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crumbs don’t have calories


so let me just start off by saying, i’ve been a very bad girl! my coworker decided to bake cookies and brought them in on monday. i resisted the first day, but by day two, i had three –maybe four. then today, i finished them off in addition to cake! lots of cake! had it for breakfast, after lunch and some after that! …after eating a yummy lunch at paesanos! but, it was the judge’s birthday and i just had to have it! isn’t it darling? i know, still bad, bad, bad! luckily, my coworker assured me that “crumbs don’t have calories.” yes, she did catch me eating crumbs of the delicious cake! ugh! i sure hope i don’t gain too many pounds for that! that is definitely the last time i do that!

day 12 of 100: awesome 4 mile run on the riverwalk! it was 31 degrees out and it was perfect running weather for me! absolutely loved it! most people in the SOUTH would say i’m crazy, but i would take cold of hot and sunny ANY day!

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that workout totally counts!

i am so overwhelmed! so much to do and so little time! i’ve made an executive decision and will be posting a “thank you letter update” every friday rather than every day. i may even write all the letters on friday, not sure yet. the problem is, i have 3 letters written and ready to go– i just haven’t made time to mail them. i need be more prepared next week! i will buy stationary and pre-stamp envelopes and will be ready to go next week! who knows, maybe then you’ll get a daily update 🙂

speaking of thank yous, i have yet to finish the book ‘365 thank yous.’ the book i am basing this idea off of.:( i stayed late again at work and did not pack my gym clothes. i decided i would eat, workout (i intended to do my dallas cowboy cheerleader bootcamp video since i would not be going to the gym), wash 5 loads of laundry since i am way overdo and relax & read! the only thing i did was eat and slept! 🙁 i was so angry when i woke up at midnight and realized that i had ruined my 100 day challenge. i thought, if only it were 11:30 i would totally get up and workout! then i thought, NO! this can’t be right, i’ve worked so hard these last 10 days and i will not accept this. today i made a delivery to 2 different buildings and it took me exactly 30 minutes! the rules say ‘at least 30 minutes of movement’ and that my friends, was 30 minutes of movement! please help me justify this! and an added bonus is, my pedometer read 18,605 steps! that totally counts! right? right!
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day 11 of 100: 30 minute walk!

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a visit from long legs on the loose

hey everyone, please welcome my very first guest blogger!

katye from long legs on the lose

her and i met through virtual team in training and ran the princess half marathon! she was also my inspiration for creating a blog so i thought it was very fitting that she be my first guest blogger! here’s what she had to say:

Hey all! This is Katye from www.longlegsontheloose.com. When my TNT buddy Grace asked me to write a guest post I had 100 ideas running through my head but decided to funnel down and eventually chose the topic of “Race Training and Weight Loss”. Although this article will focus on marathon training, it can apply to any distance! Before I write anything further please note I am in now way a doctor or nutritionist (I don’t think I 1 year as a exercise science and nutrition major counts) however, I am a run and walk coach and I’m pulling on my own experience as well as those of others.

I’m sure you’ve thought to yourself before or at least heard someone else say, “Wow I am going to train for this race and the weight is just going to fly off!”. Common misconception. You’re upping your mileage so it would only make sense for the number on the scale to decrease right? But go ahead and think about the last race you ran. Part of the true beauty of running is all the different people you see at races! You see all different ages, body types, sizes, paces, etc. and chances are someone who doesn’t necessary look like a fit runner will kick your more trim butt. Why is this? Sometimes you might even see your weight go up during race training. Yep I said it. You may actually gain weight while marathon training. Before I continue I will say I in no way condone weighing yourself on a daily or even weekly basis (unless you see a doctor or specialist who asks you to). Honestly I believe scales are liars and mood alters. I won’t go to far into it but I spent years being a slave to the number on the scale suffering from various eating disorders, mainly bulimia and exercise bulimia. I let the number on the scale completely determine my opinion of myself. Depending on what that number was I would either hate or like myself. Of course I never loved myself. The number was never low enough. But I went through treatment and continue to keep myself in check but although I’ve gained 30 much needed lbs in the past 4 years, I am currently the healthiest and happiest I ever have been! Remember, race training is about loving and appreciating your body for what it can do and accomplish! Not about what it looks like.

