Project overload!!!!!

todolistI’m finally home…and I mean home with no plans for a trip in the near future! YEAHHHHH!!!!  I have to say, its really quite nice to know that I can be a home body for the next few months. I’m putting away my suitcase…for real this time! But, I also feel as though it’s time to get my house and, frankly, my life in order. So I’m cleaning out closets…yes, even that big scarey one under the stairs…junk drawers…ugghhh!…and much to my chagrin…the garage!!…can any one tell me why I need a carborator thingy for a boat that we DON’T OWN ANYMORE???? I know…don’t ask! And after being in resorts with their calming, minimalist decor for the last 2 months, I’ve decided that I’m tired of my house cluttered with dust collecting tchotchkes, so I’ve decided to redo!! Exciting yes, but a huge undertaking! HUGE!! Oh and did I mention that we decided that we are going to set up a budget for the household? Yep…and guess who gets to set that up…ME!!…YEAH!!! Not to mention the marathon training plan…the school clothes shopping trip…the school supplies shopping trip…the “Meet the Teacher” days at not one but two schools…oh and my husband will be ping-ponging back and forth across the country for the next few months, so he will be of no assistance. I could go on and on and on!!! But I won’t…cause I think you get my point. I have WAY to much to do and not enough time to do it!

I feel like I’m running as fast as I can…a full out sprint…but that damn finish line keeps moving farther and farther away!!! The first day back always feels a little overwhelming!! I am hoping that as I settle back into my homelife, I will get myself back in a routine! Wish me luck! I am so going to need it!

Lose It

Lose It!

Lose It!

Ok all you iPhone and iPod Touch users, I’ve found an app that I can’t live without! And I think you won’t be able to either! It’s called “Lose It” and it’s a free (yup that’s right, I said FREE) application available at iTunes. Why is it so great? Well, it helps you Lose It…weight that is! You set it up with a few simple questions about your current weight, and your goals whether it be to lose, gain or maintain. From this information, Lose It sets up a per day calorie intake goal. Then, when you eat you simply enter it into the app. They’ve made it really easy, because they have databases with the most popular name brands and restaurants. Can’t find your favorite Tofutti Fudge Bar? No worries, you can enter it in from the nutrition info on the box. Have a special recipe, but don’t know how many calories or fat grams… it’s OK, because you can add it. Adding a new food or recipe is a breeze!

Now comes the best part!!! It also tracks your calories burned through exercise. And I don’t mean just those burned through aerobics, spinning or running. It also counts calories burned through house cleaning, vacuuming and (whisper) sex!  I know….it is SOOO COOL!!! So, imagine you have made it through dinner and you’re at your limit for the day, but you’re still a little hungry. You forgot that you actually cleaned the house and vacuumed the carpet. Enter those in and BOOM…you have another 150 or so calories you can eat!! It actually makes you want to exercise and clean!

Well, I originally started this back in February and did great tracking for a while, then went on vacation and let it lapse for a week or two. Then, I started again a couple of weeks ago, and have been diligent about logging everything! AND, I have lost…drumroll please….5 pounds! Whooooohoooo!

So if you have an iPhone or iTouch, I highly recommend this application!

How to eat like an Athlete!

dsc_2796I’m hungry! I’m hungry all the time!!! This is expected since I’ve upped my workouts, right? I don’t know! I am trying not to gain weight while training for this triathlon, but my body is making it really hard! It’s screaming for FOOD!!!! I tried the “fill up on water” trick….NOPE, didn’t work! So what am I doing wrong? I want to look like an athlete, not a blubbery whale! How? What do athletes eat and when do they eat it? I am beginning to believe that it’s all in the timing! So I did a little research and here is what I found…

Weight Loss

Weight loss is a numbers game! It’s actually basic math! To lose 1 pound you have to expend 3500 calories more than you consume. Sounds like a lot right? Well break it down a little farther. If you want to lose a pound a week you would divide that 3500 calories by 7 days which gives you a 500 calorie deficit per day. Sounds doable right? Just cut out two 20oz Cokes…right?  Turns out there are a number of ways to lose this weight. You can eat less (not an option when you are training hard), burn off 500 calories through exercise (I’m doing that), or you can combine the two, eat less and burn more. This sounds simple, but doesn’t help me stop the cries for food! There must be more!!!

