Friday, June 26, 2009
I think I will leave it at that. It has been a blankety, blank, blank, stupid week. This time next Friday I expect things to have turned around and be mucho, mucho better.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Well, here we are and it is Wednesday once again. Seems like just yesterday it was Wednesday (it wasn't, of course it was Tuesday and today is Wednesday and tomorrow is Thursday, but I digress). Time sure flies when you are Sparking. So, what is it a countdown to? Ugh! My birthday!! In 5 days I turn 40! I've never been so conflicted over my birthday before. I keep switching between wanting to celebrate and wanting to hide in a hole. I've met so many examples on spark of what can be done past 40 that it is kind of exciting! I am well on my way to owning year 40 instead of letting it own me! I am in control this year. I'm doing yoga regularly, my cardio hovers between 90 minutes and 120 minutes a day -sometimes more (and yes, evil Heather feels a little smug about that-personally I call my evil side by a much ruder name not quite fit for print) and I am finally at the point where, more often than not, I can resist food temptations and if I do eat cake or other goodies I have planned it and can justify the calories. On the other hand, it's 40 and my kids are all still under 6. I'm an old mom. I am, on average, 10 years older than moms with kids my age and, at least for now, I am also the fat mom. I am working on changing the fat part, I can't change the old part. Okay, so obviously, I am a little overwhelmed today. I'm tired, could have slept better and I'm a little peeved that it's only 5 days to my 40th birthday. Okay, I've got nephews invading any minute now and gotta get busy on my house so that I can do the one thing I have planned for me this weekend-a weekend long scrap session. My craft table is coming out and hubby will have to make sure the children stay safe and happy, because I will be busy from Friday night until Monday night. I don't expect to get much done on Monday because hubby will be back at work, but the table doesn't come down until my birthday is over!! Don't worry-I'll still get my exercise in!! My tush can only sit it the chair so long before falling asleep, so I'll do some cardio, sit, some yoga, sit, some strength, sit, etc. LOL!! Well the invasion has arrived and they brought donuts. Dang, now I have to stay away from the dining room table where that inviting pink box is sitting there taunting and laughing at me. How does it know today is a day when I would love to dig into one of it's lovely glazed lumps of carbohydrates and fat!! Cherrios here I come please save me from destruction!!
Two questions for everybody-First, has anybody tried the kettle bells that are popular right now? How different from dumbbells are they to use and are they worth the purchase? Second-what 1 video could you not live without-in other words-if I was going to add 1 video to my collection, what should it be?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Feeling better today! I did quite well yesterday. I had the healthy sandwich instead of the fatty one. I got my workout area mostly set up. I have my weights all set up. An eight pounder, 5 pounds and 3 pounds, oh and of course the little one pounders my youngest loves to use. I've got my mat. The last things I need to collect and set up are my resistance bands and my yoga blocks. I haven't been using the blocks lately, but I really do still need them, especially on triagle and downward dog. I am working on typing out my workout schedule so that I am done with the "what shall I do today" issue. I have a pretty good strength workout for the next three weeks. I am going to shake up the strength workout every three weeks. First, I get bored. Second, I've heard that it is better to keep "surprising" your muscles. That once they get used to a work out it is not as effective and your caloried burn goes down. Plus, I like trying new things!! I've got more energy today thank goodness, and I could care less about the horrible foods waiting for me at the grocery store, again thank goodness. I got my kids some popcicles and found out that if I really need something, I can have one of them pretty guilt free. They are smaller than most popsicles and have only 35 calories per pop. The box even lists a serving as 2 pops at 70 cals. I had just one yesterday and it was enough. I enjoyed my sandwich so much yesterday I am thinking I'll have another turkey sandwich today-I left off the cheese yesterday in exchange for low cal dressing. I am weird-I hate mayo on my sandwiches, never been a big fan of the stuff except for dipping tomatoes in (and that is a bad, bad, bad thing I gave up a LONG time ago). So I put salad dressing on my sandwiches. Ranch, poppy seed and honey dijon are my favorites. I get a lot of flavor in just a little bit of dressing. So I have to make sure that my sandwich is balanced-cheese or dressing, seldom both-unless I've worked out like a maniac and know I've earned it!! Today I plan on working out like a maniac so maybe I will earn it!! Have a great Tuesday everyone!