Wednesday, March 31, 2010
By 6:45pm Honey had to go back outside for another bathroom break. She seriously has the world's smallest bladder (just like Old Man Chalmers). Before taking her out I figured I would change into gym clothes and then head down to the gym after Honey's walk. In the gym I decided to try a different interval treadmill plan. Unlike Monday's work out, this training plan was 45 minutes long, rather than 35 minutes. The extra 10 minutes really took it out of me. I did 4 miles in 45:06 minutes and burned 442 calories according to the treadmill. The last thing I wanted to do was weight training, but I managed to do 2 different bicep exercises, 3 sets of each.
I skipped crunches and headed upstairs to make dinner. It was almost 7:45pm and clearly way past my dinner time. I was starved. I whipped together my first ever batch of poached eggs and ate them over mashed cannelini beans. After adding some liberal dashes of hot sauce the meal was delicious.
Working out right after work is clearly my best option. Thankfully I'm taking today off ... my legs are sore!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Yesterday was no exception. I had found an interval training guide in my Shape magazine from April so I decided to give it a whirl. The only changes I made was to go 7.5 on the treadmill instead of 9 since going that fast scares me. For the cool down I stayed at 4 to try to make up for not getting up to 9. All in all it was very tough and I'm looking forward to trying it again this week. At the end of 35 minutes the treadmill said I had gone 3.17 miles and burned 354 calories. The article said to burn 250 to 500 calories at least five times a week to "blast fat." Looks like I have a rough week ahead of me.
After I was finished with cardio I started my back work out. I split up doing back and biceps on the same day since I was getting sore and had time during the week to focus on each body part on its own day. Once I had finished the 3 back exercises I did 150 crunches.
set 3: 40lbs, 12 reps
set 2: 30lbs, 10 reps
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
"Vegetarianism is the practice of following a plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products and eggs." - from wikipedia.org
I didn't realize that eating fish was not allowed in the practice of vegetarianism and had the occasional seafood meal. I continued these habits well into my college years until one day I decided that I really wanted a cheeseburger and then never looked back at the years spent as a non-meat eater.
Since I revolve my life around running and eating cheeseburgers I figured I shouldn't make any more rash decisions at omitting meat from my diet again. Would eating garden burgers with cheese count as a pre-race meal? Would readers of this blog look down upon me for not eating cow in between two pieces of bread?
I'm at the point where I would like to transition into pescetarianism. Let's turn to my trusty wikipedia.org source for their definition:
" ... is the practice of a diet that includes seafood and excludes mammals and birds; typically includes some or all of vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, and dairy."
I think I'm going to try not eating chicken, pork, or cow until the wedding. As my friend Chris said it'll just mean a lot of trips to Shari for sushi and Cityfish for scallops and oysters. Doesn't sound so bad does it?
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I started the week working out back and biceps. I did 3 exercises for each body part, 3 sets of 10-12 reps. I even increased the weight during one set of bicep curls. I finished the work out with 125 crunches.
Dinner tonight was not a cheeseburger, and I probably won't be able to eat one of those for awhile. I made a salad, sauteed zucchini, squash, and tomatoes, and served it alongside a thin steak. It was quite tasty. Not sure what tomorrow night's healthy dinner will be. Of course I'm already worried about the next meal!
Free pastry at Starbucks tomorrow with a purchase of a coffee :)
The night before the race I attended an alumni pasta dinner at the KD house. We ate catered Olive Garden and picked up our race packets and tried to get excited about the upcoming event. The current count of runners was around 350 and we hoped more would sign up race day.
When Old Man Chalmers (OMC from this point forward) woke up on Sunday morning he realized his back was still hurt and that him and Honey would come to the race to cheer me on instead of running. I had woken up with a stomach ache and wasn't overly thrilled about running 3.1 miles but I got dressed, laced up my running shoes, and headed to UCF (where the race was held).
