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I must confess....

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I am the scale's b*tch.
No, it's true. I am. It's an evil entity that wields an incredible amount of power in my life. Sigh.

Having said that, the all-mighty scale was kind this morning.


Well lookit me, eh?!

I figure, if I have to record honestly what the scale says on Sunday (228.4, wth, right??) then I must record what is says today, the start of a new month. So I did. Let's see if deciding to do so bites me in the buttocks come this Sunday, shall we?

Let's run the numbers..
Upper Arm....13..............13

No real discernible difference, right? Except, I feel better. I've eaten better. I've slept better. I've moved better. The scale, lord-high device that it is, is the only calculable, quantifiable proof that the work I put in this month has paid off.

It is more than my desired 2.5 lbs release for the month, but I'll take it and run with it like I stole it!


Greek yogurt. I've found that I do like it after all. I didn't, before. I think that's because I had plain non-fat off-brand greek yogurt. There's nothing wrong with off-brand, I'm all about it when I can find a good product that is. Now though, I feel spoiled by indulging in Chobani brand. I've had the pineapple kind again today, with a 1/2 cup of Quaker granola stuff. It was rich and creamy and crunchy and just right, and FILLING! I'm still quite full, so I appreciate that it's sticking with me this long.

On the same line of thought of food.. I've added in 3 ounces of chicken breast to my eating each day. Odd, right? I know. I dithered myself into a tizzy wondering if I wasn't getting enough protein and maybe that's why my body was hanging on to the lbs. So I added the 3 oz. starting Monday. Did it contribute to my jump in lbs released? Maybe.. we'll see.

I'm contemplating yet another experiment to see how I feel, how my body reacts. One week, I may do away with all dairy to see what happens. Another week, I may eliminate all grains to see what happens then. I'll do these experiments separately just so I get clear results, if any. I felt good and clean and LIGHT when I did the reboot, and there were no dairy or grains during that time. Maybe I need to re-examine those choices again and see what I can do better. I'm already following a mostly vegetarian menu plan thanks to Spark's menus, and then yes, adding in my chicken each day. Why not tinker around a bit more?
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I had a good run with the Galloway tribe last Saturday. I was the only 'newbie' in the 30-30 group, and that's ok. I missed some of my old compatriots, but they'll be back around soon I figure. They're gearing up to run the Heartbreaker Half on Feb. 19. I'll be doing a 10K that day, so I'll be there to cheer on my new teammates. I felt good, being able to stick with these runners who have been training for months, considering I only really started putting in any effort this last month.

I'm doing my twice-a-week maintenance runs on Tuesday and Thursday at a :45/:45 interval. I was doing 1/1 intervals, but opted to ease up just a bit. Yes, I wanted to run solid 1/1 intervals this year, and I may still yet. We'll see. Either way, I already feel as if I'm a better runner than I was starting out last year. I like this progress.

I've set my first half of the year running schedule so far. The races are listed on my front page. I'll add my times as I complete each one. I'll be volunteering for two runs this year - the Shamrock Run and the Cinco De Mayo run. I feel good about giving back to the running community here in Portland, so I'm just as excited as volunteering as I am about racing!

Last night, I did my last run of the month. I logged the following for January:
14 runs (missed 4 scheduled runs)
560 minutes, 9.3 hours of running
40.3 miles

Not bad.

My mileage will increase now that I'm training. That's one third of my fitness minutes this month. Nice! The rest is walking and ST, so I'm pleased, very much so.

Also last night, I did intervals within my intervals.
Yea, I know, sounds nutty, but bear with me.
I ran :45/:45 for the first .25 mile.
Then I ran the full .25 mile.
Then I ran :45/:45 for the next .25
Etc. and so on, until I'd run 3.1 in 43. No great land speed-record, but I'm pleased to get that .25 without walking under my belt. I plan on increasing that as time goes on. Go me!


I'm going with the SparkPortland team to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank again on Saturday, Feb. 4. It should be a good time. We have one repeat volunteer, and three new people. I'm looking forward to bonding with teammates and helping others all at once! I'll see if we can remember to snap pictures this time.

So.. there you go m'dearies! February is apparently starting off with a torrent of words and intended good deeds. Let's see what we can do to make it happen and make it count!
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    I love this blog. Now I need to get moving and sign up for some races. You are working very hard. How is it running with a group? I am a lone runner and will sometimes run with someone else. Is there a benefit running with a group?

    Thanks, Bruce
    3416 days ago
    I think you had a great January! Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday and meeting others!
    3418 days ago
    I love greek yogurt in my smoothies with soy milk, strawberries and bananas! Yummmm! I am so glad you are back at it..... so am I :) 9.3 hours of running - Not bad??? That's freakin' amazing! You amaze me all the time with your thinking, running, encouragement, involvement,...
    I am doing the 17 day diet thing now, which means cutting out all bread, pasta, starchy foods, sugar, etc.... I already noticed my tummy getting used to all the fruits and veggies. We'll see where the next 17 days takes me.
    Enjoy your volunteering and forget that hunk of calculating junk (scale).

    You ma' dear are on the right path.... whaaahooo!
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    Comment edited on: 2/2/2012 8:47:05 AM
    Sounds more like exercise is your b*tch!! So glad you're seeing progress. And I sm with you on the yogurt/granola train; I have converted to the "Greek" side...
    How are you getting your protein? Sometimes I wonder if I wouldn't just do better eliminating my downfall-carbs-and replace it with my favorite-meat. Think I may lose more that way. Hmmm...
    Thought of you when I went for my run in the nice weather the other day. Thanks for being there in spirit and good luck in your new Galloway group!

