Friday, June 11, 2010
Today was a day with a headache. Just an hour or so into work and I could tell that if I didn't do something it was going to be bad. I grabbed some ibuprofen which kicked it to a dull ache all day. Finally got some Naproxen when I finally came home, and still feeling the muscles in my shoulders are too tight. I've also been quite tired.
By the way, while fighting this headache, I was fasting. It was interesting, because I wasn't really hungry, but I could feel my body trying to draw me into eating. Eating has always been my stress-relief and my energy jolt, and neither of those were permitted today. I still wasn't hungry, I didn't need to eat, I just wanted the non-fuel effects of food. i survived without it. Hopefully, the next time I want food for those purposes, I'll notice and remind myself that I don't need it.
I made nice quinoa parmesan with veggies tonight. It had radish greens, napa cabbage, and broccoli from my CSA and some frozen corn and cherry tomatoes. I had that with broiled oregano chicken and a salad.
I did a good circuit workout this morning. I walked downtown and back to the post office, little less than a mile each way. I'm intending to do a serious workout tonight in about 20 min. assuming my hubs doesn't decide to drag me to the A-team tonight. I want to see the A-team, don't get me wrong, but I would rather see it tomorrow afternoon.
So, it's Fun Fact Friday and here is your fun fact:
Eating a lower carbohydrate and higher fat meal at breakfast can help program your body for improved metabolism for the rest of the day.
The study, done in animals, showed that taking in fat in the morning turned on the fat metabolism all day and allowed for carb metabolism to switch on when needed, whereas eating carbs in the morning turned on carb metabolism and they couldn't adjust to eating fat later in the day.
So, eat a higher fat breakfast. I eat eggs and bacon, veggies and fruit, and it works for me.
Okay. I'm planning to have a good workout, a snack, a far better weigh-in tomorrow than I have all week (you know, like down instead of up!), and a good day tomorrow.
Onward and upward!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I titled this entry spoons, because I got into a spoon issue today. I was taking the car for some maintenance this morning, and brought my snacks/lunch along in case it took a while, but I forgot a spoon. Fortunately, it didn't take too long, but my snack was late anyway.
Although, I don't think that really was what made me buy a mini chocolate mousse at Whole Foods, I think it was TOM and the scale going the wrong way, and the fact that I'm fasting tomorrow anyway. BTW - Whole Food chocolate mousse is TO DIE FOR! So delicious.
Tonight is DnD so probably no exercise. I did run this morning, no hubby, he doesn't run when it's wet out. I loved the misting weather. I did my stairs this afternoon and added wall push-ups between them, and that felt like a good workout.
The rest of my food was good and on plan. I have crockpot dinner waiting for me. My workday was highly unproductive after taking the morning off to take the car. Figures.
It's Thankful Thursday! I'm thankful for my car, especially now that the vents are working again and it has new oil. My car is a 2000 but it's the only one we have, and can't really afford a new one, so I work hard to keep this one in top condition, as much as a non-car person can.
Okay. I have to go drive said car to pick up hubby and go home for DnD! yay!
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
It's time for a short biology lesson. Serotonin: the chemical in your brain that makes you feel good. How to increase serotonin: eat quick carbs.
So, today was a blah feeling type of day. I didn't want to work, I didn't want to cook, and I didn't want to exercise. I did most of those anyway. I did skip my midday workout, but I'm having some pain in my knee, and I didn't want to do stairs, and it was raining, so no flat walking. It's also a crummy TOM.
So, the biologist in me realized that my mood was crummy, I was making too many little mistakes (like going to get the mail without the mailbox key), and I needed a serotonin boost. So I had a bit of dark chocolate and some apple-cinnamon granola. Maybe as much as 150-200 extra cals tops. It worked. I feel better, not great, still craving a peanut butter cup or some ice cream or a whole chocolate bar something awful, but better. Good thing. Hubs came home in an awful mood and I think without my little boost I would not have dealt with that at all.
So, today: less exercise than planned, more food. ack. Current recovery plan: do plenty of intense exercise tonight, aiming for 35-40 min to complement my 20 min yoga from this morning. Food: mmm. Still not sure if I'll hit up another craving tonight or not. Guess I'll see how I feel post-exercise. I was planning to fast again on Friday, so it probably won't hurt me (because my next fast after Friday won't be until Wed. when I travel).
I got a bounty from my farm CSA yesterday! broccoli, kohlrabi, radishes, lettuce, mixed green, spinach, and a whole head of napa cabbage. I'm going to pick more strawberries on Sat. Mmmm, farm fresh food! I am totally going to make a cole slaw with kohlrabi, beet, cabbage, and homemade mayo. Maybe I'll do that tonight!
By the way, it's WOOHOO Wednesday! I was feeling quite victorious since this weekend was a splurge, but I only gained 3lbs from it and lost it after one day. That means I didn't overdo the splurge, go me! What can you celebrate?
Time to cook stuff, workout, and cook more stuff.
Incidentally. I have earrings with the chemical structure of serotonin that my mother gave me. Awesome, right.
Onward and upward!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I decided not to do a serious workout tonight. I did run this morning and I did 15 minutes of walking and stairs in the middle of the day. And tonight, I went over to a friend's house to practice some Brahms pieces, I sing and he plays piano. I was there from 8-9:15, and singing for quite a bit and standing for a all, and I got home at about 9:45 and decided to jump to snack and skip the tough workout. Tomorrow, though, no excuses.
My food was good. A few extra grapes and strawberries, but those aren't going to hurt me. I made a yummy Santa Fe style casserole for dinner. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
I promised numbers: 151.5
I went up 2.9lbs after the weekend and dropped 2.9lbs after Monday's fast! That's how it's supposed to work. Now, to see if I can't get drop by the end of the week. I'm looking to lose 10lbs in the next 16 weeks. That's 2.5lbs a month, a little more than 0.5lb a week. Totally doable if I don't mess up.
It's Tuesday and here's your tip: Got the munchies? Have fresh fruit as a first snack option, preferably berries. High in fiber, low in calories, sweet enough to satisfy and get you past munchies.
Okay. I need sleep.
Onward and upward!
Monday, June 07, 2010
I promised accountability and here are some pictures and measurements:
Jan 2010 - June 2010
Measurements in Inches (since Jan)
Hips: 38.5 (-1.5)
Waist: 31.5 (-0.5)
Chest: 32 (-1)
Boobs: 40 (-2)
Neck: 12 (-0.5)
Thigh: 21.5 (0)
Arm: 11 (-0.5)
Very little change in inches. However, the pictures show that I may actually be getting some serious tone. I'll give the scale update tomorrow with the post-fast weigh-in. The weekend increase was ~3lbs, typical for an off day.
So, today was a perfect fast, not really hungry or bored. Stayed busy, did stuff. Did morning circuit, midday hill walk, and evening Mayhem (OMG jelly legs, whew!).
I made an interesting stew for dinner loosely based on a Persian Rhubarb Stew recipe. I really liked it, and the rhubarb worked well. Check it out! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
I have somehow acquired a ton of fruit in my fridge. It's not the worst problem to have! Lots of fresh berries, many field-picked, mmmm.
Oh, your quote for Motivational Monday:
John Wooden, a renowned basketball coach from UCLA died this weekend, but he left lots of inspiration and motivation and I particularly liked these words:
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
Don't accept status quo, keep pushing for change! You CAN do it!
Onward and upward!
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