Weight Loss

Measure me up! Pimping the Beast!

HEAPS of talk about how ‘BMI’ is a very outdated measure of your physical health or of a healthy body weight.  What the BMI fails to do is distinguish between lean muscle and fatty mass.

I have decided that a more appropriate system is a combo of weight and measurements.

Scales and Measure |On a Jam Hunt Blog

So after a very long time, I have taken down my measurements.  I look back to the last lot of measurements recorded on MFP, and it seems I am not too far off the progress I was making last time I was Pimping the Beast.

There are a few increases, but just as many decreases.  I am looking forwarded to making more progress!

Adding it to my ‘Plan’!

In other news…

Boot Camp tonight was…

Different!!!

I am sore in so many other places than the usual!  Dwayne shook it up and focused on Body weight exercises, using a lot of new muscle groups for me, or using the same but in a more intense way!

My Lats are paying!  and I know it will be doubly worse tomorrow…urgh!

In other other news…

My friend Becks got some exciting news!

She is a type 1 diabetic and has just been approved to be a recipient of an Insulin Pump.
This means a lot of her daily balancing of blood sugars is hugely simplified, this will be most helpful when she gets into some more challenging running action.
She has the biggest runners heart, the biggest heart in general, and I am ecstatically happy for her!  So happy I was in hyperdrive for like the first …10 mins of Boot Camp… the remaining 40 minutes kicked my butt! ha!

Anywho, that’s me for today,

How did you Pimp the Beast?

Give BootCamp a go maybe?

4k tomorrow,

Jay 🙂

New Paleo Recipe – “Creamy” Chicken Tomato Crockpot Soup – Pimping The Beast

I am catching up on ‘Pimping The Beast’ posts.  I don’t know why I didn’t post this on time, I have had a bunch of Posts sitting in my Drafts waiting to be published.

Anywho,

Catching you up,

Here is the first of many ‘Paleo’ recipes I have to share with you.

Now because it is freeking cold here in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, with it being Winter and all, I got myself motivated to get my ‘Soup’ on!

If I were committing to a Primal diet, then I would hitting up creamy soups that really scream ‘Hot fires, winter woolys and blankets covering those knees’.  However, for a Paleo diet, there is no such thing as cream(from a cow) (quietly boo’ing).

Instead I have come across this wee number, it had the word ‘Creamy’ in the title, so as you could imagine, I was all over it.

I have had it twice, and I really enjoy it!  But while it tastes of creamy goodness, it doesn’t really have a creamy texture.

Other than that, it is a keeper on my list of paleo awesomeness!

It looks a bit rough, and the coconut cream can become curdled, so I add it 5 or so minutes before eating time.  But if the curdled look doesn’t bother you, just follow the method as mentioned.

Super cheap too!

I found the recipe on everydaypaleo.com.

“Creamy” Chicken Tomato Soup

 

6oo grams skinless boneless chicken breast
Garlic salt to taste
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 clove garlic
410ml can of coconut milk (full fat)
400g. can diced tomatoes and juice
1 cup of chicken stock
Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the above ingredients into the crock-pot, cook for 9 hours on low. After 9 hours take two forks and shred the chicken, set the crock-pot on warm till ready to serve (making sure to taste it before serving to make sure there is enough salt and pepper)

I think, even if you are not following a paleo diet, this one is a goody, it is good on the pocket and on the figure!

At roughly 6 servings this works out to be approximately 208 Cals per serve.

Jay 🙂

Will it fit!?!? Pimping the Beast!

So…

Let’s just forget what I said about ‘Weightloss’ last night, I need to stop being ‘comfy’!

Anywho,

Remember last time I was training for Ekiden? How I set a goal for myself to get into a Size 12 shirt?

Well shit, I did it again!

Except this time, I am committing to getting into a size 10 shirt!

I have maintained a size 12 since then…

Ekiden Shirt | On a Jam Hunt Blog

 

But I haven’t been a size 10 since well before I met my husband… like 5 or so years ago!

