Friday, March 12, 2010
I was totally planning to have a complete fast today, but the dreaded Unexpected happened: one of my good friend's had a birthday and invited us out to lunch. So, instead of fasting until 4pm and then having my yogurt and fruit and peanut butter, I fasted until 1pm (18 hours) and ordered enchiladas mole at the Mexican place. These things totally happen.
Here are the highlights: I didn't touch the chips on the table (we later determined they were flour and I couldn't have them anyway, but wasn't planning to). I was served a platter of 3 enchiladas and rice and beans and I ate 1 enchilada and half the rice and beans and stared at the food on my plate for about 1/2 an hour without taking another bite then got a box. For me, that's huge. I never leave food in front of me. No, really. It's one of my worst habits. I did eat the remainder of the food later on in the day, but I put my yogurt, fruit, and peanut butter in the fridge and will have that for snack tonight instead of something else.
I think the fact that I was fasting actually made it easier to eat less. I kept telling myself that if I wasn't planning on eating until 4pm, I certainly didn't need to eat all the food in front of me at 1pm. That would just be silly. It's very empowering to know that I can turn down food that is right in front of me!
I also went for a nice double hill climb walk in the afternoon, and I will do one of my tougher workouts this evening.
I'm not sure if I will try and make up the rest of this fast or not. I'll wait and see how the weigh-ins go. Maybe I'll do half of Sunday.
Also, it is Fun Fact Friday and here is your Fun Fact:
Exercise may actually change what you like to eat!
I mentioned here recently how my tastes have changed over the past three years since I've really been focused on getting healthy, and I decided to see if there was scientific evidence associated with it. There is!
The study I read this morning saw that people's preferences for sucrose (representing sweet) and citric acid (representing sour) increased after exercise. Now, sucrose makes sense, your body is trying to replace the used sugars, which if you just did intense exercise is not a bad idea in small quantities.
The citric acid really interested me, and they don't talk about it at all in the article, so this is just my opinion. Citric acid is an important component of the energy making process in the body (it's called the citric acid cycle sometimes), so your body is also looking to get energy quickly. Now, sugars require processing and you actually spend energy doing that. You get more energy back, but it would be more efficient to get ahead, right? So, you look to pick up the chemicals involved in the process. You find citric acid in citrus fruits and some other fruits. Therefore, fruit might be a good post-workout option! It will taste great and help your body.
If there's a fruit you don't love, try it after working out, who knows what will happen! I workout before breakfast and I used to hate oranges and now I've been eating one every morning!
Horio, T. and Kawamura, Y. (1998). Influence of Physical Exercise on Human Preferences for Various Taste Solutions. Chem. Senses, 23, 417-421.
Well, that's a lot of blog for now, so I'm off. I don't have many specific goals this weekend other than not eating too much and getting my exercise in. I need to do more singing practice too.
Time to workout!
Enjoy your weekend everyone. Be active, avoid mindless eating, and do something fun for yourself!
Onward and upward.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This is a quick blog due to it being almost bedtime.
Food: good, exercise: good even though my knee is bugging me somewhat so I need to find alternatives to stair intervals on rainy days. Today I did a little bit of wall pushups and knee lifts between microscope slides.
It was Thankful Thursday and I am thankful for my legs that let me run, even though my knee, hip, and toe hurt sometimes! I can still run, and with almost no pain while running this morning, just the rest of the day ...
My to do list yesterday: accomplished.
To do Friday:
- morning pyramid workout
- set up crockpot with sauerkraut and pork and potatoes for dinner
- fun fact Friday!
- microscopy like a madwoman
- fasting through 4pm
- sample and pulse sediments!
- midday workout, hopefully walk
- evening turbulence training
Okay, all G'night!
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
That is the secret to good Pad Thai sauce. Also true for a variety of other sauces, but it seems to be the Asian stuff that causes me the most trouble. Soy sauce, rice vinegar, and fish sauce simply do not coat vegetables or boil down effectively. However, one tablespoon of corn starch mixed in two tablespoons of water will thicken it right up like the expensive stuff in the jar. There's also red wine (or cooking wine), srircha sauce, and local honey in my pad thai sauce. It's good. Then I make the dish with about three times the veggies you normally get and about 1/4 the rice noodles and chicken. Tonight's included bok choy, daikon, sugar snap peas, orange pepper, and red onion as well as the sprouts.
Today has been a good overall day. It's WOOHOO Wednesday! My woohoo this week was that I baked a (gluten-free, sugar-free) cake on Sat for church on Sun, and came home with about 8-10 1" pieces leftover, and the old me would have just devoured them Sunday night, but I put them in tupperware and took one piece a day with my lunch instead. I actually just threw out the last three pieces because they started growing mold. Either way, I didn't over-eat cake, WOOHOO!
What was your WOOHOO moment in the last week? I think it's important to look for something, no matter how small, to celebrate because every tiny victory pushes us forward.
