Wednesday, February 22, 2012

11 Things...

So, I've now been tagged by two people for this post, so I took that as a sign to go ahead and get it done!! (Thanks Jill, a.k.a. Tribirdie and Laura, of WifeMotherAthlete, for the tags!) Here we go!

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random Things about me:

  1. I met my best friend at the Governor's Honors Program in Georgia in 1991. We were roommates and friends from the moment she walked into the room. Even though we have never lived in the same town, she is still my closest friend.
  2. When I was pregnant with Noah, I might have had a minor addiction to strawberry Pop-Tarts and McDonalds double cheeseburgers.
  3. I always thought I would be a mother to a girl and am still surprised that I never had a daughter.
  4. I really don't mind doing laundry as long as I don't have to fold it. (There might be a pile of clean clothes at the foot of my bed that has been there since last week.)
  5. If I don't write something down, I will most likely forget it.
  6. I have a KitchenAid mixer that I love. She is red and her name is Ruby.
  7. I make my decaf coffee each morning from freshly ground beans in a French press. I love the ritual of it just as much as I love the taste of coffee.
  8. The PTA terrifies me.
  9. I love the mountains - they just speak to me. If I had to pick a place to go, I would choose a place with mountains any day of the week. 
  10. Sometimes my kids really annoy me, and then I feel guilty about that.
  11. One summer during college I worked as a driver at Interlochen Arts Camp. I got to drive some of the artists to and from the airport, including the Indigo Girls and Johnny Mathis. What a fun summer.
and here are Jill's questions for me. (I actually got tagged from Laura first, so technically I should answer her's, but I'm just going with my flow...LM forgive me!!)

1.  Do you consider yourself a person who uses time efficiently? 
Yes and no. I always say I get the most done when I have a lot to do. If I don't have a lot going on, I have a tendency to get a little lax with my time.

2.  Would YOU wear a Rev3 Sparkly Suit?? (you know you would!!)
I would and I have! The first time I wore it I rocked out my mile time trial in the pool. I'm not quite ready to brave it out on the interwebs like many of my teamies, but that is a whole other post!

3.  What was your Best Moment in Sports?
I can remember distinctly in the second half of the 10K of my first olympic distance tri, I had a sudden realization that, yes, I am an athlete. I started to get choked up. It was definitely a defining moment for me as an athlete.

4.  What do you think of "Shock and Awe"?
As I just had to google this, I don't think I have any really cohesive opinions. My first instinct is to think there must be a better way, but I would have to do a lot more thinking to be sure.

5.  What one thing would you like to change about yourself?
I have a tendency to be a little harsh, on myself and on others. I wish I could soften this part of me.

6.  What one thing do you love about yourself?
I am very optimistic. I am full of faith in all the goodness of life and even though that sometimes leads to disappointment, I wouldn't change that.

7.  Why is Rev3 Running Across America? (yes, shameless promotion plug)
Because it is about darn time we start doing something to fight cancer, and if we can do it even $1 and 1 mile at a time, it is worth it!

8.  What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars? (you can't say "invest half"; okay you can, just also say what you'd do second.)
Pay off my mortgage, so my husband wouldn't worry about money so much.

9.  Which is better, Long Run? Long Bike? or Long Book?
Long run definitely beats long ride, but long book is a long love of mine!!

10.  What is your current "favorite" song?
"I Like to Dance" by Hot Chelle Rae

11.  If you had the chance to implement one change in America what would it be?
I would love to see politicians that really care about implementing change in America instead of just spending millions upon millions of dollars to promote themselves in a shameless race of ambition and pride. It makes me so frustrated to think of all the money that is poured into tv ads and travel and who knows what else, when money like that could really make a positive impact on Americans who have real needs, like being able to put food on their tables and keeping their children in good schools.

and now for my 11 questions!

1. What is the thing in your life you are most proud of?
2. What is your biggest regret?
3. If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
4. Do you give up things for Lent? If so, what are you giving up this year and why?
5. What is your perfect evening?
6. Do you have siblings? If so, do you buy into the whole birth order thing?
7. What is your favorite thing to cook?
8. In what kind of social situation do you feel most comfortable?
9. In what kind of social situation do you feel most awkward. 
10. If you could go back to college, would you?
11. What quality do you possess that makes you a good friend?

and the people I'm sure to check these out! Most are local athletes with new blogs!!
3. Annie at Skinny Pants
4. Debbie at Fit Food for Family
5. Molly at Molly's Musings
6. Debbie at Mommy's Tri-ing
7. Erin at SeeErinTri
9. Debbie from Yoga in the Snow (man, I know a lot of Debs, Deborahs, and Debbies!!)
10. Emily from The Bucket (this is my awesome sister, btw!!)
11. Mark from TriDadofFive (can't remember if you have been tagged or not!)

Whew! Can't wait to read everyone's answers!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dialing in the Daily Nutrition

I feel like I have been working on my daily nutrition for about 5 years now. It is a constant work in progress, and I have a feeling that it will always be. Lately, though, I have really been trying to dial it in even tighter for several reasons.

