Saturday, May 15, 2010
Guys! Guys! My shoes came! I am so excited! They are so WEIRD looking, but I LOVE them. I wore them all day yesterday around the house, and today....
Today I ran in them outside.
Today I couldn't bear to take them off.
Today I wore them to the golf range.
Chad said my golfing improved by 50%. The last time I went golfing was a year ago. 50% means I hit 2 balls instead of 1.
Guess why I am so much better at golfing now?...
Tomorrow... well tomorrow I just might have to wear them to Church.
Really though, I felt so much more tired after my normal running routine this morning. I can already tell that my muscles are going to thank me for wearing these shoes. Check them out here.
Keep up the awesome work ladies. You are all so amazing and inspire me every day.
- Honey Smacks (Kellogg's)
- Corn Pops (Kellogg's)
- Apple Jacks (Kellogg's)
- Franken Berry (General Mills)
- Trix (General Mills)
- Eggo Cereal Maple Syrup (Kellogg's)
- Basic 4 (General Mills)
- Smorz (Kellogg's)
- Oreo O's (Post)
- Froot Loops (Kellogg's)
- Cocoa Puffs (General Mills)
- Count Chocula (General Mills)
- Waffle Crisp (Post)
- Reese's Puffs (General Mills)
- Mini-Swirlz Cinnamon Bun (Kellogg's)
- Frosted Krispies (Kellogg's)
- Cocoa Pebbles (Post)
- Fruity Pebbles (Post)
- Cookie Crisp (General Mills)
- Frosted Flakes (Kellogg's)
- Golden Grahams (General Mills)
- Lucky Charms (General Mills)
- Rice Krispies Treats Cereal (Kellogg's)
- Cheerios (General Mills)
- Shredded Wheat (Post)
- Fiber One (General Mills)
- Grape Nuts (Post)
- Wheaties (General Mills)
- Total (General Mills)
- GOLEAN Cereal (Kashi)
- All-Bran (Kellogg's)
- Wheat Chex (General Mills)
- Post Grape-Nuts Trail Mix Crunch: 5 grams fiber, and 22% calories from sugar. The first three ingredients are whole grain wheat, malted barley, and sugar, followed by raisins and wheat bran.
- Fiber One Bran Cereal: 14 grams fiber, 0% calories from sugar. First three ingredients are whole-grain wheat bran, corn bran, and cornstarch. This cereal only appeals to some people. I would suggest enhancing the flavor with cinnamon, fresh or dried fruit, and/or roasted nuts.
- Fiber One Honey Clusters: 13 grams fiber, 15% calories from sugar. The first three ingredients are whole-grain wheat, corn bran, and wheat bran.
- Quaker Oatmeal Squares: 5 grams fiber, 19% calories from sugar. The first three ingredients are whole oat flour, whole-wheat flour, and brown sugar.
- Shredded wheat: 6 grams fiber, 0% calories from sugar (for a generic brand). The only ingredient is 100% whole grain cereal. I enjoy this with added fresh or dried fruit and nuts. If you opt for the frosted variety, it has 6 grams fiber and gets 23% of its calories from sugar.
- Frosted Mini Wheats: 6 grams fiber, 24% calories from sugar. The first three ingredients are whole-grain wheat, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup.
- Raisin Bran: 7 grams fiber, 40% calories from sugar (in Kellogg's brand). The first three ingredients are whole wheat, raisins, and wheat bran). Sugar is listed fourth in the ingredient list, but many of the calories from sugar come from the raisins.
- Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal: 5 grams fiber, 18% calories from sugar. The first three ingredients are whole oat flour, oat bran, and evaporated cane juice. This is a higher-fiber alternative to Cheerios. I think they taste better, too. But that may be because there is more sweetener added (the evaporated cane juice).
Melissa sent me an interesting email with a link to THIS STORY regarding a coffee drinkers hatred of drinking water. This was me last year. Well ok, not just last year but I can tell you last year I'm can think of weeks that I only drink diet Coke or milk from my cereal. It was a good read but the long and short of it is you need to drink water. There is no magic number of ounces. It varies by size of person, weather conditions, exercise. 64 ounces is a good rule of thumb, some people say way more. The point is you need to drink water and here are a few important reasons why:
The human body is made up of approximately 60% water depending on size. It serves many functions. Some of them are the riding your body of waste kind but when it comes to being healthy it's important to understand why your insides need water.
Functions of Water In the Body
Water serves as a solvent for nutrients and delivers nutrients to cells, while it also helps the body eliminate waste products from the cells. Both the spaces between cells (intercellular spaces) and the spaces inside cells (intracellular spaces) are filled with water. Water lubricates joints and acts as shock absorbers inside the eyes and spinal cord. Amniotic fluid, which is largely water, protects the fetus from bumps and knocks.
