Weigh In’s and Base Building Weeks 2 & 3

19 Apr

Wow, I have a lot to report on.  I genuinely intend to blog almost every day, but after work, exercise, stretching, showering, cooking dinner, eating and chores, all I want to do is zone out on the couch until bed time.  It is now that I’m realizing exactly what kind of time commitment I signed up for when I decided to train for a half marathon!

First, let me catch up on the ever-important weigh in’s.  I weighed in on April 4th at 151.8, up 1.7 pounds from the week before.  I went four points over my limit the week before, so I thought I might gain a bit, but 1.7 pounds seemed like a bit much.  It was just after my first week of base building, so I suppose it’s possible my body was adjusting.  The next week I overindulged a bit over the weekend and went nine points over my limit, so I didn’t expect much of a good result.  I weighed in that Wednesday at 152 even, up .2 pounds from the week before, and I was okay with that since it was a fair result of how I did that week.

Totals for 4/12/12 – 4/18/12

Daily points used:  196/196
Weekly points used:  48/49
Activity points earned:  42
Activity points used:  42
Points left on the table:  1

I weighed in yesterday at 150.2, down 1.8 pounds from last week.  I worked really hard last week to stay within my points, so I was very pleased!  I’m going to keep at it this week in hopes to break into the 140’s.  My current goal is 147.4, which will be 15% lost, and that feels like it’s now within my reach.

I’ve completed the second and third weeks of base building, which leaves just one more week until I start the for reals half marathon training plan.  I haven’t been very good at taking notes after the runs, so I sadly don’t have much detail to report about how I felt during the second and third weeks.  Gonna get better about writing a bit down so that I can go into the details here.

base building week two
Monday – 45 minutes walking
Tuesday – ran 2 miles
Wednesday – ran 2.5 miles
Thursday – BodyPump (strength)
Friday – ran 2 miles
Saturday- rest
Sunday – ran 3 miles

I went to the gym that Monday night to take the TurboKick class, but the substitute instructor never showed up!  By the time I left all the cardio machines were being used, so I came home and just walked 45 minutes on the treadmill.  I was really looking forward to getting my heart rate up for a great workout, so it was quite frustrating.  My running mileage total for the week was 9.5.

base building week three
Monday – TurboKick (kickboxing class)
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – ran 3 miles
Thursday – BodyPump (strength)
Friday – ran 2 miles
Saturday- ran 2 miles
Sunday – ran 3 miles

After TurboKick this week with the regular instructor, I discovered a pretty nasty blood blister underneath my right big toe.  Some Googling told me it can happen after kickboxing so I wasn’t too worried.  It was still tender the next day, so I felt it was best to skip my run and let it heal.  Sad, my first missed run of training!  I decided to do the run on Saturday, my normal rest day, to make up for the miles.  This may or may not have been a good idea, as my legs have started to feel a little over-used, my left hip in particular, which I’ve had trouble with before.  I didn’t want to give up miles this soon in the plan though; I ran 10 miles total this week.

Here’s two weeks worth of food diary; read if you like, or just scroll through for the pictures!

Wednesday, 4/4/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, blueberries, hemp protein powder, chlorella, 1 tsp omega oil, almond milk)
AM snack – salad (romaine, red cabbage, green pepper, buckwheat sprouts, creamy hemp dressing)
lunch – Tropical Quinoa & Black Beans with steamed kale & pumpkin seeds
PM snack – 12 almonds with 1 Tbs raisins
dinner – socca with herbed white beans & Daiya mozzarella, balsamic roasted carrots & radicchio
after dinner – 12 oz MGD 64, 24 light beer, multigrain pretzel twists

exercise – walked 10 minutes, ran 2.5 miles (29 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  6
activity points used:  13

Thursday, 4/5/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, cherries, pomegranate juice, hemp protein powder, chia seeds)
AM snack – salad (romaine, red cabbage, green pepper, buckwheat sprouts, creamy hemp dressing)
lunch – Tropical Quinoa & Black Beans with steamed kale & pumpkin seeds
PM snack – 16 almonds, strawberries
pre-workout snack – 2 dates
dinner – socca with herbed white beans & Daiya mozzarella, balsamic roasted carrots & radicchio
dessert – Dandies marshmallows

exercise – 10 minutes elliptical, BodyPump (60 minutes strength)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  5
activity points used:  8

