Running = Weight Gain

TRX John

Never too young for the TRX.

I’ve heard this a few times in the past months. Friends gaining weight following the inception of a regular running program. It’s all true. I too have gained two pounds after running 250 miles last year.

I know, two pounds seems insignificant. For me it is the difference of a dress size. And the stranger fact is that in gaining the two pounds, I dropped a dress size and my thighs no longer rub together when I’m in a swimsuit.

Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili – I keep meaning to write this recipe.

For years I’ve heard that the number on the scale is not a measure of fitness or clothing size and I can’t say I truly believed it until recently. This year, I added only nice weighty muscle. Don’t worry, I still have my post babies gut, which may never go away, but my overall fitness level has increased dramatically.

Here’s the dirty little secret of running and weight loss: you don’t burn as many calories as you think. Vance found this link for me that has a net calorie calculator towards the bottom.  Based on this calculator, if I run for 40 minutes (standard Stroller Warriors workout), roughly 4 miles, I burn 350 calories.

Learning to ride

Learning to ride without training wheels.

That’s one egg mcmuffin  OR five donut holes OR one breakfast burrito. Each with a small coffee with cream. That’s it! Then you’re back to ground zero. You can’t eat like crazy all day, unless you are genetically blessed or chasing toddlers (I give myself some leeway on those really difficult days).

Calorie counting is a real pain in the backside, but the only way to find out just how much you are actually eating. Invest in a small kitchen scale, do it for a couple weeks and you’ll be amazed at the findings.

Bouncing Ironman

 

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian

**gasp** A contraband photo!

Can’t say I remember much about my visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center 13 years ago, except that I really enjoyed it. I did encourage Celestina to take her kiddos there, since they are a quarter Samoan.

Cels Pineapple

Someone likes her pineapple smoothie!

They did the daytime portion and Cel graciously treated me to the luau and Ha Breath of Life show; maybe she knew I would end up rockin’ a hula on the stage during dinner with Quentin?

Luau

That’s us on the far left, above the red fan.

The nighttime show is a must see while on the island. I was in awe of their ability to sing and dance for 90 minutes, as well as the endless costume changes. Obviously, it’s been a long time since I’ve attended a live performance of this magnitude.

Kiana Pineapple2

Like mother, like daughter

The show ends with a fire dance by one of PCC’s star performers, Kap. Kiana, although accusing her mother several times, was starstruck. Kap and I forced her into this photo following the show.

With Kap

The infamous Kap with the Olivers.