Help for Haiti

Just wanted to take a moment to point out the new widget in my sidebar: the Help for Haiti button.  This links you to the White House website, which provides you with ways to help, and links to other ways to help.

The United States is one of the most affluent countries in the world.  Even with our current recession, we were way better off financially than the Haitians.  Please consider donating ten bucks by texting “HAITI” to “90999”.  Money is always the best way to help.  If you want to donate something else, check the links for guidelines on what donations are accepted.  If you absolutely cannot do anything else, tell someone who can.  Tell your friends to donate by text.  Tell your rich Aunt Sophie.  Spread it on your blog or on Twitter, talk about it at work or school.

The White House website also has code for this and another button.

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do


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Fitness Plan Journal, Day 6

You know the drill.

  • Last night I stayed up watching television and doing word puzzles until almost 1:00 AM.  I guess I just lost track of time, but I knew what time it was at 11:00 PM, and I knew I wanted to write Day 5 then.  I just couldn’t seem to get off the couch.  Probably because I had spent most of my evening watching How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and Castle.  Monday is the only night of the week that I watch television for three solid hours.  I barely watch any t.v. at all for the rest of the week.  But I digress….
  • I woke up at 9:00 AM to my son jabbering away in his crib.  I must have needed the sleep, because I never even heard him start to stir.  Guess I’ll be going to bed earlier tonight.  I wasn’t tired at all when I woke up, nor were my muscles sore from Sunday’s run.  Weighed in at 106.8 lbs.
  • Ate breakfast at 10:00 AM: 24 Frosted Mini Wheats (that’s the serving size, people) with 1/2 cup of Kroger 2% milk.  I was just satisfied, but didn’t notice myself being actively hungry for the rest of the morning.
  • At 12:30 I was STARVING.
  • After fixing my son’s lunch, I ate a PB&J sandwich for my own lunch, consisting of 2 tbsp Kroger creamy peanut butter, 1 tbsp Valu Time grape jelly, and 2 slices S. Rosen’s dark Jewish unseeded rye bread (nope, that’s really the brand name and such).  I felt satisfied, but very thirsty.  I drank 5 oz. of water, and was still a bit thirsty.  Forgot about that, though.
  • By 3:20 PM, I was hungry again, and ate 12 Kroger grape tomatoes with 1 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.  I felt just satisfied.  Ate 1/2 cup Kroger small curd cottage cheese at 3:50 PM, and was still a little hungry.
  • Drank 8 oz of water at 4:45 PM.  Still hungry.
  • Ate dinner at 5:45 PM: rotisserie-style chicken, 1 leg; mashed potatoes with Olivio and au jous, green beans; felt full.
  • I was a little hungry, but mostly wanting a snack at 9:30 PM, so I had 3 Pepperidge Farm Brussels cookies.  I wanted more, but told myself I didn’t need any more empty calories.  So that’s all I had.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 1165
  • Calories from Fat: 481.5
  • Total Fat: 52.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.75 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg
  • Sodium: 1735 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 142 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 12 g
  • Sugars: 44 g
  • Protein: 38.5 g

I didn’t have information for the chicken, au jous, or green beans today.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I gained 0.4 lbs over yesterday.  Whatever.  Weight fluctuates.  What I’m going for is a general, gradual increase of muscle mass, that I figure will be evidenced by a higher number on the scale.  I mean, I’m not looking for a body-builder kind of figure here, just some tone and definition, and maybe a little something extra on top of that in my arms.  I like my arms.
  • Sodium is absolutely improved over yesterday.  I just find it so hard to believe that everything is SO salty!  I mean, I don’t really care about the fat content of foods or whatever, but I don’t want to be unhealthy.  I don’t want to consume way too much sodium, cholesterol, or sugar.  And some days it seems that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Cholesterol was good today.  And sugars were way better than in the past few days as well.
  • I’m pretty proud of myself for my lack of unhealthy snackage today — especially considering how poor my diet has been in the past few days.


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Couch to 5K

On Sunday, I did Week 1, Day 1 of Couch-to-5K.

It hurt.  A lot.

I am severely out of shape, and I can feel it each time the interval switches back to jogging.  I got enough sleep Saturday night, since it was my turn to sleep in while my husband got up with our son, but I’m sure my poor sleeping habits as of late didn’t help how I felt during the workout.  Pizza and Coke the night before probably didn’t either.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Couch to 5K program, it is designed to get you into a running program in a gentle, gradual manner.  So even if you’re a non-runner, like me, you can run a 5K at the end of nine weeks.  Hopefully.

