Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Day "4"

Probably should be Day 6 or 7 but I "forgot" to check in over the weekend. Going to try to keep on track even through the weekend this time! So here goes:

Exercise: Stair climber for 30 mins, bike for 10 mins, abs/squats for 15 mins: 500 cals?

Eating- Breakfast:
3/4 c. 0% Fage yogurt: 100 cal
1/2 c. all bran flakes: 100 cal
1/2 c. blueberries/strawberries: 50 cal
=250 cal.

Veggie burger: 100 cal
Half pita: 50 cal
Cereal: 100 cal
Milk: 100 cal

=350 cal, 600 cal pre dinner...

Maybe a run after work?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Counting Day...3?

Well, I skipped a few days, but I'm going to get back on it today. I've decided that while I can't run much for the time being, I have a good opportunity to improve my diet. Up my lean protein, decrease my sugar intake... the whole shebang. This is a perfect time to do it, so I'm going to just do it! Would really like to be 5 lbs less by my time trial for swimming and that is August 2oth. This means STOP eating dessert at night!! (seriously, it's been... less than healthy)

So far:
1 peach: 60
1/2 c. dry cereal: 90
Piece of ww wrap: 30
=180 cals

Veggie burger: 100 cal
Salad on top: 50
Pita: 60 cal
Chocolate: 30

Cereal: 60
Cherries: 50 cal

=350 cal, 530 total

Big eating day. It wrapped up with veggies, cheese, a cracker, and some ice cream. Easily 500+ calories worth and to be honest, probably more like 700. I felt pretty awful and I've decided I need to get my night time eating (overeating) on track. Yowza!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Not hungry... Day 3

So today was odd for me. Couldn't find an appetite after swim practices:

5 cherries: 30
Snacked on a piece of bread: 60
=90 cal

1/2 c. cereal: 75
2 c. black Coffee: 10?

Before dinner calories = 145

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Day 2!

Delicious things!
Special K Bar Chocoalte and Pretzel: 90
Water with Crystal light: 20 cal

1/2 veggie wrap, no cheese: 150 cal.
1 c. pasta salad: 170
1 c. Cherries: 90
Big lunch! = 410

520 calories @ 3pm.... not bad.

Dinner: Hahaha... didn't really do "dinner" per se. Instead I munched my way through cookie dough as I baked... so probably about 500 calories minimum. Then a bite of watermelon, couple of cherries.

1000-1200 calories I'm sure.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Seriously Considering...

Some counting! I notice it helps when I really track my food. And lately... I haven't been blogging enough. So, I'm going to give it a try on a more daily basis. I am aiming to eat around 1200 calories, with most of them occurring before dinner. (300 cal bf, 300 cal lunch, 400 cal dinner, 100 cal afternoon snack)

Exercise calories: ~560 swimming (6-7:30am)

3/4 c. watermelon: 46 cals
1/2 c. cherries: 40 cals
2/3 c. greek yogurt: 100 cals
1/4 c. oats cereal: 60 cals.
=246 cals

1c. greens:
1/2 c. chick peas
3 slices deli turkey
1/4 c. tomatoes
1/2 oz. cheddar cheese
1/2 c. grapes
=350 calories (does that seem right?)

1/2 c. cereal: 70
1/2 plum: 30

Dinner (didn't really track per se...)
2 glasses of wine: 200 cal
Leftover pieces of chicken: 150 cal
Pudding: 100 cal
Chocolate chips: 50 cal

=500 (probably at least...)

Total before dinner: 695 calories
Total= about 1200 cal

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I heart Thursdays

So, today has been off to a good start. I began with an AM swim practice: 3350 yards. Came into ano ffice full of bagels. While I love bagels, I tend to munch through them somewhat mindlessly. So I managed to have just 1/4 of a bagel with cream cheese and a plum for breakfast. I've got some fruit for lunch, but I'll probably need a bit more so I'll figure it out then. But in general, as part of my "whole foods" endeavor, I am cutting down on my snacking significantly. It helps when I eat fewer carbs and as I said yesterday, fewer fruits (because they're so easy to over-eat), but one step at a time. I'll need to leave room for a snack at 3pm to get ready for my bike ride after work! Very exciting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Food Inc.

Warning: this is a public service announcement. I don't know what you know about it, but Food Inc. is a tremendously good film that anyone living and eating in the US should see. It is one of the most important social, political, environmental films made thus far. I'm not sure how their team legally producedthe film, as the industries in question have more rights than the government (thanks to veggie libel laws).
I'm not sure any movie has had a more significant impact on me. But this is more effective and better formed than Michael Moore, Thank you for smoking, better than Columbine, better than an Inconvenient Truth (so long as everyone SEES it). It reveals some of the most fundamental facts that we aren't aware we're not aware of. Read that again. For example, what did you have for dinner? Did it include meat, industrial cheese, soy, hydrogenated oil? Then it quite likely contained products patented by Monsanto Corp. A corporation that owns 90% of the soybeans in the country and has a say in how, where, and who grows soybeans.

