Tag: Eating

Weigh in day 1- who’s paying extra on the credit card?

Week one of the credit card payment bribe/bet is complete, as today is weigh in day.

If I don’t lose a pound I pay an extra $25 onto Stephs credit card, if I lose a pound she puts $50 onto it.  So who’s paying extra today????

It’s not going to be me!

Weighed in at: 159.8

Which means a total weight loss of: 2.6 pounds

This is awesome, considering I had two work days of 15 hours where I didn’t work out besides walking Koda before work and a few of my planned workouts weren’t as intense as i had planned.

I tried hard to stick to my meal planning and for the most part did very well.  Only one day this week I didn’t know how to input my meals into MyFitnessPal as I didn’t cook or know what was in the food at all.  I also feel like i’m not craving sugar as much.  2pm is still a hard time of day,  but that’s when I whip out a healthy snack like cottage cheese and fruit which curbs my sweet cravings.

Also got some workouts in at home but the pets sure like to make it hard to do any floor work (abs, stretching etc)

Koda and Bugsy “joining in” on some partner russian twists.

My plan for the next week: (I walk Koda Mon-Fri mornings so dog park or running with him is extra)

Friday- Training with Laura

Saturday- Training with Laura and short run with Koda

Sunday- Run with Koda

Monday- I work 15 hours no planned workout

Tuesday- Home gym workout, work and volunteering at the food bank that night so it will be a short workout.

Wednesday- Run with Koda after work.

Thursday- Gym night- decide what to do one there, see what’s busy or not.

My running goal for this week (since I’ve signed up for my next Half Marathon and will post soon about that) is to run 4-5km each run with Koda. Last week I was doing 3km to warm up to running again.

Looking forward to an active week!

 

 

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Quick Tips on Healthy Snacking

Since my holiday I’ve been trying to get back into the daily healthy eating routine I was in before I left.  It’s been a struggle with Xmas sweets starting to appear at meetings and people wanting to go for dinners, but here’s how I’ve managed to

Plan ahead– Make a grocery list of healthy items you need for a week or 2. See if you need small Tupperware or bags as well.

Pre-pack snacks– If they’re in a ready to grab container in the fridge or panty its much easer to grab a healthy snack. Buy a bag of almonds and count them out. Same can be done for any veggie/fruit.

Buy snack size– maybe you’re too lazy to measure out your snack. look for pre-packed snack size veggies, humus, cheese, nuts etc.

Pack you snacks with your lunch the night before– I find that if I pack my lunch right after dinner its much easier to eat healthy. I pack leftovers, 2 snacks

Keep some packed snacks handy– I keep some almonds in my car’s glove box, purse, at work in a drawer so that if I’m hungry and busy I don’t have an excuse to hit up a drive-thru.

Ask friends what healthy snacks they have– If you’re sick of the same snacks ask around, someone will have some healthy options you hadn’t though of.

Allow yourself an unhealthy snack from time to time

A list of my 150 calorie goto healthy snacks:

  1. 20 Almonds
  2. 1/2 cup grapes & 1/2 cup Cottage cheese (1%)
  3. Medium apple with 1 tbsp almond butter
  4. 10 Mary’s Gone Crackers with 1/4 humus
  5. 1 cup veggies & 1/2 cup Cottage cheese (1%)
  6. 16 baked tortilla chips & 1/4 cup Salsa
  7. 3/4 cup plain 0% greek yogurt with 1/2 cup berries and 1 tsp honey

These can me mixed and matched, maybe you want grapes and almond butter, or crackers and almond butter just play around with tastes.

