Friday, May 11, 2012

The missing journal

Last night, I was trying to plan out my food for today, and I was having a really hard time coming up with lunch ideas. Lunch is a really difficult meal for me, because I can never come up with something I get excited about eating (like I do with breakfast and dinner). I told Jerry that I wished I could find my stupid food journal from when I was tracking my food just before I broke my jaw.

This may seem crazy, but I still have every food log from when I was losing weight (and even food logs from many years ago!). I just can't bring myself to get rid of them.
However, I was midway through a food journal in November 2010 when I broke my jaw--which resulted in not counting calories or logging my food for the next year or more. Somehow, that journal went missing while I was in the hospital. I searched my house more than a few times, and couldn't find it.

I wanted it so that I could see what/how I had been eating prior to fainting. I had turned my house upside down on at least two occasions looking for it, until I was finally convinced that it was accidentally thrown away. Then last night, when I mentioned it to Jerry, he decided to start looking (again). I think he was sick of my bitching about it ;) He was really determined to find it, despite the fact that we had already looked EVERYWHERE on more than one occasion.

Jerry has a calming effect on me, and I like to give some problems to him to solve, because it makes me less stressed--which is what I did with this journal. Sometimes if I can't find something, I'll ask him to look and then I'll leave the house for a couple of hours, and when I return, it's there for me. So last night, I wanted him to find the journal so badly that I told him I would have sex with him for 30 days in a row if he could find it (lol, I knew he wouldn't find it, but I was trying to give him a big motivation, hoping that he would!) I laid on the bed while he searched. He couldn't understand how it was missing and why it wasn't with the rest of them (which I keep in a shoe box. So I showed him the shoe box, which I had gone through at least three dozen times looking for the journal.

He pulled one out and flipped it open, while I was telling him it wasn't there--and then he said, "Isn't this it? This was right before you broke your jaw". I snatched it out of his hands, and sure enough--it was the missing journal! I swear on my life I looked there, went through each and every book over and over, and it wasn't there. Yet, somehow, it was. I was thrilled that it was found--and so was Jerry ;)

The book didn't offer much insight to anything, but I got an idea for lunch today--polenta with an egg on top. Other than that, it was pretty much useless.



Today was my last long run before the marathon--and it was only 8 miles. Jessica did her run yesterday, so I went solo today. First, I took the kids to Tim Horton's before school for a doughnut. It was "Daddy Doughnut Day" at school, and Jerry had to work. I felt sorry for the kids having to go to school and seeing all the other dads, so I took them to Tim's and then dropped them off at school a few minutes late.

I drove to the Metropark and did the same 8-mile out-and-back route that Jessica and I did last week. The park was nice, but it felt strange running by myself. I didn't do any walk breaks, and I kept a sub-10:00/mi pace. I just wanted to hurry and get done. I brought my waist hydration pack and put my iPod in there in case I wanted it, but I never did dig it out.

Speaking of water, I was going to bring the new Nathan hand-held bottle I bought yesterday, but as soon as I put water in it this morning, it leaked like crazy! I thought the valve was opened, but it wasn't. So I will have to return it. I don't think I'll buy another; I'll just stick with the waist pack.

It was a hot run today, which made me dread the marathon even more. The weather is finally on the 10-day forecast... and it doesn't look good.
A high of 75, and low of 59. I'm going to have a heat stroke! I hope that this changes before the race.

Next week is my final week before the race, and the mileage is minimal--3 miles Monday, 4 miles Tuesday, and then 2 miles on Thursday. I think Jessica and I are going to celebrate with lunch on Thursday after our 2-miler! ;)

45 comments:

  1. you'll think i'm crazy, but i look forward to 4 (cst) every day so I can read the newest post. Thanks for keeping me on my toes :)

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  2. I think you need to wait until after the marathon to pay up for J. finding your journal!!! lol!

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    1. I know! Clearly I didn't think before I spoke!

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  3. Don't forget the marathon starts early, so you may not even see the high until after you finish :)

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  4. omg I am laughing so hard right now! The minute I read that you told him you would have sex with him for 30 days in a row, I knew he would find it.

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    1. It always seems to work that way, doesn't it?! Never to MY advantage, though ;)

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  5. I find lunches hard too. I normally pick one thin and pretty much eat it every day during the week.

    I can't imagine how a 2 miler will feel after your really long runs! :)

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  6. 30 days?!?! What were you thinking?!?! Maybe he will cut you some slack after the marathon?

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    1. I have no idea. I had two (or was it three?) beers right before that, so I guess I just wasn't thinking!

