Tuesday, July 12, 2011
It's been a while since I posted a blog entry! I wish we all could chat face to face but that hasn't stopped you all from being hugely inspirational to me. I really do feel like we are friends! So, my friends, to catch up a little...
I started a c25k program and crashed and burned ... well, not that bad, but started just before the humid "dog breath" Virginia summer weather rolled in and then had some huge (temporary) schedule changes. I figured out I would have to become a morning person in order to run this time of year and, after some futile attempts, I have decide that I will just put the c25k thing off until things start to cool down. On the other hand... I love the PodRunner thing that I had downloaded into my MP3 player. Weather permitting I can just pop that on and go (staying at level 1) if I choose. So, I am back on my stationary bike, happily pedaling along, watching reruns of inspirational TV shows, like Biggest Loser, Extreme Weightloss, and the Amazing Race.
I had added some weight lifting, but whenever I add too much to my "routine" I get frustrated and quit. I have NOT quit this time!! (I am actually very proud of myself!) But I have had to learn to be sensitive to when my attitude is getting bad and keep my self out of the (quitting) danger zone. So, I put that aside, refocused on cardio for a bit, but then recently stumbled upon HIIT-style work outs using mostly my body weight (which at 212 is...well...heavy... LOL) and some free weights. I am VERY excited about this and think I just might have found "my thing". So, I am working on that 3 days/week and my normal cardio (or walk/run PodRunner thing) 3 days/week.
I have been a fairly "clean" eater for years...I'm a cook from scratch kinda gal, organic gardener, might even call me "crunchy" (I like to think of myself as "gourmet crunchy"). So my diet is pretty good but would chime in with the others who say 'WRITE IT DOWN'! If I don't keep track of what I am eating and PORTION SIZE, that is when I can get into trouble!
I have seen Primal/Paleo eating/exercising info lately and I am intrigued. I think I am leaning in that direction, but I need to get away from the grains ... not sure how that will go!?!? I have recently ramped up to trying to drink a gallon of water a day (with 10 cups being my minimum). This has helped immensely with any sugary cravings (not that I struggle too much with that but I do have a fondness for Classic Coke, which has disappeared). I can't believe I am saying this, but I LOVE water!?! LOL
I heard Chris Powell say two things recently that have really stuck with me ... "You are stronger than you think" and "Those are foods that took you to (230) pounds. Why would you even let them back in your house?" I admit, I need to dig in more ... find that strength! I see that I often have a lot of built in excuses, even the legit ones though, can be reworked! I need to stay in the game and lean into the belief that I am stronger than I think!!
So that's the update on me. I would love feed back. Is anybody doing any of things I have been trying? How has your experience been?
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Let me tell you about my "Nana". That woman rocks! At 89, she lives alone in a 3-story row house, runs a weekly bingo game and a monthly bus trip (all proceeds go to charity :-)). She drives! She is the glue that holds us all together and maybe even the whole universe.
I spent yesterday with her in the emergency room. They think she has had stroke. They can't figure out why because she is so freakin' healthy! She is a petite little firecracker with muscles! They checked her into a hospital room for more tests and brought her a "heart healthy" meal ... it was decadent compared to her usual EXTREME healthy regime. LOL
Because of her stellar health she will eventually recover and get back to her normal (super-hero-esque) routine. She will beat the odds of being yet another senior who fell, ended up in the hospital and died. She will continue to live a bit longer, continually blessing our family and asking for nothing in return but that we be happy. What an inspiration she is!
Good health is a legacy we can leave our families. My Nana has passed it to my mother. They passed it to me, but I fumbled. By the grace of God, I still have a chance to run with it! It's not too late! Go, Sparkers, Go!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
I have never been a runner. Even as a walker, I'm more of a loper. But there is a new wind a blowin'. Something is different this time around. I am making changes. Little ones...over time. Today, for the 2nd time this week...I went for a walk/run. I go by visual markers so I don't know the exact length, but I walk part of the route. then run a part. Then repeat. Day 1 took me 22:49, today it was 20:24. I am starting to have visions of maybe adding a few more yards of run time. One day I will be able to run the whole way and then some! The change is that I am happy with tackling this literally one step at a time. Today I am reflecting on the little things and staying in the game! I realize that even a little step keeps me on the playing field. I want to stay in this time around and I know I can do it!
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
--8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk (do NOT use ultra-pasteurized)
--1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need to have a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter)
--thick bath towel
Pour the whole half gallon of milk into the crockpot on low. Cover and cook for 2 1/2 hours.
Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.
When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.
Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crockpot for insulation.
Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.
In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened---it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days (refrigerated). Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.
I like to thicken it up a bit by setting the yogurt in a coffee filter set in a colander and letting the whey drip out (takes a while). You can use the whey for other things, but that's another post :-) This is great with fruit or my favorite - honey and almonds. Enjoy!
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