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Lady Wynwood #7 early release Kickstarter

I worked on my first Kickstarter and it got approved! It’s for the Special Edition Hardcover of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and the release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. I contacted my graphic designer about the Special Edition Hardcover of vol. 1: Archer—it’s going to be SO beautiful! The Kickstarter focuses on the Special Edition Hardcover, but it’ll also include vol. 7: Spinster so that it’ll sort of be like a launch day for vol. 7, too. A third special thing that’ll be in the Kickstarter is Special Edition Paperbacks of all the books in the series. They won’t be available in stores, just in the Kickstarter (and later, from my website, and also in my Patreon book box tiers if I decide to do them). The Kickstarter is not live yet, but you can follow it to be alerted when it has launched. (You may need to create a free Kickstarter account.) Follow Camy’s Kickstarter

Low carb/running update

Captain's Log, Stardate 09.29.2010

So those of you unfortunate lucky enough to hear all about my low carb diet last month are probably clamoring for an update, yes?

So after a month of going gluten free and low carb, I broke my gluten fast earlier in September and am now (relatively) normal carb.

Technically, according to the program booklet that comes with the supplements I’m taking—which I’m still taking, by the way—I should have slowly increased my carbs earlier this month, but because I had been running about 20 miles per week last month and I was feeling really tired, my nurse/counselor suggested I increase my carbs earlier than the program booklet said to.

I did some research and found out that most running articles suggest an extra intake of about 50-100g of carbs for every hour of running each day. I was running about 5-7 hours a week, so I calculated that translated into about 150-170g carbs per day. I’m trying to keep to that, although I admit it doesn’t always happen. For me, low carb is very hard, to say the least!

I’m also a bit confused by my carb cravings. I’ve had some bad calorie days lately, due mostly to these fanatical carb cravings reminiscent of before I started these supplements and the modified diet. I was a bit scared that the insulin resistance had come back, because I was craving chips like a fiend.

But the weird thing is that after gorging on chips the past 3 days, today, the carb cravings are gone. Completely. It reminds me of what happened on day 17 of my modified diet where I had this intense carb craving and wasn’t trusting my body, but Captain Caffeine reasoned that maybe I should listen to my body since I had been on the low carb diet for 2 weeks and the “fake” cravings (insulin resistance cravings) had been absent for most of that time. So I gave in to the carb craving and the next day the craving was gone.

It’s so weird to be in this place where I might actually be able to trust my body. Strange.

So do the supplements work? I think so. My hormone-induced migraines are much reduced, and as mentioned above, my carb cravings seem normal as opposed to out of whack. I have lots of energy and I’m not sleeping as many hours as I had previously needed to sleep to feel refreshed. Want to try them? It’s WomenToWomen.com. What’s nice is that you can call their health advisor/counselor person with any questions you might have.

Anyway, my running has been fine and I feel fine (not tired and pretty full of energy), so I think my carb count of 150-170g/day has been good for me.
Update: I did more internet searching (so who knows how accurate this info is, but ...) and this article and this article both mentioned that training marathon runners should consume 55-70% of their calories from complex carbohydrates. For me, that calculates into anywhere from 205-260g a day! I wonder if that's why I had the carb cravings? I looked at my carb count for the past week, and despite the gorging, my carb numbers are all below 260g. Hmmm...

I’m still training for the Honolulu Marathon! I started doing the e-coaching from Jeff Galloway to get extra help with my training, and it’s been really great. I can ask all kinds of stupid questions or questions specific to my training. For example, he suggested I run at noon on one of my shorter runs during the week to help prepare me for the heat. He said if I do that, it’ll still feel hot in Hawaii, but I’ll be okay (as opposed to collapsing from heat stroke, I guess).

This coming Sunday I run in the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon! It’s actually “only” 13 miles and I’m scheduled to run 20 that day, so Jeff told me to run an extra 6 miles after the half marathon! Isn’t that crazy? And I totally don’t mind! Aren’t I crazy???? (Don’t answer that.)

Have I lost weight? Um … a little. It’s not melting off my body, despite the 20+ miles a week that I’ve been running.

However, the jeans I took with me to the American Christian Fiction Writers conference a couple weeks ago were so loose by the end of the trip that I could take them off without unbuttoning or unzipping them (yeah, and I was around Cheryl Wyatt’s husband at the conference—good thing he didn’t know or I’d have been a practical joke temptation he couldn’t resist). And I didn’t realize until I saw myself in the hotel room mirror, but the khakis I brought with me were actually a bit baggy. Last year they were a tiny bit snug, so I know I’ve lost at least a little weight.

