May 30, 2013

Fit by the 4th

Today is exactly 5 weeks from the 4th of July.  I spent the majority of the month of May gaining and losing the same 5 pounds, which is pretty standard for me during this time of year.  I don’t want to look back on this summer with regret, so I’m challenging myself (and YOU!) to log my calories into My Fitness Pal EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Even if I’m over.  Even if I know I’m having a bad day, I will log.

I know I need this kind of motivation to get back on track, since my eating has been my biggest downfall.  If you follow me on Instagram (babebeforebaby) you’ll know that I started this challenge a few nights ago by posting my screen shot from the MFP “If every day were like today, you’d weigh… in 5 weeks”.  5 weeks is what MFP projects out to…5 weeks until the 4th of July….seems like a great opportunity to put that MFP projection to the test, doesn’t it?
My screen shot from yesterday...too bad I don't do bootcamp every day!!

Won’t you join me in this challenge? Post a screen shot of your end of day MFP screen, and use the hashtag “fitbythe4th” so we can all follow along!
Don’t track your calories, but still want to participate? Post a sweaty selfie or a pic of your burn from your HR monitor or other device.  Post a picture of your healthy dinner or snack.  Post of picture of ANYTHING you feel you need help staying on track with!  Let’s keep each other accountable so we can go into this summer strong!!

One last thought…I’m also considering starting a DietBet to go along with this challenge, which would have to start next Thursday since they’re pre-set to be 4 week bets.  Would you be interested in joining my Diet Bet??? Leave me a comment and let me know!

May 24, 2013

Facing the Music

I’ve been off on my eating habits since I returned from the Bahamas.  That’s nearly four weeks of bad eating.  I get back on for a few days, then back off for the rest of the week.  I need to fix this.  I need to teach myself to make healthy choices 80% of the time versus 20% of the time. 

One of the things I’m starting to realize is that it’s REALLY hard for me to lose weight in these final weeks of my half training; running for more than 2 hours at a time seriously wipes me out, and makes my appetite virtually insatiable.  Like I want to eat everything in sight.  ALL THE FREAKING TIME.  My half is a week from Sunday, and after that I’m going to cut back on my long runs for a while.  I plan to keep my base at 5-6 miles, but I’ll only do that once a week (or maybe once every other week), and keep to 3 miles during the week to focus more on my eating again.  My workouts haven’t been the problem though, the crap I’m shoving into my pie hole is.

I had made all kinds of resolutions and goals to reach by Memorial day weekend; my half training was the only thing I kept to.  I didn’t lose the weight I wanted to.  I didn’t see the 170s.  I still can’t fit comfortably into a size 10 (they button and all, I just think they’re too snug to wear out in public).  I know that the main reason is my eating is not on point.  I need to get back to using MFP regularly and stick to my calories on a daily basis.  I broke my logging streak when I went to the Bahamas (I was at like 115 days in a row), and since I don’t have the pressure of maintaining that streak anymore, I’ve sort of lost the drive to log in my food.
Well, I’m changing that today.  I need your help to stay accountable, so add me as a friend on MFP (my user name is Babebeforebaby).  I’ve opened up my diary so friends can see it, so I’ll be more likely to log everything and eat healthier knowing you all are keeping an eye on it!

I’m also considering another major change; my weigh-in day.  Lately, weighing in on Wednesdays has been tough for me to blog about because I’m traveling a lot for work during the week, and don’t have a ton of time to actually sit at my computer and write up a post.  It’s also been tough because that mid-week weigh-in can cause me to go off track before the weekend even starts….you know what I mean.  “I don’t have to weigh in for a whole week now, sure I can have ice cream tonight”.  “I had a good weigh-in today, I deserve that appetizer before dinner”….and the list goes on.  I have a tendency to “cheat” more on the weekends, especially when there are social events involved, so for me, that means I have to be totally on point Monday through Friday in order to make any headway on the scale.  This past month, I’ve only been on point Monday and Tuesday, and by Wednesday at dinner I’m ready to eat poorly again.  I’m hoping that by pushing my weigh-in days to Fridays, I can be more productive during the week.  5 straight days of truly clean eating, keeping my cheats limited to the weekends.  I can’t be perfect 100% of the time, but I can certainly try to make the right choices with my food whenever possible, and plan ahead for scenarios that aren’t as accommodating.  I’m going to try to get away from keeping chocolate and fro-yo in the house.  I can have them on weekends, but I’m not going to have them during the week anymore, it’s too easy for me to go overboard.

