Protein+Fat=Happy Caronae

Today’s Happy Note: Crossing things off my to do list. ¬†I still have a lot to get done before this insane weekend, but I’m getting there. ūüôā

PS — Does anyone else add things to their to-do list that you have already done, just so you can experience the joy of crossing it out?

Marathon Training: Yesterday I did four and a half miles, with an easy mile and a half warm-up, 4x (400 fast/400 easy), and a mile cool down. ¬†It wasn’t terrible, but I just felt weak. ¬†Today, even more so. I feel lightheaded,blurry vision, etc. No idea what is going on, but I’ll be sure to monitor things and be careful.

I had my super easy yoga class today. We literally sat on chairs half the time and stretched. ¬†I’m taking it very easy this week, so this was perfectly acceptable.

I never told you about my endocrine visit on Monday! The doctor was extremely nice and extremely knowledgeable. ¬†She also seemed obscenely young (early thirties?) for a faculty practitioner (meaning she is a professor) which made me a bit nervous. ¬†She was very thorough. ¬†We talked about everything — diet, exercise, hormones, habits, genetics, blood sugar, endocrine/metabolic systems. ¬†She is running a really broad panel of tests to see if there is something significantly wrong. ¬†If nothing is found, then the “answer” is simply going to be that I have a little bit of a weird metabolic/hormonal system.

I am not freaking out as much as I was before though because of two things:

1. She basically told me that my weight “problem” actually isn’t a problem. ¬†Because of my healthy diet and exercise choices, being a few pounds over the recommended weight for my height isn’t a big deal. ¬†She was actually really soothing/comforting in this regard.

2. I have been making a conscious effort to eat more fat and protein lately and have lost seven pounds.  My period just ended, so some of this might be hormonal/water weight.  But still, seven pounds is a good chunk of my overall body weight.  I am hoping that continuing this eating pattern will help me lose a few more pounds.  But if not, I am not going to freak out.

I promise. ūüôā

So what have I been eating of late?

One carb I REFUSE to get rid of is oats (above: 1/4 C with 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder, 1 C vanilla soymilk, chopped apple, and walnuts). ¬†Other than that, I am not eating too many grains. ¬†And I am not giving up carbs entirely either. ¬†I kind of love them. ūüėČ ¬†I’m just making sure to reduce them and then pair them with more fat and protein.

One trap I have fallen into in the past is eating more protein without reducing carbs. ¬†That just results in more overall calories, which isn’t going to help anybody. ¬†Unless you are trying to gain weight, obviously.

Other eats:

Squash “pizza.” ¬†In reality this was actually a squash bowl stuffed with veggies, ground beef, and cheese. ¬†I cut it into little slices and ate it like a pizza though, which made it 10x more fun.

Really random lunch with two mini corn tortillas (which aren’t that good; I wanted wraps and thought these would be good since they were smaller, but they are dry), almond butter, carrots, and a protein cake (a la April) made with peanut flour and cocoa powder with PB.

Dinner was full of fat, veggies, and protein.   Exactly how I like it!  I used a base of pumpkin puree, topped that with ground beef/mushrooms/carrots and brussel sprouts/broccoli cooked in EVOO.  Enough to feed one small army OR one hungry Caronae.

I have heard a lot of different research about diets higher in proteins/fats. ¬†Some of what I have seen has indicated that a diet high in protein/fat, even of the saturated variety (think whole milk, meat, butter) is not harmful. ¬†I tend to agree with this with the caveat that people have very different metabolic/digestive systems with very different needs (I talked about my wants and needs with ¬†my diet in Monday’s post). ¬†I think that it isn’t animal fat or protein that’s killing us/making us obese, but processed crap full of chemicals, like candy bars and pop and snack foods.

I think that there is evidence on both sides of the spectrum, at the moment.  In my opinion, this just furthers my conclusion that different people are suited to different diets.

On the horizon the next few days: CRAZY INSANELY BUSY Caronae.  I promise to post before the marathon though.  Is anyone interested in tracking me/coming out to cheer and wants to know my number?

If so, email me!  I know a few bloggies have already mentioned that they would like to know, but I have lost track.  So please leave a comment/email me and I will let you know.

T-4 days!  Ahhhhhh!!!!!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Walnut Bread

Today’s Happy Note: Baking. ¬†I love baking. ¬†Never fails to make me feel better.

Marathon Training: I did my yoga class and 4.5 miles with strides on Wednesday. ¬†Yesterday I started the 30 Day Shred and then USB got here so I didn’t finish. ¬†Today I did 20 minutes of hip-opening yoga before work, and 6.5miles after work.

For the first time in a long time my legs felt great! ¬†It felt like I was gliding along. ¬†I felt light but also strong. ¬†Win. ¬†I did 6×400, two per mile for miles two, three, and four. ¬†It was spectacular!

I am starting to think that all of my hard training may have paid off!  Hopefully the rest of taper keeps going this smoothly.

And now, a recipe! ¬†It’s been a while since I have come up with anything. ¬†And to be honest, I didn’t exactly create this myself. ¬†It comes from my Uncle John! ¬†So, thank you, Uncle John! ¬†It’s in our family cookbook. ¬†It’s really cool! ¬†It has pictures of my grandparents, an extended family tree, and recipes from everyone!

