Monday, February 27, 2012
I had a really great weekend. I spent a lot of it at my parentsí house, helping get the HUGE AMOUNTS OF FOOD ready for my brotherís 24th birthday party on Sunday. I love cooking, and it was fun to make all sorts of things that other people can eat. ;) We made a big olí roast turkey, two kinds of stuffing, mashed potatoes (with and without garlic), mashed rutabega, corn, (vegetarian, low sodium) collard greens, and rolls. I was a good girl and had garlic mashed taters, a little mashed rutabaga, collard greens, corn, and a wheat roll. I was sorely tempted by the wild rice and mushroom stuffing, but itís got hot sausage in it, so no pig for me!
Iím really excited about the leftovers Iíve got for lunch today Ė collard greens, chickpea & peppers salad, curried veggie stir-fry, and roasted root vegetables (a SparkPeople/Chef Meg recipe). Itís going to be more leftovers and a chorizo Smart Sausage for dinner, I think. Mmmmmmmm.
Iím SO EXCITED! I have a friend who just ďmastered the art of cooking tofuĒ (her words) and sheís going to teach me all she knows about tofu. =) And for her new cooking challenge, she wants to master the art of preparing seafood, and weíre going to learn TOGETHER!
Which reminds me Ė in answer to my pescatarian vs. flexatarian decision, Iíve decided to go pescatarian. Iíve a friend whoís been a pescatarian for three years, and she finds it very easy to do. And thereís such a wide, delicious variety of seafood to try! The three of us (the tofu-master, the 3-year-pescatarian and myself) are going to master the art of seafood together, and I canít wait to start!
Daily affirmation: I love life, I love my body, and I feel great!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I guess now that I've learned some more about vegetariansim, I'm trying to figure out if I am/want to be a pescatarian or a flexatarian.
The word ďpescatarianĒ is occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. Although the word is not commonly used, more and more people are adopting this kind of diet, usually for health reasons or as a stepping stone to a fully vegetarian diet.
You donít have to be vegetarian to love vegetarian food! ďFlexitarianĒ is a term recently coined to describe those who eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat.
I think my original intent was to eat a flexitarian diet, limiting my meat consumption to 1-3 servings a week. Now I'm thinking I might go the pescatarian route, and just eat fish - and still try to limit my fish intake to 1-3 servings a week. We'll see what I decide to do when we have "Thanksgiving dinner" for my brother's birthday tomorrow - whether the turkey calls to me, haha. Right now, though, I'm leading towards a pescatarain diet (and counting seafood in general as "fish").
I want to chronicle my experiences with non-animal protein alternatives, and today was my first adventure into the world of fake-meat! Now, I don't generally want to rely on fake-meat to make up for the meat "missing" from my meals, but instead create meals based around a variety of vegetables, legumes, grains, etc. But I feel like I need to use SOME fake-meat/soy products to help boost my protein intake.
Today's new fake-meat: Smart Sausages Chorizo Style veggie protein sausages.
At 150 calories and 14g of protein per link, this was a decent meat alternative. It's higher in sodium than I'd like (500mg) and rather high in fat (9g, 1.5g saturated fat, no trans fat). I cooked per the skillet preparation instructions on the package (8 minutes) and this was actually VERY good. The texture was a tiny bit dry, but I could really taste the chorizo heat, and the outside of the sausage fried up to a consistency much like that of a real sausage. These came in a package just like regular hot dogs, so to preserve the rest of the sausages (4 to a pack) I just tossed the whole thing into a ziplock baggie.
My rating: *****
Friday, February 24, 2012
I actually got up this morning and did a mile of a Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds video! Guess I'm going to have to work my way back up to 4 miles - it will be fun pushing myself a little further each day!
This whole positive thinking thing is really working well for me. I even caught myself in a negative thought this morning "I only did 1 mile" and changed it around to "I actually woke up and got a whole mile in before work!" And right there, I got the day off on the right foot.
GONE are the days of never being good enough for my perfectionist self. I will continue to repeat these positive affirmations to myself every morning and night, and at odd times in between.
Here's the affirmations I put up in my bathroom mirror at home. Believe it or not, this is actually the narrowed down list - I had a lot more I liked to start with, LOL. I mad emy husband help me put up towel racks and move all my stuff to the downstairs bathroom last night so I have my own space in which to do my affirmations (and get prettified!) I love having my own bathroom. =)
I am strong, confident, and beautiful.