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Spent a lazy father's day celebrating my mother's birthday. Really didn't do much, watched the kids play with their cousins and get tired out. Yesterday and today I just have no energy. It is hormonal and it will pass. I just hate this feeling that all I want to do today is crawl back into bed. I need an exercise pill because I certainly don't feel like doing it myself. I'd rather be making the grilled cheese with bacon and tomatoes that I am sooooooooo desperately craving! Bacon and cheese on buttered and toasted bread-now there is a cardiac attack on a plate, but it sounds so good!!! I've been so good I am this close (imagine my thumb and index finger held up about a millimeter apart) to justifying it! Heaven help me!! I am even thinking that the tomatoes make it healthy. Ugh. I hate the hormonal insanity that makes me believe that tomatoes floating in a sea of cholesterol could possibly be healthy. Okay, I haven't staked out my territory in the house for my exercise space yet, so maybe if I get busy-need to clean the kids' rooms too-the insanity will pass. If it doesn't maybe I can use real cheese instead of the american slices I have for hubby's sandwiches...hey, I've got sliced turkey I forgot about, I bought it for hubby's sandwiches! Okay, so here's the deal, I'm still toasting my sandwich, but in the press without butter instead of in the pan with and I'm only using an ounce or less of real cheese-it's already grated so I can just sprinkle some over the sandwich and maybe use a little less (oh and yeah, American cheese is not "real" cheese in my opinion-I still have issues with orange cheddar-I've never seen a cow put out orange milk so how does cheese turn that odd shade of orange? sorry a year and a half of european cheeses ruined me.) I'll use the lean turkey instead of the fatty bacon and still throw in the tomatoes!! Hey, now that sounds really delicious!! Okay, crisis averted for now, somebody please lock up all the chips in the state of California before I get to them! It wouldn't hurt if you locked up the chocolate too please. Chocolate is not the problem it used to be but in case of hormonal induced insanity its better to be safe. Thanks.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Last night I went to a wedding reception. It was lots of fun, got to see lots of people I haven't seen for awhile and indulged in some really good food, but only a little. My biggest accomplishment?? You'll never guess!! I didn't even have one slice of cake!! Not one! I looked and boy did it look yummy. Chocolate cake with fluffy chocolate icing, white cake and yellow cake-a cake for every taste!! I did not eat!! The only thing I saw when I looked at the cake was a lot of extra work. I saw the exercise I would have to do to burn off those delicious chunks of chocolate delight. I didn't feel like working out more than I wanted to eat chocolate-I usually cannot resist chocolate! The mother of the groom is the woman who did the food for my wedding reception. My reception was a buffet of lots of foods I am sure were not healthy-the standouts I still remember were super yummy meatballs and strawberry lemonade, with actually strawberries in it. In the time since my wedding she has also become more health conscious and while the food could not, by any stretch, be considered health food, it was simple and delicious without being unnecessarily bad for you. She offered an amazing selection of homemade cheese spreads with gourmet crackers, some vegi selections and a fresh fruit platter paired with a very yummy whipped cream dip. I selected a serving of a pesto cheese with pine nuts on top, 4 crackers and 2 LARGE fresh, juicy strawberries with some of the dip, water with lemon to drink and I was a happy camper. I am so glad it was a casual affair with a buffet, if it had been a sit down dinner with someone putting food down right in front of me, it might have been a different story!! I am happy about the choices I made. I expected that I would go crazy, I didn't. I have a bad habit of talking to myself and the whole time I was standing at the buffet looking at the choices I was having an internal argument. "Oh, that looks so good"-"Crackers are high in carbs and sometimes fat". "What about those green beans?"-"That sauce looks really creamy-wonder how many calories it has?" "FRESH FRUIT!!"-"Now there's a good choice for you." " I really like cheese."-"Well okay, but just one kind-how about the pesto and pine nuts-that will give you lots of flavor in just a small serving and those are water crackers-they are okay for crackers."-"Okay pesto and pine nut then, how about just a little bit of this dip for the fruit?"-"Okay but not even a full spoonful."-"Punch?"-"No, look the water has lemon-you like that." So, it would appear that losing weight is making me lose my mind too-but it was an effective self-dialogue and helped me make better choices. So I guess crazy is what works for me!!
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