Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I DID IT!

5/1/13 Wednesday

After taking a few days to internalize the whole thing, I think I am ready to write about it now.  I'll start with...I Finished!  That was always the ultimate goal, just to cross the finish line.  And I did that.  I feel completely ambivalent about it today.  Apparently, there is something called post marathon depression.  I believe I may be suffering from a touch of it.  Who knew?  Don't get me wrong, finishing a marathon is an accomplishment a lot of people wouldn't even attempt and I am thrilled that I can be counted among those that have completed it.  I got a thrill out of putting that 26.2 sticker on the back of my car after the race and it was truly wonderful that so many people supported me by either text message, facebook posts or standing in the rain to give me an up close cheer.  The volunteers for the race were amazing.  Truly dedicated individuals who stood for hours, directing us, cheering us on and holding motivating signs. The experience was amazing.

Now let me get to the part that wasn't so amazing.  It rained.  It started raining as the National Anthem was sung and it did not stop raining until right before I crossed the finish line.  It was the most miserable 5 hours and 23 minutes of my life!  I hate running in the rain.  I don't mind snow, cold or even a little wind but I really hate rain!  At first I wasn't bothered by the rain because my adrenaline was pumping and there were so many supporters in that first leg of the race. 
There was so much to focus on that I didn't really notice the rain.  But then the crowds thinned out as people found their pace, we made our way out of the heavily populated areas and the half-marathoners broke off.  Then it was you and whoever was in front of you that you decided to place your mental focus on.  That's it.  Nothing but you, the rain, and then the pain.  I was going strong, in spite of the rain.  things were going well.  I lost some time for a few port-a-john stops but that was okay, I wasn't running this thing to be fast.  Because a fast runner I have never been.  At mile 16 I even thought  "this isn't so bad, I got 10 more miles in me."  Then I got to mile 19ish and my left knee seized up.  My right knee is the one I had the problem with during training.  That pain was all but gone and the brace was keeping my right IT Band securely in place.  So I stopped and switched the brace form my right knee to my left.  Okay a little better but the damage had already been done.  Those next few miles were rough ones but by 22-23 I was about ready to quit and I was definitely ready to cry.  This is where it all went to hell.  I walked most of the last 3-4 miles.  I walked more then I ran because I just couldn't get me legs to go.  I had already given up on my hoped for 5hour time.  I probably would have really contemplated quitting but my husband was texting me and Mark's sister and her husband met me along the course at different places in the last leg to cheer me on to the finish.  When I got to the 25 mile mark and knew it was almost over I started to get really overwhelmed with emotion.  I was going to do it.  I was really going to finish a marathon (before the course closed).  And then when I saw the finish line the tears started to come.  The moment my foot touched the strip to signal my time to stop I wept like a baby.  I had done it.  I was overcome with relief, pain, excitement, satisfaction and exhaustion.  My husband was in the stands watching me cross the finish line and when he came down on to the field I fell against him and collapsed. 

This is one of the most significant moments of my life.  I have never been an athlete.  I almost died 6 years ago and until 4 years ago I was an overweight chain smoker.  Today, I am a marathon finisher.  If I can do it, anyone can finish whatever seemingly impossible goal they set for themselves.  Do not sell yourself short!  If you want it bad enough, you can achieve it.  It might not look graceful and pretty like you might see on TV but you CAN get there from here.  Make your dreams a reality.  If you don't at least try, you will never know what you are truly capable of.

I did a marathon and through that I realized a lot of things about myself and about my life.  I will now go back to half-marathons and 10K's (where I am more comfortable) and I will always know that I pushed myself to MY ultimate limit.  Living with the satisfaction that I did not give up.  Even when I thought I wouldn't be able to finish it.  Even through the injuries during my training.  Even through the horrible cold and wind of this past winter.  Even through the menacing rain on race day. 

If you have been following my blog since November, I hope that the one thing you take away from this is that anything is possible.  Never say I can't  You can and you will.  All you have to do is try, take one day at a time and surround yourself with people who believe in you more then you believe in yourself. 

There are so many people I would like to thank for being a part of this with me.  First and foremost my husband, Mark.  He put up with so much from me over these months and always took things with a grain of salt.  I love you, babe.  You are still my lobster.

Also my awesome trainer, Lindsay.  She spent 10 weeks strength training with me.  I would not have been able to do what I did without her help.  She pushed me in ways I would have never pushed myself. 

All the people in my life and at my gym who supported me:
Marvella, Clara, Wanda, Val, Erin, Vince, James, Tina, Tami, Christine, Sheri, Vicki, Ivy, Heather, Beth, Carolyn, Hortense, Clare, Sallie, the other Heather, Andrea, Sarah, Kim, Kristen, John, Deb, Mary, JoAnne, Jerry, Alice, Bernadette, Julie E, Julie M, the other Julie E, Gina, Tracie, Traci, Rachel, Tracy, Britainee, Dawn, Erika, the other Erin, Tater, Amanda, Fungirl, McKenzie, Ray, Victoria, Marcy.

There are so many that I can't think of them all now but please know that your support means the world to me.  Thank you all, God Bless and I love you!

Michellevsthemarathon....I stared it down and conquered it like a dragon fighter.

Thank you and goodnight!

Monday, April 22, 2013

6 days and counting...

4/22/13 Monday.

