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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Food for Thought

<p> <p>I've been online all morning combing forums and asking trusted friends for advice about what to eat before a long run (the reason I am researching is to figure out what to eat before the big race, but since everyone responds to that with, "Eat what you ate during training," I am wording my question differently.) I've found some really neat tips and some cool running quote gems I wanted to share:&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's mental until you pass out; <em>then</em>&nbsp;it becomes physical."--So damn true, I try to tell myself I should quit sometimes because I'm tired or getting sore or some other bogus reason, and when I think that during the race (I doubt I will, I'm spending a lot of money on this race, I'm going to complete it come Hell or high water) I plan to whip out this quote as a defense.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most of the time, when most think of the concept of "carbo loading," it conjures images of pasta parties and heaping bowls of spaghetti. But while I was researching this morning, it hit me like a ton of bricks that my other favorite foods would be just as appropriate to accomplish the goal of glycogen stocking. When I realized that my all-time favorite food, with its versatility and unparalleled utility and FUN-...ility, would be perfect--if done right. That's right, kids:</p> <p style="padding-left: 270px;"><span style="font-size: large;">PIZZA.<span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">Herein lies a problem. I only have one long run before the race to practice eating the night before. (I'm pretty much citing "Not thinking seriously about endurance nutrition prior to T-2 weeks until the race" as my #1 foul up in training for my first half marathon. Man, that will be a really good post...start looking forward <em>now</em>, y'all!) My head is swimming with carbs. I've been listening intently to the podcasts of the <a href="http://www.twogomers.com/">Two Gomers&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;and I have had it in my head that I might try a big burrito tonight because that is what one of the Gomers loves to eat before long runs, but now I am wondering...huge baked potato with mild chili, low-fat sour cream and cheese? (Remember, now, that I have a stomach of absolute steel most all the time) Perhaps some slices of margherita pizza? I dunno.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">Another problem is that I have to deal with is how I want to assess my calories today in conjunction with Health Month. My rule is to stay under my net calorie limit six days per week--but that's really hard to do without any exercise at all in a day, and I've found that it is absolutely essential for me to not do ANYTHING (no boxing, no Pilates, no walking, <em>nothing</em>) for two full days prior to a long run. SO the question I must ask myself is this: how do I want to think about this rule? Is it an absolute, entirely black and white? Is it OK to say that I followed the rule when I consider that I will be eating my dinner for my workout tomorrow, which will burn all those calories and then some? I have the rule in place for my weight loss goal, but perhaps in future months I need to bring myself down to following the rule five days per week, not six, to allow for fueling before my long runs.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">"I run for my family. I run faster for myself. I run more for both." --I love this; we all run for ourselves, but we also should consider that we do it for our families and relationships, too. Running makes us more alert mentally, healthier physically, and calmer emotionally, and that is a beautiful gift to give a loved one: us, at our very best!</span><br /></span></p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/food-for-thought">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/food-for-thought#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 7 years ago

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Adelheid is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 7 · 4,805 pts

New post! Five Powerful Habits to Establish Today

<p><a href="http://justbesplendid.tumblr.com/post/3635678905">justbesplendid</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><span> </span></p> <ol><li><strong>Eating a Healthy Breakfast. </strong>Whether your diet is healthy or not, it’s part of your habits. </li> <li><strong>Getting Some Exercise. </strong>Rather than forcing yourself to exercise, look for an opportunity to slot exercise neatly into your day. </li> <li><strong>Reading More Books</strong>. Find a way to make reading into a natural, enjoyable part of your day<strong>. </strong></li> <li><strong>Saving Money for the Future. </strong></li> <li><strong>Taking Time Out for Yourself. </strong>This is a big one which a lot of us miss out on: taking the time we need for ourselves. </li> </ol><p>(source: <span><a href="http://enlightr.com/change-blog/five-powerful-habits-to-establish-today">enlightr.com</a>)</span></p> </blockquote> <p>Seriously!  At least half of these are Health Month rules for me!  (Not linking, ‘cause it may well pull the post into HM blogs and this totally isn’t MINE.)</p>

over 7 years ago

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charityestrella, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 247 points, following 80% of her 15 rules. She lost 2 life points for missing the following: get at least 7 hours of sleep every night, allow 7 sodas a week. Her public review of the day was…

Funnily, keeping up with all my rules didn’t leave me the time to blog that I thought it would have. Can’t wait to write the wrap-up post, though :)

over 7 years ago

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charityestrella, in the Green Bracket, played Sunday February, 27th for 274 points, following 92% of her 14 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Her public review of the day was…

Apparently I need someone to slip a sleeping pill into my tea at night if I want to get my full 7 hours!

over 7 years ago

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courtneyp, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 233 points, following 83% of her 12 rules. She lost 2 life points for missing the following: allow white rice 1 day a week, go to the gym at least 3 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Finished off the month losing a couple of life points, but overall feeling pretty good about February.

over 7 years ago

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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Did you know low-fat chocolate milk has proven to be a superior post-run choice to sports drink?