    3418 days ago
    I love greek yogurt, I love the vanilla or honey flavor,and they add a special touch if your in the mood for a smoothie :) Im so excited for Saturday, see ya then! :)
    3419 days ago
    Yep... I'm the scales b*tch too. Oh how I wish I wasn't!

    I love the Chobani yogurt. I eat a lot of them - lemon and apple cinnamon being my favorites. I tried Love Grown granola which is all natural in the chocolate stirred into the honey Chobani. Yum! Not too sweet; but sweet enough and filling for a snack.

    Have fun with the Portland gang!

    Way to go with the running too! An awesome start to February!
    3419 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    i hate the scale, it is just a number. i feel better and that is what matters most
    3419 days ago
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    I'm reading this during a conference break, and I'm glad to see that the scale was kind to you and showed your efforts! Glad to see you signed up for races and getting your run and your volunteerism on! You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3419 days ago
    I think the scale is YOUR bitch! Reading your blog always inspires me - keep up the great work =)
    3419 days ago
    I love chobani! My favorite kinds are the pineapple, lemon, and pomegranate, but I eat primarily the peach/strawberry/blueberry because they have a case of 12 for under 10 bucks at costco. (I'm totally going to have to try ZZZ's recipe tho-- it sounds delicious!

    If I can make a recommendation: If you're going to experiment with elimination (removing all dairy, all wheat, etc.) I would recommend removing it for about a month and then when you re-introduce, re-introduce it TO THE MAX-- if it's dairy: eat cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream, milk-- all of it. You won't know how your body really reacts unless you remove all of it for a long time (more than a week-- some things stay in the body a while) and then supersaturate-- what that will do is force the reaction to the forefront.

    for me, I did a one month fast, and discovered that corn makes my face go all hot and makes me sweat. Wheat gives me horrible stomach cramps.

    With that being said, I still eat wheat, but if I notice my belly feeling especially weird at regular intervals, I can think about my wheat intake and usually relate it to that...

    Edited for a your to you're grammar flaw. Those drive me nuts.
    3419 days ago

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    You can run with it like you stole it but no looking back! And keep on stealing and running to your next mini-celebration on the 29th!

    I need to try that pineapple Chobani. I love the lemon. And my latest treat for very special times when I have more than enough cals left is plain non-fat Chobani with some hot cocoa mix...whipped until it finally melts (it takes a few mins to get it there). It is so freaking rich and yummy that I feel like I'm eating something deliciously bad. But I still save it for very special occasions. Let me know if you try it. Make sure you get a good cocoa mix that you are ok with the ingredients..fat or non-fat; sugar or substitute, etc. Pure rich guiltless heaven!

    I can't wait to hear about your experiments.

    I am curious how do you get your protein and how much do you get if you haven't been eating or protein powders? My latest experiment is upping my protein to lower my carbs just a bit but I'm trying to avoid soy and protein powder. I think I have a great mix today but I'm still trying to figure it out for most days.

    I love hearing about your intervals. I'm still fighting with my knees but I love hearing what you and others doing. It keeps me dreaming.

    Wishing you a terrific February!
    3419 days ago
    I had to LOL at the comment that you are the scale's b*word. ;) I am too.. it has waaaay too much power over me.

    I think its great you are volunteering at races too! So am I, this Sunday to a 5K my running club puts on... it filled up before I could register to run, so I decided to volunteer!

    and Chobani yogurt -- mmmmmm! I actually like their plain brand even -- and add my own fruit or honey. The vanilla is quite tasty too! Its so creamy it tastes like a dessert!
    3419 days ago
    Sounds great. Tinkering is important for the lab of our own bodies. And sometimes the lab changes.

    Doing what it takes makes sense!
    Chobani is wonderful. Protein is too for me right now. TONS of it and fiber are helpiung me stick to it. So, that's what I'm doing.

    Good luck,
    3419 days ago
    As always, I enjoy your perspective. Your running sounds amazing!

    3419 days ago
    Great work! & I will cry real tears if I have to give up dairy... I'm a milk n' cheese girl. Still tweaking my own diet to decipher the mysteries of the scale. That "Weird Science" is beyond me, I swear - need to just STAY AWAY from the scales except for that bare minimum once a week weigh-in, but I hear their siren song right through the closet door!
    3419 days ago
    Great stats for one month frame! Drop 5lbs and 1 inch off the hips! And the biggest plus...You feel good! Way to go girl!

    I am so into the Greek yogurt now too! I only tried Chobani brand..normally I too give the store brands a chance but I did not even look for store brand. And now that I am hooked I don't think I will either. I eat the non fat plain or non fat vanilla. Sometimes for breakfast or lunch or even a snack. I either add Kashi cereal or fresh fruit but now I will try granola too!

    Have a great time volunteering!

    3419 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8532529 are doing great! Congratulations on your loss and your experiments! I'm hoping the scale will be with me tomorrow! Have fun with the group on Saturday!

    3419 days ago
  • LISA01605
    Sounds like you are doing really well and finding what works for you! emoticon
    3419 days ago
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    Chobani is sooo good. Yum.
    3419 days ago
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