Monday, May 10, 2010
Lord of the Rings Risk actually. Yeah, we're geeks, but it was fun. The powers of good would have won, if we had barreled through the game, but at 10:30pm, we just assumed the end. We've seen the movies, right!
Okay. Diet: fasted until 6pm. Ate dinner, and probably more snacking stuff than I would have, but all of it whole foods, fruits, nuts, etc. I drank a ton of tea today because it was freakin' freezing! It is May, but you wouldn't know it because it only got up to about 50 degrees!
This morning I did 12 minutes of tabatas and then midday I did some walking and stairs around campus. I also agreed to play a piano piece on Sunday at church, so I went to practice it for a bit, with the stairs on either side.
Motivational Monday! My motivation for the day was Walking On Sunshine, because the sun was shining all day! Still freezing, but pretty.
Okay, anyway. I had an awful headache today, but not dead yet, so the sleeping thing hasn't completely backfired on me yet.
Anyway. Long day, but got a lot done. Now, finishing How I Met Your Mother and getting some sleep.
Onward and upward!
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Or lack thereof. Me and Spark are going to need to have a serious talk about this missing Email glitch. I'm still getting nothing associated with message boards. However, all your blog comments are getting to me just fine and so are sparkmails!
Okay, my weekend update. Saturday was my "day off" and it was. I had a number of locally made chocolates and a pack of dark chocolate Reese's. I have to admit though, chocolate that is not dark enough doesn't taste as good any more! Then I ate too many tostitos and fritos. However, I dipped them in homemade guacamole and salsa over lowfat cream cheese, so no dips with strange thickeners or added sugars. I made sugar-free shortbread and sugar-free strawberry-rhubarb jam and ate that too. Not carb-free, but sugar free!
Long story, short: ate too much food, but choices are improving. Also, went out for Chinese for lunch and left food on my plate, yay!
We didn't run on Sat. because of rain, but I did do a 30min bike workout. Today, I did detox yoga (meaning lots of twists!) to keep the junk in my digestive system moving. Tonight I did my hardcore workout. I think I ate well enough today. I had a few more pieces of shortbread, but also lots of veggies at church, then stayed on track.
I'm switching my fasting day to Monday, so no snack tonight and fasting tomorrow. I'm hoping that will make my Tuesday weight not totally suck. I was right about TOM, so between that and the come down from my off day, this should be an excellent week for weight loss.
Last week was serious PMS cravings, but I only gave in on Sat when I was planning to. That means this week should be a breeze, right!
Quick notes on the shortbread and jam. The shortbread was a flour blend, 1/2 cup each of coconut, tapioca, and brown rice and 1 cup each of millet and sorghum, 1 cup of butter, 1 tbsp xantham gum, 1 bit more than 1/2 cup pear puree, kneaded well and pressed thinly into a pan, baked at 350F for a while.
The jam was pureed strawberries, rhubarb, and soaked prunes which I then dehydrated for a while to thicken. It is awesome. And sugar free.
Now time to sleep. On that subject. I take a tricyclic antidepressant to improve my sleep, and after taking it for months, the levels build up in my system and it stops working. So then I detox for a bit to get the levels down to restart. I've done this at least twice a year for the last 3-4 years, so I know the deal. However, it can drain me for the week I do it. Therefore, time to try and sleep. We'll see how it goes.
Onward and upward!
Friday, May 07, 2010
My brain is very one-track sometimes, and tonight we are going to see the Goonies on the big screen at our local movie theater for a midnight showing, yay! Because of that movie, we want to retire to Astoria, OR. Okay, on with the diet and fitness.
Today was a fast day. It technically began last night after dinner, and it was all the way through to tonight's dinner. It was probably the best fast I have had yet, I didn't feel hungry at all, and I didn't even feel overly drawn to dinner. It helped that it was a massively busy day at work, so I was in motion pretty much all day.
Dinner was spicy chili. It wasn't necessarily intended to be crazy spicy, but sometimes you throw peppers around and things get hot. I had two medium sized jalapenos, one poblano (less spicy, but bigger), and two little green chilis (also less spicy). It also had half an orange bell pepper, half a small onion, crushed tomatoes, medium salsa, black beans, corn, and pork, and was finished with onion powder, garlic salt, cumin, cilantro, a few dashes of Worcestershire and a bit of real maple syrup. We ate it with lowfat Mexican blend cheese and lowfat sour cream and a whole grain taco shell. Delicious, but totally sinus clearing.
I did my morning workout, but didn't get to a midday one, however, I was up and down and on my feet quite a bit, so I'm hoping that helped. I'm intending to do a Hardcore workout in about 30-45min.
The scale still hasn't been nice to me all week, even though it has been going in the correct direction, just in miniscule amounts. However, my packages of pills tell me that my TOM is just around the corner, so I'm betting on bloating from that. I'm not going to sugar-up this weekend at all, so I'm also hoping that helps me out.
