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Tacos, Margaritas, and Midnight Runs

Published July 3, 2012 by Becca

I had lunch with my ex yesterday at a Cali-style taco joint we had been wanting to try since before we broke up. The taco joint delivered. I had an amazing mango margarita (for nerves), a classic fried cod taco, and a delicious veggie taco. I almost like the veggie one more, but that’s slightly because the sauce on the fish taco was a touch to spicy for me. I’m already wanting to go back. I totally missed the Baja Street Corn! Grilled corn with chili, cotija, and lime- mmmmmmmmmm.

The lunch went… Ok. It was awkward. We haven’t seen each other since March (though we’ve usually been texting), and things have been tense and heated. We kept it fairly light just talking about work and things like that. It got bumpy at the end when we were talking about if we want to do this again. I told him I’m still very much in love with him and I want to try again if he does. It’s a tough decision. We both hurt each other a lot. And I don’t know if we can work, but I’m willing to try again for a bit. He’s still trying to decide. We shall see.

Having a nice lunch set me up to not snack as much at work. I had a couple pieces of weird fried chicken, a couple dinner rolls, some iced tea. Not too bad really.

I got home before midnight last night so I figured that was a sign I should go running. I went on the path by the water which even at midnight was still well populated. There were people running, biking, walking, sitting on the benches. I love NYC.

I pushed myself much harder last night. I’ve been watching these guys on the Biggest Loser basically killing themselves and I thought it was dumb I wasn’t working harder. And it’s funny, as much as I kicked it up a notch, I’m still not sure I killed myself. Which is ok I guess. Nice to know my fitness is improving and I still have more in me.

I ended up doing intervals- I went to the 1st day of the 2nd week of C25k and ran fast the run segments (about 10:15/min mile) and jogged the walk segments (about 13:30 min mile). And I did it twice. For a total of 3.75 miles that includes the warm up and cool down walk (I need to figure out the distance from my apartment to the running path. Its probably about .2 miles one way).

I’m planning on killing it on the treadmill runs this week since running on a treadmill is easier.

And ending my post with some pics from last night:

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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.

*Sigh*

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.

Friday Daily Log

Published June 22, 2012 by Becca

So I ended up with the day off today. ūüė¶ I can’t afford extra days off so this is very much a bad thing. So I sent out some resumes. Summer isn’t a big hire season so I may have to wait until August/September to see more openings and find something with more hours.

Anywho. Food was fine today. I started with a small glass of chocolate milk (4 points). Then I ate the same thing as yesterday for a late lunch. Only came to 10 points cause there was 1 less scallop. I did a better job with the sauce (taste wise) so that was nice. I ended up not really eating the tomatoes. They were just too sweet and weren’t great in the dish. Oh well. Live and learn.

In between the rain and storms I managed to fit in a run. It was 3.1 on the books today and I did great. I treated it as a long run, so on the slower side. I finished it in 42 minutes. Which wow. That’s slow. Considering I used to do 27:30s no problem. I got progressively slower too :-/. I started out 12:12/min mile and went all the way up to 14 min mile by the last mile. I didn’t feel super slow so it’s ok. And it’s only week 1! Jeeze!! But on the plus side I ran most of it! I only took short walk breaks at each mile mark for about .1 mile. Fantastic!! (6 activity points- I counted my running as only moderate intensity)

I had a recovery glass of chocolate milk! (4 points) I think I’m drinking it lately cause I’m kinda craving ice cream but I’m waiting until I can really enjoy it and get something I’m really wanting. Maybe a milk shake.

I still had a bunch of points left so I decided to have just a bowl of cracklin oat bran. Oh man that cereal has so many points. One serving is 8 points! Which is tiny! I had 100g (an overflowing cup?) and 5 oz. of milk (13 points!). I’m not buying that cereal again after I finish it. Even if I love it. Or just not often. Though that would taste amazing on fruit and yogurt. Um anyways.

I’ll finish with my daily running pic.

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I love running at sunset!

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Half Mary Training

Published June 22, 2012 by Becca

So I’ve decided on this half marathon training plan. It kind of caters to busy people so it’s only 3 days a week of running which is perfect for me with my weird work schedule. I think that if I can run a 4th day, I’ll do speed work. I’m pretty sure there’s a track in my neighborhood. ¬†This plan is great- they made a handy Excel document where I just put in the date of the race and it calculates each week of training. ¬†And I can just easily move each day based on my work schedule. ¬†My long runs will have to be on my days off, not weekends, for instance. ¬†And according to the schedule, I started this week! ¬†Apparently I can’t count weeks on calenders myself because I thought it would start next week, haha. It’s ok. ¬†I did one run, I’ll do a long run tomorrow (it’ll be cooler!), and another run this weekend.

I’m not too concerned with my weight loss efforts during this. ¬†The weekly runs are no more than 5 miles, and that’s towards the end, and that really doesn’t require a lot of extra fueling. ¬†On my long run days once I’m over 5 miles, I may eat a little bit extra the night before/day of to help keep my energy up. ¬†Probably no more than the activity points that I’ll burn on that run. ¬†It’ll be some trial and error as my mileage increases.

