Cycling and Nutrition Notes

by - Friday, March 14, 2008

As has been the usual the past few weeks, cycling this morning was fantastic. I'm pretty much obsessed with the instructor and her music and the rest of the people in the class. I never realized at 5:45 a.m. people could be so upbeat about getting their butts kicked by our instructor.

But it's a fun group. They laugh and sing along with the music, and it makes for a really good time. We did a lot of sprints today, with some serious heavy tension work mixed in. Definitely a solid workout.

And peeps if you noticed the little counter in the sidebar, then you will have realized that my half marathon is only a little more than a month away. And if you've been reading for a while, you know what the means: It's time to take a serious look at my nutrition with only a month of training left to make sure I'm getting the biggest bang for my buck when it comes to the amount of energy provided by the calories I eat.

So that means a few things.

First, buh-bye alcohol until after the race. Frankly this one shouldn't be too tough. I'm not a big drinker anyway.

Second, so long sweets. Now this one is always the one I have the most trouble with. I have a bit of a sweet tooth. But let's be honest here. I've got to be eating foods that will provide me with energy so I can start storing up the good glycogen in the muscles and sweets do nothing but provide a sugar high for a while.

Lastly, to keep myself accountable I'm going to start posting everything I eat in a day on here. That way I can fear all your ribbing if I slip up haha. I shall call it the OFN: Obligatory Food Note. (I think I'll probably post everything one day after so that way I can put the complete list in at once and not have to update every time I eat something.)

But in the spirit of starting this off right, I'll log what I've had for breakfast and what I packed for lunch.

OFN (3/14/08):
Breakfast: Bowl of Cheerios with skim milk and half a grapefruit
Midmorning snack: Apple
Lunch: Baby Carrots, Grapes, and SmartOnes Microwavable meal (they're made by Weight Watchers so I don't feel too bad eating them because they have to be remotely healthy. Plus they make super easy lunches and because it's a Friday in Lent and I'm Catholic I can't have my usual turkey sandwich)

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  1. Time to gear up and get it on :-) Half mary - dead ahead, captain!!

  2. We will help keep an eye on you!! :-) Nice job on breakfast. Your cycling class sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. Anonymous2:05 PM

    you don't have to give up sweets. just limit them to once a day :)

    don't forget water. it's important, too!

  4. I could never give up sweets.

    Looks like your eating is off to a good start. :)

  5. The spinning (rpm) are always nice to do and eat as much as enough for the half marathon!. And a red wine is not terrible.
    Groet Rinus.

  6. I could not give up sweets....period! I admire you for that.

  7. Haha good idea.. using peer pressure in a good way!