We are in Marathon week now.  I know I have not posted anything to my blog in a long time.  I am a bad blogger.  I have been in my ugly head a lot.  After my first 20 miler and how horrible it was I ended up with a serious IT Band issue that I couldn't seem to shake.  I actually ended up not running for 2 weeks to rest it and still had pain.  I went to have it taped before my second attempt at a 20 mile run.  That also did not work.  I ended up giving up at 14 miles, with the last 3 being mostly walking.  On Easter, I was talking to my brother-in-law (a seasoned distance runner) and he gave an IT Band strap to try.  It wraps around the leg above the knee at the base of the IT Band.  I could not believe it, this thing was like a miracle!  So, I was able to complete my last 20 mile run with relatively no pain in my right knee.  I also completed that run without puking and without crying.  I had to use some mental trickery to get through the last leg of it but I did it and I felt good about it.  I am still trying to figure out how I will manage to add 6 more miles on to that this weekend but I feel a little more confident now that I can at least finish the race.  Finishing was always the goal.  I am figuring that even if I have to walk most of the last 6 miles I can still finish at around 5 hours.  The course is open for 6 hours.  I got this.  I am not trying to qualify for Boston, nor am I trying to be some bad ass runner girl.  I just wanna say that I ran a marathon and was able to walk the next day.  I am at a point that I am ready for this to be over and ready to move on to what comes next.  Because there always has to be a "what comes next."  Life's not worth living without something to reach for.

My life has continued to evolve in spite of all the training and I have learned some valuable lessons from this experience.  The biggest lesson I have learned is that I am NOT a marathon runner.  I am a 10K runner, I am a half-marathon runner but not a marathon runner.  The training has definitely taken it's toll on my body but my life is so busy that I really don't have the time it takes to effectively train for a race of this length.  I work a full time job, teach yoga several days a week, have children and step children to tend to and a house to run.  Marathon training takes a lot of time and it requires a family who can and is willing to, help you with the mundane aspects of being a grown-up like mopping floors, keeping the laundry up, giving the dog a bath.  It's been incredibly hard for me to be counselor, teacher, mom, wife, and runner in training.  I intend to do the half marathon in Detroit in October and possibly attempt the Bike to the Bay next summer.  I am fairly certain this will be the only time I experience a full marathon.  This is okay for me.  One time is enough to say that I accomplished something that was unfathomable 6 years ago when I was recovering from a coma and couldn't even walk around my block without having to stop and rest.  It's been only 5 short years ago that I even began running.  Before that I was as un-athletic as they come.  I am ecstatic that I am even entered to do this and that I have completed 6 months of a training schedule to get to the finish line.  I am sure I will cry when I cross that line, I get a little bleary eyed just visualizing it.  The next 6 days will be exciting and agonizing all at the same time.  Who knew I could come this far?  I sure didn't.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Layering

Wednesday 3/6/13

It seems that as long as I keep my knee in a compression sleeve it will behave a little more civilized.  I got a short 3 miler in yesterday morning and did not wear the prop, my knee disliked everything about what we were doing almost the whole time.  I wore it last night to class and was much better.  In fact, Vince attempted to kill me last night!  I have been attending morning classes for so long that I have not been privy to a real bonafide Vince class in a while.  I forgot how much fun they are! 

So, my 3 miler yesterday morning was a cold, slow one.  I went out early (6:00am) because we were suppose to get some snow yesterday and the wind was suppose to kick up.  We got the wind, but no snow as is typically for the Toledo area.  All bark, no bite.  Anyway, my knee was not very happy about the whole thing and I just couldn't seem to get a good pace.  Only 3 miles and it was still an 11 minute pace.  Oh well, better luck tomorrow.  I was suppose to do a 5K this weekend.  There were none in the area that I could attend.  I had intentions to go out and run 3 miles at race pace...but I didn't.  I'm not saying that I lazed around all weekend.  By no means would that ever happen considering all the things on my plate.  I got some good workouts in, just no running.  Time to strap it down and commit to finishing what I started.  Usually around 3/4 of the way through a training program I start to get distracted and bored and really don't want to keep up the discipline it takes to finish the program.  This is typical for me, I'm right on schedule with 7 weeks remaing before he race that has taken me since the end of October to train for.  I just gotta find the umph to push through a little further.  Then I'll be on to the next "big" thing in my life.



I am a layerer.  I have been layering my clothes for years to camouflage my unattractive girth.  I learned to layer using blousey shirts and cardigans a long time ago and that has basically been my style.  I also learned to wear muted colors as to not draw to much attention to myself.  Today, I was getting dressed in my usual fashion and went looking for my black cardigan to wear over a more form fitting top ( with some front pleats that effectively hide my still squishy belly).  I couldn't find my sweater.  I was getting frustrated until I looked in the mirror and began to realize that I didn't need the sweater today.  Then I decided to try on my heels with the skinny pants.  OMG, I can actually rock this look.  Instead of covering myself up today, I let it all show and I feel confident about who I am...today.  That confidence may wax and wane but for today, I have it and I am going to flaunt it!























Fat, unhealthy me (see the cigarette)                                              Thin, healthy me

It's been a crazy ride.  A lot of beginnings.  A lot of setbacks but eventually I have evolved into a person I can be proud of every single day.  I aspire to healthy and happy for many more years to come.







Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday 2/28/13

Holy crap!  I just realized that this is the last day in February.  How did 2 entire months of this year go by already?  This means that 1/6 of this year is already behind us.  WTH?!

