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OMG – I am totally considering running this distance in May! Yesterday Sulphur Springs announced that they will be doing a 100k distance this year and got a tiny bit excited! You see , I ran my first 50 miler on this course ( read the recap Here ) I’ve also done the 50k and I figure what’s another 20k right?
Thank god I have many months to train at GoodLife Fitness and I plan on doing many hill climbs and training runs.
Today I am getting faster
It feels so good to run again and I can’t wait to get back out onto the trails and get muddy! I will be doing may hill climbs at 15% incline on the mill and running those hills on the trail. It feels so good to feel this good again!
It’s National Taco Day!!!!
I’m going to be whipping up some tacos with Gardein crumbles tonight but I need cheese sauce to pour over them and my nachos! Here is a super simple recipe
2 white potatoes skin on
1 large carrot
1/2 c water
1/3 c olive oil
3/4 c nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
Pinch of cayenne
1 tsp vegan chicken broth (optional)
1 tbsp cut up jalapeños ( optional if you like it spicy)
Boil the potatoes and carrot until fork tender. Drain and let cool a bit.
Put in a blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until you get a creamy texture , like in this video Link . If you like it spicy throw in some diced jalapeños!
Start weight 175
Macros P 135
I made some changes this week and I totally slacked off on lifting. This week I started back running. I did 5 days of 5k runs and I felt so good. I have missed it. To me running isn’t cardio , it’s running. I swear, my heart rate climbs and I know I’m working out.
The lifts sucked, I hate chest day so I did not a single bench press this week. I also skipped both leg days because I didn’t want to ruin my legs for running.
Another big change – I went back to Vegan! Yes I did. I know I feel good when I eat plants so I need to detox my body and eat more earthly foods! Speaking of which I went to Doomies in Toronto ( vegan restaurant on Queen St w) and devoured and not so healthy Big Mac
Oh snap- it was Delish!!!!
So this week starts the final chapter of this Alpha Female program and I’m not quitting it. I may alter it a bit but I’m definitely still in it for the final 3 weeks.
It’s time to drop some weight this time and lean out. I don’t need big gains.
Start weight 175
Week 8 weight 176
Tried carb cycling , gained! Definitely going to stick with lower carbs from now on. Simply put I will get my carbs from fruit and veggies only. No more oatmeal, rice cakes or bread. I found my old journal from Aug 2010 when I first had my surgery, in that journal I kept saying how I was drinking/eating mostly protein and keeping my carbs low like the DR ordered- hmmmm and it worked. So guess that is exactly what I’m going to do.
I was a tiny bit flustered last week and wanted to quit everything because it was becoming so time consuming(tracking everything) but I also learned how easily it was to eat bad stuff cuz it wasn’t tracked – bag of jujubes!
So I’m back to tracking diligently this week, doing my exercises and guess what —- IM BACK RUNNING!
My body was always leaner when I was running 5-6x a week and I think it’s time to give my old foot another shot! I hit the trails this weekend and forgot my love of trails existed. I’m so back
Today I started back on the mill for a 5k and I think I’m going to do a 5k a day just to stay consistent and check my pace/times
Today was not fast nor my best pace but I give 0 shits about that. I’m just happy to be back running.
So here’s my week 1 and week 8 pics – still fluffy as hell!
Notice the dark hair – well it’s going back to blonde this week!
I’ll see what happens this week as I do my low carb , NOT high fat plan and let’s hope with that and the increased cardio I see less fluff next week.
Oh My God I’m so DONE with meal prepping, meal planning , counting macros and logging every damn bite of food I eat or drink!
Watch to understand , if you didn’t know – I’m no longer blonde
I’m tired of being glued to my phone so I can input my food, I’m tired of worrying about how many carbs/fats/proteins I need to eat. I’m 8 weeks into my Alpha female program and yes I will eat properly , I will always eat my protein first but I’m not going to obsess about tracking for awhile. I just need a break.
Maybe this will help with me leaning out, maybe I’ll gain – I’m going to just eat intuitively until I’m full and be done.