Veggies- your choice : carrots, peas, cucumber, peppers etc

I am trying to eat healthy

I was sick for way too long. I ran a 5km race last weekend and was so out of breath, had some chest pain and felt like I might have pushed myself to hard. BUT my cold seemed to disappear after that so maybe that’s just what I needed since I was feeling fine otherwise. This race was a Zombie Evasion run. Everyone who participated had a belt that they attached 2 flags to (3 or 4 if you donated food and money) and got ready to be chased by people dressed (fully dressed) as zombies. There were 5 heats, in which they started about 100 people for the race. My team was in the last heat so we had a blast watching and laughing at the first few groups, here’s why

The first heat of roughly 100 people or so were at the big blow up start line. If you’ve done a race you know it’s cramped, you’re shoulder to shoulder with people and when they sound the horn or gun to go, it is a very slow start as everyone tries to start walking/running forward with no room. So what made this so funny you ask? Behind the start a few hundred meters back they had a cage of zombies. When the horn sounded, the zombies were let loose and SPRINTED up to those people who were at the back of the pack slowly shuffling towards the start. The zombies immediately started stealing 1/2 or maybe even all the flags. Seriously from all the zombie movies/walking dead I’ve watched I was not expecting Sprinting zombies, and I highly doubt the people who started the first heat were as well, since they screamed in terror like it was actually the apocalypse. Once the first heat was well underway they called the second heat, and you should have seen the people rush, push and squeeze up to the start line. Everyone who saw what had just happened to the first heat was determined not to be at the back of the pack. This continued through all the heats, even mine, the fifth heat, but we lucked out. There were no zombies left!

Overall it was a very fun race. My team lost all our flags. The zombies were just to quick for us and some of the flags fell off the belts by themselves but we all got a sweet medal.

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I’ve also gone and seen a dietician ( nutritionist ?) whatever they want to be called. I am going to be trying to cut our more refined sugar, yeast, processed foods and on and on. I had to do a 5 day food log for my first meeting with her. For 3 of the 5 days I felt I ate pretty well the other 2 were slightly embarrassing, but after speaking with her I quickly realized just how addicted to sugar and carbs (BREAD) I am. These 2 things alone are whats making it so hard for me to lose more weight and toying with my skin/emotions/metabolism. So starting Monday I am to follow this new menu plan. I refuse to call it a diet because it is very similar to how I ate before just with a few tweaks and changes so that it is healthier.

Though I do feel like this situation may arise lol

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I am going to eat 3 meals, and 3 snacks a day. I will post a day of my meals next week and let you all know how it’s going. I think the best part is my hubby is willing to eat the same meals as me, minus the fish and probably quinoa (substitute chicken and rice) so here’s to getting on track with my health!

Anyone doing anything to get on track with their health??

Happy Thanksgiving

This is my 100th post!

I really thought it might be more inspirational or exciting but that’s just not going to happen today.

I’m still sick, this is day 5.  I am slowly starting to feel better.  I don’t feel like I’m actually going to cough up a lung today but I’m still sore, sniffling, and tired.

I don’t think a run would be in my best interest today, but I will take my dog out for a 30 minute walk at some point today.   Any exercise is better than none, right?

Plus here in Canada it’s thanksgiving weekend, and I am cooking 3 Turkeys!  so I need to rest up today to feel better for the 3 day turkey marathon I’m headed into.  How did I get roped into cooking 3 turkeys you ask?

1. Tomorrow is my friends 30th bday and his wife is throwing him a surprise 30th thanksgiving dinner party.  She is vegan and asked if i could cook the turkey as it really grossed her out buying it.  Couldn’t say no to that, could I?  (If I’m feeling up to it, we (the wife) and I are going for a run while before we start the turkey as she is my running partner and we are in training for the half in feb)

2. Sunday, My husband’s family is coming to our house for dinner.  I do love hosting family events and I love cooking for people so it was easy to say come on over to our house!  My great mother-in-law will help me with cooking and cleaning to.

3. I work the holiday monday. As I’ve said before I work in a group home (highly functioning kids, just some hellions, love ’em though) anyhow there are 7 group homes in my agency.  So I invited all the houses to come over for dinner.  It’s a potluck as well so all I have to cook is the turkey and stuffing, and I’ll obviously make gravy!  I like showing the kids how to celebrate holidays and that you can have a family away from family.

