Friday, January 29, 2010

So what does 300 calories really look like?

In order to help shred that last bit of weight, I've decided to do what I knew was a good idea all along, but never actually small meals frequently throughout the day.

I consulted my trainer (my dad) to see how many calories were appropriate for my weight loss goals and the amount of calories I'm burning each day. We came to the consensus that 1500-1800 calories was a good allotment with the idea that if I was feeling week/tired/hungry that we'd reassess.

So far, so good.

I'm eating 5-6 mini meals each day. Each meal is roughly 300 calories...give or take.

While I was planning this, I did some research. 300 calories is not a lot, especially for a "meal". One thing I kept reminding myself...these are mini are supposed to eat 5-6 of them, not 2-3 of them like other meals.

How I started...
I took meals that I would normally eat, research the calories, and adjust from there. For example, lunch at work would often look like this:
  • Sandwich with cheese, little bit of mayo, turkey, and tomato
  • Pretzels
  • Orange
  • Total - 695 calories

Let's break this down
Sandwich with cheese, little bit of mayo, turkey, and tomato - 375 calories
  • 2 slices of bread - 140 calories
  • 2 slices of turkey - 45 calories
  • 1 slice of cheese - 80 calories
  • 1 tbs mayo - 60 calories
  • tomato slices - 15 calories
Pretzles - 1 serving (10 twists) - 230 calories
Orange - 90 calories

How to fit it in a 300 calorie mini meal
Half sandwich and orange - 295 calories
  • 1 slice of bread - 70 calories
  • 2 slice of turkey - 45 calories
  • 1 slice of cheese - 80 calories
  • tomato slices - 5 calories
  • orange - 90 calories
It's not hard but it does take planning.

Here are some photos I've tweeted this past week about my mini meals just give you an idea.

Meal #1 sample - 280 calories
1 c of Kashi Go Lean Crunch! (200 calories)
6 oz (pre packaged) Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt Cup (80 calories)
The photo does not do it justice. This is a very tasty, very filling meal. A great way to start your morning!

Meal #2 sample - 310 calories
1 small/medium apple (100 calories)
2 tablespoons of Jif Natural Peanut Butter (210 calories)
This doesn't look like a lot, but 2 tablespoons of PB is a lot of protein! I usually have this around 11ish and I'm good to go until 1:30-2:00!

Meal #3 sample - 305 calories
Sammich - 1 slice of bread, 2 slices turkey, 1 slice of cheese, tomato (205 calories)
Mixed fruit bowl (100 calories)
Just like a normal lunch, just about half the size and calories. only needs to hold you over for 2-3 hours!

Meal #4 sample - 310 calories
1/2 c brown rice (120 calories)
1/2 c black beans (105 calories)
2 tablespoons of salsa (5 calories)
Orange (80 calories)
This is a personal favorite. Black beans and brown rice with salsa might be my favorite combo ever!

Meal #5 sample - 370 calories
8" Mission Carb Balance Tortilla (120 calories)
3 oz of cooked fajita steak (150 calories)
Bell peppers and sauteed onions (100 calories)
Very good! This is good for those cooking for people other than themselves. Realizing that the bf is not on my mini meals, I just make 2 of these for him!

This gives me some wiggle room to have a little snack after meal #5, have a coffee in the morning (I don't drink it every day), or have a beer or two at night. Gotta account for even the liquid calories...remember that!

I've been doing this for a week. Since I've been doing it, I'm hardly ever hungry. If I am, I notice it's because it's time to eat again. I've never noticed myself hungry after I've had a mini meal (which means I'm getting enough protein and nutrition!). I've also had more energy and have been less tired.

As I research more and actually find safe recipes I'll be sure to share!

PS - since I've added increased miles and more intense/serious cross training for January...I've lost 7lbs. I'm SO close to that goal weight. Reaching it by this summer like planned, should not at all be a problem!

Monday, January 25, 2010

I'm alive!

Just a quick post to let you know that I'm alive. I love all your comments! Since pulled in several different directions until the end of March, I will be sporadic but I am alive!

I will try to post comments on your blogs, but commenting on my blog will certainly remind me to read yours!

So anyway...

