Monday, June 01, 2009
A long time ago I went away to college. I left sunny So.Cal. for Idaho. In Idaho I found out that winter involved ALOT of ice. After a two full semesters of slipping and sliding, I finally tweaked my knee to the point of pain. The doctor diagnosed tendonitis and gave me some muscle relaxers and wrapped my knee and in a week I was good as new-almost. Ever since then, every once in awhile, I do something just right and something in my knee goes out and I am limping for a couple of days. On Saturday I was doing my Leslie Sansone workout and kicked in just the right way and actually felt my knee pop! I sat down for a minute rubbed my knee, felt okay and started working out again. OOOPS! I should probably have stopped working out, because yesterday I could barely walk on my bad knee. Every wrong move was painful. This is a major reason why I want to lose ALOT of weight. I am tired of my knee going out and it didn't used to go out as much when I weighed less. Today, my knee is feeling a little better. I don't think I will do the Tae Bo I was planning, I think I will go back and do the Leslie video again and stay low impact the whole time. I was very proud of myself on Saturday-I did the entire 5 miles!!! I've gotta remember though that exercise really is not supposed to hurt-the old adage "no pain, no gain" is wrong. Soreness and pain are not the same thing! I'll do strength today too, I'm going to skip squats and lunges and maybe work my legs tomorrow if my knee is back to normal. Okay, back to work time..."see" you all later!
Friday, May 29, 2009
My sister blogged today about fast food places using the sex angle to sell food. I am also ranting about fast food but for a different reason. Why do fast food places make it so difficult to make the right choice!!! Did you know that at McD's a 4 piece Chicken McNugget is a better food choice than the basic Hamburger? That is without dip of course. But still...Hamburgers have more calories, less fat-BUT some of the fat in the hamburgers is TRANS FAT and saturated fat-none of the fat in the nuggets is Trans and only 2 gram Sat., more sodium, and more sugar (alot more sugar-31 carbs (6 sugar) vs. 11 carbs (0 sugar). Even Subway, with their low fat sandwiches, serves those sandwiches on LOAVES of bread that up the carb and calorie count WAY higher than it needs to be. I am learning to eat at home and make my own food a lot more than I used to and it is fun and rewarding, but every once in a while I want to eat out and I want more than a salad when I do it. Don't even get me started on fast food salads (nutrient free iceberg lettuce, one low cal dressing choice with no flavor to go with the no calories, and on and on). Why is it so impossible to serve sandwiches on healthy bread (Arby's uses whole grain bread, but the slices are the size of life rafts!), serve imaginative salads using a variety of fresh vegetables and where on earth are these trans fats still coming from??? Come on people it is not that hard to serve nutritious food! And can we please make it easier to find out what the nutrients are? Looking at the paper on the tray after you ordered is not very helpful. I thought I was making a good choice with a grilled chicken sandwich, nope-I forgot about the 1/4 cup of mayo they throw on that baby instead of cooking the chicken with herbs or spices for flavor. Did you know that Applebee's won't even disclose their nutritional information? I checked their website and there is no way (for our area at least) to determine what a good choice at Applebee's would be! What is up with that!!! You can order Weight Watcher's items, but all they tell you is the point value. You cannot confirm independently what is in your food! I really want to be able to eat out occasionally and be able to make informed choices and be able to find a nutritious choice that still has plenty of flavor. Wish it wasn't so hard.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I am not a breakfast eater, it is true. I need to eat breakfast, this is also true. My sister reminded me of a long, long, long ago event where I didn't eat breakfast, didn't eat lunch, ate a donut for a snack and then went to a party (completely drug and alcohol free to the disbelief of my doctor) and passed out, splat, right on my face, in a bathing suit. Granted these were the days when I looked decent in a bathing suit, but still HOW EMBARASSING!! I wasn't dieting, I was just sooo busy that I didn't have time to eat that day, I was young, foolish and literally running from one event to the next that day. So here I am, about 20 years later, and what have I learned, apparently NOTHING. I still run from one event to the next, I am still soooo busy I often don't have time to eat. I'll miss breakfast and lunch and eat and orange while I am waiting for kindergarten to let out. As a "sparker" I know eating properly is important to being healthy and this means eating properly throughout the day. But, when do I find the time!!! I know that there is always time for what is important. I find the time to exercise, I find the time to do laundry, I find the time to read a book. Usually all these things are done after the kids are in bed. So, here's my plan. Tonight there is no food in the house (at least not for me-I have some kid appropriate meals lying around-sad, but true) so I will make some oatmeal for breakfast for me. Then, tomorrow when I go shopping I am stocking up on things I can have for breakfast and lunch that can be prepared ahead so that the night before, after the kids are in bed, I can put together my breakfast and lunch and eat like I should. I had this idea before and even blogged about it I just "got busy" and never put it into action. One idea I am anxious to try is breakfast smoothies using frozen or fresh fruit and yogurt. I can put the fruit into the blender and then in the fridge or freezer, as appropriate, and then add some low fat or greek yogurt, put it in the base the next morning and push the button-instant healthy breakfast. Lunch isn't quite as easy, but I do love cucumber sandwiches, alot of Americans say "EWWW disgusting", but I like them. I use sprouted wheat bread, a little bit of low fat cream cheese (1/2 oz.) and lots of cucumbers, sprinkled with a little black pepper. If I make that sandwich ahead of time I end up with a gooey, disgusting mash of bread. I could slice and pepper the cucumbers, weigh out the cream cheese and have it in a small container and then just assemble when ready for lunch. Anyways I am going to make a serious effort to do better at eating breakfast, a healthy, filling breakfast, so that cookies, chips, fries, take out sandwiches, et. al, will not tempt me!
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