Time to Get Back on Track

Whenever my weight creeps up over 119 I start to freak out. That time has come and so I need to re-focus and start tracking again. Thanks to my friend Michele I decided to start mid-way through yesterday instead of waiting until this morning. As you can see by my food log from yesterday, it could have been much worse!

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Instead, I sucked it up and logged my poor choices, and then moved on with my normal, healthy food. As a result, I was down .2 this morning instead of up another pound or two. That being said, my .2 loss brings me to 121.2 which is 5 pounds up from my happy weight of 116. I know that in order to lose/maintain I HAVE to track. Especially with the holidays coming up!

I did make it to the gym at lunch, and although I felt too sluggish/blah to run, I did a 42 minute brisk walk which equaled 2.8 miles. Add to that the 1.5 miles w/Lucy and I was able to meet my mileage and step count goals for the day.

I am still going strong with my redo of C25k, and today will be W3D2. I’ll be back to post an update of that, along with today’s food log, a little bit later.

Gotta Run!

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#TBT: Supersized Me!

I don’t really post a lot of personal stuff on this blog. I share some recipes and my running recaps, and post silly pictures for Wordless Wednesday, but that’s about it. When I post my starting and ending weights at the end of my running recaps you may think that I’ve always been about this size, or “athletic” even, but that’s almost laughable!

Wanna see what I’m talking about?

 

240 pounds!

240 pounds! More than DOUBLE my current weight! And no, I’m not pregnant.

 

I’ve been at my goal weight (+/- 5 pounds) for over 5 years, and while I’m not going to go into all the details right now, I do want to incorporate my weight loss story into the blog. For now I’ll leave you with this picture (I suck at full-body shots, but you get the idea) from last week:

 

July 2014 - 115 pounds

July 2014 – 115 pounds

 

And by the way, I didn’t lose the weight from running. I didn’t even start running until I was about 6 months at goal weight – the fall of 2009. I dropped over 100 pounds just by learning how/what to eat. And occasionally by “Sweatin’ to the Oldies 2” ;)  But that’s a story for another day!

 

Weekly Wrap-up

Wow, it’s brutally hot outside today! TGFT! That would be “Thank Goodness for Treadmills!” My treadmill room has been a complete wreck for the last several months, but I spent most of yesterday getting it all cleaned out and rearranged. This morning I fixed the computer and got it running again, and then moved the treadmill so that I can now spend my long runs watching Netflix! Yay! And by giving Lucy her frozen Kong treat right when I was ready to get going, I actually made it 20 minutes before she started to mess with the treadmill and I had to lock her out of the room. Progress!

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So here’s how this week went running-wise:

  • Monday: 3.27 mile run + 3 w/Lucy
  • Tuesday: 4 miles w/Lucy
  • Wednesday: 4 mile run + 1.5 w/Lucy
  • Thursday: 3 mile run (hills) + 1.5 w/Lucy
  • Friday: 3 miles w/Lucy
  • Saturday: 5 miles w/Lucy
  • Sunday: 5.52 mile LSR + 2.5 (so far) w/Lucy

I’m starting a new half-marathon training plan tomorrow so that I can help a friend train for her first half!  It’s a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate program, and is 12 weeks long. That makes the half marathon date 8/31, and leaves me with another 12 weeks  that I can up my long runs for the November 16th marathon!

I’m still under 120 (119.4 this morning) and doing pretty well with my food choices. It’s really easy when you eat basically the same thing every day. But that’s okay because I never get sick of my spicy bean concoctions, topped with homemade salsa and guacamole :)

Have a great week!