<p> <p><div class='p_embed p_image_embed'> <a href="http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/runmmt/bArbCsxxGpmdkbikpxqDsbvgrtDbmIezFDvtIotgtyouGumJmDljnwjholEl/media_httpdistillerys_zHapC.jpg.scaled1000.jpg"><img alt="Media_httpdistillerys_zhapc" height="500" src="http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/runmmt/bArbCsxxGpmdkbikpxqDsbvgrtDbmIezFDvtIotgtyouGumJmDljnwjholEl/media_httpdistillerys_zHapC.jpg.scaled500.jpg" width="500" /></a> </div> </p> <p>No, seriously, put down the Gatorade. Multiple studies have shown that chocolate milk is more effective at restoring glycogen stores in muscles, thus making for a smoother, more efficient recovery. This is actually old news: <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/24/health/webmd/main1342839.shtml">CBS reported on it</a> back in 2006.&nbsp;</p> <p>The advantages of chocolate milk over sports drink? Chocolate milk contains protein, but more importantly, it has the ideal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio for refueling. It's got vitamin D (hey you Health Month-ers with Vitamin D rules--if you run, kill two birds with one delicious, chocolatey stone!) bone-strengthening calcium, mood-boosting B12...what are you waiting for? It's far less expensive than sports drink and feels like you're really rewarding yourself.&nbsp;</p> <p>To be clear: YooHoo AIN'T CHOCOLATE MILK. And if you want to be calorie conscious, stick to 1%--not whole, not 2%, and equally important, <em>not</em>&nbsp;skim. (Promise.) Grab some Ovaltine or delicious Hershey's syrup and mix up one serving. You'll be glad you did.&nbsp;</p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/did-you-know-low-fat-chocolate-milk-has-prove">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/did-you-know-low-fat-chocolate-milk-has-prove#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 7 years ago

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tywolfejones, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 203 points, following 91% of his 12 rules. He didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. His public review of the day was…

Well I finished the month with a few life points. I’m trying to figure out how to do better in March.

over 7 years ago

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healthymonkey, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 99 points, following 66% of her 9 rules. She lost 3 life points for missing the following: eat greens every day, allow dairy 2 days a week, drink at least 88 glasses of water a week. Her public review of the day was…

Well….it’s a new month :)

over 7 years ago

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missleigh, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 240 points, following 80% of her 15 rules. She lost 2 life points for missing the following: ride my bike at least 50 miles a week, drink at least 56 glasses of water a week. Her public review of the day was…

Glad February is over. Learned a lot about my rule setting. Looking forward to starting March.

over 7 years ago

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jamuraa, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 194 points, following 84% of his 13 rules. He lost 2 life points for missing the following: meditate for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week, do meaningful work at least 3 days a week. His public review of the day was…

No TV at all. HOORAY I win February. I will be going to The Kings Speech and having popcorn and pop this week. Yay. Now it’s time to hunker down and get started on March. Need to review those new rules.

over 7 years ago

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jpassion, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 133 points, following 87% of his 8 rules. He lost 1 life point for missing the following: allow white rice 2 days a week. His public review of the day was…

February was a tough month. Looking forward to March!

over 7 years ago

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keithters, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 107 points, following 77% of his 9 rules. He lost 2 life points for missing the following: allow 10 sodas a week, exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 days a week. His public review of the day was…

i can’t believe i made it. Thanks to Rocky Raccoon’s Revival, i’ve still got some life points!

over 7 years ago

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fathlete1210 needs fruit, barely.

Heart.half.16 9 · 4,241 pts

Just got back from helping the SO (significant other) with his foot surgery. Gah! I have a busy week ahead and it looks like exercise is going to be a tough one.

Fruit-12.50 Fruit-14.50 Heal her with 2 fruit


over 7 years ago

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gfmorris had a couple thoughts.

Heart.half.16 7 · 6,021 pts

I’ll sponsor any of Team RMFO for a second month if you’re still unsure about signing up.

:) Allison_Joy
over 7 years ago

I’m going to do this one more month, at least… I think it helps. May not be much of a game, though, if we are the only two. :( I’m seriously considering signing up with the yearly price after this. We’ll see.