Caronae’s Pumpkin Walnut Chocolate Chip Bread

Adapted from John’s Banana Nut Bread

  • 1.25 C Wheat Flour
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Oats
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 C pureed Pumpkin
  • 1/3 C melted Butter/Earth Balance
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 C Milk/Soy Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 C chopped Walnuts
Mix all dry ingredients together.  Add in wet ingredients.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Bake it all at 350 for about 50 minutes.  Let cool before removing from pan.
It’s pretty! ¬†Look!
I shall be back with deeper thoughts tomorrow!
Any exciting weekend plans? I plan on a trip to the farmer’s market, some pumpkin carving, and lots of friend time!

Reteaching Wonder

Today’s Happy Note: Spending a wonderful weekend with USB! ¬†He loves to talk/cuddle/eat/have adventures/walk…pretty much all the same things I like to do! ¬†It is nice to have someone who wants to have adventures with me. ¬†We still do lots of things by ourselves though — yesterday I went to a map-making class while he did an introductory yoga workshop! ¬†It’s a wonderful balance. ¬†I have been hesitant to say this, because I am afraid of somehow jinxing it, but I’ll just go ahead and say it anyways, because it’s true: USB is, plain and simple, the most wonderful thing that has happened to me in years. I even have a picture today. ¬†Look!

Okay, so referring to that as a picture of him might be a bit of a stretch, but take what you can get! ¬†I don’t have a lot of pictures and wouldn’t really feel comfortable having him on the blog, at this point. ¬†But he does have nice hands, right?

Thanks for your sweet comments about it yesterday. ¬†I feel silly talking about him sometimes, but it’s a good silly. I’m completely smitten and it has all happened so suddenly. ¬†Each moment with him is a new lesson in blessings and gratefulness. ¬†He has retaught me how to wonder. I was a hopeless romantic before, and now, well, I’m downright sappy. ¬†So I apologize for my sappiness. ¬†You’re just going to have to deal with it for a while. ūüėČ

In the above picture, we are eating delicious wraps from this Noodle Shop. We got one of the tofu and one of the duck, and each had half of each. ¬†They were really tasty! ¬†They are definitely snack-sized and not meal-sized though. ¬†Or maybe that’s just my marathoner’s perspective.

I squeezed in a long run today, between studying, cleaning, and cuddling. ¬†I did about 12.4 miles in 2:10-ish. Somewhere thereabouts. ¬†I think I was probably around a 10:30/mile pace overall. ¬†Didn’t feel great, didn’t feel terrible. ¬†For parts of it, my legs felt powerful and strong; at other times, they felt sluggish and sloooow as molasses. Sometimes within minutes of each other. ¬†Weird, no?

It was my last long run before the marathon, so I’ll take it. ¬†My body was happy for the shorter run, and is happy about the lower mileage in the next two weeks. ¬†Less than two weeks from today I will be an official marathoner! ¬†I even got my number in the registration pdf today! ¬†I am number 40920. ¬†Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

Other eats today weren’t too exciting, but did include this very necessary froyo monstrosity:

It’s a mixture of pinkberry original and pumpkin flavors, with my own toppings (seriously, always bring your froyo home and do your own toppings — so much cheaper!). ¬†And yes, pinkberry now has pumpkin flavor. ¬†It isn’t very strong at all and I kind of like it! ¬†I added chunky pb, a part of a crumbled chocolate chip pumpkin cookie, and more chocolate chips.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I have been *sort of* making an effort to eat less carbs. ¬†The key words here are *sort of*. ¬†I ¬†would estimate that I’m eating about 20% less carbs than I was a few weeks ago, in the heart of marathon training. ¬†I have always liked my carbs, but I have never been obsessed with them. ¬†I don’t love bread. ¬†I actively dislike rice. ¬†I like quinoa but am usually too lazy to cook it. ¬†I also like whole wheat pasta but again, it takes a long time to cook, and it is more of a treat for me. ¬†I have been consuming more sweet potatoes and squash (they’re in season, so it’s easy), about the same amounts of veggies, a little less fruit, and less sugary carbs.

I have made the switch to totally plain yogurt. ¬†I have also started actively buying more proteins and fats lately. Here’s whats in my fridge/cupboard at the moment:

Protein — natural honey maple turkey, TJs grilled chicken, Fage 2% ¬†greek yogurt, eggs, Amy’s spicy vegan chilibeans (refried pinto and plain), natural tuna, and half a block of tofu.

Fats — avocados, TJs guacamole hummus (it’s alright — but not better than either hummus or guac on their own), an assortment of nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts), peanut butter, earth balance vegan butter, Fage 2% greek yogurt (does double duty!), TJs goddess salad dressing, olive oil.

I think that variety in protein and fat sources is key.  I make an effort to do different combinations and flavors and textures.

I am not doing this as part of some silly diet or fad weight-loss craze. ¬†You guys know I wouldn’t do that! ¬†Rather, one of the most widely accepted treatments for PCOS is a lower-carb diet. ¬†For many PCOS patients, it is the only way to manage their weight. I don’t event know if I have PCOS or a different disorder, but I have, in the past, experienced success with a lower-carb diet overall (I am using “diet” in the general sense of what I eat here, not to refer to any type of restriction).

So it’s just something I am trying. ¬†It is easier now that I’m running less. ¬†I am seeing an endocrinologist next week, and will start dietary/medication experiments the following week (after the marathon is over). ¬†It is going to be an interesting journey, to say the least.

Favorite protein?  Favorite fat?

Best part of your weekend?

Are you sappy and romantic or serious and collected?

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