Monday, June 28, 2010
So, my Colorado fieldwork got a little crazy and after a few 10-12hour days, blogging became low on the agenda. Then I was home for a day and then me and my husband took a four day trip to Walt Disney World during which I pretty much didn't go on the internet at all.
So, it was vacation, and I ate a lot. Not gonna lie. There were creme brulees, flourless chocolate cakes, more wine and prosecco then I knew what to do with, and some ice cream.
Here's what else I did do: I ran. I was essentially traveling for 12 days, and I ran 5 times. I ran again yesterday morning. I will run again tomorrow. Not losing any ground on my running!
I also did a good job of not eating until lunch on many days when I knew I would be busy in the morning and it would be hard to grab breakfast or snacks, so I didn't eat just because.
Tomorrow, the scale will tell how bad this really was. Oh well, no more vacations until September!
Today was Motivational Monday, so here is some quick motivation from Walt Disney for your week:
“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”
“All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Things should be back to normal now, or at least next to normal ...
Onward and upward!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
So, I'm in Colorado and it turns out Colorado has hills. Well, okay, Colorado has mountains, but I went running this morning and it was up and down quite a few hills whereas my typical running path in Mass is flat. So, that was tough. It is Thankful Thursday and I was thankful for my body's ability to store and use fat today on my run, because I know I did.
That was especially true because yesterday I fasted through my travel. Actually, yesterday was WooHoo Wednesday and I was celebrating the fact that three planes, four airports, and 14 hours later I had not bought or eaten any crappy airplane food.
After I got to my hotel, which has a fridge and a microwave, joy! I went to Walmart and bought a bag of baby spinach, a jar of black beans, a mango-peach salsa, a thing of strawberries and a thing of cherry tomatoes. I had a kick-ass salad for dinner. Then I worked out. I also had a baby size Ben and Jerry's, so I'm not perfect, btw.
This morning, I just didn't eat until lunch. It worked fabulously. I'm not sure I should do that tomorrow, I think too many days in a row might be bad. I think I'll swing by the supermarket tonight for some better snacks and something to improve breakfast.
Okay. Tonight's plan for dinner is highly uncertain, but it will involve vegetables. I think I may look for a frozen fruit thing for dessert with berries.
I'm out of here, a little more fieldwork and who knows what else.
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Please, ignore the time stamp on this blog entry, I am flying to Colorado today and my first flight is 6am, so yes, it is 5am and I'm on the airport wifi waiting for my flight.
I didn't post yesterday due to insane packing and making sure I was ready and all that. Yesterday was a reasonable day, even if there was some stress snacking right around dinner time when I was a mere 8 hours from leaving the house. I ran in the morning, did stairs at work, and did yoga at night. I also made a nice baked ziti alfredo primavera with onion, garlic, green pepper, and farm fresh spinach.
My plan for travel food is to fast. It's much easier than either bringing my own food or trying to find something even remotely healthy and delicious in any of the four airports I'll be in. Yup, two connections. Ick.
Since I have a week of business trip followed by a four day vacation, I guess this is a good time to discuss my "don't gain weight while traveling" plan. First off all, I'm fasting on my travel days, so that's today and next Tuesday. I'm also planning to do morning fasting for most of my trips, meaning that I won't eat until lunch. I find that works well for me, because if I eat in the morning, I need to make sure I eat every 3-4 hours or risk low blood sugar. If I start the day fasting, I can make it much longer. This trip will involve long days of field work when lunch and snack breaks are questionable, so this is my best option. Finally, I plan to hunt down serious fruits and vegetables and make those the staples of my eating plan for the entire week and a half.
I missed Tuesday night's blog, so here's Tuesday's Tip about 5 hours late: If you aren't supposed to eat it, get rid of it! Throw out half-finished bags of chips after a party. Give away the baked goods, and don't take home a doggie bag. It seems odd, but better in the trash than on your thighs to be a source of guilt and trouble later.
Okay. 20 minutes until boarding and then I can take a nap.
Onward and upward!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Have I mentioned that I got a whole head of Napa cabbage in my last farm share? It went great in the pad Thai and I made a cole slaw with kohlrabi and beet. So, I decided to make a stuffed cabbage casserole with ground turkey and crushed tomatoes. It was good, but it came out a bit watery and sweet. Does anyone know if cooked Napa cabbage has a sweet taste? I'm trying to figure out if it was the cabbage or the tomatoes. Anyway, it was a good idea but needs refining before I post the recipe.
Also, I've determined that carob matches really well with natural, unsweetened peanut butter. The carob is actually a bit sweeter than chocolate, so I can add just carob powder and it's not as bitter at cocoa powder. I've been adding carob to my yogurt, peanut butter, and fruit which is how I discovered this. I am now planning a peanut butter and carob baked item for the future, watch for it!
I went running this morning and will run again tomorrow. I took a new route this morning, and just went by time. When I mapped it later it appeared that I ran 2.8miles in about 27 minutes, rock! I also did my hill walk in the afternoon and tonight I did 20 min of a strength circuit.
It is Motivational Monday! We were watching Rocky last night (great movie) and so you get the awesomeness of Stallone as Rocky:
"Who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league...It don't matter, 'cause I was nobody before...I was nobody. That don't matter either, ya know...It really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed. And if I can go that distance, ya see, and that bell rings, ya know, and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, ya see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood."
The key there is that you may not win every time, but you gotta keep fighting, and you gotta "go the distance" in everything you do!
Okay, I am off. I am leaving early Wednesday morning for a work trip to Colorado, so I've got some planning and packing to do tomorrow! Crazy.
Onward and upward!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Yesterday I made pudding cookies, and therefore I had to make pudding. Since I bake sugar-free, the pudding had to be sugar-free. So, I made chocolate pudding, dairy free and sweetened with dates, prunes, and raisins. Yum! Then I made cookies out of it. They were quite good. Here's the pudding recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
e-detail.asp?recipe=1115279 . For the cookies, I added 1.5 cups of pudding to 1.5 cups flour blend, 1/2 cup oats, 2 eggs, 1/4 c coconut oil, and two pureed plums. They were good. Everything needed more chocolate though, so next time, more chocolate, less sweet.
This weekend may have been my best in a while for food. I still allowed myself some leeway, but didn't get into much of anything major. Some ice cream, a Reese's peanut butter cup, and some potato chips, Thai flavor. I worked out enough, 30 min on the bike yesterday, yoga this morning, and a serious strength circuit this evening.
I'm adding more running to my week, so I'm going to run tomorrow morning, on top of the Tues/Thurs/Sat I already run. I'm planning to run the Disney Princess half marathon at the end of Feb. This is the start of working toward that.
Okay. nearly time for bed. Time to make my week great!
Onward and upward!
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