And then after cooking 3 Turkey’s I will be making a copious amount of Turkey soup! Can’t wait for that.  If I’m still sick that will be the best meal.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Ready, Set, May Goals

Aaaaaghg I haven’t written in a while.

so I was supposed to come up with some goals for the last two weeks of April after the wedding shiznet all calmed down, but I didn’t.  Not gonna lie I’ve been a little lazy.  Don’t’ get me wrong I’m still playing ball hockey (2x a week now), running ever few days, BUT I haven’t been doing much weight training and that’s when I start to notice my clothes fitting differently.  I’ve lost some muscle this month but I haven’t been eating as healthy as I normally do either.

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he’s just so cute lol

BUT nothing I can’t step up and fix right away.  I’ve come up with some new goals for MAY!

1) Run 115km in may- I’ve got 2 10k races in May, plus the weather is kind of almost, perfect to run outside (we got snow yesterday wtf?), more running buddies are coming out of the woodworks and asking me to run with them. Not that I don’t love to run alone especially now that Zombies Run! second addition is out.

Anywho more goals

2)Hit the Gym 2x a week- I haven’t been using my gym membership as frequently as I should.  When I go to the gym I always do weights, so if I go 2x a week I’m at least doing 1.5 hours of weights a week.

3)Meal Plan- This is also why I haven’t had the greatest month.  I have not been eating very well. I am going to meal plan for days when Ryan and I are home together and when I’m home alone so that I know, roughly, what my calories will be.  I also tend to eat less when it’s all planned out and I’m not munching out while.  I’m not home for dinner until friday this week, so that is when I’ll have my meal plan done for and post it on here.

 

Zombie challenge week 5

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For challenge week 4, Team Emma (my team) came in 2nd.  That is 2 weeks of 1st and 2 weeks at 2nd…. we’re pretty damn great!
Challenge # 5

You unsteadily climb to your feet and shuffle toward the sounds. When you get to the end of the block you are excited to see several cars and motorcycles heading out of town. But that’s not really what gets you excited — it’s the pack of people you see following the procession of vehicles that’s got your stomach grumbling. They are like a juicy herd of cattle just waiting for you. You have no idea where they are all going but it doesn’t matter. You are so starving your stomach feels like it’s going to eat itself.

You stumble out onto the road, limping after the group. A discarded tire in the middle of the road almost trips you but you manage to jump over it, kicking your butt with both heels. The hop was a little too much for your decaying muscles and you find yourself sinking, lunging to one knee. But you push yourself back up to a standing position and continue limping toward the group.

Several people at the rear of the pack suddenly fall behind as they get involved in an intense conversation. You are only a few feet away — the group is so engrossed in their argument that they don’t even notice you approaching. One of the guys in the group suddenly stops and bends down to fiddle with something on his shoe. The people are still arguing — so much so that they don’t realize that their friend is no longer with them.

Choice 1: Immediately jump on the guy to satisfy your hunger.
Choice 2: Wait until the others are farther away before you attack.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 175 min/week (I recommend 35 min/day, 5 days a week)
Strength: 225 Cross Lunges (right lunge, left lunge = 1 rep)
Agility: 225 Double Leg Butt Kicks (Do one leg at a time if too hard)

Sorry I’ve been so slack about updating the challenge on Monday’s when I start them. I’ve been seriously busy! hardly have time to fit m y workouts in, and I’ll choose a workout over blogging most days, even though I really miss blogging when I do!
I have been loving this zombie challenge.  I’ve found it so motivating.  I will finally be updating my before and after photos the last week of March.  I feel soooo much better with all the running, strength/agility and paying closer attention to my calorie intake.
I finished “The Walking Dead” that was on netflicks so now I’m hoping they put the next season up soon! I do usually watch so  much TV alone and get into a series like that so I need to find a new series to watch while on the treadmill as I wont be running outside much for a while.  It is DEADLY icy.  I attempted a run a few days ago on paths that should be cleared by the city… no such luck, it was so icy I could hardly walk.  Home I went to the treadmill.
Any suggestions for netflicks TV series I should get into??  Right now we have the Canadian version.  Hoping to switch that soon.

