Tuesday, July 07, 2009
What is food? Is it my best friend? Hardly. Is it comfort and peace? No. Is it the source of a good time? Uh-uh. Yet, this is what food has been to me for so long. The friend I turn to in times of trouble. The source of peace when I am depressed. The center of every celebration. My son is seriously tuned into my efforts to lose weight. He notices that I will turn down certain foods and he has, by himself, made the connection to calories. He has seen me look at a box or carton of food, read the label and put it back. He and I have discussed what calories are. I have explained to him that a calorie is a measure of how much fuel is in a food and if we eat too much fuel and can't use it our bodies store it as fat. So, if I can so scientifically explain that food is fuel-why is it so hard to make that connection work. Food is fuel. People are friends, blankets provide warmth and comfort and the source of a good time is the people you surround yourself with. My eating habits have slipped lately. My husband made cookies the other day and yep, I ate them, I ate too many of them. WHY??? I have no idea. Probably because I was mad at him and I equated his cookies with an appology. Jeez, that was stupid. He had offered a verbal appology, I didn't need a cookie one. If food is fuel why do I keep getting the cruddy fuel that clogs your fuel filter and dirties your sparkplugs, why not invest in the fuel that that has the special additives that clean your sparkplugs and keeps your engine working at prime levels? I keep chosing that gas at Thrify Gas instead of Chevron. So, it is time to get back to work. I have hit a plateau and need to get off and that will only happen when I start eating right again and get back to work. I previously haven't set up a real reward system, I did that today, so now I know what I have to look forward to and what I need to do to get it. Right now I've got to do alot of housework, get in my strength, which I, foolishly, didn't do this morning after my walk, and then prepare a nourishing dinner (chicken and who knows what else), maybe I will bake some wheat bread, haven't done that for awhile.
Monday, July 06, 2009
I did it!! Today I ran for 60 second intervals!! I sweated, I panted, I laughed out loud when the podcast dude said I should be feeling the effects of my workout, but not be winded or out of breath. Yea right, he obviously is overestimating my level of fitness!!! But, I did it and wasn't so beat that I never want to do that again. Tomorrow it is just a normal walk, but I am still getting up while most of the world sleeps. My sister sets a better pace than I would and will keep me moving between training sessions. Plus, in our area, during this time of year, you really do want to get as much of your exercise as possible in before the sun comes up!! We have been regularly hitting the mid to upper nineties and will easily be into the hundreds before long. I do need to hit the sporting goods store for better shoes!! I have an excuse for spending money on good shoes! I am tired enough to go back to bed. There is a lot to do today though so off I go to add more steps to my pedometer!
Saturday, July 04, 2009
We took our hike this morning. Up at 5 to be at the trail by 5:30. It was a great hike though. Leaving so early gave us cool air for most of the hike and it was only hot for the last 2miles or so. We had a freat hike-no kids this time so we really pushed. I was proud of myself-I stopped less and for less time this time. This hike has some really brutal hills and one in particular that is long and steep. I don't know how many times I had to stop the first time up that hill, but I know it was less this time. This hill is a really great way to build cardio endurance. We did the hike in just over 2.5 hours, so we shaved quite a bit of time off our best time so far. I even did some running. I took off down one hill and pushed, pushed, pushed myself up the next hill. Running in hiking boots is not easy. Those puppies are a tad heavy. The best news is...I have a pretty new, shiny, pedometer!! I didn't get to use it on the hike, but I have it now. It was a b-day present from my sis!! It is just like the ones she and my mother wear and I l-o-v-e love it. It is acurate and it has a computer program that allows you to download the info from the pedometer to your computer to track how you are doing. Awesome!! It is definately coming with me for training on Monday morning!! Now it is time to enjoy the rest of the 4th. This, next to Christmas, is one of my favorite holidays. I was a history major in college and the fight for independance was part of my specialty. It was such a complex time period with so much going on that we really don't study. I think I will go spend some time ready the Thomas Jefferson bio I picked up recently and get ready for the swimming we will be doing later. Whole family is going to the local water park. Should be a royal blast, even if it is crowded. Thankfully, there is a limit to how many are admitted so it won't be sardine conditions. Then off to MIL's house for a traditional 4th dinner. Hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Then back home where all we have to do is go down the street a little ways for a great view of the fireworks!! By then I will be ready to collapse into bed!! Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!!
Thursday, July 02, 2009
I am playing today by ear. Tomorrow is my hike. Yeah hike!! I have to go to the library at some point today, have things to turn in. But, then again, maybe I'll just renew on line and be done with it. I need to do some core work and strength today because I know I'm not doing it tomorrow. I'm just so tired today. Hubby gave me an unwanted birthday present, his cold. I am not really feeling many symptoms except I am just wiped out this week. I can't get enough sleep. Swimming again today for sure. I don't think the kids will let me not take them to the pool. Our community's pool is only a few steps down the road so it is sooo easy to go swimming. Daughter decided, yesterday, that she would ride her still new bike and she looked so cute in her swim suit and bike helmet riding her bike to the pool. Despite liberaly coatings of sunscreen the kiddies are getting brown from all the sun and their hair is getting even blonder than usual. Son is starting from scratch because we shaved him the other day and he is down to the dark blond that hides underneath. He will be bright blond before long. Wish mine would still do that. I am going to have to get my sun-kissed blond from the bottle. Darn. First a new haircut, don't know what to do there either. Need a salon day in the worst way. Need to get to work killing off a gain this week-hate that!! I am not entering it on my ticker unless it is still hanging on next week. I am giving myself a grace period to fully accept the gain and hopefully by next week's weigh in it will be a mute point! Kids are slowly destroying my house today so better take care of that before every toy they own is in my living room and there is no room to exercise!! It is still relatively cool inside my house. If I clean up and then do Leslie I'll at least have that out of the way. It's a good way to get My Little Ponies of my t.v. too. Daughter has had enough of them for one day. Okay, hope everyone has a fabu Thursday.
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