Tuesday, February 26, 2013
We came across this documentary last night on Netflix and decided to give it a go.
Firstly, I am really happy J watched this with me. Sometimes I feel like he thinks I'm crazy and going off the healthy deep end or something ("What do you mean you had too much sodium today? You didn't add any salt to ____." or "If you want it, just eat it. You're too strict with watching calories.").
The documentary discusses secrets and tricks the food and weight loss industries don't want you to know in order to get you hooked on their products. They have a whole slew of scientists, nutritionists and other experts in the fields to explain what happen inside and outside of your body when you ingest these substances. They also explain that you're unsatisfied after a lot of processed foods because your body is still starved for many essential nutrients.
One interesting concept they brought up is the “you can’t out-exercise and unhealthy diet.” Instead of discussing it from the perspective of weight loss, they discussed it from the perspective of increased toxins in the body. A lot of the nasty nasty (the ingredients you can’t pronounce) are fat-soluble and burning fat without decreasing ingestion of these toxins can cause a buildup of said toxins. It was an interesting perspective and further backing to make changes to your diet and then incorporate exercise.
They also really emphasized the concept of our sugar addiction in the US (and elsewhere) and how even if you’re not spooning sugar onto your food, it is lurking everywhere! (Most breads, crackers, yogurt etc) J and I even joked on it because he has seen me get crazy on each of those items searching like a wild animal for sugar (yes, I just admitted that in public)
The only thing I really didn't agree with is juicing. They had a good 5-10 minutes where all of the experts were talking about all of the positive benefits of juicing. J and I talked about it afterwards and even he was interested in juicing! I believe you need some substance/fiber to your meal or you’ll be hungry again. J was pretty sure they were using a food processor (aka food pulp stays in the juice). I’m pretty sure juicing “juices” the food. I did like the mention of adding the green veggies and spices to the juice to help rid your body of toxins (kale, swiss chard, cilantro and parsley were all specifically named)
Either way, I feel like the documentary opened food discussion between us and helped inform him with a lot of the knowledge I’ve gotten through my journey with Sparkpeople. He even showed interest in doing a healthy detox (I HATE that word/concept, but I digress…) of eating only fresh fruit, vegetables and unprocessed meats for a week or two to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Weather is up in the air. Friday is calling for rain/freezing rain (60% chance) and 50% chance of rain on Saturday. If it's raining, I don't really see us going hiking. I still plan to get in a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise regardless on Saturday.
To cut down on drinking:
1. I bought a smaller Tervis tumbler. Smaller cup= smaller drinks
2. Seltzer water between drinks
3. drink 5 cups of water before drinking any alcohol
eggs and oats, yogurt, fruit
(others are having a breakfast casserole with eggs, potatoes and sausage on Saturday and sausage gravy with biscuits for Sunday)
chicken tortilla soup or bean soup (both are homemade, so low in sodium)
(other are also having kielbasa or hotdogs
chicken pot pie (reduced fat crescent rolls, veggies, potatoes and 2 cans of reduced fat cream of chicken soup. Not the healthiest, but better than some options)
macaroni and cheese (others are also having steak, I'm having a piece of grilled chicken)
quesadillas (with reduced fat cheddar)
non-fat greek yogurt
dessert: (because what is camping without a dutch over dessert)
I'm going to the gym tomorrow to do a 3 mile run and upper body exercises. I took off work Friday so we can do our 8 mile run before we go (now that's dedication!)... and because last time we didn't get there until 9pm and it was REALLY freaking cold!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sorry to say, but this is another non-meal planning week again. Tonight is the only night J has off work. We're making a recipe we've made previously
Honey Mustard Roasted Chicken
We're making it in the crock pot again since that worked well last time. This will be dinner tonight and probably tomorrow night. I made a bean soup in the crock pot yesterday (no recipe, just threw some stuff together) that will be my lunch this week and probably dinner a for a night or two. I have also been eating salads with my lunch to get some extra veggies in.
I will have a camping food menu by the end of the week. I have volunteered (and it has been requested of me) to do the camping food shopping and prep again for the trip. I actually enjoy this, so it's not really extra work. J wants me to remake the chicken tortilla soup I made last week to bring with us.
(mods: I added 3/4 cup pre-soaked dry navy beans and used 3-4c of chicken broth, fresh jalapenos in place of canned chilies and fresh tomatoes in place of canned)
Today is our makeup day for the long run we were supposed to do over the weekend (7 miles). We have been trying to do the long runs together, but weather and our schedules have not worked out so well. I decided against running the the snow/rain on Saturday. J ended up working late and it was just a slushy mess outside.
I've had 3 days in a row doing the bare minimum 10 minutes of exercise to keep my streak alive. (no running since Wednesday!). We added an extra 3 miles into last week's runs to eat up one of the 3 milers for this week. The next long run (8mi) is planned for Friday morning before we go camping.
My brain/body is all out of whack. I've been consciously eating more than I should, even when I'm not hungry. I feel like I'm succumbing to the winter blahs! And also the "I deserve this because I've been running lot" justification snacks. Except the snacks are things like cheesecake, chocolate fundue, brownies and lemon cake. (yes, all thing I have eaten more than one portion of since Friday...).
I'm losing sight of what I want to achieve here! Healthy lifestyle, healthy relationship with food, enjoying exercise, feeling strong, looking great and feeling great about how I look. Okay, so maybe I know what I want, but I keep zig-zagging over the path on how to get there! And I have been in this same boat for almost a year- gaining and losing the same 5-10 pounds!
End on a positive note:
My mom got a puppy yesterday!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I haven't been as active on SP since I was in San Antonio a few weeks ago. I have still been tracking my fitness minutes and nutrition, but not as active in the spark community (sorry! working on it!)
1/2 marathon training is going well. I haven't had nearly as many "mental hurdle" runs as I thought I would (the ones where you have to force yourself to keep going). We're also planning ahead for weekends where we will not be home to make sure we reschedule the long runs without missing any shorter runs.
I have also started doing yoga videos off of youtube. I love it! It is so relaxing and has helped me not be sore from running more miles each week. Whenever we move from here (pending new jobs...), I'd like to join a gym that offers classes so I can do yoga and get back into spinning.
I've been doing well on most days ( a lot more days recently where I'm not pushing my max calories, which is a good change). I also had my worst day on record this past weekend. 3,729 calories. In one day. And only 20g of fiber and 61g of protein. It was mostly candy, cupcakes and alcohol. The weight I gained is definitely not all water weight- I ate over 1 entire pound's worth of calories! I also felt like a big blob all day Sunday (and still kind of feel that way today!).
I need to find a better way to deal with food and alcohol. I think deprivation is leading to binges. With alcohol, I don't really drink unless there is a special occasion, which is fine because I don't crave it. With sweets, I actually have been craving them, and allowing myself to have something a few times per week (mini candy bar etc). I feel like I've tried each of the methods- abstain, moderation and eat whatever you want with no success.
I haven't made a meal plan worthy of posting since before I was in TX. I didn't have one that week because I wasn't home and didn't have one the week afterward because J worked every night except Monday. We made a one dish meal last night with chicken, green beans and potatoes with an italian dressing mix packet.
I'll be making a plan for next week and next weekend and will post them when I finish. We are going camping next weekend, and will probably do the joint meals again, as it was easier to pack and coordinate.
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