I choose to make positive, healthy choices for myself.
I am healthy and full of energy.
I like to get up and exercise in the morning.
I have non-stop daily determination to reach my healthy weight.
I am focused and committed to my goals.
I deserve to have a slim, healthy, attractive body.
I am a good person and I deserve good things.
I eat like a thin person.
I do not overeat. I leave food on my plate when I am full.
I build lean muscle, and body fat falls off me fast.
I effortlessly stay on track.
I am getting stronger and slimmer every day.
Weight loss is easy and effortless for me.
I have a positive attitude about what I eat, how I eat, and when I eat.
I think before I eat.
I lose weight systematically and keep it off permanently.
Developing healthy eating habits becomes easier each day.
I say only positive things about myself to myself.
I am motivated by both successes and failures.
I forgive myself for my mistakes, and learn from them.
I accept and love my body as it is, and work to make it better.
I deserve to be at my ideal weight.
I fall asleep quickly and sleep through the night.
My sleep is restful and rejuvenating.
I am an early riser and a deep sleeper.
I wake up each and every morning refreshed, renewed, and alert.
I feel fulfilled and joyful.
I am becoming better every day.
I have the power to change my life.
I love life, I love my body, and I feel great!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Things my nutritionist told me:
Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. For lunch, dinner, and snacks wait until the first signs of hunger. Eat only until not-hungry or pleasantly full. (She gave me a hunger-scale chart with the areas in which to start and stop eating shaded in.)
Exercise doesnít greatly affect weight loss; it is more important to be eating a healthy diet. This doesnít mean not to exercise, and exercise is very important for weight maintenance, but exercise alone wonít make you lose weight.
People are overly concerned with getting enough protein, and our bodies donít really need THAT much protein. There used to be a lot of concern about getting enough protein and amino acids, but since Iím still eating dairy, eggs, and fish I should be just fine without any extra effort.
I have a very healthy base on which to build Ė I love vegetables and fruits, and I like to exercise and do it regularly. My problem is that I get inside my own head and psych myself out, and I have too much negative-self talk.
My goals for March/April to build healthy habits:
Track food with new food diary, which includes a hunger scale and a section on mood/stress/what Iím thinking. Identify unhealthy thoughts linked with food (i.e. ďI already screwed today up so I may as well keep eating.Ē) and work on creating positive internal dialogue (i.e. ďI ate one cookie, which is OK. I can still make more healthy choices today.Ē)
Exercise 1 hour a day (P90 with Dad, walk the dog, do a dance video game, ANYTHING as long as Iím moving. Doesnít need to be high-intensity, and I donít need to kill myself.)
Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up in the morning.
Only eat when Iím hungry.
Limit meat to 1-3 servings weekly. (Iím counting fish as a ďmeatĒ portion, which should help limit cow/pig/poultry to 1 or less servings weekly.)
Create 3 affirmations to tell myself daily. Tell myself these affirmations when I wake up and before bed. (i.e. ďMy body is beautiful, and it is more beautiful each day.Ē)
Monday, February 20, 2012
Starting my new vegetarian, organic, clean-eating lifestyle March 1st, which gives me time to consult with a nutritionist and to use up a some of the meat and other ďcrapĒ food we have in the cupboards and freezer. Also did a grocery shopping trip yesterday and am excited about the variety of beans and veggies I bought. =)
Dinner tonight is going to be roasted root vegetables (beets, parsnips, turnips, and potatoes) and garbanzo bean salad (with bell peppers and lemon juice). Iíll also throw a steak on the grill for John. This will be a good change from breakfast today, which was a can of spaghetti-oís. XP I got my tongue pierced on Wednesday, and itís been pretty hugely swollen all weekend and today. Itís supposed to be the most swollen days 2-5, and today is day 5, so Iím hoping my tongue will go back to normal proportions really soon, LOL.
I checked a couple of vegetarian cookbooks out of the library, and Iím excited to try some new recipes. I feel like the meat entrťe has always been the main focus of my dinners, and Iím looking forward to shaking that up. Later today Iím going to go through and bookmark a couple of new recipes on SparkPeople to try, too. =)
Doing P90 with my Dad after work today. I didnít work out at all last week, but now my seasonal depression funk seems to have passed for the year. THANK GOODNESS.
SO! Iím looking forward to better, brighter days, and Iím approaching some new changes in my life with excitement and enthusiasm!
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