:) gfmorris
over 7 years ago

By our powers combined…

over 7 years ago

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cmajumdar, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 180 points, following 90% of his 10 rules. He didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. His public review of the day was…

last day of February! Its been a great month for healthyness for me, I hope march goes just as well!

over 7 years ago

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00queue, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 265 points, following 100% of her 10 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Thus ends February. Good month, overall.

over 7 years ago

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funfairiegirl, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 154 points, following 90% of her 10 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: cook dinner 3 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Month end. Let’s try to do better in march, self!

over 7 years ago

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funfairiegirl, in the Green Bracket, played Sunday February, 27th for 143 points, following 90% of her 11 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: cook dinner 3 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Almost done w this month, but traveling for work.

over 7 years ago

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pecus, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 236 points, following 92% of his 14 rules. He lost 1 life point for missing the following: run at least 9 kms a week. His public review of the day was…

I got up early to go running, the only day I did not have to commute 130km to work, and it was snowing :-) Oh well, looks like I’ll be losing a life point…

over 7 years ago

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bellacorsa is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 3,347 pts

New post! February Week 4 Recap

<p> <p>Here's how the week went:</p> <p><strong>What Happened</strong></p> <p>It was back to the grind this week. &nbsp;Not much went on:</p> <ul> <li><strong>It was really cold.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Yeah, this is the #1 news item of the week. &nbsp;Hello -20 weather. &nbsp;(Americans: That's in Celsius. &nbsp;If it was -20F I think I would have just quit school and moved somewhere else. &nbsp;I do not like the cold.)</li> <li><strong>I did homework.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;I also procrastinated doing homework. &nbsp;That pretty much covers my week.</li> </ul> <p>This week sucked. &nbsp;Period.</p> <p><strong>Health Month</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did on my <a href="http://healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> rules this week:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Drink at least 49 glasses of water:</strong>&nbsp;51 glasses drank. &nbsp;I drank <em>ten</em>&nbsp;glasses in one day.</li> <li><strong>Floss at least 5 days a week: </strong>7 days of flossing. &nbsp;I flossed every single day this week. &nbsp;I'm so proud.</li> <li><strong>Cook dinner 5 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;4 days of cooking. &nbsp;School stuff got in the way of making dinner, and my roommate is kind enough to pick up the slack.</li> <li><strong>Exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;1 day of exercise. &nbsp;I don't even remember exercising that day - yikes!</li> <li><strong>Walk at least 2 miles a week:</strong>&nbsp;0 miles walked. &nbsp;I've been staying up late so I've had a hard time waking up. &nbsp;But that's not really an excuse.</li> <li><strong>Limit internet usage to 4 hours a week:</strong>&nbsp;13.4 hours spent on the internet. &nbsp;Remember when I said not much went on this week? &nbsp;What went on this week was that I failed this rule miserably.</li> <li><strong>Practice my singing at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;0 days of practice. &nbsp;It's not that I haven't had time, it's that instead I spent it on the internet. &nbsp;Grrrrr...</li> <li><strong>Life points remaining:</strong>&nbsp;6. &nbsp;My thanks go out to everyone who healed me, particularly Sara and my mom. &nbsp;You guys saved my butt.</li> </ul> <p>This month just took a huge nose dive! &nbsp;I'm not sure what resulted in this kind of self-destructive behaviour, but I need to get to the bottom of it - and fast!</p> <p><strong>Monthly Goals</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did on my <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/februarys-preview">monthly goals</a> this week:</p> <ul> <li>I don't even want to write this section I feel so wretched about it. &nbsp;So let's just summarize with: I sucked at all my montly goals.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>I've fallen apart in the last 7 days. &nbsp;(I tried saying that in my head the way Jaret says "You've fallen apart in the last 20 seconds" in the beginning of this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKXiNiK63Aw">song</a>, but the timing just isn't right. &nbsp;Bummer.) &nbsp;I'm too disheartened to really write/think about this anymore, so let's just say it did <em>not</em>&nbsp;go well.</p> </p> <p><a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/february-week-4-recap">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/february-week-4-recap#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 7 years ago

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bellacorsa is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 3,347 pts

