Got home from work tonite and the house smelled great. Turns out DH bought some ground turkey and a bunch of beans and made a fantastic turkey chili in our new crockpot....without a recipe.
Boy was it good. He is becoming a great Lo fat, lo salt, lo cal chef. I couldn't ask for anything more!
We also recently bought a blender and a hot air popcorn popper so we even have healthy smoothies and popcorn. I really enjoy eating this way a lot more than I enjoy cheeseburgers, french fries and donuts.
I'm starting week 4 of the Spark your Body Challenge and feeling great. I've been doing the extra exercise and watching what I eat and have actually lost 10 pounds this month! I can't believe it! I didn't even lose this much when I first started Spark People.
The weekend was fun. It was so cold and windy that I didn't walk outside at all, I just walked with Leslie and marched for 30 min while watching a movie. I got at least 30 minutes a day but the intensity wasn't as high as when I am trekking in the mountains.
We drove into a town about 45 min away from the cabin for a "Winter Farmer's Market" that was being held. It was a lot of fun to walk around. We bought a bottle of local wine, some local gouda cheese and some freshly baked whole wheat bread. As we were driving back up the mountain we stopped and invited a mountain neighbor over for an impromptu New Year's celebration since we hadn't seen them since Christmas. We had a really nice time. However, the "snack" turned out to be 700 calories. Luckily, because we were driving during lunch it served as our lunch and I was only 100 calories over my target.
I can't track my calories when I am at the cabin (no Internet) but I am learning to keep my portions down and make good choices and am staying much closer to my target range than I used to on the weekends. I think it is good practice for me not to be able to track everything and try to make healthy eating my "norm".
I am getting more comfortable with my changing body size.
Some days I feel really slender, other days really fat, but most days I just feel like a large woman. Its ok to be large, its not ok to be very obese like I was. I am at the bottom of the obese bmi now and can't wait to get into the upper overweight zone. Isn't that weird, to be excited to be overweight?
I am most happy to be feeling so energetic and full of life. I want to keep this feeling forever. It's not important how I look, its how healthy I am. I go back to the MD in March to have my Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure and other vitals checked. I can't wait. I actually skipped up 2 flights of stairs at work yesterday.
Today I have finished 2 of Coach Nicole's videos and am going swimming in half an hour. I feel great.
Yesterday wasn't one of my best. I ate over my specified number of calories and I only did 10 min of aerobic exercise. Today will be and actually already is a better day. I exercised 30 min this am and did the Spark Challenge video before I came to work. I am well within my calories because I am going to eat out tonight so I am keeping breakfast and dinner low. My plan is to have a vegetable salad with vinaigrette dressing before I leave. We are going to The Rib House so I pulled up the menu and will have the smallest portion of ribs with the salad instead of the sides (baked beans, cole slaw, creamed corn, potato salad). Send good vibes my way. Luckily, I'm not crazy about BBQ so my portions should be ok.
The challenge has been absolutely amazing for me. In 2 weeks I have actually lost 10 pounds. I have done every video and most of the optional challenges. This blog is today's optional challenge. I have developed a new workout schedule. Instead of doing 20 - 30 minutes of aerobic activity in the morning before work, I do 10 minutes to an Exercise TV video, then the bootcamp challenge. I also do strength and stretching with my DH on M-W-F. He slipped on the ice down a hill at the cabin this weekend and couldn't work out on Monday. His knee is feeling better today so we will try.
My food has been good during the challenge. We are making crock pot stews and soups and we ordered a blender online for my smoothies. I've been using a stick blender to make my smoothies and DH said we should get a blender. Woo Hoo.
He has been so helpful. He has supper ready when I get home from work. Last night he had made a beef casserole that had too many calories to fit into my day so he grilled up a turkey burger which I had with salad and green beans and I came in right on target.