Sunday, February 27, 2005

Foiled Again!

Scale is still moving on down..weighed in at 147.5 today. Yeahoo! I like that.

This is a 'light' week running wise. I'm following a 100 mile race training plan and this week is a fall back week, only 35 miles. It's a nice change of pace to go out and think ' gee, only 1.5 hours of running today ' vrs. ' ok 4 hours of running, better pack water, food, tape the feet, la la la'. Next week I creep up to 40, then the following week bump up to 60 miles with a 50K race in there. So far, so good.

Today as I and Topaz were running down the trail I heard a vehicle approach. This is odd because there is a gate at the enterance and shouldn't be any traffic. As I turn back to look I see a white Expedition fully equipped with flashing lighs on and siren blowing. Hello! Do I look like I'm going to try and run away from you, Mr. Wildlife and Fish Warden? He proceeds to talk one hundred miles an hour about how I'm trespassing on US Federal Land, that's a $500 fine, how my dog is off leash in a restricted area, that's $500, how my car is parked at a gate, blocking the entrance $250 and that I'm in an Eagle nesting area-an endangered species so tack on another $1000. Alright then. Pretty expensive run. After he is done spewing this out of his mouth I tell him that I called the County to gain permission to run in here and it was granted. Oh, but the County doesn't have permission to grant that request. This is US Federal Land. OK, got it. So would I please run back to my car and he'll issue me a ticket at that point. Shit I think. Double Shit and then some. There goes my Ipod, among other things! Would he really give me a $2500 fine for a 10 mile run? Shit. By the time I get to my car I have been able to run my 1.5 hours and he gives me a warning. Thanks Mr. Wildlife and Fish Warden. I won't be back until the eagles hatch, the gate is open and I'm no longer trespassing. Foiled again.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Moving on down...

The scale that is. Today I'm at 148. Woohoo!

Last night we had a Leanness Lifestyle Bootcamp teleconference. All 43 of us get on the phone for 30-45 minutes of consult with Coach. There is a question answer period, a teaching period, etc. It's pretty cool. It's pretty amazing that 43 people can be on the telephone at one time and mayhem doesn't occur.

As I mentioned earlier, the 43 Bootcamp members have been divided into 3 teams. My team, Team I'm Possible, is still in the lead with a 54.2 pound loss. Team #2 is at 41.5 loss and Team #3 is at a 36.3 loss. Very good losses going on!

Coach spoke about positive thinking and sending ourselves positive messages. I'm practicing this today. This morning I got on the scale and saw the .2 loss. I was thinking "sh*t, only .2" I stopped mid-thought and said "wow, .2; that's awesome...that brings me to a total of 4.5 pound loss in 2 weeks, how cool is that"? Hey. It works.

Last night I ran a hard 5 miles (7.5 minutes per mile) with the run club after my 40 minutes in the AM on the treadmill. I then attended my board meeting, came home in time for the bootcamp call, put kids to bed, ate an apple and put myself to bed. This mornings cardio was a bit slower! I didn't have much to give..9.5 minute miles at 4-6% incline. It got my hear rate up there. I'll run 40 minutes with Topaz after work, before Troy's basketball practice. I'm planning on weight training during his practice at the gym. That's the plan.

So will all this activity and no eating of processed carbs I'm feeling damn good. Of course, it's only been a few days.

1 egg, 4 whites, 2 c. green beans
3 oz tuna, 1 t mustard, 1 c celery
4 oz chicken, 1 T ff sf mayo, 1 c celery, 1 c spinach leaves, 1 c carrots, grape tomatoes, 1 chopped apple
3 oz tuna, 1 cup boiled carrots...I cooked them because my JAW is tired of chomping!
4 oz salmon, 1/2 melon, 2 c brocolli
1 apple

And so it goes..

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Scale Weight

I always forget to put down my scale weight. Probably hate looking at the BIG numbers.