So its time to get serious about things, time to shred some body fat!

I don’t overly want to look like an idiot squirming into my shirt the next time I take one of these pics!  Piling on the PRESSURE!

But it is the kind of pressure I need, I have to stop being so comfortable and get aggressive!

So I have had Becks – the lovely lady that is coordinating our teams, to order me a size 10.  LOCKED IN!

Right, I better go work out!

And run a little,

Or a lot,

Run Some!

Jay 🙂

 

What’s on the Menu – Pimping the Beast

Another goody from the the last time I ‘Pimped the Beast’, was Menu Planning.

I actually haven’t stopped Menu Planning since I started (it helps save a bit of cash), but I need to change things up a bit to get myself back on track.

I am still eating predominantly Paleo, but Grains seem to keep appearing back in my diet, and my portion sizes are going a bit out the window.

So back to religious logging and back to careful menu planning!

Menu Plan | On a Jam Hunt Blog

If you are on MyFitnessPal, feel free to add me, User Name – jam_hunt.

My next thoughts on diet is getting the balance right.  I ideally want to make it work from a Long Distance runner point of view, so getting things right is crucial to how I perform.  I’d hate to Bonk, so I need to figure it out before Event time!

I have searched a few websites just quickly and have found the article – Eat like a Caveman, Train like a caveman from Runkeeper.com.  A very brief insight to getting the balance right and recommends Long Distance Runners get the Book – Paleo Diet for Athletes.

So I bought it secondhand on Abesbooks.

Hopefully I get some good pointers!

In other news, I’ve just been and done BootCamp, and after being sick for FOREVER!!  I feel like I am back at square 1!  Even as I type this I am so shakey!
I thought after the warm up and the first circuit of Upper body, that I wasn’t doing too badly.  We got into the second circuit of Lower body… Shit got Real!  Real wobbly!  Lack of oxygen plus exertion equals light-headedness and dizzy spells.

I think perhaps I went back too early… I’ll go back in two days just to check. ha!

Even though I had a terrible time, it was Awesome!

Gotta get healthy and back to Hundy percent, I have got cals to burn and fitness to gain, Like yesterday!

Anywho,

How have you Pimped the Beast today?

Menu Planning on your horizon?

See you in a wee bit,

Running a little,

Jay 🙂

 

 

 

A more ‘Primal’ kind of life.

So as you could probably guess from the title, I have decided to try my hand at going…

Couply reason’s for my dietary change, I will explain these here…

1.  I was always tired!
As a stay at home with twins that sleep a full 10-12 hours at night, you would think that I had ample time to get that beauty sleep in.  I did/do.  Except I would wake up every morning after 7+ hours sleep feeling like I hadn’t slept a wink.  I couldn’t understand why I was feeling so lethargic throughout my entire day and even a midday nap would not change anything.

2.  Not getting enough of the good stuff.
My up and down and all around style of diet, while being able to get away with it during my Half Marathon training, was not going to be helping with a continued weight loss, a focus I had put on hold during my training.  I thought that this would be a way to force myself into getting more of the good stuff in, and less of the other stuff.

It seems my plan has worked, and has stuck!

In fact, it is probably one of the only changes I feel like I could keep and maintain.

Let me tell you why…

No more cravings! – Since starting a week and a half ago, I have not craved one morsel!  I am a cake eater from way back, but never had that thought crossed my mind.  I don’t have strong sugar cravings, and pastry was on my list of LURVES, but nope, none of that either!
I will say though, that the only thing that I crave is a ‘bread texture’ (not bread itself) in my nut breads as they end up being more like cake.

I have yet to feel hungry. – I probably don’t eat as much as I should, but most of this comes down to my organisation to get more paleo approved foods into me.  As they usually require some kind of preparation or cooking I find myself running out of time to get a bit more balance in there.  However, this has not led to me feeling hungry.  I eat and I get full and am good till the next meal.  No hunger pains in between like I have found with other dieting methods.  I am also 2+kg’s down from when I started transitioning the change.