 

Zombie Challenge week 4

Sorry I’m a bit behind this week as I went on a Ski trip with work.  So sun-Tues I was away in the beautiful Mountains!!

Here are the results of last weeks Zombie challenge, if you  missed it last week my team, Team Emma, came in 2nd place but we were still turned into Zombies…

Week 3 Results:

The winner of this week’s challenge is……(drum roll please!)….

Team Emma!

Once again Team Emma ruled almost every category:

Combined they lost a total of 49.7 pounds!
99% kept their food in the green for 6/6 days
98.4% drank 8 glasses of water every day!
They did 206.4% of cardio
They completed 193.3% of their strength training exercises
They did 208.3% of their Agility/Combat exercises

I myself personally did

401/150 cardio
235/135 crunches
135/135 knee tucks
8/8 water
green for food… 5/6 days
weight 147

Down 4 lbs since starting this challenge!

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Challenge #4

You back away from the figure in the doorway. Unfortunately, this proves to be a bad move. Something whizzes toward you in the darkness and you suddenly feel pain in your shoulder. You look down to see an arrow sticking out of you. The pain reignites your anger. You growl and launch yourself at the figure in the doorway. An arrow hurdles through the air by your head but you don’t even look back as it lodges into a huge box behind you. You are too focused on dessert. You fall forward onto your knees, grabbing the man and knocking him backward. He hits the wall behind him and you quickly sink your teeth into his shoulder.

After eating your fill, you stumble back out the door and onto the street. Your stomach is so full you can’t move much further. You collapse onto the black top and find yourself slipping into a sedated state. You close your eyes and allow yourself to fall back onto the street. Visions of glistening organs and blood dance through your head.

You aren’t sure how long you lay there in a comatose-like state. But scattered screams and voices suddenly bring you back to reality.

“Is it dead?” a young voice whispers.

“How would I know?” another girl hisses.

“Go touch it and find out, Andrea.”

“No!”

“Go ahead, I dare you.”

You snap your eyes open and sit up.

There are about four young teenage girls standing in a semi-circle around you. They scream and scatter when they realize you are alive.

You spring to your feet and start to give chase, your stomach rumbling in anticipation. It seems your appetite is never ending – you’ve got to have fresh meat now.

Two of the girls suddenly stop and turn to face you. You find yourself drooling – who knew these kids would be such an easy target? You continue running at full speed not even hesitating when you see the girl closest to you lift a large shiny machete. She swings the object at you, slicing off your arm in one swing. The impact knocks you to one knee, but only for a moment. You jump back up to your feet and start reaching toward the girls with your remaining arm. But it’s no use. They are already running again at full speed. You trip over an overturned trashcan as the girls turn and disappear down the block.

Your mind suddenly becomes so cloudy now that they are out of sight. What were you doing? Why are you here? You touch the bloody stump where your arm used to be. What happened to you?

You hear the grumble of a motor somewhere down the street followed by several excited shouts.

Choice 1: Go investigate the noises.
Choice 2: Stay where you are and wait for the noises to come to you.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 150 min/week (I recommend 30 min/day, 5 days a week)
Strength: 180 Chest Pushes (Use a bouncy ball, pillow or similar object)

Agility: 180 Split Jumps (Right lunge, left lunge = 1 rep Take out the jump and just do alternating lunges if needed)

Day 4 of the Zombie Challenge

I’m on day 4 of this Zombie Challenge here’s the story line for this week:

A loud bang awakes you. You sit up straight, your eyes struggling to adjust to the dim light around you. It takes you a few seconds to remember where you are. A hospital room.

“Mrs. Grason?!” you holler. You push yourself up out of the hard chair you’ve somehow managed to fall asleep in. Mrs. Grason’s hospital bed is empty. A wad of IV tubing hangs off the edge of the bed, dripping steadily onto the floor.

Another loud thump echoes through the room, followed by a moan. It has come from the attached bathroom. Mrs. Grason had barely even been able to move when you had fallen asleep, much less go to the bathroom by herself. She’d been sick with some type of flu bug – a bug everyone seemed to have lately. You, a volunteer at the hospital, had been sitting with her to keep her company. But with the long hours you’ve been putting in and the sudden spike of responsibilities due to the flu bug, you had somehow managed to fall asleep.