Speaking of weight loss- I weighed in this week at 231! ¬†Down 2.4 pounds! ¬†I’d like to credit that to doubling up on my runs. ¬†And resuming tracking. (4 days in a row!) ¬†I’m so stoked. ¬†I think by race day, I could be sub-200. OMG. ¬†Sub-200. ¬†That felt so far away 17.6 pounds ago. ¬†It’s amazing what 17 measly pounds can do!

I can’t believe how good and easy this has been feeling. ¬†I think it’s because I’ve always known what it is I should do. ¬†I just didn’t care enough. ¬†And now I care. ¬†I hate to say it, but I really think being single is what pushed me to do this. ¬†Not just because I’m back dating and I want to have my pick of guys, instead of just being able to choose from guys who are attracted to big girls. ¬†But also because I’m enjoying doing something nice for myself. ¬†I’m running- which I LOVE. ¬†I’m trying to eat good, healthy food. ¬†The kind I enjoy. ¬†I’m just cooking for myself so I can afford scallops. ¬†I can afford to make exactly what I want to eat.

My ex was NOT the pinacle of health. ¬†He smoke a pack and a half a day, ate fast food most days, and zero exercise. ¬†He was supportive of me whenever I would try to get healthy, but he wasn’t interested in living a healthy lifestyle with me, and it would just never work. ¬†It felt like I was swimming upstream. ¬†No wonder nothing every stuck when I was with him. ¬†The next guy I commit to has to be interested in being healthy. He doesn’t have to run marathons. ¬†Or even run. ¬†But he has to want to be physically active. ¬†He has to want to eat vegetables voluntarily. ¬†And I’m not negotiating on the smoking thing again. ¬†That is a deal-breaker. ¬†I cannot live with another smoker ever again. ¬†It was torture, honestly.

But anyways… I’m really excited about how this is going and taking on half marathon training. ¬†I feel really devoted and committed to this like no other time before.

This week at Weight Watchers was “Eat What You Love.” ¬†I LOVE this philosophy. ¬†I live by it. ¬†I always have. ¬†It was what I said to myself when I started Weight Watchers. Because it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. ¬†There are¬†compromises¬†I won’t make. ¬†Based on what I like, and what I know as a chef. ¬†I will NEVER drink skim milk. ¬†Ever. ¬†Ever. Ever. ¬†I had that forced on me as a kid and always hated it. ¬†And based on various reading’s I’ve done (Michael Pollan for example), dairy fat is GOOD for you. ¬†So good for you. ¬†And fat-free dairy is somewhat unnatural (I’ll find quotes to back this up another day). ¬†It’s also gross. ¬†I got fat-free sour cream the other day to “be good” and was shocked at how disgusting it was. ¬†Never again. ¬†On the other hand, I find fat free yogurt to be quite tasty, so I do eat that- because it’s not a compromise!

Tomorrow is long run day since I ended up being off from work, and the temperature is going back down a little to 80. ¬†I may also pop in to another WW meeting to see my favorite leader. ¬†I liked today’s leader too though. ¬†I want to sample them all, haha.

1st Half Marathon!!!

Published June 19, 2012 by Becca

 

With my running back on track, and feeling great, I decided to sign up for the half marathon I had picked out- ¬†The Diva Half Marathon.¬† And just in time too! ¬†It’s about 18 weeks out and that’s the amount of time I’d want to have to properly train. ¬†I’m prepared to run/walk the race and I think I could finish in maybe 2.5 hours. ¬†But that’s a total guess because I don’t know what my pace and fitness level will ultimately be in October. ¬†Ultimately I just want to finish, and within the course limits (3.5 hours). ¬†I’m gonna start looking at some 16 week programs (if there are any, or modify a 12 week program). ¬†I’m kind of liking this one.

I’m so, so excited!

Daily Log

Published June 19, 2012 by Becca

I tracked my running and food yesterday on WW but I may also track here where I can write things out if I need to. Day 1 of tracking was a success! Score!

I had an AMAZING run yesterday. I started out with Week 3, Day 3 which is a 5 min warm up walk and then 2 sets of:
Run 3 min
Walk 2 min
Run 90 sec
Walk 2 min

That was a breeze so I decided to follow it up with a harder day. I didn’t want as long of walk breaks so I did Week 5, Day 2 which is just one round of:
Run 6 min
Walk 1 min
Run 4 min
Walk 1 min
Run 6 min

My run pace for the 1st half was calculated at 11:47/mile which is not too shabby! But then the 2nd half was apparently a 11:23/mile! I’m not sure how accurate this program is on my phone, but I imagine its close.

I took a new path yesterday. I usually run on the flat path by the water, but today I chose to run a little bit in the park right next to the water. Kept things interesting. And a little more challenging since its not all flat. I really hit that runners zone towards the end. I was so elated when that happened. I love, love, love zoning out like that when I run. It’s like why I run. I can’t wait to run again!! I think I’m gonna step it up and do 2 repeats of the 2nd half of yesterday’s run. I like having more segments with shorter walk breaks. It’s getting me closer to the longer runs!

