B-Fit B-Day Challenge Report

Posted on May 18, 2009

So today is my bday.  I’m getting to be pretty darn old — 27 years old to be exact.  To celebrate and to show myself that I can accomplish something, I did the B-Fit B-Day Challenge.  Didn’t do it on my bday though, easier to get it all in on a Saturday. 

I heard about it on Twitter and thought it would be a good test for me.  I have an Olympic-distance tri coming up in about a month so I figured, why not do the challenge.

The challenge works like this:  take the first digit of the age your are turning x1000 and swim that distance in yards, bike the total age, and then run the second digit in the age you are turning.  For me, it turned out to be swim 2000 yards, bike 27 miles, and run 7 miles.  I did the gold version so I had to do everything within 24 hours.

I told my wife I was doing the challenge and she kind of looked at me like “Why?” but she understood and was supportive of it.  I started off at 8am by heading to the rec center pool.  I just treated the swim like any other workout.  Just did a few 100s, 200s, and but mostly 300s to complete the distance.  Felt pretty good after.  Total swim time was about 40 mins.  Not fast or anything but good enough. 

I told the wife I’d watch the baby while she went running so off she went for a 3 mile run and me and the baby hung out.  Got some food, wife came back, and I headed out on the bike.

My bike route is a loop so it can get pretty boring.  I tried to take a pic while I was out there but my phone was full from all the pics of the baby.  :)

After 1 hour 40 mins, 27 miles was complete.  Again, pretty slow, but whatever.  Just trying to finish and have something left in the tank for the 7 mile run.

After the bike I rested for at home for a bit.  I stretched, got some food, gave baby a bath, then headed out for the last leg.  This was by far the toughest part.  Finished the run in 1 hour 6 mins, which is slower than I normally can go for that distance. 

Didn’t matter to me, I was just glad to be done.  Finished the challenge a little before 3 pm.  I really should’ve treated the challenge as a tri and gone back-to-back-to-back, but I wanted to take my time and not get hurt. 

Was a little sore Saturday night but Sunday and today I’ve been feeling good.  Happy bday to me.

Remember, you’re never too old to get ready for the B-Fit B-Day Challenge.  Start small and anyone can do it. 

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Chicken Chimichanga

Posted on May 14, 2009

One of my favorite all-time dishes is the chicken chimichanga.  I know, usually not that great for ya health-wise, but I found a that cooks them in the oven instead of soaking/frying them in oil.

Here’s what mine looked like:

I also changed up the recipe a bit.   In the filling I added black beans and used less cheese.  The recipe calls for green onions but I didn’t have any so I used red ones.  To top them I added sour cream, avocados, and roma tomatoes.  Also, instead of brushing them with butter or margarine, I just sprayed them with some olive oil cooking spray.

These were really good.  Wife loved them, baby loved them (she smiled at us while we ate them), and I loved them.  Happy chimichanga eating!

Link to Recipe:

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Thought on Diet Soda

Posted on May 13, 2009

“A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that people who sipped one diet soda a day for seven years were 41 percent more likely to be overweight than non-soda drinkers. The reason: Diet drinks often lead to overeating as people “spend” the calories they just saved on a second slice of pizza or a cookie. There’s also evidence that artificial sweeteners may whet your appetite for more sweets.”

[Via ].

Just something I found interesting.  Drink what you want, but I’m gonna stick with water.

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Be Healthy with 5, 2, 1, 0

Posted on May 12, 2009

I saw this poster (this one’s in spanish) at the pediatrician’s office the other day.  Thought it had some good points that if followed – on a regular basis — could provide a great start to a healthier lifestyle. 

  • 5 fruits/vegetables per day
  • 2 hours or less each day of screen time (TV, computer/video games)
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity each day
  • Try to limit sugary drinks to 0.  Stick with water and milk

These are great things to do for everyone and hopefully parents can help their kids create good habits now. 

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Exercise is NOT a Waste of Time

Posted on May 7, 2009

To those who believe exercise is a waste of time:  It’s not. 