This is a process of eliminating diversification, leaving us more susceptible to infections brought on by thing that shouldn't be in our food in the first place. Food Inc., questions the very HOW and WHY of our entire food system. Most importantly perhaps is that it highlights WHY we know nothing about the detrimental nature of the industries. The veggie libel laws allow complete anonymity and opaqueness throughout the large industries controlling our food.

Off the charts. For a very thorough review of the whole movie, you can see my friend's review here:

Orderly Eating

Working on this idea: Ordered Eating. Currently it's very disordered. Not that I have some categorical thing... but that my approach to eating is full of anxiety and thus, really chaotic. Could be the other way around, too. In any event, today's lunch post on Carrots 'n' Cake, one of my favorite blogs, is really encouraging. I have done pretty well for the past 2 days and I am in fact down 3 pounds. I would like to keep this up! One thing that seriously bring me down are sweets, in general. If I can stick with mostly veggies, I tend to do much better. Even fruit can be overstimulating for my appetite. So one thing I am going to focus on is increasing my veggie and salad intake. That has to include lean protein! Tofu, edamame, yogurt, milk.. cheese on occasion.

Today is a new day. This minute is a new minute. So, post-bbq day (stuck with a veggie burger and Italian ice!!), it's onwards and upwards. Possibly seeing Food Inc. tonight. That should encourage even more good choices with food!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Breakfast Battle

Training is going as well as it can for having an injury. I'm not going to "tri" the "tri" in August because I definitely won't be prepared, but I am not giving up on doing a sprint triathlon this summer. Hopefully I'll be recovered soon!
Training last week was:
M: 5-mile quick walk (with groceries at the end!)
T: AM Swim
W: 45 min elliptical (wowzer that's harder than I thought it was)
Th: AM swim
F: Nada!
S: 35 min elliptical, 25 min walk/"jog"
S: 40 min elliptical, 20 min bike

Not terrible but I can't log my eating here... it was a little rough again. I need to redefine some goals for myself, mostly in portion control. I am eating better things, but I'm letting my head do the talking rather than my stomach!
Breakfast (biggest portion control issue): Greek yogurt (2/3c), granola (1/4c), bran cereal (1/2c), strawberries (4)
Lunch: Whole wheat pita, 1 oz. cheddar cheese, 1/4 green pepper, 1/2 tomato, add. 1/2 whole wheat pita (glad these are only 70 cals!)
Snack: animal crackers

So, dinner needs to be my awesome salad I haven't touched yet but made on Friday! Can't wait. Should make me feel better. This weekend has a bathing suit involved so I'm going to try to be more slim-conscious!

Need to reign in my snacks and big meals... goal for this week! Pay attention and breathe while eating. Stop getting anxious while eating!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Inching along...

Obviously I have not been writing as much because the updates are a little less fun these days without running. However, the hip is beginning to feel much better. In other news, I am trying very hard to get back down to where I was in March (120lbs). Though I have yet to check, I believe I'm sitting at 126 right now and my end goal of 116 is looking very far away. So, one day at a time, more fruit, more veggies-- less junk. Breakfast was: 1 c. bran cereal, soy milk, 1/4 c granola and 1/3 c blueberries. Should be plenty of energy for a long spurt at the gym with dad!

Monday, July 6, 2009

After a week...

So, finally checking back in and getting back on top of it. I have decided the hip REALLY needs its break, so I am resting it and turning to some other forms of exercise besides running. The routine will be as follows (it kills me to write this.. makes it real that I honestly have to chill on the running front):
M: Walk/Abs/Shred/Burn and Firm, whatever combination I like for at least 1 hour
T: Morning SWIM!
W: Cycling or Swim
Th: Morning swim
F: Cycling or AM gym!
S: Yoga
Su: Walk/Hills/Cycling

So, at least this should help me train for the tri if I can run by then. HOPEFULLY HOPEFULLY HOPEFULLY!

Also, on the sugar front: 4 a week doesn't work for me. SO, I'm starting a little South Beach slim down. Nothing major, but I am seriously cutting back my carbs, for at least 1 week and I'm looking forward to the challenge. I will be updating.
Food today:
B: 1/3 whole wheat pita with low fat Swiss and turkey pepperoni
S: Cherries! (I eat fruit on low-carb... it's silly not to and it's not my problem area)
L: Whole Wheat pita, veggies, cheddar cheese (yum)
S: Cherries

Dinner will be a veggie burger salad I think...

Wahoo. Let's get it done!