Thursday, June 30, 2011
McDonaldís sausage burritos for breakfast, Wendyís burger and fries for lunch, and frozen pizza and cheese popcorn for dinner. Soda with every meal and maybe 2 c. of water throughout the entire day. NO exercise at all. I felt tired and crappy the whole day.
Why did I do this to myself, you ask? I was weak and lazy. I was stressing out about a few things, like buying this scooter. Unless the MN govít can get their crap together, weíll be having a state shutdown starting tomorrow (July 1st), and some people are saying it could last 3-4 months. So when I decided to buy this scooter from a co-worker on Tuesday afternoon, it meant we needed to do the title transfer on Wednesday or Thursday, and I also needed to get my motorcycle permit or not be able to ride my new scooter until possibly October or November. The result was me standing in line for an hour at one DMV to get my permit (passed my written test with 100%!), driving for half hour to another DMV, then standing around THAT DMV for two hours waiting to sign the title transfer. I didnít get to work until noon, which brings me to my next stressor.
I work in accounts receivables, so month end is always our busy time and we really crunch to get everything done by month end close (8 p.m. on the last day of the month). June is our busiest month, and on top of that a coworker was out all last week and I was out for a half day for that funeral, so we were running about 3 days behind on our workload. I came in at noon yesterday and was looking at the beginning of an 8 hour workday. Yuck.
And then because the universe likes to work in threes, my ďlady timeĒ also started Tuesday night, giving me just that little extra kick in the balls. Thanks, universe.
But yesterdayís disgusting display of fatty, greasy food and laziness was not a complete waste, because I LEARNED something. And that is: What I eat MAJORLY affects what I do, and what I do affects how I feel. If I eat crap, I feel tired and crappy and donít want to work out. If I donít work out, I feel like crap. So eating crap = feeling like crap. But if I eat well (especially when I eat lots of fresh veggies, lean proteins, and water, water, water) I feel energized and like I WANT to exercise and be active. And when I exercise I feel even more energized, rejuvenated, accomplished, and all sorts of good things.
That being said, I got up early today to cook some food up for my lunch. Iíve got this Asian fusion pasta that I bought from the farmers market with some thai peanut marinated chicken and a little peanut sauce drizzled on top. Iíve also got kohlrabi and cabbage coleslaw with basically lemon, mustard seed, and cumin for the ďdressingĒ (instead of icky fatty mayo), and fresh cherries and Yoplait Light Triple Berry Torte yogurt. YUM.
Iím excited to try this kohlrabi, I must say. I also bought a jicama yesterday and am looking forward to trying that. Iím planning to make a sort of stir-fry or roasted root vegetable concoction this weekend with sweet potatoes, beets, kohlrabi, and jicama. I will also probably make another coleslaw mix with kohlrabi and jicama with some lemon and lime juice. I want to be sure to try both vegetables both raw and cooked, since they can be prepared both ways. So kohlrabi is this weekís new vegetable, and jicama is next weekís. Which vegetable should I try the week of July 14th? So far on my list to try are turnips, leeks, eggplant, kale, chard, parsnips, and okra. What else do I need to add?
OH! I'm going to make homemake guacamole and use thin slices of jicama as chips! I just saw it in the SparkPeople Red White & Blue food slideshow!!! =) SO EXCITED!!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
OK guys, I need some help. Should I make chicken stew, or split pea soup?
Chicken stew consists of a packet of onion soup mix, chicken broth, steamed chicken, and tins of no-salt-added veggies (diced new potatoes, peas, carrots, corn). For the split pea soup Iím using dried peas and added reduced sodium pinto beans (tinned) for protein (instead of ham). Iím going to throw one or the other into a crock pot tomorrow morning and let it cook while Iím at work, and then have soup or stew for lunches for the rest of the week. Whichever one I donít do this week, Iíll do next Monday. =)
EDENMO27 keeps talking about how she puts tuna in just about EVERYTHING, and it really made me crave tuna. For lunch today I have a tuna sandwich (1 4oz can chunk light tuna + 1.5 T fat free Hellmanís mayo) with lettuce, tomato and onion on these Flatout sandwich wrap thingies. I got the 5-Grain w/ flax Flatouts and theyíre AMAZING.
Other than thatÖ I dunno. Signed up for the Summer 5% Challenge. Determined Daisies for the win! Iím excited to start C25K on July 1st. Iím excited to try out some new foods this summer (found out this weekend that I love pinto beans Ė who knew?). Gonna go to the Farmers Market this afternoon and pick up some fresh corn, and hopefully some sweet potatoes, zucchini, and who knows what other goodies? I like real carrots, maybe Iíll grab some of those. =)
Happy Sparking, kids! Itís SUMMER!!! =)
Monday, June 27, 2011
Iím great at making plans, not so great at following them. This is The Plan for the rest of the summer (July 1 through August 31st). I WILL follow it, or die trying. (Itís not that hard of a plan, so really no death should be involved.)
The Plan: Exercise Phase
Curves every M/W/F (in the a.m. before work, Sat optional)
C25K every T/Th/Sun (try to get up early and go before work)
Zumba every T/Th 6:30 p.m.
Bollyrobics (or other workout) with EDENMO27 M/T/F 8 p.m. (and Sun?)
Walk w/ Dad W/Th/Sat (and Sun?) 8 p.m. (need to see if he wants to!)