Friday, 4/6/12

pre-workout snack – half a Cherry Pie Larabar
breakfast – smoothie (banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder, wheatgrass powder, almond milk)
AM snack – cucumber slices with creamy hemp dressing
lunch – Tropical Quinoa & Black Beans with steamed kale & pumpkin seeds
PM snack – apple, second half of the Cherry Pie Larabar
dinner – 24 tortilla chips with salsa, burrito (rice, refried beans, lettuce, pico, guacamole), 12 oz MGD 64, 50 oz light beer, 4 oz red wine

exercise – ran 2 miles (24 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  4
activity points used:  12
weekly points used:  21

Saturday, 4/7/12

breakfast – 2 flax plus waffles with 1 tsp blueberry agave, coffee with vanilla coconut creamer
lunch – salad (lettuce, shredded carrot, corn, red bell pepper, edamame, sesame seeds, buckwheat sprouts, goddess dressing, bacon flavored chips)
dinner (tailgating & baseball game) – seitan hot dog on a French hoagie roll with ketchup, spicy mustard and relish, strawberries, broccoli with Sanctuary dressing, 12 oz MGD 64, 12 oz beer, 36 oz light beer
after dinner – Peanut Butter Puffins, 10 oz red wine

daily points used:  28
weekly points used:  28

Homemade seitan hot dog!  Recipe here.  I liked them a lot but would change the seasonings next time, just to suit my preferences.

Sunday, 4/8/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, strawberries, kiwi, orange, pineapple juice, coconut water, spinach, Vega One)
post-workout snack – Vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein in almond milk
lunch – seitan hot dog with chili beans and Daiya mozzarella, one piece 21 whole grains bread, sugar snap peas
dinner – vegetable barley soup, sandwich (rye bread, smoked tofu, lettuce, tomato, pickles, alfalfa sprouts, dijon), 8 oz red wine

exercise – walked 10 minutes, ran 3 miles (34 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  7
non-existent points used:  9

Oh Daiya Mozzarella, how I love thee.

Monday, 4/9/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, strawberries, kiwi, almond milk, hemp protein powder, spinach, flax)
AM snack – apple, spirulina energy bar, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – black bean & tofu enchiladas (frozen meal)
PM snack – salad (romaine, cucumber, red bell pepper, creamy hemp dressing)
pre-workout snack – banana fig cinnamon energy bar
dinner – roasted asparagus soup, potato, black bean & corn hash

exercise – walked 30 minutes, TurboKick (50 minutes kickboxing)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  11

Roasted Asparagus Soup, recipe from Quick Fix Vegan

banana fig cinnamon energy bar, recipe from Thrive Fitness

Tuesday, 4/10/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, cherries, dates, pomegranate juice, hemp protein powder, flax, spinach)
AM snack – strawberries, 6 walnuts, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – roasted asparagus soup, potato, black bean & corn hash
PM snack – carrot sticks & cucumber spears with Sanctuary dressing
dinner – grilled Daiya mozzarella sandwich on 21 whole grains bread, tomato-miso soup with leeks

daily points used:  27

grilled Daiya mozzarella sandwich, tomato-miso soup with leeks

Wednesday, 4/11/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, mango, kiwi, hemp protein powder, chia seeds, almond milk)
AM snack – 12 almonds, apple, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – grilled Daiya mozzarella sandwich on 21 whole grains bread, tomato-miso soup with leeks
PM snack – salad (romaine, shredded carrot, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, sanctuary dressing)
pre-workout snack – banana fig cinnamon energy bar
pre-workout snack 2 (my run got delayed) – 2 dates
dinner – roasted asparagus soup, potato, black bean & corn hash

exercise – walked 10 minutes, ran 3 miles (35 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  7
activity points used:  3

Thursday, 4/12/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, cantaloupe, 2 dates, soy yogurt, orange juice, Vega One)
AM snack – apple, 6 walnuts, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – lentil soup, hummus with pita, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts
PM snack – banana fig cinnamon energy bar
dinner – 6 tortilla chips, burrito (rice, beans, lettuce, cilantro, salsa, guacamole), 12 oz red wine

exercise – 15 minutes stationary bike, BodyPump (60 minutes strength)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  5
activity points used:  24

