Monday, October 20, 2014
I made it through a full week!
Sugar: Well, the cravings are still here. Iíve switched to eating sweet foods without added sugar, which I guess, is better than eating a ton treat foods (eg, having a frozen banana blended with plain greek yogurt or eating an apple/strawberries/grapes instead of _____). My cravings are happening at night. Not sure if thereís something else triggering it, or if itís because prior to last week, I used to eat my treats sometime after I got home from work.
Alcohol: I feel like my body is mad about not having sugar, so the alcohol part has been a piece of cake, internally. Externally, it has been a bit of a struggle. I would much rather go to a wine festival with my mom and grandparents on a Saturday afternoon instead of watching a marathon of Gilmore Girls, but I didnít trust myself not to drink at the wine fest (and the peer pressure from my mom to go to the wine festival pretty much solidified that I would have ended up having at least some wine if I went).
And then thereís the little things, like last night DH made an old fashioned that looked tasty and ordinarily I would try a sip of it, but had to stop myself. Thankfully, he didnít say anything negative or peer-pressurey when I explained that I wanted to try it but couldnít (or wouldnít?).
All that aside, Iíve been super slacking on my running goal for the month. Iíve been coming up with fantastic excuses on why I canít get a second run in each week. Itís just a bad case of the I-donít-wannas, but I have been short on my measly 10 miles goal the past 2 weeks because of it.
Hope everyone is off to a great start this week! Determined to make this week better than last week!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Iíve been whining a lot about what Iíve been eating, but I really have no ground to stand on because Iím not doing anything about it! I am literally complaining about eating too many sweets, and then going and buying (or getting DH to buy) more sweets! And this all culminated in us going to Sweet Frog in lieu of having dinner last week. Yes, we did that.
Well, the time has come for me to do something about it, starting today and going through the end of the month.
No added sugar, artificial sugar, candy, sweets, etc.
Yes to more veggies, fruit and lean protein
I actually texted DH and his first response was, ďwhat about backpacking?Ē This is going to be an uphill battle... We usually have Cliff bars, oatmeal with brown sugar in it, a victory beer at the campsite, drinks by the fire, etc. on our backpacking trips. It is definitely going to be tough, especially since it's looking like we will have a group with us. I even toyed with the idea of not having wine but having other drinks, but that felt like a cop-out (because it is!).
Foods/snacks that I need to replace:
Cliff bars- need portable high protein snack for backpacking
Alcohol- need something exciting to drink at the top of the mountain
--Thinking sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime?
Openly soliciting ideas for the above items for our trip next weekend
I didn't reach all of my goals last week either, and I had a total lack of energy/motivation. There were 2 days where I planned to run (and even changed into my running clothes on one day) and didn't run!
Plan for this week:
Find a new salad dressing recipe that doesn't have honey in it
Run 3 days this week
Do yoga videos on my non-running days
Stick to IF M-F and one day this weekend
DETERMINED to make this a great week!
Monday, October 06, 2014
So my goals are going okay so far. If you count the end of September, I did complete my 10 miles, did two yoga videos, tried out IF on the weekend and made a new recipe! I had 14 hour fasts on Saturday and Sunday, which is more than normal. Much easier to control when I eat when I am home. I would also include 'what I eat,' but that is not my strong suit right now...
Everything else is pretty blah. I think I need to eat more food during the day so I don't get so ravenous when I get home.
Anyways... I did a ton of prepping and cooking this weekend. I made veggie broth, chicken broth, two different kinds of chicken soup and 2 enchilada casseroles. I made enough of each to put some in the freezer.
Speaking of freezer, not sure if I've already told people or not, but I save all of my veggie scraps in a bag (ok, multiple bags) in the freezer and then use them to make veggie broth, or chicken broth if we have any chicken bones saved. I found the idea online awhile ago and always save my scraps now. Its super easy, eliminates a lot of waste and homemade is always better.
All of the bags of scraps that came out of my freezer:
Chicken soup recipes:
For this one, I added chopped onions and carrots and didn't add the frozen peas or corn.
This week, I'm planning to meet up with my mom and maybe some people from the running group Tuesday and Thursday. Hoping to get a faster run in on Wednesday with DH (depending on if he wants to exercise on his only day off...). Planning to keep working on finishing the videos in the 30 day yoga challenge series on the non-running days.
Anyways.. hope everyone has a good week!
Monday, September 22, 2014
I have been meaning to write a blog, and keep putting it off for some reason.
DHís internship did not turn into the job he had hoped it might, and he is still looking for jobs in his field. Therefore, he is back to bartending. This is good financially right now because the internship really cut into our income all summer. He is actively looking for something new (if you know anyone who needs an entry-level GIS person, weíre open to moving!).
DH and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last Wednesday! We actually went backpacking the weekend before as our celebration, but went out for dinner (and Sweet Frog...) on Wednesday.
BackpackingÖ I thought it was going to be brutal (it was), but we had so much fun! We essentially did 3 circuit trails that all shared the same parking area. We hiked a 6 mile loop with a daypack on Friday then headed back to the car to get our big packs. It was super foggy everywhere, so we didnít get any pictures of the great views we were supposed to have had. Temps were mild, which was nice since we were working up a sweat! We hiked 3 miles and slept in the Cowcamp Gap shelter off the Appalachian Trail. Woke up to more fog and rain and hiked out to the car. These trails all had wide open meadows at the top (reminded me of The Sound of Music), but with more fog. Not gonna lie, we spent like an hour in the car attempting to dry off, eating and trying to decide when we should get back on the trail.
Side note: As weird as the do-a-hike-then-stop-by-the-car thing was, it really helped with the weight, as we carried less food/water/clothes with us the whole time. And I got to change my pants and boots after our soggy morning hike!
We started the Tar Jacket Ridge hike around 11:30 in the rain. In a cloud. There were giant ferns, like 10-15ft visibility and lots of cool looking trees. I asked DH if it was weird that I thought I was going to see a dinosaur pop out at any moment (he didnít). Very Jurassic Park. AnywaysÖ we had picked out our future camp spot on the map, but passed a couple hiking north who said there was a nice looking spot 10 minutes from where were on top of the ridge. It was awesome! Clouds dissipated around 7 and we had the best sunset view ever. We made a fire, dried our stuff off, had dinner and made some drinks. (Also- finally tried using our dehydrator to make backpacking food. Veggie pasta was a success!).
We were on the trail by 8:15 the next morning and hiked a little over 5 miles to the car. Did about 27 miles total.
I had MAJOR sweets cravings all last week, and gave in pretty much every day. Not sure what the deal was. Free cake at work, requesting DH to bring me something sweet 2 days this week on his way home from work, cupcakes at a birthday party... It was bad (but tasted so good!). Determined to make much better food choices this week. Food is fuel!
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