Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My A-HA Moment for Today

I had an a-ha moment today, as Oprah would call it. Although, Oprah's a-ha moments are typically deeper than what I'm about to share.  I discovered the most awesome calorie counting & fitness tracking app for my phone! (Behold my shallowness).

MyFitnessPal gives you a recommended amount of calories... depending on your age, weight, height, how much you want to lose, how fast you want to lose it, etc. THEN you can log meals, snacks, and exercise. Full disclosure, it's highly unlikely that I'll follow this to a T, but it's a great guideline and accountability tool! I'm also determined to make my fancy internet phone worth the money I pay for it.

Here are the three coolest things I've found:
1. You can scan the bar codes of foods you eat and it pops up instantly! Instead of searching (although the search is really user friendly) through similar items, you save time this way.

2. The app also estimates the recommended amounts of vitamins, fats (good and bad), fiber, protein, etc. that you should (or shouldn't) be taking in, and let's you know how much you have left until you reach your daily goal, or if you're close to passing your recommended sodium intake for the day.

3. It syncs up with their website, so you can input information on your phone or on the web.

I've tried another similar app before, but this one is a lot better and easier to navigate. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Breakfast Dilemma

I may or may not be using training as an excuse to eat more... which brings me to Emeril's Breakfast Casserole.

By 9 a.m. every morning, I'm hungry. Not that this is shocking to anyone, but I decided that I need to up my breakfast game.  I know myself well enough to know that I won't get up early enough in the morning to cook something hearty and delicious. Also, if I succeed at training before work (this remains to be seen), I won't have time.

So I decided to cook a breakfast casserole that I can cut, heat, and eat. The only disheartening thing about my plan was reading the comments on the recipe.

"Cook this for my family for Christmas morning breakfast..."

"Always requested by my out of town guests..."

Translation: "I cook this for large groups of people." Yet, I'll be the only one enjoying it. Well, the enjoying part remains to be seen... I put it together tonight and will bake in the morning.

Will post a review... and a picture, if it's worth sharing!

First Swim... ouch

I took to the pool today for my first swim since... well, 1998.  Let's just say, 3 minutes after I climbed out of the pool, I could hardly lift my arms. 

I may have pushed myself a little too hard the first time out, but I forgot how much of a workout swimming is. Also, considering the last time I really competed I was 14 and running around all day, every day in a variety of sports.  I started with freestyle, breathing every third stroke. When I got really winded, I'd switch to breaststroke. I've NEVER felt my triceps pull more!

The other part of swimming at the Y, is that you're typically sharing the lane with someone.  I started out on my own and a girl around my age joined me about halfway through my swim. So of course, I couldn't let her pass me! ...the competitor in me may have also deemed me incapacitated tomorrow...

Looking forward to our team swim on Saturday morning!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I think I'm meant to be a baker

I don't know that I'm cut out for cooking. I understand that I need to be patient with myself, but the whole "trial and error" process is frustrating! Although I have discovered that I'm a much better baker. Perhaps it's easier, but I'll leave that argument to the contestants on Top Chef.

In my efforts to cook more often, I'm also trying to satisfy my raging sweet tooth along the way. That's where these Lemon Squares come in. I came across this recipe in Fitness Magazine so yes, I'm putting these in the 'healthy' category.

Light Lemon Bars

Instead of typing it all out here, click the link above to check out the recipe. It's really easy and well worth the effort!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Team Run at the Booty Loop

We had our first Team training this morning at the Booty Loop. Yes, that's what it's called. My suspicions about the origin of the nickname were confirmed when I was told that this particular stretch of road in Charlotte earned its name thanks to the numbers of people (safe to assume they're also somewhat good looking) and co-eds that jog in the area. Apparently, it's the place to be "seen". If you've read about my strong dislike of running and my very slow pace, I have no desire of being "seen" while doing so, so I'll be doing that part of my training elsewhere!

Meeting and running with the group was a great motivator!  The coaches are encouraging, which I totally need, and it's...dare I say... fun? We ran for about 30 minutes and as much as I didn't want to get up at 7 on a Saturday morning, it sure feels good to feel accomplished at 8:30am!

I'm going to start taking some pictures as the trainings continue to (hopefully) jazz up my posts a bit.  Perhaps I'll include some pics of the 'booty' at the loop to encourage you to come back and read!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fundraising Milestone

Through all of the training, I try to remember the bigger picture. Those people in need of support while they, or their loved ones, struggle with leukemia and lymphoma.  As of today, we've raised $1350!! That means that I've met my required minimum of fundraising for the event.

While I'm extremely excited and grateful for the support, that isn't my goal.  My goal is to raise $3000. Since I have four months, I'm hopeful that I can surpass my personal goal and provide more of the valuable funds to LLS.

Over the course of my past two events fundraising for LLS, we have raised $10,255! That is an amazing accomplishment and I have all of you to thank for it!

P.F. Chang's Half-Marathon - January 2009      $7,720
Light the Night Walk           - November 2009  $2,535

Just so you have an idea where that money goes, here are some stats. Just imagine what we've done and who we've helped with $10,000!
  • A $25 donation provides patients with booklets of up-to-date information to keep them informed about their disease and treatment options available.
  • A $50 donation makes Family Support groups with trained professionals possible.
  • A $100 donation helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials to carry out their search for cures.
  • A $500 donation can provide aid to patients for a year.
  • A $1000 donation makes one-on-one conversations with health care specialists possible. They can answer questions, discuss treatment options, and help them prepare questions for the rest of their health care team.
Keep these stats in mind if you're considering donating and know that your money goes a long way in the fight!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First Run of 2011!

I completed my first training run tonight in preparation for our first team running session on Saturday morning. I haven't run since I completed the half-marathon in January of 2009. That's 24 months of NOT running! If I'm being totally honest, even though I ran 13.1 miles and I'll be running 10 miles LESS during the triathlon, I'm most nervous about this part. Nervous about being the slowest, being last... all of those fears we had in school.

But I've already resolved to be more diligent and dedicated in my training for this event than I was for the half-marathon.  I'm excited and scared at the same time. Excited to push my limits and get back in shape but scared about all of the unknown factors (will I sink like a rock in the pool???).

Here's a glimpse of my training schedule for February.

Monday            Team Swim                 20-30 minute run
Tuesday            30 minute bike/spin
Wednesday       Swim drills                  20-30 minute run
Thursday          30 minute bike/spin
Friday               off
Saturday           Team training - varies between the three events
Sunday             Swim or run, whichever is your weaker event- this remains to be seen!

Training officially starts Saturday morning at 8am, wish me luck!