Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Wow, did I drop off the face of the planet there! On Friday, me and hubs left at 6am and drove 8 hours from Western Mass to Erie, PA. Then we spent 4 days with various family members and friends at various events.
Food: well, umm, yeah, that didn't go so well. I ate junk I shouldn't have. I had seconds when I didn't need them. I bought myself cookies. Yeah. Essentially, it was a minimal sleep, high stress, and no good time or place for exercise kind of weekend. I apparently still don't do well with those.
Well, I fasted today and will probably do the same on Friday. I think 2 fasts a week until I go to Disney at the end of the month might just get me through summer even with these bad times.
In good news, I picked up my first weekly farm share today. Lots of wonderful looking chard and mixed greens for salads and bok choy and broccoli and kohlrabi. I've never had kohlrabi, so that's my new one. Not sure what to do with it yet. Can't wait for farm fresh broccoli with raw butter though!
So, I'm behind on everything, including days, so no tip today. I did work out tonight for a grueling 25 minutes, plus 12 min on the bike this morning, and a midday walk, but nothing intense.
Tomorrow I am 100% back on track. Woohoo!
Okay. Time to continue catching up on life. Hoping tomorrow's weigh-in isn't absolutely deadly.
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Feta is one of my favoritest cheeses. I just had some local made feta from the farmer's market too! Anyway, tonight I made a dish with a white sauce, only I melted feta into it. Delicious! I put it on chicken, kale, rutabaga, yellow squash, asparagus, and tomatoes all sauteed together in sherry and lemon.
I didn't blog yesterday, so I owe you Tuesday's Tip! It was: each day take baby steps toward your goal, try and be a little better than before. It is from Craig Ballantyne of Turbulence Training, one of my workout programs.
Speaking of workouts, I've done lots of them. Tuesday morning run, afternoon hill walk, evening turbulence training. Today yoga morning, midday stairs and walking, and I just did intervals on the bike.
Eating has been mostly good, though I've been grabbing cherries because I have a bag of them in the fridge. Of course, if all your extra calories are going to fresh cherries, that's not half bad, huh!
Today was WOOHOO Wednesday! I'm celebrating my awesome abs which are now strong enough for straight leg pilates sit-ups and just a bit of handstead holding! What can you celebrate this week?
Okay. Quick and off. Places to go, things to do, I may skip away for an hour of karaoke, we'll see!
Onward and upward!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Homemade mayo actually. At some point in the past I saw this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz0fL
T_k3_U and I thought that would be pretty cool. Well, tonight I was planning to make something that involved mayo, and I don't have any because I don't use it, so I made some. I put olive oil, red wine vinegar, an egg yolk, and paprika and salt in a tall cup and used my fancy hand blender and suddenly, mayo appeared! It was good too. I made a baked chicken salad type of meal with it. Yummy.
Today was a fast day, and it was another rather easy fast. My body is starting to get used to the idea of not eating for about 23 hours, and just goes ahead without complaining now. I only even had tea once, water sufficed the rest of the day.
I have also done my morning workout and my midday hill climb workout in the warm, sunny weather. A nice break from the cold that is my lab. Science apparently equals cold. Tonight will be another workout, although what I'm not sure. Perhaps Mayhem, or kickboxing, or biking.
I also have to watch the 24 series finale tonight. I am anticipating that it will be almost as disappointing at the Lost finale last night. Oh well. Not everyone can be Battlestar Galactica.
It's Motivational Monday, so here's a quote for you!
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
Oh, by the way, 30 second rant about my scale. Apparently, I gained 6 lbs between Saturday morning and this morning. Really scale? That's just mean. Essentially, the number it showed me puts me back to February. Now, I know it will drop and probably significantly tomorrow, but still. I expect a 2-3lb gain from a day-ish off, not 6!
Okay. Rant over. Normal, optimistic self returned, hooray!
I'm kind of apathetic about what to do tonight that isn't my workout. Maybe I'll write something. Okay. I'm out of here for now.
Onward and upward!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
That's beef heart. I got one from the famer's market, a nice, local, grass-fed beef heart. My husband's family has had heart before, and they made it for me once, and it was good. Anyway, I had been wanting to try since. So I did. I made gluten-free bread stuffing from Pamela's bread mix to go in it and baked it all like a pork chop. I also made gravy from the drippings. It was really good.
Just a note, if you are at all squeamish, don't play with heart. It's big, fat, and bloody. I had a blast. I've done whole, raw chicken too though.
So, today was definitely a high calorie day. Yesterday was only sort of high-ish. Yesterday, we had ice cream, but otherwise stayed mostly on track. Today, I had all kinds of food at church and stuff and a big dinner. I also made fresh apricots cooked in a sauce of butter, balsamic vinegar, and real, local, maple syrup. Those were delicious.
However, I did my yoga this morning. I walked to and from the laundry, and I did my complete hardcore workout tonight. I'm fasting through dinner tomorrow, so I should be set.
I put some new fruits on the dehydrator. Pineapple, cherries, and watermelon. Can't wait to see how they come out!
Well, this was a better than some weekend, but a still could have been better weekend. Sure. I'll take that. Of course, Memorial Day weekend is being spent on vacation at the in-laws, so gotta seriously watch my food then!
Okay. Four day work week ahead of me. Lots to do. Can't wait for a great week!
How about all of you?
Onward and upward!
Friday, May 21, 2010
It hasn't been a perfect day. I know I'm usually all levels of awesome, so, today I'm going to seem a bit more real. I was tired and out of it this afternoon, and I wanted chocolate. So I had chocolate. I had probably the equivalent of 1-1 1/2 big squares of a Lindt 85% dark chocolate bar. The dark forces me to slow down somewhat. I did not, however, go to the vending machine and buy a candy bar. I also ate a good sized spoonful of natural peanut butter after dinner and have been munching on dried strawberry pieces for the last hour.
I only last about 4-5 days in a deficit before my body starts this munchy problem. Still, could be worse. I haven't gone for anything with sugar.
I'm baking oatmeal raisin scones, sugar free, they smell awesome. I haven't tried them yet, but here's the recipe. I also don't know know how many the recipe makes yet. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
Ummm, update, just tasted one and O.M.G. delicious!
Okay. So, this morning I did my usual weight circuit workout. I took a walk this afternoon, but flat, not hills or stairs, because I was tired. I need to do turbulence training tonight, soon actually. Don't want to, but going to anyway because I told you all I would!
Also, it's Fun Fact Friday!
Dairy can benefit insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome!
That's right, the dairy companies are right, their products really can help your health.
A study that looked at numerous previous studies found a number of linkages between higher dairy consumption and lower risk of IR and metabolic syndrome.
They also believe that dairy may perform some of the same functions as insulin, i.e., promote fat burning, therefore allowing the body to produce less insulin which causes problems in the high amounts found in IR. Eating dairy means your body can produce less insulin, which is good!
Milk Products, Insulin Resistance Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
Angelo Tremblay, PhD and Jo-Anne Gilbert, MSc
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 28, No. Supplement 1, 91S-102S; 2009
Okay. Finish baking. Work out. Get sleep. That sounds like a plan, right?
Onward and upward!
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