Thursday, February 18, 2010
Dude, it is almost Friday already! I've been kind of insane this week because I had an academic job interview yesterday, meaning 11 hours of interviewing flanked by an hour and a half drive each way. However, there was a lot of nice fruit at both breakfast and my seminar talk and I may have fallen for a serious piece of flourless chocolate cake at the restaurant for dinner. I did manage to turn down the free alcohol, and really good flourless chocolate cake doesn't come around often for us gluten-free types.
I am still exercising, even before and after my interview insanity, at least twice a day, so that's great. I'm trying to not overdo the food, even if my lab manager brought gluten-free cookies to the seminar today that I brought hummus and veggie to. I had some cookies, and everyone complimented my hummus. I'm kind of glad for my weekly fast tomorrow just to get back on track. Of course, then I'm going to NYC on Sat, but that should mean a lot of walking and not too much eating. I can be good in NYC, I can, I can!
Okay. I should sleep now. I still have a ton of work to catch up on tomorrow.
Onward and upward!
Monday, February 15, 2010
No, it's not the de-aged version of the boy band, it's the temperature that it was out at 4:00pm this afternoon, woohoo! It meant that I decided to go for a 2 mile walk instead of stair climbing today. I've been slightly less motivated to do my midday workout lately, so I figured some great outdoors would be motivating. It was a nice walk. It's still below freezing overnight and in the morning, so no running yet.
I ate above maintenance this weekend, but I don't think I went insane. I ate quite a bit of onion dip and hummus, but did so with mostly cucumbers and carrots and not potato chips. I did have a few tortilla chips, more than a few, but still not too bad. I also baked some really great sugar free brownies (they can be found here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
e-detail.asp?recipe=942214 ). They had a perfect brownie texture and everyone who had them complimented them. Even my fussy sugar-loving husband had quite a few.
We weren't going to do anything yesterday (me and hubby don't celebrate Valentine's Day) but he decided that he wanted Chinese, so we ended up going out anyway. It was way too crowded and busy and I'm not getting talked into that again. However, I didn't eat too much rice and ordered a dish that was chicken, snow peas, and water chestnuts, and we both ate leftovers for lunch today.
I've been feeling kind of blah lately, and I think I've hit my motivation wall since I've been rolling pretty hardcore since New Year's. At least I am aware of that now, so I can just keep pushing myself anyway until I get past the wall and back into awesome. It helps to have the 28-Day Spark Challenge happening still and my weekly Motivational Monday and WooHoo Wednesday posts. Best way to force yourself to get motivated: motivate others!
Okay all. I have stuff to do, including my third workout today and a piano lesson for a friend I've been teaching to play
Onward and upward!
Friday, February 12, 2010
The sun is starting to return. I noticed while waiting for my bus around 6pm that there was still light along the edges of the sky. That's pretty awesome! Up here in Western Mass we have had almost no snow, and the last two days have been above freezing, so everything has melted. I may actually run outside tomorrow. Haven't done that since December! I'm pretty excited.
Today was my fast day, and it went pretty great. I actually felt that burst of productive energy I have heard about from fasting and finished the presentation for my job talk plus quite a bit of work on a possible Microbial Ecology syllabus. I stopped right about 20 hours and had my yogurt, which worked out well. Now, I'm just post-dinner, which was homemade General Tso's chicken and fried rice, yum! I'm meant to exercise tonight and have a typical type of snack. Should be good.
Okay, places to go, things to do!
Onward and upward.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I think this weekend I need to refeed. I finally realized that I've essentially been in a deficit with a few at maintenance days since the new year. It's time for me to give in this weekend and eat when I'm hungry. No counting or worrying. Just, if I'm hungry eat. However, I'm giving myself the drink 8oz and wait ten minutes rule, but if I'm still hungry, then food. However, first I am doing my Friday fast. I still really want to do that, I think I will actually gauge my hunger better this weekend after a 21-22hr fast. However, I think I will call a no sugar weekend if I'm going to refeed. Refeed + sugar cannot be good. Real, whole foods only. Mmmm, Jocolat bar ...
Okay, well, that's my plan. Everything else has been going great. I'm ready to be productive and not thinking about food tomorrow.
Onward and upward.
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!
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