I also want to get into a routine where I grocery shop on Saturdays; there is a Whole Foods near where I go to Bootcamp on Saturday mornings, so I’m going to give grocery shopping right after boot camp a try, before I have a chance to go home and be lazy! I’m going to plan out my meals and snacks for the week, and have my list ready to go before I leave tomorrow morning. 
So that’s my plan.  I’m hopeful these changes will get me moving back in the right direction, and with the long weekend ahead, I’ll certainly need it!
What changes are you making to help keep yourself on track?

May 20, 2013

Half Training...the good, the bad, the ugly

Happy Monday people!

Yesterday I did the longest distance I’ve ever done.  Over 12 miles.  This will be my longest distance before my first half on June 2nd, two weeks away from yesterday.  This Sunday I will taper down to an 8 mile run to make sure I don’t wear myself out before race day.  I’m really proud of myself for pushing my body …I didn’t ever think that I could be capable of something like this!

So that’s the quick summary, the "good" if you will.  Fair warning, I’m about to get pretty detailed about the side of half training that no one ever talks about.  There’s the good side everyone always talks about…then there’s the bad, and the ugly.  I’m going to talk about those last ones now…so if you don’t want to hear it, stop reading now (consider yourself warned).

My run yesterday started off pretty good.  I was feeling great, my lungs felt good, my hips and knees felt good, and I knew I could do all 12 miles without a problem.  Around mile 5 I started getting that strange pins and needles thing in my right foot again (this happened on my last long run), but I powered through and kept going.  I’ve been experimenting with different fuels to see how my body reacts to them, and yesterday I tried a power gel by stinger.


In a word, yuck.  Not for me.  I didn’t like this stuff for 2 main reasons.  1) I didn’t like the sensation of this warm gooey stuff coating my mouth (it didn’t help that I didn’t care for the taste) and 2) I’m pretty sure my stomach didn’t care for it either.  Which leads me to my next topic.

Poop.  There I said it. 
Around mile 7 I was feeling pretty crampy, and by mile 9, I knew I needed to get to a bathroom fast.  I was running by a sports field, and I thought there might be some porta-potties lined up, so I headed off course towards what I thought might be a great solution to my problem.  Alas…no porta potties, just a locked field house.  I had made it to mile 9.5, but knew that I was in serious trouble, so I made that phone call that no girl wants to make…I stopped to walk and called my husband to come pick me up so that I could get home to use the bathroom.  I continued to walk for the next .5 miles (mainly because I was truly afraid if I kept running that I might have an “accident”), and had hit 10 miles before my husband arrived.  I paused my runkeeper app, got home, did my thing, then went back out to finish the last 2 miles.  It’s hard to say if this was a result of my Crohn’s affliction, if it’s just what distance running does to your body, or if it was the gel fuel that set me off, but it pretty much sucked all of the energy out of me.  Those last 2 miles were HARD.  I tried to keep hydrating, and ended up going a little further than 2 because I felt guilty about 1) walking a ½ mile, and 2) stopping for my little “break”, even though it was probably only 10 minutes total time.


