Fastest Pace Yet

My lower back is all sortsa out-of-whack.  I have to see my Chiro two times a month.   I missed my regular appointment two weeks ago.   Bad news.   Very Very Bad News.  Now I am behind and paying for it.  And speaking of paying for it, WHY do Chiro’s have to be so damn expensive?!   I calculated what they make an hour based off my monthly rate and the 5 minutes they spend with me.  All I can say is, they aren’t hurting for money.  =/

Anyway, back to my point.

Sitting down sucks.  Hello compressed spine. 

Bending over sucks.  Squat baby, squat.

Laying down sucks.  Sleeping on an ice pack helps, but rolling over?   That’s a whole other story.

Standing feels ok.  But only after about 2 minutes of being hunched over and slowly but surely straightening out. 

Running.  Ya, I can hear your scolding comments now.  But, I went running.  I told you, standing feels just fine once I am up!

And ya know what is even more weird?   I had one of my best averages.   What the What?

 

I averaged an 8:52 mile pace for 4.5 miles. 

My normal happy place is 9:30.

This makes no sense to me.  None.  

I guess the fresh fall air in my lungs combined with the warm sun and open trail just made my body happy.

Did I do more harm to my back?  I don’t think so.  Felt fine the rest of the day as long as I was up and moving.   The second I sat down though, forget about it.   Pain.  Just sharp throbbing pain.  Nothing new.

Back to chiro tomorrow.  I’ve got a full class load to teach this week.  Ain’t NOBODY got time for a broken back.

Until then I’ll stick to this suggestion – but I’ll take Vodka, thanks.

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Cheers.

Let’s Chat Fat

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About a month ago I went to see a Sports Nutritionist.

Why?

Body Fat

That’s why

I’ve always been calorie conscious. You name a food item and with 99% certainty I’d be able to tell you the exact calorie content.  It’s a a weird obsession.  I admit.

I’ve always eaten a fairly healthy diet.  But, I also never denied myself sweets and alcohol.   I mean, come on.  I love candy.   And I sure do love a cocktail.  Happy Hour!!

Speaking of Happy Hour; now that warm weather is here, HH means Friday at 3 through Sunday afternoon.   It’s hot, we make plans, we have fun, we ride motorcycles.  And Sunday Funday?  Duh!

Annnnyway…

 

About this Sports Nutritionist.

 

I am in the best shape I have ever been at this point in my life.   I can run 13 miles, I teach Turbo Kick, I teach Insanity, I lift weights.  And I don’t lift baby weights.  I go heavy.  By rep 8 I am gritting my teeth and the ol’ limbs are a-shaking.  I teach 8 fitness classes a week for goodness sakes.  And while I don’t always give 100% during Insanity, I give nearly 90%.  I do the workouts.  I walk around.  I stand next to others and push them and in return that pushes me.

 

I am fit.

 

And I am also sitting at a higher body fat percentage then most people with an equivalent activity level.

 

Cue the nutritionist.

 

My friend, Tyree, has been seeing him for over a year now while she preps for a fitness competition.   Tyree has always been physically fit.  But to see her now?  She looks damn good.   Lean, mean fighting machine that girl is.  So, she hooked me up with an appointment.

What was I told?

My 1500 calories intake a day was too little.  My body was in near starvation mode and holding on to any and all fat that it could.   You know what else he said?

 

TOO. MUCH. CARDIO.

 

Well, kid.  We’re gonna have to work around that because I am not giving up teaching.  Period. End of sentence.

 

However, this running crap?  I am so over it.  So, once I get through this half-marathon business on Sunday and my 75 miler relay on the 10th… running will become like a hobby that I take up occasionally.  Like 5K occasionally.

 

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So, this works great for his suggestion of:

“You need MORE weights in your life”

 

Why, yes.  We CAN work on this.

 

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Are you all still with me?  Hang in there… I’m almost done.

 

I am now sitting around 1800-2000 calories a day.  Nutritious calories.   For two weeks he had me following a strict 6 meal a day plan.  Each of the 6 meals has a set carb/protein ratio.  And not white potato carbs.  We are talking whole grain, brown rice, sweet potato carbs.   And not beef jerky protein.  Think chicken, fish, egg proteins.  At the end of the day my total gram intake should be roughly  152 carbs and 198 protein.

And guess what?

I felt bloated.  Full.  Chubbier.

But, what did my numbers say after 2 1/2 weeks?

DOWN!  

DOWN 2.5% body fat.

That’s HUGE!

Up 1% lean body mass.

That’s AWESOME.

 

This sh!t is working, friends.

 

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So, let’s hear it for sports nutritionists!  They know what they are doing.

 

I am SO stinking excited to see where I am at in June.  I am not going back for my pinches until then.  I want to get these long runs out of the way and get back to my weight training.   Suns Out- Guns Out.  Let’s see those babies grow.

 

I am also looking into a few nutrition certifications as well.  I am obsessed to say the least.  This seems right to me.   Feeding your body is what we are to do.  I want to know more.  I want to be able to help others, the RIGHT way.

But, first.  I am working on me.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Cheers!

 

Monday Motivation- I Ate Far Too Many Cookies

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Already Day 20 into the New Year.

Where are you at in meeting your goals?  Are you still focused?  Did you fall off the wagon?  Who cares!  Jump back on!

My nutrition tanked this weekend.  Can we say COOKIES?  On Friday, I ate more then my fair share of the GIANT Hy-Vee frosted cookie I talked about in last nights post.   My aunt Jeanne sent home a gallon size bag of homemade Neiman Marcus cookies that I have snacked on all weekend long.  And, my aunt Sarah brought down some to.die.for cookies from a bakery in Des Moines, IA, that I gladly helped myself to.

Seriously.

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My workout schedule remained some-what in tact.  I could have added a little more activity on Saturday, but, we will just chalk it up to leaving ‘room for improvement.’

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And now, for some Monday Motivation:

5 Reasons To Exercise

 

1. Improves Mood! 

A happier, more relaxed, productive and confidence ridden YOU.    Why choose crabby over happy?!

See you at the corner of Health and Happiness!

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2. Controls Weight

Burn calories, melt fat, boost metabolism!

Burning more calories means eating more food to fuel your body.  No, not Doritos.  Reach for an apple and string cheese, or peanut butter and celery!

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3. Helps you Sleep!

Getting your heart rate up and body moving means a better nights rest!   Make your body work!  The more it is worked, the more rest it needs to recuperate.   Just don’t do it too close to bed time, otherwise you run the risk of re-energizing your body for the night.  And we all know there are only so many sheep to count.

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4. Relieves Stress and Reverses Signs of Early Aging

Stress = Bad.

Bad for our bodies, minds, attitudes and looks.   Getting in a killer workout helps relieve that built up stress from our day.   Getting rid of that stress also helps reverse the ugly long-term effects that stress has on our bodies.  Think younger looking.  Who doesn’t want that?  

Yes, bonding over drinks and trash talk at happy hour relieves stress as well, but who wants the after-effects of a bloated body, killer headache and the snack attacks that hangovers bring?  Choose punching a bag at the gym, lifting some weights or running like you are training for the Hunger Games.

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5. IT’S FUN!

Blah blah blah.  I DON’T want to hear about how you hate exercising, sweating, etc.

Find SOMETHING that you like to do that gets you moving and your heart rate elevated.   Walk your dog, box, garden, mow, shovel snow, dance, run, swim, bike, take aerobics, lift weights, throw in a DVD workout.

Bring a friend, make it a fun experience where you can engage in conversation and laugh over your ridiculous coordination.  I don’t care.  Find something and do it!

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Tell me, what activity are you going to incorporate into your Monday?