The workout for Week 1, Day 1 consists of jogging for a minute, walking for a minute and a half, and back to jogging again for a total of 20 minutes.  Add the 5 minutes of fairly quick walking for warmup and cooldown periods, and you’ve got your 30 minutes of vigorous exercise for the day.

But I don’t jog, really, ever.  The last time before Sunday that I think I jogged anywhere was on Beggars’ Night, when I was trying to get the maximum amount of time Trick-or-Treating with my son, and almost made myself late to rehearsal for Taming of the Shrew.  I pretty much sprinted from the last house on the street, then jogged, then walked quickly, then just said, “To hell with it” and got to my car when I got to it.

I did pretty well, though, all things considered.  I’m actually pretty proud mostly not unproud fairly pleased with how I did on Sunday.  I only shortened the jogging part twice, once on Repetition 6, to 57 seconds of jogging followed by 93 seconds of walking, and the second time on Repetition 7, to 45 seconds of jogging followed by 105 seconds of walking.  (There are a total of eight intervals consisting of jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds.)  Krista was keeping the time, so I didn’t know that I was so close to the end.  She told me that the last one was, in fact, the last one, so I decided to push through the final one and do it right.

During the workout, I had mixed feelings.  At first, I was pleasantly surprised by how short a minute was.  Of course that feeling quickly went away, and I started to have a harder time running, breathing, talking, especially all at the same time.  I mostly wanted to die or disappear or do anything but be right there right then, running.  But then when I knew the end was coming, I felt a sense of relief, and a sense that I could finish with my head held high.

Then, of course, there was how I felt afterward.  I was glad to be done, but physically, not too badly off.  I felt a little weak, a little tired, but mostly I was fine until Monday.  Then I woke up with soreness in my quads.  About an hour later, my ankles started to hurt as well.  Later in the day my shoulders decided to join in.  But I could walk, even up the stairs (provided I wasn’t carrying a certain boy who weighs about 28 pounds), without wincing.  Today all soreness was gone.

I’ve downloaded the Podcasts by Robert Ullrey, so for the second workout of Week 1, I can keep my own time.  That should help a little.  Unfortunately, I found out late in the day today that my family’s treadmill is broken.  So I guess I won’t be using that for this little adventure.  We don’t really have the money for a gym membership right now, so at least until the weather gets warmer here in Ohio, I’m going to see what I can find for free.  My dad has a membership at Power Shack, and he says they do a 1-week free trial membership.  I plan to check it out tomorrow.  Maaaaybe I can convince my husband to let me work out before I go babysitting.

Wish me luck!

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Fitness Plan Journal, Day 5

Really feeling the effects of Sunday’s Couch to 5K today.  Ick.  (I am SO not a runner.)

  • I went to bed at a decent time Sunday night, about 11:45 PM, and woke up this morning at about 8:20, still feeling tired and hungry.  Laid in bed for about five minutes, assessing the soreness in my quads.  Weighed in at 106.4 lbs.
  • Ate the last 3/4 cup of the Lucky Charms cereal with the last 1/2 cup of Kroger whole milk.  Felt just satisfied.
  • At 9:20 AM, I noticed my shoulders were starting to hurt in addition to my quads.
  • I drank 14 oz. water from my water bottle from 9:30 to 11:15 AM.
  • By 11:15 AM, I was pretty hungry.  I ate a Braeburn apple at 11:35, and was still hungry.
  • I finished the remaining 4 oz. of water in my water bottle (it’s an 18 oz. bottle) and felt a little better.
  • At 12:35 PM I ate an egg salad sandwich, consisting of 2 large eggs, hard-boiled, 1 1/2 tsp Plochman’s yellow mustard, 1 tbsp Kroger classic mayonnaise, and 2 slices of Kroger whole wheat bread, toasted.  Felt very satisfied.
  • I was hungry again by 4:30 PM, and ate a small snack of 6 pieces of chocolate (these are really small chocolates, folks — the serving size listed on the back of the package is 12 pieces).
  • I was a little hungry when dinner was ready at 5:30 PM.  I ate 1 1/2 Ruben sandwiches (of my own design, as I like neither saurkraut nor Swiss cheese): 3 slices of S. Rosen’s dark Jewish unseeded rye bread, 3 slices of corned beef, and 3 slices of provolone.  I also had about a serving and a half of steamed broccoli with 2 tsp Buitoni shredded parmesan cheese on top.  I drank 3 oz. of water with dinner, and afterward felt quite satisfied.
  • I had another 10 oz. of water after dinner, but wanted a treat around 9:00 PM, while I was watching t.v., so I made some chocolate milk.  I still wanted a little something, so I poured a bowl of cereal.  I was now out of Lucky Charms and whole milk, so this time it was 24 Frosted Mini Wheats with Kroger 2% milk.  I now felt satisfied.
  • Later on, probably around midnight or so, I was hungry again, although it may have been heartburn, so I ate two Pop-tarts, toasted.  In retrospect, I probably should have just gone to bed.  And I might have had heartburn at 9:00 too.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 2290
  • Calories from Fat: 711.5
  • Total Fat: 76.75 g
  • Saturated Fat: 34 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 512 mg
  • Sodium: 2813 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 307.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 24 g
  • Sugars: 145 g
  • Protein: 85 g

