My Goal for 300 votes was met!

Just a quick update- Thanks to everyone who voted on my blog post where I wanted to get 300 votes ( http://healthkwest.guestengine.com/michellegamradt/2012/03/05/goal-for-this-post-300-votes/) !  My dad just told me that I have 306 green thumbs up votes and 90 Facebook likes!!!  You guys are SO awesome, and I am so thankful to each and every one of you!!  Maybe we can turn it into 400 votes :)

I ran a 5k!

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Saturday’s Dash Down Greenville 5k went so well!  I think I was amped on adrenaline, so the normal pain in my shins/hips/legs didn’t hurt at all during the whole 5k.  I did a combo of running and walking- but I was proud to run more than I walked.  My official time was 42:22, which is about 10 minutes faster than when I tried to run a 5k in our area 3 weeks ago!  It felt so good to accomplish this run, and I feel inspired to keep it up.  I have already signed up to run the warrior dash on April 22, and I can’t wait!

With Brandi and Misty right before the race started!

The rest of St. Patrick’s day was super fun- we enjoyed the parade with good friends, drinking (for the first time in a month and a half!), ate some yummy food at Company Cafe (ground beef and sweet potato hash with perfect scrambled eggs and avocado), partied at Lindsay and Jim’s, then called it a day at 5:30.  But then I was bad- my first bad fast food meal was at KFC where I ate 1 fried chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy and 1 biscuit.  At least I ran a 5k that day to work it off!  The next day I was back to the grind- Genghis, blogging, dieting and a day of rest before Camp Gladiator started up again.  I hope that I can make these last 2 weeks count and drop another 5 pounds!

And I’m Back!

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Finally I am back home after a few days in Austin for a client meeting/visiting friends and the St. Patrick’s Day parade and 5k.  It has been a long 4 -5 days!  There have been some high and low points for sure, but overall I think I did ok!   I am going to write a separate post about St. Patty’s and the 5k later tonight.

Good things about Austin: I stayed under my calorie intake everyday, I ate super yummy food (a pork belly sandwich in a steamed bun with hoisin sauce from the food truck owned by Top Chef winner Paul. The next day we went to East Side Cafe, and I enjoyed their blue plate special- the chicken and spinach stuffed crepes, with a curry cream sauce, apple chutney, roasted acorn squash and a side salad) I ran on Thursday, I stood for like 8 hours straight burning more calories than I would sitting for 8 hours, and getting to see my awesome friends!

Bad things: I did totally the opposite of eating 5 small meals a day- I only ate 2 meals on both Thursday and Friday, I didn’t workout on Wednesday or Friday, and I definitely made a stop at the Czech Stop in West for a sausage and cheese kolache and a apricot and cream cheese kolache, couldn’t eat Genghis because of the travel/busy days.

Now that I am back home, I am ready to be back on track!  I already had my GG bowl today, and ready for Camp Gladiator to start back up tomorrow!

I don’t know what to title this blog.

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Another day is in the books, as is another Genghis bowl.  I think one of the hardest parts of the contest is the monotony.  Always having to drink water, taking the time to blog,  running/working out almost every day, making the trip to GG, etc.  If you are a fan of repetition, then you could thrive in this contest! Shout out to Amber who went to kickboxing with me last night!   Thanks for coming with!  This is a off week for Camp Gladiator, so I did that workout last night and ran today.

Tomorrow I am off to Austin for a client meeting, and visit my friends for SXSW!  If I haven’t blogged in a few days, then that is why!  Let’s just hope I can turn away all the delicious food trucks, margaritas and bbq!  This bowl is dedicated to my friend Carrie, who I am so excited to see tomorrow!!

Meals today:

Breakfast/Lunch: My alarm was accidentally reset yesterday, so I today I woke up late!  So I had a subway sandwich (ham and turkey with pepperjack and light mayo) and a bag of baked lays.

Snack: Apple

Dinner: GG bowl (Shrimp Scampi with udon noodles)

Snack: Homemade chocolate peanut butter covered whole wheat pretzels, banana

Workout: C25k week 6, run 1

Running in the Dash Down Greenville 5k Saturday!

I am running my 2nd ever 5k on Saturday, the 17th, at the Dash Down Greenville 5k!  This is a huge running event that takes place before the parade and drinking festivities.  Chase and I are both running, along with a few of our friends!  YOU should totally join!

Info:

Saturday, March 17, 2012 – 8:00am

Whether you want to run or just have fun the annual Dash Down Greenville Avenue is the 5K that has it all. The annual DDG is more than just another 5k run as it is the kick off of Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The day includes great live music, incredible food and beverages, a wild parade, the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause (The North Texas Food Bank) and that all adds up to great times for you, your friends and family.

