Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Double Workout Run Down

Started out with a three mile run.

Followed by these cardio and ab exercises at the gym a few hours later:

20 minutes on the treadmill, 15 incline (maximum incline possible), 3.0 mph
100 ball crunches
100 opposite raises (on the ground, laying flat.  Raise opposite hand and arm to meet in the middle)
100 russian twists
100 leg raises (lower ab work)

I split the task into two parts (thus, 10 min. uphill tread followed by 50 each exercise - then repeated the set once).

Coming up: end of the month wrap up, future goals

Monday, June 27, 2011

Photo Food Journal

For some reason, not all my pictures made it from the camera onto here.  Thus, I'll have to write about a few things.

Breakfast: black coffee, superfood.  Not shown, Wheat Squares (like Chex, but Nature Valley brand) with rice milk.

Post workout smoothie: banana, peanut butter, rice milk, rice protein (chocolate - but still vegan) flavor.

Lunch: tofu with spinach, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.  Corn on the cob.

Afternoon snack (not shown): spoonful of peanut butter, and sweet tea from local coffee shop.

Dinner: Mixed greens, carrots, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, white balsamic viniagrette salad.  Corn on the cob.

A little bit of a random day, but that's to be expected considering I was experimenting with moving my meals around.  Lately, I've been having salad for lunch, and my bigger meal at dinner time.  I don't know how successful this was, I'll have to try it again and make some decisions!

Coming up: Double workout run down

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Let's Make It Three

This morning I ran three miles.  That's a first in a while.  It was definitely difficult, and considering that I'm carrying around 30 extra pounds (the last time I ran three miles on a regular basis, I was lighter), I am happy that I accomplished it!

From top to bottom: 3.0 miles, 43:12 total time, 386 calories, 14:25 average pace.

Coming up: all about food

Friday, June 17, 2011

Workout Run Down (Gym)

This morning I ran two miles, and I don't think I can swing a gym workout additionally.  That said, I'll talk about my workout from yesterday with H (my trainer).  Most of these exercises I would need to show you, as I don't know their official names.  That said, I'll do my best to explain!

One leg box step ups with a dumbbell single shoulder press (30 or so each leg, she counted - I didn't!)
Half mile on the treadmill (12:00 minute mile pace)
Squats while holding a bar, followed by a thruster when standing (again, maybe 30 - might have been more)
10 minutes on the stairmaster
2 rounds of different ab exercises (50 count each)

I feel like there might have been something else, but I'm not remembering!  This was completed in a little under an hour.  My legs and butt are still quite sore!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Photo Food Journal

This is from yesterday, 6/14
Post morning run, unsweetened iced coffee
Craving fruit for breakfast. . .

For lunch, salad made at home: greens, shredded carrots, dried cranberries, walnut pieces, and apple cider dijon viniagrette.

 With some Tomato Basil Wheat Thins
Which I actually had a second helping of later in the afternoon. . .
Followed by dinner, yes - I made sushi rolls!  I took a class last week, and went out immediately the next day to purchase all the supplies.  Still need to work on my presentation, and I need a sushi knife!  Cucumber roll (rice inside), and Avocado Cucumber roll (rice on the outside with sesame seeds).  Served with wasabi and organic shoyu.

Not shown: a glass of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.  I visited a good friend, and we sat on the front porch for a few hours. Ah, summer!

Coming up: Workout Run Down (gym)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Building Distance

This run almost didn't happen.  I woke up later than I wanted, got to the park later than anticipated, and the moment I turned on my ipod, the battery died.  I thought to myself, "I'll just go as far as I can, and run again this afternoon to make up the miles."  And then, I ran the entire outer loop (2.57 mi) in silence.  My time wasn't great, but again considering this run was "au natural", I'm thrilled I even did it!  This puts me halfway through my homework assignment via my trainer - after yesterday's session, H gave me 5 miles to put away between today and tomorrow.

Top to bottom: 2.57 miles, 39:19:55 total time, 336 calories burned, average mile time 15:17.

Coming up: Photo Food Journal

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Workout Run Down (Gym)

Repeated each round three times:

30 seconds of Jumping Jacks
15 goblet squats
15 pushups
15 walking lunges carrying 8 lb dumbbell in each hand
15 mountain climbers
15 deadlifts with same dumbbells from above
15 ball crunches
30 second sprint on treadmill

Side note: hard to stay positive and motivated.  Found out that I didn't get the job I'd hoped for, and while not surprised - no one likes to be disappointed.  I've received some encouragement from friends, family, and my therapist - so now it's up to me to make myself happy, and move forward.

Coming up: Running for Distance

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Run. Personal Trainer. Food

Run - This is pretty exciting.  Two weeks ago my best was 12:54 for one mile.  This morning -

From top to bottom:  1.00 miles, 12:31 total time, 12:32 pace.  Wow!  20 seconds faster!  I think this may be in part to my reunion with my personal trainer, who had me run on a treadmill at this pace on Thursday.

Personal Trainer - after a six week hiatus, H and I are reunited!  I was able to use a stipend from a research project to buy another package, and will be putting it to good use.  I'll be going in every Monday and Thursday for an hour each until the 12 sessions are used up.  I can't do much else this summer, so I might as well put myself at the forefront.

Food - At the end of the week, I did start to lean on the packaged stuff again.  What is my deal?  The stress is lessened, I have more time - why do I still do this?  The other thing I'll mention is that I've been exhausted.  I bet the two go hand in hand.  Since obviously eliminating it altogether is proving pretty difficult, I'm going to take it day by day, and ask myself "would you be okay right now, not eating this?". 

Coming up:  Food journal entry

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vegan Recipe Review

So far everything I've tried from this cookbook has been phenomenal!  I wanted to try this recipe because cauliflower is in abundance right now. . .
Garlic cloves chopped, curry powder, chili powder, red pepper flakes, fine sea salt, freshly ground pepper, olive oil (I used a blend).

Chopped one head of fresh cauliflower, and mixed it in a bowl with all the above.

Transferred to 9 x 13 pan, cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Into the serving bowl, and. . .

YUM!!  It is slightly spicy, and has a great texture - still a little crunch, and not soggy.  Also, it didn't make tons - which I appreciate.  (I get bored easily, and don't want to eat the same thing forever.)  The only change I might make is to decrease the amount of oil.  It would be just as great with less! 

Coming up:  Workout Run Down (Outdoors)