Monday, April 22, 2013

The 4th Race: Pay It Forward and skating rink

At the Pay It Forward race, the kids and I managed to run a 13 minute mile! And Lane finished the race. I was so proud of them both.
Medal Ceremony

Getting ready for the run

It rained all day and the slides were wet. These are some disappointed kiddos.

Proud mommy. And "sour grapes" kids. (No, really. Lane dropped her grapes in the dirt.)

"Mom, let's go to the skating rink!"

"Okie dokie."

They wouldn't hold still for a good picture.
I figured I burned about 120 calories at the race and about 350 calories roller-blading with the kids for 2 hours. Eating is going ok. Had a couple of slip-ups. I ate a couple cookies at the rink.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Race no.4: Paying it Forward

This Saturday, I'll be running this race for my 4th race of my Runolution!

"The Pay It Forward 5k/1 mile Challenge is not a race but a challenge to all ages to become more active and healthier. Many people do not participate in 5k or 1 mile walk/run because they don’t believe in themselves or do not have the money to participate in them. The goal of this event is to give the encouragement to the participants that they can complete this task and many more in the future." Source:

It's only a $1, which is kind to my pocketbook. A race that cheap is great to run with my kids. =) I hope Lane will actually stick it out this time.

On second thought, maybe I should just do the 1-mile run with them.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Salad for dinner doesn't cancel out the bowl of ice cream I ate for dessert.

I totally had ice cream yesterday.
Pancakes for breakfast (sans syrup).
Leftover chicken and sausage gumbo and rosemary bread for lunch.
Salad for dinner.
Ice cream for dessert. Caramel Chocolate Pretzel.
Again, I say, I suck. 
It is not going well. I'm really struggling to get back on track, and it's frustrating, because, usually, it's not this hard.
I blame the period hormones. Being a girl is hard. =(

I went for an hour and 15 minute run/walk with my kids yesterday. Burned close to 300 calories, probably more, because my son's bike pedal fell off and the three of us took turns pushing it back home. Plus, I forgot water and the kids thought they were going to die on the walk home from the park. (I didn't so much "forget" to bring water as much as I just assumed to water fountain at the park would be functioning. It wasn't.)

Also, I did some gardening in the morning for an hour.
Still, I'm so annoyed with myself. Where did my hard-core resolve go?

How do you stay motivated? 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I suck.

My sugar cravings are driving me up the wall. If I had any money left in the food budget this week, I'd be binging on a bucket of ice cream right now. GAH. This is hard.

2 Healthy cookies [I couldn't find the recipe I actually used, but it also had apples, maple syrup, cinnamon and almond butter.]
10 baby carrots

Paleo chicken and sausage gumbo

At work I ate three small bags of sweet tarts and a Spiderman sucker. [PTSA were honoring teachers with sweets. I could've turned it down, but I totally didn't.]
Two Tbs of almond butter
10 baby carrots
2 more healthy cookies

1/2 lb of paleo pork

I think I'm doing a terrible job getting back on track. Stupid sweets. Detoxing is hard.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It's Teacher Appreciation Week again. What happened to good ol' fashioned apples?

It seems like this should be my goal for next year as this is The Spartan Experiment. I don't have that kinda dough this year, and I already signed up for the Dirty Dash. I'll have to plan for it next year.

Update on how I'm doing on counting calories:

I've done it for two days. Forgot one day. Not going well.

It's Teacher Appreciation Week again, and every day there will be treats in the faculty room for us. Yesterday, I had two chocolate chip cookies the size of wide-mouthed mason jar lid. They were good. Stupid delicious treats.
I'm eating a salad for lunch today. Most of the meals in between have been healthy and Paleo.


Monday: I ran 2 1/2 miles and walked 1/2 on tready.
Tues: Walked on tready for 45 min.
Wed: Took my son with me on a bike ride (He rode, I ran) to the park. 4.1K! That's 2 1/2 miles.