I did my yoga this morning. It was a 20 min session, and I think I spent about 10min of it in chair pose, ouch thighs! Great workout though. I did stairs at work. I'm doing Mayhem tonight ... always scary but fun!
So, I was eating my orange with breakfast this morning, and realized how much my tastes have changed in the past few years. I now eat oranges, brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli crowns, raw red onion, chard, kale, collard greens, blackberries, peaches, and I think there are more, but I can't think of them. Anyway. I both crave and enjoy these things that 3-4 years ago I really wouldn't have eaten. Sparkguy says that as your habits get healthier, your body actually starts to crave healthy foods containing stuff you need, and I really believe it! I also have really lost most of my taste for sweets and fatty things. McDonald's hasn't sounded appetizing to me in quite a while. Keep at it! It totally works!
So, I'm getting along on my to do list, catching up on work and life and all. Here's for tomorrow:
- Morning run
- Make mac and cheese to be ready for dinner
- Thankful Thursday
- Microscopy, microscopy, microscopy ...
- Midday walk (I'll need sun after dark room microscopy)
- Workout while mac and cheese is in the oven
- No food after dinner to begin weekly fast
I may have listened to the entire soundtrack of Next to Normal twice today. Yeah. I adore this song:
I miss the mountains, I miss the dizzy heights, all the manic magic days and the dark depressing nights
I miss the mountains, I miss the highs and lows, All the climbing all the falling, all the while the wild wind blows, stinging you with snow, and soaking you with rain
I miss the mountains, I miss the pain
Okay. I should do some singing and some mayhem. What are you doing to get your exercise in today?
Onward and upward!
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
It had been sunny and I have been enjoying it! At least as much as a lab scientist can. Me and hubby went running this morning, even though he wasn't sure how he was feeling. I told him that running boosts the immune system. I think that's true. I also went for a walk just before lunch. That was nice.
I also saw a talk today by a collaborator on one of my projects about using geophysics to determine the optimal irrigation schedule for grapes to make the best wines. I like science about wine.
I made an excellent and easy dinner: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
It was one of those half-planned, half-what's-in-the-fridge dinners. I was planning on chicken, but saw the keilbasa in the freezer, so grabbed that. I had leftover red wine from my birthday. I forgot to buy feta, but I had just a bit of fresh, hard parmesan left, and it was delicious.
I didn't quite do what I planned at work, but I did solve an important kinetic question about the derivation of the first order equation to explain my metabolism data, so that's great. Okay. Back to English, sorry.
Tuesdays tip: if you don't feel like exercising, just force yourself to do 10 min of something easy. You may find you want to keep going!
My plan for tomorrow:
- Morning Yoga!
- Woohoo Wednesday
- Calculate iron concentrations
- 10am seminar (moved from today)
- Count cells
- Talk to boss, if possible, he's been nuts about a proposal lately
- Midday walk/stairs
- 5:30 book club
- Pad Thai for dinner
- Evening Mayhem
Okay. New lyrics from Next to Normal to end the post, not uplifting exactly, but awesome!
The sensation that you're screaming, but you never make a sound.
Or the feeling that you're falling, but you never hit the ground.
It just keeps on rushing at you day by day by day by day.
You don't know, you don't know what it's like to live that way.
Onward and upward!
Monday, March 08, 2010
Apparently, me and my husband have improved our spicy tolerances recently, or at least I have. A friend of mine apparently mad a huge batch of very spicy chili, and was trying to give it away, and I said that me and my husband could handle it. So, we had some for dinner tonight. It definitely had a kick and an afterburn, but it wasn't the inedible insanity that it was made out to be to me. I enjoyed it. Spicy food is fun.
My day went pretty well. Other than four separate phone conversations with UPS trying to solve the problem of delivering my package in way that I can actually get it, I had a good day. I did morning and evening workouts and walked downtown and back. I did three hours of microscopy. I listened to most of the Next to Normal soundtrack twice. I'm in love with that musical by the way. It is INCREDIBLE! If you like musicals, try to see it. Not as great at Wicked, but that still makes it my 5th favorite musical (behind Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked).
I ate on plan, and plan to eat on plan tomorrow.
Today was Motivational Monday and my quote for today is:
Make a game of finding something positive in every situation, Ninety-five percent of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself.
I work very hard to be very positive, and it really does work to turn things around! Try it, really!
Okay, my plan for tomorrow:
- Morning run
- Tuesday Tip
- Seminar at 10am
- Call UPS, again
- Midday workout
- Microscopy and sampling
- Talk to boss about research (might push to Wed., looks like a busy day)
- Seminar at 5pm
- Mediterranean quinoa for dinner (colored peppers and asparagus)
- Evening turbulence training workout
Okay. Time to finish my evening with some writing and 24!
Onward and upward!
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