Fuel

Turns out that the body is fueled by carbohydrates. Hmmm! So what are those low carb dieters using for fuel? If you think of your body as a car, the carbohydrates are the gas, and protein is the oil. Would you put oil in your gas tank? Wait…I really don’t know anything about cars…so, let’s think of it as laundry, since that’s what I know! We have a load of clothes that needs washing. Think of the detergent as your fuel and the fabric softener as the protein.  Would you pour just fabric softener in your washing machine to clean your clothes? No! So why eat high protein when you are trying to fuel your body? Protein is used to repair the muscles after an intense workout. Like fabric softener is used to soften fabrics and prevent static. While the protein will fill you up, they are not as efficient as a carbohydrate in providing energy! Just like fabric softener will make your clothes smell good, but it won’t clean your clothes like detergent!

OK, now I feel like I am beginning to understand my diet flaw. I tend towards protein packed foods, because, being a vegetarian, I just figured that’s what I needed. I’ve been trying to stay away from carbs, thinking that they were BAD!!! Turns out, not all carbs are bad! The complex carbohydrates that come from whole grains found in oatmeal, multi grain bread and whole wheat pasta, are much more effective at fueling your body. Simple carbs that come from highly processed, white flour found in white bread, regular pasta and processed cereal, do not work your body to it’s maximum. So eat your carbs, but eat the brown ones!

Timing

DO NOT SKIP MEALS!!!! This is key to eating like an athlete! You must eat breakfast! I’ve heard my mother tell me this for years! But I’m just not a big fan of breakfast. I like my coffee alone! But according to everything I have read, you must “break” your fast in the morning with a high quality complex carbohydrate, such as oatmeal. If you exercise in the morning, make it a smaller size portion so you don’t feel weighed down.

Evidently, if you eat a big meal you should do so 3-4 hours before exercise. Smaller meals are fine 2 hours prior and snacks can be eaten right before and even during exercise, depending on how you feel!  Really, I can eat while I am exercising? This sounds wrong! But I will try!

And contrary to popular opinion, eating after a workout is a must! The experts say you must eat a balanced meal within 2 hours after your workout! This meal should include complex carbs, proteins and healthy fats. This will help the body repair the muscles and rev up the metabolism, so more calories are burned throughout the day!

So I have found that I was just doing the wrong foods at the wrong times. I am making the change and with any hope my body will stop screaming for food! I’ll keep you posted!

Go Run!!

So, I have been up since 5:15 AM, getting kids off to school and cross country practice. The dog has been walked and I have eaten my Quaker Oatmeal for energy! My schedule shows me running 6 miles and doing it right now! And yet, I find myself stalling, making excuses and procrastinating. Why? GO RUN!!

I love to run! I love the thoughtlessness of it! The lack of telephones, televisions and computers that tend to distract me. It is just me, the road and my music! What’s not to love! Even the weather is perfect today, mid 70’s and sunny! GO RUN!!

But I have so much to do today, can I really fit in a 6 mile run? I have to:

  1. Make an emergency trip to Pet Co for dog food…sorry CC, no chicken for you tonight!
  2. Go to grocery store to buy the chicken for dinner…sorry kids no Taco Bell for you tonight!
  3. Meet friends at the gym for a workout
  4. Pick up 4 sweaty lacrosse players and drive them home
  5. Make the chicken and feed the dog
  6. 4, uhh no… 5 loads of laundry, including the sweaty lacrosse clothes that must be clean by 5:30 AM tomorrow
  7. Keep up with my emails
  8. Post a new message on my blog
  9. Watch Biggest Loser
  10. Help with homework
  11. GO RUN!!!!

You see, I was really suppose to go yesterday, but my running partner niece, Lisa, was sick. Then I had to set up my blog and then I started looking at other blogs and before I knew it, it was 11:30 PM and time for bed.  Now I am wondering why didn’t I just do it yesterday? GO RUN!!!

So, now that I have stalled for another 30 minutes, I really must go…oooh wait my phone is ringing!

GO RUN!!!