Wednesday, December 05, 2012
I need to think of my health and fitness activities as not a program but a lifestyle, but I still call it a program--better than a diet!
Got in adequate sleep last night and didn't snack on ice cream or anything, just my sugar-free cocoa with mini-marshmallows. Hot drinks are the bomb this time of year! Drank coffee for breakfast and before I knew it the morning was over. I made a big salad of lettuce greens and spinach and topped it with a few black beans, 2 boiled eggs, and a super-small can of tuna. Used Lite dressing and yum yum! It was good and I am proud of getting my veggies in this morning.
I also did quite a few of my NEAT activities. They are not as hard to do after just a few days of doing them. My 100 jogging steps are easy now--maybe I'll up that number. I really want to get stronger core muscles so I'm trying to do fitness exercises that address this area--those are hard!
My son had a middle school band concert last night. It was nice to see so many kids up on stage doing their music. They sounded like you expect middle schoolers to sound, but they are always improving. My son has been letting his school work slide. He's such a nice boy that it's hard to be hard on him, but his Dad took away the electronics and now he's got the rest of the week to finish reading a Harry Potter book and do a book report on it. Soccer has taken a lot of his time and concentration. The good news is that he finally scored his first goal on this new team. He also worried my mom when he told her he was going on a bike ride and didn't return until after dark. He knows he can't go in people's houses unless parents are home, but he didn't tell Mom he was going to a friend's house. We have to nip his careless behavior in the bud.
Daughter is a good girl for a 15-year-old. She could be putting in a bit more effort to make better grades, but she makes solid As and Bs. She is still very sweet and innocent despite the worldly world she lives in. She has a boyfriend now and it's the first for both of them. He seems very smitten with her. She only sees him at our house or his house with parents home since neither has any money for serious dating. We think they are behaving responsibly if you know what I mean. I feel pretty blessed to have such nice kids when so many kids around them are leaving the straight and narrow.
I need to get off this computer chair and get my house tidied. Also the mail has run and I want to look at grocery sale papers to plan a bit of shopping. Also there are fitness activities that need to be done like Wii Fit! Keep on sparking y'all!
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Read a blog by a gal named Frauching on the subject of NEAT, which is an acronym that stands for Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis, or activities we do beyond working out. Some people (myself included) tend to be extremely sedentary when not actually engaged in fitness exercise. I know this is a problem for me with a lot of ill side effects like super-weak muscles. I've considered turning on the timer to prompt me to get up and move for 5 minutes every hour. I still might do that!
My other spark friend, DeterminedMe, is encouraging me to do squats and lunges, and I really want to, except for my poor knees. She said to try doing squats using a low stool so I have been using a little 2-step booster I use for getting into high places to "squat" on. Yesterday, I did 5 squat intervals 3 times during the day. Also running in place 4 times and stepping up and down on a step 3 times and other calisthenics I thought of at different times of the day. Sometimes the idea of devoting a half-hour to fitness seems so inconvenient. I also don't always want to leave my house. So I'm doing Wii Fit at home (not hard core by any means) and a bit of Leslie Sansone. Thanks to all this NEAT plug-in fitness (3-5 minutes at a time) my muscles are pretty sore! I want to be able to do a plank with good form but right now it's really hard. I have such a time getting on and off the floor that I really don't do a plank much at all! I tried it on the bed, and it's still pretty hard.
So now I want to get below 200 and get my muscles strong enough to get on and off the floor as well as plank. Also I would like to lose enough weight to where I can run/jog for 2 minutes and longer. Engaging in NEAT activities throughout the day can only help.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I'm keeping on keeping on. I have been very much in control of my eating (I think). I'm tracking. My main source of sustenance has been soup lately. It was a little cool in these parts and I got in the mood to make lamb stew. Today I made black bean soup. My kids at first tun their noses up, but then they eat it up and say they liked it. Yesterday I made a quinoa/spinach dish I read about on SparkRecipes. I had all the ingredients. Everyone liked it. I also made twice this week some Hungry Girl-inspired muffins. You just take any "moist" cake mix and combine it with a can of pumpkin. I made it with spice cake first and the kids gobbled them down. They usually think spice cake isn't good, but they liked the muffins. When my daughter tried to turn her nose up to eating spice muffins, I told her to think of them as "sugar" flavored. She ended up having 3. I am proud to report I only had 2. Today I made a lemon cake mix and added poppy seeds along with the pumpkin. I have only had one today, but they are very yummy despite being so orange! These are so easy to make and I'm glad the whole family can enjoy a lower-calorie treat with no fat.
As for my weight, it's not decreasing to any great degree. I might try to stop eating wheat and see if pounds will come off. This will make me more low-carb and maybe that's what I need. Low carb has always worked for me. I really like a lot of wheat products and so does my family. I'd have to give up my grape nuts cereal I have sometimes, rice-a-roni that my kids love, any kind of sandwich I like on low-cal bread, my muffins! But I gotta do something.
I've been doing some fitness on the Wii--so not enough I know. I tried to do some lunges and squats one of my SP friends described. It kills my knees. They don't hurt all the time, but they do when I do these exercises! This friend suggested I try using a low seat to do the squats. I did that and I have to concur with Wii Fit that my abs are weak as water! I'll need to keep practicing and see if the abs can be strengthened!
I am off to Atlanta on Saturday for a job fair. Hubby and I want to get jobs overseas. I had an initial contact with a recruiter and he led me to believe we would certainly get offered jobs. I am so hopeful. Have to go to the unemployment office tomorrow. I just hate to go there! I hope I can get a job soon! Another Spark friend told me about a company that hires people to work from home that I will investigate when I get back from my job fair.
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