Saturday, April 12, 2008
some are born to sing the blues ...
I totally lost the diet today. All of it, whole food, healthy food, slowing down, completely by the wayside. It happens. I was helping out at a girl scout event with lunch provided, and my willpower must have been entirely used up this past week, because the cookies were just calling my name. Along with a number of other things I should have been more careful about. Then, my husband says "lets get pizza" and I said, "sure, sounds good." What? Where is my brain? I can't do pizza and breadsticks. I did stop myself about 1 slice and 1 breadstick earlier than I would have in the past. I was just starting to feel like I had enough to eat, and I said, woah, hold on, you don't want to feel sick later, and I stopped. I will give myself that tiny win today. I have a plan for snack tonight, about 125 cals of chocolate icecream saved for today (back when I thought I wouldn't be a pizza-eating idiot) and that's it. Tomorrow, back on the wagon full force and all. One thing I will do today, I worked out some, but I am 100 burned calories away from weekly goal, and 24 minutes away, I think I may go take my 5 lb weights and circuit-train my way to completing my workout goals. Yes. that I will do.
Oh well .... these things, they happen.
Oh the movie never ends it goes on and on and on and on .... Don't stop believing ....
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Not the band.
I wasn't expecting it, I wasn't thinking of it, I still don't know what it was for, but when I went to the lounge to eat my fabulous lunch of yogurt chicken waldorf salad, there it was: cake. Clearly, left behind for eating. Someone was actually there eating some when I walked in. The epitome of the diet de-railer, that oh too often birthday, retirement, congratulations party sweet tooth craving cake, and I was staring at it.
First of all, I decided that my salad would feel bad if I didn't start eating it, so I quickly took a seat as far from the cake as I could, got a magazine, and began to eat my lunch. The cake was still there, it's sweet aroma wafting in my general direction. The room was clear, if I ate the cake, only I would have to know about it, but my food tracker was already full today, and cake was not on it.
I looked at the cake. I got up and walked over to the cake and said "I don't need you cake." "I don't need you, I have my lunch, I have my plan, and I have a party to deal with tonight. I don't need you."
Then, just to spite the cake, I stayed down there the full 20 minutes of my break. I now return to my office, where there is no cake.
I made it. I beat the cake.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
This is my update on whole foods and slowing down.
I'll start with slowing down ... I'm still working on it. I almost never remember to eat slowly unless it's dinner and I'm with my husband (who eats slowly) or I'm on the last two bites of a meal. Oh well, it takes me a long time to form a habit, and this one will take time.
Whole foods ... wow. No really, wow. I switched to whole food eating, and boom, my sodium is down and my potassium is up. Just like that! I'm really amazed. I feel reasonably well, although today I didn't quite balance my protein and carbs correctly, and i had a slight sugar crash before dinner. Partially, that is because I added Kashi Heart to Heart cereal to enrich in vitamins B6, B12, E and Folate, and it is mainly carbs. I need to time my eating of the cereal more appropriately, like, within 2 hours of eating dinner. Then, I should be fine. I also bought an iron supplement because I don't eat enough red meat to get the iron I need. I eat tons of beans, but still not enough for iron. My fiber is up too! I'm trying to add more beans to my meals to keep that high. I'm very excited to get the majority of my nutrition from food. I even hit 100% on my magnesium one day, that never happens. Go whole food!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
I want to leave some thoughts here on things to make for dinner:
Chicken Caesar Salad
Southwest Chicken and couscous
Continuing from the Origion Diet book
Microwave a sweet potato for a snack with cinnamon
Add dried fruit to rice
Freeze fruit puree and add to drinks
Brown Bag Ideas:
Cucumber and sprouts with low-fat cream cheese on bread/crackers
Ricotta (1/2 c) with 1/4c peanut butter, 2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbl raisins with apples on bread
Creamy tortilla/sandwich/cracker filling: cream cheese, bottled roasted red pepper, red onion, fresh basil leaves
Whole wheat english muffin pizzas
Chickpeas with olive oil and vinegar, salt and paprika
Carrot(grated)-Apple-Raisin salad, with yogurt and lemon juice
Thai tofu salad: heat tofu, add shredded cabbage, peanut sauce, sunflower seeds, top with cilantro
Saturday, April 05, 2008
As part of my new goal to slow down, I am using Spark mini-goals to help me out. One of these is blog my progress (good news to all my interested readers out there in Sparkland). The other is to occasionally examine my priorities. So, here is my initial priorities list, with some explanation:
1. My health. Nothing else happens without my health being intact. If I am over-fatigued or in too much pain or having digestive issues, nothing else is possible, so keeping my health at baseline is most important.
2. My relationship with my husband. I'm actually surprised that this is 2nd, but I thought of other things, and this one kept floating to the top. I think this is because so much of the rest of my life is dependent on the partnership me and my husband have, including the next one, my mental/spiritual well-being. When me and my DH are in a serious fight, no amount of distraction helps as much as the two of us dealing with whatever it is. Fortunately, we make a good pair, and have done so for 7 years (although we only got married in July), so, this is nearly built in to my life.
3. My mental/spiritual well-being. I have to be in a good place to do anything else. When I am not in a good, happy, together, focused place, I procrastinate, I get bored and apathetic, and I break the diet. All bad. Some of this is personal time, some of it is church time (proud Unitarian Universalist!), and some of it needs work. I think that's part of slowing down. Once I slow down, I can adjust my mindset, figure out what is going on in my head, and take obvious steps to improve things.
4. My friends and family. I have a number of very close friends who I would do anything for and certain family members that would fall under that. Me and my DH are not overly close with our families, but we do keep in communication often, and make plans to see them whenever possible. I also maintain contact with many friends, especially thanks to the wonders of the internet!
5. My career. I am a biologist, currently a post-doc, wanting to be a tenture-track professor. I love what I do. It is, however, the main source of income for my family, so it is important to me in multiple ways, like, funding my ability to live. Since I love what I do, it isn't hard to put the work into it, but it can be stressful since I sometimes live in a publish or perish world.
I think that's where I will stop for now. That includes most of my life, and I will be re-evaluating it in about a month anyway!
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