Monday, September 24, 2012
And I am.
3 hours of kennel kids walking on Friday morning.
3 1/2 hours walking 13.25 miles Saturday morning.
3 1/2 hours heavy weeding and raking and hauling on behalf of the kennel kids on Sunday morning.
Maybe there's nothing actually wrong with being grumpy or a bit off. Maybe it's just part of the regular cycle of (my) life and I should stop berating myself for not feeling like a little ray of sunshine all the time.
This should be a relatively low-impact week for me. A bit of this, a bit of that, a bargain trip to Texas and back between Friday and Monday to celebrate Ms. Poppy turning 1. Hard to argue with that kind of joy coming down the pike.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I'm grumpy. Like super-uber grumpy. I'm chalking it up to residual TOM stuff, waking up in nightmares recently, and all around moodiness. As such, I'm going to keep my nasty tongue to myself and simmer a bit until I'm somewhat more level-headed and not so snippy.
On the positive side, I ~am~ looking forward to walking with the SparkPortland team on Saturday. That will absolutely rub off some of the grumpiness. Hopefully I'll resume communicating with all y'all again sometime shortly after that.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Almost, but no cigar.
Sept. 10 nutrition:
3 cups of coffee
6 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder
1 serv. almond cashew butter
3/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 med. sweet potato
1 serv. white bean and tomato sauce
1 med. apple
1 Clif Kid Z frosted oatmeal bar
6 oz boneless skinless baked chicken breast
1/2 cup brown rice
1 pat unsalted butter
2 cup steamed veggies
10 Townhouse crackers
2 tbsp tzatziki sauce
6 Dove dark chocolate squares
Calories In: 1897
2 mile run in Saucony Mirage runners, 30 min.
Calories Out: 526
260 (BodyBugg calories above Spark estimate)
Total Burned 2,684
Alright calories out.
Well, except for the discrepancy.
Karen offered a great suggestion of a big healthy smoothy to have available during the day to help ward off the grazing that's been happening on weekends. It is a great idea. Whether or not I would grab that as opposed to a bag of granola, a pear, some lunch meat, some cheese, crackers, dip, etc. etc. is iffy. Nothing seemed to satisfy over the weekend, hence the grazing and trying to different things. It's like my mind goes "period = free-for-all to sooth the mouth craving" since my stomach wasn't really all that hungry.
Ah well. It's an ongoing battle that I'll have to thwart at some point.
Yesterday was goodish, for a while at least. Work and being on a schedule helps keep my mind and my hands busy. Getting home, I laced up new Mirage runners and gave them a try. They were on sale on the Team Estrogen site and well.. I bit. It's a way to give minimalist running a try without going for full blow Vibrams, etc. It was an interesting experience. I recalled other folks going minimalist and the fact that they broke themselves into the process slowly, so I figured a nice slow 2 miles would be about right. I tossed in a few extra walk intervals after my shins started aching yet again. Due to the shoes or due to my not running consistently (this has happened before) it's hard to say, so I'll continue to give them a try and see how things shake out. My ankles are making themselves a bit more known this morning than they ever have before, so I'll take that into consideration as time goes on.
Once I finished off the run (and felt unjustifiably righteous) I had a delish dinner of baked chicken and rice and veggies. I was really satisfied and sated. But.. my mouth, my hormones, my bad attitude, my whatever decided it wanted to munch a bit more. I opted for crackers and tzatziki, which is better than crackers and peanut butter. Then, as if by rights of TOM I am entitled to a serving of chocolate Just Because.. yep, I tossed them in as well.
Not a great eating day, but eaking closer to being within range again. That BodyBugg read-out is problematic as well. It shows a good calorie burn for the day, even with only a 2 mile run, and is higher than Spark's estimate. So then I look at it, and at my calories in and think 'not so bad' but it really is. If I want to see real movement, in the appropriate direction, on the scale then I need to work harder at a better deficit.
Yes yes, a constant work in progress. I'm working it.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The weekend was a bust. Karen, apparently you were closer to the point than I realized when you mentioned perimenopause. Ugh. A shortened cycle is not my idea of fun, let me just say. I must figure out a way to, if dealing with it over the weekend, keep control and not let it get the best of me.