Ok so to get down to it. Why don’t we drop crazy lbs during training? Why might we gain some weight? Chances are in you are training for an endurance event, you are a fairly active person to begin with. I understand some people begin training having never done any form of exercise for years and that’s great! But those are not the people I’m talking about here so keep that in mind. So here are a few questions to ask yourself.

Are you drinking too many calories?
This is very easy to do whether your training or not! Many beverages like juice, soda, and alcohol are packed with sugar and calories and its much easier to forget about those calories than it would be if you were eating something calories dense. The same is true for sports drinks. They are typically filled with sugar which isn’t always a bad thing, you do need to restore those electrolytes while training!, BUT you really only need these sports drinks when exercising for over and hour and they should never replace water. Now some companies are offering lighter versions of these drinks like G2 and Vitamin water light but they still have a decent amount of sugar. If you really feel you need a sports drink more often than every 5 miles or so trying mixing your favorite sports drink with water at a 50/50 ratio. Also be careful of recovery drinks and smoothies. These can be great! But if your not careful you can pack just as many calories as you just burned in one serving. Just because its form a health food store does not mean you don’t need to check the nutritional info!

Are you over fueling?
Easy mistake to make and I think we are all guilty of this at one time or another. You know you have a long run in the morning so you may let yourself eat a few extra simple carbs than usual. OK, seriously I love carbs and they are a wonderful thing that our bodies NEED, especially if you are an athlete; but when you know you will be doing so serious mileage in the morning, it sometimes a little easier to let yourself over indulge and grab a few extra pieces of white bread or a few extra scopes of white pasta then you know you need. Carbs are wonderful, but make sure you are getting complex carbs from fruit, vegetables, and whole grains and go a little lighter on the simple carbs like white bread and sugary foods.

Are you better hydrated?
Believe it or not, when you are adequately hydrated you weigh more. And no this doesn’t mean bloat. Your muscles are made mostly of water. When they are working hard they need more water. More water in your body means a heavier body, not extra fat!

Are you training in addition to or instead of your typical activity?
Are you running miles in addition to your normal activity or in place of it? It is common for some people to rest more during training, thinking, “Wow I ran far…I can relax the rest of the day”. Also, are you now skipping your pilates class, weight lighting, sports, swimming, or whatever it is you used to do? I completely understand the time commitment that endurance training takes and let’s face it, we can’t always do it all. But just remember, if you replace all that other activity with miles, you won’t see any drops in weight (which is fine!). Although I don’t suggest fully stopping your other workouts. Cross training is necessary for safe running! Throw in some pilates, yoga, stretching, and STRENGTH TRAINING every once in a while. So much of running is about your core and upper body…don’t neglect them =)

Are you allowing too many post run “rewards”?
First of all I hate that starting as young children, we are rewarded with food. But that is a different story. Unfortunately our minds tend to focus on “rewarding” ourselves for a job well down with calorie dense junk food. I am very guilty of this one as well! Its so easy to get in an awesome race and than stop for a huge greasy breakfast to “refuel”. Honestly, I think this is great! every once in a while. But not every run or even every week! Refuel yourself with something with a little more substance than pancakes. After a long run, your body needs a good mix of protein, carbs, and fat to recover. Skip the waffle or sundae (save that for special occasions) and go for an egg sandwich on a whole grain english muffin, and Turkey and cheese sandwich, even a peanut butter and jelly! Yes you are working hard but if you are always compensating your runs with calories, of course you aren’t going to be losing weight. I do fully condone the post race celebration though =)

And last but not least the cliche but so true…Are you building muscle mass?
Muscle weighs more than fat. Period. Don’t let this become and excuse but it just proves that the number on the scale is not the most accurate way of measuring your fitness. In stead of that number, try measuring inches or how your clothes fit =)

Okay well that is it from me! Thank you Grace for offering me the chance to guest blog!

