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Day 10: Snow

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Or lack thereof. We got all of about a 1/2 inch between 4pm and 6pm. Funny thing, UMass closed for the day at 5am. Yeah. That was silly of them. However, I do not take days off. Research needs to be done no matter what the weather and the buses in this town run through almost anything, so I go to work. My husband's work tends not to close either. Snow days have no meaning to us. There will probably be another one tomorrow. Oh well.

I'm readjusting to a slightly different schedule now that hubby is working full time and going in earlier. On M-W-F I am also going in earlier, and apparently my body is not only adjusted to a morning snack at about 11am, it is also adjusted to eating a certain amount of time after arriving at work. I was definitely feeling hungry at about 10:30am and had to tell me body to shove it and wait. Noticing the times when I'm feeling hungry on schedule is getting very interesting. Fasting I think has helped with this. If on a fasting day I can not eat until 5pm, on a normal day I can certainly wait a half-hour until my usual snack time.

I made a new dish tonight, sausage and zucchini carbonara. My husband had heard of someone from one of his podcasts eating that and he said it sounded good. That's pretty much all I had to go on. It came out well enough to put in my sparkrecipes database recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip

Okay, I need to work out and I think I want apples cooked with cinnamon and cocoa over yogurt for snack. Yum! Time for mayhem and apples.

Onward and upward!


Day 9: Hungry!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I know this is about yesterday, but I was gone from 9:30am to 9:30pm yesterday, so it was a little busy. Yesterday, I was crazy hungry. More so than usual in that 'what's wrong with me' kind of way. So, I gave in because I know that sometimes you need it, and I had an apple pie larabar (whole food goodness, 210 calories) on top of my usual food. That worked wonders. I felt better, made it through my evening and today saw a drop on the scale. Just reminding myself that sometimes I really should listen to my body, it's smart. I just need to make sure it's really my body and not my brain (emotional/stress eating) giving me the information. I'm getting better at distinguishing the signals, finally. For my readers who don't know my history, It's taken over two years to even say I'm starting to do that effectively, so this is a long slow process.

I still worked out when I got home at 9:30pm last night, woohoo! Also, I'm working on a headstand, and last night I actually lifted my legs and held for a few second before hitting the wall - yay!

Okay, on with my work day which goes on regardless of UMass being closed even though we have no snow, yet.

Onward and upward!


Day 8: Nutrition Tracking

Monday, February 08, 2010

I decided to see how my nutrition is going by actually tracking as part of the The Spark challenge. I'm still pretty impressive with getting the right calories in the right places. I got really good at estimating over the last few years. It is nice to track once in a while to remember certain things, like how quickly peanut butter calories add up. Fruit is better than peanut butter every time.

I did my workouts today. Even my stairs at school a little late because I spent a long time on the phone with the tech for my (least) favorite machine which needs to be sent across the country. Oh fun!

Anyway, not an awful day, not a great day. Aiming for some serious sleep, and then a great Tuesday ... because I said so! Plus, I have a phone interview tomorrow ... ahhh!

Okay. Onward and upward!

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MJSCHUMAN 2/10/2010 10:39AM

    I have to track because I'm that type of person! I tracked right through the Meltdown challenge. It keeps me from justifying a sweet late at night when I can see that I had more than enough calories for the day.

I'm still not really off the elimination diet since I'm not sure if sugar is giving me problems when I reintroduced it but I am so glad to grab a piece of fruit when I'm hungry!

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    Tracking really helps me. I can do it in my head now for the most part, but the tracker helps me make sure that I am not getting my calories from one nutrient source. I have a tendency to eat too much fat!


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Day 7: Miso

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I bought some miso at Whole Foods. It's a locally made, unpasteurized fermented paste of black soybeans, brown rice, and various spices. You dissolve it in water to make miso soup, like at Japanese restaurants. I've been using it recently during my at-home really hungry but shouldn't be times to make soup. Today, I sauteed some chopped onion and added hot water and miso and sea salt. Super low calorie, but takes time to eat and is really filling, plus increases my liquid intake. Works fabulously.

Today was a typical Sunday for me, running around like a maniac to choir, church, shopping, and laundry. I did my morning workout, but nothing in the middle of the day. I plan on doing my evening workout soon. Then having a snack of cinnamon apples and yogurt and either nuts or peanut butter.

My weight gain from yesterday was 1.8lbs, not bad for a post-high cal day since even minor dietary changes can cause me to seriously pick up water weight. I suspect I'll be down a pound tomorrow and then slowly throughout the rest of the week hopefully to end on Sat. morning under where I did this week just in time for an anti-V-day board game party a.k.a. another 'cheat' evening.

I made my mother's spicy BBQ sauce recipe tonight with pork for dinner, I also posted that recipe in my recipes since it's one I use often. I tried a Parmesan cheese sauce for vegetables tonight, but it had a few minor issues so I still need to work out the kinks to making it effectively creamy. I think a key might be shredding before melting, because even small pieces of Parmesan don't melt that well.

So, general notes for today, food: pretty good, exercise: pretty good, me being awesome: awesome.

Who's ready for Monday? My husband is starting to work full-time on Monday, which changes both our morning and evening schedules, so I will have some adjusting to do.We can do it!

Onward and upward!


Day 6: Free Day!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Sort of. I had the microbiology "retreat" today! Retreat, in science speak, means listening to talks and looking at research posters, but it also means free food. So, I had a calorie indulgent day, accepted and planned. Here's how it went down.

I ate normal breakfast like a good girl. Between 1pm-4pm I had my own snacks, cherry tomatoes, a clementine, nuts, and my yogurt-pb-fruit. At 4pm, they had an open bar (two free drink tickets per person) and veggies and dip and cheese and crackers. I had plenty of veggies but no dip* and probably a few two many pieces of cheese. I had one glass of Cabernet Savignon, and gave away my second drink ticket before trying to think too hard about having a second*. For dinner, I had 1/4 plate of salad, 1/4 plate of green beans almondine, 1/4 plate of roasted potatoes, and 1 largish slice of beef. It was an excellent example of the bikini diet* www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
(and I told that to my amused table-mates). There were no obvious gluten-free desserts, and I allowed myself two forkfuls of my friend's key lime pie, carefully avoiding the crust.

I'd say even for a high-calorie day, that was definitely a success. I then came home, worked out, and had a typical post-workout evening snack (apple, peanut butter, cheese), and the only other addition to my day was 3 Hershey's kisses.

I also experimented with a new baked good: blueberry cornbread, gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free. It came out too crumbly though, so I need to figure out how to fix that before I post the recipe. I sweetened it only with pureed peaches and lots of blueberries. I like it. My husband says it needs sugar. He asked what my beef with sugar was. I told him it was essentially poison to my body, and that when I eat it (or too many other sugar substitutes) I become addicted to it. Therefore, it makes sense to learn to avoid it now. Too much diabetes floating around in my genes to mess with sugar.

Speaking of sugar, I saw an interesting talk today about the relationship of the bacterial community in the mouth and periodontitis (gum disease). I noticed that a number of species were present in healthy mouths and not diseased ones, as well as vice versa. I wonder if the bugs in the healthy mouth prefer more complex food sources, i.e., plant materials, and if the ones in the diseased mouths preferred simple food sources, i.e., sugar. That would be a most interesting relationship, right! Someone should do that study. Not me, I'm an environmental microbiologist. I clean up water, not teeth.

Wow, lots of talk today. Should sleep, have to sing in the morning!

Onward and upward!


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