I had good moments.. high calorie burns on Friday and Sunday, so I feel good about that. Saturday I basically grazed on any and everything. I'll wait until the water weight is shed and see where I stand with things.
Here's to resuming normalcy yet again. Walk. Run. Gym. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
I wasn't sure that I would, but I did.
Sept. 5 nutrition:
2 cups of coffee
5 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder
1 Chobani no-fat peach greek yogurt
1/2 cup Nature's path granola
1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
3 oz chicken breast
2 cups mixed sauted veggies
1 giant-*ss cookie
1 Frigo light string cheese
3 oz chicken breast
1 cups mixed sauted veggies
1 slice garlic sourdough bread
1 pat butter
Calories In: 1576
2 hours OHS dog walking
Calories Out: 700
Total Burned 2,858
Excellent calories in.
Excellent calories out.
I thought I was going to go over my calorie range again yesterday. D*mn office meetings anyway. We had another one, and they had the big cookies again. Sigh. I waited until the end then sauntered by the platter. Stinkin' coworkers couldn't be bothered to finish off all the cookies, so there were plenty left. I felt duty-bound to take one.
What? Is that a little too dramatic? Ok, fine, you're right. There was no duty there, just craving. And you'd think I'd learn! I ate the thing back at my desk and mostly.. sorta.. kinda.. enjoyed it. It was alright. It left me feeling somewhat cravey though. Not crazy (that's a normal state here, don'tcha know!?) but wanting more sugar and flour and crunchy sweet stuff.
I resisted, had a pear instead, and finished off my at-work eating with a string cheese. It was just right, and held me over as I headed to OHS to walk the kennel kids. I know I go on about them, but they're just SUCH lovies and make my day. Yes, my own kids are just as much lovies and snuggies and precious to me, even moreso, but the kennel kids are just extra special.
I realized my legs were pretty tired about the third or fourth trip back up the path. Roxanne can tell you I'm not a big fan of hills - I can do them fine, I just like to do them slowly (she does NOT have a slow gear in her body LOL) and this path is no different. The dogs, on the other hand, mostly like to go loping up the grade. At one point, I must admit, I was tugged up the hill by a little dachshund/mix! Oy!
Bill is settling into walking very nicely, so while he finished up walking a couple of kids an extra round, I spent kennel time with a few others. I brought out the brush and got positive reviews for my efforts LOL imagine a wiggling behind and little legs stretching to push back into the bristles for moooooorrrrrreeeeee!
All in all, a good evening with the kennel kids then home we went for dinner and puppie nuggles. Instead of cooking anything, I finished off the leftover chicken and veggies. It's probably a good thing I don't report on what Bill eats daily - you'd turn me in for spousal neglect. No matter how much I nag.. erm.. remind him he needs to eat healthily as well, he doesn't. He had a peanut butter and jelly sammich for lunch, and a peanut butter and jelly sammich for dinner.
I offered to make him something, but he wasn't interested. I'm telling you, this walking thing is great for quelling an appetite! Anyway, perhaps that should be one of my new goals - get my husband to eat a healthy balanced amount of food each day.
Ah well. This is my Friday this week so I have another three days off!
We're kennel-kidding early tomorrow morning, then I'm getting my hairs cut one last time before the Half (I'm planning on letting it grow out), then hopefully doing some menu planning and grocery listing.
Saturday I've asked Bill if he'd like to come with me to check out the trail we'll be on for the Multnomah Falls Trail race at the end of the month!
Sunday we'll meet other OHS volunteers for a mulch-spreading party to beautify the trail area and then probably hitting up the grocery store and seeing about getting ready for the week.
Inbetween all of that, our own kiddies will get dragged around the neighborhood repeatedly to wear the lil boogers out.
Hopefully it won't be too hot here over the next several days. We've got stuff to do! And, I'm determined to not let weekend eating get the best of me. I'm going to make a point to stay on track, and on plan, as much as possible!
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