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!
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!
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