Adventures with Little Miss


Barcode Free Challenge

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Well as I am now working hard to ensure that I am eating healthy and hopefully losing some weight.  I would like to try and reduce the number of items I eat that have barcodes.  The main point is to reduce processed foods and to eat more locally.  How much do you eat that is processed?  What so bad about processed foods??

There are GOOD processed foods and then there are BAD processed foods.  The bad foods I will do my best to avoid are made with trans fats, saturated fats, and large amounts of sodium and sugar. These types of foods should be avoided, or at least eaten sparingly.

Processed foods that may not be as healthy as fresh foods include:

  • canned foods with lots of sodium
  • white breads and pastas made with refined white flour, which are not as healthy as those made with whole grains
  • packaged high-calorie snack foods, like chips and cheese snacks
  • high-fat convenience foods, like cans of ravioli
  • frozen fish sticks and frozen dinners
  • packaged cakes and cookies
  • boxed meal mixes
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • processed meats

My Barcode Free Challenge.  I pledge to cut out as many processed foods as possible… I am going to try some of the ideas from Nourished Kitchen, who had a 28 Day Challenge to reduce Processed Foods.  Nourished Kitchen challenge happened in Feb 2010 and NK kept a log of the days.  Here is a link to the recap posts from NK.

Here is a list of the challenges NK asked those who participated to try:

The Daily Challenges

  • Ditch processed, packaged, refined foods.
  • Choose wholesome, natural foods.
  • Improve your grains.
  • Start your sourdough.
  • Sprout your grains.
  • Mill your own sprouted flour or make wet-milled sprouted grain bread.
  • Relax and evaluate.
  • Fats for moderate and high heat.
  • Fight against GMOs.
  • Fats to eat raw.
  • Bake your sourdough.
  • Find real milk.
  • Get your (good) bacteria.
  • Relax, evaluate and eat some dark chocolate.
  • What’s a SCOBY?
  • Get cultured (veggies, that is).
  • Make yogurt at home.
  • Make cheese at home.
  • Prepare nuts and seeds properly.
  • Maximize the value of beans and legumes.
  • Vegetables and salads and another reason to eat your fats.
  • Why you should eat red meat.
  • Eat your bacon, eggs and lard too.
  • Homemade broth and stock.
  • Not-so-awful Offal.
  • Fish and seafood.
  • Grow your foodshed.
  • Beyond the challenge.

I am going to try some of these and I will post my recaps to them… Hope you follow along as well!


Running Plan

Below is my running plan.  I am going to do my best to ensure that I follow it.  I am going to post once I complete a week to ensure that I am being both accountable to myself and hope that it will also keep me motivated based on my last post!

Week

Workout 1

Workout 2

Workout 3

One

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Two

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Three

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Four

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Five

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

● Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.

Six

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.

Seven

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Eight

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Nine

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).


Mini Product Review: Greens+ Smoothie!

First all I have to say is the bag TOTALLY LIES!! My best friend E. is doing a product review of the Greens+ Smoothie and well I had been considering trying those products.  Well last weekend E and her hubby came down to my little B&B.  So Saturday morning before our great adventure (posts to come) E. made up 2 green drinks with apple juice.

It was so not good!!! The bag truely lies!! So I deciede to blend it with some froozen stawberries and ice.  Still no change still tasted HORRID.  FYI Pinching your nose so does not help either.  Well I drank it all. I had to chase each gulp with water.

Note: Just because it says on the outside smooth texture and great taste – be weary. Products LIE!!


Walk… Jog…

Well today was the first day at my new job.*smile* It was a long day of sitting and training videos (8 hours of them *Sigh*).  Although way better than what I did do before.  I did not sleep well last night so I have had little to no energy.  At Mr. first break at 6pm we chatted and whoa I felt like I had more energy (Thanks Babe).

I was going to take Dexter out for his walk… and decided no I am going to have a Jog/Walk.  So I grabbed my runners and my iPod and we went on our way.

We started by walking down 4 residential blocks (warm up) – keep in mind the last time I RAN was oooo that long I do not remember.  We jogged 2 residential blocks.  Did curb step ups for 2 minutes. Walked 1 residential block and jogged the last 2 and 3/4 blocks.

I am proud of myself!!! *Pats Back*  Plan for tomorrow go farther!


Couch to 5K

Well I have really been thinking about my mental and emotional health.  I had though of my phyiscal health and wanting to be more fit and shed some weight, well I have decided no better time then the present.  I will be running by the end of the summer.  That is my goal.  It may not be a fast run, but it will be running.

I have decide to do the Couch to 5K Program.  I like as it is free. I may join a running clinic at a Running Room but I am not sure if I am at the level yet.  I have made (reformatted) the Workout Plan Cto5K [Google Docs].  I hope to start this week.  We well see how it goes.  I will blog along the way, and tweet my progress with the others who are attempting the same plan.

Off to dig out my running shoes and sports bras!!

Bloggers Who are C25K and Links:

– No Pain, No Pain: The “Couch to 5K” and Humane Design (article)

Barefootinvermont’s Blog

Chomply

Megan in Motion


Insight into the health of LM

Well I have been blogging more this week.  This is due to more time! I have been home this week due to a medical leave.  I have been suffering a lot of pain.  The doctors are not sure what is wrong just yet. Although my Nan had Crohn’s and they think I might have it too…

Basically I am in horrid pain.   I have not been able to pin point trigger foods.  I wish I knew what I should do… I have founds some links:

http://www.healthline.com/channel/managing-your-crohn’s-disease.html

http://www.healthline.com/channel/crohns-disease-of-colon_symptoms

If  you have any suggestions or tips I would be happy to hear them!! I know there are probably a lot of people who suffer from this or have the symtpons although do not think anything is wrong.  To be honest I didn’t until I got the horrid pain.

So I have been trying to figure out what I should eat.  Low Fiber, No Fiber, Gluten Free? I would again greatly appreciate any input!


Nice Potassium…

Maybe not as fun as I thought that was… Although I have recently found out that I have low potassium… I am looking to find some information as to how to combat it!  My doctor is currently not sure why, so we will see!

If you know someone who has low potassium or did please mention I am looking to find out some more information!


Whole Challenge Update 1

Well to keep you all updated!  I have managed to go Monday to Friday popless… I have made an exception I can have one pop a week.  I did today with lunch!! I am happy with my ability to stop drinking empty calories.  I have been drink alot more juice and water.  I have had a couple teas for the caffine but I only put 2 sugar (not nearly as many as you find in coke or pepsi).  Did you know: * One can of coke contains nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar or the entire daily recommended amount of calories from sugar!!! Thats a crap load! Drink less pop & drink more water- CHECK 🙂

I have not been doing my yoga *slaps hand* I know I have to get into that! Tomorrow I am going to go get my mat from storage and make a post-it stick and put it on my laptop – DID YOU DO YOUR YOGA!! Plus I am looking for a good yoga DVD. Yoga every day – no check yet 😦

Eating healthier! CHECK! I have been eating smaller poritions and trying to snack less.  But when I have snacked it has been peanut butter on 1/2 bagel or rice thins.  I even have had one apple a day (for monday to friday).  My hunnie, Curly has packed my lunch and thus the Apples! Thanks Babe.

** I will continue on my whole life challenge **