Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pajama day

I do not have high hopes for a good race tomorrow :(  I've had a weird, sharp cramp in my side ever since mile 11 of yesterday's run, and I developed a headache that just won't go away. I can run through the headache, but this cramp is killing me. I only feel it when I walk. Today was a rest day, so I didn't try running.

Last night, I ended up babysitting one of the boys' friends. He was here until 9:15, and usually my boys have a bedtime of 8:00 (on weekends, we let them stay awake later in bed with their iPods or a book, though). I hoped that by having a friend over (and three boys aren't exactly going to sit quietly!), they would sleep in today.

They were awake at 5:30 this morning! I refused to get out of bed that early, so I just read my e-mail on my phone and laid around for a little bit. Then when I got up, I declared that it was pajama day, because I really just felt like having a lazy day.

I did walk slowly on the treadmill to watch an episode of Sons of Anarchy (in my pajamas, though! I didn't even put on a bra, haha). Then I had to go to my mom's to feed her cat, and I wore my pj's over there. I figured I could get there without anyone seeing me, and naturally, as soon as I stepped outside, the FedEx guy was driving slowly by my house. At least I had put on a bra by this time ;)

I couldn't resist my dad's candy jar this time, but I picked something that I figured was innocent enough--Reese's mini eggs (like, the size of a Hershey's Kiss, not the big eggs). I ate three, and figured that would be 1-2 PointsPlus. When I got home, I went to log it, and those tiny little things were 1 PP each! That was ridiculous.

I think I'm out of my eggs-for-lunch phase, finally. I was eating eggs for lunch every single day for months! Normally, I'm not a salad person at ALL, but I recently discovered a dressing that I really like, and I bought some spring mix from Sam's Club, so I've been eating salad and a sandwich for lunch. The dressing is ironic, because it's made with yogurt, which is the number one food on my mental "Foods I Hate" list. Salad is probably number two.
This dressing is in the refrigerated section. It's only 1 PP per serving, and it tastes like "real" ranch. It's much tastier than the low-fat or fat-free ranch dressings I've tried.

This evening after dinner, I decided to make peanut butter cookies with the kids. To be honest, it was against my better judgement--I almost always go overboard when I bake! I planned to half the recipe, so there wouldn't be a ton, but I accidentally put in a whole egg instead of just the white, so I ended up making a whole batch (about 20 cookies). I figured I would eat about 10-12 PP worth, which was fine with me.

I was doing so well this week with measuring and counting every single thing I eat, but while I made the cookies, I kept taking not-so-little pinches of dough. And then I had two cookies when they were done baking. I calculated the PointsPlus in the recipe, and how much I'd actually eaten, and it was 24 PointsPlus!! Good grief. I used up all of my weekly and activity PointsPlus, and I'm actually in the negative by 5 PP.

The last time I baked--remember the sloppy brownies?--I swore that I wouldn't eat while baking until AFTER I'd calculated the PointsPlus in it. I guess I forgot about that today! Oh, well. I'm skipping my wine and chocolate tonight, and tomorrow I'll be running a 10K instead of my usual 4 miles, so hopefully that will be enough to make up for it. No more baking for me! To my credit, though, the cookies didn't make me feel sick at all, like the sloppy brownies did. I certainly didn't feel like I ate that much!

I really hope that my headache and side cramp go away before morning. For once, I'm actually not nervous about a race! I know that a PR is pretty much in the bag, and I'm not going to race with balls-to-the-wall effort. I'm just going to run like I do when I train, and hopefully enjoy the race!

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  1. Good plan. Just enjoy it and you will be amazed how you do at the race. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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    1. Yes! If I get there early enough, I'd love to meet up with you all :)

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  2. Good luck on the race tomorrow. I hope you feel better! With regards to the cookies, at least you are counting all your points and being accountable for everything. :)

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  3. yeah for pajama day!

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    1. It was fun to stay in pj's all day ;)

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  4. did you buy the dressing at Sams club? i'd like to try it.

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    1. No, I bought that at Kroger. There was also a blue cheese one and parmesan one.

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    2. Thank you, I going to pick one up tomorrow. I'm the same way I do not like yogurt so I hope thins taste good, I do not care for the Fat Free/Low Fat ranches.

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  5. Good luck with your race tomorrow! I hate when that happens (referring to the mini eggs situation). Those damn chocolate eggs. Although I have to say, since we started getting the cadbury eggs year round I don't crave them anymore.

