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MMMMM…… tastes like grass

I wouldn’t say I’m  dieting so much as I am logging my food and trying to eat less crap.

Which is fine.

I guess.

I was spending a lot of money eating out (three meals and two snacks a day, for real) and at happy hour, and, historically, it is easier for me to save money in these areas by “dieting” than by “imposing a budget”.

Because that’s just how my brain works?

I am VERY good at dieting. I am not very good at all at imposing budget cut-backs.

There is a lot of tea, and salad, and vegetable juice involved.

Mostly Trader Joe’s convenience foods with high paleo and abs diet compatibility.  Also Naked Kale Blazer and Boosted Green Machine.

More wine, less beer.

Less pizza.

HA. We’ll see how long this lasts!!!

*UPDATE* 4/22/14 1:42 p.m.

I definitely had a blood orange martini at lunch. What? FRUIT JUICE and DRINK SPECIAL. The “diet” criteria were met!

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I know! On a roll with the regular blogging lately.  I saw a post on about weightloss today, and I have to talk about it, sorry. And it’ll probably read a little lawyerly too, but I’m a lawyer who’s been writing lawyerly documents all day, so that’s that.

Without going too deep into a bunch of complex issues, let’s start with the basic premise that many women in my demographic grew up with skewed body images and skewed relationships between food, exercise and self esteem. 

The next presumed premise is that the person referenced above is someone I’ve known for many years, but really could be any woman born between 1980 and 1990. 

Women who often fall into the trap of only adjusting their diet and exercise for purposes of affecting their appearance.

I’ve been there too. I’m still there sometimes. But what I’ve found, particularly over the last two years in teacher training and with the return to running, is that these two activities, I have never done for the exclusive purpose of weight loss. 


None of the times in my life that I have set out to change how I look or how much I weigh have involved yoga or running. Seriously. 

I have at various times adjusted my diet or calorie intake, I do occasionally enjoy trying out a fad diet for a 7- 28 day trial period if life permits, just to see what happens. I have planned out detailed 28-60 day activity schedules that incorporate weights, spin, stairmasters, and ellipticals at different times in my life when I had clearly gained a little too much or wanted arms that looked a certain way in a special outfit…

But I have never once gotten on a treadmill or gone to a yoga class for the purpose of weight loss. 

Don’t get me wrong, I mean, I’m sure all the running and yoga contribute to my having what’s been referred to by some as a “hot” body (due to my own lifelong body image/ego issues, I have to defer to past compliments, and not rely on my own assessments).

But when people ask how I can run so much, I mean, the answer is because I like it. Most days. Some days, it’s because I know I’ve already paid a non-refundable fee for an event, and I don’t want to have a crappy finish time or be in pain the whole way through. But most days, it’s because I like it.

And I like yoga. It feels good, it aligns my body, strengthens a diverse array of hard-to-activate muscle groups, it slows me down, and makes me calmer. It goes with me everywhere, even when I’m not consciously practicing.

I really hope that as my generation of women grows out of the kate-moss-ideal-body-type era, more women will find they are doing things because they make them feel good or they make them stronger or healthier or happier, not because of how it makes them look in whatever they plan to wear Friday night. It seems that this kind of epiphany is starting to trend, and I think that is great.

Because if you’re only exercising or eating because you want to look a certain way, then you probably will not enjoy much of either of those activities. But when you find something you like enough to do regularly, it all kind of comes together as a pleasant side effect.

alrighty, back off my soap box!! 

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Well That Was Easy!!

So, the Seven Day Cold has a redeeming quality!!

Despite essentially zero “active” time (court and traffic and office and class and coughing and sneezing and blowing one’s nose don’t count as “active” right?) for seven days, my body composition has gotten healthier.

I got on the scale this morning for the first time since discovering I gained 5.0 lbs during my staycation, and low and behold, I had lost 6.0 lbs. From about 124.5 lbs and 22.5% body fat (post staycation) down to about 118.5 lbs and 19.5% body fat; basically my personal health ideal.  That body fat number is interesting; apparently when I was too sick to have an appetite, my body was living off it’s extra fat stores. Good job body!! Guess we can check that off of January’s to-do list.

But oh, my nose is still runny. And the cough is lingering. But definately on it’s way out now. I can go several waking hours at a time without kleenex!

Took a three mile easy run/walk at lunch today, complete with a scarf and puffy down jacket, easing my way back into the world of “active” people.  Tomorrow, I will return to the track!! So many exclamation points, I know, I am excited!!!!! I mean, I haven’t even gotten to use my pretty new running jacket I got for Christmas yet!

In other news…

I did it, in my tylenol cold and flu haze… I registered for the Surf City Half Marathon. It’s three weeks out, the day after my birthday.  As a friend put it, “What would you rather do for your birthday – get drunk or PR a half marathon?” Seems my cold-medicined-self decided there will be plenty of time for drinking after, during the Super Bowl 😉

The course is pretty flat and all along the beach.  I just found out that in 2012 they started a “Beach Cities Challenge” to complete three of the beach marathons or halves consecutively, and, I mean, I’m a sucker for anything with “Beach Cities” or “Challenge” in the name – and this has both! Plus, one of my friends has ordered 500 hot wings for his Super Bowl party later that same day, so I figure, burn 1200 or so calories then go enjoy some birthday wings and cocktails after.