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  7. Katie, you crack me up!! I love your posts and look forward to them every afternoon. Could you please describe your egg and polenta lunch a bit more? How did you cook the polenta and the egg? It sounds interesting! I really struggle with lunch too. It is the one meal in the day that makes me feel sort of panicky -- like if I don't have my act together, I could easily slide into bad choices.

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    1. It was really simple! I just cooked the polenta per the directions on the bag (with water and salt). Then I stirred in some cheddar cheese. Then I topped it with a fried egg (with a runny yolk).

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    2. Ok, I am going to try it!! Thanks! P.S. Your crock pot chicken with salsa recipe was a BIG TIME family fav!!

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  8. Only 8 miles?! God i can't wait until the day i say that! You're posts have become a part of my daily routine and the journal thing is hilarious! Have fun for the next 30 days ;)
    I can't believe your bottle leaks...i have run with mine multiple times and never had a problem. Its so convenient and comfy. sorry to hear your bad experience with it :(
    look forward to hearing about your marathon! I want to run one next feb so i think i may need to search through your posts for your marathon training schedule (i'm pretty sure i saw you post it before).

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  9. Weather - it's the one thing we can't control. Just go out and do your best and if it is that hot, slow down, drink lots of water. I just did the flying pig marathon - start 66 end almost 80. IT...WAS...HOT!!!

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  10. I would pay for 30 days in a row! Welll... not a prostitute, though. Just my boyfriend. But not with actual money.

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  11. So tell me more about your food journals. Did you only put in there what you ate every single day? did you put the calorie amounts in and keep a tally throughout the day?? Did you do write in there what was hard that day or what was good and easy that day or how you were feeling???

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    1. I just wrote what I ate each day along with the amount of calories (or WW Points, back in the day). If I binged and didn't feel like writing it all out, I just wrote "binge", haha. Sometimes I would write a little note like, "Went to a party, only had one glass of wine, no food" or something to remind me that it was a tough situation to be in ;)

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  12. I don't have all of my food journals, but I have all of my weight watchers books where they write your weekly weight. I can track my weight from 1998 to 2005. Then there is a break (when I gained the terrible amount and got to my highest) from 2005-2008 with the exception of a few months here and there when I unsuccessfully tried WW a few more times. I'm glad I saved them though. It's cool to see the trends.
    Hey I got him and turned on the TV and that show Shark Tank was on. It was two young girls with a peanut butter company. Here is their website. It reminded me of you. :)
    http://wildsquirrelnutbutter.com/

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  13. Want to know my favorite lunch? I cut a slice of nutty grain bread in half (80 calories per slice, 5 g fiber) and fill it with one slice of turkey, half a slice of cheddar (or just a small one), a few slices of a honeycrisp apple, and as much spinach as I can pack in there. Then I have a bag of baked chips and some carrots. Since you run so much you could do a whole sandwich, but I like to keep lunch small so I can have something after I do my (not nearly as intense as your) workouts. :) Let me know if you try the sandwich and like it! I'm addicted.

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  14. Hi Katie,
    I love your blog and it is also something I read everyday. You always have something interesting to say or something that makes me smile or something I can relate to. I wanted to tell you they have cookbooks out there that are pretty cool for 300 and 400 calorie meals. I have both of them and they are neat when you want you are looking for some ideas. Here is a link http://www.amazon.com/The-400-Calorie-Fix-Cookbook/dp/1605293288/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336783031&sr=8-2

    Good luck with the race,
    Sunnygirl :-)

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  15. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who thinks 75 is hot running weather! Really, if it's over 70 degrees it's too hot for me. ESPECIALLY if it's sunny out. My next race will be in Florida on Memorial Day. Ugh. I'm praying that it will be overcast with temps in the 60's!

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  16. I love your blog! I don't like running with anything around my waist because I'm still a "baby runner" and not quite done with losing weight and too self conscious. BUT I love my CamelBak water bottle for running. Once my hand got adjusted to the feel of it I don't even notice it on my runs. Room for gels, no leaks, and you just squeeze the water out!

    Just a suggestion if you still want a bottle for shorter runs. All my runs are shorter...so it works for me :)

    http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpage-CAMQG12.html#

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    1. That looks like a nice one! I didn't know that CamelBak made handheld bottles. I may order one of those... thanks!

