Thursday, March 07, 2013
Whole lotta bloggin' going on here this month. That's because I am trying to maintain a streak - a personal streak - of living each day as healthily as I possibly can. I'm making a claim every day and I want it to be true. Of course - there's no Truth Police who will arrest me for saying I made healthy choices when I didn't. Spark People won't kick me off the website. I doubt anybody here would even point out to me that "hey girl - if you're so healthy why are you X pounds?"
But I need to be honest with this claim - for some reason, making it written, posted, stated here - is driving me to hold myself to a truthful claim. I'm actually finding this little morning claim - that is a wee bit of a boast - stays in my consciousness throughout the day. I'm more likely to ask myself if I'm making the right choice, now that I have to 'fess up to that choice the next morning. I feel accountable. For that I must thank You - and Spark People - and my sparkbuddy Pixi-licious. Don't know how this came about - but it did and I'm grateful for it.
But now that it's been almost 2 weeks I realize I have to come up with some definitions - because some days are really healthier than others and I want a set of guidelines for claiming any given day as a healthy one. Because I am not going to be perfect every day but that may not mean I am not making healthy choices. Healthy doesn't mean Perfect.
Take yesterday for instance. I was utterly wiped out after a day that started at 6 and contained a huge work project that kept me out till 10 o'clock. I live on the east coast and if you watched the weather channel at all yesterday you know we had terrifically bad weather. I work 7 miles south of the snow line - so it was torrential rain with snow mixed in the whole day long - but it never got bad enough to close up shop and go home - for a nap. It was raw, bitter, and wet. There was not going to be my normal early morning walk but I did 15 minutes of step aerobics in the living room. That's one for the Healthy Day team.
I went to lunch with a colleague to talk over the previous day's big event and ordered a sandwich - which when it came - had obviously been fried in butter. Ooops. Not a healthy choice.
I cut it in thirds and only ate 1/3, taking the rest home in a box. It was delicious, too. I wasn't able to just let the waitress take it back to the kitchen but I know now I won't eat the rest of it - I'll give it to my dogs. That's two for the Healthy Day team.
At 5 I made that left turn out of the parking lot - the one that takes me to the gym - and lo - it was CLOSED. And by the time I got home I knew my day was done. I didn't even cook dinner. I had an apple and a banana - another for the Healthy Day Team but I followed that by cheese and crackers. A measured amount of cheese and crackers - but really I didn't need the fat or the dairy and would have done much better with some broccoli or a green smoothie - because I knew I hadn't had enough green vegetables yesterday and I'd had dairy with my greasy lunch. So that's my bad for the Not Healthy Day.
so. Of the 5 obvious choices I had yesterday - I made 3 healthy ones and 2 unhealthy ones. Mind now - ALL of these actions were CHOICES. I didn't mindlessly eat or forget to exercise. I assessed where I was, how I felt, what was going on at each moment - and then made a choice. And on a day when I make more healthy choices than unhealthy choices - unless there is some additional issue involved - I am going to call it a Healthy Day and add it to the streak.
Because this is MY PERSONAL HEALTHY STREAK - not a theoretical definition of healthy streak. And in my book - healthy doesn't mean perfect.
Happy Healthy Day to each and every one of you.
Monday, March 04, 2013
I had a slightly higher calorie breakfast ... mostly because I craved it, but it was a healthy one = Kashi go lean with lite almond milk - coming in at 450 calories or so.
Just before lunch I began the baking - and since the package shrieks "DO NOT EAT RAW DOUGH" and since I haven't any idea how long those rolls of cookie dough were lying about in some warehouse before they were trucked to another warehouse and then lay in the bin at the grocery store .... you get the picture ... I had no trouble not eating the dough.
but I did eat some of the cookies. maybe 250 calories worth of them - because I had 2 at the end of the day too.
Lunch was a tiny sliver of left over homemade pizza - so I do know what's baked into this. But only a slim slice ... maybe 100 calories worth - and a lovely fresh and huge apple.
A nice 3 mile walk with husband and dogs was all the exercise I did yesterday. I had intended to get in either 15 minutes of step or another mile of strolling in the a.m. but I didn't. But remember - that extra walking is not a chore for me - it's easy - I just sort of didn't do it and sort of forgot to do it.
There was a late afternoon snack of half a cup of cherry tomatoes and a banana .. not at the same time, of course. This was boredom eating because I was not hungry - but they were also intentional eating because I also figured I needed those nutrients.
Dinner was some curried tofu which I made from scratch - again - good ingredients - lots of veggies. @ 200 calories.
Movie time included 200 calories worth of oil popped pop corn. I know, but Himself makes it and that's the only way he will make it. I never crave pop corn but when it's in the house, hot and salty, I will eat some. Two cereal bowls full = about 200 calories.
At the end of the day I had a weight watcher light ice cream bar that comes in at 150 calories. This is my End Of The Day Chocolate that puts a period to the day's eating. It would be wonderful if I'd thought of that before the movie time popcorn - but there it is.
counting the calories in the bananas and tomatoes the day probably held 1,550 calories.
Now - most of what I ate yesterday was not just healthy but was the right portion size. What I'm questioning is how many 'treats' there were in that day. The chocolate ice cream at the end of the day, the oil popped pop corn in the middle, and those cookies - all added up to 600 calories. Yikes. more than 1/3 of the calories I ate were 'treat' foods. I think this needs to be addressed. Maybe limit the % of calories I can devote to treats. I wonder.
So. Was it a healthy day? I'm claiming it as one - but would you?
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