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WW Week 26 Recap

Hola! This week was really good. That makes two good weeks in a row. Woohoo! If I can keep it up, I’ll be at goal in no time.

Last week’s weight loss was 2.4 lbs. This week’s weight loss was 1.6 lbs. Anything over 1.5 and I’m happy but after everything I ate yesterday, wait until you hear what all I ate, I’m ecstatic with seeing this.

So yesterday one of my friends and I went to Ren Fest. I was planning on sharing my free turkey leg, Thank You Sis!, with her and her son. Turns out her son didn’t want to go and she wasn’t in the mood for a turkey leg. So I had it all for myself. I started off only going to eat part of it. I even told her this. Soon though I realized this was not happening and that I was in fact going to eat the whole thing myself.

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Oh yeah, it sprinkled on and off for a while hence the shirt on my head. lol

She chose to go with the Duke Dog which was mac and cheese on a hot dog. Oh my, did it look yummy! I’ve seen them on TV but never in person. I might have to make some at home in the near future.

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Doesn’t that look good? It sure did to me.

For dessert we shared some fried Oreos. Yumm! I decided that today was the last festival of the year, for me. That Ren Fest only comes around once a year. Therefore, all bets were off and I was having a cheat day. Yay!

What is one of my favorite drinks but that I have not had since starting Weight Watchers because it is so high in points? Hard Cider! I had one yesterday. =)

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Actually I had two.

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It was a cheat day after all. 😉

I love Ren Fest. I don’t go every year but do try to go most years. My friend Tara and I went last year as well as this year. We might just make this an annual get together. =)

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One of the great things about Ren Fest is all of the characters that you see. I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I normally do but I did get a few in. As well as a video.

Toward the end of our visit that sprinkle from earlier turned in to a storm. Not just a little rain but an actual storm. It was a little crazy!

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We had been getting ready to watch the “Mud Show” when the rain started coming down. Fortunately we were close to a beer garden and was able to stand under their tent to watch the show. They were troopers for continuing on with it.

After the show, we stayed in the tent for a while longer before deciding to take a run for it. We were soaked when we got back to Tara’s vehicle. Worth it though for the memories!

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So turkey leg, fried Oreos and 2 hard ciders. Not terrible right? Oh but that was nothing compared to what I ate at my Mom’s that night. I ate my Mom’s leftovers from her dinner – steak, baked potato and corn then had a bowl of chocolate ice cram with chocolate swirl for dessert with a side of chocolate brownie and a chocolate square she always has on hand in her freezer. But it doesn’t end there. I then looked in her pantry and found some chocolate donuts and chips. I then went back for some chex mix. I went crazy!

So crazy that I actually had a stomach ache that night.

The sad thing is that I used to eat like this all of the time. Every day was a cheat day and my Mom always has junk food on hand. Where I don’t keep much in my house for this exact reason. She has it all of the time. And not just one or two items but such a variety that it can be dangerous.

This morning when I weighed in I was a little worried that my good week had been ruined after my weakness the night before. I was shocked to see that I had still lost 1.6 lbs. Woohoo! I’ll take it!

I am so close. So close! I have officially lost 37 lbs and am now 10.4 lbs away from my goal. 10 lbs people! I am doing this!!

Ok let’s take it back a minute. This week’s meeting was about cholesterol. I’m going to be completely honest here, I know nothing about cholesterol. I know that you don’t want to have high cholesterol but that’s about it. I don’t know what causes it. The terms that are related to it. How you can control it. None of it.

I still knew very little after coming out of today’s meeting. In fact, the meeting brought up more questions than answers. I did learn that foods high in saturated fats lead to high cholesterol. Also that there are foods that do not affect your cholesterol such as shrimp, eggs and I think salmon. But not much more. So I decided to do a little bit of research on my own.

I’m going to pass on some of what I have learned to you all now. I remind you that I know nothing of the subject. I am also forewarning you that I am getting all of my information from the internet. I’m saying this for two reasons. The first is if it’s wrong or inaccurate in any way, don’t blame me. Please look things up for yourself just to be on the safe side. And two, if I am wrong and you know the truth, please let me know. I don’t want to be wrong and make food decisions based off of inaccurate information I believed to be true.

First things first, what in the heck is cholesterol?

According to Heart.org, cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to build cells. We get cholesterol from two sources, what are body makes and from foods we eat from animals. It sounds like our body, our liver, makes all that we need. Anything else, comes from what we eat. Certain foods that contain cholesterol are high in saturated and trans fats. This causes our liver to produce more cholesterol than we need. This can become very unhealthy for some.

