running from women’s health magazine

This week, I weighed myself. This month I have been doing terribly, and making bad food decisions. I gained back 2 lbs. I am resolved to change direction and again gain back my losing of pounds. I also hope to motivate myself and increase stamina and speed in my runs.

I found this article in Women’s health magazine, and am going to try it out. They suggest:
Week 1: Run 2 min, walk 3 min; repeat 6 times
Week 2: Run 3 min, walk 3 min; repeat 5 times
Week 3: Run 5 min, walk 2 min; repeat 4 times
Week 4: Run 7 min, walk 3 min; repeat 3 times
Week 5: Run 8 min, walk 2 min; repeat 3 times
Week 6: Run 9 min, walk 1 min; repeat 3 times
Week 7: Run 30 minutes

I am excited to start this new regimen. I will get up tomorrow at 5 and start my day with exercise and a healthy breakfast. Cant wait! Going to bed early tonight though…
Quote for today: “Failure isn’t falling down. It is remaining where you have fallen.”

Healthy Beef Hot Dogs?

Hello All.

I love beef hot dogs. When summer rolls around, I find myself craving that big beefy taste of great barbecued hot dogs with mustard and ketchup. I have tried turkey dogs, and they are just not the same. They leave me longing for those beefy wonders. This year, I may have found the solution.

Hebrew National (One of my favorite brands) now makes a 97% fat free kosher beef hot dog! There is only 1 gram of fat per link in these things!  I decided to try them, and tell you all if they are good, or too good to be true.

To complete my ‘healthy hot dog,’ I used Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat hot dog buns, French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, and Heinz Reduced Sugar Tomato Ketchup (with only 5 calories per TBSP).

In all, each hot dog, completely assembled, has 3 grams fat (0 saturated or trans) , 155 calories, 11 grams protein, 3 sugars, 25 carbs, and 3 grahms of fiber: pretty good for a barbecue meal.

They looked good, but it was time for the test. How did the taste measure up?

To my pleasure, these hot dogs were wonderfully good. They had the same beef taste as the hot dogs I missed. The only drawback to these is that they are not as juicy as the full fat hot dogs of my past. No worries, though. I have gotten as close as I believe I can to the yummy hot dog qualities I like most. It is still not the best meal for you, thanks to sodium and a higher than should be ratio between carbohydrates and proteins, but if you are doing a backyard barbecue, and desire a healthy alternative, this is the way to go!

 

loving the lake

I live near a lake in the North of Raleigh. You can kayak, bike, run, play tennis on the courts, basketball, volleyball, etc. This is really an apartment complex that encourages an active lifestyle. I love it here! The one challenge that I have had recently is what I feel is sweltering heat. I lived in Idaho a year ago, and find raleigh very hot and humid. It is hard for me to deal with this heat when I am exercising. Even if I get up in the morning before work to run, it is in the upper 70s, and the humidity is killing. I miss idaho weather! I will adjust to the heat out here, I am sure.

I went to the flea market out here today and walked around for a few hours. I bought some carved bone earrings, and a large conch shell. It kept my mind off of the heat as I walked around all afternoon.

Healthy eating is very healthy as well. exercise will get you only so far. I have seen, with myself, that if I spend a lot of time exercising, I desire healthier food, but there is also the excuse that comes up sometimes of “I exercised today, so I can eat this.” Do not get caught up in this excuse or any excuse for that matter. You are working hard! Learn to reward yourself in other ways.
Lastly, I have lost another pound this week!!! Honestly, I do not know how it happened. It should not have happened. I went out too much, but I am glad it did, and I will try harder next week. The heat cannot be an excuse for me.
I was reading Simple Living magazine and they had an idea for outdoor parties during the summer that I believe may come in handy. They said that using mini ice packs and putting them on areas such as your wrists can help keep your core temperature low. I found a couple small ice packs that can be strapped to the wrists, and I am going to see if they help keep me cooler while I am working out this week. (I know I can work out indoors, but I much prefer to run around the lake to using a treadmill.)

Hope for Haiti

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A year ago, it was hard to walk at 2.5-3 mph continuously. Now, I have done 2 5k races, and am excited to find and sign up for a third! I finished my last race at 14.30 minutes per mile. A year ago, I was doing about 25 minutes per mile.  big improvement! I still have quite a way to go. I have about 85 lbs to lose as an approximation, and I can run for a little over a minute at a time.