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  17. Your lunch sounds good...I'll bet it would work well with grits, too. The food log made me laugh, because I said the other day that I could see myself at 80 years old with piles and piles of food log notebooks (I call them my diet diaries) all around me...I have kept all the successful ones! (I think that I have 4 or 5 from this "weight loss journey" alone! I also still have the one from my junior year in college which was my first successful weight loss experience (didn't keep it off, tho!) many many years ago!

    Dede

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  18. Start reading the 50 Shades of Grey series. You will have no problems keeping true to your promise. HA! That is so funny!!!

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    1. I actually did! I got about halfway through the first book, and wasn't really enjoying them. I'm no prude--bring on the smut books!--but I just couldn't STAND Grey's character, so they didn't do anything for me. Jessica is loving the series, though!

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  19. I know how you feel about the food journal. I lost weight in college and journaled everything I ate. That was years ago and have since moved like 2-3 times so it's definitely gone. I really wish I knew what the heck I ate during that time though.

    Good luck with the 30 days.. I've told my husband that before and make it to day 3.. sex is like running a marathon... you gotta slowly build it before you can handle all 26 miles at once...if you know what I mean...

    I rarely comment, but read your blog everyday. I live in MI too! about 5 minutes north of Grand Rapids. Hi!

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    1. LOL, I have no idea why "30" came out of my mouth... Even 5 days would have been a record, so I should have started MUCH lower ;)

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  20. Oh goodness I wish the high was only 75 for my runs! By the time I get home from work and start my run at about 5:30pm it's usually 90 or higher. I live right above Florida, so add some gnats to the mix and it's totally miserable!! Too lazy to get up early and run before work though :)

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  21. I have really enjoyed reading about your marathon training. I have been running for a little over a year. I have done three halfs and am thinking about doing my first full in January. Training starts in Sept. I have 10lbs to my goal weight which I am trying to get to before I start training. I keep gaining and losing the same 5lbs over and over though. I need to get back on track with eating clean. It's so easy to say I just ran 12 miles, I can have ice cream.

    Sorry about your water bottle. I have that same one and I love it! It has never leaked or anything. Sorry you got a bad one.

    Have you seen the running shirt that says "Sorry Honey not tonight, I have a long run in the morning."? Maybe you should get that or tell your husband your 30 days starts a week after the marathon. Lol

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  22. Katie, your post just made my day!!! :)
    btw I wonder if I am the reader who is farthest away from you - my comments are coming all the way from Vienna.

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  23. Haha, Jerry must be one happy man. So Funny!

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  24. 30 days in a row! OMG! hahahaha…

    I can't believe the marathon is next week already! I'm so excited.

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  25. I'm looking forward to a marathon of my own!
    I'm a realist, though. This has been a bet in the past as well. Historically I somehow find a way to fucker it all up and get her mad around day 5 and thus ending the marathon. But, I'm a man... I will take whatvi can get ;}

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  26. I am so excited, I just ordered the Garmin that you used for five years. Love your blog!

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  27. I'm so glad you found your journal! I can drive myself crazy looking for something. Right now I have things in my Tokyo apartment, some things in my bedroom at my mother's in OR, and the bulk of my stuff in storage in my bf's mom's garage! It's enough to drive me crazy!

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  28. Happy for you! And have fun with the 30 days ;) You'll let us know how that goes?

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  29. Crazy that Jerry found your food journal HAHAHA! Amazing what the promise of sex will do to a man! He must of imagined the log book just for the sheer WANT of it to be in the box LOL! By the way..I've missed you! School will be over in a week so I'll be a lot more free to keep in contact :)

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  30. Katie, do you have a journal with ideas to help keep you from getting bored with sex the next 30 days? I guess you could always look at it as activity calories! Do I hear a lot of Marvin Gaye in your future?

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  31. Oh my! My hubby got the biggest kick out of this! :)

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    1. So did mine...he asked if I had anything missing. He would be happy to make the same deal. Haha

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  33. OMG Katie you crack me up. lmao.
    30 days!! 30 freakin days - one after the other after the other after the other - no break days? Damn Katie you're gonna have to let up with your running you're gonna burn so many calories elsewhere you ain't gonna need to run.

    Erm....good luck?
    We'll understand if you don't blog too often for a while lol, well the next 30 days anyway lol.

    Still so inspirational! lol.

    Linda

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  34. That always happens to me, I make a promise to my husband because I just 'know' I won't have to pay up and the odds somehow end up in his favor. I will tell you my husband and I tried to have sex for 30 days in a row (don't ask me what I was thinking when we decided this) and after 5 he said he was 'worn out' hahahahaha! So, maybe the odds will turn out to be in YOUR favor afterall. :)

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