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thanks so much katye for taking time out of your busy schedule to share such an interesting and informative post! i myself have a big problem with post-run “rewards,” i will definitely need to cut down during the training season (and then make up for it post-race)!

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the road less traveled

yes, i’m aware my title and picture do not coordinate; however, that is exactly where i ended up yesterday following “the road less traveled” onto the riverwalk!

my intentions were to take the bus from downtown about 2 miles north. i was at the stop early and thought this can’t be too much further, i’ll walk a bit and maybe catch another bus along the way. before i knew it, i was lost! i’m pretty familiar w/downtown (especially since i lived here for about 2 years), but i was in unknown territory. i tried taking the backstreets toward my destination, but i should’ve known better–i have no sense of direction! i ended up at the riverwalk, midday, scorching 85 degree weather! H-O-T! it ended up taking me about 40 minutes to walk 2 miles, i’m pretty sure it was further than that! anyway, i got to where i needed (drenched in sweat, eeew) and luckily there was a bus stop nearby when i was ready to head back. it was a lovely adventure! and i did get an additional 2 miles in, not bad! 🙂

my feet were hurting so bad when i got back to work. i decided to leave work early and head for a manicure and pedicure. it was perfect! except for the fact that i was now running late for practice. oops! i raced to practice and stopped at the nearest gas station for a change of clothes. inevitably, my nails and toenails are bit messed up!
note to self: never get pampered before a run!

the run was great! i can definitely tell i’m getting back into the hang of this! i’m so excited for the actual race! a few of our teammates are leaving to seatle next weekend for their race, we got all teary eyed at dinner talking about the inspiration dinner and event weekend! i’m so excited for them…and wish i was going!

yes, i did say dinner. we went out again last night, but i’ve decided i’m not going to dwell on my diet anymore. as long as i don’t gain anyomore weight, i’ll be fine. but i’m definitly going to stay away from fastfood/junk food. for as long as i can. 🙂 i think it will become natural. let’s hope so anyway!

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am i afraid of the scale or is the scale afraid of me?


not really thrilled w/myself this week. somehow i managed to gain back 4lbs! i know i’ve been bad, but i don’t think i’ve been that bad! someone please tell me this is muscle fat that i’m gaining! it has to be, cause while i haven’t been eating the greatest, i have still been working out.

i didn’t do jillian michaels like i wanted to. i didn’t have vigorous workouts this week. i walked on my treadmill instead of ran…okay, okay, i guess i see where i messed up. besides the fact that i haven’t been following my diet book 🙂

that’s actually when i started gaining the weight, when i stopped following the book, stopped drinking my green smoothies & stopped working out as hard. okay, i know where i went wrong- now i need to fix it! i’ll try and eat well the rest of the week, but on monday, it’s back on the diet for me! then maybe i can bring out jillian’s 30 day shred again!

this is going to be hard, but this is going to be worth it! i want to be able to face the scale w/confidence next time!

start weight(06/02/10): 141
(06/08/10): 136
(06/15/10): 140
goal weight: 110

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i’ve got a date w/jillian tonight!


i hate reporting after the weekend! i was a bad, bad girl! very scared of weighing in tomorrow. actually, the whole week i haven’t been eating as good as i did the first week. i would really like a do-over please!

lots of fast food, mexican food, chinese food…i have no excuses. it made me happy 🙂

i guess this means i’ll have to workout more this week! i ordered the jillian micheals, 30 day shred dvd! it came in sat and i’m super excited to start today!

juneathon day 13: weights

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just say no


losing 5lbs has sure put a damper on things. i’m scared to eat anything for fear that i may gain it back! well, i guess not that scared–we went to texas land and cattle for lunch yesterday, (my boss took me- i had no choice) i ordered a grilled chicken ceasar salad. i think that’s the first time i walked out of there not being stuffed! i usually order the chicken fried chicken which pretty much is the size of the plate itself, and i don’t stop eating until it’s gone! so, i guess i did okay although my “diet” doesn’t consist of any meat w/my salad.