Water also helps the body maintain a constant temperature by acting as a thermostat. When a person is too hot, whether from being in a hot environment or from intense physical activity, the body sweats. When sweat evaporates, it lowers the body temperature and restores homeostasis.
Sometimes when we first start drinking more water we may feel like we are retaining water. Sometimes we do retain water because we are taking in high amounts of sodium. Whatever the case you need to continue to drink a good amount of water, that actually helps get rid of the water retention. Water retention is just another of your bodies survival mechanisms.
Drinking water helps control appetite. You may not like the taste of water but it may help you not want to TASTE something else.
It's even more important to drink extra water when you exercise and when the weather is warmer. You body loses more water in perspiration during those time and you need to make sure that you're replenishing it.
Can you drink to much water? It's pretty hard to drink to much water but it can happen. Most often it happens in babies who drink to much water or diluted formula. The other is in long distance runners (or other endurance races.) Usually if someone is participating in an event like this they need to make sure they are taking on sports drinks along with water. Sports drinks have electrolytes that keep the body in balance. Drinking to much water dilutes the bodies electrolyte balance.
The only other case in which you may disturb this balance is if you drink to much water at one time. I'm talking copious amounts at one sitting. I can't even imagine sitting down and drinking that much at one time. I'd probably get sick. But, I'm trying to fuller inform. It's important to spread your water intake throughout the day and not chug all the water at one time.
So keep drinking that water ladies. It does your body good!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Before Monday night you are to measure your body. Yep, we've all been working hard and sometimes we don't always see the changes on the scale. Some of us see the physical changes, clothing fits better, the popover muffin is slowly turning into mini muffin top.
I bet you're losing inches. Muscles may weigh more than fat but it also takes up less room.
So take your measurements or have someone take them for you and we'll see what it's like in another 6 weeks.
This is worth 20 points, that's how important I think it is to do this. To bad many of us didn't do this sooner.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tomorrow is going to be a bit more of a challenge. A friend of ours just graduated from Law School and they are having a huge party at the Mayan Restaurant. (GAG, opps, did I say that out loud) I've searched for the calories on line, but nothing. The menu is limited because it is a catering party. I really don't want to waste my free day on gaggy food. Any suggestions?
This is me with my bike...and my girlfriends that also rode with my last Saturday. It was suppose to be a simple 50 mile bike ride through a pretty flat area around Richmond, VA. I say simple because last year I rode 100 miles for the same race, not so simple. Also, everyone touts how "flat" it is.
We took off on time but before we were even a mile out we hit the two toughest hills that were on the course. Now, I knew these hills where here because we started from my half way point last year and I remember them. But, my riding partner didn't encounter these last year because we started on the other side of the race course. Why do I ramble so...well this can be a shock to your body when you're not warmed up. When I finished the two hills my legs were not happy and I was breathing heavy. I slowed my pace warmed up and moved forward. There was a stiff breeze but we were moving.
We stopped at the first rest stop, took on water and moved on. By this time the wind had picked up and the trees where whipping around. The next area we rode through was a beautiful park, however because of the wind there were small branches falling all over and most of them you could not avoid. Sharing the rode does not allow you to swerve to avoid all things.
At mile 27 we stopped at our next rest stop. I had just refilled my water bottles and had 1/2 a pj&j. I was talking to the other girls when you heard a VERY LOUD POP. Everyone heard it...and it sounded like it came from the area over where I had laid my bike. As I walked my way over there I found out that my tire had exploded. This is VERY unusual. It's standard to carry a tube and air in case you flat on a course but people don't bring spare tires. The mechanics on site didn't have any but said they thought someone out on the course may but they didn't know which mile marker. I thought my day might be through. The SAG support car took my car back to the start and I rode with my friends husband who was at the rest stop with her kids.
Don't stop here there is more. So when I got to the beginning I find the mechanic that was set up as support for the 50 mile rest stop for the 100 mile riders come from the other side. After a little bit of confusing the realized that I was from out of town and really wanted to get back out on the course and finish my ride. And that's what I did.
I called my friends to tell them I was going back to the rest stop I had ended but they asked me to come meet them at the next rest stop they had just got to. It's a good thing I did. It was so windy that we needed each others help to finish the race.
So here is my analogy. There are several things I could have done that I didn't. Sometimes when I'm first faced with a challenge or trial that is hard I just throw the towel in and give up. Some people may have seen that first hills and thought are you kidding me I just can't do it. But guess what. Sometimes you just have to get started to get headed towards your goal.