At 8:00am the air horn sounded and all of the runners took off. The first mile flew by and I was feeling a lot better. I checked my watch and saw that I had finished mile 1 in 8:10 minutes. I realized this was faster than normal and tried to ease up on speed for the rest of the race. Sometime shortly after my watch died and I was not able to check my pace or distance from that point on. The second mile marker came and I was still feeling good about the race. It was between miles 2 and 3 where a group of us began to run the wrong way. We didn't realize what had happened until we merged back with the rest of the runners a little before mile 3. I sprinted towards the finish line and saw that my time was 29:44 minutes. I have never run a 5k this slow and after further discussion with other runners that I recognized from having similar pace with me during the race, we realized we ran around 0.5 miles extra.
I was furious that I had followed runners incorrectly and that I didn't stay on course. I didn't stick around long after the race to chat with other KD alums and figured it was best for me to head home with OMC and Honey and vent during the car ride.
I found out this morning that I had placed 1st in my age group. Not sure how that happened but I guess I'll take it. They must have taken into account the extra mileage and calculated what my time would have been if I had run the correct course. There's always next year ...
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I started my day with a bowl of Frosted Flakes with soy milk. Am I 8 years old again? Hate to say it but it was gggggrrrreeeeaaaatttt! Thanks Tony the Tiger.
Lunch didn't improve at all. Instead it worsened exponentially. I had my favorite go to hangover meal ... a double cheeseburger from McDonald's! Added to this delicious sandwich was a 6 piece chicken mcnugget, small fries, and a small Coca Cola classic. I felt ashamed after I inhaled my entire meal.
I had every intention of making a healthy dinner tonight for myself and Ryan. I bought chicken breasts, broccoli, and salad ingredients from Publix during the rest of my lunch break. All of these items went straight from the reusable shopping bag into the refrigerator. Ryan had a different idea of what dinner should be even though HE was the one who said "I want to eat something green tonight." I think he just meant "I want to eat something delicious tonight" so we ordered take out from Anthony's. Come to think of it we did order a small Greek salad along with a LARGE PEPPERONI CALZONE. What is wrong with us? Oh well it's all over now. That was our last "bad" eating night until after the wedding. At least I hope so.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Talking about drinking ... I might have drank a lot this past weekend during my bachelorette extravaganza. It's only a rumor though so chances are that it's not true ;)
The pros of having all of my girlfriends in town to celebrate 3 days of bachelorette/bridal shower excitement are nonstop laughter, crazy shenanigans, and major bonding through way too much girl talk. The only con I can think of is not having worked out since Wednesday night. Yikes! Don't worry though ... I managed to eat some cheeseburger sliders from Hamburger Mary's on Saturday night. At least I didn't slack on my cheeseburger eating and only on running!
I finally made it into the gym yesterday after work. I decided to ease back into working out by running on the treadmill. I did 3 miles in 27:30 minutes, using some minor incline again.
- 0-0.5 miles = 0 incline
- 0.5-1.5 miles = 1.0 incline
- 1.5-2.5 miles = 0.5 incline
- 2.5-3.0 miles = 0 incline
I wasn't running as fast as I probably should have been but at least I got 3 miles done. I had to rush once I got upstairs since Ryan was taking me out to dinner for my birthday! After a quick shower and some minimal getting ready time we were ready to head out to Chez Vincent in Winter Park. Poor Ryan wasn't feeling all that great though. He had pulled a back muscle getting onto the train in Boston on Monday (old man Chalmers) and had gotten some pain pills from the doctor yesterday. They were definitely making him loopy so I figured it was only a matter of time before he fell face first into his plate of filet and mashed potatoes. Lucky for us he made it through the entire delicious meal.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The best part of the gym yesterday was working alongside a bulldog puppy. That's right, some dumb guy actually brought his dog with him into the gym and had her just wandering around while he worked out. At first I was giddy with the thought of playing with a new puppy (sorry Honey) but then I realized how unsafe it was for her to be in there. Probably as unsafe as it was for some other dude to be wearing flip flops while working out. Idiots.