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    1. Easter candy is SO hard for me to refuse--especially anything with chocolate!

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  6. I love the same brand of dressing but in honey mustard. It totally tastes like the fattening stuff! It's helped to bring salad back into my diet. Good luck tomorrow. I hope you feel well!

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    1. That's exactly what this Ranch one did for me--I was trying to get in some more veggies, and with this dressing helps me actually enjoy salad!

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  7. I am the same way about yogurt. I can't eat it anymore after years of trying to like it, but I don't mind it in recipes or even plain yogurt as a substitute for sour cream. And don't even get me started on Greek yogurt!

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    1. LOL, I especially hate Greek yogurt! ;)

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    2. Ugh could Greek yogurt be any worse? After hearing everyone raving about it I had to try it. I'm a yogurt lover. My favorite is Cascade Fresh, but when I tried greek yogurt I literally thought I bought the wrong thing. It was awful. I've tried three different brands and still can't tolerate it. I figured it's just not for me. My mother also tried it and hated it, so at least I wasn't the only one. I was feeling like the odd one out for a while.

      Good luck on your race and hope you are feeling better!

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    3. I hate all yogurt and that Greek stuff just sounds nasty to me. I do buy it occasionally to use in the Low-Fat Trader Joe's brownie mixes. But I try not to have the brownies too often, it's hard to limit myself to JUST ONE!

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  8. I use the blue cheese dressing of the same brand! It tastes just like "real" blue cheese dressing! I never liked the reduced or fat free blue cheese dressings until this one! The blue cheese is also 1 point per 2 tablespoons! I hope they never stop making it because I don't think I could live without it!!
    Good luck tomorrow. I'm super nervous about pacing even though I will be running much slower than normal for me; I have been trying to practice my pace but I am terrible at judging how fast I am going! It should be interesting!

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    1. I was tempted to get the blue cheese one, but I thought, "There is no WAY that they can get the blue cheese dressing to be so low in calories without it tasting horrible!" so I went with the ranch. Next time, I might give the blue cheese a try!

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  9. Good luck at your race tomorrow, hope the cramp goes away.

    I love Caesar salad and found a really good yogurt version of that dressing. I'll have to try this ranch one too!

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    1. I love Caesar dressing! I didn't see that one--will have to look again next time I go.

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  10. I wonder how that compares to the recipes I've seen that call for a little bit of milk, fat free greek yogurt, and ranch mix. Also, good luck on your race tomorrow!!!

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    1. It tastes pretty similar, actually. I made that dressing before, but I didn't like the texture of it (too runny). But it did taste good!

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  11. I support you and think how you've over come your struggles is amazing, but I would be remise to not say this: I think it sometimes seems a little obsessive with the counting and measuring. I understand that it helps prevent binges, but don't you want to be able to not worry so much about the little things like that? I just feel like it doesn't seem healthy.

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    1. Thank you for your honesty. I completely understand why it would appear obsessive (especially just from reading my blog). However, I've discovered that the weighing/measuring and counting is the only way for me to maintain a healthy weight, still eat the foods I love, and most importantly, eat without guilt. I would love to be able to eat intuitively, without measuring or counting, but every time I've tried that, I've only gained weight, felt more depressed, and felt obsessed with food. The counting, for me, actually keeps me from feeling obsessed! :)

      I'm the first to admit that weighing/measuring and counting isn't for everyone--some people do great with intuitive eating--but I've learned that it's the best way for me.

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    2. I'm afraid that in order to maintain our weight loss we have to be obsessive forever. I'd love to be able to eat without measuring and counting too, but intuitive eating is not in my future, unfortunately. Intuitively, I want to eat everything in sight! It sucks--but it is a fact of our lives!

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  12. Good luck with your run- I'm sure you'll do great!!

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  13. Good luck at your race, I can't wait to hear the results! I am going to try the Ranch dressing this week. I have the honey mustard, but I wasn't feeling well the day I tried it and now I have a mental block against it. Weird, I know.

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  14. Wow! You have done and continue to do an amazing job in your weight loss journey! So inspiring! I just started blogging about my food plan but I've been considering taking up running. How did you start and what size were you at when you started? Thanks! Can't wait to go back through and catch up o. Your story!

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  15. Good luck on your race today! I wish I would've known about it sooner!

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  16. Ohhhh I am so gonna try that dressing! Dont race if yer hurting there will always be more :) Good luck tho if yer up to it!