 

April Summary and May Goals

So I didn’t quite make 100 miles, but I did come close (93.11 miles)! I ran at least 4 days/week. And I did dip back under 120 but unfortunately it didn’t last. I did end up with a .4 pound loss though! ;)

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All in all, it was a good month. I tracked my food more than I had been, but still not daily, and not “every” single bite. So that’s my number 1 goal for May. I’m going back to logging everything at SparkPeople and at Weight Watchers. That’s what got me to goal weight in the first place, so that’s what I always revert back to. I’m also concentrating more on my food choices. I’ve eliminated the little bit of dairy I had been consuming, and the only thing keeping me from being 100% vegan is my coffee creamer. It is non-dairy, but contains casein. I’ve tried all the options, but nothing compares to my beloved Cafe Mocha. I will continue to work on that. Progress, not perfection!

I also want to add in some longer runs. At least a 10-miler, and hopefully a half marathon.  I’m thinking about signing up for the Bucks County Marathon on November 16th. It’s a smaller race that won’t have thousands of people, and it runs alongside the Delaware canal. My only issue is my tummy. I never know when my IBS is going to flare up, and that terrifies me! Sometimes I can’t even make it more than a mile around my neighborhood before “that feeling” overwhelms me :(  Anyways, I’m going to decide by the 16th of this month, as that will give me 6 months to train. There’s also a half marathon there the day before, so that’s an option too.

And now I’m heading back out with Lucy for another walk. It’s a beautiful day, and I can get more mileage in for the #MayMiles challenge at SparkPeople :)

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Have a great weekend!

Meatless Monday: (Recipe Makeover) Tahini Lime Quinoa Salad

Happy Meatless Monday!

It’s been busy around here with the holidays, and all the shopping, baking, and stress that goes along with the holidays! No sooner do I get something wrapped and under the tree before Lucy and Bogey have the bows and ribbons destroyed and the packages chewed halfway open ;)

I haven’t come up with any new recipes over the last week or so, but I have perfected my Tahini Lime Quinoa Salad. I really need to rename it since 1. It’s not a salad, and 2. There are way more veggies than quinoa in it. How about Sauteed Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa and Tahini Lime Sauce? Anyways…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound Brussels Sprouts, chopped
  • 2 bunches broccoli crowns (about 4 cups, chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 2 tsp sweetener (I use Agave)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Simply Asia Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a small pot bring the quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the onion, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts in the sesame oil until it all reaches your desired consistency (I like my veggies almost burned!)
  3. In a small bowl combine the Tahini, lime juice, hot water, soy sauce, sweetener, garlic and ginger (and the Simply Asia seasoning, if using). A whisk works best.
  4. Once the veggies are done, pour into a large mixing bowl. Add the quinoa and combine. Add the tomatoes. Top with the Tahini sauce and mix well.

Makes 6 large servings and here’s the nutrition info:

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I finally made it back to the gym today and got in 3.1 miles on the treadmill. I did a sort of running “reboot” since I’ve been slacking lately between minor injuries, the tummy issues, and just plain laziness. It was 4:1 intervals at 4mph/6.2mph at a 1% incline. I felt good and had no problems whatsoever. Over the next couple days I’ll be assessing my upcoming running goals and working on some kind of training plan. Stay tuned!

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Cocoa Nutty Dough Balls

Today’s recipe is a simple yet delicious (and mostly healthy) dessert. Also, since it only yields 10 balls, you could accidentally eat them all for about 1000 calories ;)

Cocoa Nutty Dough Balls

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Ingredients:

– 1/3c oat flour (you can grind up rolled oats)
– 1/3c ground pistachios
– 1/3c ground cocoa-roasted almonds
– 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar
– 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4c chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life – vegan)

Mix everything together, form into balls, and pop in the fridge for at least a couple hours. If you make 10 balls, they are 100 calories each:
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Today’s run was a steady 3+ miles and I made it through with no GI issues! I like steady runs because I can just set the treadmill (6mph) and zone out.
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And lastly is today’s food log:
B: bagel w/veggie cream cheese
L: Lime Tahini Quinoa salad
S: Tex Mex rice and beans w/salsa and guacamole
D: Caribbean black bean wrap (subbed hummus for guac and only used 1/4 cup beans)
I, of course, also had my usual over-abundance of coffee and not enough water. Oh, and I’m back down to 117 this morning!!
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