Alert and energetic. – I can go my whole day without feeling lethargic and tired.  My concentration is better because I am not tried and I have become more productive because of this.

More freedom. – Before, in order to lose the weight I would count my calories religiously.  And while this did produce some good results in itself, I felt it restricted me to an extent.  I felt like I was always having to miss out on things and I often was left unsatisfied.  Yes, with a Paleo diet you are restricted as to what food groups you can eat, but I have not once ‘felt‘ restricted – I have not felt hungry and I have not craved.
I still log my foods as I go through out my day, but I listen more to what my body says than what the Calorie counter tells me.  I do this just to see what I am actually eating over the course of the day, and the app consolidates the nutritional information for me, so I know what to work on.
I eat as much or as little as I want and am still satisfied.

A physically clean feeling. – I cleaned out my pantry!  Mostly due to a small moth infestation meaning I had to throw out everything that was open.  These were mostly things that I could not continue to have on such a diet, so it was no big loss (except a monetary one).  Now my pantry is stocked with all the things we need and none of the things that we don’t.  I am a bit OCD in the fact that if my areas do not feel tidy, orderly and spacious I feel like my world is slightly (entirely) out of control.  It visually appeals and so I am naturally happier!

It is working for my kids. – They go down to sleep better.  I was struggling beforehand to get them to settle in a good bedtime routine, they would play another 1-2hours after I had said goodnight and shut the door.  Now when it is lights out, it literally is lights out.  They are also behaving better during the day, they don’t fight as much, and they play and investigate more.  Now as a mum of 2 year old toddlers, this is just F’ing amazing!

And so with the good, comes the not so good…

It does require a hefty load of planning! – Cutting out entire food groups means that you are restricted in what you eat.  Making things that taste good is usually the aim of the game, so when you do take those restricted foods out it does sometimes make things tricky.  But with some planning, research and careful thought it can work out fine and will eventually become habit.

You are restricted. – So, here are some good links to find out the do’s and don’ts of the paleo world.
An Ultimate Paleo GuideA simple straight forward paleo guide and a Paleo guide with a little humor thrown in.
I think you need to go into this change with an open mind, and slowly transition into it to make it stick.  Once you get the hang of it, you never feel like you actually miss out and you kind of feel rewarded intrinsically when making the better choices.

My children wont go full paleo. – Until a time where I have got things under control with my paleo diet unfortunatly there are some things that my children will still eat.  As I said before, it does take a lot of preparation to get it right and for the moment because it isnt entirely natural for me I tend to run out of time to try all the recipes to replace what they currently eat.

So… a few little tips for anyone thinking of trying it

PINTEREST!  Get one, and start pinning recipes, guides, tips, information, everything!  It is literally a life saver when it comes to normalising in a paleo world.

Research, Plan and Prepare.  You need to make time for this, seriously!  It may be a lot of time at the beginning, but it is an investment, and it will slowly get easier and quicker.  I plan my entire week on a chart making sure to cover every single meal.  It helps with grocery shopping, and you actually find that you can save money planning meals wisely.

Change your way of thinking.  For example, I am having a hard time replacing Bread with a more Paleo bread.  Instead, I have resorted to the fact that It wont happen, or wont happen to the same expectation you get from a normal slice of bread.  Instead change.  Change your meal concept, change your thoughts about if you really need bread, replace bread with something that isn’t bread at all.  Be open to change and be positive about it.

Transition into it.  As of yet, there are still small changes I need to make, but these changes are going to be easier for me to do because I am slowly phasing things out and introducing new things in.  You don’t do yourself any favours by going cold turkey, make it a positive change and not a resentful one!

Now if you have made it to the end of this post, I thank you!  I know it isn’t always an attention grabber when talking about diet, especially one that initially seems so radical.