I'm in Washington DC this week for a work conference.  It is 10-15 degrees warmer here then at home and there is no snow.  Although, my knee is still a bit stiff, I felt like I needed to go out and run.  It would be a travesty if I didn't take advantage of this opportunity. 

 
The view from the elevator this morning.
 
I was literally jonesing all day to get out there.  And at 5:00 I promptly went to my room, changed my clothes and hit the road!
 
 
I ran down around DuPont Circle.  There was a ton of car traffic and foot traffic.  There are a lot of intersections too.  I was reminded of the movie American President when Annette Benning barges into the Oval Office and tells Michael Douglas to "just stay away from DuPont Circle, I hear it's murder this time of day."  Yep!  At 5:30pm, DuPont Circle is definitely a crazy busy place.  But it was an amazing run!  It felt pretty good physically but mentally and emotionally I enjoyed every single step of that run.  This is why I run.  I love the energy that I give to the environment around me and I love the energy I get from all of my surroundings.  Whether I am running at a local park or in an unfamiliar city there is an energy that you pick up from whatever is around you and when you are really in tune with that, you just hum along like you are one with it all.  God, it was so amazing for me today.  These are the moments that make me a true runner and not just a fitness runner.
 
 
I wasn't really looking forward to this trip so I put off doing any of my packing until the last minute.  So it shouldn't surprise you that I forgot some things.  When I got to the hotel and began to unpack  my things, I realized that I had forgotten to pack my dress pants.  So, here I am in DC for a work conference with a pair of running pants and a pair of yoga pants.  I remembered to pack my dress tops and sweaters and heels.  Just no pants.  Who does that?!  This put me on a mission to find pants.  I walked down to DuPont Circle area, knowing there are a lot of shops around there and praying that I can find some pants at a reasonable price.  This is not a cheap town.  So, I find a United Colors of Benetton store.  I don't think I have been in one of those stores since I was in high school.  Anyway,  they have some great dress pants on their end of season clearance rack.  Score!  I buy two pairs.  Black and Khaki.  They fit great, except for the length.  Even with my heels, they touch the floor.  Oh well, it's the best I can do.  They are great pants though.  I'm gonna get my mom to hem them for me when I get home. 
 
Tomorrow morning I'm gonna hit the hotel gym and get my own version of an extreme workout in and then push some weights around with my legs.  Just because I'm out of town doesn't mean I have to get out of my routine.  BAM!  Training doesn't stop just because you aren't home.
 
 

February 26, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife - Upside Down Pineapple Shake, 16 oz.2200g0g25g0mg0mg0g0g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 2 Tbsp7010g3g0g0mg30mg10g0g
Lunch
Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake - Oatmeal Scotchie, 1 shake2850g0g24g0mg0mg0g0g
Snacks
Kroger - Carb Smart--Yogurt White Chocolate Raspberry, 6 oz604g2g8g10mg90mg3g0g
Cuties California Mandarins - Clementines, 0.5 orange204g0g0g0mg0mg3g1g
Snyder's of Hanover - Old Fashioned Pretzel Sticks, 0.5 oz (28g / about 7 sticks)6012g1g2g0mg100mg0g0g
TOTAL:71530g6g59g10mg220mg16g1g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Spinning®40460
TOTALS:40460000

February 27, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Scrambler Maries - Eye Opener, 0.63 Serving (10.oz)2554g24g21g451mg645mg3g1g
Thomas' - Light Multigrain English Muffin, 1 muffin11026g1g5g0mg160mg1g8g
Smuckers - Grape Jelly, 2 tbs (20g)10026g0g0g0mg10mg24g0g
Scrambler Marie - Pancake, 0.33 Pancake4014g1g2g4mg237mg0g0g
Lunch
Herbalife - Butter Pecan Shake, 16 oz26018g4g24g0mg435mg10g3g
Dinner
Olive Garden - House Salad With Low-Cal Dressing, 1 plate16723g20g5g0mg1,530mg0g4g
Pizzeria - Margarita Pizza, 1/2 pizza20020g9g9g12mg300mg2g1g
Snacks
Squirrel Valley - Matterhorn Trail Mix (Peanuts, Cranberries, White Chocolate, Pineapple), 1/4 cup (1oz)14017g7g3g0mg10mg14g1g
Smartfood Selects - Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn Net Carbs, 28 g/About 1 3/4 cups16016g9g2g0mg150mg5g2g
Russell Stover Candies - Marshmellow Egg Coverred In Milk Chocolate, 1 egg11020g3g1g0mg30mg14g1g
TOTAL:1,542184g78g72g467mg3,507mg73g21g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Extreme Results30060
Personal Training with Lindsay21330
Walking, 3.0 mph, mod. pace, walking dog19060
TOTALS:703150000