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  17. Thanks for the tip about the dressing! I love dipping my veggies in ranch dressing, and it's my favorite for salads.

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  18. Katie! I saw your time for the Shamrock race (over on the right side). You did amazing!!! Congrats!

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  19. Good luck on the race, it's probably over already. I slept in this morning, unlike your boys on Sat. morning!!! I hope the cramp settles down and the headache goes away!

    I'm curious about the dressing. I too, dislike the light ranch, even the Hidden Valley brand. It just doesn't taste very good. I've been making my own Ranch with a Hidden Valley buttermilk mix packet. I use regular buttermilk, which is surprisingly low caloried, (only 120 calories per cup), and low-fat mayo, which is 35 calories/tablespoon. When you put in a cup of each and mix it with a packet of buttermilk dressing, it tastes great to me, and is only 40 calories for 2 tablespoons. I use it all the time. If I use it as dressing rather than a dip for veggies, sometimes I add more buttermilk to make it thinner. I figure adding extra buttermilk only lessens the calories. Sometimes if we're going out to a restaurant, I put a little bit of my Ranch in a Tupperware/type container and stick it in my purse and use it discretely on my salad there, because it's less calories and tastes better than any dressing they have. I don't understand why so many restaurants offer no light options in their dressings. Those regular dressings are really high calorie!! I'll have to check out the Bolthouse Farms brand, however.

    I think there is a few Lemonade Girl Scout cookies left in my cupboard. I think I've had 2 or 3, but that was a couple weeks ago. Hopefully by now, they're old and rancid? I love those things and have been trying to forget about them. They may have to go in the outside dirty trash, or perhaps the regular trash, but covered with coffee grounds??? The things we do to outsmart ourselves! But homemade cookies? FUHGEDDABOUTIT! I can't make them, because they're impossible to resist. I'm glad I don't have little boys at home anymore who like that kind of thing. My grandson was out last Sunday night (he's 7), and after we ate he says, "I think I feel like some dessert. We don't have dessert here very often." Now that's not true, cause when I have family dinner on holidays, etc. I always fix at least one or two desserts, or lately I've been asking my daughters-in-law to bring dessert, so I don't have leftovers. But I gave him a Weight Watcher toffee-coated ice cream bar and he was happy.

    I have the same problem resisting candy when I go to my son's house. They have big bowls of candy sitting around from the kid's Halloween, Christmas stockings, Valentine's Bags (I'm guilty of giving them way too much candy), and soon Easter! They let the kids have one piece of candy after dinner each night, and it lasts a very long time. So when I'm at their house, I usually have ONE piece of something that I really like. Last time I had a mini Snicker's bar. It's been a long time since I had a Snicker's. It was kind of old, I think it was at least from Christmas, but it tasted great to me! It's hard to resist that stuff when it's just sitting there! I've bought a few things for the kid's Easter baskets already, but have decided I'm not buying them anymore candy. I will get little toy-type items for them instead. I usually get that stuff anyway, along with candy. But this year--no more candy from this Grandma! They get more than enough candy in Easter baskets from other Grandparents and their Mom & Dad, not to mention doting aunts and uncles. I bet your boys get spoiled at holidays too, since they are the only grandchildren and nephews, at least on your side of the family!

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  20. Wow! Congrats on your 10k. You rocked it. For those wanting to see more information regarding your training the "more" link gives heart rate and all that. I only mention that because I always have questions for you but am a bit shy to ask. One question was what your average heart rate is when you run. On a normal day where do you normally train in regards to heart rate (60%, 70%, 80%)? Just wondering I have noticed the faster I get the less calories i am burning (I guess because my body is becoming more efficient right?). Also do you ever measure body fat? I have been reading "racing weight" and wondering your thoughts on body fat percentage and race performance?

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  21. I cannot wait to read your race recap tonight!!! I am super excited for you. CONGRATS, girl! You rocked it.

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  22. I find making a whole batch of cookies and freezing half to be very helpful so I dont over eat.

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  23. I love reading your blog! And pajama day is a favorite around here too. I can't wait until I have this baby in May and can get back to trying to lose weight. I plan to join weight watchers as a starting point. I suspect I will also have to be an obsessive counter/measurer. I have portion control issues. It's part of why I got to where I am, pushing the 300lb mark. I've decided to make a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30, and starting to run is on that list. Because I want to run a 5k. And eventually run a half marathon. I can't wait to read about your race tonight! It's a great part of my day!

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