Again, I got all my produce information from The Daily Plate, and was unable to include the corned beef in my calculations, as it was from the Kroger deli — deli packages don’t list nutrition facts.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • It must be the sleep cycle thing.  Why else would I get 8+ hours of sleep and still not feel ready to get up?
  • I was actually pleasantly surprised this morning.  I really thought I would be sore all over my body, and it would be pretty unbearable.  But I really only felt it in those three places: quads, ankles, and shoulders.  Things to stretch better for Workout #2, I guess.
  • Why do I keep dropping weight?  It’s not usually a good sign for me.  It’s usually a sign of stress, leading to being too distracted to eat or even feel hungry.
  • I was pretty thirsty today.  I’m guessing it has something to do with the total lack of water I had yesterday.  Not a good thing to do after exercise.
  • Guess I’m still not listening to my body very well if I’m confusing hunger and heartburn.  It’s not unusual for me to do, but it certainly doesn’t sound right.
  • Sodium: Gaaaack!  How am I still alive?!?!  Sugar still too high, too.  And I really had enough calories for the day without those damn Pop-tarts.  No more of those.

How are everyone else’s New Year’s Resolutions and Non-Resolutions coming along?  Any diet-related goals going better than mine?

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Fitness Plan Journal, Day 4

Today was also Couch-to-5K Day 1 for me.


But more on that later.

  • Today I woke up at 10:30 AM, since it was my turn to sleep in while my husband got up with our son.  I was pretty tired, but only a little hungry.  I weighed in at 107.4 lbs.
  • Ate breakfast at 11:15 AM, again the usual 3/4 cup Lucky Charms cereal with 1/2 cup Kroger whole milk.  I felt satisfied, but not necessarily full.
  • At 11:30 AM I decided to finish off the chocolate milk — 12 oz., after which I felt full, but not uncomfortably so.
  • At a little after 1:00 PM, I headed out for the Hilliard YMCA to meet with Krista and do the Couch to 5K Day 1 workout.  I’m going to write a separate post about that so I can go into more detail without screwing up my tidy system for the journal entries.
  • Spent the time from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM changing into workout clothes, stretching, warming up, running/walking, cooling down, stretching again, and changing back into street clothes.  At first I felt excited and nervous, and then dread and exhaustion set in as we ran.  By the end of it, I was pretty sure I was going to die.  I felt both better and worse as the rest of the day wore on.
  • I was pretty hungry when I got in my car at 3:00 PM, and ate an avocado as soon as I got home at about 3:45 PM.  While I was eating it, I soft-boiled 3 eggs, and then ate those as soon as I finished the avocado.  I felt full, but thirsty, and really wasn’t interested in drinking water.  I had 4 oz of Kroger whole milk, and then felt FULL.
  • We went over to my sister’s house for dinner.  While she was cooking, I had a dark chocolate/white mint Ghiradelli square.
  • My sister made cornbread chili, a recent quickie recipe of my dad’s.  I’ll get the recipe from my dad and post it later.  It consisted of cornbread, beans, tomatoes, and ground beef, with a bit of sour cream on the side.  We also had French-style cut green beans.  I was FULL.
  • Drank water from my water bottle all day, but it never reached empty.  Wasn’t really thirsty today, except while I was running.