February 28, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Blazing Bagels - Pumpernickel Rye Bagel, 0.75 bagel24854g1g8g0mg323mg7g4g
Fruit - Apple Med, 0.5 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)3610g0g0g0mg1mg7g2g
Philadelphia - Fat Free Cream Cheese, 1 oz (28 g)302g0g4g5mg210mg1g0g
Coffee W/Cream - French Vanilla, 3 Tbsp11118g5g0g0mg90mg18g0g
Lunch
Amy's - Organic Chili, Medium With Vegetables, 1 Cup23034g6g10g0mg590mg6g9g
Metro's - Turkey Bacon Club - Whole Wheat, 0.5 sandwich (254 g)17526g4g11g18mg555mg3g3g
Dinner
Edemame - Shelled, 1/2 cup1209g5g10g0mg0mg0g4g
Homemade - Miso Soup With Tofu and Spring Onions, 1 Cup937g4g8g0mg805mg2g1g
California Roll - White Rice, Avocado, Crab, Nori, 6 pieces25538g7g9g0mg375mg0g6g
Snacks
Starbucks - Tall Non-Fat Salted Carmel Mocha, 12 oz2000g2g0g0mg220mg0g0g
TOTAL:1,498198g34g60g23mg3,169mg44g29g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Running (jogging), 6 mph (10 min mile)36638
Walking, 3.0 mph, mod. pace, walking dog9530
TOTALS:46168000
 



Limping Along

Monday 2/25/13

The day after a 20 miler leaves me looking a little bit like I've been attacked by a league of zombies.  My knees aren't exactly bending and my eyes are bloodshot from being up half the night with an aching lower back.  So, why am I doing this to myself?  That is the question of the day.  It's a bucket list thing.  So let's get right into the heart of the run.  I started off feeling pretty good.  Like "yeah, I can do this."  It was definitely cold out and I required more layers then in previous long runs.  Which was okay.  I parked my car at the Biggby at Cricket West with the thought process that I would have to make it back to my car and when I did I could reward myself with a nice latte (salted Carmel mocha).  We had some pretty yucky weather on Friday morning and most of the people who live on Secor thought that shoveling was optional.  Needless to say that slushy/snow mix had turned to uneven ice by the time I came along.  So here I am trying desperately not to fall or twist something as I get down the street and to the trail.  And on the way back, after the sun had gotten to that ice for a few hours, what I got was soaking wet feet!  Thanks fine citizens of our fair city!  Again about midway through the run, my knee starts to really bug me.  This time it doesn't really let up.  By the 12th mile I was ready to quit.  Not just quit but to fall down on the floor, cry like a baby and call someone to come and pick me up.  However, I pushed on.  I had to take a lot more walk breaks in the last 5 miles.  I also had to trick my brain into thinking we were going to do a shorter distance then 20 miles.  I did cry, I did feel like I was going to puke.  I did talk to myself out loud.  I did limp some, walk some and hobble some (when necessary).   Coming back up Secor Rd to the finish, I must have looked like a hot mess.  I'm really surprised the fire department wasn't dispatched to retrieve a possible escaped mental patient who appears to be overdosing on Lithium!   I may be a runner but I am beginning to to think that I am not a marathoner.  And that's okay with me.  I will get that one 26.2 under my belt to say that I did it and to check it off my bucket list.  But in the end I probably will go back to 10K's and Halves.  They are challenging enough for me.  Another thing that I have noticed is that a marathon runner really needs to total support of their family.  My husband doesn't discourage my goals but none of my family realizes just what goes into training for your first marathon.  Which means my rest days end up being hurry up and get all the chores done day.  This is not the kind of rest that the body needs before a 20 miler. 

A day later I still feel like someone ran me over, back up over me and left me outside in a rain storm.  I am having trouble moving.  I am exhausted and I really just want to quit.  My knee is pretty much trashed and I am beginning to worry about some real damage.  It is my belief that I may have some IT band issues that is causing my knee to revolt.  I'm gonna need to get into a massage therapist.  Since I am pretty much broke most of the time I will need to get to a MT in training at one of the schools.

I wish I could be witty and cute about things but there was nothing really witty and cute about what I went through yesterday.  It was hard.  It made me want to quit.  It made me look like a schizophrenic as I was hobbling along talking to myself and quitters suck and telling Matilda to get back in her room and shut the hell up!  It was probably a pretty pitiful site. 


I am so grateful for my personal training with Lindsay.  I am not sure I would have been able to make it through any of thins without that cross/strength training.  It really has made a big difference in my endurance and strength.  The muscles in my legs are not as fatigued as they were when I trainined for the half.  Mainly because they are stronger and some because I am much healthier and fitter then I was 3 years ago.  Only 2 more LR's before the race.  There are 3 weekd until my next one and I am most definitley grateful for that.


Today's run:  20miles; 4:00:06; 12:00pace; 2832 calories.

Just a side note.  I burned almost 2900 calories on that urn and could have eaten anything I wanted that day with a free pass and do you know that I was too sick to my stomach afterwards to eat much of anything!  It was all I could do to force down some soup and a grilled cheese sandwich!  Oh, the irony!

