Last Chance Workout

Today is the last day before final BL competition weigh in. I have been so careful with my food and exercise since Monday, so I am really hoping it will pay off. So far the scale has been nice to me, considering the weekend did 1.4 lbs of damage.

I switched up my run today and instead of my usual “jog till you have to take a walk break and repeat for 4 miles”, I decided to do 1 mile just fast walking, then try for a mile jogging with no breaks. I made it for the first time, and broke yesterday’s time record. 1 mile in 11:02 today, and at one point I even hit max speed of 8:01/mile but I’m sure that was only for a few seconds.  Then I walked another mile, and did 10 minutes of my own Jillian Michael’s style circuit workout. Anything to confuse my body and prevent any more plateaus! I am feeling really good about my endurance levels these days.

Tonight, I am making one of our top healthy meal recipes that we usually make about once every 3 weeks (that is frequently for us!) when we’re trying to lose weight, so I will try to post the recipe, maybe on Saturday. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done anything but whine on here, lol.

Finally some running progress!

I am excited because I got my MotoActv watch back on Monday (well, a new one), and so I’m hoping this one will keep going and not quit in a week. Anyway, it is motivating me again, which is awesome.

Today I hit my new fastest mile.. the watch even congratulated me on a new record after I finished that mile, lol. But even better, after 3 miles when I was about to cut things short and call my fastest mile enough of an accomplishment, I realized my time was so low I could easily beat my 4 mile time record, even with walking as much as I did. So the last half mile, I went for it, and finished in a great time for me.

So, I know my times are pathetic compared to real runners, but the point is, I am improving!

My previous fastest mile (Feb 2nd): 12:48
Fastest mile today: 11:34
I was trying to run the whole mile, but I did have a 0.05 mile walk break in the middle to get some water. But, my average pace over 4 miles still beat my old fastest mile. That is crazy.

My last fastest 4 miles: just under 53 minutes
Today’s 4 miles: 50:51

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By the way, those ridiculously low dips are from turning around (the watch takes forever to realize what happened) or stopping for cars so I can cross the street.

This just amazes me because I didn’t even set out today trying to beat any times. I just had more energy for once, even though my legs were a bit sore from yesterdays biking and lunges/squats. I am finally thinking I might just make my 5 miles in an hour goal sooner than I thought.

Oh yeah, in other news, I was successful in getting rid of the weekend weight gain, and was a bit lower today than last Friday, so really hoping I will still be at a loss (of any kind) for the final weigh in, which is only 2 days away.  Tomorrow is last chance workout time!

The final stretch

It’s Monday.. that means there are only 4 days until the competition ends. I had a disastrous weekend on the eating front and am showing over a pound gain at the moment, so I’m freaking out a little bit. This week has got to be a strong effort.

I have frozen the extra cupcakes. I hid the peanuts and candy from myself. I’m upping my water intake again. I just have to get rid of this gain, and I will feel much better. Unfortunately, thanks to period timing, I don’t know if it will even be possible for me to lose any more than that, but I’m going to try.

I am looking forward to the competition being over, but I still can’t give up afterwards.

Weekly Health Update

7 weeks done!

Weigh In

This week’s result: -1.4 lbs. Again, not what I wanted, but I’ll take it.  It’s kinda funny looking back at last year’s BL competition. At 7 weeks done, I am at exactly the same total pounds down as last time: -15.2. Unfortunately, it’s a slightly lower percentage since I started a few pounds heavier this year. I’m definitely not reaching my goals this time, but I can’t complain too much about slow and steady. It does add up over time, and eventually I will get close to where I want to be, at least.

Eating

Yeah. Not stellar this week, but could have been much worse. My meals were ok, although probably loaded with sodium since more of them came from the freezer. My downfall were the peanuts, chocolates, and a test cupcake plus a few bites of various fillings and frostings I made since I am baking cupcakes for a competition on Sunday. If I didn’t mention it before, I have a little side business making cakes. Luckily, I have not had to do any this year until this weekend, so that hasn’t caused temptations before.

Workouts

Still getting them done, just about 6 days a week. I haven’t been jogging as much as I wanted, due to being whiny about not having energy or feeling sore. I am hopefully getting my replacement gps watch in the mail today, so that should remotivate me on my runs. I did at least some strength training 2 days so far and may try to do more later today. Not sure if I am doing enough each time, but it’s something.

