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!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
It has been a good weekend for sleep. I got to sleep until I woke up yesterday, and no choir this morning, so an extra hour and a half of sleep before church. Sleep is awesome. Less cravings, more energy. I should work on that more often. I'm not bad, I get to bed by 11:30 almost every night, and get up at 7am, so about 7.5 hours of sleep, then most Saturdays I have no alarm. Sleep is important.
So, since late-ish last night I've been off diet. Me and a friend made a peanut butter, chex, chocolate delicious thing for dessert last night. Today, I ate quite a few of my Rhubarb Cheddar Muffins and some ice cream. It wasn't really bad, and it was in preparation for tomorrow's fast. So now, I have lots of fat-burning hormones in my system from overeating, and then I'm going to stop eating and let them burn fat. When I do this right, it works great. Can be hard not to over overeat and lose my gains though. I'll see tomorrow morning/Tuesday morning with weigh-ins.
I have been lacking in accountability on here. I need to do some measurements/pics this week for you all. Maybe tomorrow while fasted.
I ate leftovers for lunch and classics for dinner: Keilbasa and tomatoes over sauteed chard and green beans, and alfredo broccoli and cauliflower. I did yoga this morning and will be doing Turbulence Training Gauntlet as soon as we are done watching Stargate.
I anticipate a good week. Better yet, I will have a good week! You will too!
Onward and upward!
Saturday, June 05, 2010
It was the first strawberry picking day of the season! My CSA just opened their fields and I picked up my pint for the week. I also hit the farmer's market for a few select items my CSA doesn't do. Mostly dairy, new cheese and butter. I also grabbed sugar snap peas and garlic bulbs, really young ones that haven't split yet with the greens.
I also bought my first local honey for the season. Your honey should be raw and very local (mine is one town north of me) to help build resistance to pollen to decrease allergies. I'm having my husband have some on his toast each morning because he gets awful outdoor allergies.
This morning, I reaffirmed that I don't like coffee. I have Green Mountain coffee beans for my husband flavored with vanilla and caramel, and they smell amazing. So, I figured I'd give an iced coffee a try this morning with honey and local whole milk. Nope. Still don't like coffee. My husband thinks one day he'll convert me. I think not. I'm a wonderful tea drinker, give me that.
I made awesome muffins today. Rhubarb Cheddar recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
e-detail.asp?recipe=1106071 , I had a recipe for apple cheddar, and I had rhubarb, and decided that since rhubarb smelled like apples when cooking, it would match well with good cheddar. They also have some apple and pecans in them. So delicious if you love sweet-savory things. Perfect for a brunch. Also, gluten-free, sugar-free as always.
I did some running this morning, but not as much as I planned because hubs had trouble running in the hot, sunny weather. I didn't. Oh well. Anyone have any advice for breathing while running? Seems to be hubs problem, he doesn't get good deep breaths and the hot weather doesn't help.
Okay. Time to make dinner, which will be Minestrone Pasta with CSA chard and broccoli, and farmer's market garlic.
Onward and upward!
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