Bootcamp Intensive I Start: 2/9/04 152.5
Week 1 weigh in 2/16/05 149.5
Week 2 weigh in 2/23/05 148.2

It's moving in the right direction. Not bad for 2 weeks. I did take tape measurements at the start; I'll compare at the end of the 5 weeks.

Leanness Lifestyle Week II of the Bootcamp Intensive I

I'm reaching my goals. I lost an additional 1.3 pounds last week and hit my macros just about right on. I did a zig zag week of low 1248 to high of 1734. I averaged 101 minutes of exercise a day; ran 59 miles and got in 187 minutes of RT (resistance training-LL lingo for weight training).

I also uncovered my denial of a sugar addiction. It is becomming quite apparent that I have an addiction to refined carbs. Flour, sugar, grains, the good nummy carbby stuff.

Yesterday I still managed to consume over 100 g of carbs although I didn't have one grain, one sugar or one processed carb of any sort. One apple has 21 grams of carb!

We'll see how this affects my running, that is what I am most concerned with at the moment. According to many fitness researchers, trainers, etc. that I am looking up online; many endurance athletes practice the Paleo way of eating without decreases in their endurance. The general consensus seems that the first 2 weeks of giving up the 'bad' carbs are tough and workouts may suffer, but to hang in there because the workouts will get better and recovery will become quicker. We'll see.

Yesterday I ate:
1/2 melon, 1 egg, 4 whites, 2 c. beans
3 oz tuna, 1 T nf ns salad dressing, 1/2 apple, 1/2 c celery
5 oz chicken, 1 c carrots, 1 c celery, 1/2 orange, 1/2 apple, 1/4 c grapes chopped, 1 T nf ns dressing
3 oz tuna, 1/2 melon
3 oz shrimp, 2 c spinach, 5 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 avacado, ns cocktail sauce
1 apple, 3 oz chicken breast because I was craving sugar sugar sugar sugar.
1487 calories, 123 carb, 143 protein, 18 fat.

I was able to run two cardios: 1 - 40 minute HIIT session in the AM on treadmill and 35 minutes steady cardio with Topaz on the trail. The day went well.

This addiction is scary though. I was addicted to the sugar/flour/grains prior to the booze. As far as I can think back, I've been in love with sugar. And flour. Mix them together and add some fat and you have a donut.

Can you imagine going through life without frosting? Without cake? Without pecan pie? Without. Gasp. CHOCOLATE. I couldn't imagine going through life without beer and it's been no great loss. I love being sober. I love going running at 5 AM and watching the sun come up on a Saturday morning when I used to be in bed with a hang over. Dieing. Maybe I'll feel the same way about sugar some day. That it is no great loss and that I wil love my lean strong sugar free body.

One day at a time. Gee, I've heard that before!!

Today I ran 40 minutes HIIT on the treadmill and will run tonight with run club.

Have a good Wednesday.

Any sugar addicts out there???

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Topazs' Longest Run

Today I and Topaz went for a 22.5 mile run. Yesterday I was thinking that I'd call Steve at 15 miles and have him come out to the trail to pick Topaz up. Topazs' longest run prior to this, in January I believe, was 18 miles. Well, I was taking walk breaks every hour and Topaz just keep speeding along. He runs more mileage than I, with all of his out ahead, back to check on me, over the field, chasing the deer, I probably don't need to worry about him.

When I first purchased Topaz he was 4 months old. I have done extensive research on dogs and running. I learned that a dog shouldn't run over 10 miles until after 18 months-at this time his joints and bones are fully developed. I took it nice and slowly with Topaz, slowly increasing his mileage over time.

He is now three years old and has more miles in his body than I think I have in mine. He doesn't tire. He has constant energy.

Anyway, upon finishing the first two loops it was quite apparent he was fine with another loop of 7.5 miles. Off we went. I was dragging at the end and he was still spry.

We received a good 3.5" of snow last night so it was tough going through that, the surface was a bit slippery too. On our way back to the car my footprints were already covered up, it was still snowing that hard.

