Monday, April 12, 2010
One of the local spice merchants at an open air market. With Flat Stanley thrown in too.
The French reccomendation for fruit and veggies per day is 5-10 servings. This isn't easy or cheap to do and takes planning. The challenge at the moment on the 5% team is "fruit and veggies" so I'm going to experiment with getting as high as possible on the count and help the team at the same time. It is the perfect time for it here in the south of France, a lot of our fruits and veggies are grown locally, I have access to open air markets with good prices every day of the week and it is asparagus and strawberry season, there is really no excuse!
I went out this am and now thtere are kiwis, bananas, carrots, white asparagus, red peppers which I already roasted, good tomatoes, organic cherry tomatoes, fresh limes, 2 giant Asian grapefruits which were expensive, but I love, apples, cucumber and plenty of onions and garlic waiting for me. I used prices are a guideline for choosing and still spent $. It must be hard for bigger families of modest means to do.
So, the goal is 10 a day for the challenge, or as close as I can get.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Carcassonne, about an hour and a half away, you've probably seen it in movies. Pretty nifty place!
Something I have seen before in myself the last time I was a faithful Sparkperson. I don't always lose weight in a given week, but more on a two week schedule. I usually don't even bother to weigh myself every week, to avoid being bummed out, although I am at the moment for a challenge. I see it happening again, more of a two week period between losses, if I'm lucky. Patience is definitely necessary, but to anyone reading this who weighs themselves everyday, I'd probably give up if I did. I allow myself, still, and I should know better, to feel good and bad with what the scales says. Not a good strategy, but so hard to break too.
I got a new silver charm for my bracelet of loss today, for a kilo gone, and I'm well on my way to the next. Today's charm is a little silver key.
I'm just going to count them--7 charms now, 7 kilos gone, that's 15+ pounds. And my next charm is within easier reach. I think it will be an animal charm charm, an elephant or a cat.
Onward and downward!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Another view of where I live.
Good surprise this weekend. I accidentally threw the difficult jeans in the dryer with the load of clothes and they were dried on hot. I have never once dried these jeans in the dryer out of fear-- no way were they going to go back on again unless they air-dried and even then, it was always tense.
When I saw what I had done my blood pressure went up. I didn't even dare see how bad the damage was until a day after when I put them on and up they zipped, no trouble. They shrank all right, but so have I.
I've been sneeking peeks at my backside in shop windows as I pass ever since. Still room for improvement, but no question about being on the right track.
I just walked to the full length mirror to get another look-- dark blue boot cut Levi's with a waist that sits at my bellly button and looking good. I put on the highest pair of heels I own and looking damn good. Which means I either need to grow 4 inches or lose another 25 pounds before I try it again.
Only 1.1 pounds lost this week--only I say, silly me, I have had so many weeks with no loss, I'll happily take the 1.1 thank you.
When I restarted just after Xmas, not only would the difficult jeans not go on, and not zip or button, there was a probably three inch gap of non-buttoning.
Onward and downward!
Monday, March 22, 2010
FINALLY -2.3 pounds this am, more than a kilo, after 3 weeks of pretty much nothing! I track religiously, so I know I was never going very far off track with food, and never with exercise. Very frustrating to work so hard and see nothing for it.
I know what the difference is though. I have always been good in fiber, good in fat, at the high end of carbs and low end of protein. I'm not a vegetarian, but have eaten almost half the time like a vegetarian, lots of beans, whole grains, etc.
This past week, just as an experiment, I inversed it, I ate high end of protein, low carbs. In order to get in enough calories I also had to add a handful of raw almonds as a snack.
The first thing I noticed, and this was a welcome change, I wasn't nearly as hungry as I had been for the past couple of weeks. No issues with anything else in particular, except having to spend more $ in fish, chicken breasts, etc and having absolutely to plan whole weeks of food in advance to be sure everything is going to work out. This probably saves time in the long run though and saves wasted food.
So this am I went to the dr who told me I was as healthy as a horse, a bit of an overweight horse, but still, he can't argue with the fact that everything about me except my actual weight is completely healthy. And I weigh -2.3 pounds less than last week.
So, of course I marked the occasional with a charm for my silver bracelet of lost kilos. 2.2 pounds = one kilo, so I just made it.
Today was a really nice one, a silver turtle with tiny legs and head that move. I thought a turtle was an appropriate choice for such slow going lately. But also to remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Monday, March 08, 2010
I'm not sure there are any daisies in that bouquet, but I'm happy to be on the Daisy Team for the 5% Spring Challenge. If I can meet the goals, I'll be another 10 pounds down by the end of the challenge. I go back to the States right before the end, so for me it may end on April 26th, as I probably won't have access to a computer where I'm going for the final few days.
I LOVE having the crunch challenges, and who knows what is coming next to keep it fun. I am doing 100 a day, could do more, but decided to be reasonable.
This is my first activity of this kind to try here and it won't be the last. I found it by accident and am glad I did. The organizers are doing a fabulous job.
So I'm off now to do my crunches, split into two times 50. The cats help me a lot with this, and it would be easier if they didn't!
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