Good Bye (For Now)!

 

For those that may still be visiting my blog I am sure you have noticed that I have not posted for almost a month now.  And, before that also noticed that my posts were becoming less and less frequent due to my now VERY busy schedule at work and continued busy schedule at home.

It saddens me to say that I am going to have to say Good Bye (For Now) as I just do not have the time in to devote to my blog right now, despite my efforts over the past month.

If things calm down I will return as I loved blogging so much and it helped me keep on track as well but I can’t give any dates on that right now.

I wish all of you the best and thanks for reading in the past!  =)

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Anti-Sugar Ads

Just saw this ad on AOL on “Anti-Sugar” and I have to say it is about time our government get this message out to a country that is addicted to the stuff!!!!!!!!!!

Check it out your yourself and be sure to watch the VIDEO:

Health Officials Unveil Explicit Anti-Sugar Diabetes Ad

Now I am not saying I NEVER drink the stuff as I do, however not on a daily basis and I also raised my daughter to only to drink the stuff “occasionally” as well. 

The main drink sources in our household are as follows……

  • WATER - NO grams of sugar!!!
  • Iced Tea (made with a little sweetener) – No grams of sugar!!!
  • Apple Juice (1 small glass a day) – 14 grams of sugar, 4 ounces
  • Orange Juice (1 small glass a day) – 14 grams of sugar, 4 ounces
  • V8 (1 small glass a day) – 12 grams of sugar, 4 ounces
  • Milk (mainly with cereal)- 11 grams of sugar, 12 ounces

So as you can see most of the above are pretty low in sugar and the top 2 that we drink the most have NO SUGAR in them at all!

Compared to 1 12-ounce can of soda having 42 or more grams of sugar I think we do pretty good and even though the “juices” do have a few more grams of sugar then I would like we still drink them as they do offer many vitamins (unlike soda) and are consumed in moderation (always less than 8 ounces per serving) and the sugar found in milk is all natural, not added so I don’t feel bad about that one. 

And, yes, we do add “sweetener” to our Iced Tea and yes there is a debate on if the usage of sweeteners are safe, but we drink this in moderation as well so I don’t feel to bad with that one. 

We mainly drink WATER in our household, it is our #1 drink!!!!!!!!! 

What is your #1 drink???

Do you drink lots of soda???

Did this article/video make you more aware of how much sugar you may be drinking?

 

 

How to Run Longer & Faster

I just read a great post called How to Run Longer & Faster by Iowa Girl Eats and loved her advise so much I wanted to share it with you all!  =)  As it was right on and hit home base with me as I have been trying to do just that for the past year now. 

And, I too found just like  Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats have been running consistently for years, going on 3 years now, and also remember starting to run so I could get in better shape as her as I was struggling to lose the other half of the 100+ pounds I needed to lose back then and running did the trick of course. 

Back then it was a struggle for me to run 5.0mph hour for 1 mile on the treadmill, I didn’t run outside back then, and I used to look at other runners at the gym who ran 6.0mph or more and think how do they run that fast???  I couldn’t even imagine running that fast at that time or run for longer than a mile or 2 either!

Of course, my situation was a bit different then Kristin as she was overweight by 50+ pounds as I was then, so she was in much better shape, but I remember having many of the same thoughts as her then and recently as well.

For example, now that I am down to a good weight (though of course I am still pushing to lose another 10+ pounds) and now that my body and fitness level is close if not the same as other girls that run comfortably at 6.5mph or more on the treadmills at the gym around me, I find myself asking the same questions as Kristin…………why couldn’t I do that?

That is when I realized that I could do that!!!  But, just like Kristin, I realized that in order to do that I would have to run longer and faster.  That you have do both in order to become both!  You have to PUSH YOURSELF in order to grow as a runner! 