I kind of became freaked out by the eagles. I spotted 6 of them. Well, 4 for sure. 2 of them may have just flown to another spot. I saw 4 at one time. I think the other 2 were following us. Is that crazy?? It was freaky! Every time I looked into the sky there are these two blasted eagles; looking at us. Then they would fly away, and a few miles ahead, there I would see 2 of them, looking at us. Very odd indeed. Freakazoid.

This last week I have noticed that I think about, dream about and live for sugar carbs. Sugar, refined flour, the white (bad) carbs. I had planned a few evenings to have lean protein and veggies for dinner and then before I know it I am making 'fortified' french toast..topped with natural peanut butter.

I know that I am addicted to sugar. Oh my gosh, chocolate-Godiva-ouch. I consume pounds of it and I'm not kidding. Up until 2 years ago I worked downtown Minneapolis and walked, every day, past the Godiva in the skyway, on my way to my office. I found I loved the dark chocolate best. I began buying it 'for the boys' hello! Then bought my own stash and consumed it all by myself. I was in there a few time a week, leaving with my gold bag full of chocolate delights. Feeling the chocolate melt in my mouth gave me a feeling of peace and contentment. My cats are named Toffee and Truffles.

I am an alcoholic. I don't think I've mentioned that here. I quit drinking 8.5 years ago, when Troy, my youngest, was 6 months old. No, I didn't drink during my pregnancy. Only afterward. I had always been a drinker, a problem drinker. Always beer, the blackouts, etc. My Dad is an alcoholic too, sober since 1985.

So, I know the running which began as soon as I quit drinking, is another addiction that replaced the alcohol. Dad is a runner too! We ran his first Grandmas Marathon together in 2000.

Now, the sugar I've always loved. While reading Kay Sheppards' food addiction book last night-recommended by Coach at Leanness Lifestyle-which is why all this is coming to the surface (LL), many memories came back of my childhood and stuffing sugary things into my mouth. Eating all of the frosting off the cakes, eating all of the christmas cookies, going to the bakery at lunch and spending all my babysitting money on custard filled donughts. It's all coming back to me. What does Oprah say "dig deep..peel away the layers".. I guess that is what I'm doing.

You know, as a runner you always read how we need so many carbs to run. We need to have 65% of diet consist of carbs, need those bagels, need that pasta, etc. I bought right into that. But some of us are different. Some of us can't eat all the white stuff. We have to find another way. I'm searching..

Friday, February 18, 2005


I can't believe how sore my quads are. Hey, I run 50 miles races and I don't feel this kind of tightness the day after. I guess I did after my first few marathons, though. I remember not being able to walk down the stairs because of the pain. This morning I hobbled down the stairs to my treadmill..where it took me 10 minutes before I could get to 7 mph! Sheesh. I was ready to bag the workout but I kept on going. Got of the treadmill to stretch it out and hobbled back on for another 25 minutes. Will take Topaz out for 4 miles tonight.

It's damn cold. Below zero again this morning with a sharp wind. I am getting sick of this MN weather and really, it's been a mild winter.

Yesterday: Ran 2 running workouts on the treadmill; 40 minutes each.
Food: 1265 calories; 45% C, 37% P, 12% Fat and was hungry all day .. and still am.
M1: 4 whites, 1 egg, 1/2 c oats
M2: 1/2 c cottage cheese, 1/2 c All Bran, splenda
M3: Whole wheat sandwich, lean deli meat, lettuce, tomato, 2 cups mixed veggies (brocolli, cauliflower, peas)
M4: 1/2 c cottage cheese, 1/2 c All Bran, splenda
M5: 5 shrimp, garlic salt
M6: Fortified French Toast

I'm hungry all the time. Well, not all the time. I guess I'm thinking I'm hungry while at work. Maybe because I'm just sitting here and am thinking about it. I don't have any desire to eat after my 6th meal at 6 PM or so. I'm busy with the kids, going to meetings, their sports, etc. But during the work day...I'm starving.