Friday, 4/13/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, blueberries, chocolate hazelnut butter, 1/2 tsp blueberry agave, alfalfa sprouts, almond milk)
AM snack – cantaloupe, 6 cashews, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – roasted asparagus soup, potato, black bean & corn hash
PM snack – salad (romaine, shredded carrot, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, sunflower seeds, sanctuary dressing)
pre-workout snack – banana fig cinnamon energy bar
dinner – avocado roll, mushroom roll, veggie roll with inari and seaweed salad, 2 oz vodka with coconut water & lime juice, 14 oz red wine

exercise – walked 40 minutes, ran 2 miles (24 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  7
activity points used:  15
weekly points used:  10

Saturday, 4/14/12

breakfast – french toast with strawberry sauce & 1 tsp maple syrup, kiwi, coffee with vanilla coconut creamer
post-workout snack – smoothie (banana, strawberries, blackberries, hemp protein powder, maca powder, almond milk)
lunch – low carb tortilla with spinach artichoke hummus, meatless meatballs, romaine, alfalfa sprouts & pickles
PM snack – spelt pretzels, 2 prunes
dinner – fried rice, steamed veggies & Szechuan eggplant, 24 oz light beer, 24 oz MGD 64

exercise – walked 10 minutes, ran 2 miles (23 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  5
weekly points used:  21

French Toast recipe from Peas & Thank You

Sunday, 4/15/12

breakfast – bran flakes cereal with 2 Tbs raisins & almond  milk, coffee with vanilla coconut creamer
post-workout snack – smoothie (banana, espresso powder, Chocolate Vega Sport Performance Protein, almond milk)
lunch – Barbecue Pinto Beans & Portobello, coleslaw pasta salad
dinner – fried rice, steamed veggies & Szechuan eggplant
after dinner – spelt pretzels, 10 oz red wine

exercise – walked 10 minutes, ran 3 miles (35 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  7
weekly points used:  15

Barbecue Pinto Beans & Portobello recipe from Quick Fix Vegan

Monday, 4/16/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, mango, hemp protein powder, orange juice, spinach, flax)
AM snack – apple, 12 almonds, orange Emergen-C, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – Barbecue Pinto Beans & Portobello, coleslaw pasta salad
PM snack – salad (romaine, shredded carrot, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, sanctuary dressing)
pre-workout snack – banana fig cinnamon energy bar
dinner – tofu & broccoli in black bean sauce
after dinner snack – dill pickle, spelt pretzels

exercise – 45 minutes elliptical

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  5

Tuesday, 4/17/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, peaches, almond milk, Vega One)
AM snack – strawberries, 6 cashews, orange Emergen-C, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – tofu & broccoli in black bean sauce, one slice 21 whole grains bread
PM snack – salad (romaine, shredded carrot, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, pumpkin seeds, bacon flavored chips, sanctuary dressing)
pre-workout snack – banana fig cinnamon energy bar
dinner – Indonesian Vegetable & Tofu Scramble, chile-lime roasted sweet potatoes

exercise – walked 10 minutes, ran 2.5 miles (29 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  6
weekly points used:  2

Indonesian Vegetable & Tofu Scramble recipe from Quick Fix Vegan, with chile-lime roasted sweet potatoes

Wednesday, 4/18/12

breakfast – smoothie (banana, strawberries, mango, orange juice, hemp protein powder, flax, sprouted chia powder)
AM snack – apple, 12 almonds, coffee with vanilla soy creamer
lunch – Indonesian Vegetable & Tofu Scramble, chile-lime roasted sweet potatoes
PM snack – cucumber spears with sanctuary dressing
dinner – Barbecue Pinto Beans & Portobello, coleslaw pasta salad
after-dinner snack – low carb tortilla with spinach artichoke hummus & alfalfa sprouts

exercise – walked 10 minutes, ran 3 miles (36 minutes)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  7
activity points used:  5

Thursday, 4/19/12

breakfast – English muffin with 2 Tbs almond butter with roasted flax seeds & blueberry preserves
lunch – Indonesian Vegetable & Tofu Scramble in a low carb tortilla, chile-lime roasted sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup orange juice
PM snack – strawberries
dinner – 8 tortilla chips with salsa, burrito (rice, refried beans, lettuce, pico, guacamole, hot sauce), 10 oz red wine

daily points used:  28
activity points used:  18
weekly points used:  4

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