Both took time and are still a – work in process – for me, first I started with running longer as I was sick of being only a 2 mile runner.  So I gradually, started to run longer and longer each month until I completed my first 10K in November 2009 and my first 15K in September 2010, see posts from both races below:

Now, I can run up to 6 miles non-stop and quite comfortably, though not really fast yet, I still average around a 11 to 12 minute mile on runs longer than 3 miles.

As for becoming faster!  I have also worked on that gradually through the years, by following plans such as Build Speed With Ease on the treadmill at the gym in the beginning to most recently PUSHING myself to run 1 and then 2 miles “non-stop or slow down” on the treadmill @ 6.0mph+!  Which, I am very happy to report WORKED, as I know can run at 6.0mph quite comfortable for a mile or 2 and am working towards 3 miles……….=)

And, though it is much tougher for me to run fast outside then it is inside on a treadmill I have also been trying to run “faster” outside as well. 

Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy to monitor as inside on the treadmill as I do not have a machine telling me how fast I am going and NO I DO NOT OWN A GARMIN, though I wish I did but it is a bit pricey for me right now.  So I try to time myself on my watch and since I know where the mile markers are around my house this method works pretty well and I am improving slowly but surely……….as you could see at the last 5K I last April, the Corporate IOA 5K, in which I ran at a pace of 9:51 per mile………about 3 minutes faster overall compared to the 5K I ran before that in September 2009, the Miracle Miles 5K Race!

So as with Kristin, it has taken me a few years, but I am getting to where I want to be and it feels very good working my way towards that and also looking back and seeing how far I have come.  I can’t wait to see where I am a few years from today.  Maybe I will be a 7.0mph runner like Kristen and have run a Full Marathon!!!!!!!!!

So I leave you with this advise from both me and Kristen:

  • Push to improve!  Anyone can do anything for five minutes.  You won’t fall off the treadmill (as long as you have good shoes, I have almost with worm out shoes).  Don’t listen to your brain, as Kristin and Nike said……….just do it!
  • Always adjust your training schedule!  Your body adapts to whatever routine you are doing after 4-6 weeks, so keep changing things up, where it is to run your first 1/2 Marathon (like me this September) or to become a 10 minute mile runner.  If I can do it so can you!!!

What are you working towards now!?!?!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

Struggling

Last week was spent struggling to finally get back on track after the holiday’s and with my pre-time of the month cravings

In the end, I think I did fared well, but if I am to be completely honest not as fair as I would have liked too.  =(

However, I tried to conquer my struggles by doing the following:

  • Running a lot!
    • Including, outside long runs and inside fast runs, in hopes of getting back on track and to my pre-holiday running shape.
  • Hitting the gym! 
    • To start back on my “core” training and do lots of sit-ups (in order to get my tummy under control, that has gotten a little bigger since the holidays)…………=O
  • “Trying” to avoid my constant cravings!
    • By buying healthy and some no so healthy snacks (see below)to munch on instead of the bad ones I really want!
  • Keeping busy at work!
    • And, of course let’s not forget keeping myself very busy at work in order to not think about the my craving.

And, the above did help a lot and I am VERY happy to report that this week is MUCH better than last as I finally feel back on track running wise, at the gym and my cravings have STOPPED as well!  =)

Check out my Training Schedule for all the details on my running and gym workouts last week and see below for my EATS…….

Dinner (Friday)

Breakfast (Saturday)

Dinner (Saturday)

Healthy Snacks!!!

Not So Healthy Snacks (Sunday)

Dinner (Sunday)

Not so bad (above), right!?!?!

WELL, I ate lot’s, mainly on Saturday afternoon at my sister’s House Warming Party, that was not so healthy or diet friendly believe me so even though I ate good above I canceled it all out then, but oh well, what is done is done……..time to move on to THIS WEEK!

Get More Energy!

Last night I had a feeling the February 2011 issue of Fitness Magazine might be waiting in the mail box for me after I saw them post on Facebook that it was on sale this week and to my pleasant surprise I was correct!

