Saturday, August 08, 2009
Is there something wrong with the thinking that I need to take care of myself 1st so I am in a better place to take are of others?.....Or is this against a mother’s role to put everyone before themselves?
This is part of the reason why I have not been able to stick to my exercise as much as I have wanted to while on vacation…I am being present for my family (yes, I have a tendency to live in la la land a lot, escaping the rigors of mommyhood)….
I make my girls the most amazing food to eat…I still brush their teeth (7 & 5)…I make sure they are slathered in sunscreen all the time…make sure they wear their hats…make sure we have healthy snacks…make sure they wash their hands…make sure they have clean clothes..make sure they take good baths….make sure we have one major activity every day which includes some physical activity…..when we are away from the vacation house and we are out and about, I am mentally present from them…I talk their heads off as much as they talk my head off….we laugh…we play…we are silly…and frankly one of the weirdest family you will ever meet….
BUT, when it comes to my exercise (and my amount of exercise has been truncated because we are on vacation), I tell my family that no one can interrupt my exercise unless someone is bleeding…I make sure everyone in the family understands this boundary…
So funny because just the other day I was doing JM’s shred and they asked my husband ‘mommy sounds like she’s in pain…maybe she’s bleeding?’…..
6.38 mile run…did it in 1 hour 15 minutes….
Bowl of honey bunches of oats with 1% milk
Vanilla soy latte
LUNCH—very random combination might I add…it’s a long story…
Sauted Brussels sprouts with pancetta
Half a container of eggplant humus and whole wheat savory thins from TJoes
A generous bowl of cherries
Generous bowl of strawberries and blueberries
A cup of trail mix (dried cherries, dried cranberries, pistachio nuts, walnuts, almonds)…I know, a little too much…this is why pouring out portions is important instead of snacking from a bag…
Iced latte with vanilla soy milk
yummy roasted tomato and yellow squash with garlic drizzled in olive oil tossed in with spelt pasta from whole foods dashed with fresh parmesan cheese
A cup of non-fat cottage cheese
one square of 73% TJoe's chocolate
Friday, August 07, 2009
I forget on who’s page I saw this picture, and please if you had it on your spark page come take credit!
…wow a lb of fat vs a lb of muscle…says it all…fat takes up more space…muscle takes up less…makes me feel good when I don’t see the scale budge…i really am shrinking...just not losing weight as fast because i'm building muscle...
20 Minutes JM Shred Level II...can i tell you, that as the days of vacation go on, it's getting harder for me to stay on top of the exercise regimen...i'm so much more disciplined at home.....
A little bit of muesli and banana yogurt
Small bowl of shredded wheat from TJoes
Vanilla soy latte
Bowl of strawberries, banana, and blue berries
¼ cup of cinanmom glazed almonds from TJoes
Went out to lunch since away from home in Monterey & Carmel
A hamburger---yes with the bun!!....turkey burger with ketchup (love ketchup) mustard, pickles, onions, tomatos and lettuce…I had a side of coleslaw….i know, I know the mayo….oh well, at least I did not have fries…..i had one sweet potato fry which was yummy….
The burger filled me up until late at night
¼ nuts and dried fruit
a bowl of blue berries
Minestrone soup…OMG my husband and his cooking…recipie from gourmet magazines…sprinkled parmesan cheese on top
Felt good about the soup because it balanced the effects of eating the WHOLE burger…
Piece of whole wheat whole grain rustic bread that I was supposed to have with the soup, but opted to make the bread a sweet treat by spreading raspberry jam on it instead…
Thursday, August 06, 2009
BIG CASE OF FOOD COMA---Smells of Corn Dogs, Waffle Cones, and Candy Apples
I love being on vacation…my family is fortunate to have access to my parent’s beach home...this is the same house and location I was when I was a little girl….i’d come down here, which was my grandmother’s house and spend my summers with my brothers…so nice to be able to create those same memories for my girls….
So nice weather in the 70s, sunshine, family and good food equals relaxation and subsequent lethargy…
Today was boardwalk day which means 2 things rides & food…and I can tell you, that I crave none of that kind of food and have not for many years…chosing healthy food has been a part of my life for a long time, so I never have issues of temptations because I can walk by a churros stand like a champ…but I do allow my girls…they are young…and what are childhood memories minus cotton candy, slurpees, pretzels, and salt water taffy?….
we had breakfast at 10 and got to the beach boardwalk by 10:30 and did not get home until 3pm…I was so hungry by 3pm I wanted to cry but I did not eat anything at the boardwalk minus 6 emergency bites of a pretzel with mustard….. I meant to pack a snack but I had no idea we were going to be there as long as we were…plan was to have lunch downtown at 2pm, but it did not work out that way…
anyway, my daughters are exhausted from walking and my oldest daughter and I are bonding with our cranky low blood sugar…..get home and immediately I plate them so yummy rolls of turkey with baby bell cheese and made some guacamole with TJoe’s soy & flax tortilla chips….
I made myself a plate of food (see below)….and I noticed how very little I can eat at once these days….is my stomach shrinking or was it the bowl of tomato soup that put me over the edge?
