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Practicing my running

Posted Dec 23 2008 9:43pm

Ohhhhhh man I cannot wait till the weekend! I know I say this every week, but I honestly do wish for the weekend all week long. Tell me I’m not the only one! ;)   I mean, not that my weekdays are hard and stressful, (they aren’t) but the weekned means I can take naps if I want to, work out when it’s actually light out, and do a bunch of cooking! I seriously will not complain if they start mandating three day weekends! :) haha.

Wednesday Workout:
I ran again last night, and finished 4 miles in 38 minutes. I experimented with a bunch of different running speeds, and I discovered that I’m comfortable running at a slightly faster pace. So next time, I think I’m going to do a shorter, but faster run, to see how that feels. I had a question though; is it better to increase speed or distance first? Does anyone know the answer to that?

I also did an hour long Battle of the Bulge Class again. I’m really enjoying these classes a lot. You get a tough, comprehensive, full-body workout in one hour. And we do different exercises in each class, so you keep challenge your muscles in new ways. Excellent. I was for sure feeling the burn last night! :)

….and since my life is lacking in the “thrill” department currently, I will give you a couple of protein bar reviews. Because as you know, I can’t get enough of these buggers!!! (But I’ve been good. I only bought one full price. My challenge to not purchase junk food this month is going well!)

thinkThin chocolate Fudge flavor:

thinkThin Chocolate Fudge flavor

thinkThin Chocolate Fudge flavor

This thinkThin bar cost me a whopping $2.39. I wouldn’t buy it or eat it even if it was only 50 cents. Ick! It had that unmistakable chalky texture prevalent among protein bars, and a cardboardy/powdery taste. It didn’t taste anything like chocolate fudge! I was drawn to this bar because of it’s name and stylish appearance. But with 240 calories, 8g of fat, and only 1g of fiber, there is nothing “Thin” about this bar! The only things I liked about this bar was its chocolate coating, 0g sugar, and it’s chewy texture. But simply put, it did NOT taste good. Protein bars don’t HAVE to taste like protein, in my opinion. I’ll stick to my Promax bars.

Info 240 calories, 8g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 20g protein, 0g sugar, 15g sugar alcohol, 1g fiber, 25% calcium… click here for more info

Clif Bar Carrot Cake Flavor:

Clif Bar Carrot Cake flavor

Clif Bar Carrot Cake flavor

No offense to anyone who’s a fan of this Clif Bar flavor, but I give it a Doubleick!” How should I describe its taste….. Kind of like, if a bunch of scientists got togehter, decided to chemically re-create the taste of a carrot, then inject it with a bucket of sugar and rice krispies. Get the idea? I had great expectations for this flavor, esp considering how yummy carrot cakes are. But this o tasted artificial and chemically to me. No wonder; carrots are listed at #20 out of 28 ingredients.

Info: 240 calories, 4g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 10g protein, 5g fiber. Click here for more details . Nutritionally much better than the thinkThin bar.

So there you have it folks. I am going to another BootyCamp SB class today to take notes on cueing. After teaching my first circuit on Saturday, I figured out that the hardest challenge for me is going to be saying the right things at the right time. In other words, how to communicate the proper form and technique. So I am really going to pay attention to learn how to say stuff! It’s gonna be hard for me, because I tend to communicate a lot through body gestures and onomatopoeia. And ononmatopoeia is NOT a great way to teach exercises! Imagine; “And your legs go like boom, and them you go swoosh and woosh!” Yeah. That makes no sense. Learn to speak in ENGLISH, Julia! haha.

Hopefully my life will start to get more exciting soon. So here is my question of the post: What one “risky” adventure would you want to go on one day?

My answer: Reverse bungee jumping! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :0

Edited to add: I forgot to ask another question. Inspired by Coco and Maggie , I finally bought some Ricotta Cheese. BUT, I have a problem. I don’t mind the taste, but I can’t stand the texture! What do you do to make it tast good?


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