Sunday, January 31, 2010

Days 5 and 6

More cleaning around the house and reorganizing on day 5. I guess I probably burnt some calories, but not sufficient enough to even blog about.

Day 6, WOw, I can officially say I blew it today with my calories. It is 7pm and I had blown all but 80 of my calories by 3pm and I could tell by the pizza I ate that wasn't very filling. It bogged me down until I napped on the couch for several hours. I think Domino's Pizza will go by the wayside. I know hubby and daughter are eating more for dinner, but I think tuna is in my future along with a glass of milk. Then wait an hour and ride for another 2 just to burn that crap off. I feel like someone drugged me with tryptophan. It's ridiculous how lethargic I feel right now. Can barely hold my eyes open.

Calorie intake so far today is 1215 with 87 remaining for dinner. OR, I can have a good dinner with veggies and such and then work it off anyway on the bike. What do you think I should do. I know I shouldn't skip a meal, it only perpetuates the cycle. So, I guess I'll opt for the good dinner and then cycle tonight afterwards.

I guess that's the decision.


Final tally for the day.

1536 calories consumed

498 burned leaving me with a deficit of 264 calories for the day.

I hate that I ate the stupid pizza, but likely will never do so again when I realized just how bad it made me feel. Next weigh in will be thursday. Haven't made it to the gym since friday with the weather and residual effects of the snow and ice, but hopefully tuesday.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 4

Well, all things considered yesterday was a good day and my first rest day. I needed it as my body pump class on thursday had me so sore, I could barely move. I was running most of yesterday prepping for the weekend and the coming snow storm. I did not get time to workout yesterday anyway.

Soreness I would put at a 5/10.

I came home, unloaded some groceries, fixed dinner, worked on my steamer trunk and started the house re-org.

The desk in my living room will become my daughters once is all said and done. But need to turn the house around... it's become a dumping ground for those with not much spare time. Using the snow days to get it done.

1394 calories in yesterday, and unless sitting on your butt and shredding papers counts for burning, no burn yesterday.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 3

Good morning friends, followers and newly introduced to the world of the fat triathlete mom.

So, last night tried something new with my chicken. Lime and Butter chicken (2 boneless/skinless Chicken Breasts Cubed)

2 TBSP Butter
2 tsp lime juice ( i used the green bottle in the produce aisle)
place cubed chicken in frying pan with the melted butter and lime juice to sautee'
a dash of garlic powder
a dash of onion powder
a dash of mesquite seasoning
a dash of pepper
sautee' until fully cooked but still nice and juicy.


I used a little more than the 2 tsp of lime juice and it was a touch too tangy for my husband but my daughter and I LOVED it. She's almost 5 and getting her to eat chicken in any other form from a chicken nugget is tough.

total calories for the chicken, 1 cup with the spices was 375 of my 1320 calories, but with my exercise it weighed out okay and the taste was awesome.


Went to the gym today, did 15 minutes on the treadmill and a 45 minute class called body pump. I can already tell that I am going to feel it tomorrow. It felt good though.


I have lost 4 lbs in the last week!!!! YAY!!!! Down to 183 and moving right along.

Todays calorie burn at the gym was 650 calories, 935 calories consumed today so far and looking for a light, easy dinner. Let's hope this progress keeps going.

Hooray for small (big) victories. Most weight lost ever in a week for me... WOOHOO

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Low glycemic foods


A couple of years ago when I started this triathlon thing, I was told to eat or drink something low glycemic following a workout of over 40 minutes in order to recover. I said okay and kept right on going.

What is a low glycemic food, simple research says this.

Low glycemic foods are low in sugar and usually have fiber as well. (Bonus) Fresh fruits and vegetables are a good example of low glycemic foods. Some examples of these vegetables are: green beans, lettuce, spinach, zucchini, apples, cherries, peaches and oranges. I limited this list, although a better list is available on most search engines or

Some other examples are nuts, peanuts, carrots, lentils, sweet potatoes, seeds, beans, low fat milk and yogurt are also good. Meat, poultry and fish are other examples of low glycemic. Lean meats are better than those marbled with lots of fat and gristle.

I am not a dietitian or nutritionist, but this is what I am learning from my research, speaking with my nutritionist and working on my eating habits.

I have linked a page on livestrong that has a more detailed list. The above list is for me and the foods I eat. If I can find the right snacks to eat and keep moving in the right direction, I will be better for it.

Just remember, you never know until you tri

Day 2

So last night was 32 minutes of spinning with my spinervals aero base builder I. I liked it, but my heart rate climbed way too fast. I guess David is right. My heartrate goes up quickly and stays up, I need a longer recovery period in order to establish my heart rate zones. I will be monitoring that as I train each day and workout.

So yesterday was 1644, and burned 362 for a total deficit of 20 calories. Not much. YIKES!!! This is going to be harder than I thought. Tracking serving size is tough and when it comes to Cheetos or bacon, heaven help me, I can't say no.

Picture is coming later today, I will have hubby take it soon and then I will post it tonight most likely. I am trying to get in a cardio session before work and maybe a strength session later.

So far today with only breakfast and two glasses of water, my calories are at 230 and I am heading to the living room for another session with the bike. This time I am doing to do my own intervals and watch my heart rate a little more. More update later.


Okay 31 minutes on the bike in the living room, working within my target heartrate for aerobic base building. I will be able to better get this once I receive the info from my nutritionist regarding my basal metabolic rate. I will then work with my trainer to adjust my zones. It will make my training and workouts more effective if I can learn what zones to work in.

Calories burned in 31 minutes... 351 calories
Intake so far 230 and shower and lunch forthcoming.

The Good

Watching NCIS while spinning
Maintaining my heartrate in the right zones
Working in my big chain ring
Only water no sports drink
Good Sweat

The Bad

My butt hurts from last night
Hungry (too hungry)
not maintaining a level with nutrition
need to quit sweating for an hour afterward so I can get ready for work.

Day 2 pretty much done. I am in a calorie deficit of nearly 600 calories between intake and burned. NICE!!! Will reward myself tonight with a 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream and a TBSP of hersheys chocolate syrup. I may just be getting the hang of this stuff.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Here we go

Okay, so in conjunction with my trainer at the gym, I am now using daily plate to track my calorie intake and burn. I need to do this to remind myself what is going in vs. what I am using.

I have yet to post my before picture. I have to admit, i am a tad bit embarrassed that I let myself get to this point. The good news is that since my last weigh-in at the gym, I have lost 2.5 lbs and that includes the week at disney, christmas, new years and lots of unhealthy and fattening food.

The fast food is doing better. In 10 days, we have had 3 eat outs. That is a huge cut from what we used to do. If we can keep that up, we'll save money and get healthier.

On the down side. I saw my orthopedist in december and as many of you know, I played softball for a very long time. Catching for much of it. He took a look at my right knee, did some testing and then tested the left. As some of you know, my right knee has always been my worst. I can't even remember at this point if it is 3 scopes or 4 on that knee. He told me that my left knee is now worse than my right. In the last week, I have noticed it more and it has been by far, more painful. So, here are the goals... Are you ready??? I think I am.

One year..... 50 lbs and a new body.

You all need to keep me going. With working two jobs and a 4 yr old, it's going to be tough, but what can I say. I promise to do my best to update daily and see where it goes. Who knows, maybe this will turn into Julie/Julia. But I don't have a Julia. Maybe I can be somebody elses Julia. I will be as honest as I can, please do me the same courtesy.

I am not doing this for any other reason but to improve myself. So, here we go.