It's 9 AM, I had my M1 at 6:30 and had my M2 at 8:30 and am thinking about 9 AM!! I do have an apple for emergency; I might have to bring it out!

I'm realizing I was eating much more than I let myself believe. How can a person lie to themself? I was. I was eating peanut butter every day, tablespoons of it. At least a few tablespoons that I didn't record (prior to LL). I was logging in Fitday while doing BFL and never recorded that. I didn't record the light mayo on my Subway either, nor did I record the spoonful of the kids cereal I ate here and there. That does add up; it isn't 'free'. I'm being honest with myself here, relying on the numbers and wishing that the pounds would melt away more quickly. It is so slow. Right. It's been a week and 2 days. It's barely begun and I'm already trying to rush things. I always want instant gratification. Enjoy the process; enjoy learning about yourself, enjoy working the fat off...yeah.

Oh, the team I am on for bootcamp is in first place. FIRST PLACE. The team that wins this gets tickets to LV or Orlando or somewhere. When I told my son, Tyler, that the team that wins goes to Las Vegas he said "Mom, why are you so excited? You'll hate it there. It is smoky and they gamble and they are drunk.." Wow, he sure knows his Mom! I told him I'd lay around the pool soaking in the sun. Probably wouldn't look at the casino!

OK, off to heat up a cup of green tea to ward off the evil hungries....

Thursday, February 17, 2005


My legs are so sore. They are getting more sore as the day goes on. Of course I have a desk job, so each time I get my fat butt out of the chair I feel the stiffness! WOWZIE.

I walked up to the standing calf press yesterday. As I was going to get 'in' it, Joan, my former trainer, said "Julie, you run so much, you don't need to work legs". This is what drives me crazy! I lifted with her for over a year and we never did too much work on legs. She always thought my running was enough. Well, it isn't enough! My legs still need strength and need to be developed. My upper body is lean and my lower body leaves MUCH to be desired! I rolled my eyes at her and pointed to the fat on my leg...'yes, Joan, I need to work my legs'. I know I can't spot reduce but I can sure work on developing the muscle in my legs.

So, yeah, today I am really sore!

I ran 40 minutes at 4 AM on the treadmill for 4.54 miles and will get another 40 treadmill minutes in this evening. I have conferences at 4:30; basketball at 6:00 and a meeting at 7:30. Topaz won't be getting a run in today.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Week One..Leanness Lifestyle

Week One is already complete of bootcamp. It went by too quickly. This 5 week camp is going to whizzz by.

As I mentioned, Coach Dave suggested we buy new digital scales prior to bootcamp. Mine was SIX pounds heavier than my old scale. My weight last Wednesday when I began LL at 152.5 pounds. Ick. Today I'm at 149.5. Not ick. 3 pound loss. Just as depicted on my LA tool. For week two I should lose 1.5 pounds. I need to get 84 exercise minutes in a day and will be doing a zig zag of 1250-1700 calories each day.

Today I had the day off from work. I and Topaz went out for a 7 mile run. At 8 degrees F and a 30 mph wind, it really sucked. Do I get extra cardio minutes for wind resistance? I didn't think so. I then went off to the gym to lift legs. Good lord, I'm sore. I used the Workout Professor to create a leg workout for me. This is what I did:

Leg Extensions: 120x12x5
Barbell Free Standing Back Squat: 65x12x5
Leg Press: 105x12x5
Lying Leg Curls: 60x12x5
Standing Calf Raises: 90x12x5

I could barely walk down the stairs out of the gym. Tomorrow's AM treadmill run ought to be interesting...


