Posted by: kurunner | June 19, 2010

So, I Completely Suck

It’s been what?  Almost 3 weeks without a post?  Oops.  I promise there was a reason… sort of.

For starters, KUrunner has moved!  The domain is now http://www.kurunner.com.  No more wordpress in there.  So make sure to update your bookmarks (because I know all of you have KUrunner bookmarked, right?)

It took several days to move all my archives over, and I’m actually still working on it.  But not posting for a few days turned into a week and a week has turned into almost a month.  Honestly, I think I just needed a break from trying to form a coherent thought and with the baby and Jason’s work schedule most of what I say makes absolutely no sense. 

Anyways, I’m back now and I have LOTS to catch you up on… over at the new KUrunner!

Posted by: kurunner | May 31, 2010

Another Year Older

Happy 29th, I mean 24th Birthday!

Posted by: kurunner | May 25, 2010

Note to Self…

Note to self…  there is no way you’ll workout at 9:00 PM so stop planning on it.  You’ll do your workout while Harper naps and Jason can do it when he gets home, even if it means you’ll be working out alone.  Also, a 400 calorie coffee drink is not an appropriate substitute for a 10 calorie Red Bull.

Posted by: kurunner | May 25, 2010

Got a Little Depressed There…

While working on my P90X results post, I started thinking about how much further I have to go to get back to my goal.  I don’t have a specific number in my head, but it’s at least another 40 lbs away. 

And that’s really depressing. 

I was so upset with myself when I gained 87 lbs in less than a year.  (Okay, sure part of that was a baby, but still.)  Then I lost it.  Yay me!  Then I gained it again.  Un-freaking-believable. 

So I leave you with the few pictures I have of me at a comfortable weight. 

November 2002

March 2009

Posted by: kurunner | May 25, 2010

P90X Results and Review

Jason and I started P90X 12 weeks ago and the results are in! 

… But before I get to the cold hard numbers, I want to begin by saying that we didn’t follow the program.  Not 100% anyways.  Hell, probably not even 50%.  P90X requires 6 workouts a week and a low-carb nutrition program.  I never had any intentions of going low-carb as I’m still breastfeeding.  The workouts were fun (and HARD), and I looked forward to most of them, but life happened.  I probably shouldn’t have started the program with a newborn who wasn’t sleeping more than a few hours at a time.  There were a lot of workouts that I was just too tired to start and I’m sure I wasn’t “bringing it” the way Tony Horton would have wanted.  Then, we had two deaths in the family — one being Jason’s dad.  Needless to say, with the stress and time involved dealing with everything, pushing play wasn’t at the top of our list.  Add to that a couple of trips out of state and Jason’s work schedule drastically shifting… 

We definitely didn’t do P90X the way it was intended.

I still saw results, even with my half-hearted attempt and I still recommend everyone try it.  In fact, my brother and a couple friends are going to be starting P90X while I’m going through Round 2.  Yes, I’m doing it again and hopefully this time, I can do the program right.  I got pretty decent results doing about half the workouts so I’m dying to see what happens if I follow it all the way.  (Still breastfeeding, so still no low-carb though.)  As for my thoughts on the actual workouts:

Chest & Back — Lots of push-ups and pull-ups.  A little dull, but the basics work.
Plyometrics — I love plyo.  It’s hard.  You’ll hurt the next day.  But it’s fun and I’m sure it’s the reason why I’m running faster even though I haven’t been running nearly as much as I used to.
Shoulders and Arms — My delts and triceps are my favorite parts to work and it was really similar to my arm workout prior to P90X so I may be a bit biased, but I enjoyed it.  My problem was not having enough different weights.  My 8s were too light and my 15s were too heavy for most of the exercises.
Yoga –  Eh.  I still don’t like it (and I really love my other yoga dvds) and it tends to be the first dvd that gets skipped during the week. 
Legs and Back — Sneaky lunges!  Love the calf workout.
Kenpo — It’s fun, but not much of a calorie burn.  You really have to push yourself if you want to get your heart rate up.
Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps — Confession here… I’ve only done this workout once.  It was HARD.  Like, too hard for me to even do half the reps.  So, I went back to the Phase 1 dics.  Of course, Jason LOVED this workout.
Back & Biceps — Never did it.  Again, Jason preferred it over Phase 1.