What's up next?
My next race is coming up soon and I'm getting pretty excited! This will be my 4th half marathon. The first one was awesome (which is why I'm doing it again this year)! The second one sucked (freezing pouring rain for the last 7 miles, unorganized, ran out of food/drink)! The third one was just brutal (recovering from the swine flu just a few weeks before the race)! SO...I'm looking for a redemption and a PR!

Chicago in the future?
My dad emailed me today about the Chicago Marathon. He's my coach/trainer, and he does several IronMan races and marathons a year. He was going to come out and do the Austin Full while I did the half, but it just didn't work out. With that said, I'd LOVE to do a race with him! I mean come on, it's my dad! How cool would that be?! I am planning on doing my first full marathon this year. I was going to do the Long Beach in October, but the Chicago might be totally cool. Afterall, it IS on my list of races I want to do before I the way, I have that list, I'll post it up here one of these days! :) Another plus for bff lives there! We want to try to do a difference race together every year...maybe 2010 is the year for Chicago? I'll keep you posted.

As many of you know, I'm trying to lose the last little bit of weight...well, I'm doing it! I've added some serious cross training to the mix and completely changed my eating habits. I'm eating small meals very frequently. About 300 calorie meals 5-6 times a day. So far, so good! And my arms are getting jacked! ;) Won't be long before I'm FINALLY at my goal weight! Oh how sweet that will be.

Alright, that's about it...for now.

Keep up with my daily training on DailyMile!

Say hi, and I won't be a stranger...promise.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Getting Rid of that Security Blanket! won't be missed!

Wow, that was therapeutic! As many of you know, the whole running thing came about in part as a desire to lose weight and become healthier. If you haven't read about it, you can read How it All Began here.

Today was spring cleaning in my house (a few months early) but it was overdue! About every 6 months I've been going through my closet and getting rid of the clothes that no longer fit. Since I started with about 80 pounds to lose, it's been a process that has taken time. So I've gone through many different stages. You know, lose a little bit of weight, buy new clothes, maintain for a little while, then move on to lose more weight and start the stage all over again. In my opinion it's the best, safest, healthiest, and most long term way to lose weight. Sure, losing 20 pounds in a month might be more desirable in the short term, but more likely than not, you'll gain it all back because you crash dieted...not healthy!

Going through my closet every few months is really great for me. Losing weight can be very discouraging at times. I know I look good, I know I've lost tons of weight (50 pounds), but sometimes I lose sight of that, and wish I was at my goal weight! Cleaning out my closet reminds me just how far I've come!

Pulling out a size 14 thinking - "You know, I should really hold on to this..." then trying it on realizing it's literally falling off of me, then doing the same with a size 12...freaking awesome!

Getting clothes out of my closet is also good, because I'm basically saying to myself "You will never need to wear that size ever again. You're doing great and don't need that security blanket known as your fat clothes!"

If you follow my Photo Journal then you know I do still have weight that I'd like to lose...about 30 pounds. I'm currently a size 10...smallest I've ever been since my senior year of high school! My goal is an 8...maybe even 6. I'm trying not to set unrealistic goals for myself. I'm a very full figured, curvy woman, and a size 6 just may not be realistic. If I find that I still have weight to lose as an 8, I'll go for a 6. If I get to a 6 and am able to maintain, then great!

So...the verdict? I was able to get rid of literally half of my wardrobe!

These were the clothes, all piled on the bed.

Then I folded them all and packed them tightly here.

Now the plan is to research where to donate the clothes. I'm think I want to wait until they are collecting items for Haiti. Right now they are focused on money. In a few months, supplies will hopefully help!

Monday, January 11, 2010

2010 - Year of the Races...

...ok maybe I just now made that up, but whatever! It's my blog!

I took a page from my crazy runner chica friend over at Psychobabbles of a Running Fool (if you like to laugh I suggest reading her blog! -- seriously "ass hat" is a commonly used word in her blog!). See J, told you'd I'd give you love for your idea! ;)

So here it is...the 2010 race schedule (so far!). Are you planning on running any of the races? Let me know!!!