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Workout Professor

At the LL site there is a tool called the Workout Professor. This tool will create a weight - or wait, 'we' call it RT (resistance training) work out. I plug in my numbers that I have lifted previously (weight, reps, etc) and with a click of the button it comes up with a workout. Cool! I was skeptical because I knew nothing about 'periodization' I am a newbie to all of this RT stuff. The workout that was written for me was: Back, Trapezius, Triceps Awesome Periodization 1. I have been, for the past 5 weeks, been using MAX-O-T for RT. With that program I was lifting heavy and reps of only 4-6; 3 sets. With this LL plan the guidelines were to lift 12 reps for each exercise; 4 sets, lighter weight of course. I wasn't so sure that I'd get a good, burning workout with the lighter weight. HA. Was I wrong!! This is what I did:

Supinated Close Grip Pull Downs: (warm up) 45x1x1; 70x12x4
Barbell Stiff Leg Deadlifts: (warm up) 45x10x1; 70x12x4
Dumbell One Arm Rows: 15x10x1; 25x12x4
Barbell Shrug: 25x10x1; 40x12x4
Pronated Triceps Push Down Straight Bar: 35x10x1; 60x12x4
Overhead Rope Kickouts by Pulley: 20x10x1; 30x12x4
Lying Leg Lifts: 0x10x4

It took me 55 minutes to get the workout finished! Usually it takes me 40 minutes tops. I took a 45 second rest inbetween reps. Wow, I was toasted. Very sore this morning.

Now, after the workout I go back into the Workout Professor and type in what my workout actually was. The WP then kicks me out an updated workout to use for the body parts next time. Very cool.

Today: Ran 40 minutes HIIT on treadmill, 4.56 miles. Will run 40 minutes with Topaz on the trail tonight.
yesterday calories: 1402; 45% carb, 35% protein, 20%fat

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentine's Day!

I gave Steve strict orders of NO CHOCOLATE this Valentine Day. I'm happy to report that he delivered on that request. A very nice card and flowers were at the breakfast table this morning. I then realized that we will have been married for 20 years in June. TWENTY YEARS! OMG, that makes us old, doesn't it? We began dating when we were 16. Scary. Real Scary.

Yesterday and today my macros are close to 50/30/20 with the huge running weekend. LL guidelines are 10% on either side; so I'm still within the parameters. When you are training for an ultra the carbs must increase.

I feel REALLY good today. My legs aren't feeling tired, I don't feel sleepy and I popped my blister last night so my toe is feeling fine. Topaz was as chipper as could be today too.

No cardio today; Monday is my only day off from cardio. I will be lifting Back, Trapezius, Tricep tonight. This is a new weight training I'm going to try. I know it is good to mix it up and periodization seems the way to go. We'll see. This is the 'awesome periodization 1" from LL.

In Bootcamp we have been divided into 3 teams. Team A, B and C. I'm on Team A. The team that loses the most fat/gets the highest grade/ wins a trip for 2 nights to Vegas or Orlando. Wouldn't that be cool?

The website for my ultra is finally up: I get all excited when I look at it. It takes little to excite me, I guess.

Steve rolled his eyes at me when I told him I entered the 100. I was originally going to run the 50, but you know, I need to reach higher, I told him. He is only worried I'll injure myself. He asked me if I would like him to come along. I'm thrilled that he'd ask; but I don't think I want him there. You know, I could go through a crabby spell, no, wait, I will go through a crabby spell and it is best I don't take it out on him!! Tyler and Troy are very excited for me. They think it is cool that Mom runs long distances. They came to my FANS 24 hour run and cheered their little hearts out. I ran 84 miles at FANS in '03 and 89 miles in '04. That website is I don't know if I'll do FANS 24 or 12 hour this year. The 24 is really a bitch. It takes EVERYTHING out of me...and I can't even the 100 miles. Damn.

I'm feeling the need to gab because I am hungry and I have another hour to go before I leave for home and begin to cook up my salmon. I'm starving!!

Today is a moderate zig zag: 1450 calories, 46% Carb, 34% Protein and 20% fat. Keep the eye on the prize! That buff lean mean machine...and an IPOD at the end of the 5 week bootcamp WHEN (NOT IF) I reach my goals!