Found out after the fact (well I had suspected, but it was unconfirmed prior to the race) that the New Year’s Race had an elevation variance of 1200 ft! I think that after knocking 9 minutes off my half marathon race PR under those conditions, I should be able to improve on the new PR at least a little bit on a (nearly) totally flat course! At this point, I am comfortable reporting that the Run Less, Run Faster training plan I am utilizing for the LA Marathon is indeed improving my performance.  I’m hoping that this “bonus” rest and recovery time will only serve to aide continued improvement.

Now, fingers crossed that tomorrow I’ll have some actual training to report!

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…And we’re back!

Vacation is over.

The holidays are over.

The first “week” (only three days, really. really? feels like 12) back to work is nearly over.

oh my……… did we ever have a staycation!!

December 21 through January 2, that’s what, 9 days? thereabouts.

It was wonderful, but possibly deadly.

Here’s a snapshot of my December:

Ran 152.86 miles, 21 runs, averaging 7.2 miles.

8 of those runs were 8 + miles: 8.0, 9.3, 12.3, 18.2, 14.5, 14.6, 8.2, 12.5.

During the actual staycation, I ran a total of 61.2 miles, attended 7 advanced yoga classes, 1 level one, and one restorative. Heavenly.

There were 6 holiday parties, I completed one season each of three television shows, finished three books and one audiobook, started a fourth book and second audiobook, saw one movie in the theater and 4 movies at home. On December 23 I spent from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. marathon shopping with my mother-in-law, including stops at five different grocery stores. On December 26, I again marathon shopped with the in-law making exchanges from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

Now, as my beloved Barney Stinson would say, wait for it.

I also gained 5 pounds. 

Five pounds and 2.0% body fat. Despite all the running and yoga and relaxation/recovery and general being-on-my-feet-moving-ness. I went from my usual (pms-free) 119.whatever to this morning’s (pms-free) 124.whatever. From the usual 20.whatever% to 22.whatever%. (because pms, I’m always up two pounds, about 121).

I told spouse I was feeling fat!!!!

Of course there are a variety of factors that could be the culprit, but based on a review of my historical data (and I do love to log my statistics) I blame the beer, eggnog, lasagna, macaroni/bacon/potato caserole, french toast, croissants, champagne, limeade, eggnog lattes, rice-crispies treats, whiskey, rum, red vines, AMC popcorn, french bread, pizza, cookies, and pie.

Oh yes, it was a grand staycation. So this weekend we ween, and Monday it’s back to bulletproof coffees and my personalized brand of modified paleo. Time and again,  nutrition and hydration trump calorie burn for weight and health maintenance.

in other news…

I tripped!! Hardcore on January 1.  Walking from BFF’s house to the beach with some people in one of the new pairs of shoes (toms flats btw), I totally ate it on Washington Blvd. Even tore a hole in the knee of my jeans! I am indisputably a klutz, I just usually don’t actually hit the ground.  Oh and I thought things were fine, but when I got home we discovered blood. Now, four days later the bruises are deep and my kness are still a little stiff. Yayers!! Always the left knee that gets the worst of it too, I need to learn to fall to the right — even things out a bit.

“Inaugural New Year’s Race 1/2 Marathon” is this Saturday night, I had hoped to start the year with a solid PR based on the first quarter of LA Marathon Training. But, alas. Between the injury and the staycation after-effects I think this will have to be just another fun run. Because how can running downtown at night, including inside dodger stadium and around the field not be fun?!?!?!!!! so excited, pacing plan is to save energy for running the field strong. My outfit is very neon and hilarious. I am very excited.

back to what i’m sure some of you are thinking….

Five pounds, that’s nothing!! Wrong. At 119, 5 pounds is about 4% of my body weight. Not the end of the world, but enough to notice a difference in performance and appearance. Enough difference to cause physical discomfort and to affect the ability to achieve alignment in some yoga poses, and enough to make a notable difference in stress to the joints when running. Also, enough to indicate that a return to active maintenance is in order.

And before you go there, I realize that the bf% numbers mean only about half the weight gain was fat, the rest was likely muscle. Also, for curious minds, I know my bf% because I have a bf% scale, which is regularly calibrated and which I have been using to collect data for nearly four years. I have also intermittently had my body fat measured professionally using varying methods to compare and find a realistic expectation of the accuracy of my own scale.  Like many type A fitness-as-a-hobby people, I am a data whore.

So there you have it– 2013’s New Year’s Resolution is Mindfulness and Maintenance.

Welcome back, Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!!

I noticed from the wordpress stats tool that more people (not tons, but some) than the three friends I told about this blog have been visiting. So thank you for that!

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