Monday, January 26, 2015

Soda Ravages

Last week, I read this article about what happens to your body after you drink a soda.


In a nut shell:


(1) As soon as soda's swallowed:
The pancreas is notified and rapidly begins to create insulin in response to the sugar.


(2) Within just 20 minutes:
Blood sugar levels spike and the liver responds to the insulin by turning sugar into fat for storage.

(3) Within 45 minutes
Caffeine from the drink is fully absorbed, and as a result your pupils dilate and blood pressure rises. The body produces more dopamine, which stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain — just like a low-grade line of cocaine.

(4) When the hour chimes
The body begins to experience a blood sugar crash, which is around the same time a person reaches for their second soda, or for another sweet and sugar snack to suffice.



Hm.  Addictive much?  Makes you think.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Starting Over, Week #3

As  I mentioned in a post earlier this month, I've had some weight regression in the last 6-9 months.  I'm not thrilled about it, so I posted this plan to get myself back on track:

(1) Working Out

Monday - AM Group Strength (as a student), PM Cycle (as a student)
Tuesday - PM Total Body (teaching)
Wednesday - PM Swim (as a student)
Thursday - PM Total Body (teaching)
Friday - Still my rest day, this has always been my one celebration for Friday
Saturday - AM Cardio (teaching)
Sunday - PM Yoga (as a student)


(2) Eating

Now that the holidays are over, and the temptation is much less strong, I'm working to get my eating back in line.  No more mindless snacking (since the food isn't sitting around), no more junk food (again, not sitting around).  More vegetables and fruit.  Maybe even less cheese (yes, I just cried a little) ... cutting out eating out ... and of course, beer.  Ah - the good stuff.  I'm not going to go crazy and say I won't drink any, as I've really been enjoying my rotations through the new tap houses in the twin cities.  BUT, I will be more responsible.  Tasting is one thing.  Over indulging is another. 

So you may be wondering, now that I'm almost a month in, how am I doing?

Working Out

This has gone pretty well, I have to say! 
   - Week one I nailed all the workouts on my schedule. 
   - Week two I opted to skip the Monday strength (feeling a little over worked in that area), and swim was temporarily cancelled (due to instructor absence).
   - Week three I again opted to skip the Monday strength (personal reasons), but have made or will make the rest of the work outs.

Eating

This one has always been my sticking point.  I love my food, and lots of it.  I have done much better on the snacking, junk food, eating out, and have been getting in more produce.  BUT, I need a little more work here.  Cutting back on the Friday and Saturday night beers has been tough.  I'll get there eventually.  At least I'm making most of this category happen.

Results So Far?




The good news is, I'm already seeing the scale go down.  Of course I'd like to see it go faster than it is but ... at least it's going in the right direction!

Here's to the next three weeks.  I'll update again soon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lazyman Ironman 2015

In addition to figuring out my race schedule for 2015, as I mentioned last week, I'm also trying to get on a more regular workout schedule again.  And what better way to do that than to make it fun ... or even competitive.

Queue - Lazyman Ironman.

For those of you unaware of this program, which I've mentioned in the past, the concept is this: complete the Ironman distance (swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles) over the course of 28 days (AKA the month of February). 



Well, TECHNICALLY you complete the distance.  But also, you talk a little smack.  I mean, what fun is it if you can't razz your fellow Lazymen about who's got what done first.  (Or in the case of Run100 last spring, just simply razz each other to not be the LAST to finish, and then run a beer mile at the end).

Although this is a yearly activity hosted by my gym, we've actually had participants nation wide in years past.  People in remote locations simply report in via email, and receive their t-shirt in the mail when the goal is met.  So even if you live in Chicago, Denver, Houston ... or even closer, like Champlin Park (I think someone/s knows I'm looking at them), you can still participate.

Interested?

Register here

Join the smack talk here

If you're in, let me know below.  I can't wait to beat you to the finish!

Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 Racing, It Begins

Despite the sub zero temps here, and all the snow, several people are already coming to me asking ...

"So, what's your 2015 race schedule?"

And for now, my short answer is - I don't know.

I'm still debating what my feet think about me doing high impact moves, so I'm afraid to commit to anything major in racing right now.  And also, I'm not really in the mood to start dropping big bucks on registrations.

But as I say this, I'm already committed for sure to two races so far this year.  And I want to try for a half again in 2015 if I can.  How dumb is that?

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Tri U Mah

Per the website: The Tri-U-Mah! Indoor Triathlon will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015. It consists of 30 minute swimming, biking, and running sections. Participants will have 30 minutes to complete each individual section.

My comments: I've decided that 2015 is the year of the tri for me.  This will be my first tri race, and I think it will be a good way to get my feet wet (like the joke?  HA!).  Although I have done a multi sport race before (run/bike/run), this will be my first ever true tri with swimming included.  I'm nervous and excited all at the same time!!

