Thursday, July 12, 2012

Eating Dirt

Did you know that in 3rd world countries starving children will eat dirt?  While the dirt has no nutritional value or ability to prolong the starvation process it does temporarily fill their empty bellies and satiate hunger. In Haiti they make dirt cookies with a little oil and salt.  Yum...

Having recently eaten a McDonald's hamburger, I can't help wonder if that is the american version of eating dirt.  While that hamburger does have a caloric value which keeps up our fat deposits and keeps us from starving to death, I often wonder if it really has any other nutritional value.  When I eat McDonald's or any other fast food I am really just satiating hunger without actually feeding my body.

Dirt Cookies

    My lunch on Friday

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I am fat.  I ate some version of fast food 3 times last weekend plus coffee drinks and dairy queen.  Bloated, constipated, tired, crabby.

And let's be honest.  Am I really doing myself a favor by running 2 or 3 times in a row and then doing nothing for 2 weeks?  Am I even trying?  I canceled my YMCA membership.  I am going to turn to mush.

Not Me

Definitely Not Me

That is all.

Carry on.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Week #3 Check-In

 This last week reality hit.  The reality that I am a mother of 5 small children.  Including a baby who doesn't sleep through the night yet.  The reality that on any given night, one - or more than one - child may wake up throughout the night with an array of different ailments.  Which is exactly what happened.  Puking to be more exact. 

How does this translate into my weight loss?  Well, no amount of pretending to be a spry, focused athlete who is driven to get out of bed at 5:30am lasts after being woken up multiple times on multiple nights.  Long story short?  I chose to sleep in folks, and missed a couple of my workouts. 

And since I still can't seem to get the food tracking into a well-practiced habit.  Well... there ya have it...

Though, the silver lining is that 4 lbs lost...  It's a start, right?

Oh, and the children are sleeping better this week, and I have been that spry, focused, driven athlete.  (Now where's that food journal?!?!)

Wk #3:
Weight Loss this week: -.2 lbs
Total Weight Loss: -4 lbs
Pounds to reach goal: 50.8

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eating Goals


 This is what I have typed up, on my fridge.

With one minor tweek.

The Vegetables are first.

Thought I would share.

Iceman Out

Week Two Checking In...

Ah, I like to eat. I'm sorry, it's a weakness of mine. (Uh, duH!)

This week is was hard to abstain from sweet little nothings (that add up to "somethings") and yummy indulgences that are too common in my house. My goal is to lose at least 2 lbs a week. So, though the weight loss was in the right direction, not entirely what I wanted to see. I sure don't want to be vacuuming out all those cars in June. On to better tracking this week. Keeping up with my food journal always helps me to stay on track.

As for exercise, I did get my 3 weekly runs in, but just barely. I did some internet sluething and realized I have "Posterior shin splints" Geesh they hurt. I guess it's directly correlated to flat feet and no arch support. Oh, how that is me. But I have bought new shoes, have been doing some rolling and stretching. I will add some icing. And hopefully I haven't done too much damage.

Wk #2:
Weight Loss this week: -1 lbs
Total Weight Loss: -3.8 lbs
Pounds to reach goal: 51

Onwards and upwards my friends.

Ice Out (well, and on, my posterior shin splints)!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rolling Along

Maverick Here.  Just thought I would check in.  I am still feeling a little like agreeing to sign up to run a 1/2 marathon on June 3rd is insane given the current state of my life but another part of me thinks the discipline of training for it is exactly what I need and will likely extend into other areas as well.  So for now I am marching forward with the idea that I am indeed doing this race.

Currently my training includes no running at all.  In fact I haven't done a cardio workout in more than a week.  I have however, rolled my leg out multiple times a day, done leg lifts and the IT band stretch everytime I have had a free moment.  I have been bringing the foam roller to work and going over to my brother's cube during breaks to roll my leg out.  He has basically decided to ignore me, the guys in the cubes near him seem to have accepted the fact that they might come around the corner and see me laying on the floor of Mike's cube.  It is like I have a little team of people that now know I am trying to get my leg healed to run and if I don't actually get this knee rehabbed then they will wonder why I spent so much time being weird over at Mike's cube.  So that alone is motivating me to continue strengthening my legs and rolling out the injury.  I am planning to hit the elliptical this weekend and try a few other cardio workouts this week but will probably wait until next weekend to try a treadmill workout.

My goal is to be ready by the beginning of April to start a formal training program so that gives me 2-1/2 months to rehab my leg and re-build my cardio fitness.  Should be a no-brainer.

Also, down 3 pounds.  Long term goal, 12 more.  Short term goal, 2 more by the end of January.  No problem.

--Maverick Out

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Be Scared, Mon Frere

When I first started this blog, I blogged my Weight Watchers weigh-in's each week. It was another good level of accountability, and it was a nice way to give an overview of my week to look at later. So I thought I would start up that tradition again since I am in full-on competition mode with my brothers.

So wk #1:
Weight Loss this week: -2.8 lbs (Yeah!!)
Total Weight Loss: -2.8 lbs
Pounds to reach goal: 52

So who knew that journaling food intake and working out can help you lose weight?! :) This week was the 1st time I have done both of those things, together, in a long time. It's nice to see my efforts reflected on the scale.

So, dear brothers, Watch out, I'm on the move!