I had a depressing shopping trip to TJ Maxx because I tried out tons of different pairs of jeans, but size 8 was too tight and size 10 was too big (I’m not yet in single digits yet!!!). So, I just bought a new pair of jeans and a new pair of khakis from Victoria’s Secret—their stuff makes my butt not look quite so wide, plus they go by the measurement scale listed on their website and their sizes and fits are very consistent. Also, no vanity sizing at VS—I’m a “sung” fit into a VS size 10. I bought stuff on sale since I’m hopeful I’ll continue to shrink and these’ll be too big for me in a few months!

To justify the cost, I demonstrated to Captain Caffeine the jeans that I can pull down without unbuttoning or unzipping. He was pretty quick to tell me to buy new jeans. :)

Comments

Martha A. said…
I love the mental pictures you put in this post! Wow....that is alot of running....
Nicole said…
Switching your exercise for a week or even having a week break can trigger weight loss. It's not uncommon for your body to get 'used' to what it's doing and just be all blahh about it ;p

I run 4-5hrs a week and yet doing 21 flights of stairs x2 today nearly knackered me! I'm adding this to my routine now :)

http://damselinadirtydress.blogspot.com
Project Journal said…
Hey Camy!!
I updated my stuff for the Yahoo Group follower thing so that I get them in my other email now and actually get them : ) Very excited about that thank you very much!! LOL!

Oh my goodness, 20+ miles PER WEEK!?!?!?! WHAT???? That's crazy, girl....wow I could not do that and that is NO understatement!!

Good to know the cravings are gone though : )

I'm not nagging, just wondering so I don't look like a lunatic watching the mail, but did you send the books yet? I'm soooo excited!! LOL! No big deal if you haven't, but it'll give me an idea about whether I should be checking the mail or not!
Thanks,
Hannah
J. Dane Tyler said…
I'm very impressed, Camy. I tease about eating donuts and such, but I'm so close to following in your footsteps and going (back to) low-carb it's not funny. Gluten-free would be nice too. Like you, I know I need a few more carbs than most diets recommend, but I can figure that out easily enough.

Anyway, congratulations on resetting your body's hormonal balance and being able to trust it again. (Three days of chip-gorging sounds awesome, btw.)

NICE JOB! :)
Camy Tang said…
Martha, I would have thought that a few months ago, but I've been building up my weekly mileage so slowly that now it doesn't seem like that much. I run 5 miles 4 days a week, typically.

Nicole--that's a great point! I had forgotten that my body can get used to levels of exercise. I'll try something to shake it up! Thanks!

Hannah, do you mean the Street Team winners? No (shameful sigh) I haven't done that yet!

Dane--I've been doing a lot of research online (so who knows how accurate that is!) but I think I might have figured out how many grams of carbs I need, and it might be more than what I'm eating, which might be why I've been craving carbs so often. They say that for marathon runners, you should be eating 65-70% of your calories from carbs (for recreational runners, it's 50%). For me, that translates into about 240-260g of carbs a day! Whoa! Maybe my 170g really is too low... For people doing moderate exercise, I'd think anywhere from 15-40% of your calories from carbs would be healthy, don't you think?

Camy
Martha A. said…
Yeah....well to me, who can't run...it is alot. Good for you!
Anonymous said…
Wouldn't part of what Jeff would tell you be how many carbs you'd need when you're running?
I've been walking 20 miles a week for a long time. Last week I got in over 38...but the main problem...I'm not losing! Been doing really well with my eating, too! Guess all I can do is keep plugging away!
Camy Tang said…
I didn't think to ask Jeff! I think I will. Thanks!
Camy
Project Journal said…
Lol, nope, nope not those winners! I'm not part of the street team only because I DON'T SEE ENOUGH PEOLPE living on a college campus : P It's a very, very small school and so there wouldn't be enough, lol!

Nope I meant the LI contest winner books : D That's ME! I can't wait for some comfort reading (yes, like comfort food)! It's ok if you haven't but like I said before the people in the mail room are starting to look at me like I'm a lunatic : P
Hannah
Camy Tang said…
Oh, thanks for reminding me! I thought I had mailed it already but if you haven't gotten it then I must have forgotten! Sorry about that! I'll mail it next week!
Camy
Project Journal said…
It's totally okay, Camy! Lol...I was just wondering : )
Hannah

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