Registration Fees:

$25 – Thru Feb 17, 2012
$30 – Feb 18 – March 7, 2012
$35 – March 8 – March 15, 2012
$40 – Race Day (UNTIMED ONLY)

Race Schedule:

7:00 AM – UNTIMED Runner Registration (only)
8:00 AM – Start 5K
8:30 AM – Live Music
9:30 AM – Awards

What You Get:

All registered runners will receive a custom cotton race shirt.

Beneficiary:

This year the Dash Down Greenville will again benefit the North Texas Food Bank, whose mission is to “passionately pursues a hunger-free community”. Since it was founded in 1982, the NTFB has distributed 362 million pounds of food across our 13-county service area, which includes Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins counties. Each month last year, member agency pantries distributed food to more than 43,000 families, and on-site meal programs served more than 410,000 meals and snacks. The recepients of the donations include after-school programs, residential treatment programs, food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers and low-income daycare centers.

 

20 Pounds down, 20 Days to Go!

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I weighed myself this morning, and I have lost 20 pounds and I have 20 days to go!

At this point in my journey, sometimes I have to stop and take in the little victories to keep my head in the game.  For example, Chase and I went for a run yesterday evening (couch to 5k week 5 run 2) – which was warm up walk for 5 minutes, run for 8 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, run for eight minutes, then a 5 minute cool down.  When I saw that I would have to run 8 minutes straight, not only once, but twice, I didn’t think I was ready for it!  Even though I have been working out 5 days a week for the last month and and 10 days, my mind still thinks that I won’t be able to handle these types of runs or workouts.  But guess what?  I was totally able to do the runs! I just have to keep this up, so I am ready for the 5k this Saturday!

Meals for Saturday:

Breakfast: 3 pieces of bacon (Bad, I know!!!), 1 slice of whole grain toast, egg whites

Lunch: GG bowl with Bretters

Dinner: Chicken breast with brown rice and mushrooms

Workout: Calisthenics for 45 minutes, with intervals of suicides.

Meals for Sunday:

Breakfast: Leftovers from dinner

Lunch: 1/2 GG Bowl

Dinner: Homemade light lobster bisque and Caesar salad with light homemade dressing.

Snack: 3 Chocolate peanut butter covered pretzels, hot dog.

Workout: 22 minutes walking, 16 minutes running

 

Motivating is Waning- oh no!

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So after 40 days of a reduced diet, increased exercise, saying no to all the yummy things in the world like cookies, cake, pizza and margaritas, I feel my motivation starting to drop just a tiny bit.  It is so difficult to abstain from the things that you have always loved to eat and drink for a extended period of time.

I think that part of this diet is making sure you plan ahead. You have to plan the meals/snacks, shop, prepare and pack them all up as well as making sure you integrate your workout in everyday.  This can get exhausting fast!

But luckily, this competition has helped so much.  It gives me one healthy meal a day (for free) that I don’t have to worry about, I am recording my progress and daily routine to keep me on track, and the support from all my friends and family to keep me going.

Yesterday my meals consisted of:

Breakfast: Subway morning melt

Lunch: GG bowl

Dinner: Cheddars- ordered a cup of chicken tortilla soup and a salad of field greens, pears, almonds and vinaigrette, and 1 croissant.

I will blog again tonight about my meals/workout today!

Another day another bowl

Sneaking in another late night blog tonight.  Today was super busy at work, so I didn’t have a chance to leave the office for lunch.  So my lunch consisted of a couple handfuls of whole foods popcorn and a fiber one bar- so exciting right?! NOT.

I finally took a break from working out, since I have either ran or done Camp Gladiator since Friday.  Instead, Chase and I had a nice evening getting dinner at Genghis, browsing half price books and Specs.

Meals today:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with 1 apple

Lunch: 3 cups of popcorn and 1 fiber one bar

Snack: Pasta that Josh gave me!

Dinner: GG Bowl

Snack: 1/2 cup of fat free milk and finallllly a chocolate treat from godiva!  It was awesome to enjoy it and still stay under my calorie intake for the day!

What a long day!

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So I am finally getting to do my blog at 11:30 at night!  After a longggg day at work, I went straight to Camp Gladiator in Addison.  We had an intense cardio day with lots of running.  After running 239047 laps at CG, I headed to The Colony to play kickball!  We had a good game and we were winning 2-0 (against my brother’s team!) when all the lights shut off.  So we won the game!  Wahoo!

I swung by GG in Addison at 9:50 to get my bowl in for today.  So finally around 10:20 I got home and enjoyed eating my bowl and watching reality tv with my hubby.  Sorry this blog is so short, but I am exhausted!  See ya tomorrow world!