then i had a great 3 mile run at my gym. followed by another 2 mile run outdoors w/my tnt team. it was great! i can’t stop saying such great things about my teammates, they are all so nice, friendly & outgoing. i know i’ve said it before, but this is going to be a great season!

after practice, and here’s we’re i hated myself in the morning, we went out for drinks! i only had one, and it was an mgd64- only 64 calories, how can it be that bad? i also ordered fish tacos, they were yummy…and i snacked on some sweet potato fries. i really hope these eats don’t make it harder for me to lose weight this week or worse gain back a few pounds. i’ll just have to workout a little harder these next few days!

also, i had no problem packing a lunch today! a delicious greek salad awaits! dinner will light as well! i feel like i should be wearing one of those sandwich signs saying “do not feed the human!” no more food for me, please! 🙂

juneathon day 9: 5 miles!

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i lost 5lbs!

so, i weighed in last night and i lost 5lbs! i was hoping to lose 2lbs, but i am not complaining- i just hope to be consistent w/this weight loss!

start weight (06/02/10): 141
current weight (06/08/10): 136
goal weight: 110

i guess i’ll be continuing this diet after all! although i did veer from the book last night. i treated myself w/a turkey burger on ezekial bread w/sweet potato fries!
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i swear it tasted better than it looked! jumping back on the horse today! we also start our first wednesday practice w/our team tonight! not looking forward to running in this humidity though!

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today is the day!

last night’s dinner: pecan crusted chicken w/green beans and baked sweet potato!
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it was delicious! as was this morning’s breakfast, egg frittata!
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although, i do have to break it to you. today is day 7 of my diet also known as the day i always give up! after breakfast i could not bring myself to drink my morning smoothie. my body would not have it. i couldn’t pack a lunch either, i do not want another salad!! it’s now lunchtime and i am hungry! i may go down to our office cafeteria and grab a grilled cheese sandwich, i really can’t have another salad. i hope i can eat a sensible dinner tonight and not give up because i am doing so well. at least i think i’m doing well, today we shall see! today’s the day i find out if i’ve lost any weight! my goal is to lose 2lbs a week. if i lose 2lbs today, i will be ecstatic! probably the only motivation that will keep me on this diet! so, wish me luck in that i lose those 2lbs this evening!

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weekend recap


finally, blogger is back up! anyone have the same problem? didn’t seem like it as i kept seeing new posts and getting upset because i could not comment on them!

anyway, happy to report i had a great weekend! tnt kickoff was saturday morning and it was a great one! a full house w/lots of eager participants, it’s going to be a great season! afterwards went to the gym and ran 4 miles and 20 minutes on the elliptical while watching a movie on lifetime! this elliptical thing sure is getting easier! afterwards my honey and i went to hooters and a comedy show, we saw comedian, pablo francisco, very funny guy!

followed my “diet” pretty much all weekend. at hooters had some naked wings and celery sticks. (okay, maybe the beer wasn’t on the diet) then had some wine at the show, i can honestly say the wine is on the diet! 🙂 i figured since i hadn’t had wine all week (as the book allows), i’d indulge a little.

sunday was a wonderful rest day, my bf and i spent all day in bed! he made me breakfast, hard boiled eggs as was previously on the menu. then i decided to indulge a little more– he wanted whataburger, so i opted for the grilled chicken salad- not too bad. i won’t tell you what i had for dinner, okay yes i will, little ceasar’s pizza. but i’ve come to a conclusion that this book (the wine and food lover’s diet), is basically about portion control and i only had 2 slices! usually, i could finish the whole pizza if someone would let me! so i was very proud of myself!

today another spinach, mushroom & jalapeno cheese omelet, a salad for lunch and tonight pecan crusted chicken! each w/a green smoothie. this week is headed off to a great start!

juneathon day 6: 30 minutes of yoga