1. I am trying to become a fat-burning machine. Most of my training right now all aerobic-based, and, quite frankly, most of all my training this season will be since I am training for an aerobic, endurance event. Based on quite a bit of research I believe that what I put in my body can certainly help aid this process of teaching the body to burn fat instead of sugars and carbs.

2. I really want to be faster, and there are many studies that quantify a reduction in body weight to faster running speed. So, yes, I am trying to lose a few pounds. (Looking really great in my new Rev3 shimmer swimsuit is not a bad motivator either!)

So, since my training with Sonja has been Maffetone-based, I thought I would start there for hints at where I should be with my nutrition. Enter the Two-Week Test. Basically, the Maffetone Two-Week Test is a period where you deplete your body of all carbs. The purpose is to kick-start the fat-burning engine of your body (because if there are no carbs that body has to burn fat for energy) as well as to find out what level of carbohydrates your body can handle. This "test" is not easy. Let me be clear that my primary purpose for even doing this was not to lose weight. I did not go into the test thinking that it was going to be some sort of quick weight loss thing. I have a family history of type 2 diabetes and high-blood pressure, both of which can be controlled through diet. I really want to have a handle on what is the best kind of food I can be putting in my mouth for long-term health.

Anyway, for two weeks, I ate no sugar, no grains of any kind, no fruit (this was the hardest for me), no yogurt, and no milk. I ate a lot of lean, organic meat, organic eggs, avocados, vegetables like kale, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes...I ate a lot of veggies. The only time I used sugar of any kind was during training, but only after I had begun as the body does not have an insulin response to sugar during exercise. I did not limit my food intake, and I drank a whole lot of coffee with heavy cream, which really got me through the cravings.

Overall, I really didn't feel too bad. My workouts were sluggish especially towards the end of the two weeks. I rarely felt hungry, and I enjoyed everything that I ate. I did not have horrible cravings, but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I don't eat a lot of sugar or grains to begin with. I did miss my fruit and yogurt which I have most days for breakfast.

When the two-week test gets really interesting is during the two weeks AFTER the two week test. That is the time period where you slowly reintroduce carbs back into your diet and see how your body reacts. I added fruit and yogurt immediately with no negative effects. On Thursday of the first week I went to a wedding and had a piece of wedding cake. After I ate that I felt shaky and totally buzzed from the sugar. The next few days were a bit of a nutrition break down as I went totally carb crazy. I started craving cereal and sweets and I did indulge a bit. Over the course of 3 days I gained 4 pounds! Now, you have to trust me when I say I was not eating enough to gain four pounds, so that was my body telling me something! As soon as I started to add in wheat and sugar, BAM!, my body said no thanks!!

The second week after the test I went back to getting my carbs primarily from fruits and yogurt and the four pounds disappeared again. I have continued eating quite a bit of healthy fats from avocados, nuts, and coconut products as well as organic meat and eggs. I am trying to eat a lot of veggies, but that is a constant battle. I could always use more.

For now, my take-away from this little experiment is that I will be avoiding sugar and most grains, especially wheat, except for a little treat now and then. I will not be afraid to eat good fats because they are delicious and help keep me full and are fuel for my aerobic system. For those of you who are curious, in the 4 weeks (including the 2 week test and the 2 weeks following) I have lost a total of 5 pounds, which includes the four pound surprise.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in dialing in their nutrition to try the two week test or something similar to see what is the right combination of macronutrients for their body. Just like training, nutrition is very individual and I firmly believe that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rev3Tri Run Across America

Holy cow, it's been a while since I've blogged. I actually have quite a few things to blog about, which is part of the problem.

Have you ever had so much to do you just feel frozen? Like you just can't do any of it because the bulk of everything together is just so overwhelming? That is how I have felt about blogging lately. There is just so much to say I never know where to start!!

So in an effort to just start, I will start with the most exciting thing!


Beginning March 26, the staff and many of my Rev3 teammates will be running the 3080 miles from Oceanside, California to Washington, D.C. The purpose of this is not just some crazy stunt, but this year Rev3 has partnered with the Ulman Cancer Fund to kick some cancer A**!!

The goal is to raise $100,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund., and you can help.

Seriously, do you know anyone who has been affected by cancer? Maybe you, maybe a loved one, maybe a friend? Don't just sit there, let's do something about it!

You can donate by clicking the Run Across America picture on the left side of this blog. Every little bit counts, so I encourage you to donate even if it's just a few dollars. I am a firm believer that small can add up to very, very big.

Want to do more? Me too!!

I am not able to run with my teammates, but I am definitely going to take part in the Run Across America Virtual Run. What if we all put our running shoes on and ran in support and in honor of all those who have been affected by this terrible disease? Let's make a difference!!

If you are a member of a club, your club can compete to win 5 entries to any Rev3Tri event by participating in the virtual run! Click here to find out more! I'm hoping my tri club, which happens to be one of the biggest in the country, will participate! Let's get running to fight cancer!!