Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This is just a quick note to let all of you know I am working on a catering job with a friend of mine, and just don't seem to have much time. Today we went to Pittsburgh, about 90 minutes away, and did our "grocery" shopping. This is his first big catering job and he is really happy.
I'm doing all the desserts, pumpkin pies and knobby apple cake. This is a really nice dinner. Herbed pork tenderloin, roasted fall veggies, cheese ravioli in an herbed butter sauce, fritatta, fried sage leaves and dessert. It's a Fall theme, as if you didn't figure that out yet. I really hope we do well so he can get this business off the ground. He already has a greenhouse, but that doesn't pay the bills in the winter, so someone asked him if he could cater a fundraiser, of course he said yes. He really is a good cook, but he doesn't do much baking, that's why I stepped up to help him. I love to bake.
If this turns out well, he should pick up some other catering jobs with the holidays just ahead of us. It gives me a little extra pocket money too and I enjoy doing it.
Well, I gotta roll out pie crusts and get the pumpkin pie filling mixed up, so I'll be back on Thursday probably, tomorrow looks pretty busy right now.
Have a great evening.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Today is the first day in a long time that we've had a full day of sunshine. It's a pleasant 64 degrees right now and that's about where it's going to be all day.
So this morning I decided that instead of going to the gym, I would walk to the bank and the grocery store and around my neighborhood, it's really a good workout because it's all up and down hills. The first challenge is just outside my front door. It's only half a block long, a short half block, but it's really steep. I mean, you can't drive UP it in the winter if there is any snow on it and coming down is really fun too. This morning I managed to walk up it for the first time without having to stop and catch my breath before reaching the top. I was really proud of this. One of my neighbors even stopped and asked me if I wanted a ride up to the top of the hill, I thanked her and told her that I was exercising. She said good luck, and meant it. This is a really tough hill to walk up.
Once I made it to the top without dropping over dead, but wondering if I would, I started down a small slope then back up another gradual hill. It pretty much stays like this for the entire walk.
After I made my first stop, the bank, I decided to take the really long way to the grocery store. Like 20 blocks out of my way. It was such a nice day I didn't want to waste it and the grocery store is less than 1/2 mile from the bank and that just wasn't enough mileage...so away I went.
By the time I got to the store, I had worked up a pretty good sweat, not just because I was power walking, but because it may have been only 64 degrees, but in a sweatshirt it seemed like it was 90. I stopped into one of my favorite second hand shops to see what they had new, lots of wants not any needs, but it's always fun to look. By then I had cooled down a little, so I went next door to the grocery store and picked up some salad mix and tomatoes, then headed back home.
By the time I got home I was all sweaty again, so I put the groceries away and went outside to water my dogs. By the time I was done, I had cooled down enough to eat lunch and relax for a few minutes.
I still have to do some Leslie Sansone workouts to meet my daily calorie burn, but it was worth not going to the gym and having to put extra time in exercise today just to have the chance to walk in the sunshine.
Hope your day is as beautiful as mine.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I have been doing some reading on changing your workout routine. I change mine all the time, just because.
I work out on the treadmill everyday that I am at the gym, usually 6 days a week. I always work out on it for at least 60 minutes a day, but the workout is never the same two days in a row. I change the speed, the incline or both on a regular basis. Just whatever seems right at the moment. Today I worked it at 2 minute intervals doing 15% grade at 3 to 3.2 mph. Then I would back it down to a 2.5% grade for a few minutes then go back up to 15%. Sometimes I might only work at 8% for 5 minutes or some other grade and speed.
I ride the stationary bike everyday for at least 30 minutes and do the same thing with it. I am always changing the speed or resistance, sometimes I do intervals which lets the machine decide what the resistance will be, and that can be a challenge, since it is constantly changing every few minutes.
3 days a week I do strength training along with my cardio. I do a full body workout on these 3 days and that lasts anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. I have 10 machines that I work out on each day and increase the weight as I can. I also work several other machines just for extra training plus I do some medicine ball workouts or free weight routines.
I never plan on anything really, other than 90 minutes of cardio and at least 30 minutes of strength training. And how those workouts go is not really planned, I just do whatever feels right at the time. Maybe that's why I don't really get board with my workouts. If I start to feel board or unenergized I just up the ante a little bit and push myself just to see if I can do it.
Just a little faster....
Just a little steeper...
Just a little more weight....
Just a little more resistance...
Just one more minute.....
Just one more rep of 10.......
I guess I'm just one of those people who have to keep mixing it up. I would be board out of my skull if I didn't and then I wouldn't work out. And that just can't happen. I have to work out, if I don't I can not lose weight and build my strength in order to be fit. Being fit is my goal, not just losing weight. Losing weight is only half the battle, the other half is being fit.
