Eat More Often

Ready? I said the first challenge would be easy. You can do it.

Eat More Often

I making an assumption here about the people taking on this challenge. Remember, I said its mostly for me.
I’m assuming you are “fairly active.” What does that mean? You do SOMETHING every day. It can be as little as a 15 minute walk. But it’s something. You walk up the stairs in your house a few times a day. You walk from your car to the office…grocery store…park…something! I guarantee that even on a “rest” day, you probably walk about a mile. That’s what I mean.

Three “square” meals don’t cut it for most people. You’re going to cheat. Trust me. You will snack…and the worst offense will be right before bed. THAT is the one that’s going right to your you-know-what!

Why not try this:

Eat 3 “meals” and 2-3 PLANNED snacks.

Use a smaller plate for your meals (smaller plates hopefully means smaller portions), and try to eat every 3-4 hours. You should never feel “stuffed.” If you’re hungry 3 hours after dinner, eat again. Just because it’s nighttime doesn’t mean you have to eat ice cream! At this point I’m not going to suggest what those snacks should be. We’ll get to that.

I know there are conflicting studies out about whether eating more frequently helps you lose weight. And that’s fine. Weight loss isn’t the ultimate goal here.

Remember, this is not a diet.

I want to feel better, with more energy. That will make me want to be more active, and THAT, coupled with eating clean, will keep me at a healthy weight for me. If you want to temporarily drop pounds for some timed challenge, go for it. I’m not interested in weighing myself. Ever. I don’t even own a scale. Eating more regularly will keep your blood sugar at a more even keel, and that can’t be bad. It certainly should help with some of those cravings!

If you’re already doing this, no problem. You’re a step ahead. I just want us all on the same page. I want to hear about your snacks this week. Post pictures on twitter with me! And don’t forget to tag them with #EatRealFood. What are you eating?

Next Challenge is coming up on Tuesday!

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January by the Numbers…and February Challenges

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January totals:
Running: 125.06mi
Cycling: 96mi

Total: 233.96mi

Percentage of annual goal: 9%
(You may have noticed I increased my total miles for the year. 2013 just didn’t seem like enough of a challenge. So I’ve increased it to 2500.)

Calories burned: 10,989
Total Time: 29:33:14

New in February:

I have some new challenges for February. In addition to my 125mi running scheduled for the month, a few friends on Twitter and Facebook have inspired me to pick up some additional craziness fun!

Check out @socialshark‘s #Virtual401KRun. The challenge is to run 401K (249.2mi) by 4/1. That’s two months. And since I’m committed to running 125/mo anyway…why not?

Next up was @runningmom2boys#FitFebruary challenge. This one can be found through an app called @ChallengeLoop. It only requires you add two workouts a week, and they can be anything. I’ll be following the 100pushup program and doing those 3x week. We’re posting two photos per week using the app to be eligible for fun prizes!

Back again this year is the #lovemyabs challenge sponsored by @denisrmt and @JennyMetamorfit. This was a favorite for me last February, and what got me started on this abs kick. You can also join this one via Facebook. Start with 100 abdominal exercises in week one, and add 20 reps each week. By the end of the month, you’ve done a minimum of 3000 exercises! Take before and after picture to really see the difference!

My last fitness related challenge for this month is Kim‘s February 2013 Plank Challenge on Facebook. One plank per day is all it takes, and you’re only competing with yourself. The only goal here is to be stronger at the end of the month. Can’t go wrong there!

And one more…a blogging challenge. I’ve joined the #28DBC again through @ChallengeLoop and led by @kwidrick. Little changes make a big difference, and hopefully you’ll notice some around here this month.

Please join me in any or all of these challenges. It’s all about making changes this year.

Tomorrow’s news: Too much to do, too little time

First on the First Recap

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Race Recap:

First on the First 5K sells out every year…and 2013 was no exception. Whole families run and walk the event together. Friends drag each other off the couch to start the year off right! The energy is both excited and anxious. What a blast!

A new course kept us mostly off the main roads, and thankfully off the concrete sidewalks I remembered from last year. Starting from the Westerville Community Center, rather than Ohio Health, allowed for plenty of parking too. The city and the race crew did a fabulous job getting the trail and the road clear after a fresh layer of snow fell the night before. I was scheduled to pace the 38:00 finish with my favorite buddy, which works out to roughly a 12:14 pace. My son (age 9) was also running the event, and he would join us for most of the race.

A side note on pacing:

As I’ve said before, pacing has become a real passion of mine. I love to give back to my running community, and pacing is one of those things that is rewarding to both parties. I have found that people in the slower paces groups appreciate having a friendly face that can encourage them to the finish, maybe more so than the faster groups. I’ve been there too. Everyone has to start from somewhere. And it’s thrilling for me to watch that person achieve their goal…and let them “beat” me.

It was a little chilly (28*) with a slight wind, but the scenery could not be more spectacular. The race started off without a hitch, and 1,000 people took the first steps of  2013 toward health. After a quick section on the main roads, we took to the Westerville Bikeway. The only issue came as we looped the soccer fields in the last mile due to the wind whipping across the open space. We ducked our heads, pulled our layers a little closer and made it together.

We crossed the finish line right on time.  I knew my son was just behind me, so I got my camera out, and snagged a medal from one of the fabulous volunteers at the finish. What a moment for me…to put that medal around his neck!

Then on to the food. This year, Yabo’s Tacos provided pork tacos with all the toppings for participants. Yum (minus the pork for me)! Plus a new water bottle from Ohio Health, a medal, and a long sleeve tech shirt. And don’t forget the Snowville Chocolate milk!

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Did you run a New Year’s Day race this year? What are you doing to stay off the couch this year?

Tomorrow’s news: Nike FuelBand