[Note: when I say “exercise” I mean in all of its forms and also include all physical activity].

While evidence may point to eating habits having a greater effect on weight loss than exercise alone, exercise should not be brushed aside. 

Honestly, I get sick of hearing these new “diets” that promote weight loss without any form of exercise being done.  Look, exercising is hard work and if you really want to be healthy, and not just “skinny,” or less heavy, you need exercise, in all of its forms.

Yeah, what you put into your body is important.  No question. 

But here’s the thing, just eating healthier can’t provide resistance to strengthen our muscles.  Better eating habits can’t strengthen our heart and cardiovascular system.  Better eating habits can’t help us get more flexible.  Yes, eating habits can help provide good fuel/nutrients for all these activities, but alone can’t provide all the benefits exercise can.

Beyond the physical aspect of exercise is the mental aspect.  Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.  Exercise can also provide a feeling of satisfaction.  It just feels good!

It seems to me that authors these days will write anything to sell a book, including telling the world that exercise is not necessary to lose weight.  Well, they are right, you don’t need exercise to lose weight, but it should be included in your healthier lifestyle.  There’s more to being healthy than just weighing less and being skinny-as-a-rail. 

It’s what’s going inside that matters more than what people are saying about how you look on the outside. 

To lose weight some forms of exercise will be better than others.  Walking at 3 mph for 30 minutes probably won’t cut it.  Yeah, it’s better than nothing, but strength training, interval training, etc. will be more beneficial.  Better yet, do it all and change it up on different days. 

Again, there’s no question that what you eat matters.  Absolutely no question.  But please, do not ever say that exercise is a waste of time.  You and I both know that is completely false. 

Better eating and getting the right kinds of exercise go hand in hand, not just for weight loss, but for better health. 

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Too Much Junk?

Posted on May 6, 2009

The text at the bottom says:

“Just because it tastes good doesn’t mean it’s good for you.  Eat a little less junk, and feel a lot less junky.”

From Intermountain’s . 

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National Stroke Awareness Month

Posted on May 5, 2009

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  In honor of that, let’s talk about strokes and how to prevent them. 

A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off or when a blood vessel leading to, or in the brain, bursts.  When the brain tissue does not get enough oxygen, it begins to die.  As you can imagine, this is not a good thing. 

Here are some quick facts about strokes from the CDC:

**Strokes are 3rd leading cause of death in US.

**Strokes can occur at any age, but nearly 75% happen to adults aged 65 and older. 

**According to the American Heart Association, stroke will cost almost $68.9 billion in both direct and indirect costs in 2009.

How can you do your best to prevent a stroke?  Guess what… it’s the same stuff we can do to prevent most chronic diseases:

“Things you can do to lower the risk of stroke include steps to prevent and control high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic conditions, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercise, and not smoking.”

[From CDC].

Find some motivation and make your health a priority.

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Hydroxycut is Out

Posted on May 4, 2009

Have you seen the TV ads with the young, good looking “doctor” who says Hydroxycut is the only thing that helped him lose weight and get a “great body?”  Ooops. 

The FDA is now warning consumers to stop taking Hydroxycut due to potential liver damage:

“The FDA has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. One death due to liver failure has been reported to the FDA. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.”

[From FDA news release].

So what’s the take-home message here?  Get rid of the bogus supplements, etc. that promise you the world, but only give you potential serious health problems and a skinnier wallet. 

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Motivation

Posted on April 30, 2009

My wife and baby girl.  This is my motivation to stay healthy.  I want to be around and be functional for as long as I can.  What’s your motivation?

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TV Ads

Posted on April 29, 2009

Graph from the . 

Kids see a lot of food ads.  My guess is the ads are not for fruits and vegetables, etc.  Here’s the thing, though.  Kids, for the most part, aren’t buying their own food.  The parents are.  Be smart parents.  Make “treats” just that, a treat. 

Also, maybe less TV would help.  Just a thought. 

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