Monthly Archives: June 2012

Around the Web – June 29

Cutting calories from your burgers.

Don’t wipe away sweat to keep cool.. seems reasonable except for when I’m on a run and it’s stinging my eyes.

Another study showing what you eat really impacts how you lose weight – and that atkins works short term but not so sustainable.

Sell by dates and food.

Eating disorders .. not just for the young.

Pesticides and food.


New Fruit Friends

Been an unplanned and exciting journey through the world of fruit the last week or so. It’s also true that you’re taste change as your diet changes.

My go-to fruits up until now have been apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, cherries and raspberries. I like pineapple, kiwis, honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe but typically we don’t eat enough fruit to make it worth the effort to buy those fruits whole, so I may occasionally eat them in a pre-cut package. I also like clementines during their season. Historically, I have not liked peaches (fuzz) or nectarines. I don’t mind bananas but don’t love ’em and am turned off by bruised bits. (Yea, I’m fussy).

First, late last week, I was buying some fruit off a street vendor and his stock was somewhat wilted from the heat. I opted for a nectarine as the best of a bad lot and was surprised by genuinely liking it. I’ve since had a few others. And I enjoy their calorie count too – bout as much as two plums and a little more filling. This one is definitely a case of taste changing over time since I had tried a nectarine last summer.

Then when food shopping this weekend, I decided to try something new and picked out two mangos. Now, I wasn’t thrilled with the first one particularly, and that could have been the end of it. However, at my folks’ BBQ on Saturday, one of the guests brought my father a present of some fruits – including a bag of mangos. These looked a little nicer (not sure if it’s kind or ripeness or both) and so I took most of them home with me. Man was that mango good. I’ve been enjoying them a lot.  It was so good I tried mango yogurt today too and it was not bad (I still prefer blueberry). I just need to see if I can find my own source of mangos like the ones my father got.

In addition to the mangos my father got some Asian pears, which are sort of a cross taste and texture wise of an apple and a pear. I’ve had those once before and wasn’t keen on it at the time. This time I liked it a bit better and it’s a nice change of pace, but I could live with having them only once in a blue moon.

And lastly, we had fresh coconut. I remember my father bringing home coconuts once when I was a kid and it being some sort of treat/disaster that never happened again. Spotting one in the supermarket I decided that it was time for my kid to experience the same. Thanks to the internet I got it open not too hard (tho not as easily either as the video), but my promises of coconut milk were unmet since I learned that coconut milk is really ground up coconut and the water inside. Also thanks to the internet, I learned I could eat the thin brown shell (not the hard shell) which made serving it easier. A little calorie heavy for what it was, but once in a blue moon – sure.

The last and most shocking (and non-fruit) revelation of the weekend was – I voluntarily ate and liked a mushroom dish. Along with tomatoes (still mixed on how that’s going), mushrooms were my other no-way vegetable. I had recently on a few occasions eaten some small ones in recent months and .. not despised it would be best way of putting it. When my father did a portobella with salsa and cheese I decided to give it a go. And I actually liked it. I had a second piece.  This pretty much sums up the reaction I got from my wife.


Lose It! Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Jun 18th


Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Jun 18th

Daily Summary
Budget Food Exercise Net +/- Weight (lbs)
6/18/12 2,182 2,011 445 1,566 -616 170.7
6/19/12 2,175 2,023 0 2,023 -152 169.6
6/20/12 2,176 2,020 445 1,575 -601 169.8
6/21/12 2,175 2,014 0 2,014 -161 169.7
6/22/12 2,180 2,230 365 1,865 -316 170.5
6/23/12 2,178 2,457 430 2,027 -151 170.1
6/24/12 2,172 2,321 354 1,967 -205 169.2
2,201 calories under budget for the week
Lost 1.6 pounds this week as measured from a starting weight of 170.8 on June 17th.
Nutrient Summary % Calories
Fat 471g 28.3%
Saturated Fat 183g
Cholesterol 1,531mg
Sodium 21,598mg
Carbohydrates 2,040g 54.4%
Fiber 223g
Sugars 841g
Protein 653g 17.4%
Exercise Summary Calories
Stairmaster 30 Min 364
Swimming 30 Min 355
Running 46 Min 623
Elliptical 18 Min 171
Walking 1 Hour 8 Min 303
Stationary Bicycle 15 Min 118
Weight Lifting 40 Min 108
Total 2041

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The Road To 2012 NYC Marathon – Summary of T-20 Week

So this was supposed to be Week 2 of non-running and healing.  Did I rest?  Not a lot.  Did I do my stretches?  No.  Did I ice?  No.  Did I avoid running?  No I was dope.  I did some treadmill work during the week for two sessions of 2 miles.  Not bad.  And I mentioned that I felt the need to get some exercise Saturday night after too much dessert at a BBQ.  I was going for 6 or 8 miles.   However, after 3 miles I was not feeling right and had to stop.

Sunday, went for another swim.  Felt a lot better after the swim, but the knee and leg is not feeling great overall.  The part that disturbs me is that the discomfort has moved around, making me question the self-diagnosis.  Part of it is over-compensation for the original issue and part of it is doing different exercises than I am used to.

I am going to have to take it easy this week and focus on resting, icing and stretching.  I have 3 more weeks before I need to get going.

Metric Last Week In Total
Mileage Run: 7.88 miles 573.11 miles
Longest Run: 3.00 miles 3.00 miles
Longest Run Time: 0:26:40 hh:mm:ss 2:47:44 hh:mm:ss
Longest Run Pace: 8:52 min/mile 9:04 min/mile