During our meeting the acronyms LDL and HDL were mentioned a lot. I still do not know what these stand for or what they mean. Just that one is good and one is bad, I think. So I looked it up. 

Apparently there are two types of cholesterol, good and bad. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and is bad for you while HDL, high-density lipoprotein, is good. LDL contributes to fatty build ups in your arteries whereas HDL carries the LDL away from your arteries and back to your liver. Here it can be broken down and passed from the body.

Ok so what causes high cholesterol?

This seems simple enough. Our body produces all the LDL that we need. Therefore the cause of high cholesterol is from lack of exercise and/or eating unhealthy foods.

What foods are high in saturated or trans fats?

Some foods that are high in saturated or trans fats are red meat, dairy products made with whole milk, fried foods, sugar and even baked goods.

How can I lower my saturated fat intake?

Eating more fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts will help lower your saturated fat in take. Some easy swaps would be ground turkey for ground beef, greek yogurt for sour cream or fish instead of steak.

What is a good rule of thumb for how much saturated fat one should eat?

For those that count calories, no more than 5-6% of your daily calorie intake should come from saturated fats. For a person on a 2,000 calorie diet, this would mean no more than 13 grams of fat per day.

Ok, so how much saturated fats are in the foods that we eat?

This was a little trickier to find. I don’t necessarily know the size of the foods but here are some examples of numbers. Please look them up more on your own.

  • Steak – 21g
  • Chicken breast without skin – .9 g
  • Chicken thigh without skin – 3 g
  • Salmon – 1.7 g
  • Pork – 4.4g
  • Ground beef 70/30 – 51 g
  • Ground beef 80/20 – 7g
  • Ground beef 90/10 – 3.4 g
  • Ground turkey – 2.2 g
  • Whole milk – 4.6g
  • 2% milk – 3.1 g
  • 1% milk – 1.5 g
  • 1 slice American cheese – 5g
  • 1 oz goat cheese – 6g
  • Cottage cheese – 3.9g
  • Large egg – 1.6g
  • 1 oz dark chocolate – 5g

I could go on and on but this gives you an idea. It gave me an idea at least.

I hope this helps you guys understand cholesterol a little more. It has certainly helped me. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert because I’m not even close. But at least I have a better idea as to what it is, what causes it and how I can lower it if need be.

 

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KC Zoo Run

As you know, I’ve been training for a race. Training makes it sound like weeks or months have gone by and I’m running a marathon or something. It wasn’t a marathon and I only “trained” for 5 days. But still running in a race is not something I do on a weekly basis and when you make a plan on how to prepare yourself for when you do, well that’s training.

In this instance my training paid off! I set a goal to finish this 4-mile race in less than 55 minutes and that is exactly what I did. Woohoo!

The race was the KC Zoo Run. I’ve ran this race twice before. The first time was several years ago and was also a successful race for me. The second time was not so much. I had feared that my last minute attempt at training would not be enough for to accomplish my goal. But I was wrong.

 

The first mile was mostly down hill. This helped tremendously. It’s hard to stop and rest when you’re going down hill. Why not use the momentum to keep going? You can rest when you get to the bottom.

The second mile was the easiest mile for me. Yes, in a way, even easier than the 1st mile. I started counting. Well technically I started counting toward the end of the first mile. At the gym, I run .25 – .3 miles then I walk .1 mile. I keep this pace pretty much the entire time. When I’m running outside though, I don’t have a screen in front of me telling me how far I’ve gone. This morning I decided, during the race, that I would count for a period of time in place of having the screen. I decided I would count to 200 when running, count to 60 when walking and repeat as many times as necessary until I crossed the finish line.

This sort of worked.

The first time I counted for the running part, I hit another down hill portion (the portion heading across the bridge in to Africa) and wasn’t about to stop running when going down hill just because I hit 200. So I added on another 100. Then another 50. I really pushed myself. I continued this pattern throughout Africa until I encountered the hill leaving. This I walked. But I tried my best to power walk.

This was also the third mile. Unfortunately, there was a lot of up hill during the 3rd mile. Therefore, there was a lot of walking. I’m not going to lie, I usually always walk when there is a hill. I do. I tried to tell myself that walking, up hill was going to hurt my time. But the motivation was not strong enough. I walked as fast as I could but I walked.