The rest of the day, I was pretty much a waste of life.  All I wanted to do was lie on the couch.  I felt crampy and awful the rest of the day, and had no energy to do anything around the house.  I was supposed to go grocery shopping, but I didn’t.  I was supposed to do some cleaning around the house, but I didn’t.  I took a hot shower and it was all I could do to make it through that without sitting down for a bit!  By the evening I was feeling a little better, and went out to dinner and a movie with my husband.  I took a bubble bath before bed, with lots of epsom salts to help ease my sore muslces, so that helped me a bit, but I slept like a rock last night, and I’m sore as hell this morning.
(My right knee is still pretty bruised from my fall last week, but it doesn't bother me unless I'm kneeling now)
I know these are things you probably don’t hear about a lot from the people that talk about training for a half, so I wanted to be honest with you about how my body is reacting.  I should also mention that this long distance running is making me HUNGRY.  Like I could eat non-stop, all day, and still not feel full.  It’s not doing wonders for my weight loss, but I’m still proud that I can say I was able to push my body that far. 
So there you have it.  The good, the bad, the ugly.
Do you have any experiences to share about running long distances? I’d love to hear them!

May 14, 2013


I’ve been noticing a theme lately in some of the groups that I’m in on Facebook, posts on Instagram, and well, if I’m being honest, with my own behavior.

The common denominator is falling off the wagon…and how to stop it from totally derailing your efforts.

I’m a victim of the 5 pound tango…I do really good for a stretch, lose 5 to 10 pounds, then in one bad long weekend, gain it all back (sometimes plus some). 

Let me ask you a seemingly random question; how many times per day would you say you drop your cell phone?  I, myself, probably drop my phone at least once, if not 2 or 3 times a day.  When I drop my phone, do I pick it up and say…damn, it’s got a scratch on the back, might as well throw the stupid thing away!? Hell no! That thing is like $400 to replace without re-signing a contract, you’re damn straight I put it back in my pocket and deal with those minor cosmetic defects that I’ve caused!
My point is this: if you find yourself falling off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up! It’s just one meal, just one dessert, sometimes even a whole day, but it does not define you as a person! We are all human, and we all have our imperfections.  I’m a binge eater, and when I open a new container of (insert favorite fatty food here…) I have a really hard time stopping at just one serving.  9 times out of 10, if I eat right out of the container I finish the whole damn thing.  Now if I use the cell phone mentality, I should pick myself up, dust myself off, and get back to eating healthy and counting my calories like a good girl.  But most of us don’t go there…we use that slip up, that tiny pebble in our journey, as the cause and effect of an entire AVALANCHE of bad eating.  I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I’m trying to break that habit.

There’s no magic pill or right way of doing this thing, but all you can do is remind yourself that this is NOT a diet, this is a LIFESTYLE.  Diets restrict and prohibit foods and calories to the point of weight loss.  Lifestyle changes incorporate healthy eating on a regular basis, and still allow for fun foods too.  This is how I’m getting myself back on track; my meal plan this week has included an after-dinner snack, every single night, for a 200 calorie “treat” of dark chocolate, frozen yogurt, or popcorn.  In the past, those things would be off limits to me, so if I had some chocolate, I would think, “what the hell, my diet is blown for the day anyway, might as well finish the bag!”.  This week I’m trying a new approach, and so far I’m happy with the results.  I didn’t feel guilty when I had chocolate last night.  And I made myself stop at the 200 calorie mark because that was part of my plan.  It may not be the right answer for you, but that just means you have to look for your own version.  Find what it is you need to keep going.  Find a sustainable way of incorporating these things into your daily routine so that it’s not inconceivable to do it FOREVER. 


Because this is forever.  This is your life, your body, and sometimes we just need reminders that our minor defects are not so daunting that we should give up on a healthier, happier, fitter version of the flawed person we are today.  You can do this.  WE can do this.  And we will.  One day at a time, because healthy habits lead to positive changes.

May 13, 2013

Weekend Recap

On Saturday morning I ran a 5k…but not just any 5k, my FASTEST 5k EVER!  I admittedly started off way to fast; I have a problem with that when I start towards the front of the pack.  I burnt myself out by the end of the first mile, and my pace slowed down significantly, but I did hit the 1 mile mark at 9:10 according to the lady with the stop watch (SUB 10 min MILE!? HOW THE HELL DID I DO THAT!?!?).  Up until Saturday, my fastest 5k time was 33:02, and I honestly thought that was a fluke because I haven’t been able to duplicate that time.  Saturday I proved myself wrong when I crossed the finish line in just over 30 minutes.  I’m still waiting for the official results to be posted, but I recall seeing something around 30:30 when I ran through the chute…we shall see, but in any event I’m super proud of that HUGE PR!