Nutritional information I have for food consumed today (again, all produce information comes from The Daily Plate):

  • Calories: 1746
  • Calories from Fat: 545.5
  • Total Fat: 60.75 g
  • Saturated Fat: 23.52 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 712.5 mg
  • Sodium: 1984 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 246.65 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 24.7 g
  • Sugars: 123.83 g
  • Protein: 62.5 g

Thoughts and observations:

  • I feel like maybe I woke up in the middle of a sleep cycle.  So even though I got what should have been enough sleep, I still felt pretty tired.
  • I have no idea how I lost a pound and a half, since I pigged out on pizza and Coke last night for dinner.  Weird.  But I ate much better today, so I’m not too worried about it.  If I continue to pig out, then I’ll have to reassess my habits.
  • I eat cereal for breakfast every day.  I knew that.  I just wanted to make you aware that this is completely normal for me, and pretty much has been since childhood.  I may think about changing it up a bit, having a hot breakfast on weekends or something.
  • It seems that the chocolate milk became more of a temptation than a treat.  I want to be able to have treats now and again, but be able to have them around without succumbing to their wiles every day.  The chocolate milk was starting to call to me almost every time I opened up the fridge.  I’d like to say that my willpower is stronger than that.  Sadly, it’s not.  It’s something to work on.
  • I’m very proud of myself for having the avocado and eggs instead of junk when I was STARVING upon arriving home from my workout.  I imagine that those plus the milk was plenty of protein to help build muscle.  Or do you have to eat meat for that to work?  Oh well, there was beef in the chili.
  • Cholesterol seemed very high today.  The vast majority of it was, of course, the eggs.  But eggs are good for you.  As long as I don’t eat 3 of them every day, I shouldn’t have to worry about my cholesterol… right?
  • Sodium still very high.  Need more whole foods, fewer processed ones, probably.
  • Sugar also seemed high again today.  No more chocolate milk for awhile.
  • I have a headache.  I think it’s stress-related, but it could also be that I probably didn’t drink enough water today, especially considering the exercise I did.
  • I’m also hungry again.  Could be why I have the headache.

Off to find some sustenance.  Will update again with those calories, etc.

Edited to add: Felt so stressed that I drowned my sorrows in a couple of Pop-Tarts.  The nutritional information above reflects those empty calories and needless sugars.

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Fitness Plan Journal, Day 3

Okay, so here’s the information from today (or, since it’s technically Saturday, yesterday):

  • Went to bed last night around 1:00 AM, woke up this morning at 8:45 AM and weighed in 109.0 lbs, hungry and EXHAUSTED
  • Ate breakfast at 9:20 AM, 3/4 cup Lucky Charms cereal with 1/2 cup Kroger whole milk again; felt full
  • Hungry again by 11:30 AM; ate 1/2 cup Kroger small curd cottage cheese, drank 8 oz. of Kroger chocolate milk; hunger-wise, I felt satisfied, but I wanted more chocolate milk, so I poured another 8 oz.
  • Hungry again by 3:00 PM
  • Ate a sandwich at 3:25 PM, consisting of 2 slices Kroger whole wheat bread, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 1 tbsp honey
  • Hungry again by 5:00 PM; ordered pizza from Grapevine Pizza, ate 4 slices (we’re talking 2 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch pieces, not big triangle slices), drank a 12 oz. can of Coca-Cola
  • A little hungry at 8:00 PM; ate 3 more slices
  • Ate 3 E.L. Fudge “Fudge Shoppe” Fudge Sticks while snuggling with my husband again tonight

Nutrition label information for my food intake today:

  • Calories: 1355
  • Calories from fat: 370
  • Fat: 40.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 17.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 57.5 mg
  • Sodium: 1730 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 220 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9 g
  • Sugars: 159.5 g
  • Protein: 53 g

Note: the can of Coca-Cola did not specify figures for Fat Calories, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, Cholesterol, or Dietary Fiber.

Thoughts and observations:

Sodium is still high.  I have no idea what the daily allowance for sugar is, but that just seems like a lot to me.  I wonder if my current headache has anything to do with how much sugar I had today.  Or it could be that I had like no water.

This is really all I can crank out at the moment.  Sorry.  It’s after 1:30 AM here and I’m sleepy.