I did leave out AbRipperX and Core Synergistics because I like to pretend they don’t exist.  You know, I hate it, but I love it sort of thing.  Overall, it’s a great system although the Classic program is a bit light on cardio.  Tony is funny although after 90 days, his “Tony-isms” start to get a little old.  I still want to punch Dreya Weber in the face.  Karen pot-stirrers are amazing. 

Okay, now on to the results. 

Jason’s lost almost 10 lbs and 3% bodyfat.

I’ve lost over 13 lbs and almost 3% bodyfat.  I’m down 2.5 inches off my waist, 2.5 inches off my hips, and over an inch off of each thigh.  I haven’t taken my official final fit test, but as of month 2, I’m jumping higher and squating longer.  I’ve more than doubled my push-ups and more than tripled my ab strength.  I also doubled my bicep curls.  (Keep in mind that all of this is without doing P90X every day.) 

Posted by: kurunner | May 24, 2010

Day 1… Again

Well, my first 83 days of P90X are up.  I’ll have pictures and a full program recap ready tomorrow.  This week was supposed to be recovery, but since I didn’t get many workouts in last week, I went ahead and started a second round of the program today (if by start, you mean laying on the couch with a splitting headache.)  I guess I’ll do Chest & Back in the morning and Plyo tomorrow evening to keep on schedule.

I also started the Couch 2 5k running program this morning.  I LOVE this program.  Seriously, this is probably my 3rd or 4th time using it to get back into running without getting injured.  I’m running the Richmond Half Marathon in November and I’m going to use C25k before I dive into my 16 week training program.  I’m not completely sure how running is going to fit until the crazy rotating schedule that Jason is working, but I’m taking it a week at a time.  This week, I’m up at 5:30 to get a run in before he leaves for work.  Next week, I’ll probably be doing my run right before bed.  Who knows after that?  (Well, technically, I do, but I’d have to look around for his schedule.) 

I also nixed the Weight Watchers thing.  I guess the program works or it wouldn’t be so popular, but I’m not a count out every single grape kind of girl.  I’m really going to focus on “intuitive eating” again — you know, eat when you are hungry, everything in moderation sort of approach.  That’s how I used to eat all the time without even thinking about it.  I’m not sure what happened to derail that, but it seems like the past few years have been calories in, calories out.  I did resort to McDs tonight since Jason was at work and I didn’t think to plan ahead.  Doing great on my first day, right?

Posted by: kurunner | May 20, 2010

This is What 50 lbs Looks Like

 

I think I may have swallowed a small watermelon.

I was sorting through some pictures and thought these made for a nice comparison.  The left is me, 166 lbs and 5 weeks pregnant.  The right is the day I went into labor (39 weeks and 6 days) at 215 lbs.

Seven more pounds to go!

X-posted at http://twoembrys.wordpress.com

Posted by: kurunner | May 15, 2010

Why I Hate (and Like) Weight Watchers

As I recently said, I’m back on Weight Watchers.

*sigh*

This isn’t the first time I’ve done WW and I’m really having mixed feelings about it.  The first time, I did the online version.  No good.  Seriously, if you are planning on using the online version, go to Nutrition Data, Livestrong, FitDay or some other online calorie counting tool and save yourself the monthly fee.  Plus, you can easily find all of the information about Weight Watchers, such as how many points to eat and the formula for calculating those points, with a quick google search.  And whatever you do, avoid the WW forums at all costs… well, unless you like bashing your head into a wall. 