Being stronger today than you were yesterday.....
Being more flexible today than you were last week....
Being 5 pounds lighter than you were last month....
Being able to walk or run further than you ever thought you could.....
Being happy with yourself, even though you still have a long way to go....
If you don't like working out because you think it's boring, then find something that you like such as dance, yoga, hula hoop, jumping rope or just going for a walk. Get up and do something...anything. There are plenty of free videos to watch on the internet if you just go looking for them. You can find inexpensive DVD and videos even at the grocery store. I found a 30 minute George Foreman walking DVD, new, for $1.oo at my local grocery store.
If you already work out and are getting board then mix it up. When you feel that ho-hum feeling coming on, then push yourself. Up the weight, speed, incline or resistance and challenge yourself by reps or time. Tell yourself you can do this for just 2 minutes or just 5 more reps. What ever it takes, challenge yourself, push yourself to the point of "this is all I can do now". Then tomorrow or the next day push yourself again just as hard until it gets a little easier and you start to get board, then challenge yourself and start again.
Always remember no body can do this for you, we can cheer each other on and support each other, but only you can do what needs to be done to get fit and healthy. Are you up for the challenge?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I just posted a comment on one of my team questions of the day. It was about eating breakfast. It was in answering this question that I came to realise that I have made a major change in my life toward a healthier lifestyle.
I AM NOW EATING BREAKFAST...EVERYDAY!
Now to some people this may not sound like much, but for me it took and act of congress to get me to eat breakfast. I have never been a breakfast person, not even as a kid. Eating breakfast just triggered my craving to eat more......which is what it is supposed to do!
Here at SparkPeople I have learned that eating is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle plan and eating breakfast is one of the most important meal of the day. I am learning what to eat and how much to eat, not just how to satisfy my desire for food.
Of course we all know we NEED to eat, but the important thing is knowing WHAT to eat and how much.
Right now I am on a 1600 to 2000 calorie regime, this amount was generated by SP, for me and me alone. When I first started with SparkPeople my calorie intake was 1200 to 1500 calories a day, it has been bumped up twice since I am now working out more.
I do not go hungry...ever. In fact some days I really have to push myself to make my quota. I am not used to eating this much, but am learning how to make better choices. I usually have cereal for breakfast, but this is what I had for breakfast this morning and it only took about 15 minutes to make:
1 cup coffee
1 teaspoon creamer
1/2 cup egg beaters
2 slices turkey bacon
2 slices lite wheat toast
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup orange juice
Now this may seem like a lot of food, and I would have thought so to at one time, but in order to make my caloric quota, I have to eat like this.....everyday. Since if I don't eat enough calories, my body will go into "starvation mode" and hoard the calories thus making them into FAT! And that is the last thing that I want.
Eating breakfast does jump start your metabolism, that's what it's supposed to do. It gets your motor running so that you can perform what you need to do through out the day. You are SUPPOSED to eat several times a day. Call it grazing if you like, but I eat all day long.
I am also learning WHEN to eat.
I eat breakfast before I go to the gym.
A snack as soon as I finish working out.
I eat when I feel hungry, which is about every three hours or so.
No chips and fast food. I cook everything I eat, unless we go out to eat. My snacks are usually fruit or yogurt, sometimes both. More veggies with meals, less meat and fat. My husband is a meat eater, so I usually have meat with dinner, just smaller portions with more grains and veggies.
I now make healthy choices and do my best to reach my goals and not go over, although sometimes I do. I track calories, carbs, fat, sodium, folate, calcium, cholesterol and protein. It is not always easy to hit my goals, sometimes I go over, sometimes I go under. But I am LEARNING how to balance my meals properly so that I hit my targets everyday. By tracking so many nutrients, I am forcing myself to make better choices. I struggle with sodium, there is so much of it hidden if the foods we eat, I usually go over and I don't use salt at the table and rarely while cooking.
If you really want to improve your healthy lifestyle then start eating breakfast and change your nutritional requirements to include recording other things besides the main ones. Try recording your sodium or calcium, you may just be surprised at what you're not getting enough of, or too much of.
As a former non-breakfast eater, I feel that I can with all honesty say that you will greatly improve your program if you will train yourself to eat a healthy breakfast. If I can do it anybody can, it just takes determination and the willingness to change your habits.
I am slowly, but surely, losing weight and inches. I refuse to follow anymore fad diets, jut to get the weight off quickly. I know that slow and steady is the best way to do it. And breakfast is just the beginning.........literally.
Tomorrow morning, do yourself a favor and give your body what it really needs....a healthy breakfast. It can be as simple as a bowl of cereal, or toast and peanutbutter with a glass of milk. Whatever it is just do it...tomorrow and the next day....and the next......until it becomes a habit, about 2 weeks.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow.
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