Anyways I reversed my usual timeline while in the gym and did weights before cardio. I will probably never do this again. I was already exhausted by the time I got onto the treadmill and I know I didn't push myself as hard as I could've (and should've). I did:
- 3 different shoulder exercises, 3 sets each of 12-15 reps
- 3 different tricep exercises, 3 sets each of 12-15 reps
- 2.25 miles on the treadmill (0 incline) in 20:30 minutes
- 100 crunches
Dinner was pretty boring last night - meat sauce over whole grain pasta shells. I was too preoccupied with cleaning the shower for my house guests this weekend to worry about a balanced meal. Then I had to go to the mall to find a dress for my shower on Sunday. Finally found one at Anthropologie. Now I just need shoes :)
In case anyone who reads this (Travis) wants something free:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
- 2 outer laps around Lake Eola - 2.2 miles = 19:49 minutes
Once we were done I rushed inside to get showered and ready for my dinner date. Sunny and I walked over to Cityfish and sat at the bar. I didn't realize they offered so many happy hour specials ... $2 budlight drafts (we sampled 2 each), $5 cheeseburger sliders (we also sampled these), along with $5 fish tacos (we opted to save these for another day). The highlight of the evening was the oyster bar in the back of the restaurant from 6-7pm. All you can eat free oysters! I was in heaven. Oyster heaven that is. We were served four at time and I must say I refilled my plate four times. 16 oysters is definitely the most I have ever eaten. I'm looking forward to surpassing this amount one day.
I felt the cheeseburger slider special at Cityfish was a sign to reward myself for running outside and not on the treadmill. The little bite-sized (Jess-sized or Sunny-sized can be used as well) burgers were delicious.
After training solely on a treadmill all winter long it's going to take awhile to get used to running outside again. The strides are different, how hard your sneaker hits varies, and just getting used to dodging pedestrians on the sidewalk, are things to deal with when switching from indoors to outdoors.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
While glancing at my calendar today I realized the following:
- it is only 2 more days until my bestest friend Jacqui arrives in Orlando from Hoboken, NJ
- it is only 3 more days until the start of my bachelorette extravaganza
- with the aforementioned comes 3 days until Ryan leaves for NYC to begin the debauchery that will be his bachelor weekend
- it is only 7 days until Ryan takes me out to my birthday dinner at an undisclosed location (he's been very tight lipped about which restaurant it will be)
- it is only 8 days until the best day of the entire year ... St. Patrick's day (also known as my birthday)
- and most importantly 46 days until I become Mrs. Chalmers
Looks like I'm a pretty lucky girl. Must have that luck of the Irish. Except I'm not Irish. Maybe I can be an honorary leprechaun ...
Since my knee was bothering me I did 15:30 minutes on the elliptical (1.5 miles). I had worked out back on Saturday so it was time to do biceps. I did 3 exercises, 3 sets of each, with at least 12-15 reps. I think I might be ready to increase my weight from 5 pound dumbbells to 10 pound dumbbells. How exciting right? I finished off the workout with some calf raises and 100 crunches.
Ryan and I had some errands to run so we grabbed Honey and headed to the pet store to buy her some dog food. Next stop was the gas station. While I was filling up my gas tank we started to wonder what we would have for dinner since it was already 7:00pm and nothing had been made at home. So we ended up ordering a large, all veggie, thin crust pizza from Pizza Hut. It totally hit the spot and was delicious. Ryan and I had no problem finishing up the entire thing. It was his first day back at eating carbs. Not a bad reward for keeping up his silly diet for the full 2 weeks.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday started off quite early. Ryan and I were at our breakfast spot around 8:30am. We finally made it out to Junior's Diner, a dive that I had been craving to try. I enjoyed 2 eggs over easy, some bacon, and a biscuit with sausage gravy. D E L I C I O U S. This diner proved to deliver very legit, greasy, diner food. Oh and it was cash only. Totally had to stop by the 7-11 beforehand for cash back.
