My New Pal
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I am now keeping track of what I eat. I'm hoping to lose 5 pounds, which will put me at my ideal weight & help decrease the size of the muffin-top that hangs over my lower-rise jeans... aren't all jeans lower-rise, these days?
A couple of you suggested FitDay as a tool to keep track of my food and calories. I checked it out but found it to be slow and had too many ads. I did some searching around and found another free food journal site called MyFitnessPal. So far, I like it. It's easy to use and there are lots of different types and brands of food in their database.
What?! I've Already Had That Many Calories?!
One thing I've noticed with my eating habits is that I eat a lot of calories for breakfast. I love breakfast! It is my second favorite meal... dessert being my all-time favorite meal. I consume too much cereal, too much creamer with my coffee, and too much chocolate in my milk.
Today was even worse in terms of morning calorie consumption. I went to Starbucks. That was mistake number one. I ordered a mocha... mistake number two. They put whipped cream on it, even though I told them not to... mistake number three (their mistake). I was in too much of a hurry to ask the Barrista to take the whipped cream off... plus, it IS yummy! That was mistake number four (my fault).
As if that didn't give me enough of a calorie boost-- I then ate two servings of my favorite cereal, Frosted Mini-Wheats. The cereal alone was about 300 calories, add 1% milk and the mocha to the meal and that gave me about 720 calories!! Yikes!
It's a little depressing. At the same time, it's good to see that my breakfast routine can get out of control and use up a large portion of my allotted calorie intake for the day. I need to be much more aware of what I eat and drink in the morning.
I ended up trying to cut way back on calories for the rest of the day but I got hungry by the evening.
No, that's not the number of calories I consumed today. Close... but no. That just so happens to be my race number for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. I got my confirmation packet in the mail yesterday. Woo-hoo! So, 20170 is it. It's a good number and should look nice on my shirt on race day.
Assuming I get to wear it. My knee has been bothering me a tad since my 21 miles on Saturday. Nothing horrible, but a little worrisome for me when I think about how it might respond to running 26.2 miles less than three weeks from today.
Here is an example of my constantly changing thinking process:
-"Stepping up that curb hurt! Uh-oh... maybe I won't be better by the time of the marathon. And if I am, what if the running a marathon ruins my knee forever?!"
+"Hey, my leg feels pretty good now that I iced it. Should I wear the pink shirt or the blue one for the marathon?"
- "Darn cat. I wish he wouldn't run between my legs... having to dodge around him hurts. Hmmm... maybe I ought to pull out of this race."
+ "Wow! My knee didn't hurt when I had to put all my weight on it just to get my pants on. I can't wait for the marathon!"
And so on. It seems like I am changing my mind every couple hours regarding whether or not I should do the Rock 'n' Roll. I even dreamed about the marathon the other night. I was running it. But I was lost. And my husband was running with me. Strange.
Is this normal? Am I having pre-marathon jitters?