Sunday, February 13, 2005

That's mine..right on! Posted by Hello

Way in the distance..there he is! Posted by Hello

The nest is empty today. Bummer! Posted by Hello

Actually, I'm not driving, I'm running!! No vehicle.. Posted by Hello

Here we are! Posted by Hello

Another 15 miler

I and Topaz went out for another 15 mile run this morning. Today I slept in until 7:30 and didn't run until 9. Missed the sun rise and everything. Again, there was nobody else out on the trail. I ran to the outdoor visitor center type thing and looked at the maps. This trail is 7.5 miles long; a sort of rectangular loop shape with the same start/finish.

It felt like I was going so much slower today than yesterday. I felt tired and I have a blister on my little toe. I didn't tape my feet on Friday and then is when the blister occurred. I taped yesterday and today; didn't have any additional blisters but that one still hurts. It is under a calous so I can't get to it either. My time was only 2 minutes slower than yesterday!

Eagle sightings! I saw 2 of the them today. It makes me wonder if the 4 I thought I saw yesterday were really the same 2; and they were just in different places. I only saw one huge nest so that could be the deal. I am not an Eagle expert but now that I found this great place to run I may do a bit of research!

We (sorry that I call Topaz and I "we"...) only saw 1 deer today, a nice big buck, that Topaz took off after and was able to log an additional 1 or 2 miles!

This week I ran 51 miles; next week I'll push it up to 55 with a long run of 22 miles on the same trail.

I did take some pictures, I'll upload them to the computer after my battery is done charging.

My Leanness Lifestyle weeks are Wednesday to Wednesday but I guess my week in review is still Monday to Sunday..we'll see.

This week: LOST 3 POUNDS! Woohoo! Averaged 1432 calories each day with the 'planned splurge meal' yesterday. I had a brownie, fudge sauce and ice cream. It was 565 calories but man oh man, was it good! It didn't make me feel out of control or trigger a binge. I had planned for it, had the calories allotted for it and enjoyed it. Next week I think it will be a nice dinner out with the family.

OK, I ran 51 miles; 12 HIIT miles on the treadmill, 5 with run club and fast on pavement and the rest on trail.

I decided as I'm writing this that I'm going to get mixed up on the weeks here as to weight loss per week. I guess I'll review my week on Wednesday's from now on through Bootcamp. I'll set up a new Challenge at the site too.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Prairies Edge Trail

I am SO excited! Yesterday after work I 'discovered' a new trail in the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge, not far from home. I went out to my regular Blue Hill Trail and it was a treacherous icy mess. I twisted my damn ankle out there last week and it still hurts. I was NOT going to try it again. So as I was driving home, thinking I'd have to hit the pavement I saw a long gravel road with a barricade at the entrance. It was labeled Prairies Edge Trail. There was a map posted stating the trail was 7.5 miles long and meandered through an Eagle nesting area. I called the local Sherriff dept. to make sure I wasn't trespassing and got the OK to run the property. It was fantastic!! I only needed to get in another 4 miles so I did that and knew I'd be back this morning.

I was. 7:00 AM I and Topaz were back out there for 15 miles. We saw the sun come up, saw 8 deer and 4 Bald Eagles. I didn't have my camera! I will definately bring it along tomorrow so I can post a few pictures. There is 1400 acres of oak savanah, wet lands the the Eagle nesting area. Not one other person was out there. Yahoo!

Tomorrow we go out for another 15 mile run.

Oh my gosh, Leanness Lifestyle is the bomb. I'm down 3 pounds this week. I'm hitting my calories every day and I'm excited. That's the biggest thing. I'm excited.

Friday, February 11, 2005

I love my treadmill

I purchased my treadmill 9 years ago this next September. We couldn't afford it, we had to charge it on a Sears charge card and ended up paying more than the $999 that it originally cost. I was still 180 pounds, 6 months past the birth of Troy and was feeling like a fat slug. This was about the time that Oprah's book Make The Connection came out. I purchased the book and the lightbulb went off. I needed to quit drinking in order to feel like walking (this is the short version). I quit drinking and began walking..and walking...and walking. With a new born and a 4 year old my walking time was quite restricted. Hence, the purchase of the treadmill.