I am proud of how far I have come. A year ago, I could not run for more than 15 seconds. now I am running for over a minute. I have figured out that I do better in competition, so I will sign up for as many races as I can find. So far, I have done Hope for Belize (a color run) and hope for Haiti (a regular 5k). I love them, and, although it has only been a month, I miss them. I cannot wait to find another and race!

I love the way that 5ks help people. You can make a difference, and get fit! Never underestimate yourself. You can do so much more than you ever thought you could! I have asthma, and have been able to push myself to half walk, half run two 5ks! Push yourself! You are able to do so much more than you believe!

July 14th

I woke up on thursday of this week feeling a bit like I had gained some weight. I was a bit down for several hours thinking that I felt puffy, and possibly a bit bloated. my chin was looking less defined, I thought, and my arms might be getting bigger. I finally reached home after work and decided to weigh myself. I was sure I would be a couple of pounds up from about two weeks ago when I last weighed, and I prepared myself for the bad news. Much to my suprise, when I looked down at the scale, I was a pound down! Imagine my joy! I was shocked, and became a bit upset at myself for beating myself up so much at the beginning of the day. I now have renewed faith that, even on my gross feeling days, I may not be looking as badly as I am feeling. Yaay!

31 pounds

I have to look to see what my rewards were listed as because I have not rewarded myself. I am now 31 lbs down! I also have run two5k races, and am feeling a whole lot more healthy. I have noticed that I am able to do so much more than I did last year. When I am with friends, I feel like a competitor, not someone who is going to slow the group down. I have been watching what i am eating, and I just moved close to a lake, where there are many activities to be active in. We have a tennis court, volleyball court, trail around the lake, gym(although I prefer outdoor activity).

I am a size down in pants. I wear an 18 now, and I am getting closer to another downsize. I am also about two sizes down in shirts.

Here is a little tidbit that makes me happy. About a year ago, back in Pocatello, Idaho, the college (Idaho State University) that I attended was giving out shirts. (they did this regularly) I asked for an extra large, and someone thought I may need a size larger, and rudely told me this. It hurt, but I knew that I could eventually change this. At my race a couple of weeks ago, Romal and I had ordered two shirts. I got a large (I like to run in baggy shirts), and he ordered a medium( he likes to show off his manly chest), and they tried to hand me the smaller one!!! That was a small victory. I KNEW I had changed! There was no doubt in my mind.

I was looking through pictures the other day at my sister’s wedding, and saw a picture of myself last january. I realized just how much weight has come off of my body since then. I am so much more confident than I was. I still have a ways to go, but I am confident that I will get there. I do need to watch my dinners more than I have been. I am really good all day long, and then I lose track of my goal at dinner. I have never been a salad person, and probably never will be, but this is my next thing to work on. I have to get my dinners out under control!

day 37

I got a new scale. It is meant to measure your BMI and body water (although the body water part of it always shows an error) The one problem is that, since it is digital, it is more accurate than my cheapo scale that I got rid of, and I weighed in, although two pounds down, and it measured me as eight pounds up.  Discouraging, but it does not change the amount of weight that I have lost. Eight pounds in all now, and I am showing that I weigh the same as when I started, so I need to count up. According to this scale, I would have started at 243. eeeek! Now, I am at 235 according to the new, digital scale. Yay! Every step counts.

Went to the gym today and did abs and 40 minutes of cardio. A nutritionist/trainer at a gym I used to go to told me to start by doing 15-20 minutes of weights/strength training in order to burn off calories from carbs and then do cardio, and you will go straight in to more effective calorie torching.  I may be getting the specifics wrong, but I remember the times and the exercises, and carbs first… so yeah. lol.

took more than a month… slightly… but my first eight pounds is down.

‘In other news’- I have toned up, and slimmed down. I went to Ross and tj maxx today, and found that I am now fitting in to most large sized shirts. 😀 Yay!!!!!!! It has been a couple of years since I have fit into large shirts. I have been in extra large, which I have found are getting baggy lately. I was right. I did not know that eight pounds would make such a difference. Thank God! 🙂 I am making progress.

In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

day 28

So, it has been four weeks, and I have now lost six pounds! I am two pounds behind what I had hoped to be, but that is not the important thing. The important thing is that I am losing! I feel like my body has finally kicked into gear, and, as I stay active and eat right, I will be able to continue to lose.