You jump sideways over the puddle of IV fluids and stand in front of the bathroom door. The door suddenly shudders as something heavy crashes against it.

Choice 1: Open the door and investigate.
Choice 2: Go out into the hall and look for help.

Which would you pick?

This Weeks Challenge:

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week! Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 100 minutes of any cardiovascular exercise you like (I recommend 20 minutes/day)
Strength: 45 Chair Dips (I recommend doing as many sets as you can of 15 repetitions at a time, every OTHER day) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyS5a_hKAZw
Agility: 45 Slalom Jumps (Right hop, left hop = 1 rep) (Again, I recommend doing as many sets as you can of 15 repetitions at a time, every OTHER day) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTFQ-RId9H4

 

Here’s how my week is looking Mon-Wed so far

156/100 cardio minutes 
8+ cups of water daily (I’ve lost track after 12 cups a day)
90/45 chair dips
120/45 slalom jumps
under calorie goal every day so far

Use to have a salt tooth, now it’s an everything tooth

My monthly goal of running 125km is under way. This week I ran 26.81km. I was planning on doing 5 days of 5ks but the last day I blogged I ran 9.something k because it was so nice out, so that saved me from running yesterday which was fine because I had ball hockey in the evening. I always worry that I might injure myself before a game or be too tired to run hard at ball hockey so I usually make Sundays my rest day and hockey is just extra calories I burn. 

I got out for 2 runs in the pretty river valley.  I wished I lived closer.

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I’ve also been reading more than one blog, tweet or other form of health tip a day since I started that as a challenge for the month of January. I don’t really have a way of proving it. I could type each on out word for word, or post them here but maybe I’ll just pick a favourite one from the week and post it. This had to be my favourite, how to stop your sugar habit. I’ve read a ton about how to cut back or eliminate sugar out of your diet, but I find it very challenging. I’m not sure when this happened to me either because I use to brag about how I only had a salt tooth, but all of a sudden I have an everything tooth.

Seriously though an everything tooth? I sound like a pregnant woman craving all sorts of crazy concoctions. Really I just crave food.  When I crave food I make a salad.  Why? cause you can put so many different foods in which will actually help stop some of the cravings, at least for me it does.

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a healthy 300 Calories

 

 

Great eats-Love me some Thai

I’ve been making some healthier food later (shhh don’t tell Ryan, though he doesn’t eat half of it because he’s so picky it’s actually annoying RE: my bday dinner I took him to a restaurant where I knew he would eat other wise I would have gone for Thai food, which I made on my actual birthday) Anyways figured I’d share if you don’t have the recipe book. All are super easy to make and very enjoyable.

The Looneyspoons Collection-I always rave about it. Love Janet and Greta Podleski!

Tongue Thai’d

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  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tbsp Asian fish sauce 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger root
  • 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce
  • 8 oz rice stick noodles (ideally 1/8 inch wide)
  • 2 tsp peanut
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions or shallots
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced or sliced
  • 8 oz uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used leftover chicken breast for the one in the picture)
  • 2 cups bean sprouts 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional) i hate Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts (optional)

It also called for tofu but I skipped that as well (1 cup if you are interested)

Gather and prep (chop) everything before hand.

Prep the sauce first. Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, ginger root, soy sauce, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper flakes. Set aside.

Place rice noodles in bowl, pour boiling water over and soak for 7 minutes, drain.

While noodles soaking, heat peanut oil in none stick wok. Add onions and garlic. cook and stir over medium hight heat until onions are tender, about 2 minutes.

Add red pepper and cook for 2 more minutes. Add shrimp (or chicken and tofu. cook about 3 minutes. Add reserved sauce, noodles, bean sprouts, green onions and cilantro. toss and cook about one minute.

Says it makes 6 servings for 306 calories per serving!

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Served with homemade coconut rice