Funny thing. Yesterday, I had a seriously insane, both good and bad, but insane kind of day. At some point, I went over to the cake that was sitting in the office, and decided to allow myself a spoonful of the icing (can't have the cake, gluten and that), so I did. Well, after a moment or two I actually went looking for something to wash my mouth out with because it was so sweet it didn't taste good. Really! You know how long it has taken me to not want frosting? Well, I tried going lower sugar last year and it didn't take, but this year I've been working at a no-sugar lifestyle since January, and just now I finally found the taste of something sweet yucky. See that! It can be done, keep at it all!
Okay. On to the goods. I missed Thankful Thursday yesterday, but I was thankful for my pretty red raincoat that kept me dry in the morning. Today is Fun Fact Friday and my fun fact is that you can save the equivalent carbon used in driving almost 2000 miles just by eating local foods all year! Now, I can't do all year because Massachusetts gets cold, but I'm so excited that it's local food time right now, and tomorrow is a Farmer's market day! Or at least my favorite farm stands.
Whew. Well, time to get moving on the rest of my evening. I'm boiling up some rhubarb and prunes which I'm going to add strawberries to to make a jam. Yay!
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I was not feeling like doing my workout tonight, too much hardcore making my legs ache. So, I was thinking about what to do, and then it hit me that I haven't done kickboxing in a while, so I pulled up a basic kickboxing workout layout and 25 min of punching and kicking just flew by!
Anyway, it is WOOHOO Wednesday, which is a day to celebrate whatever victory you have this week. My victory is simple: keeping a positive attitude even though the scale refuses to cooperate. Refuses. I'm up like, 4 lbs. Really, body? Really? Anyway, past Me would use that as an excuse to eat some Reese's. Current Me sees no reason to mess up my system this way.
Also. I've noticed that the better I eat, the more sensitive my digestive system becomes to bad things like excess sugar or the wrong fats. I'm beginning to feel like 2-3 days of badly digesting is not worth a few hours of sugary enjoyment. Nope, not at all. Just have to continue to keep that in mind all the time, not just afterward.
By the way, what victory are you celebrating today?
Well. I am planning another awesome day tomorrow, you should too!
Onward and upward.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Remember all those things I said yesterday about how I probably did very well avoiding carbs and not overeating? Well, I forgot until this morning about one thing: sodium. This morning, I expected my scale to go down, but no, it went up 0.2lbs. Not a major concern, but considering that I was expecting at least a pound loss from my sugar escapades on Sunday, even a slight gain was a bit annoying.
Then I realized that almost everything I ate yesterday contained a bunch of sodium. I had sushi with soy sauce, salty seaweed salad, soups with salt, keilbasa, Caesar salad dressing, parmesan cheese. I don't currently track, but I would bet I was in the 3000-4000mg of sodium range yesterday. Actually, the fact that I didn't get dizzy standing at all until late, late in the evening even with no carbs should have been my tip-off.
aside: I've noticed lately I get a tiny bit dizzy when standing while I'm eating and exercising well. I've determined this is likely due to low blood pressure. Sodium increases blood pressure.
Anyway. It was a lot of sodium, which isn't a major issue for me since I have low blood pressure and generally eat very little sodium, but it meant that I retained even more water than usual (post-high carb periods can take me 2-3 days to drop the water weight). I'm hoping that today was mostly seriously back on track, and therefore tomorrow the Wii Fit balance board will love me!
Anyway, the moral of this story is Tuesday's Tip!
Don't weigh yourself the day after a high-sodium intake day. It will likely go up.
Now, I weigh myself almost every day and I am used to fluctuations like that, and I know they will work out in the end, but they still annoy me!
Okay. On to today. Today was a bit nuts. Me and hubby ran this morning, awesome run, I felt pretty great, although I acquired a blister on my heel, ouch. We had a fire alarm in the early afternoon at work, something was actually smoking too! Anyhow, instead of standing outside and doing nothing, I grabbed my shuffle on the way out and opted for my walk a little early.
The remainder of my day flip-flopped between actual work and twittering about Star Wars day (May the Fourth be with you!), then the wind kicked way up and the power went out. The sky went orange for a bit and those of us who have spent time in the midwest saw tornado conditions, but those cleared up. The power came on again, then went off again. I decided that was a sign to go home.
Unfortunately, my bus was seriously delayed because the high winds blew down trees and powerlines all over town and it took an hour to do what I normally do it 20 min.
I made it, the sky cleared, I made lovely Pad Thai for dinner, and now I am planning for another Turbulence Training Hardcore workout tonight!
And tomorrow, the scale will happily go down, a lot! The power of positive thinking, right?
Onward and upward!
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