February 21, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife Shake - White Chocolate Reese's Shake, 16 oz.24129g2g24g0mg0mg0g4g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 1 Tbsp355g2g0g0mg15mg5g0g
Lunch
Pop Chips - Sour Cream & Onion, 1 bag (23 g)10016g4g1g0mg160mg2g1g
Generic - Banana , 100 grams8923g0g1g0mg1mg12g3g
Fresh - Tabouli Salad With Tomatoes, 4 oz569g2g2g0mg18mg2g2g
Herbalife - Protein Drink Mix - Vanilla Rs, 2 Tablespoons1105g3g15g0mg340mg1g0g
Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake Mix - Nutritional Shake Mix 2 Scoop of Protein Powder, 28 g1105g3g15g0mg340mg1g0g
Dinner
Cooking Light - Chicken BLT Salad, 1 wedge36812g24g27g76mg538mg0g2g
Snacks
Um - Hummus, 2 ounces7511g3g4g0mg95mg2g3g
Fresh Vegetables - Celery and Carrot Sticks In Water, 3 oz174g0g1g0mg33mg3g2g
Fruit - Apple Med, 0.5 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)3610g0g0g0mg1mg7g2g
Cuties California Mandarins - Clementines, 1 orange409g0g0g0mg0mg7g2g
Kroger - Carb Smart--Yogurt White Chocolate Raspberry, 6 oz604g2g8g10mg90mg3g0g
Graham Crackers Honey Maid - Graham Crackers, 2 crackers13024g3g2g0mg180mg8g1g
TOTAL:1,467166g48g100g86mg1,811mg53g22g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
ZoneUp30060
TOTALS:30060000

February 22, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake - Strawberry Cheesecake, 8 oz2700g0g19g0mg0mg0g0g
Graham Crackers Honey Maid - Graham Crackers, 1 crackers6512g2g1g0mg90mg4g1g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 1 Tbsp355g2g0g0mg15mg5g0g
Lunch
Herbalife Wedding Cake - Shake, 16 oz21536g1g22g0mg0mg11g4g
Snacks
Generic - Banana , 100 grams8923g0g1g0mg1mg12g3g
Cuties California Mandarins - Clementines, 1 orange409g0g0g0mg0mg7g2g
Fruit - Apple Med, 0.5 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)3610g0g0g0mg1mg7g2g
Kroger - Carb Smart--Yogurt White Chocolate Raspberry, 6 oz604g2g8g10mg90mg3g0g
Pop Chips - Sour Cream & Onion, 1 bag (23 g)10016g4g1g0mg160mg2g1g
Graham Crackers Honey Maid - Graham Crackers, 2 crackers13024g3g2g0mg180mg8g1g
TOTAL:1,040139g14g54g10mg537mg59g14g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Extreme Results40660
TOTALS:40660000

February 23, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Natures Own - Low Cal Light Whole Wheat Bread, 2 slice7022g0g6g0mg240mg2g10g
Welchs - Grape Jelly, 15 ml5013g0g0g0mg10mg13g0g
Country Crock Margarine - 2 Scrambled Eggs, Plain, 2 eggs1403g10g12g370mg142mg0g0g
Martins - Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese, 1/8 cup (28g)501g5g4g15mg85mg0g0g
Tomato X4 Slices - Tomato Slice 1 Slice, Thin/Small (15g), 1 slice31g0g0g0mg1mg0g1g
Generic - Green Onion, 1/8 cup102g0g0g0mg0mg1g1g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 1 Tbsp355g2g0g0mg15mg5g0g
Lunch
Good Measure Meals - (1700 Plan) Black Bean Burger W/ Bun, Chipolte Mayo & Sweet Potatoe Fries, 0.5 Container30038g12g11g13mg530mg3g6g
Champy's Chicken - Cole Slaw, 0.5 cup522g5g0g2mg52mg1g1g
Bar Louie - Soft Pretzel Stick, 1 Soft Pretzel17032g3g0g0mg270mg1g1g
Dinner
Applebees - Weight Watchers Grilled JalapeƱO Lime Shrimp, 1 entree30043g6g22g0mg2,110mg0g4g
Applebees - Side Salad, 1 order1800g4g0g0mg0mg5g0g
Snacks
Herbalife Shake - Blueberry Cheesecake, 1 cups11511g0g12g1mg100mg0g0g
TOTAL:1,475173g47g67g401mg3,555mg31g24g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Stretching, hatha yoga14460
TOTALS:14460000

February 24, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Scrambler Maries - Eye Opener, 0.75 Serving (10.oz)3065g29g25g542mg774mg3g1g
Scrambler Maries - Hash Browns, 3.5 oz21428g12g3g0mg342mg2g2g
Thomas' - Light Multigrain English Muffin, 1 muffin11026g1g5g0mg160mg1g8g
Smuckers - Grape Jelly, 2 tbs (20g)10026g0g0g0mg10mg24g0g
Dinner
Campbell's - Condensed Tomato Soup 318ml (10.75 oz), 1/2 cup9020g0g2g0mg480mg12g1g
Milk - Nonfat (fat free or skim), 0.5 cup436g0g4g2mg64mg0g0g
Kraft - Singles - American Cheese, 2 slice (19g)1202g9g6g30mg460mg2g0g
Natures Own - Low Cal Light Whole Wheat Bread, 2 slice7022g0g6g0mg240mg2g10g
Pineapple - Raw, all varieties, 0.75 cup, diced5615g0g1g0mg1mg11g2g
Crackers - Townhouse Club Crackers, 12 crackers21027g9g3g0mg375mg3g3g
Snacks
Biggby Coffee - Tall Reduced Calorie Mocha Mocha, 10.67 oz.13325g0g8g4mg197mg9g1g
Herbalife 24 - Prolong Dietary Supplement, 0.5 Scoops6315g0g1g0mg125mg4g0g
Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mint, 4 cookies16022g8g1g0mg125mg10g1g
Skinny Pop - Popcorn, 2 Cup787g5g1g0mg25mg0g2g
TOTAL:1,753246g73g66g578mg3,378mg83g31g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Running (jogging), 6 mph (10 min mile)2,892240
Stretching, hatha yoga14460
TOTALS:3,036300000