Yesterday was my annual treadmill service call. Mr. Sears man had to replace the motor and the front rollers. With labor and cost of parts it WOULD have cost $485!! Luckily, the only service contract I have ever purchased is for my treadmill. Every 3years I put out $89 for the treadmill service contract. Mr. Sears man printed off all the data for me for the past almost 9 years...$3981!! WOWZIE. Amazing. Also, I have 4,389 miles on my treadmill. Egads!

This morning I ran on my treadmill for 40 minutes; 4.65 miles. It was so quite and smooth!!

If you are ever wondering if you should purchase a treadmill I have to say YES! It leaves no excuses. The first 2 years it was right in my living room-I had to look at it every day and that got me walking on it. After two years I could move it downstairs because it was a part of my day, I no longer had to look at it, feeling guilty if I didn't hop on.

On another note, I hit my calories right on for yesterday's low zig zag: 1256. Got in 40 minutes running in the AM on treadmill and hit another 44 with Topaz in the afternoon in the neighborhood. Man, it is so icy! I almost fell a few times.

This morning I ran 40 on the treadmill and will get another 40 out with Topaz or the treadmill. I'll have to check out the ice.

I need to get in 15 miles tomorrow and 15 miles Sunday. The trail is in horrible condition. It is all uneven and icy icy icy. I may have to leave Topaz at home and run around the lake in town a few times instead. Topaz is just awful on leash. He pulls the whole way. He doesn't do well in town.

My 100 mile race is April 16. I need to get some GOOD long runs in!!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Day 1 Went Well...

I completed Day 1 of Bootcamp. I ate 1345 calories, target was 1425 for my moderate zig zag. I could not consume another 80 calories. Or so I thought. I should have had something just to hit the number.

I ran a hard 5 miles with the run club at 6 PM and it took my appetite away. I ate 6 oz. of salmon, 1/2 sweet potatoe and 2 cups of veggies at 4 PM. Oh my gosh, I barely made it to the bathroom after our run. Thank goodness we finish our run at the High School. Public bathrooms!!

I lifted bicep/triceps yesterday at the gym for 45 minutes. My goal was 80 minutes of exercise yesterday and I reached 85. Yeah!

Today: Low zig zag of 1283 calories and 84 minutes of exercise. So far I have run 40 minutes of cardio. Will run another 44 minutes tonight with Topaz on the trail I'm thinking.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Bootcamp Begins

Today is the beginning of Bootcamp Intensive I through Leanness Lifestyle. There are 43 members participating; because of the large group we are going to be divided in 3 groups. It was our decision to be divided. Coach Dave didn't decide this for us. He asked if we were up to it, then suggested we each put into the 'pot' $20 and the winning Team Members will each receive a voucher to spend 2 nights hotel and airfare to Las Vegas or Orlanda. The whole team! He'll pick up the rest of the $. Another good leverage tool! We will be divided evenly as to body mass. I don't know which team I'm on yet.

So, for goal setting: To lose 17 pounds in 16 weeks. 5 weeks intensive bootcamp, 3 weeks off, 5 weeks on, 3 weeks off. That's the deal.

For week 1: Calorie Average per Day: 1425, 504 exercise minutes per week. I'll be zig-zagging with a low of 1283/high of 1781 where I'll have my planned splurge meal.

I have always HATED figuring out the numbers. I HATE math. I am now changing that. In 9th grade I failed pre algebra and decided then and there I hated math. It has haunted me since. In my finances (use a checkbook...NOT ME!), in my calculations for weight goals and everywhere else that math is necessary. I am changing those feelings NOW. I will look at my finances weekly (can't begin daily right from the get go!) and will look at my numbers for macros, calories, minutes exercising daily.

Today: Running with run club; 5 miles, 40 minutes. Lifting biceps and triceps: 40 minutes.

