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Carb Redux Re-Cap & My Upcoming 15K

Monday, March 14, 2011

[DAYS 5 & 6]

I'm going to combine Saturday and Sunday into one report. I stayed relatively low in carbs for the day and proudly reached my Calorie intake range. I was pretty satisfied both days, not feeling hungry or over-stuffed. I did have one and a half slices of whole wheat toast with my Sunday morning brunch, but it was yummy and I definitely enjoyed it. I had a good run on Saturday and a nice walk to brunch with my boyfriend on Sunday, along with a 30 minute ride on my stationary bike that night. I feel very good and not overly stressed or tired. Yay!

[DAY 7]

So far today I'm feeling good. For breakfast I had a hard-boiled egg, 2 oz of light cheddar cheese, and a cup of fresh sliced strawberries. Yum! If I stick to my plan for the rest of the day (which does include pizza for dinner) I will be pretty low in carbs and feelin' good! I plan to go for a run after work and do some lower body strength-training, too.

[LOW-CARB RECAP]

All-in-all I'm pretty happy with how this week went. I didn't feel like I forced myself to eat or not eat certain things. I felt re-aquainted with foods I used to fear, but didn't consume them in excess - just reintroduced them to my diet. Despite the fact that a lot of literature says that significantly reducing carbs can cause all sorts of issues, I haven't experienced any of them!

I actually weighed myself nearly every day (something I never do) and I stayed at the same weight from last Wednesday through Sunday (137.8) - no flutuation at all, which is surprising since I'm going to get my period this week and usually bloat a little during PMS. I've read that weight-loss in the first week of up to 2 pounds (or more) is very common... I guess not with me!

However, there are some things I am not liking about this:

+ Fat. My fat intake has skyrocketed! It's not even mostly GOOD fats! Though I do eat lots of nuts and nut butters and do not eat fast food or trans fats very often, my increase in dairy and meat has definitely bumped up my fat a LOT. I have gone over my fat intake range for 6 of the 7 days of my low-carb week, some days by nearly 30+ grams!

+ Sodium. As I mentioned in a blog post last week, my sodium has been rather high since the low-carb week started. I used to easily keep my sodium under 1800mg per day, but in the past week has only been under 1800mg one day. Most days I'm still under 2000mg, but I don't like consuming so much sodium at all.

I know it's too soon to throw in the towel, but I sort of am. It isn't that this low-carb (100g or less) thing was hard or that I was suffering through it; in fact, it was rather enjoyable! But, I think I'm going to change things up a bit.

1) I'm going to eat carbs, just not white flour, white sugar, white rice, and other processed and over-sweetened things. I'm going to start having oatmeal and whole-wheat sandwich thins again (in moderation, of course)! I'm going to try to stay somewhere bewteen 150 and 200 grams of carbs per day, which is totally doable and totally healthy.

2) I'm going to continue to eat lots of protein, but make sure it's lean just as I always have. Same goes with dairy. I purcahsed some spreadable butter (butter made with a little canola oil) and will use it, but sparingly. I want to enjoy my food and its tasty qualities!

3) I'm going to CHILL OUT! I need to stop micro-managing my life! I tell people in the message boards not to sweat the small stuff, not to over-analyze... but look at me! I need to lead by example!

4) I'm still going to keep up with my "no cookies from the office cafeteria" goal for the rest of the month (and beyond...?).

So, it was an interesting week, but consider the analyzation of carb reduction in my life to be mostly over and done with.

[IN OTHER NEWS]

A couple of days ago, I shockingly remembered that I have a race this Saturday! It's 15K - my longest race to date - and I'm nervous! 15 km = 9.3 mi... so I'm thinking I'll try for 1hr 45min for my time... maybe? Here are my 9-ish mile runs:

2/12 - 9.53mi - 1:39:51 (10:29 pace)
2/19 - 9.95mi - 1:43:40 (10:25 pace)
3/12 - 8.93mi - 1:25:14 (9:33 pace)

If I run 9.3mi at, say, a 10:00 average pace I should finish in 1 hour 33 minutes. But, being the pessimist I am, getting it done in under 1 hour 45 minutes will be my goal. When I ran my 10K I dreamed of doing it in an hour, but set a goal of 1 hour 15 minutes... and I ended up finishing in 56 minutes 54 seconds! So, keep my expectations low and I'll be pleased in the end, perhaps.

Because of the race, I won't be doing my 7am group run. (There are many people in my running group who will be racing and not going to our training.) The convenient thing is that this past Saturday's run was 9 miles and this upcoming Saturday's run is supposed to be 8 miles, so it fits right into my training plan (which is what I was hoping would happen)!

That's about it. I hope everyone's weekend was great!
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  • no profile photo CD3661913
    I wonder if you're balancing out with the two pounds. Like maybe on a non-pms week you would have lost 2 pounds, but because it is pms time you're not losing what you would have. Just a thought. Good luck in your race this weekend! Sounds like you're on the right track to more than achieve you time goals!
    3635 days ago
  • JONESINATOR
    Lower carb does lead to higher fat intake but that sounds like a lot higher than if most of the replacement had come solely through lean meats and extra dairy.

    If you discover you're having lots of saturated fat (omega-6), you can balance your cholesterol levels out by taking omega-3 capsules. That makes the higher fat intake tolerable for your body, because you equilibrate the two types of cholesterol you have. The other way is to, of course, just eat less omega-6.

    Low-carb is definitely not for everyone, and while I say I try for 40-40-20, I'm pretty sure it's more like 45-35-20. Also, I don't think you gave it a long enough try; expecting 2 pounds lost when your average sodium levels were above 1800mg and it's close to that time of the month? Too high of expectations my friend emoticon
    3635 days ago
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