So after my craptacular experience online, I decided to give meetings a shot.  I even enlisted Jason to go with me.  Yeah, I lasted through 3 meetings with 3 different leaders and gave up. 

Why I Hate Weight Watchers

1.  It’s a diet. 

I don’t care what the commercials say about Weight Watchers being a lifestyle change and not a diet.  It’s a diet.  Any program that restricts calories is a diet.  Period.  “Stop dieting and start living.”  Indeed.

2.  Points are a fancy word for calories.

The difference between Weight Watchers and most other programs is that WW counts Points, not calories.  They claim it’s easier to count to 20 than 1200, but either way, good luck remember how many Points you’ve eaten unless you track throughout the day.  But if you’re tracking throught the day, what’s the difference?  Computers have calculators.

3.  The formula for Points is arbitrary.

Points take into account fat and fiber.  Food high in fat is higher in Points; food high in fiber is lower in Points — prompting you to select high fiber, low fat foods.  But there’s really no science behind their formula.  It seems like they just picked some random numbers and threw them together. 

4.  Fats are punished.

As I explained, foods containing fat have higher Points than foods without fat — even if it’s healthy fat.  Even though WW suggests eating healthy oils, you’re going to have to give up a big junk of your daily allowance for that handful of peanuts.  Plus, foods high in fat already are higher in calories, so basically, the fat is counted twice.  Of course, the European version of WW only counts saturated fat, not total fat, but us Americans are still in the 90’s “fat is bad” mindset.

5.  Not all fiber is equal.

Yes, fiber makes you feel fuller longer and um, helps things along.  But only naturally occuring fiber.  Adding Metamucil to a food does absolutely nothing than make you need to poop.  Go to the grocery store and look at how much food has added fiber.  I’m sorry, but fiber doesn’t belong in yogurt.  Eating what is essentially a candy bar with 10 grams of added fiber isn’t going to help you lose weight. 

And get this… I once went to a WW meeting where the leader suggested taking a fiber supplement with junk food so that the junk food would be lower in Points.  Obviously, it’s okay to eat a quart of ice cream as long as you chase it with fiber powder.

6.  Weight Watchers products

At the grocery store, you’ll find everything from candy to bread with the Weight Watchers logo on it.  Look at the ingredients list.  Do you really want to eat that crap?  Why would WW encourage you to eat a piece of fruit candy instead of actual fruit?  Why do they mass market TV dinners instead of encouraging you to cook yourself?  Because it’s a business.  And like most businesses, if you’ll buy it, they’ll sell it.  Weight Watchers yogurt, Weight Watchers snack cakes, Weight Watchers ice cream.  It’s all fake food with fake fiber.  I would rather enjoy a REAL piece of cake every now and then instead of eating their processed snack food.

7.  Weight Watchers allows too few calories

Okay, this one is just my opinion here, but WW restricts calories a bit too much.  A target of 18 – 20 Points a day isn’t unreasonable.  Let’s add in another 5 Flex Points a day.  That’s about 1250 calories a day (assuming you eat no fat.)  Most nutritionists will agree that 1200 calories a day is just too low.  Plus, it’s practically impossible to get any decent amount of nutrition when you are ALMOST starving especially if you are eating WW processed crap.

8.  WW isn’t for athletes

Again, my opinion here, but Activity Points are flawed.  Let’s say I go out for an easy 10 mile run.  Weight Watchers gives me 6 Activity Points (about 300 calories) even though I burned over 1000.  A pre-run snack, a mid-run gel, and a post-run recovery drink and I’m already over my points allowance that I earned.  Granted, most people on WW aren’t doing that sort of activity, but it’s still a flaw in the program.

9.  A little too touchy feely

If you haven’t read Such a Pretty Fat, you should.  Jen Lancaster describes it perfectly.  I’m not really into sitting in a room with 10 other women discussing our feelings about birthday cake.