Monday, February 07, 2005

The Saga of the Scale

I begin the Leanness Lifestyle Bootcamp Intensive on Wednesday. Tomorrow night we have our first group tele-conference. I can't wait. I can't believe how excited I am about this. I have met a few of the people in this challenge via the board and our tele-conferences. It'll be a lot of fun...and a lot of HARD work. I listened to some of the interviews online with former Diva challenge finishers and they really worked their butts off..literally..during these challenges.

So, Coach Dave asked that we all have digital bathroom scales to weigh on. He said the reason is that they are easy to read and that they measure to the tenth pound. This makes sense to me as my scale reads to the pound and it is hard to read, now that I've hit the big 4-0, the eyes don't focus quite as easily. Anyway, I went off to Target yesterday and purchased this digital scale. I set it all up for this morning's weigh in. EEEK! It reads 6 pounds heavier than my old scale! This is so crazy and such a mind game. It's only a number. I am still as I was yesterday. Good grief. I pulled out the old scale, still said 142. Pulled out the new scale, 148.2 With the old scale, I would step very lightly, barely placing weigh on my second foot and get off quickly. With the new scale I have to put on both feet, stand erect, with all weight on and accounted for.

This new scale weight changes my body fat calculations as well. The official start date for Bootcamp Intensive is Wednesday, February 9. I'll use the new weight then. I can see why Coach wanted us to have our scales and weight in order prior to start date. Guess he's seen this come up before!

I ran 59 miles this past week. 14 were on the treadmill, 5 on pavement and the rest on trail. I lifted weights 3x, for a total of 160 minutes and averaged 1432 calories each day. I didn't have a free day, they are history. They are one of the reasons I stopped losing weight. I created a deficit of calories all week long, then refilled that deficit on my free day. I didn't have a free meal either. I just never felt the need.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Breaking Records

It has been so beautiful outside! Yesterday it was 51 F ! Yes, in Minnesota. We are breaking records and last year it was 11F. Yahoo.

I and Topaz went out for a 10 mile run after work yesterday. It was weird because I still had to wear my snowshoes but I was able to wear shorts and a short sleeved shirt. That is the first time I have ever worn shorts on snowshoes!

Today it is 52F, we'll be out for another run.

I realized today that my morning treadmill run is like my cup of coffee. It is something that I now do every day without thinking about.

When I first began BFL and realized that I'd have to run 20 minutes HIIT 3x a week I was kind of put off by it. Hell, I was already running 40+ miles a week-sure they were long and slow, but did I really need to get up at 4:30 AM to fit in the HIIT? I didn't like it at first either. Somedays I'd just reset the alarm and figure I'd do it later. Right.

Then I began realizing how awesome I felt after my HIIT; even during it. I felt more alert, stronger and felt like I really accomplished something.

Since I've found LL I'm realizing that I need to run more than 20 minutes 3x a week for HIIT. I need to accomplish many cardio hours to burn this fat that doesn't budge. You know, I thought I got enough cardio in. I haven't been. I need to do more cardio and lifting. Lifting 3x a week isn't enough either. It's enought for the everyday person trying to get down to 20% fat but not enough for where I want to go.

I've been doing BFL for almost 2 challenges and have only lost 7 pounds (Challenge 1) and 4 pounds (Challenge 2 so far). I have learned to lift, learned the process of HIIT and learned to eat 6 balanced meals. But it isn't enough. I want the lean lean body!

I have been accepted into the LL "Bootcamp Intensive" I begin February 9. I can't believe how excited I am about this. Check out the website to read an overview.

I'll be taking pictures and sending off everything this week for the start. I'm ready.

Tomorrow is "Putting On The Ritz". It's a gala-affair I'm going to attend with a few friends from my running club. Steve has gone with me in the past but he is at a pool tournament this week. This is a fundraising event put on by the Big Lake Booster Club for our schools. I've never attended as a school employee before. I've only attended as Julie Berg.

I have this beautiful Anne Klein dress to wear. It's strappy and low cut. It would look real great after this intensive!

I have a hair appointment tomorrow afternoon, a 15 mile run planned in the morning, Troy's basketball game in the late morning and the gala in the evening. Might be a busy day!