Friday, October 26, 2012
Sticking to this week's theme of Wizard of Oz, the weekend challenge is to eat a "rainbow" of freggies. Get it? Rainbow. Wizard of Oz. Those BLC leaders are such a clever bunch.
I am lucky to live 5 minutes from a multitude of great grocery stores. Whole Foods and New Seasons to the east, and to the west Trader Joes & Joe's Farm (seriously a working farm in the center of our city). Directly north of me is Winco and south of me is a Safeway. In the next block over is Chuck's Produce, a giant independently owned store that specializes in produce.
A quick walk through Chuck's this afternoon and I came home with a bag full of this
I already had the celery hearts, frozen edamame and cherries, cauliflower, V8 juice and olives (which seems like a stretch to count as a vegetable but it's on the list).
After purchasing a giant apple, red grapes, tomatoes and watermelon, I've got my red.
Kiwi gives me three green because, honestly, I'm not going to eat a lime, the juice goes on the watermelon.
Mango smoothie, an orange, papaya, sweet pepper, yam and a package of matchstick carrots makes my yellow/orange quota.
White is a little short with only bananas (obviously from the looks of them they'll become banana pancakes), sweet onion and cauliflower. Maybe I'll go back for a jicama.
Blue/Purple is real shaky with only purple potatoes. It would be easy enough to finish it out with blueberries, prunes and some purple grapes. We'll see how that shakes out.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Our assignment is to revisit our goals from 4 weeks ago and see how we're doing.
1) Strength Training Commitment
Fairly vague goal because anything would be better than nothing. For the most part the only overall strength training I've done is for the weekly TNT. Although . . .
2) Work on Toning My Arms.
This is indeed a form of strength training but I can sit on my fanny and lift 5 or 8 pound weights while I watch TV. It's mindless. And the Granny Bye-Byes, turkey wings, whatever you want to call the jiggly arms, seem to be firming up.
3) Continue to Bring Blood Pressure Down.
Who knows with that one. I don't have a personal BP monitor so I'd have to go to the clinic to have it checked. I can say though that the last appointment I had was my best reading in about 4 years, comfortably in the normal range.
4) Be Consistent with My Freggies.
I'm not averaging 5 a day but I have learned to make roasted cauliflower. And thank heaven for V8 juice.
5) Maintain My Weight
I'm the opposite of a stress eater; the more I've got going on the more likely I am to forget to eat. During the past 4 weeks I've actually dropped a couple of pounds.
6) Knock Off the Nighttime Snacking
Surprised to say I've been doing pretty well with that. It's really a longtime habit I'd like to break.
7) Average One Hour Cardio a Day
Bwaaha-ha-ha-ha. The week the Challenge began, I became responsible for clearing out MIL's house. Between that and being my mom's personal concierge (her term not mine), and a day or two every couple of weeks dealing with 99yr old uncle Jack, the only cardio consistently done are my weekly training walks.
8) Complete the 14 Week 1/2Marathon Training
That's going fairly excellent. The only session I've missed is the weekend I was in Las Vegas and SparkFriend Sherry & I did a nice little 7am 5k from one end of the strip to the other.
So there it is. Meeting Half my goals, not so much the other Half. Not sure that's what they meant by the Halfway point check-up but Half is better than none. 4 more weeks to chip away at the goals I'm not quite achieving.
Friday, September 14, 2012
On the BLC20 team, as we participate in Back To School Week (ie get back to healthy eating and fitness activities) one homework assignment is to blog about our 12 Week Plan For Success.
Mine is directly related to the vision collage I made in the pre-challenge activities
Establish and uphold a Strength Training Commitment (minimum 20 minutes, 3 days a week)with specific attention to working on firming and toning my arms.
As a fundraiser for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, I’ve committed to walk the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Half on December 2. During the timeframe of BLC20, I will be following my Team Challenge schedule of training which includes both walking and strength training.
Be consistent with 5 servings of Freggies a day. I am surrounded by fresh produce markets (Whole Foods, New Seasons, Trader Joes, our local Chuck’s Produce or Joe’s Farm, and in a pinch I can see from my backyard both Safeway and Winco). I have no excuse to say I can’t ingest 5 freggies a day.
Maintain my weight or lower it.
Achieve a daily average of one hour of cardio.
Aim for a lower blood pressure reading. My current walking regime gets full credit for this year’s 20 point decrease in cholesterol and my bone density scan improving enough that my doctor stopped my osteoporosis meds. But that stupid blood pressure reading hasn’t budged.
And I want to curb the urge to snack at night. I know it’s simply habit so I’m going to really work at staying out of the refrigerator at night. Even if I have to go to bed at 7:30!
That’s my plan
For the Picture Day part of our Back To School Week, we’re to post a full body before pic. We’ll just drop that puppy in here. Everyone knows school pictures almost always stink.
Monday, August 27, 2012
On my Walk It Out team, we were assigned the task of finding a SparkRecipe with at least 5 ingredients, preparing said recipe, taking a photo of the result and posting a blog.
In as much as I’d already made a quick stop at the store prior to learning we had this task, it was a true “make it work” moment finding a SparkRecipe that matched up with what I had on hand.
I decided to try Garlic Lime Chicken.
Going through a bit of a lime phase so have those on hand. ✔
Always have chicken in the freezer but currently they’re tenderloins not whole breasts but chicken is chicken. ✔
Heaven knows there is always garlic in my kitchen. ✔
So after making sure there was reduced sodium soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard in the pantry, I was good to go. ✔✔✔
Garlic Lime Chicken
1) chicken breasts
2) 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3) 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4) 1 T Worcestershire sauce
5) 2 cloves garlic, pushed through a press, or minced
and 6) 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
Mooshed a lime onto my juicer and it produced exactly ¼ cup. Whisked it together with the other marinade ingredients, put the chicken tenders into a ziplock, poured the marinade over and sealed.
Instructions were to chill for ½ hour to overnight. My little pieces of chicken rested for about 2 hours. After prepping the grill with non-stick spray and bringing the heat to medium, I placed the tenders on the grill.
After two minutes, flipped them and after another 5 minutes on the grill they were done.
It was easy-peasy, tasty and served with a cup of quinoa & wild rice and 2 cups watermelon chunks, it was a great 632 calorie dinner.
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