If you follow me on instagram you know already that I took a nasty fall on Saturday night:


We went out for a late lunch/early dinner with some friends, and it started POURING while we were in the restaurant.  We had parked a good ways down the street, so we decided to make a run for it to get to the car faster.  I was wearing flip flops (and should have known better), and when I hit the crosswalk, my feet flew out from underneath me and I came down HARD on my right knee, twisted up my other knee, scraped up my foot, and managed to hurt my wrists too when I tried to break my fall, all in the middle of the street where cars were stopped for us at the crosswalk.  UGH.

Needless to say, when I tried to get my long training run in on Sunday, it didn’t go well.  My knee started hurting the second I started running, and after about a mile I decided it was best to just turn around and walk back home.  I wasn’t happy about it, but I figure it’s better to rest it than risk doing more damage, right?


Will my knee all banged up, I’m going to use this time to really focus on my diet.

This is my week.

I will get back on track.

I’ve planned out all 7 days of meals and snacks, and I’m going to stick to it.  Weight loss is 80% diet, so I really need to clean mine up, NOW!

I did all of my grocery shopping on Saturday, and spent some time yesterday prepping my fruits, hard boiled eggs, salads, and turkey muffins.

Here’s a snapshot of the excel doc I used for planning:


I’ve got a 12 mile training run this weekend, and although I’m pretty scared, I know that using good food to fuel my body this week will make a huge difference in the way I feel on Sunday.

I KNOW this will be a good week for me; what are you doing to make sure this week is good for you too?

May 6, 2013


I RAN 10 FREAKING MILES YESTERDAY.  Continuously.  Without stopping.  It’s a miracle!  This is the first time I’ve run double digit mileage EVER.  I’m super proud of this!


I was nursing a sore hip from my run on Friday (which I now know was my IT band) so I was nervous about this run, but I dropped some serious $$ at my local running store on Saturday to invest in a foam roller (IE my new BFF) and some new running sneakers (I was WAY overdue, and since that was supposed to be my 50 pound loss reward, and I was just about there before my Bahamas trip, I bent the rules a bit J )


I rolled the heck out of my IT bands on Saturday, took a long soak in the tub with some healing Epsom salts, and Sunday I woke up feeling pretty good.  My run was pretty good for the most part, but around mile 5 my right foot started to get all pins and needles on me….I’m not quite sure why, but it continued for the remainder of my run. I also tried out some new energy chews before/half way through my run by Stinger, and I have to say I’m a big fan.  Just one chew and my energy levels felt pretty good…and they were tasty too!  I liked them way better than the sports beans, and these are organic and much “cleaner” than any other brand I’ve researched.


 For the most part, my hips felt ok while I was running, it was my feet that felt like they had taken a beating by the end of my 2 hour jaunt.  Could have been the distance, could have been the new shoes…who knows, but I really like my new sneakers and I’m looking forward to a couple of shorter runs this week to see how they feel.

After my run I attempted my first ever ICE BATH.


That sh*t is for the birds.  I HATED EVERY SECOND OF IT….I may have gotten into the tub a little prematurely (it was still filling up) and this may have been the reason I couldn’t handle it for more than a minute…my body wasn’t totally submerged and having the ice cold water creep up and over my legs at a painfully slow rate was not exactly pleasant.  I have to say though…I woke up this morning feeling pretty good muscle-ache wise, so maybe I’ll give it one more try next week with the tub FILLED before I lower myself in!

So my diet….well it hasn’t been that great since I got back from the Bahamas last week.  I’m starting fresh today, back at logging my calories into MFP, back to eating clean and avoiding processed sugars, dairy, and alcohol for a while.  I NEED to get back down to my pre-Bahamas weight so I can start focusing on that new decade again!  I have to do some prepping tonight since I had too busy of a weekend to get it done yesterday, so I’m hoping I’m not too wiped out after work to get it all done!

How was your weekend? Anything you want to brag about??

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