Classes at the Y as often as possible (Body Step, Latin Hip Hop, Cardio Kick, etc)
Swimming, rollerblading, tennis, basketball, etc whenever I decide Iím ďboredĒ
The Plan: Nutrition Phase
Consume 1400-1700 calories daily
*Note: bump up to 2,000 on days I take a class at the Y (1 hr, burns 1,000 calories)
Stay in ranges for Carbs, Fat, Protein, Calcium, Fiber, and Sodium
*Try to stay at the high end of protein and lower in the carb/fat ranges
No soda (need to get rid of this Diet Pepsi in my fridge Ė give it away on June 30 if thereís still some left)
Drink 10+ cups (80 oz) of water every day
Try a new fruit/vegetable once a week (Sat/Sun are new recipe days)
The Plan: Goals, Rewards, and the Future
Lose 10 (more) lbs by August 31st, making it to my 50 lbs lost goal
Start P90X Sept 1st (should finish right before Christmas)
*Think of mini-rewards for meeting all exercise goals for the week, all nutrition goals for the week, etc.
50 lbs lost reward: New dance sneakers (for Zumba & Latin Hip Hop!)
Complete C25K: Tangled on DVD + new running shoes
Run first official 5K race: Alice: Madness Returns for PC (RUN the whole thing!)
I know I have some lofty goals/plans, but Iím determined to power through this summer and really achieve something. Iím going the Summer 5% challenge and WILL lose that 5% (about 9.5 lbs)!!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
It's a coworker's birthday on Monday, and it's my turn to bring in the birthday treat! I'm going to bring in Yoplait Light yogurt in flavors like Devils Food Cake, Red Velvet Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake. =) I'll let people know there's "cake" at the mailstation (where we keep our treats), haha! Isn't that a fun idea? It will sure be a nice change from the usual birthday treats of cookies, cakes, bars, etc that taunt those of us trying to make healthier choices and lose weight. There are several people in my group (of 23) who are actively trying to lose weight (6 that I know of). I think this will be a nice (healthy!) change for people.
I thought I'd also bring in some mix-ins so people can make their own yogurt parfait out of the cake flavored yogurts (I might bring some pie flavors as well). Mix in ideas I have are granola, Honey Kix (my personal favorite!), raspberries, and blueberries. Do you have any other good ideas for mix-ins with these cake-flavored yogurts?
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I woke up with a sore neck again today Ė must be time for new pillows. I also woke up super dehydrated, despite sucking down 3 glasses of water when we went out to dinner last night, and drinking a 4th after that. Iím drinking lots of water again today Ė guess Iím still replacing lost fluids from donating blood yesterday.
I was naughty yesterday and went out to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. Ate 11 traditional wings, and they were AMAZING and delicious. Also had chips and salsa, but skipped the chocolate cake and ice cream. XP Went over my calories for the day (upper limit was 1800, had 2010) and WAY over my fat limit (upper limit was 60-something, had 90-something). Iím not too concerned as Iím usually within my calorie limit and Iím usually within or under my fat range.
Today Iím allowed to work out again, and Iím going to punch it hard today and tomorrow to hope for a loss on Saturday. Tonight Iím working late, then Iíve got Zumba at 6:30 and Bollyrobics at 8. Tomorrow I was going to try out TurboKick on my lunch break, but Iíve got a funeral to attend.
My second-cousin was found dead in his bed the other morning. I havenít heard what the actual cause of death is yet, but theyíre thinking it was a heroin overdose. Itís so scary, and so tragic. He was about the same age as my little brother (early 20ís), and it just makes me sick to think ďWhat if it had been him?Ē I donít know what Iíd do if my little brother died, and I can only imagine the pain my poor Aunt/Cousin Cheryl must be going through. I wasnít close with this cousin Ė my clearest memories of him are from when we were all little, when I mustíve been about 7 or so. I didnít know him as a young man, but Iím so sad for the active, fun little boy I remember.
AnywayÖ I forget what I was saying. Iím not sure how long weíll be at the funeral etc., but Iím going to be with my family as long as need be. I will still try to get to some sort of exercise class on Friday night, and as-ever I have that standing 8 oíclock date with EDENMO27 to do Bollyrobics.
OH! Forcing myself onto a lighter note, Iím so proud of and inspired by my friend MRSARTIST!! She was the one who introduced me to SparkPeople, and sheís sort of re-ignited her spark recently and she lost 4 POUNDS this week! Isnít that amazing? Sheís been tracking her food (at least, sheís been tracking her breakfast, lunch, and daytime snacks, if not dinner) and exercising regularly, and itís WORKING! =)
More tired/stress - my Uncle Dan is in the hospital. He's supposed to have heart surgery on Monday, and they took him in for testing yesterday and I guess the results weren't good, because they decided to keep him for more tests. Right now, we're not sure if he's going to be let out for his Birthday party this weekend, or if they're going to move the surgery up to sometime yet this week, or what is going on.... If you've got some extra prayers to share, please send them my way for my Uncle Dan and Aunt Trish and their family that his heart surgery goes well, and for Cheryl and her family for comfort on my cousin's death.
Iíve got to go get the lead out Ė weíre about 3 days behind at work and I really need to work like crazy to try to get caught up. Love yíall, Sparkers! Live your life TODAY, because you might not have tomorrow.
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