February 25, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife Shake - Blueberry Cheesecake, 2 cups23022g0g24g2mg200mg0g0g
Generic - Banana , 100 grams8923g0g1g0mg1mg12g3g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 2 Tbsp7010g3g0g0mg30mg10g0g
Lunch
Panera Bread - Mediterranean Salmon Salad, 3/8 salad1809g11g10g28mg491mg7g2g
Panera Bread - Whole Grain Baguette From Website, 1.5 ounces13527g1g5g0mg300mg2g3g
Panera Bread - Low Fat Garden Vegetable With Pesto Soup Pick Two, 10 oz10018g4g3g5mg620mg4g8g
Dinner
Skinnytaste - Sweet Potato Turkey Shepard's Pie, 1/6 recipe25034g6g17g0mg304mg3g6g
Snacks
Kirkland - Greek Yogurt Bar - Dark Chocolate Flavored, 1 Bar17017g8g10g0mg130mg8g5g
Fruit - Apple Med, 0.5 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)3610g0g0g0mg1mg7g2g
Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mint, 0.5 container (32 cookies ea.)64088g32g4g0mg500mg40g4g
TOTAL:1,900258g65g74g35mg2,577mg93g33g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Spinning®20050
Stretching, hatha yoga14460
TOTALS:34411000



Windy with a chance of blown away!

Wednesday 2/20/13

After a fairly mild weekend, Mother Nature made a fierce show yesterday. 20mph winds with 40mph gusts. Since I weigh next to nothing, I opted for some indoor activities instead of a short run yesterday. Spin is always a nice alternative to a short run and believe me my knees were singing some praises for the break. By no means is cycling any easier then other workouts. In fact, when you have Tina Miller as your instructor you will be working the whole time. In a good way of course. I also gave Turbo another try on Tuesday evening. I had much more fun the second time. However, my knees are a little stressed and my left ankle might be a little tweaked. I'm really gonna need
To keep an eye on that this week. I am hoping I don't end up with problems on my LR this weekend.


I dont' really have much to say today so instead of rambling on like the idiot I usually am, I'm just gonna stop here and save you from my crazies today.



February 17, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife - Oatmeal Cookie Shake, 16 oz28521g4g25g0mg0mg0g0g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 1 Tbsp355g2g0g0mg15mg5g0g
Lunch
Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake - Grasshopper, 1 shake24013g1g9g0mg140mg0g3g
Dinner
Taco Salad - Home Made (No Shell), 0.5 Cup Filling, 2 Cups Salad16525g6g12g41mg309mg0g5g
Hunt's Manwich - Orginal Sloppy Joe Sauce W/ Lean Cooked Ground Beef, 1/4 cup cooked1805g6g12g39mg205mg3g1g
Fruit - Apple Med, 0.5 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)3610g0g0g0mg1mg7g2g
Potato salad - Home-prepared, 0.25 cup897g5g2g43mg331mg0g1g
Kon-Tiki - Fruits Salad, 1 smallish6013g0g1g0mg6mg9g1g
Rt&St - Homemade Chocolate Brownie, 35 g12820g5g2g18mg0mg14g0g
Cake - Chocolate, with chocolate frosting, 1 oz10415g5g1g12mg95mg0g1g
Snacks
Generic - Banana , 100 grams8923g0g1g0mg1mg12g3g
Panera - Low Fat Black Bean Soup - You Pick 2, 2 cup (8.25oz)34070g4g18g0mg1,760mg4g12g
Panera Bread - Whole Grain Baguette From Website, 2 ounces18036g2g7g0mg400mg3g4g
Panera Bread - Cherry Pastry, 1 pastry (5.25oz / 151g)41064g18g7g55mg320mg34g2g
TOTAL:2,341327g58g97g208mg3,583mg91g35g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Extreme Results54072
Stretching, hatha yoga14460
TRX14245
TOTALS:826177000

February 18, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife 24 - Rebuild Endurance , 2 Scoops (44.5g)16027g1g10g10mg250mg14g0g
Generic - Banana , 100 grams8923g0g1g0mg1mg12g3g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 1 Tbsp355g2g0g0mg15mg5g0g
Lunch
Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake - Oatmeal Scotchie, 1 shake2850g0g24g0mg0mg0g0g
Dinner
Homemade - Chicken Parmigiana and Pasta, 1 chicken breast / sauce46347g12g42g199mg731mg6g1g
John Wm Macy's - Cheese Stick Original Cheddar, 2 Sticks9010g4g4g10mg110mg0g1g
Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mint, 8 cookies32044g16g2g0mg250mg20g2g
Snacks
Fruit - Apple Med, 0.5 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)3610g0g0g0mg1mg7g2g
Biggby Coffee - Tall Reduced Calorie Mocha Mocha, 16 oz.20037g0g12g6mg296mg13g2g
Homemade - Stovetop Popcorn, 2 cup14013g10g2g0mg0mg0g0g
Kernel Season's - Popcorn Seasoning White Cheddar, 1/4 tsp / 0.8g20g0g0g0mg75mg0g0g
TOTAL:1,820216g45g97g225mg1,729mg77g11g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Personal Training with Lindsay16423
Extreme Results39860
Yoga sculpt16060
Stretching, hatha yoga10845
TOTALS:830188000