I could have stopped at mile 27 and said. My day is done. I'll do this another time. I've had so many days that I've eaten something I should have and said oh well and then just started chowing on anything I could get my hands on. I'd tell my self I'd start tomorrow again or next week instead of forgiving myself, thinking mmm that was good but stay on track for the rest of the day. No, I forged forward fixed my problem and got back on the course. Yes, I missed part of the race but I didn't quit. Even if they would not have been able to fix my tire at least I tried.
The last 14 miles of the race were brutality windy. We were all getting whipped all over the place. After we dropped one of our friends I felt the need to go back and get her. It's not easy to ride in the wind alone and when you are trying to do something that is challenging you need support to keep you going. When I got to my friend I told her to ride on my wheel and let me know if I got to far ahead. She stayed right there. We were one anothers support. Could we both have finished on our own? Yes, but were were more successful doing it together, Just like this blog...yes, we could do what we are doing on our own but with each other we don't feel alone and are less likely to give up when it's hard.
I only finished 41 or the 51 miles but I did it. I could have stopped. I still burned over 2100 calories and felt not a single bit of guilt eating the cookies they provided along with BBQ pork sandwiches at the end of the race. I also didn't feel guilt eating cheese and bacon on my baked potato that night or the small bowl of ice cream I had at 10pm to keep me going until midnight. Sometimes hard work reaps it's rewards.
I had been thinking about this analogy when I stumbled yesterday. It was my son's 5th birthday and I had been preparing myself to take him to CheeBurger CheeBurger for his birthday dinner. He had been asking to go there since October and we don't go very often because there are very few healthy options, it's a bit more expensive and in my opinion the healthier options are not very good.
Everything was going well until I ate one of those large chocolate chip cookies from Costco. He had taken them to school and their were left overs. I had a little panic and then thought well I should just take a free day and start eating, but then I thought about my little analogy again and didn't. I stopped right there and didn't have another thing. We went to dinner and I had a small hamburger with no fries.
I knew with a killer workout I'd be within my calories so I put the boys in bed and got on the trainer and rode for 1 hour 15 minutes. I didn't sabotage myself with one cookie and I didn't start to beat myself up either. I took a minute to think and made a new plan.
I hope that when you all have moments like this you can move forward and not quit. You're body and your mind will thank you for it.
... it would be this:
This is my favorite thing to eat.
Have you heard of sprouted grain breads? They are supposed to be really good for you. According to one maker (Food For Life) here's why:
The process of germination changes the composition of grain and seeds in numerous ways. Sprouting increases vitamin content. Sprouting neutralizes phytic acid – a substance present in grains – that inhibits absorption of nutrients and more important Sprouting neutralizes or "predigests" if you will, grains through enzymatic activity. The enzymes produced during our natural sprouting process "in effect" breaks down amino acid protein bonds to promote digestibility of the entire grain.Sprouted grain bread has numerous advantages over "enriched" wheat flour breads. These breads are made from the endosperm of the wheat kernel (the inside portion), which contains primarily carbohydrates and few vitamins and minerals. The milling of grain into white flour requires the removal of the bran and the germ. This results in the loss of natural fiber, bran and 22 vitamins and minerals. To compensate, five vitamins and minerals (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron and folic acid) are added back in, "enriching" the flour. Sometimes calcium is added back as well.
I don't know about all of that, but here's what I do know: It's a very filling, heavy bread. It's delicious. The kind I bought was savory and slightly sour, in a good way. It's the perfect healthy partner for my avocado. All is right with the world once again.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I'm taking a healthy wife sabbatical this time around. Going to test my healthy wife super powers on my own for a stretch. I'm going to fend off junk food with the bracelets, tote water bottles and healthy snacks in my invisible plane, and rope myself with that golden cord to stay true to my healthy life style. And I'm gonna be smokin' hot in that awesome outfit.
P.S. Thanks Audrey for the Wand of Wonder! You are my hero!
Have you heard about the new mormon.org? My husband was a part of the team that came up with the concepts for the re-design. The new site will launch in June, and there are some major changes! They're implementing a social networking component in the new site. It's an opportunity for church members to share their testimonies with investigators by making profiles and answering FAQ's. Problem is, we need members to register and create profiles. We're trying to get 1000 profiles completed by the end of May. So, if you're reading this and you're a Mormon, do me a favor: register and create a profile! You must be 18 or older, and you must have your membership number. You can find that on your temple recommend, on last year's tithing statement, or from your ward clerk.
Just go here to create your profile. Matt has been very prayerful about his work with the church, and has definitely felt guided by the Spirit. I think his co-workers would say the same thing. As you answer the questions on your profile, please pray for the guidance of the Spirit, too.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I hope everyone has a wonderful Mothers Day!