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  • As others have said, that's a lotta pasta! A serving per package is usually 56g. The first few times you make a single serving, it will seem tiny, but part of sustainable weight loss is reorienting our thinking about how much food we really need (spoiler alert, less than we normally eat, thus why we're overweight). I tend…
  • I did it back in the day before apps existed :# Wrote the splits down on my hand and used my bargain basement sports watch to track the time. Even if you're doing it on your own, do check out what local group running activities are available. If you find the right group of people, their energy can lift you up when you may…
  • Do whatever exercise you enjoy and you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life. Weight loss and fitness isn't a destination, it's a lifelong process. Try out different things, both cardio and strength - treadmills, elliptical, swimming, aerobic classes, walking outside, running outside, biking indoors or outdoor.…
  • Everyone is different. Some people can't make it to the end of the block. And some people can ride 100 miles after a few weeks. My first bike ride as an adult, at my highest weight, I rode a mile from home, promptly exhausted myself and turned around. I worked my way up to biking the 7 miles each way to work over a month.…
  • When I was doing my big push to lose weight a few years ago, I ate lean cuisines and other similar frozen dinners for lunch every week day. I'm a relatively small person with low calorie needs, so the frozen meal + some veggies and possibly a yogurt for a snack mid afternoon was enough to keep me full. It worked great for…
  • My go to protein smoothie (which I’m actually currently drinking right now for lunch) * Small banana (80-100g) * 200g plain fat free Greek yogurt * half a scoop of chocolate protein power * 12g pb2 * water to desired consistency ~300 calories, depending on the size of the banana, ~35 grams of protein Sometimes switch out…
  • Need to get my behind out of bed earlier so I can get into the pool before masters swim and get some more laps in. 300m warm up 100m kick 3x100 free choice 6x50 fast free 10 minute swim - free, 375 m 25m back to the other end of the pool 4x100 ([25 kick IMO/50 build IMO]/25 free) 50m cool down 1850m
  • My fellow MFP cyclists, I return! It was not a very good cycling year for me. I've always gotten most of my miles in from commuting, but life changes (aka taking the train to work more often with my significant other rather than biking in) really cut into my bike time. Currently at 1859 miles per year. I signed up for my…
  • Coming back from an unintentional several month hiatus. Starting my base training for Wisconsin 70.3 in June this week, which includes swimming (duh), so I finally drug myself out of bed and got back to master's swim before work. 500m warm up 400m IM (50 kick/50 swim) 2xs: 8x25 free fast 100m IM 200m DPS 100m cooldown…
  • My first doctor was Nine and always holds that special "you never forget your first doctor" place in my heart, but my favorite doctor is Eight - his character ark in the Big Finish audio dramas are amaaaaazing. And Colin Baker is my favorite actor to play the doctor - he is a true delight to talk with, always super…
  • I conquered the swim stage of a half Ironman length Aquabike this weekend - 1.2 miles in 50 minutes! Aquabike went out first, and so every few minutes a new wave of triathlon swimmers would overtake me. Only had to stop to hack up water a handful of times and didn’t panic getting swum over. Wore my full sleeve wetsuit…
  • Man, I've been neglecting to record my swims. I'd thought my summer would be full of beaucoup swimming with the addition of lake swimming, but I've been skipping more sessions than I had intended. Like, instead of 3-4 swim sessions a week, I'm getting in 1. Bah. But still, pretty big swim month in spite of my boffing it…
  • Big swim day yesterday masters swim in the morning - another one with all the kicks 300m warm up 200m kick 200m free build 4xs through:* 4x25 sprint kick * 4x25 free fast * 100 IM 100m cooldown Then took my new tri kit and sports out to the lake for a test swim after work. Tri kit was great, figured out the bra was too…
  • 3100m so. much. kicking. 1500m before masters swim 200m kick 3x100 free fast 8x75 (50 kick/25 swim) odd free/even IMO 25 fly/50 back/75 breast/100 free/75 breast/50 back/50 fly 100m cool down.