February 19, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife - Protein Drink Mix - Vanilla Rs, 2 Tablespoons1105g3g15g0mg340mg1g0g
Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake Mix - Nutritional Shake Mix 2 Scoop of Protein Powder, 28 g1105g3g15g0mg340mg1g0g
Coffee W/Cream - French Vanilla, 1 Tbsp376g2g0g0mg30mg6g0g
Graham Crackers Honey Maid - Graham Crackers, 1 crackers6512g2g1g0mg90mg4g1g
Lunch
Herbalife - Turtle Cheesecake Shake, 16 oz28017g0g24g0mg0mg0g0g
Dinner
Tuna and Noodle Casserole, 1 serving29348g5g17g65mg825mg7g8g
Snacks
Generic - Banana , 100 grams8923g0g1g0mg1mg12g3g
Kroger - Carb Smart--Yogurt White Chocolate Raspberry, 6 oz604g2g8g10mg90mg3g0g
Whole Foods - Honey Roasted Peanut Butter, 1 Tablespoons904g8g4g0mg45mg3g1g
Snyder's of Hanover - Old Fashioned Pretzel Sticks, 0.67 oz (28g / about 7 sticks)8015g1g2g0mg133mg0g0g
Girl Scout Cookies - Somoas, 1 container (14 cookies ea.)1,050126g56g7g0mg420mg77g7g
TOTAL:2,264265g82g94g75mg2,314mg114g20g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Spinning®33750
Kickboxing (including Turbo Jam)31455
TOTALS:651105000

February 20, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 1 Tbsp355g2g0g0mg15mg5g0g
Herbalife Shake - Blueberry Cheesecake, 2 cups23022g0g24g2mg200mg0g0g
Herbalife - Active Fiber Complex, 1 scoop156g0g0g0mg15mg0g5g
Lunch
Herbalife - Turtle Cheesecake Shake, 16 oz28017g0g24g0mg0mg0g0g
Dinner
Chicken Tortilla Soup, 1 serving(s)20834g2g14g29mg1,174mg8g6g
Um - Hummus, 2 ounces7511g3g4g0mg95mg2g3g
New York Style - All Natural Pita Chips Sea Salt, 11 pieces14019g6g3g0mg350mg0g1g
Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mint, 8 cookies32044g16g2g0mg250mg20g2g
Snacks
Snyder's of Hanover - Old Fashioned Pretzel Sticks, 0.67 oz (28g / about 7 sticks)8015g1g2g0mg133mg0g0g
Whole Foods - Honey Roasted Peanut Butter, 1 Tablespoons904g8g4g0mg45mg3g1g
Generic - Banana , 100 grams8923g0g1g0mg1mg12g3g
Generic - Celery Sticks 10cm (4inch) 111 g, 111 g154g0g1g0mg88mg2g2g
TOTAL:1,577204g38g79g31mg2,366mg52g23g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Extreme Results31460
Personal Training with Lindsay33430
TOTALS:64890000

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Everybody falls down sometimes

Saturday 2/16/13

Today was an easy 10 miler, right?  Most of it was not very bad.  I checked the weekend forecast as usual and decided that the best time to run this weekend was before sun rise on Saturday.  No wind.  The temps were going to stay pretty consistent all day and I could check it off the weekend to do list early and get on with the million other things that I have to do on any other given weekend.  I do enjoy running at daybreak.  I don't do it much in the winter because of the temperatures but I was reminded how much I love it this morning.  The sky is dark when I go out and it slowly transition to purple, rose, orange, yellow and then into the blue of the day.  It is so beautiful to witness it.  Another really amazing thing when running is snow flurries.  They fall out of the sky gently floating to the ground.  Again another beautiful thing that I got to experience this morning at the end of my run.  It was like Mother Nature was giving me a personal push through the last leg of my run this morning.  I loved it!  My knee only tried to give me a little bit of trouble today too. 

So, the whole run wasn't a good experience though.  Let me get to the bad part now.  In the third mile, it's still extremely dark and my foot caught on an odd spot in the road and I tripped.  As I was losing my balance and falling forward I was afraid to fall on my knees so a twisted my body a little bit and fell on my right hip and my right hand.  I sat there for a few minutes and contemplated giving up.  My ego was seriously bruised as was my hip.  But, I shook it off, got up and went on.  This is only the second time that I've taken a spill while running.  Thank God it was dark and no one was around.  My embarrassment was spared today.

The other thing I wanted to do tonight was share some new recipes that I made this week that were AMAZING and low cal.

 
Buffalo Chicken and Rice
3 green onions
1 1/4 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1 Anaheim pepper cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 1-ounce package of ranch salad dressing mix
2 tablespoons of hot sauce
4 ounces of reduced fat cream cheese
3 cups hot cooked brown rice
1/4 cup of crumbled blue cheese
 
Thinly slice green onions, separating white and green parts, set aside.  In a 3 quart slow cooker combine chicken, carrots, celery, tomato sauce, broth, Anaheim pepper , salad dressing mix, the white parts of the green onions and the hot sauce.
 
Cover and cook on low-heat for 6 hours (or high heat for 3 hours)
 
Stir in cream cheese and green parts of the green onions.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes longer.
 
Serve over hot cooked rice' sprinkle with blue cheese. Makes 4 servings.
 
per serving: 314 cal., 8g fat (4g sat. fat), 73 mg chol,. 774mg sodium, 30g carb., 3g fiber, 28g protein.
 