February 14, 2010 - Austin, TX
Austin Half Marathon

April 11, 2010 - Dallas, TX
Big D Texas Half Marathon

July 25, 2010 - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Half Marathon

October 17, 2010 - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Marathon (my first marathon!)

December 5, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

This seems to be the schedule for the year. Obviously things can change and I'm open to that. I'm the type of person, however, that needs plans. Plans can be changed, but I need to start with something!

Have you done one of these races? Planning to? Let me know!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Burnt Orange Culture

Other titles considered “For the Love of Austin” and “Keep Austin Orange”

As most of you know, I live in Austin, TX. I am a sports nut. My boyfriend goes to UT Law School (the reason we moved here). I am a Longhorn fan. We have season tickets. Other than my Alma Mater (Arizona State) – the Texas Longhorns are MY team. Also, we were at the National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Arriving to Pasadena, there was no doubt in my mind that my boys, my team, MY Texas Longhorns were going to win this game. We had one of the best defenses in the country, and arguably, the best offense. Colt McCoy (Texas’ quarterback) is the winningest quarterback in College Football history…ever…seriously. In fact, he may very well keep that record until the NCAA adds more games to the seasons.

Being at the Rose Bowl was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I tried comparing it to past events: walking up THE Brickyard in Indianapolis for a Formula 1 US Grand Prix, game 7 of the Suns v Lakers playoff game, but nothing can compare to being at the Grand Daddy of Them All to watch YOUR team play for the National Championship Title!

I grew up in southern California and being back there was awesome. When we arrived to Pasadena, I stated “It’s been nearly 10 years since I moved from California, but every time I’m back it’s as if I never left. From San Diego to Oaktown, I love California.”

If you watched the game, you know the outcome was not good. Our quarterback was injured the second play of the game. He didn’t return. Our second string (freshman) quarterback brought us within 3 points, but in the end, it didn’t happen.

Being at this game seriously opened my eyes.

Texas is not a team.

Texas is not a school.

Texas is a culture; a burnt orange culture.

The fans are the most loyal of any fans I’ve ever come across. Did they leave early? – no! They stayed the entire game. It’s Texas tradition to sing “The Eyes of Texas " at the end of every game.

Home or away.

Win or lose.

The band leads the team and fans into the song after every single game. This game was no different. I stood there with 50,000 other Texas fans, my horns up, a tear rolling down my cheek, singing “The Eyes of Texas”.

Texas had lost, but as you can see, none of the Longhorns fans left. We all stayed, with our horns up, singing "The Eyes of Texas"

I’m not sure where we will be in 5, 10, 20 years, but I do know we will also come back to Austin to watch our Longhorns play! This town loves their Horns; the Texas tradition unlike anything I’ve ever experience. I’ve only lived here 3 years, but I will always be a Longhorns fan!

They play with passion.

They play with dignity.

They play with strength.

They are the Texas Longhorns and they will always have a place in my heart!

Thank you, Longhorns for an amazing year!

Monday, January 4, 2010

I eat hills like you for breakfast!

WOW - YAY new followers!

I swear I'm a good blogger and bloggy buddy...I've just been swamped. I owe many of you some comments on your blog. In due time...I promise.

I have a lovely drive from Phoenix to Pasadena and back for the big game. Lucky for you all I have google reader on the iPhone! Woot woot!

If you're addicted to twitter and/or on dailymile AND follow my tweets or miles, then you know I'm conquering les collines (the hills). Sorry...that sounded kinda cool in my head...#LAME!

Anyways...I've seriously been rocking them lately! On Saturday I did 7 miles of hills in 1:31 (same pace as my usual 7 mile training run) and just today I did 3.5 miles in 40 minutes... Seriously that's so freaking awesome for me.

I can tell I'm getting faster. I can tell I'm getting stronger! So stoked!

So, I leave you with this...

My cute new hair cut and a shameless self shoot me! ;)

The new DO! Bangs! I love 'em. Wanted a new look without chopping off the length of my hair!

The shameless self-promotion...
I just launched my new photography website. If you like photography, you might like this! :)

PS - this is likely my last post until my recap of the National Championship game...but seriously, expect a comment on your blog if I follow you. If I don't...comment here and I'll share the love with you too!