After flipping through the entire magazine while my husband played the xBox next to me I settled in to read an article called Get More Energy! 

Which, caught my eye as I have been quite low on energy since after the Holiday’s.  =(  Due to various reasons listed below…….

  • Not eating as healthy as usual, more sugar/fat intake than normal.
  • Lack of exercise at the gym and less running.
  • Very busy at works towards the end of the year, plus some news that was a bit upsetting in the new year.
  • Stress on the home front.

It was a great article and I would love to share some of the Energy Boosting Tips I learned with you…….

  • Boost Your Brain
    • Instead of numbing your mind by watching the boob tube after work, stimulate it by “taking a walk” along a scenic trail – spending time in nature helps restore people’s energy and focus.
  • Avoid the Quick Fix
    • It is no surprise that the food on your plate can be the deciding factor between a sluggish and supercharged day!  But more often than not, you don’t need a total diet overhaul; “small adjustments” can go a long way towards optimizing your energy intake.
      • A small cappuccino, tea with honey and dark chocolate, all of which contain caffeine and sugar, are perfectly legitimate “Energy Band-Aids” when you need a lift in a hurry.
  • Stick to Your Workout
    • Get this: Expending energy on exercise actually creates more for you to use!  “Research shows that physically active people feel more energetic overall than sedentary people.”  They say it is likely that exercise stimulates neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, and this creates feelings of greater energy.
  • Listen Up
    • “Music makes you feel good mentally and physically.”  After people worked out to music, their mental performance improved, compared with exercising song-less.  Music gives you that extra motivation!
  • Quit Freaking Out
    • Little everyday stressors, like sitting in traffic, can cause a total energy meltdown.  Take a deep breath when little freaks out occur and try to calm your heart rate back to normal.
  • Tap Happy Vibes
    • When you’re feeling down, your energy tanks along with your spirits, leaving you sluggish.  On the flip side, “Happy people have higher energy”!  When we are happy we take charge, initiate conversations with people and carry out plans, instead of being passive responders to life events.  “Taking action energizes us”!

What great tips, huh!?!  And, even though I knew most of them or realized how true they are I have to admit I do not always follow them but plan to going forward as I needs more energy!!!

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In other news, I finally started taking pictures of what I have been eating again………..so take a look for your viewing pleasure.  =)

Breakfast (Tuesday)

Lunch (Tuesday)

Dinner (Tuesday)

Late Night Snack (Tuesday)

I have also gone outside for 3 mile runs after work on both Tuesday and Wednesday that lasted about 30+ minutes each. 

The weather was so nice both night and I was also lucky enough to have my daughter tag along on her new bike that she got for Christmas…….it was so nice to have her along.  =)

All-You-Can-Eat-Soup

All-You-Can-Eat-Soup

On Sunday, I was finally able to make my All-You-Can-Eat-Soup, which has a total of nine (9) vegetableses and 1 pound of extra-lean hamburger in it.  Not only is this soup super good for you, it is SUPER GOOD!

If it wasn’t the fact that it takes awhile to make I would make it more often.  But, don’t let me scare you away from making it though as it is very easy to make, just takes a bit of time cutting up all the veggies.  So that is why I try to dedicate a few hours on Sunday afternoon to do just that, while watching my favorite t.v. channel, The Food Network.

 All the ingredients at Walmart earlier that morning totalling $21.18 in all:

  • 1lb carrots – $.88
  • 2lb sweet onions – $2.48
  • celery – $1.18
  • garlic – $.33
  • green cabbage – $1.22
  • 3/4 lb green beans – $2.13
  • 3 med. zucchini – $3.15
  • 1 bag spinach – $1.98
  • 2 – 14.5 oz cans of whole tomatoes – $1.62 each
  • 2 cans beef broth – $.76 each
  • 1 pound lean ground beef – $3.18

If you divide the total spent to buy everything for the soup against the 28 cups it yields in all – – – 1 cup of this soup would cost $.75!

