Friday, February 08, 2008
Today, I'm at 167.8. I broke the 168 mark FINALLY! I realize it's only by 2 oz., but that's okay.
I'm going to a Chocolate Event this weekend. The Texas Culinary Academy is having an event where they demonstrate making various chocolate things. It's like an alcoholic going to a wine-tasting, I know. I had an Onion calendar-of-the-day one time that said "I'm like a choco-holic, only for booze."
Here's why I'm going. I love chocolate. I love the smell of it, and the taste of it (not dark, though.) I don't believe success comes from deprivation. I don't think avoidance of temptation can be sustained long term. I don't want to live in fear of what might be lurking around the corner. Instead, I want to be able to go to something like this, enjoy the AROMA, sample delicately, be reasonable, and move on without freaking out.
BTW, my new mantra, thanx to another SP'er "Am I doing good for my body?" is keeping me from putting bad things into my pie-hole.
I had a nutritionist named Sally Bowman, who really helped me change my relationship with chocolate. Mind you, I never was one to have a bag of Reese's pb cups or anything like that. BUT, as every calorie counts, she taught me how to have the most fun with chocolate without a slam in calories, sugar and fat.
Here's her advice:
1) Get expensive, good quality chocolate. My two favorites are Lindt Milk Chocolate Truffles (some nasty b*tch that worked for me got me hooked on these - I hate her for it....okay, that's not true.) Anyway, my other favorite is the milk chocolate blocks of European chocolate I can get at Central Market for $6.99 a pound.
2) Put one piece of that chocolate in your mouth and HOLD IT! DO NOT CHEW IT! Let it melt, swish it around your mouth, let it hang out on the roof, swirl around your tongue (I hope I'm not causing any other choc-o-holic to go crazy here.)...and then let is slowly slide down your throat. Don't wash it down with anything. Let it live in there. Then, wait 15 minutes before having another. Most of the time, you don't need another.
Oh, my, it's a whole new experience to eat chocolate this way. VERY satisfying. It's been a lifesaver for me, too.
What else did Sally teach me? She taught me to always eat protein with carbs. I asked her if this meant to make sure I had peanuts with my chocolate. Not QUITE what she had in mind, but she did say it was better than just straight chocolate.
She also taught me to eat when my hunger was a 5, not a 10!
So here's to looking the Devil in the face, giving him a big sloppy kiss, and then walking away without getting knocked up. I'll let you know how the event goes.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
My Personal Aromatherapy? NEOPRENE! Neoprene makes me CRAZY! I LOVE the smell of neoprene! :) (Before you think me nutz, it's because I'm a scuba diver.)
The spinning class I took last night is taught by an amazing woman who owns her own engineering firm, AND who's an expert scuba dive instructor.
She had her workout bag next to her bike last night, and she opened it up. Obviously at some point she's had scuba stuff in it because it smelled of NEOPRENE.
Geez, it was all I could do to stop from going over to her bag, sticking my face in it, and inhaling. Inhale!!! Breathe INNNN, Breathe out, breathe INNN. Oh, my, it was WONDERFUL! Good thing I had a bike close to the front so I could smell it while I was burning off all those calories. MMmmm...delicious.
Okay, enough from me. I obviously have nothing to contribute here but silliness today.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Today, another SP'er who lost 15 POUNDS! shared her secrets with me. I promised I wouldn't tell (fiber, weights, water, fiber, weights, water.) I'm not telling them to YOU, I'm just repeating those to myself so I don't forget them. :)
WAY TO GO KEYWEST3! You're going to KEY WEST! (Do you dive, by the way?)
Anyway, fiber - I'd never even CONSIDERED this! Hm. So, after she said that, I looked at my rankings, and found them to be piss-poor! In fact, I didn't even know what foods had fiber in them. Embarrassing, right?
Perhaps I never knew about fiber (now mind you, this is personal, so don't go blabbing)... because I've never had any trouble with constipation. Haha. I could tell you a funny joke about this, but maybe this blog isn't the place? :) It's all about Homer in the Library. OH, you'll never guess.
Anyway, maybe if I'd had that kind of trouble, I would have known about it. So I searched on SP (of COURSE), and I found a great article (which is now in my favorites) about fiber. I like the visual in my head now of how fiber sweeps the insides clean.
KEYWEST3 gave me some good suggestions for what to eat with fiber. I was afraid the answer was going to be Wheaties or Oatmeal (I'd sooner eat, well, dog-poop than Wheaties, Corn Flakes, Bran or really any other kind of cereal either. Why not is a story you DON'T want to hear!) Anyway, ideas like Weight Watchers yogurt are VERY palatable to me.
Okay, so the next secret - weights. Okay, okay. I HEAR you! I keep HEARING that I need to lift weights, but you just have NO idea how much I hate it. Although, you know...I DID lift weights this week. And I did Leg Extensions and Leg Curls until I FAILED at them...and I wasn't sore afterwards. My very sweet husband said that's because my legs are in such good shape from all the walking and arc training I do. I love him.
Here's why I hate weights. I have bursitis. I have it in my knees (I can't run, and after a 4 hour walk, I can't walk for a day. I've learned to live with that.) But I have it BAD, BAD in my shoulders. Chest presses HURT, but they don't hurt my chest. They hurt my shoulders, and not in a good way. Shoulder lifts, lat pull downs, rear delt rows. They all HURT, and not in my muscles. So what's a girl to do about this? Any ideas, those of you wasting your time reading my blog?
Water. The third secret. I'm right there with her. I can drink water all darn day long. ALL DAY LONG. Put it in front of me, I'm drinking it. I've got that one down.
I just want to say publicly again how much I appreciate the people who are writing and interacting with me. It's a really interesting phenomenon what's going on here at SP. I think when I make my goals, I will be able to say whole-heartedly that the biggest contributor to my success is SP and you.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I found a great site this morning while perusing for calories on some things. Here's what I liked:
* It has the nutrition information in the form of a nutrition label - that's fairly standard now.
* It has graphs in the middle that show Caloric Ratio, Nutrient Balance, and Nutritional Target.
* It has ratings created by Nutrition Data for Weight Loss, Optimum Health, and Weight Gain.
* It has The Good and The Bad on each food.
* It has Better Choices Substitutions for that food that are based on your goals (loss, health or gain)
* Then it has a TON of other information like Glycemic Load and Protein Quality.
I think this is going to make a great compliment to the SparkPeople site for me. I like the visuals of it.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Thanx, KeyWest, for instantly forgiving me, had I ended up taking the day off. Ironically, the time you wrote the comment on my blog is exactly the time I finished the workout I didn't want to do! :)
I did the baby-steps. I put on my tennis shoes, and I went in the workout room to see what was up with my DDR game (Dance Dance Revolution). Next thing you know, I'd burned 510 calories. It was tough, though. I watched every one of those bad boys. I want to reserve my days off for ON PURPOSE days off, not lazy days off.
Thanx again for watching my blog. Keeps me honest and moving.
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