 
 
 
Pan-Seared Steak with Chive-Horseradish Butter
with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
5 teaspoons of butter, softened
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon minced chives
4 (4 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl.  refrigerate 20 minutes or until firm
 
Sprinkle steaks evenly with salt and pepper.  Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add steaks to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  Remove steaks from pan; let stand 5 minutes.  Divide butter mixture evenly among steaks.  Makes 4 servings
 
per serving; 220 cal., 12.4g fat (5.8g sat), 25.2 protein, 1g carb., 89mg chol., 229 sodium.
 
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Combine 1 tablespoon extra-virgin Olive oil, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1 pound thinly sliced peeled sweet potatoes in a large b owl, tossing to coat sweet potatoes evenly.  Place sweet potatoes on a jelly-roll pan, and bake at 425 degrees for 16 minutes.  Combine 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 6 ounces trimmed broccoli in a bowl tossing to coat evenly.  Remove sweet potatoes from oven, and stir.  Arrange broccoli on baking sheet with sweet potatoes, bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender and sweet potatoes are fork tender. Makes 4 servings
 
per serving; 138 cal., 6.8g fat, 290mg sodium
 
 
 
Both of these recipes were amazing and easy to prepare.  I highly recommend both. 
 
 
 
Today's run:  10 miles: 1:53:54; 11:23 pace; 932 calories
 
 
 

February 15, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
No Shotgun - Pre Workout Drink, 1 Scoop720g0g18g0mg33mg0g0g
Strawberries - Raw, 0.25 cup, halves123g0g0g0mg0mg2g1g
Graham Crackers Honey Maid - Graham Crackers, 0.5 crackers336g1g1g0mg45mg2g0g
Herbalife - Protein Drink Mix - Vanilla Rs, 2 Tablespoons1105g3g15g0mg340mg1g0g
Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake Mix - Nutritional Shake Mix 2 Scoop of Protein Powder, 28 g1105g3g15g0mg340mg1g0g
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer - Italian Sweet Cream, 1 Tbsp355g2g0g0mg15mg5g0g
Lunch
Herbalife - Turtle Cheesecake Shake, 16 oz28017g0g24g0mg0mg0g0g
Dinner
300 Calorie Recipes - Hamburger artichoke casserole, 1/4 of recipe26024g7g28g55mg330mg0g9g
Snacks
Pop Chips - Sour Cream & Onion, 1 bag (23 g)10016g4g1g0mg160mg2g1g
Sunshine - Cheez-It Baked Snack Cheese Crackers, 13.5 Crackers759g4g2g0mg115mg0g1g
Girl Scout Cookies - Somoas, 1 container (14 cookies ea.)1,050126g56g7g0mg420mg77g7g
TOTAL:2,137216g80g111g55mg1,798mg90g19g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Extreme Results40060
Personal training27530
Stretching, hatha yoga14460
TOTALS:819150000

February 16, 2013

FoodsCaloriesCarbsFatProteinCholestSodiumSugarsFiber
Breakfast
Herbalife - Turtle Cheesecake Shake, 16 oz28017g0g24g0mg0mg0g0g
Coffee W/Cream - French Vanilla, 1 Tbsp376g2g0g0mg30mg6g0g
Lunch
Kroger Peanut Butter - Creamy Peanut Butter , 1 tbsp954g8g4g0mg75mg2g1g
Welchs - Grape Jelly, 15 ml5013g0g0g0mg10mg13g0g
Natures Own - Low Cal Light Whole Wheat Bread, 2 slice7022g0g6g0mg240mg2g10g
Cuties California Mandarins - Clementines, 1 orange409g0g0g0mg0mg7g2g
Kroger - Carb Smart--Yogurt White Chocolate Raspberry, 6 oz604g2g8g10mg90mg3g0g
Graham Crackers Honey Maid - Graham Crackers, 1 crackers6512g2g1g0mg90mg4g1g
Milk - Nonfat (fat free or skim), 1 cup8612g0g8g5mg127mg0g0g
Dinner
Jiffy - Corn Bread Muffins W/ Skim Milk, 1 muffin1415g4g3g27mg57mg6g0g
Chicken Tortilla Soup, 2 serving(s)41568g4g27g59mg2,348mg15g12g
Eddy's Grand Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Ice Cream, 1 cup34036g18g6g50mg90mg30g0g
Strawberries - Raw, 0.5 cup, halves246g0g1g0mg1mg4g2g
Hershey's - Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, 1 Tbsp5012g0g0g0mg13mg10g1g
Snacks
Fruit - Apple Med, 0.5 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)3610g0g0g0mg1mg7g2g
Biggest Loser - Mango Quinoa Salad, 1/6 cup12017g4g4g0mg5mg5g4g
Laughing Cow - Light Wedge, 1 wedge351g1g2g5mg210mg1g0g
Celery - Fresh, 1 stalk52g0g0g0mg30mg1g1g
Sun-Maid - Raisins (Tbsp), 0.03125 cup164g0g0g0mg1mg4g0g
TOTAL:1,965260g45g94g156mg3,418mg120g36g
ExercisesCaloriesMinutesSetsRepsWeight
Cardiovascular
Running (jogging), 6 mph (10 min mile)942115
Stretching, hatha yoga14460
TOTALS:1,086175000