Saturday, March 09, 2013
This time of year, I can't help but be grateful for living where it's warm, and lately since I've added walking and running to my exercise program, I cannot really understand why I ever stopped. As you'll see, I am blessed to live near a quite beautiful and safe place where I can walk or run any time of the day or night.
This week, I've taken some pictures of my favorite walking / running path and yesterday I promised my 5% team-mates on the A team that I'd post them, so here you go.....
A 2 minute warm up walk from my house takes me to the Intracoastal waterway where the city maintains a nice walking / jogging path along the sea wall. I'll apologize for the quality of these pics, since they're from my phone. They were taken on two different days. I normally do my walking / jogging intervals up to the draw bridge you can just see in the background of this picture:
These two were taken yesterday by DH who was only walking and you might be able to just barely see me in blue running away from the camera in the distance.
So, I walk / jog along this stretch to the draw bridge you could see in the background of the picture (it was open at the time), then return finishing my training, and then walk the rest of the way back to the house. These last ones I took myself (also from phone) on the way back on Wednesday.
These are darker since it was close to sunset when I finished on that day, and they're taken on my return walk. This one is looking back toward the bridge.
There is always a breeze along the waterway, even in summer when it's really hot, so it's cooler than anywhere else in the city.
We like this part of the city where houses weren't allowed to be built directly on the water, so that it's free for all to use. The houses are across the street, and many of them have docks for boats or fishing. Since the walkway is public, most have locked gates to keep them secure. The white gate you see in this one is one of them.
There are so many of my neighbors using this walking path, it's nice to see everyone out, walking, jogging, pushing baby carriages, walking or jogging with dogs, or just playing frisbee in the grassy areas.
Some of you have wondered why I like to walk so much, and now you can see part of the reason why it's one of my favorite forms of exercise. The round trip to the bridge and back is just over 3 miles and as my running training progresses, I'm running more of it and the time is getting faster. Soon, I'll be crossing the bridge to expand my route to a longer distance.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing where I like to exercise!
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I actually love both fruits and veggies and will eat both as either snacks or side dishes at meals, providing it’s EASY. So, if they’re already cut up, and ready to take along or to put with a meal, it’s not so hard. What happens is I get in a hurry and either there’s nothing in the fridge, or it’s not cut up to go along, and I grab something else. Carrots are one of my favorite snacks. I buy those baby carrots (I know they’re not really babies, but that’s what they’re called), and keep them in the front of the snack drawer in the fridge. They’re already cut and washed, so it’s simple to grab a handful and run…or to put some in a baggie to take along on a trip or to the office. They don’t need to be refrigerated, so it’s no big deal if I don’t have access to one, or even if they get hot. Grapes are also one of my favorite portables, but they’ve gotten so expensive, I’ve backed off of them some. Maybe when spring comes, they’ll be more reasonable…(they’re like $6 / lb last time I grabbed some in the store, thought I’d have a stroke after I got home and looked at the receipt!).
I think I can improve by expanding my “go to“ list of fruits and veggies. Fruits are a little easier, we just normally eat whatever is in season here, but this isn’t a good mix throughout the year. We get almost all of our local fruits in winter, and for the rest of the year, it’s imported from elsewhere (because in summer it’s too stinking hot to grow anything) ! We had citrus earlier in December / January, strawberries now, and we'll have mangos in May (I have a mango tree in my yard, and usually get hundreds, even after the squirrels eat what they want.)
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, I really need to try more things, and start buying a better mix of produce (or put it on the list…you may remember I DON’T shop unless forced!) So, my efforts to improve will be focused on buying and eating a better variety of F&V, for a better nutrition mix, (and also to keep from getting bored)!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
This week, I'm focusing on tracking to be sure I'm getting enough servings of F&V. Since I already track all my food, this is mainly a matter of checking the F&V servings and being conscious of including enough into my meals and snacks for the day.
This week has been a little different since I am home, but my husband is mostly away, a switch for us. I'm much better about planning meals when he's here, and when not, tend more towards snacking rather than preparing a full meal, but somehow still staying within all my ranges for calories, carbs, fat, and protein, and ALSO getting at least 5 servings of F&V..whew! Since I mainly snack on carrots, celery or fruit, or make a salad when I don't feel like cooking, that's working out ok, the danger on these days is more that I will not even reach the minimum of my calorie range, so the tracking becomes a different thing altogether.
I find that this week at least, I would have been a bit short on the F&V without thinking about that in addition to the other daily ranges. So far, I've managed to be on track every day, but this was due to actively thinking about it, so I'll need to continue.
DH came home last night and leaves again in the morning, but he was working in a part of the state that's famous for strawberries and it's season, WooHoo. We love strawberries, but don't get as many as when we lived near there, so he always picks up a flat (a box with 6 of those little green baskets in it) and he did this yesterday from the morning's pick. Last night, after dinner, I was thinking to have a little low fat ice cream and cut up my breakfast banana (that come home from the office since I never found time in the day to actually eat it) to go on it and I saw I was a bit short in the F&V area, so was FORCED to add a half dozen fresh strawberries to my vanilla ice cream with banana...YUM! Every night should have that problem...and solution of course.
In fact, I think I'll do that again tonight (sans banana) even though I already have enough F&V for the day! Hey, ice cream used to be one of my downfalls, but now I get the low fat, and only have one serving (1/2 cup) and it still satisfies...(of course, the strawberries help too)! Tomorrow or the next day a good half of them will most likely go into a pie, so that'll replace ice cream for a few days until it's gone. Oh, yes, it get's tracked too! I've put it in the recipe calculator and it's only a little over 200 calories a serving...ok, I cut the pie in 8 pieces instead of 6 like we used to, but it's still just as yummy.
Sorry, just got the strawberries on the brain today...can't help it...they smell delicious all the way from the kitchen, and are definitely calling me! As my 4 year old grandson says "I wuv them".
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