Why I Like Weight Watchers

Okay, so despite all of my complaints, I’m still giving it another go because I’m having very little luck on my own and it comes highly recommended for breastfeeding women.  I’m really worried that I’m not going to be eating enough, but I’ve decided to give it 3 weeks and see how I’m feeling.

1.  Eight Healthy Guidelines

Despite marking all sorts of processed crap, WW promotes eating fruits, veggies, healthy oils, dairy, etc. 

2.  Support system

This is why WW is so popular, I think.  You sit in a room with 10 other people with the same goals as you — to lose weight.  While the meetings are a little uncomfortable for me, the group atmosphere encourages you to keep coming back.

3.  The Core Program

The Core program encourages eating a wide variety of healthy, real food without counting Points.

4.  You can eat anything.

This is a plus and a drawback at the same time.  You can eat anything you want, as long as you still within your Points target.  The bad thing part — you can eat 20 Points of cotton candy, 20 Points of pizza, 20 Points of celery, etc.  The good part — if you really want that ice cream, you can eat it as long as you have Points for it.  Of course, if you follow the 8 healthy guidelines, you’re much less likely to spend a days Points on a bag of chocolate.

Posted by: kurunner | May 12, 2010

Keep Pushing Play

Sorry about the lack of posting over the last couple of weeks.  I’ve been going through a lot of personal stuff and honestly, trying to put my thoughts into coherent sentences just wasn’t happening.  I have managed to get a couple of posts up on my other blog in case you are just dying to hear my thoughts and opinions even if they aren’t fitness related.

I’m working on a couple of what I hope will be great posts, but until then, I’ll leave you with a couple of updates.

1.  I’m doing Weight Watchers.  Again.  I have a love/hate relationship with Weight Watchers… which just happens to be one of the posts I’m working on.  So, more about that later.

2.  I’m on Day 73 of P90X.  If you all remember, I decided to repeat Month 1, but since then, I’ve been missing more workouts than I’ve been doing.  I promise that the program works, but like Tony says, “You have to keep pushing play.”  I haven’t been pushing play enough and it’s my own fault.  Sadly, working out while dealing with depression has been tough.  At this point, I’m not sure whether to continue until my original 90 days is up or just start over from day 1.  I have pictures, but I’m not sure I want to post them since I haven’t been following the program the way it was intended.  Now that I’ve started WW and have gotten a bit of control over the PPD, I’m very motivated to give P90X my all. 

I have to say that even though I haven’t been following the program as closely as I would like to be, I’m getting stronger.  I’m still not doing a pull-up yet, but I’ve more than doubled my push-ups.  I’m jumping higher.  I’m lifting more.  I swear, it really does work.

Posted by: kurunner | May 5, 2010

Skinny Fat

Kate Harding is one of the masters of this topic, but there are a ton of bloggers who preach Fat Acceptance.  Basically, Fat Acceptance means that overweight and obese individuals shouldn’t be discriminated against because of their size.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of the movement because I believe nobody should be discriminated against for any reason — be it gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or the number on the bathroom scale.

Of course, the opposition to Fat Acceptance will argue about the health consequences of being overweight.  Yes, I’ll completely agree that someone who weighs 300 lbs and eats a diet of Big Macs probably isn’t the epitomy of health and well-being.  But what about someone like myself who has a few extra pounds while eating a mostly healthy diet and running half marathons?  It really bothers me that people assume that just because my BMI is above 25, I’m sick.  Sure, I’d love to lose 20 lbs and be in the “healthy” range, but my blood pressure is fantastic, my cholesterol is perfect, and I can easily touch my toes. 

Would it be better if I was back at 125 lbs with high blood pressure and a cholesterol of above 200?  If my BMI was a perfect 22, but I couldn’t run around the block?  How about if I looked like Heidi Klum in a bikini but smoked two packs a day?

Just because you’re thin doesn’t mean you are healthy.

Surprisingly, there was a great segment about being “Skinny Fat” on the news the other day.  Plus, BMI standards are just ridiculous anyways and not really an indicator of health.

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