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{Friday Favourites} The best health and fitness reads of the week

best-reads-teaserHappy Friday y’all! How was your week?

Mine started off fairly disappointing when I learned that it’s going to be even harder to get into Boston this year, thanks to 3,000 faster people registering before the five-minute-and-under qualifiers could πŸ™ I knew I’d be cutting it close, since last year the time cut off was 1:02 (and I finished within 1:03 this year). Although I haven’t completely given up hope yet, I have a feeling this won’t be my year. I’m sad I will miss out on running it in 2016, but I’m still proud of myself for qualifying. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be, and I’ll need to run even faster next year to get in for 2017. I’m thinking I’ll need to run AT LEAST a 3:29 to guarantee myself a Boston bib. Sigh.

On the upside, all that money I was saving for a Boston trip can now go towards some other trip, perhaps a tropical vacation?? I got a few items in the mail this week from my cousin in New Zealand to entice me to come and explore NZ’s amazing trails. Maybe?? (more…)

{friday favourites} My favourite health & fitness reads and discoveries from the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings today to share a few of my favourite health and fitness reads and discoveries from the web this week.

How to Fit in Strength Training and Marathon Training – Cowgirl Runs
Although this is a guest post I wrote for Ange, I love her added commentary! Not only is she a fellow marathoner, blogger and Canadian, she’s also an e-friend (since we haven’t met IRL but will in October when she comes to run the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon) and client!

Fueling The Vegetarian Endurance Athlete – Part 1Girls Gone Strong
A great run-down of how much carbs, fats and protein you should be eating if you’re a vegetarian endurance athlete, plus the best plant-based sources of protein, iron and vitamin B.

This guy is attempting to do 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 days – Iron Cowboy
Yes, you read that right. This Calgary native is attempting to complete 50 Ironmans — that’s a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile marathon (42.2 km) run — in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. INSANE. His first leg kicks off in June in Hawaii, and finishes in Utah in late July. You can join him for the last 5 K in each state as part of a charity run, which I would totally do if I happened to be in the US. Do you think he’ll make it? (more…)

Calorie counting: Is it really necessary for weight loss?

Homemade Pad Thai - about 350 calories.

Homemade Pad Thai – about 350 calories.

Want to know something kind of disturbing?

I can correctly guess the amount of calories in home-prepared meals and food items (like a banana, egg, chicken breast, slice of bread, cup of ice cream, etc.) with an accuracy rate of about 90%. (I made up that stat. But it’s probably close to that).

I find my calorie-counting abilities disturbing for two reasons: One, because I’m not a dietitian and I don’t really need to know what’s in everything, and two, because for some reason I’ve retained that kind of information yet can barely recall anything I learned in Math 11. (more…)

How accurate is a FitBit at estimating calorie burn?

Photo(1)Last month, I did a little experiment with my FitBit Flex to see if being in a 250-calorie-per-day deficit actually does lead to half a pound per week of fat loss (because there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so 7 days x -250 calories less per day = -1,750 less per week).

I tracked my caloric intake closely using MyFitnessPal in conjunction with my FitBit, and added in any workouts using calories tracked from my heart rate monitor (I burn much less than what my FitBit estimates, so I manually enter in these calories burnt and it recalculates), trying to stay within the range of a 1,750-calorie-per-week deficit. Here are the results:

 

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