Ok. Announcement: My sister got engaged last weekend! How awesome is that! This means that I have another reason to lose that weight. She and her fiance have not set a date yet, but have decided to go for a year to a year and a half from now approximately. That would be this next summer, or the spring after. This means that I have to get this done! I have been asked to be the maid of honor (Hooray!!! 🙂 ) But, SERIOUSLY GUYS, that means that this is serious, not just little goals that I can quit on or slack off on, but real set in stone goals.

My biggest desire is to be fitter, but losing weight and getting to my healthy weight will be great too. I have noticed that, even though I am still outgoing, there are many things that I have noticed that I am less so than I used to be. I don’t typically feel uncomfortable in my own body, but my stomach is truly a barrier to me bending over all the way, and I would like to fit into things that I have not fit into in a while. I would like to go to the store and put on a normal dress, and fit into it.

Good news as well: I am noticeably able to do more than I used to. Last week I went on a church retreat, and was able to hike up steep hills without stopping. small shout out but I believe an important one, since my asthma and lack of fitness has gotten between myself and this small goal in the past. 🙂

Until next time-

-Carey

day 16

Good afternoon everyone!

I am so excited! I ordered a new pair of tennis shoes in the mail last week: a pair of new balance cross trainers “women’s WT560 trail running shoes from New Balance®” <http://www.zappos.com/new-balance-wt560-blue> That I found at zappos.com. They came yesterday, and I got to use them at the gym for the first time today. They are awesome! I love NewBalance! I always have. Their shoes fit my feet so well.

There is a second reason for my excitement as well. In addition to the shoes, I found out some information that seems to be helping me. I have known for quite some time that I am lactose intolerant, but have always been careful half-heartedly. I figured out through trial and error that yogurt (except greek yogurts which I can eat without issue) and milk bother my stomach the most, and my low fat cottage cheese, and skim milk string cheeses do not seem to create much of an issue if I use them sparingly. I found the chart below at WebMD.com. Now I understand why Yogurt bothers my stomach so much. Just look at the amount of Lactose there! And milk feels like it is punching a hole through my gut every time. I figured this out in ninth grade.(btw- I found out that the reason I can eat my chobani greek yogurt is because it contains live cultures and is more easily digestible for the lactose intolerant.)

Lactose and calcium in food
Food Serving size Lactose (g) Calcium (mg)
Milk 8 fl oz (240 mL) 10-12 290-300
Yogurt 8 fl oz (240 mL) 10-15 300-400
Ice cream 8 fl oz (240 mL) 10 160
Hard cheese 1 oz (30 g) 0-1 150-275
Cottage cheese 8 fl oz (240 mL) 3 126-155
Cream cheese 1 oz (30 g) 0.8 23

Anyway, to get back to the issue, my lactose intolerance, according to the research I have done here, could be significantly contributing to my asthma problems which hold me back almost every time I exercise. I decided to get almond milk instead of skim milk. There is a bit more fat, but if it helps me exercise, I’ll burn it anyway, and I figure I can just be careful someplace else to make up the difference. Anyway, I have been on this almond milk for a week now, and I have been going to the gym and finding that, so far, my asthma has not flared up. In fact, I have been able to go faster and farther than I have in years, even times when I had been regularly exercising. I finally have hope that someday, as I become more fit, I will be able to run! How AWESOME is that?!

For lunch I had 10 small asparagus blanched, wrapped in 1/2 slice of lean turkey each (total of 2 oz); 1 small sliced gala apple, 1/2 cup skim cottage cheese.

Well, looking forward to tomorrow. If I can finish my lesson on rosetta stone early enough, I may just make it to a hike later today. 🙂 Gotta go 🙂

day 15

I am so psyched! I am feeling so much more healthy than I was when I started. I have been watching what I eat and exercising. Most recently I went to the gym and near jogged (which, with my asthma I have not been able to do for quite some time) for thirty minutes! I also went to the store and bought healthy foods to snack on, including low cal snacks so that ,when I do get a craving, I can eat something and not ruin the work I have done throughout the day. 🙂

I have lost two pounds in all. Not exactly where I wanted to be, but it is something. At least my body is starting to work with me. I’ll just have to keep at it. I like a saying I heard on the biggest loser several seasons ago. To summarize, it goes something like this: It doesn’t matter whether you are the turtle or the rabbit. If you keep moving, you will get there.

I am moving. I hope to pick up the pace but I will get there.