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Pi Day Pi K

Per the website:

 


My comments:  This one I may not technically be running "in".  Depending on a few factors, I may just end up helping run "it", in the volunteer sense.  Either way, how can you say no to a race that includes a water stop with pie shots, and a finish line with pie at the end?!

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Hot Chocolate (5K)

Per the website: On April 18th, the Hot Chocolate is finishing off the season in Minneapolis once again.  Enjoy an unforgettable run through the city and reward yourself with piles of rich, melty chocolate - you've deserved it.

My comments:  As you already know, I'm not a huge fan of "chain races" (IE the races that are known nationally, have 5 billion registrants, and have very little local/personal flair).  But, screw that.  This race is ON MY BIRTHDAY AND HAS CHOCOLATE FONDUE AT THE FINISH.  I'm totally doing it.

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And, that's it!  What are your race plans for 2015?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Funny #5

I'm guessing you wouldn't be surprised if I told you - a lot of stupid, funny stuff happens to me on a regular basis.  And usually, it's because I unknowingly set myself up for it.

In honor of my follies, I decided to start an occasional post tradition on my blog:  the Friday Funny.  Whenever something worthy of my unique brand of stupidity happens, I post a snippet about it here.

And so, with that introduction, I bring you the latest installment of the Friday Funny:




This is a photo I took at a 5K last spring.  Can't tell what's so funny?

Here's a better close up.




And here's an actual product you can purchase online:




Can you believe someone completed a 5K with one of these?  LOL!  I can't.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Starting Over

If you've been reading this blog for the last year or so, it should come as no surprise that I've had some regression as of late.

Somehow, in the last 6 months, I've forgotten than working out 2-3 times per week isn't exactly what I need to keep myself healthy.  Not to mention all the poor food choices I've been making.




I refuse to make any excuses, though.  In the end, I needed the break from a mental AND physical health perspective, so it was good I took it.

And also, all the choices I made that put me where I am today - those were my choices, too.  I chose to work out less.  I chose to eat more, and more unhealthy things as well.  I refuse to put that blame on anyone except myself.  As I said to my husband the other night "I know it's my own fault I've gotten to this point, I opened my mouth and put the food in there - didn't I?"

So now, I've got a challenge to get back on track.  And I'm not sure yet how bad "getting back on track" is, as I've been afraid to step on a scale since mid-December.  All I know is that my pants are tight, and I have at least 10 pounds (maybe more like 15+ now) to lose.

I honestly feel like I'm starting over.  And I'm a little frustrated.

Not to mention, I've been saying I need to get back on track for several months now.  Which is utterly ridiculous - I hate saying things like that and not taking action.

So now, I take action.

What's my plan?

(1) Working Out

The new schedule I'm working to stick to will put me back in line with the volume I used to do ... at least, prior to starting marathon training last fall.  That means a schedule roughly like this:

Monday - AM Group Strength (as a student), PM Cycle (as a student)
Tuesday - PM Total Body (teaching)
Wednesday - PM Swim (as a student)
Thursday - PM Total Body (teaching)
Friday - Still my rest day, this has always been my one celebration for Friday
Saturday - AM Cardio (teaching)
Sunday - PM Yoga (as a student)

I'm already on week two of this and feeling drastically better physically.  So now it's going to be tough to stop knowing the improvement.  That's a plus.

(2) Eating

Now that the holidays are over, and the temptation is much less strong, I'm working to get my eating back in line.  No more mindless snacking (since the food isn't sitting around), no more junk food (again, not sitting around).  More vegetables and fruit.  Maybe even less cheese (yes, I just cried a little).

My goal is to get back to where I was last June/July - half of my calories for the day from plant sources (minimum), as many proteins as possible from non-animal sources, that kind of stuff.

The big change here will be cutting out eating out.  That's one thing I've REALLY slipped on over the holidays.  It's so fun to meet up with people, have a meal out, talk about how their year went, etc.  So now, my goal is to limit myself to one "bad" meal out per week - this could even include pizza delivered to my house or whatever.  And if I have to eat out any other time during the week (sometimes my work requires it), I'll get back into the habit of ordering lighter options or salads.

And of course, beer.  Ah - the good stuff.  I'm not going to go crazy and say I won't drink any, as I've really been enjoying my rotations through the new tap houses in the twin cities.  BUT, I will be more responsible.  Tasting is one thing.  Over indulging is another.  Getting to the point where I'm talking about The Rock and asking what's cookin' ... that is obviously too far.

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So now, patience.  I took 6 months to put this weight on.  I need to give myself time to take it back off again as well.  Although, not gonna lie ... it would be nice to get some of it off before the Pitbull concert I'm going to on Feb 21st.  I do kinda want to look hot while I shake it.  Da-le!! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Whoops!

Whoops!  I just realized I forgot to line up some posts for this week.  After running this blog for over two years, that's a first. 

Don't worry, I'm on it.  I'll be back with more on Wednesday.