Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I joined SparkPeople on May 5, 2010. That seems like a very long time ago, especially considering that, according to calculations at that time, I should have reached my goal and been 'done' and maintaining at this stage of the game. Ah well.
I quit smoking November 1, 2010. I have probably had a total of 2 1/2 cigarettes since that day. I call that a success.
I've participated in 4 Half marathons and countless 5K and 10K walks and runs.
I've volunteered for several run/walk events.
I've met some wonderful SparkPeople face to face who I now count as friends, although we don't get to see each other often.
I've made friends with other SparkPeople who I may never meet in person, but who impact my life positively and I'm grateful to know.
I help GayeMC lead the SparkPortland team, and as a team we have volunteered at the Food Bank together, we've gone on walks together, we've shared meals together.
I've had good days (months?) and bad. I've cheered on and encouraged friends and people I do not know, alike. I've been the recipient of similar support and enthusiasm.
This is a reflective time of year for me. Where I've been, what I've done, where I want to go. It's all up to me, after all. It's my decision. It's my time, and I decide what to do with it. I choose to continue forward, accepting the bumps and detours and roadblocks that I encounter, and figuring out how to work around them when necessary.
Monday, October 29, 2012
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! I sure did. We spent Saturday doing lots of shopping and errands, and Sunday at home with the 'kids' doing chores.
We managed to, without actually meaning to, buy a new quilt and area rugs for the bedroom! We also bought some of those vacuum storage bags - you know the ones, you stuff this huge amount of blankets or clothes into the bag, then suck all the air out of them with the vacuum and they're flatter than a whole-wheat pancake! This is a good thing, because I apparently have a ~thing~ for quilts and blankets, as after we got the new quilt home, Bill started sorting out the old ones and stowing them away. We have quite a few LOL thank goodness for the storage bags!
We hit all our favorite stores and got the groceries out of the way as well. It's nice to get running around done on one day so you can spend the next at home. I'm absolutely one of those people (introvert?) who needs at least one day at home to recharge and re-energize.
We also bought some totes and I sorted out summer/too small clothes.
I know it's only temporary, but it was bitter-sweet to pack away the size 16s that have been waiting patiently for me to squeeze my butt and thighs into them. Sigh. Ah well. I kept out the motivational pair to gaze upon longingly to keep up the desire to keep on track.
Sunday was spent doing laundry, cleaning, organizing, storing, sweeping, puppy grooming, snacking, and ignoring my menu plan. Pfft! Whatevs.
I've put the BodyBugg back on, set my game face...
..read my menu plan, established a schedule of activities for the week, and I'm ready.
Did you hear me, fat?
I'm coming for you, and I'm showing no mercy. You're doing DOWN!
Friday, October 26, 2012
I thought about Half Baked, but that's not entirely apt.
I've been on a baked fruit kick for breakfast these last couple of weeks. When I was recovering (lounging?) at home, I was lucky to have this hot fresh out of the oven. Bill has been thoughtful enough to make a new batch of this every other evening so I can bring it to work with me for breakfast the next morning.
Reboot Apple Peach Bake
4 Peaches, sliced (remove pit)
2 Apples chopped
3 Tbsp. Raisins – Figs are a great substitution
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon (or more to taste)
Spray baking dish with canola oil (or use non-stick cookware)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl then place into oven safe baking dish and cover
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until apples are soft
Cool and enjoy!
Serving Size: 2
Now, we've been making a variation of this - usually just one peach, one apple, one pear, cinnamon, and a handful of raisins. That of course changes the nutrition information, but you get the gist of it based on the recipe above.
It's very important that you cover the pan before you bake. I forgot one time, and while it was still edible, it wasn't as juicy yummy as usual.
This is wonderful with either plain or honey greek yogurt (.25 cup) and sometimes a serving of granola. It is SO yummy and filling and satisfying.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
So I'm feeling more of the physically active mojo lately, and that's a good thing.
Bill and I have a walk scheduled for after work with the puppies, and then I'll finish off with a 2-3 mi run afterward.
We walked at OHS last evening, but that was only about an hour or so.
On the strength side of things.. well, Irish is incredible in what she has accomplished and absolutely made me realize I need to get back into that weights/strength game again.
Go check out her blog and tell me she's not amazing!
Talk about motivation to make it happen!
I am not comparing myself to Irish, or anyone else. I ~am~ admiring her hard-won ability and strength, and using that to motivate me!
I can swing the crunches, but honey I'm no where near close to the other numbers. Heck, I can't even do ONE boy pushup! I struggled doing 5 girl pushups the other evening (yes, after reading that blog), and rather than giving up, I opted to change to wall pushups until I can rebuild that strength again.
Don't give in to failure - go around it!
So I'm doing crunches and wall pushups alternately each day now. I still have my gym membership until March, so I really do need to make use of it. Just from the crunches and WPs, I can feel my muscles, a little achy, and I've missed that feeling!
My nutrition, however, is still in the crapper.
It's the same ole pattern - eating well during the day because I'm at work and I have my meals and snacks packed and portioned. When we got home last night, I had a delish chicken chili kind of dish Bill made in the crockpot, with a slice of bread. That should have been enough. Instead, I cruised like a shark toward the snack cabinet and spied the Ritz crackers.
Y'all know my horrible history with these crackers. Bill bought them while I was in recovery mode and not leaving the house. Believe me, he got the 'you suck' glare from me when he unpacked them initially. I had ignored them clear up until I didn't, and then I caved.
A sleeve of crackers with greek yogurt jalapeno dip later, I was overstuffed, uncomfortable, and frankly disgusted with myself - at least I was when I woke up this morning. There's always the morning after remorse.
I logged it, and my calorie count was ridiculous. Seriously ridiculous.
And that's why I'm still where I am. Yes, I'm gathering my resources and marshaling my troops and getting my *ss into gear - I need to reign in my eating, get my nutrition in order, and balance things out.
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