I swear as soon as I ate my lunch, I fell into a FOOD COMA….i told my husband I could not move and took a nap from 4:30 until 6pm…..yikes for me it seems like such a waste of time, but then again I thought, this is what we are supposed to do on vacation…there’s no rules….after I woke up, I had an iced soy milk latte and had more energy than the family combined….and went for a glorious run……
EXERCISE—60 minute amazing run by the shore (west coast)…6.38 miles
Latte with Vanilla Flavored soy milk
Huge bowl of irish steel oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries (in other words, heaven)
6 bites of those jumbo amusement park pretzels with copious amounts of mustard
diet pepsi for caffeine headache
LUNCH at 3pm ---way, way, way too late
A slice and a half of turkey
A decent size of halibut from the night before
A good cup of guacamole
8 or so TJoes soy & flax tortilla chips
a bowl of tomato soup with milk to cool it down (no rice this time)
A handful of dried cherries, cranberries, walnuts and almonds
Iced vanilla soy milk latte
Vegetable risotto with carrots, asparagus, squash…..nice sprinkles of parmesan cheese
Bowl of banana flavored yogurt with raspberries and ½ banana
i celebrated my b-day with my girls the day after my b-day (outfit #8 BTW)
the 6 bites of the shared pretzel (and yes, i am a big sun phobe...the hat, glasses and long sleeve)
my husband, eldest daugther and older brother
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Pictures from my 38th B-Day in Vegas...Should I Just Get Rid of the Weight Loss Ticker?
I have not weighed myself in days…I don’t know if this is good or bad…I don’t want to weigh because I don’t want to be disappointed even though I understand I am doing fine and that the scale results rarely make me happy and in fact disappoint me….i know logically if I am gaining right now, it’s the muscle because my eating is fine…
i am reassessing my goals right now…I still want to shake off a couple of lbs….
I am thinking of looking at ½ lb a week now…
So by the end of august I should weigh 122lbs….yep…that’s sounds realistic…
End of September 120 lbs….slow, but what’s my hurry?....winter coming up and gonna cover it up all anyway….lol….
Time to go back a re-do my weight loss ticker….
JM’s Shred 20 Level II much easier now…those v things with the arms—getting easier…I’m able to finally keep up with the pace…
i wanted to do so much more exercise, but it;s tricky while on vacation...not gonna beat myself up over it....gotta focus on weight maintenance during vacation not loss....
Still loving my TJoe’s sweetened shredded wheat squares with 1% milk
A generous bowl
An instant coffee with vanilla soy milk….
Bowl of strawberries
A bowl of tomato & rice soup….i made the chicken stock….always the best when home-made…chicken bones from yesterday’s chicken salad sandwich…
½ cup rice, tomato soup, chopped green onion and a splash of milk to cool down (my family got the dollop of sour cream)…
then I loaded a second bowl of tomato soup minus the rice and milk….soup is awesome because it is so filling….
a full turkey sandwich with mayo, avocado, lettuce & heirloom tomato….a pickle….
A handful of cinnamon sugar almonds from TJoes
A good sized bowl of red cherries
An instant-coffee vanilla soy latte….iced
Halibut with a kick-ass asian sauce my husband concocted, wasabi-spinach mashed potatos and grilled bok choy….
Dried cranberries and cherries
me and my darling husband....and let's face it, a fake tan does anyone wonders (please compare to the 'pale' me in my photo gallery)....
me, and i tell ya, a dress hides all my problem areas.....did i tell you that i wore this dress to a wedding the weekend before and someone asked if i was pregnant???
my attempt at a 'paris hilton' pose....hey, i was feeling it on my b-day....
and no, i don't have a glamrous lifestyle--here's plain jane mommy me
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
I’ll have a Double Dirty Martini, kettle one vodka, 4 olives and please, make it icy cold……….my favorite drink!!....ever since I decided to get back in shape 3 months ago, I have not been interested in alcohol…..i do enjoy red wine with red meat….but my favorite cocktail really is a treat unless I benefit from those yummy green olives that sit marinating in the icy cold elixquir….
I just got back from my b-day trip to Las Vegas….i wanted to keep track of what I ate over there, but my gift to myself was 3 days off from tracking my food, exercise or thoughts about all of it….
I can say I did eat a full piece of b-day cake….yummo….i did relax and enjoy…but proud to say I did not go cuckoo….
However, I can say ALL that I ate with the exception of the cake and one martini, made healthy caloric sense…even though I went over my allotment….
My snacks consisted of almonds and dried cranberries and cherries….my treat was a latte or two from starbucks….
At b-day dinner I had a couple of pieces of French bread and a few bites of creamed spinach, creamed corn and a couple of other tasty indulgences ie crab & prawns….i know, sounds like one big binge but I share my b-day with a friend who invited tons of people and ordered tons of food to feast on….
I can tell you that I did exercise while in Vegas….i walked a full 5 miles on Friday and Saturday….i had no idea that Las Vegas Blvd, if walked back and forth and through the different casinos would equal 5 miles!!!!.....since I walked it, it took 2 hours on both days….
So now I am back at home in control of exercise and diet…..my goal was to lose weight and get in shape for my b-day which was august 1st…..now I need to come up with another goal….i’m thinking losing 5 lbs by the beginning of September????
Maybe too aggressive, but I am not on a calorie restricted diet…..
50 minute run
Cup or so of sweetened shredded wheat squares
Cup of 1% milk
Latte with no sugar added (just a splash of vanilla soy milk) & 1% milk
¼ cup of almonds and dried cherry mix
small bowl of raspberries and blackberries
Chicken salad with walnuts, parsley, mayo, brie cheese, green apple slice and cranberry sauce
Piece of sourdough walnut bread
Cup of broth from pulled pork braise
Snacked on a few bites of pulled bbq pork (for dinner)
Bbq pulled pork
Coleslaw made—not mayonnaise based
One corn on the cob
¼ cup raspberries
a cup or so of cherries
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