I am not asking for everyone to go out there and try it.  If what you are doing is working for you, go hard with it, but if you are looking for a change, go ahead and try it.  It is the most natural thing once you get the hang of it, and I know if you just give it a stab, I am sure you will receive the same results as I have.

Thanks for reading,

And yup, I’m still running,

Jay 🙂

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A Loss! but still Rubbish! On Pimping the Beast!

I am still feeling like rubbish!  I am awake and I am able to be attentive for the entire day, But I am tired and am stuck in that funk right between ‘Feeling Tired’ and ‘Feeling Sick’.  I am both of those things, but not quite, if that makes any sense?

Today I jumped on the scales, even though it is not official weigh-in.  I am weighing every fortnight, and because I weighed last week, I need to wait again till next Monday.  I did not wait. Goh!

I have achieved a loss of 300 grams, which is awesome!  But I feel like shit!  I am officially into the 74th Kilogram, but because I feel horrible, I haven’t quite got excited about it!

I have a few theories…

I may have an Iron deficiency – I kinda doubt it because I have been eating spinach like no bodies business, but at the same time, I have lowered my red meat intake, instead I have been hitting up fish and chicken.It may or may not be this, but as a lady… who experiences ‘Lady Days’ this may well be the root cause.

I may not be eating enough – Today I went on to MFP to check my settings.  It was set to ‘Lightly Active’.  I hardly think that I am just ‘Lightly’ Active, I am doing something everyday for a lot of the day so I bumped it up to “Active” instead, this gives me an extra 100 cals a day, not that I feel I need it, I am satisfied as I am, but we will give it a whirl.  There are also activities that I don’t log that maybe I should?  Stuff like the windows I am stripping, that is pretty freeking physical, Mowing the lawns, Stationary biking for 5mins!?! Hardly Counts!, Some of the Weight training I do – in my mind it doesn’t feel like I have exherted enough energy for it to even count, walks that I take almost daily – again I don’t feel like I am exhert myself much at all.  Maybe I should be logging these, but then I have a fitbit, so it kinda does it for me anyway…

My macros may be off – I don’t get too much into this, because I just don’t have enough knowledge to know what is right.  But perhaps on my run days I am not eating enough Carbs.  I know I eat plenty, shit I eat a sandwich almost everyday, I freeking love sandwiches!  But I don’t know much about how much of what I should be eating.  I just try kick it low fat as much as poss, and almost every single day I am hitting the correct amount of Cals while feeling full and satisfied.

I can’t say it is not enough sleep, I sleep most nights 7-8 hours, which is more than the average person I am sure.

Dehydration?  Maybe.  It has been super hot lately, but I drink enough I think.  I am never thirsty.

Maybe I need to get laid?  Quite possibly!

And before you go any further with your thinking…I am not knocked up!

Who knows, but I have made a few changes to what I have been doing, although it has been working in a ‘weight’ sense, not so much in the energy sense.  I will see how it all goes.

Oh I ran today.  Which was good and shit at the same time.  I did what I needed to, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as usual.  Heavy legs, bad form, breathing was fine, but it was HOT!

Meh, tomorrow I go out to the TECT!  Carbing up tonight and in the morning for a Long hard run.  I hope to be feeling better before, during and after haha!  Experiencing some of natures medicine!

Ok so there wasn’t too much Pimping going on today, but how about you?  Ever hit that ‘in between’ funk?  What are your plans for the week?

See you tomorrow,

Jay 🙂

P.S.  I am pretty stoked about how muscly my legs are these days, I kind of feel a little badass about that! ha!

A Happy Clear Out! On Pimping the Beast!

This is a simple easy one, but I needed it!

I was meant to do some INSANITY today, I had planned to finally get around to getting my sweat on with Shaun T.