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I busted out my new hot pink tech shirt from Target. ‚̧ ‚̧ ‚̧

 

Monday’s food consisted of:

2 pasture raised scrambled eggs (higher in Omega 3’s) with a big pinch of cheddar cheese (About 1/8th a cup)

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2 scrambled with a pinch of cheddar (6 points)

 

Staff meal was foot long hot dogs and macaroni salad and some salad with weird deep fried eggs (I saw it and I still don’t believe it…) ¬†I ate the whole hot dog (and felt a little stuffed at the end) but ended up not eating the mac salad cause it was weird and gross. It tasted like cold macaroni and cheese. ¬†Bizarre).

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Monday’s staff meal- jumbo hot dogs and the weird macaroni salad I’ve ever tasted, which I did not eat. (10 points for the hot dog and bun!!)

 

Not pictured is 2 little short bread cookies we make that I ate because I found myself craving some sugar. (2 points)

And a small bag of reduced fat potato chips because I’m usually starving at the end of work (we eat staff meal at about 4:30, so by 11, I’m starving again.) (4 points)

I ended the day way under- only used 26 of my 38 points. ¬†I would’ve liked something a little more substantial towards the end of the night, but it’s hard when I’m at work. ¬†Today will be a better day with more fruits and veggies. ¬†So excited for my scallop pasta!

Learned My Lesson

Published June 18, 2012 by Becca

I won’t be ordering whole pizzas by myself any time soon again. It took me 3 days to eat, and wasn’t really a huge detriment to my diet, but I didn’t want to eat it for 3 days!! (And believe me, this is the 1st time I’ve ever said this about eating pizza.) I know I didn’t have to eat it, but I didn’t want to waste the money either. I don’t feel guilty, which is important. And now I know to just not make the same mistake. I’m in Brooklyn, I can walk the 5 blocks to get a couple slices if that’s what I really want for dinner.

After 2 hard days of running in a row, I ended up taking Saturday and Sunday as rest days. Semi-reluctantly. The weather was freaking gorgeous. I was a little tired from working in the mornings though. I had wanted to do an ab or arm workout… I really have to figure out a plan to get myself on track with that. Even just one day a week to start. I guess I shyed away from the P90x because I know it’s an hour work out. I’ll check out my OnDemand for a 30 minute video.

I’ve been sucking at tracking my WW points for like the past 3-4 weeks. (And yes I’ve still been losing, but I’m sure I can’t keep that up.) I hate tracking! I don’t know why. So far I’m doing an alright job keeping a mental tally. It’s not like I intend to track my whole life. I want to get to a point of intuitive eating. I also come from a different place when it comes to food and cooking because I’m a professional chef. I do major eye rolls that WW wants to limit you (but encourage at the same time) to 2 teaspoons of olive oil a day. You shouldn’t drown your food in even olive oil either, but 2-3 Tablespoons, depending on what you’re eating, isn’t what is gonna keep you fat. I like oil on my salad to help cut the acidity of the vinegar. Lots of food need to be lubricated with oil when they’re cooking. I’m also Italian, so I’m completely biased. ūüėČ

/end tangent

I shouldn’t wait until I plateau or gain weight to start tracking again. Tomorrow (Monday), I start tracking again. I’m gonna track every day this week. Including exercise (even though I hate calculating the activity points for walking and running).

I placed a Fresh Direct order for this week so I don’t have a take out repeat of last week. (For those of you not in NYC, Fresh Direct is an awesome grocery delivery service in the city. It’s got decent prices on meats and produce and dairy. Grocery dry goods aren’t so great, so I try to still get that stuff on my own. I don’t love the produce selection of my grocery store, and it’s the only one in the area so it’s really crowded all the time. I’m also single and can afford to splurge a little bit since I’m only buying for 1.) Summer produce is peaking and I’m so excited!!! Specifically for stone fruit!!!! I got a mix of nectarines, peaches, and plums, as well as a cantaloupe and some cut watermelon (I also discovered the hard way even the mini watermelons are too big for me). For Tuesday’s dinner, I got some scallops, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and fresh pasta to make an awesome pasta dinner. I got a big pack of chicken which I may cook up for Thursday’s dinner. Maybe something to go with the ears of corn I got.

I am so excited for scallops. I love scallops hardcore. They’re one of my most favorite foods ever. I just need to get a proper pan to cook them in because I only have non-stick and you can’t get a great sear on them with non-stick. (True story.) Holy crap 3oz of scallops is just 2 points?? Sweet!!!

I like when I plan my meals out.

Next step is planning out meals I can bring to work with me beyond salads and sandwiches, that don’t require a microwave (but could be reheated/cooked in the oven) or quickly cooked on the stove. If I’m good about prepping things ahead of time, and keeping it simple, it’s feasible to make it happen at work.