Not only is this soup SUPER good for you and SUPER yummy!  It is also SUPER cheap to make!!!  So have I sold you on it yet???

If not check out how I made it Step-By-Step below:

  • 1st, I cook up the hamburger and set it aside.

Hamburger, before I cooked it.

Hamburger, all cooked.

  •  2nd, I prepped/cut up all the veggies up so they are ready to put together when I start cooking.

All the veggies cut up!

Green beans, cabbage & zucchini....

....onions, carrots, celery & garlic.

  • 3rd, I opened up all the cans.

Than, I started following the directions from the recipe that at the following link………All-You-Can-Eat-Soup-Diet @ Good Housekeeping for this recipe!

Directions

1)  Coat 12-quart stockpot (or 2 large saucepans) with nonstick cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, add carrots, onions, celery, and garlic; cook 8 minutes or until vegetables soften, stirring occasionally.

Directions (Step 1)

2)   Add tomatoes with their liquid, breaking up tomatoes with side of spoon. Add cabbage, green beans, broth, water, salt, and pepper; heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally.

Directions (Step 2)

Directions (Step 2)

Directions (Step 2)

3)  Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to high; stir in zucchini and spinach and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

Spinach

Directions (Step 3)

Directions (Step 3)

Last I let it simmer for about 30 minutes or so before turning the heat off so it could cool for transfer to all the Tupperware containers that will hold this huge 28 cup pot of soup.

All-You-Can-Eat-Soup (ALL DONE!!!)

The next day I had a big bowl of soup with some bread for dipping and it was just as yummy as I expected!  =) 

Lunch (Monday, 1.17.11)

 

Now, I know you are thinking how good can a soup full of so many veggies and very little fat be, but believe me it is very tasty.  The veggies come together to make a rather sweat tasting soup that is very hardy at the same time.  The original recipe did not call for “hamburger”, but I found that it helped to add more flavor to the soup so I add it in and do not think the extra calories/fat make a big difference.

Try it out, I promise you will not be disappointed!!!

Finally Weighed Myself!

I finally weighed myself after missing 2 weeks and not weighing myself since 12/22/10 as you can see on my Weekly Weigh In page.

Luckily, the scale didn’t break or report back a truly horrifying number as I was scared it might.  Now, that doesn’t mean the number made me happy.  As of course it was higher than before and yes I GAIN weight, but unlike what I was expecting as stated in my last post it was…….only 5 pounds

Not that I am jumping for joy at the fact that I gained now, guess I just thought it would be more than that given the fact that I had been eating badly, not running as much and not visiting the gym since before the holidays.

So what do I plan to do in order to lose my post holiday weight gain?

Basically, I just plan to get back on track, back to what I was doing before the holiday’s hit and I know the pounds will come off!

It always takes a few weeks for me to get back on track after being off it for a while but slowly but surely I do.  And, in fact, this week I have started just that by running a quick 2 miles on Tuesday morning and then hitting the gym after work on Wednesday in order to do 45 minutes of abs and upper/lower body core exercises, plus a fast 10+ minute 1 mile run on the treadmill before I left. 

I also plan to run at the gym after work tonight, Thursday. 

Of course, I would prefer to run outside but as you can see below it is a bit chilly out there and I do not have the proper “winter” running gear to survive an outside run in these temperatures right now…….so the gym it is. 

And, thanks to my very sweet friend and fellow co-worker I received the below in the mail over the weekend……….

……..which after reading several pages has already given me lots of MOTIVATION to run, run, run!!!  I have always wanted this magazine but just did not have the extra funds for a subscription so imagine my surprise when I got a “gift subscription” in the mail.  THANK YOU AGAIN, Catrina!

Stay Tuned – – – for a future post on some of the things I have learned in the magazine already!

Ok, I am off for now and will try to start taking pictures again soon.  Have a good rest of the week everyone………STAY WARM!!!

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