Happy Day!

For being a Monday, yesterday was a pretty great day for me! Good things just kept happening all day long! I started the day having to skip my morning run. Normally I'd be pretty grumpy about it, but this time, I had good reason. I had an 8 am appointment with the nutritionist that my health coach recommended.

Nutritionist Appointment My appointment was at the health center that's located on my company's campus in the South Bay. Its a full service medical facility, complete with a fitness center. It was my first visit to the facility and I was very impressed with it. Everything was state of the art - but more on that in a minute.

We began my appointment by discussing what my goals are. I shared with her that right now I'm about 10 lbs heavier than I was a year ago and I don't understand why. I workout more times in a week than there are days and I stick to a fairly healthy diet. For the most part, I avoid processed foods. The only indulgence I'd allowed myself was dark chocolate granola. But since the scale keeps creeping up, I stopped eating it last week, replacing it with steel-cut oats.

Before I could even finish my story, she was already shaking her head. She said, "When you are training for a major event, like a marathon, you cannot - CANNOT - lose weight. Get that idea out your head right now." Tough love - I was already loving it. I told her that I wasn't aiming to get sickly thin, I just wanted to be back at my happy weight.

I reviewed all the things that I usually eat, when I eat them, and what my training schedule was. What she had to say next shocked me. She said, "This may not be what you want to hear, but...I don't think you're eating enough food." Wha? She went on to explain my training schedule was pretty intense for my body and that I was likely burning calories and nutrients at faster rate than I was replacing them. She said that my body was probably trying to hang on for whatever nutrients were left. So while I was eating the right kinds of food, it just wasn't enough of it. She recommended that I:

1. Increase my calorie intake. Not by much, but by a couple hundred a day. 2. Start taking a multi-vitamin 3. Start taking a calcium supplement, one with vitamin D

Then she set me up for an appointment at the Fitness Center to get a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test so that we can truly analyze what was going on with my metabolism and determine how many calories I actually need. My test is scheduled for Friday and I cannot be more excited for it. For the past few weeks I've had a growing fascination for the biochemistry of food and the physiology of exercise. It will be great to figure out some of what exactly is going on with my body.

Before I left, she gave me one nutritional tip for running: Immediately after, i.e., the minute you are done running, eat carbs. No fat, no protein, just carbs. It can be a banana, or even GU. She said that the human body needs that replenishment as soon as the run is over. I think the GU would be the easiest for this, especially if you've driven to your running location. I'm going to try this on my 11-miler this weekend and see if it makes a difference. Stay tuned.

After my appointment, I walked downstairs and decided to checkout the Fitness Center. One of the trainers took me on a tour of this state of the art facility. He explained that when you sign-up for membership, you receive an account where you (or your trainer, if you sign-up for sessions) can enter your workout plan. Then, each piece of equipment in the center is equipped with a computer where you can punch in your account number and voila - your plan pops up! No need to carry around a piece of paper with your workout notes. When you're done with that piece of equipment, you can enter what you did so that you (or your trainer) can track your progress online. Genius, eh?! Every gym should have this!

He also showed me that each piece of cardio equipment has a flat-screen tv and a docking station for your iPod, iTouch or iPhone. They also offer Vo2 Max testing, body fat testing and other types of fitness assessments. Plus massage therapy. I am so dropping in to this gym whenever I have to work in the South Bay.

Old Friends, New Friends At lunch, I met up with an old friend that I hadn't seen in a long time. She likes to joke that the company "outsourced" her overseas for 2 years. She just moved back to the Bay and we were able to meet-up for lunch. It was so fun to catch up! We may not be super close friends, but she's just one of those people who makes you feel better, just by being around her. She's someone who really inspires me in a positive way and I'm just so happy to have her back in town again.

Later in the afternoon, I made a connection with an online friend. We'd been casual online friends, having a shared interest in fitness and reading each others' blogs. Well, come to find out, while we live on opposite coasts, we both work in the same professional space! She's coming out to the Bay Area for an industry conference next month and we made plans to meet up! I'm so looking forward to it!

Blog Makeover v.4.0 If you're reading this in Google Reader, or an RSS feed, go ahead and click on over to the actual Web site. Surprise! There's a new look to it! After last month's blog makeover, I decided to keep experimenting with its "look." I worked with an amazing Web designer, The Blog Fairy, to create this new look for my site. She was so easy to work with! I shared with her just a few bits of information about me, my interests and the types of things I like to write about, and she put together this design in lightning speed! She patiently made edits I requested and provided sound guidance when I needed it. If you're thinking of giving your blog a refresh, I highly recommend her!

Whew, who knew Monday could be such a happy day (for a change)! Let's hope Tuesday gets even better!