I chickened out! ha!  Well I didn’t drop my nuts per-say – I am actually feeling like a wreck after my run with the children yesterday.  I have a feeling that I’m not fueling enough for the activity I am putting in every week and it is starting to catch up on me!  I also had 1 beer last night, I will be pissed if that is why I feel like kaka!

Anywho, I took a day off cardio so INSANITY will have to wait.

I ate really well today, I feel like I have eaten my weight in Baby Spinach over the last few weeks!

Check out my days with MFP – jam_hunt

Even though I didn’t run today I couldn’t just sit around the house and do nothing!  I did a bit of spring cleaning out my drawers!  This was planned for another week or so when I had got to my mini-goal weight of 73kg, but things have just not been sitting right on me for a week or so now, it was time!

I was surprised to find that I could fit most of my pre-baby clothing and some were even too big!!

I don’t know why I haven’t done this sooner, I guess when you are one of those mums where the weight just kinda stuck after poppin ’em out, there are times where things just don’t quite look right on you – you spend a lot of time in stretchy pants ha!  I mean to say leggings or tights.  Stuff that kind of has no real ‘size’ and is worn more for comfort than for looks… just like yoga pants!  And because they are comfy/stretchy, you tend not to notice losses as much.  It kind of hides and squishes, and I got real good at shopping for them!

No more shopping for tights!  I can fit my pre-baby pants!

I am glad I had this clear out.  I had gone through my wardrobe a few months ago and was really uplifted to find I could fit almost all of what was in there.  I had dared not go into my drawers at that time, I knew full well that that was where I stored my skinny jeans and the like.

The skinny Jeans are still folded nicely away unfortunately, but nothing a few more Leg Days couldn’t sort.

Anywho, although not Nutrition and Training orientated, it still helped me to keep my head in the game.

That’s how I Pimped the Beast!

When was the last time you cleared out some spaces?  Spring on this side of the world is here, time to get to some Spring cleaning!

See you tomorrow!

Jay 🙂

P.S.  Will get some before and afters soon, my Progress pics page needs a thorough update!

Go anyway! On Pimping the Beast!

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So this morning started out pretty darn grimm!

Last night there was a horrendous downpour that carried on into the late morning.  No Run group today 😦

Forecast said that it was due to clear up in the arvo… it did!

Good enough to run!

Except I had no one to watch the twinlets so that I could go for a run.

I took them with me!

All 30 something kilos worth!

It has been months since I have run with the children, and because it was 2pm the heat was at its highest.

I sweated my nuts off!

But I did it, and I said I would get in some runs with the children.

I experienced a huge hill, which I had to push them up, I did it, and I am glad I got in my 5k today.

The old me would’ve thought – na can’t do it, it isn’t easy enough, I have to do it in public, the children are too heavy, I will have to walk too much, it’s too hot, i’ll do it tomorrow.

That is not me anymore, there are fewer and fewer excuses that orbit my atmosphere, I have goals and plans, and sitting on my ass isn’t going to get me there!!

Today I ate well, hydrated well, ran surprisingly well.

And my pick of sounds to run with today…

Gonna break my rusty cage….. and run!

Love this Running Bug!

What did you do to Pimp the Beast today?

Jay 🙂

P.S. I earned this post run recovery snack…

Post run Recovery Snack | On a Jam Hunt Blog

And while the kids weren’t looking….

Cooling Feet | On a Jam Hunt Blog

18 days till race day!  I am almost ready!!

Mapping for Graduation – On Pimping the Beast/I Just Want to Run!

I thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone today!

First, I want to invite you to run a Virtual 5k with me and my group Friday 29th November!  On the 29th – Anytime, Anywhere, Anyhow!  Or just do whatever distance you can manage.

My group Graduates the C25k programme in just 2 short weeks and I am on a mission to round up as much support as possible for their Graduation Run!

I must say, that even for me, someone who used to run longer distances than a 5k, it has been extremely beneficial!

