Thursday, August 1, 2013

Three Things Thursday

Holy cow, it's August! I'll spare you the full monthly recap for July. I ran in one 5K, one 10K and had an epic 64 mile bike ride - all which seems acceptable, right? Unfortunately all those events distracted me from the half marathon training that I was suppose to start in July. My run miles for the month were only 77, continuing my summer lull that began in June (71). Admittedly though, I'm not completely brokenhearted over my training (or lack thereof). My #1 goal this summer was to enjoy my kids before my "baby" entered Kindergarten. I think we've been doing a pretty good job at that. Once August 19th arrives and the babes climb on that big yellow bus, I'll have plenty of time to kick my own butt. Not giving up yet...

Summer cookouts, life on the go, and cold beer have added some unwanted pounds to my run. I thought I was going to die this morning as I wrapped up 7 miles. So I've challenged myself to get back to my racing weight (155 seems to be my strong healthy spot) before my Oct birthday. It averages out to roughly two pounds a week. I seem to have the best luck when I  journal my food intake with photos (I just can't keep up with writing it down or logging it in the computer). That means taking a picture of every nugget I put in my mouth. Want to join me for the month of August? Here's how...
• Snap a picture of everything you eat. Yeah, it'll make you think twice before popping it in...
• At the end of the day, assemble a collage via one of the nifty photo apps (I use InstaFrame).
• Share your daily photo collage via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. The objective is to hold yourself accountable for what you are eating on a daily basis... whether you're fighting the scale or not. Hashtag it #PhotoMyFood
Commit to the challenge by leaving a comment below. Good Luck!

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  1. Sounds almost exactly what Becka and I did together immediately following Eugene. We have been doing this for months under the #NotEatingAllTheThings hashtag.

    Good luck!

  2. What a good idea! Adds a new level to food logging. Good luck!

  3. I totally trust that this works for you, but I have to say looking at pictures of food at the end of the day would likely make me hungry and lead to illicit trips to the kitchen.

    MyFitnessPal is working wonders for me. I love trying to hit my nutrient and vitamin/mineral numbers. It's like a game for me. So much so that I've actually looked in my game folder for the app on my iPhone before, ha!

    Maybe I just like the numbers because I'm a guy.

  4. Funny that you call mileage in the 70s a lull... that's peak marathon training for me! I thrive on lower mileage than most, though. And perhaps it explains why I'm so slow... :)

  5. im afraid to step on the scale as i def put on the pounds... i may need to join the photo a day challenge!

  6. I could definitely use the photo challenge for my food intake. I wanted to lose weight this summer and have lost none so far. :( Grad school classes took over my July, so it will be nice to take back August until I have to teach and take classes again.

  7. Sounds like a good way to stay accountable. Which I definitely need. Now I just have to remember to do it..... :)

  8. I just started the photo thing a few days ago, and my kids think I'm crazy. But it definitely works - makes you think twice before you eat something!

  9. I have never tried to take a picture of everything I eat but I may give this a go and see how it works....

  10. What a great idea! I'm behind a bit...but I'll totally try it out! I'm doing a sugar detox this week after a very SUGAR FILLED weekend at the lake. :)


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