’ll get those sources!)

The job interview and my current job were only 1 subway stop apart, and if I didn’t have so much to do at work, I would have walked. I was STARVING and needed food in me. I was dumb and forgot my Fiber One bar at home, so I hit up Citarella (little high end grocery store) and found some sushi. It called out to me. I got the spicy California roll which was perfect. I scraped off a lot of the mayo (not that there was a lot to begin with), because I didn’t need much for it to be spicy and creamy. I’d say they’re a smaller roll than Whole Foods. I’m usually full eating the WF 9pc roll. This one was perfectly filling. I also picked up a stone fruit assortment (1 white peach, 1 black plum, and 1 pluot).

That helped me skip family/staff dinner which was a mishmash fried rice. Thing. I dunno. It looked like eggs with rice instead of the other way around.

Today was SUPER stressful at work for me. We have a wedding tomorrow to prep for and I got like ZERO notice on all the stuff I needed to make. Thanks guys. So doing that, and getting stuff ready for regular dinner service was painful.

I did a better job of not stress eating today though! “I have so much to do” stress doesn’t get to me as much as “my coworker is a louse” stress. I barely had time to eat after the sushi honestly.

I did take a minute around 8 to heat up those left overs from Tuesday. I popped it in the oven and blech it didn’t reheat well. The chicken cooked too much and the pasta dried out. I ended up only eating a few bites of chicken and the rest of the broccoli. Which at least was still tasty. (3-4 Points?)

I kept my bread down to 1 piece (2?)! And only 1 French fry! Success.

I had the black plum as I was leaving work (at 1am!!). Omg delicious!!! Perfect sweetness and juiciness. I may get more. I was still hungry so I found a Fiber One bar at the mini-mart. Not as good as my flavor, but still tasty.

I have work again in the morning and still so much to do. I hope I can find the energy to go full steam ahead like I did today. And I need to bust out a 30 min run (3 miles, but I’m gonna go for time right now). And go to my WW meeting! I don’t wanna miss a week! Friday night isn’t my favorite leader, but she’s ok.

I doubt I’ll eat dinner tomorrow, but if I need something, I have everything for a BLT (if my tomato is still good…). Mmm BLT. Omg.

Ok. I rambled enough.

Cross training Motivation

Published June 27, 2012 by Becca

So far I’ve had zero motivation to do some cross training. It was a minor miracle I did that yoga the other day, but my back hurt so much, I just had to.

I can’t seem to find the same determination for cross training that I have for running. I don’t know why. I think having a half marathon goal helps since I have something tangible I’m working towards. And I don’t feel like I have that with cross training (though I do have that goal for 15 pushups in a row…).

And I know cross training would improve my running. My core is weak, to say the least. (Hello back pain?) And I’ll maybe reach my fitness and weight loss goals faster. And it’ll help me look good. I want to be toned and thin. Not flabby and thin.

Ugh!! What is this?? Why is it so hard to just pop in a DVD and do some crunches?? I don’t have any sports equipment and no budget for it (my electricity is about to be turned off as it is if I don’t pay it. But I have to pay rent too. Hard decision), so workout DVDs I already have or what’s on OnDemand is all I have right now. I even hooked up my old play station to play the P90x but I bailed cause I was hungry.


I didn’t do it yesterday cause I didn’t feel like it. And I was going to since I cut my run short.

But this weekend I will. Friday I’m going to my WW meeting and running for sure. So Saturday is the best day to do it after work. Immediately after work. No nap. Ill make sure to eat before I head for home so I’m not too hungry. I’ll get home and change and do the back, arms, and chest DVD. All upper body cause my long run is Sunday so I want my legs to be somewhat rested. Hear me internets?? Barring any exigent circumstances, I’m committing to that P90x workout.

And done.