Goals

Hoping to finish the competition next Friday still in 2nd place, or at least 3rd. Next week is the worst time of the month for me, so I really have no idea what to expect. It could easily be bad, due to water weight. I am going to do my best to make it a clean week though. Another 1 or 2 lbs would be great. And then, a huge goal is to not let the end of the competition be an excuse to go crazy.

Recipe: Hawaiian Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini pasta! Otherwise known as spiralized zucchini. This is one of my favorite low calorie tricks, but I always tend to forget about it after a while. I rediscovered it today, when I was confronted with the random ingredients in my fridge that I wanted to try to use. I’ve made zucchini pasta with just the zucchini and pasta sauce before, but the whole point today was to use more ingredients in my fridge, so this version is more interesting.

Yes, “Hawaiian style” has made an appearance again (love fresh pineapple), although it is a little different this time. You can really use any toppings, or none, that you want. Meatballs. Chicken with light alfredo sauce. Pesto. So many options! Or, you can keep it vegetarian or even vegan if you want. The great thing about zucchini pasta is you can use toppings like salami and cheese without feeling guilty since the overall dish is still healthy and light.

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Hawaiian Zucchini Pasta

Ingredients:
1 small zucchini, cut into ribbons with a spiralizer
2 tbsp diced onion
1/4 cup diced bell pepper
1/3 cup diced pineapple
2 slices salami, diced (or ham)
1 ounce mozzarella or provolone cheese
1/2 cup pasta sauce
parmesan

Directions:

  • If using any ingredients that need cooked like onions or peppers, add them to a skillet and saute until softened. Add the pineapple and salami at the last minute and heat up.
  • Put the spiralized zucchini in a bowl and top with pasta sauce, your cooked toppings, and cheese. Heat up in the microwave about 1 minute. Don’t overdo it or the zucchini will cook too much, lose volume, and you’ll end up with watery sauce.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy!

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In case you have no idea what a spiral vegetable slicer is, this is the one I use. I wish I would have discovered this back when I did Atkins, because it would make low carb meals so much more versatile! You really don’t miss the actual pasta, I promise!

Slump

I’m feeling kinda slumpy these days. Lol. A diet slump, exercise slump, blogging slump, work slump… Just meh. I haven’t even made any fun meals to post about since I’m working on reducing the over abundance of food in the fridge and freezer. I went a little crazy trying to use up two $10/80 publix coupons last week. I could probably plan out randomish meals for the entire next month (ok, probably a lot more than that) without buying anything except maybe a few fresh veggies. But that is no fun…

Random statement of the day: I ate too many peanuts yesterday.

Argh. Nuts are such a bad thing for me to have in the house, I have no control. Also, Dove peanut butter filled chocolates are the devil. I am drinking a ton of water today and NOT snacking!

I’m still motivated most of the time, but I’m definitely having more off moments lately. I really wanted to show more progress this month, but since I’m not, I keep further sabotaging myself. After the competition is over, maybe I will try only weighing once a week and see how it goes. It’s always really REALLY hard for me to do that though. Maybe I’ll start with twice a week, lol.

Anyway, enough whining. I need to find some positivity and get out of these moods.

Semi Holiday

I have a love hate relationship with Mondays. It kinda sucks going back to the real world typical schedule instead of doing whatever we want on our free weekends. But I am also relieved to be back on my planned meals and workouts. I really want to make some more progress, but it seems like I keep letting the weekends be my excuse for making bad choices. This weekend was a lot of fun, but I will be paying for all the liquor and desserts. I did at least get in a good 5 mile jog on Saturday (plus lots of dancing that night), and yesterday involved a lot of squatting and digging for a yard project.

Today is freezing, so I am wearing a ton of layers and sitting here with a cup of tea and a candle to warm my hands. I’m planning a 2 mile jog followed by 4 mile slower walk with my mom in a couple hours. I’m planning to focus more carefully on my portions for meals this week, because I’m trying to use up freezer stuff, so this week’s dinners will not be quite as healthy as usual. I still think I can pull off some kind of loss if I stay away from the random bites of chocolate/cashews/whatever.