  • Fell 5 miles into my 8 mile long run this weekend and skinned my knee. Took Tuesday off from the pool because my knee was oozing. Went swimming today and the pool sloffed off my scab, bah. I'm frustrated because open swim season started Tuesday and I'm going to wait a little longer to get in the lake :/ Also, signed up for…
  • Today's swim felt like it was through molasses. Didn't make it to the pool before masters swim started. And the lake I swim in is experiencing a fish die off and smells rancid, so no OWS for me tonight. Bah. 2000m 200m warm up 200m kick 200m free 8x50m - odd IMO/even free 8x100 - 1 back/2 breast/3-4 DPS/5-6 moderate/7-8…
  • New bike tape on my commuter
  • 2500m 700m before masters swim 200m kick 200m free build 25m fly 50m back 75m breast 100m free 75m back 50m breast 25m fly 2xs 4x25m free fast 100m IM strong 200m free DPS 200m cool down Trying to psych myself up to do an OWS after work.
  • Had a really great open water swim last night. We're still a few weeks out from official open water swim club season, so I suited up in my wet suit and did laps across the roped off swim area at my local lake. Looking forward to the sanctioned swim across the lake time coming up in mid June :) 2000 yards.
  • Had a pretty productive last few days. Saturday, I got up at the crack of dawn, loaded up my bike with my wetsuit and swim stuff and biked 35 miles out to a gorgeous clear calm spring fed lake to do OWS with some friends. Got 2000 yards in in 48 minutes, no panic attacks. Biked the 35 miles back through the metro to meet…
  • @emmab0902 sorry things didn't work out the way you had hoped (and had earned)
  • Oh man, it's been a cruddy few weeks for swimming. Work has gotten in the way so I haven't been to the pool in ages. I did, however, get myself a wet suit last week, which I took out to my local lake yesterday. Temps around 90, but the water is still quite chilly - ice out was less than a month ago here in Minnesota. And…
  • I've found that the key to weight loss is integrating sustainable changes into your life. Part of that is finding exercise that you enjoy and that you'll want to keep doing. If you like cycling, than go for it! I started out 5 years ago 80 lbs overweight. I got on a bike for the first time in my adult life, biked a mile,…
  • I started participating in triathlons a few years ago and got back into the pool after a decade and some change off. Up until a few months ago, I got in, slogged 20 or so laps of freestyle and got out. And then in the summer I'd get in the lake and slog across, freestyle (or breast stroke if it's really choppy), same pokey…
  • Amazing swim this morning - fastest recorded 100m at 2:18. When you're a sloth in the water, there's always room for improvement! 2500m 800m free 200m kick 3x100m fast (2:18/2:19/2:22) 4x75 IMO (50 kick/25 swim) 2x100 IM 3x200m (build/moderate/fast) 100m cooldown
  • @emmab0902 - oh yes I know that feeling well vis a vis my trisuits :/ still trying to lose enough weight to fit into an awesome vanderkitten one I bought for my first tri 2 years ago. Still can't get to not roll up awkwardly.
  • Finally got myself a new swimsuit this weekend - previous one was hanging by a thread. Coincidentally (or not), I shaved 5 seconds off my 100m freestyle. Now I kinda want to get one of those suck it all in skinsuits and see if I can go even faster! Or, much like with cycling, I could probably also lose 20 lbs and make time…
  • Inadvertently took a week off from swimming - sometimes hard to get up and out the door at 5 am to swim before work. 900m before masters swim 200m kick 200m free build 10 minute swim as much as you can - got to 385m. Goal is to get to 500m in 10 min, although I'm not really sure I'm improving, in spite of my 4 months of…
  • After several false springs, it appears spring is here in Minnesota (after we had a foot and a half of snow dumped on us not but 8 days ago), so I'm diving back into biking with gusto. Should be fun (and by fun I mean flirting with disaster) to see how dumping 100-150 miles of biking on top of my already pretty busy…
  • 3200m of what I call TOO. MUCH. IM. And it would have been even more IM if I was faster and got to the back end of the masters workout (which had another 200 IM and 100 dolphin kick) 1000m free before masters swim 3x100m free with fins 200m kick 3x100m fast free 4x75 free - kick, drill, swim 4x75 IMO - kick, drill, swim…