This absolutely amazing smoothie recipe is sponsored by my good friends Vega and Silk !
I was tasked to #BuildABetterSmoothie with minimal ingredients and wicked yummy taste. SO I DID!
We had some apples that were picked from a local orchard so I knew it had to be Apple Pie flavored!
You will need
1 Apple peeled and diced
1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder
1 cup Silk unsweetened Almond Milk
2 graham crackers
Dash of Apple Pie spice
Put everything into a blender and go
I topped it with coconut whip and a little crushed graham cracker!
Enjoy , now go Build Your Better Smoothie with Vega and Silk- get creative!
My love for pickles has just gotten 10,000 x more intense!
Seriously just took 1 package of Buddings 100 calorie Corned Beef packs, laid out into 3 servings
Spread with 1 tbsp herb & garlic cream cheese
Cut 1 pickle into 3 spears and place in the center of each serving
Roll up and cut into pieces
Holy freaking yum!
Yes I ate all 3 servings!
Well, not much to report here.
I did a one day super low carb high fat experiment that failed miserably when my internal organs revolted against me, see prior post, BUT I also lost 3lbs in that 24 HR period so there is definitely something to say about low carb! I’m not off the low carb train yet.
We got new exercises this week7-9 and so far so good. But, I did legs and calves on Tuesday and by Friday I couldn’t do my second leg day workout. My calves were toast! So I didn’t do it! I listened to my body when it said enough is enough. The rest of the week was great and I’m feeling stronger. I still hate chest day and bench pressing will forever be my least favorite exercise.
Weight loss = 0lbs I’m at 177lbs still.
I don’t see any changes and I still feel super fluffy. I think I need to lose at least 30lbs fat. According to my new fancy dancy scale I’m still obese
Here are my week 1-7 pics
5 weeks left and I hope I can get my nutrition figured out. Protein is easy and carbs are way too high. Going to try and go a little lower on the carbs to see if I can get some fat loss going. I ran 2x this week doing HIIT sprints and it felt good, foot felt ok. The other days I spin and I love that.
Here’s to week 8 , lifting heavier ,sweating more and eating less!
This is a PSA for my RNY WLS friends, do not ever attempt to go “Keto” …. like ever ! Your colon will thank you.
Keto aka ketogenic diet is a plan that has you drop your carbs super low – your macros would be 75% fat 20% protein 5% carbs.
You eat a diet consisting of high fat, moderate protein and very little carbs – which come from vegetables. Fruit is pretty much off limits. I researched the hell out of this plan and really thought it was for me- I love eggs and cheese and bacon. But I did see one article that mentioned this isn’t good for RNY patients due to our digestion and our inability to eat high fats. Stupid me thought I was different-nope not so much.
Let’s go over my 1 day Keto lifestyle and I’ll tell you what I ate.
Meal 1 – 2 eggs scrambled in butter with 2 cups of coffee with cream and MCT oil
Meal 2 – protein shake, cheese stick, 2 hard boiled eggs
Meal 3 – ribs
Meal 4 – salad with chicken and Caesar dressing
Meal 5 – brussel sprouts with bacon and ground beef
Then my colon exploded! Sorry for the TMI but there is a reason our bariatric surgeons advise us on what we should and shouldn’t eat.
So I guess I go back to my coaches macros, happily eat my carbs and my protein and live happily ever after!
I pretty much live, work and eat in my car and I like to pack snacks. I always have a bag of raw almonds in there. I’ve purchased many a protein bar/snack and at $3 a pop it just didn’t make sense to keep buying them. Make em! I’ve done protein balls on this site many times but this time I wanted them a little bigger, kinda like a cookie. I also wanted some comforting fall flavors.
So Salted Caramel bites happened. The ingredients are pretty simple
Quest Salted Caramel powder
Torani sugar free syrup salted caramel
Almond and Peanut butter
Mix all these ingredients into a bowl, add about 1.5 cups water and mix.
Roll mixture into 16 balls/bites and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze for about 30 min then put into baggies for grab and go.
The macros are pretty decent
I’ll probably throw some whipped cream on top of one , ssshhhhh