GoodLife

Well, we checked out GoodLife Fitness yesterday. It was pretty nice, but a little too quiet for me, as strange as that sounds. Although, I hear there was almost a fist fight a few hours before I got there! Now THAT would have been fun to see! Anyway, the machines are the same as Fitness Clubs and the only major difference is that it’s all women, and not just skinny ones. Unfortunately, a gym membership is not in the budget this year with our first house closing in December. I’ll be hitting the pavement – literally – once my current membership expires in the Spring.

Another thing about GoodLife – it’s in the GROCERY STORE. It must be almost impossible to leave without buying something! I went for a 500mL chocolate milk yesterday, which turned out to be dinner. I know, not the most balanced meal, but it sure did hit the spot! I’ll try to eat an actual meal after the gym tonight.

So I ran 3 miles last night and I’m running another 3 tonight. Off to a good start this week! Oh, and I was already back to 175 this morning so woohoo!

A new week – I’m going to make it count!

If you’re wondering about Kelsey’s on Friday, I was doing great until I walked in and sat down to a scrumptious-looking spread of appetizers. Keep in mind, I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and it was 3pm so I was famished. I was pretty good, though, and had a half piece of bruschetta and a few pitas dipped in the drool-worthy spinach dip, skipping the wings and calamari. I went with my usual club wrap and garden salad, so that probably wasn’t too bad, and then split the chocolate lava cake for dessert. And then there were the 4 (5?) glasses of wine. I give myself a 6 out of 10. Coulda been better, coulda been worse.

For the remainder of the weekend I did okay. Wasn’t great, but certainly wasn’t as bad as last weekend. The worst part is I didn’t drag my butt to the gym once. I am determined to make up for that this week! I’m going to try to go every day. Mom and I are trying out GoodLife in Aurora (Sarah’s gym!) for a free week starting tonight, so we’ll see how that goes. On the agenda tonight is another 3 mile run.

I am also determined to have ZERO CHEATS all week, right up to and including Superbowl Sunday. I did fine last week until Kelsey’s. As soon as I make one bad choice, it’s a slippery slope. There should be no temptations til the Sunday and if I make it that far without slipping, I refuse to throw it all away for a handful of chips!

And you can hold me to that!

Anyway, Monday is finally almost over. Hopefully by this time next week, I will be reporting a minimum 2 lb loss! (I was up 1 lb at 176 this morning. Boo!)

Marlene vs. Bagel Day

Marlene won today!!! No bagel for this lady. Especially with lunch and wine at Kelsey’s looming in the very near future. T-minus 5 hours and 52 minutes.

So I ran 3 miles Wednesday night and last night. It’s getting a lot easier in that my breathing is more and more controlled and my heart is less likely to explode each time. :) Unfortunately, my leg muscles are not developing as fast as I’d like. At least, that’s what Mark says it is. By the end of each run, my legs feel very heavy and often ache. In time, as the muscles develop, it should get better. My aim for this weekend is one 3-mile run, probably Sunday. That will bring my weekly total to 4 runs and 12 miles. Yay me!

My weight is the same today as last Friday. Not the best news in the world, but definitely not the worst. Considering all the crap I ate last weekend, I’m just glad to be back where I started. I have to be good this weekend so hopefully I will see a loss by next week.

mmm… chocolate

Mark is home!!! He brought home a ton of very tempting chocolate, but I have resisted so far. We’re giving most of it away, but I can’t part with my Mini Eggs, Galaxy Bar or Curly Wurly (my faves!). I should probably put them in the freezer and save them for… some time when I really need it!

On Friday the bosses are taking us to Kelsey’s. Unfortunately, Kelsey’s sucks and does not post their nutritional info online so I’m not sure what I’m going to eat, but there will be wine. Free wine. I’ll try to keep it all in check.

I was low on calories again yesterday – only had 1028. Oops. My carb-fat-protein ratios were great, though. 59.5% carbs, 23.5% fat and 17% protein. Didn’t have time for the gym because we picked up the boys at the airport, but I’m going tonight for another 3 mile run.

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The Numbers Are In

Yesterday was Day 1 of trying to follow the South Beach Diet Phase 2 AND follow the guidelines on Spark People for a balanced diet.

Check it out:

Calories: 1,207 (goal: 1370-1720)
Fat: 37 (goal 30-67) = 26.8% (goal 30%)
Carbohydrates: 177 (goal 154-280) = 57% (goal 55%)
Protein: 50 (goal 34-150) = 16.1% (goal 15%)

So my calories were a little low, but overall, I am right on track! Yay!

Yesterday night I was out and about and grabbed a salad from Wendy’s. I’ve been warned before (thanks Sarah!) but the nutritional info on some of the salads is downright outrageous. The chicken BLT salad that I normally get has a whopping 690 calories and 46 grams of fat. The mandarin chicken salad was not far behind with 550 calories and 26 g fat. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? (think Grey’s Anatomy haha!) I was actually considering the BLT since I was low on calories, but then I noticed the ingredients:

Bacon Pieces: Pork Cured With Water, Salt, Smoke Flavoring, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Nitrate, Contains One Or More Of The Following: Sugar, Sodium Erythorbate, Brown Sugar, Sodium Ascorbate, Potassium Chloride, Dextrose.

Yum.

Anyway, I opted for the new cranberry pecan salad, with only 350 calories and 10 g fat. Much more reasonable, and it was awesome except for the iceberg overload. What happened to the spring mix lettuce??

I went to the gym and ran 3 miles in about 32 minutes (5.5 mph), but I just realized that I was only supposed to run 2. Oops. My next three runs are 3 mph and next week I finally get to try 4 miles. Quite frankly, I don’t feel ready, but it’s still a week away.

My WB friend Melissa (a fellow runner!) recommended a 10K race in September on Toronto Island with her running club, so I’m hoping that Mark and I will be able to do it. Of course, I will have to get used to running outside before that. Once I can run 10K comfortably (well, you know, reasonably comfortably) on the treadmill, I will tackle the greaty outdoors.