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Almost

It’s been almost five months since I’ve had a sip of soda.  I’ve had one cup of coffee from Starbucks.  I’ve had few potato chips.  I’ve barely been running since Halloween.  You see, I’d prefer not to freeze my ass off outside running in sub-freezing temperatures.  But, hey, that’s just me.  I wish I could drive to the gym, because I’d be there every morning if I had the ability to go there on my own.

I haven’t updated my Traineo widgets (see sidebar) in a few months.  I stopped counting calories religiously and measuring my workouts because I became obsessive with it.  I’m seriously looking forward to the spring so that I’ll have time to run again and I can do it without fear of going for a run and falling down and freezing to death like the old ladies in that commercial.

One of my resolutions for this year is to post here more often.  Nobody reads it, but it’s nice to have an anonymous blog to post on about this kind of private stuff.  I want to lose 20 lbs. this year.  I’m sure the cake that I just baked isn’t going to be very helpful in achieving my goal.  Oh, well.

Cravings

Right now, I desperately want:

  • A cold can of vanilla Pepsi.  I haven’t had any soda in almost a month.  I miss it, but it wasn’t too great of a challenge to give up.
  • Chicken nuggets from Chic-Fil-A.  No fast food in that long, either.  The only fast food that I will eat is Cool Wraps from Chic-Fil-A, an occasional salad from McDonalds, and sometimes those snack wraps from McDonalds (they’re not that bad).
  • To go running.  School is taking up all my time and I haven’t been running in forever.

A Challenge

It was hard sitting at the dinner table tonight and watching my family eat KFC while I ate a salad and some mashed potatoes, but now I am happy that I had my own meal.

If I were to have eaten with them, I would have had a biscut, two drumsticks (Original Style), mashed potatoes, and a soda. Here is nutrition information taken directly from the KFC website:

Serving Weight
(grams)
Calories Total Fat
(grams)
%DV Saturated Fat
(grams)
%DV Trans Fat
(grams)
Cholesterol
(milligrams)
%DV
340 610 32 48% 7 36% 4.5 130 43%
Sodium
(milligrams)
%DV Carbohydrates
(grams)
%DV Dietary Fiber
(grams)
%DV Sugars
(grams)
Protein
(grams)
Vitamin A
(%DV)
1940 81% 49 16% 2 9% 3 31 8%
Vitamin C
(%DV)
Calcium
(%DV)
Iron
(%DV)
2% 8% 25%

1940 mg of sodium? 610 calories? No thanks! Instead, I had a Caeser salad, iced tea, and mashed potatoes (from KFC). 480 calories total, and way less sodium, fat, cholesterol, and carbs.

Total calories today? 2070! 456 were burned due to exercise alone (I had some issues today with running). Go me!

Taking the Stairs

Let’s face it: America is a hard place to stay healthy these days.

In a country inundated with fast food, vending machines, soda, and people who openly embrace a sedentary lifestyle, it’s hard to find inspiration to lost weight and, once you find that inspiration, it’s even harder to be persistent in your promise to yourself. Anybody can decide that they want to lose weight, but it takes a strong person to actually lose the weight. Up until now, I haven’t been that person…but I want to be. I want to have the willpower to overcome my problems, and I need somebody to turn to when times get tough. So, Internet, I’m turning to you. I’ve been blogging for several years (and I continue to blog), but I want to do this anonymously to make it a bit easier on myself.

Four months ago (in May), I began a running program. I’m trying to run four or five times a week. The running isn’t extremely hard, but the motivation is. During the summer, I often used the excuse that it was too hot to be safe (at times, it really was) and I only ended up running three times a week. Although it’s better than how often I used to run, I didn’t feel too great about it. Now that school has started, however, I am going to be finding myself with less opportunities due to increased amounts of homework, school activities, etc. In addition, I’m not sure how/if I’m going to be able to run in colder weather once winter is upon us. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I’d begun to eat healthier long before my May running program began. Although I wasn’t eating a great balanced diet, I was doing alright. I was eating more protein, salads, and fruits, and less of the bad stuff. Now, however, I want to completely revamp my eating pattern, cutting out all empty calories. I admit that I eat too many things from the bottom of the food pyramid, and I want to change that. From here on out, I will be cutting down on the following foods:

  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Bread/rolls
  • Cakes/cookies/pastries
  • Crackers/chips (a couple months ago I completely stopped eating all chips except for baked tortilla chips and I haven’t had any since.)

I will be completely eliminating the following:

  • Soda (even amazing Diet Coke, which contains no calories!)
  • Coffee (bye bye, Starbucks :[ )
  • Candy
  • “Fake” foods (processed things, etc.)

It’s very ambitious, and, frankly, I’m kind of scared. Here are my plans for my running program:

  • Make more time for running (run at least three times during five-day school weeks.)
  • Warm-up more effectively before I run (I hate when I cramp in the middle of a jog because I didn’t stretch adequately).
  • Work towards being able to run longer and farther. I need to work on my cardio…right now, I can run at least a half mile. I want to be able to run at least a mile without stopping.

In a future post, I’ll give more details about my running route. I want to also start doing more sit-ups and other exercises that build muscle mass in areas other than the legs. I’m not going to worry about weighing myself, because scales are deceiving. I’d rather focus more on my body fat percentage. Last time I checked (which was a while ago), I was at 19%, which is categorized as “acceptable”. I want to get that down to the “fitness” category (read more). To help with my fitness, I want to take a dance class. I enjoy dancing and I need more training because of the career path that I’ve chosen, so it seems like an obvious choice.

So, I’ve spilled my heart out onto the Internet and shared my goals with you all. I’m excited…let’s get this thing started!