After spending the rest of the morning running errands it was time for our next meal. I made Alex (our house guest for the weekend) and Ryan tuna on a bed of greens. Its one of my favorite salads to make since the tuna is made, not only with the usual mayo, but also chickpeas and some sweet relish. There wasn't a third salad made since I was eating my leftover macaroni and cheese from Cityfish.
Alex had brought some much needed motivation for the gym. I ran 3.25 miles in 29 minutes using 1.o and 0.5 inclines. Then I did 3 different back exercises, 3 sets each, and 100 crunches. As I worked out, all I could think about was the cheeseburger I was going to order from Houston's that night. Once at Houston's I deviated from the original cheeseburger plan and ordered one of the specials of the night - flat iron steak with fresh chimichurri sauce. Totally worth the last minute switch.
Yesterday's work out was enough to make me not physically want to do any sort of work out today. Sigh. At least there is always tomorrow.
Friday, March 5, 2010
My legs weren't having it though. I jumped on the treadmill ready to tackle miles and inclines and neither really happened. I managed to do the following:
- 2 miles in 18:30 mins - speed ranging from 6.5-7.0
How pathetic. I couldn't even get 3 miles in. I think part of the problem was the Paula Dean show I was watching was a repeat and the boredom had set in mid run.
I did manage to get 3 tricep exercises in and 100 crunches. I'm well on my way to a 6pack stomach for Costa Rica :)
Although there were no cheeseburgers at dinner, the honey/lemon baked chicken and roasted zucchini and tomatoes I made were delicious.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
So I decided to do a 3 mile run on the treadmill, adding some incline.
- 0-0.5 mile = 0.5 incline
- 0.5-1.0 mile = 1.0 incline
- 1.0-1.5 mile = 0.5 incline
- 1.5-2.0 mile = 1.0 incline
- 2.0-3.0 mile = 0 incline
Having some incline on the run made it harder to keep my speed up. I ran the 3 miles in 27 minutes. I'm going to try to continue running with an incline and increase the speed and distance.
After my cardio was done I did 3 different shoulder exercises with 10-12 reps, and 2 or 3 sets of each one. Working out shoulders is my least favorite since its the hardest on my arms (probably cause I don't work them out enough).
My workout was complete after I did 125 crunches. By this time I was starving and couldn't wait to eat some delicious Boston Market. Although turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, and green beans are no cheeseburger and onion rings, it wasn't a bad meal.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I plucked my butt off the couch and headed to the kitchen to start dinner. I think Ryan could tell I had no desire to do anything so he said those five words every girl loves to hear, "Want to go to Johnny's?" Johnny's Fillin' Station is this awesome burger place a few miles from downtown that we like to hit up whenever we get a chance. It took me less than 30 seconds to consider his question before I said "Hell yeah let's go." Next step was to text our friend Chris, who was also running the 5k the next morning, to see if he was up for our new pre-race meal. Within minutes he was outside his apartment waiting for us to pick him up.
I ordered my normal burger from Johnny's ... the Mini. At 1/4 pound with cheddar cheese its the perfect Jess-sized cheeseburger. Add a side of onion rings and a Coca Cola classic and I was one happy camper. The boys opted for larger more ornate burgers, which they washed down with Yuenglings. I wasn't jumping on board the "drinking before a race" bandwagon which Chris seems to have a lot of practice at.
We woke up Saturday morning bright and early for the 5k. Chris picked us up (we like to carpool to races when we can) and headed to Winter Park. I've ran the Run Around the Pines 5k in the past and was familiar with the course, which was mostly flat and fast. I had gotten a PR at this race last year, 25:31, and was looking to run even faster this year.
The morning was colder than I would've liked, but at least the sun was out and the crowd of runners seemed to be in good spirits. I felt great during the run but didn't think I was pushing myself as much as I should've been. Somehow I managed to finish the race in 25:21, my new 5k PR! Ryan also had a PR at this race. We are convinced that the cheeseburgers eaten the night before were what propelled us to the finish line faster.