So far workouts are getting better. (I slacked off after my vacation, because I got really sick with the flu. It made me so lethargic. It was the worst.)

Stress Levels: 

I've got two deadlines in 2 days, and until 20 minutes ago, I couldn't get in touch with one of my contacts.
Just found out about $600 financial burden that wasn't there yesterday.  =(
Lesson plans for tomorrow are not done.
Slept ok last night.
Started my period.

I'd say my stress level is HIGH, borderlining PANIC ATTACK. All I wanna do is motorboat a bag of peanut m&ms and watch the new episode of Bones on hulu. But, alas, there's work to be done.

Stay tuned for info on my April Runolution Race.

Friday, April 5, 2013

"Binge? Party of one?"

You know how I'm always saying that stress is such an influential factor in my attempts to lose weight, but then I'm irritatingly vague about the cause of my stress.

...Well that's not entirely true. Sometimes I'm direct about how my stress from one of my three jobs (or all of my 3 jobs simultaneously) pushes me to binge on sweet calories. But over the past year, my jobs aren't the main reason why all my hard work with The Redbook Experiment (the former name of The Spartan Experiment) has been undone. Thing is, Spartans, I've gained back every pound I lost in 2011.

If you are making this face, =O, I don't blame you. 

What I weighed at the end of 2011: 153
Current Weight: 167

I would normally go into a defensive tirade about how I just got off vacation where I spent a week in a beach house in OBX, NC, ate junk food all week, hardly worked out, and it's not my fault I consumed 2 of those key lime pie cupcakes and half a dozen ice cream bars. But if I'm being honest--REALLY honest--that is a double scoop of excuses.
Best thing I've ever had in my mouth. (Lindsay, no wonder your store was featured on The Bachelor. It's a wonder he didn't just chuck the other ladies for you after tasting one of these ah-MAZING concoctions.)

Another example of deliciously unhealthy food I ate on vaca. It's lobster-stuffed lasagna @ Dirty Dick's
And I had a bite of my friend's crab-stuffed mushroom @ Dirty Dick's.

True, I did work out on my vacation.

Sunday: 45 min of Centergy courtesy of my new friend, Ariella, whose hair I envy.
Tuesday: 45 min of Centergy and a hour and 15 minute walk on the beach for a total of 6.36km (with my new friend Kathy.)
A Centergy/Yoga move I learned.

Wednesday: A long leisurely walk on the beach with my sister.
A pre-pedicured pic of my bestie from HS, Kristal, and I daring to stick our feet in the freezing ocean. My sister did give the girls in the house manis, pedis, massages, haircuts, facials, and other spa treatments. We lucked out having her there this year.

Friday: A 3.65km run on the beach. (How do I know the exact number of kilometers? SportsTracker. Get it. You'll love it. )
The view from our back porch at the beach house.

Saturday: Lastly, a 5K in support of Cerebral Palsy of Virginia, where, my dear Spartan women, I ran my fastest 5K to date! 31min. on the nose. I came in 3rd in my age bracket! Woot! Here's a link to a video of my race. Plus, this Spartan woman then flew home that afternoon. (I don't recommend this. I've had jet lag for days.)
Post race. Feeling like a powerful Spartan woman.

See, working out wasn't the issue. Rather, it was binging on all the junk food or eating unhealthy meals. But still. That was only one week out of the year and 3 months that it took to put the weight back on.

What was the stress that made my weight loss struggles that much more challenging during 2012?

The truth?

It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what the hell I've been going through. The truth is, I put myself and health on the back burner last year. I let stress drive my eating habits, and I lost control. The fact that I did that makes me want to punch myself in the ovaries. (It wouldn't do any good but give me a wonky period.) 

Clearly I need to make some changes. Time to start counting EVERY calorie again. My workouts have been just fine, but I am consuming too many calories. Too much input. I need to be more accountable, and that means I'll be seeing a lot more of you, Spartans, as I'll be spending a lot more time blogging my progress and life events.

See you soon!
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