I have found myself feeling very unaffected by the full 5k run’s I have done on my own away from the group, and I think the c25k has helped with that.  By unaffected I mean able to run at my fastest pace non-stop for longer, and to not feel like crap immediately afterwards.

So my something new for today – Today rather than following the programme, I did a 5k in just under 35mins, almost creating a PR for myself.  Because we had an odd number of ladies at the Run group today I was able to run alone – so I mapped out our 5k Route for Graduation.  I ran non-stop, I did have to stop once about a K shy of getting home to help a lady up the stairs, she fell (paused my app, took her up the stairs, went back down the stairs, unpaused app, continued running up the stairs hahaha)
The run was great, I feel like I could have done better, I didn’t quite hit that exhaustion mark, so I had more to give…YUSS!

Smells like my fitness is improving even on the downtime I was having not so long ago.

So anywho – please run along with us, I even have a Bib for you to print out and wear 🙂

Virtual 5k Bib - Copy

Right,

Weigh-in day today!

A loss of 1 whole kg!!  Bringing me down to 75.2kg!

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That is a total loss of 17.3kg since I started using MFP a year and a bit ago!

I have noticed my Tech wear getting a little baggy, stuff that is supposed to be tight and create compression, is kinda not doing its job for me right now!

Anywho, roughly 2 more kilo’s to go and I will be happy with this years progress.  After getting stuck in a funk since the end of January, I have not done too badly to redeem myself!

Another date with Jillian for Ab day, feeling stronger already!

Ok, so how did you Pimp the Beast today?

Any PR’s that you have to Brag about lately?

Beast On y’all and I’ll see ya tomorrow,

Jay 🙂

Finishing off the Plan – On Pimping the Beast

Today legs are feeling better, Abs – almost hundy percent.  I am ready to take on the next week!

No run today, the children and I spent most of it in the backyard gardening and playing in their little paddling pool.

We also tried the Bethlehem Farmers Market, I really wanted some decent Avocado’s, the ones from my supermarket that I had been delivered were crap!  I think we will be making a regular Sunday trip to the markets for veg!

While we were out I got a 2014 Calender so I could finish off my Training Plan, and kind of get a jist of how everything is going to happen over the Christmas Period.
I am planning a camping trip and a week away, so I need to know where everything falls to start making some robust habits that wont fall by the wayside during the festive season!

Seeing as we will be away for almost 2 weeks before Christmas (Week 4 and 5 of my training plan)  I kind of need to plan out how I am going to get those runs and strength work outs in.  If I don’t start looking at it all now, and shit hits the fan, I will feel like I am stuffing up by not sticking to the plan!  Can anyone say CONTROL FREAK!

It is also my children’s 2nd Birthday in the second week of December, Our trip away, then Christmas, a Family 40th, and then New Years!  I will be glad to see January!  I just want everything to go off without a hitch!  Failing to Plan is a Plan to Fail – said it before, saying it again!

I also did the Weekly meal plan for next week, and did the shop online, I researched a new product to try and also a new recipe to try.  Got a lot going on, but that is how we Pimp the Beast!!

My Plan to Win!…

Training Plan | On a Jam Hunt Blog Plans to Win |On a Jam Hunt Blog

When I step back and look at it, it looks pretty busy.  Its not really, it’s just methodical.

I have 1 small and 1 big event that falls on the first and second week of my training plan, so I wont be able to follow those ones to the ‘T’.

I also realised when looking at the next years tentative plans for events, it seems there is only 7 weeks between the other 2 Half Marathons that I want to compete in.  I will have to get some advice on how to deal with those ‘training plan’ wise.

TOUGH MUDDER is also coming to New Zealand in April… It smells like an expensive year!!

Plan is done, now all is left to do is work off a bit more weight over the next 2 weeks, then we get the show on the road!

Weigh-in Day tomorrow… nervous and excited to let you know how well all this Pimping is working for me.

What did you get up to today?  Did you Run long?

See you tomorrow

Jay 🙂