P. S.: Krista and I have rescheduled our running jogging walking date for 2:00 tomorrow afternoon.  Here’s hoping I don’t pass out from being so out of shape.  Then again, the Couch to 5K program says it’s designed to keep that from happening.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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Fitness Plan Journal, Day 2

Had some good old-fashioned snuggle time with my husband last night, so this post is about a day late.  I’d say I’m sorry, but I’m really not.  Would you be sorry for snuggling with your sweetheart?

  • Went to bed Thursday night between 1:00 and 1:30 AM; got up at 8:00 AM feeling hungry and tired, weighed in at 108.6 lbs
  • Pretty hungry by 8:45 AM, when I ate the usual 3/4 cup of Lucky Charms cereal with 1/2 cup Kroger whole milk; felt full
  • Drank 8 oz water with 2 ice cubes at 9:00 AM; felt satisfied
  • Hungry again by 10:00 AM
  • By 10:45 AM, I was pretty hungry, so I had a snack consisting of 1/2 cup of Kroger small curd cottage cheese; felt just satisfied and not actively hungry
  • Ate a Braeburn apple (if you’re unfamiliar with the type, it’s a fairly large apple, although The Daily Plate classifies it as a medium apple); felt satisfied
  • Realized I was hungry for lunch at 1:45 PM, finished what I was doing and then began preparing lunch
  • Ate a sandwich for lunch at 2:20 PM, consisting of 2 slices of Kroger whole wheat bread, 2 tbsp Kroger creamy peanut butter, 1 tbsp Valu Time (Giant Eagle’s cheapest brand) grape jelly; felt just satisfied, not actively hungry
  • Ate 1 Bolthouse Farms carrot, peeled and sliced, and 8 Kroger grape tomatoes, with 2 tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for dipping; felt satisfied
  • Drank 8 oz. Kroger chocolate milk for a treat at 2:50 PM; felt full
  • Wasn’t hungry again until about 5:45 PM; my husband, son, and I went out to La Fogata Grill, which is a Mexican chain in Central Ohio (which is where I’m from, in case you’re new to my blog).  I had a ground beef & onion chimichanga topped with white American cheese, served with lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole in a mini taco salad-type shell, with water to drink.  I also had probably about a dozen chips with salsa, a few bites of my son’s kid’s-meal quesadilla and a few sips of his milk to cut the salsa — I wasn’t really feeling the spicy thing last night.  I felt full, but not like I was going to burst.
  • I did 3 sets of 3 songs each on Dance Dance Revolution at 9:00 PM, all at the beginner level of Game Mode, and all about an average of 130 beats per minute.  According to the game, I burned 33.525 calories doing that, or an average of 3.725 calories per song.  I felt good afterward, not bouncing off the walls with excess energy, but certainly not fatigued.  I did feel pretty cranky for a few hours before I did the dancing, though.
  • At about 9:45 PM, my husband and I settled in to watch some seventh-season Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and had our dessert from the restaurant.  Mine was flan, which is a Mexican custard with caramelized sugar poured overtop.  Probably consists of eggs, milk, and sugar.

Nutrition label information for my food intake today:

  • Calories: 970
  • Calories from fat: 382
  • Fat: 41.52 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.5 mg
  • Sodium: 1595 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 127.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 14.2 g
  • Sugars: 58.8 g
  • Protein: 35.07 g

Notes: Nutritional information about produce I’ve eaten comes from The Daily Plate.  This is all the information for food I ate up through lunch.  I did not have nutritional information for anything I ate from the restaurant.

Thoughts and observations:

  • Still getting distracted from hunger, thirst, and (I noticed this day) the need to use the bathroom.  It’s probably going to be a work-in-progress, a long process of training myself to listen to my body.
  • Breakfast, snack, and lunch were superficially healthy, but as I took a closer look at the nutritional information, I noticed that again, I consumed a lot of sodium.  The bread and Ranch dressing were especially high.  I will be searching for healthier alternatives to these types of foods.  I don’t even want to know what my total sodium count was at the end of the day.
  • Again, the small treat of chocolate milk kept me from binging.  Even when we went out to the restaurant, I finished my dinner, but didn’t feel uncomfortably full, and I waited until after I had digested and burned off a few calories before consuming my dessert.
  • I felt pretty cranky in the few hours before I did the DDR, but considerably less so afterward.  I wonder if the cranky was due to the foods I ate, the lack of exercise in the past few days, both, or neither.  I dunno.  That’s what this is for, isn’t it?

Okie dokie!  Now time for Day 3’s post.

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