Here We Go…

July 26, 2010

Time to get my act together…

I am going to challenge myself daily.  I need to buy a new pair of jeans.  I want to be in a smaller size before forking over the cost of a new pair.  Here is what I came up with for 30 days.    I hope that I can get in a smaller size.  Right now, I am only inches from buttoning that top button.

I would like to do a 13-4-30. Which would be 13 RT exercise sessions lasting at least 30 minutes.  That would equate to three times a week.

That also means an RT of 13/30.

Cardio would be 9/30 or twice a week (Minimum of 30 minutes.)

In true 52DC format which works for me…

RT: 13/20

CT:  9/30

PG1:  13-4-30:  0/13

PG2:  Eat more protein

PG3:  Read one book  (Runner’s World Complete Book of Beginning Running by Amby Burfoot  320 pages)

PG4:  Limit my time sitting on my ass.

Okay, here we go.


July 24, 2010

I could not believe this. Fast food restaurants are supposed to start making their menus healthier for us.  This came in my email just now.  For a whopping $5.99 I can purchase the above AND without leaving the comfort of my home.

And people wonder why.  ADVERTISING… Enough said!


July 24, 2010

I went hiking today. I made it past the County line. My upper stomach was bloated and hard. My fingertips got blue. I felt like crap. I could not force myself to go to the top. Mad at myself.

I did some research and my blood sugar was low. It has been a long time since I had a reaction and first time like this. I know I had a week with my mom eating crap and a week of not hungry and not eating well at all. I think this all added up to a too strenuous hike. I was not fueling my body properly, especially for this grueling climb in the heat. Lesson learned.

I know better, I know better!

This once again proves you have to eat clean!!!! To live a good live you have to eat clean and take care of your body. I wasted a whole day. I did not even feel well enough to work. I ate all day long trying to get my body bad to feeling good. Finally at about 10 p.m. I had energy, felt hydrated and was raring to go. I headed to bed. Thankfully, my job allows me to work the weekends.

This morning I feel great. I made my normal breakfast and plan on conquering this week with gusto. I will fuel properly and conquer the mountain on Friday. I cannot believe how stupid I was to back slide and ruin all the work I have done. I am hoping this well will shape me up and get me back on track.

After researching, here is what I learned…

I am supposed to eat breakfast 2-3 hours before a hike. (Hiking at 8:00 requires a normal last minute wake up call of 6:30. If I plan to eat 2-3 hours before a wake up call would be 4:30-5:30. Yikes! Not gonna happen.) Okay, I will just eat a great breakfast as early as I can. The Meal Replacement Protein Product is not an option before hiking.

For dinner the night before, they recommended spaghetti with a sauce with mushrooms and a sprinkling of cheese. Add a few pieces of bread and Bingo; you should be ready for a hike the next day.

Of course, another option for dinner is a great steak, potatoes and a side of vegetables.

Either one is doable.

Funny, I found a forum and they recommended going to McDonald’s for breakfast…Yikes. Are they kidding me?

I am struggling with dehydration and drink and drink. Once again, this I am sure is from my lack of clean eating. In addition, I am starving and never full. Again, a sign of crappy eating and not eating at all.

Life is one big learning event.

All not eating does is make you fat!!! All not eating does is make you weak. All not eating does is give you lack of energy. All not eating does is give you a big ole pimple on your chin… Well, I cannot blame that one on not eating.

Suggestions? Recommendations? How do you fuel yourself for a grueling uphill hike?

Off to work I go. 


July 22, 2010

Those that asked, I finally posted some basic recipes. I will add the rest as I have time. I hope you enjoy them.

It was interesting to go back and look at some of the recipes I used to make. Lemon Roasted Potatoes had one cup of Olive oil and one stick of butter for only 3-6 large potatoes…Yikes.

Bon appetite.

Yummy Chicken

July 22, 2010

1 cooked chicken breast, sliced into strips
1 Tbs salsa
2 Tbs sour cream
1/4 cup Colby-jack cheese or cheese of your choice

Warm chicken strips in microwave
(I like using left-over grilled chicken).
Mix remaining ingredients into small bowl and microwave for 30-60 sec. until cheese is melted.
Stir well.
Dip chicken into the sauce and enjoy!!
This really hits the spot!!

Servings: 1

** Excellent as a snack or even a lunch or dinner entree

BBQ Flank Steak

July 22, 2010

1 1/2 Lbs Flank Steak
1/2 Cup Oil
2 Tblspns Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp Celery Salt
1/2 Tsp Coarse Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Season-All

Put Steak in a ziplock bag for easier cleanup.
Combine remaining ingredients and pour over steak, coating entire surface.
Marinate several hours, turning occasionally.
Grill 4 inches from coals 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.
Carve into thin slices on extreme diagonal against the grain.

Serves 4

Notes: Delicious. No leftovers EVER.

Red Potatoes and Thyme

July 22, 2010

1 quart water
2 pounds small red skin potatoes, quartered
1 tablespoon, extra-virgin olive oil (1 turn of the pan)
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoon (5 or 6 sprigs), fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped

In a deep, medium skillet, bring water to a boil.
Add quartered potatoes and simmer 12 minutes, until fork tender.
Drain potatoes in a colander set over a pot.
Return the pan you cooked the potatoes in to heat over medium high.
Add extra-virgin olive oil and butter, then, when butter melts add potatoes.
Season potatoes with salt, pepper and chopped thyme.
Coat and brown the potatoes, turning only occasionally, 7 or 8 minutes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6

Notes: Change Oil/Butter for your particular program.