New post! February's Review

<p> <p>And I thought January was rough. &nbsp;Here's February:</p> <p><strong>What Happened</strong></p> <p>There were some good things that happened in February. &nbsp;They just don't seem to have buoyed my spirits as much as I would have liked.</p> <ul> <li><strong>I almost lost my temper with Crazy Prof.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Since then, I found avenues to deal with these issues and he no longer bothers me as much.</li> <li><strong>I finished the first round of documentation for my projects.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;This was a huge milestone for me, and a big weight off my shoulders.</li> <li><strong>It was Reading Break.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;I got a week of being home with my family, and it was wonderful.</li> </ul> <p>Not as many negative events as <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/januarys-review">last month</a>, but for some reason I feel worse than I did then.</p> <p><strong>Health Month</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did on my <a href="http://healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> rules for February:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Drink at least 49 glasses of water: A. </strong>&nbsp;I notice now when I haven't been drinking enough water. &nbsp;My head starts feeling fuzzy and I get sleepy and can't concentrate. &nbsp;Who knew that all these years part of my problem focusing was dehydration?</li> <li><strong>Floss at least 5 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;<strong>A+.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;This is officially a habit now. &nbsp;That's pretty <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">surprising</span> impressive, considering less than six months ago I was flossing on average twice a year - at my biannual dentist appointments.</li> <li><strong>Cook dinner 5 days a week: C.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Lots of things got in the way of this rule this month, from school to being with family. &nbsp;I know this isn't a good result, but I'm okay with it. &nbsp;It's a sign I need to modify the way I play this rule.</li> <li><strong>Exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;<strong>C.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;It's cold, I haven't been skiing nearly often enough, I've been busy with school, and I've been just plain lazy. &nbsp;No excuses, I know I should have done better.</li> <li><strong>Walk at least 2 miles a week: B.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;It is hard, hard, hard to walk to school right now. &nbsp;I hate walking in the cold and I have been struggling to get out of bed in the morning.</li> <li><strong>Limit internet usage to 4 hours a week: F.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Well, that's a first. &nbsp;This is the first time I have so utterly failed at a rule. &nbsp;I will have to rethink this one and refocus on how I want to be spending my time.</li> <li><strong>Practice my singing at least 4 days a week: C.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;I feel really bad about this one. &nbsp;I had a couple weeks that I practiced diligently, and a couple that I completely blew it.</li> </ul> <p>If my exercise and internet usage slipped last month, the fell of a cliff this month! &nbsp;I really struggled to follow my rules this month, so I need to find a new strategy for next month.</p> <p><strong>Progress</strong></p> <p>I made no progress toward my monthly goals. &nbsp;Nothing to report here. &nbsp;(And what I mean by that is "let's brush this failure under the rug and pretend it never happened".)</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong></p> <p>My New Year's Resolution this year is to <strong>find joy in small moments</strong>. &nbsp;I didn't do this as much as I would have liked this month, but I did find some joy beneath what at the moment feels like an overhelming, stinky pile of crap.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Januaray was crap. &nbsp;February was crap. &nbsp;It can only get better from here? &nbsp;(Oh please God, let it get better from here.)</p> </p> <p><a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/februarys-review-0">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/februarys-review-0#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 7 years ago

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bellacorsa, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 75 points, following 50% of her 8 rules. She lost 4 life points for missing the following: exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week, practice my singing at least 4 days a week, limit internet usage to 4 hours a week, walk at least 2 miles a week. Her public review of the day was…

Thank god. Last day of the month done.

over 7 years ago

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elrolio needs fruit, barely.

Heart.half.16 9 · 4,743 pts

I lost 2 life points because of the following things…
  • Didn't eat any fruit
  • Ate some red meat or pork

visitors, heavy drinking, city touring, weekends… ugh

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elrolio sent 12 pieces of fruit.

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sazae sent 16 pieces of fruit.

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raitchison sent 4 pieces of fruit.

Fruit-14.50 Fruit-11.50 Heal him with 2 fruit


:) elrolio
over 7 years ago

oh wow, thanks a bunch

over 7 years ago

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normalslife, in the Green Bracket, played Monday February, 28th for 251 points, following 88% of her 18 rules. She lost 2 life points for missing the following: do weight training at least 4 days a week, go out and be social at least 3 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

I’m ending the month feeling strong. I took my first ever hip hop dance class (this white girl CAN NOT DANCE), but I had a good time giggling about it. Things are looking up and March is right on top of us!
I’m so grateful for you guys. Words can not express my gratitude.

over 7 years ago

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phoqueen had a couple thoughts.

Heart.full.16 10 · 5,164 pts

I have lots of fruit to give…I’m afraid I’m going to lose them to the virtual blackhole.

over 7 years ago

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:) ddukes is blogging at @ddukes
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:) eatingrules is blogging at Eating Rules
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:) lynne is blogging at zucchini bieberini
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:) oblivia is blogging at oblivialand
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