Once I got to the 4th mile, you were in the section of the race where it’s tight quarters. The trails aren’t very wide and it gets congested. It’s hard to run when others are walking and you can’t get around them. As I was getting closer to the end of the race, I heard someone say there was only half a mile left. I thought to myself I could run the rest of the way. And I could have. But I didn’t.

I was starting to get tired. I didn’t have the drive in me to push myself. I walked twice (or was it three times?) in that last half mile. Nonetheless, I did cross the finish line and I did make my goal. My official time was 52:50! My pace was 13:13 per mile. One of these days I’ll increase my time so that it is less than 13 minutes. For now, I’m glad that I’ve increased it to close to 13. I used to run closer to 14 minutes. True.

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All of my hard work this last week has paid off. My next race isn’t until the end of October. I don’t want to lose all that I’ve worked hard for though. I think I might continue running at the gym. Maybe stick to 3 miles, since the remaining races this year are all 5K’s, and work on increasing my time. Yes, that’s my plan.

Some pictures from the race and our visit with the penguins after.

 

WW Week 18 Recap

I wasn’t able to make it to this week’s meeting. I had a good excuse though. I promise! Remember that race that I was training for? Well it took place at 8am this morning and my meetings are at 9am. Yeah, there was no way I was going to make it in time. I just don’t run that fast. lol

One of my old college friends, Heather, and I met up for dinner last month. The first time we had seen each other in more than 10 years. It was a really good time. While we were there she was telling me about a race that her and one of her friends was thinking of doing. They needed a team of 4 people so my friend, Becky, and I joined her. 4-Nados!

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I’ve been in the gym for the last 2-3 training for this race. You see my friend is a runner. Oh yes she is. She did 2 races this weekend, including the race we both ran this morning. Well technically all of my teammates ran 2 races this weekend. They crazy! Just kidding. lol

Heather ran yesterday’s race in 28 minutes. 28 minutes! I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with her. I’m not kidding myself. But I didn’t want her to have to wait for me long. So I trained.

It wasn’t all for her though. I wanted to do well. This was MY first race of the year and I wanted to do be proud of my time. So I trained for me too.

At the gym I had been running a mile in 13 minutes 20 seconds. I figured 3 miles I could finish in 40 minutes. So that was my goal. I wanted to finish this mornings race in 40 minutes.

I was close. So close! I started off strong with my first mile only taking me 11:37. It may have been a little too strong though because I got progressively slower as the race went on. My second mile was 12:40 seconds and my third mile was 13:15 seconds. Not bad though. Technically I ran 3 miles in 37 minutes and 32 seconds. Awesome, right?!

Except a 5K is not just 3 miles. It’s 3.1 miles and today’s was closer to 3.19 miles. That extra little bit killed me and my total time was 41:12. I’m happy though!

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BTW the distance and time on MapMyRun was inaccurate because I didn’t hit STOP right when I finished. Oops!

We all had a really good time and that’s all you can ask. =)

So no weigh in today but I feel good. Really good! I even got 10 Fitness Points in today due to the race. Woohoo!

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I’ll go next Saturday. It’s the next morning class. Then I’ll get back to my normal meeting time the very next day. =)

Last week I was down a total of 28 lbs. Surely in 2 weeks time…err, 1 week 6 days…I can lose 2 lbs and get past that 30 lb mark. Fingers crossed!

30 by the 30th: Eight

Yes, it’s past the 30th. A few of these actually took place before though but I have been slacking on my posting. I clearly did not not get all 30 done. In fact, I kept making changes to my list and realized I don’t even have 30 items listed. So…I wouldn’t have gotten them all 30 finished anyway.

That’s ok though!

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WW Week 3 – Week 4 Recap

So sorry for not posting for a little while. Two weeks ago I came down with a cold, the flu, who knows. All I know is I was sick for 5 days. I just didn’t feel like doing much. Unfortunately it was a busy period at work and I didn’t feel I could take the time off. I did end up missing one day but I attempted to go in. My head was just so foggy that I left almost immediately. I slept most of that day after returning home. Slept or watched tv. It was the only day I allowed myself to do nothing.

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KC Sweet 16

I try to run in at least one race each year. Some years I will do quite a bit. Two years ago I ran in roughly 8 races. Some years I only run in a couple such as last year. This year I decided I would only run in the KC Sweet 16 Series. The series consisted of 4 races that were 4 miles each thus 16. As you already know, I ran in the Plaza 10K a couple of weeks ago as a favor for a friend. I’ve also registered for the first ever Longview 5K coming up in November. So my 4 race year has turned in to a 6 race year. It happens! lol

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