Sunday, July 04, 2010
Ah, Day 2 of Week 5. What is there to say? I am trying not to use the words "epic fail," but that would about sum it up. I finished the first 8 minute run and figured the second 8 would be easy now that I had completed the initial round; of course, that was not to be. My second run went something like run 3 minutes, stop for about 30 seconds, run 3 minutes, walk for 2 minutes, run 3 minutes, walk/hobble home (I estimated these times based on the music on my ipod). I wasn't in pain, but I felt over-tired and my legs felt tight and crampy.
I blame the teenagers.
I have two teens living in my home who are off on summer break. I was awakened at midnight last night by the request that they be allowed to bake cookies. Yes, chocolate chip cookies at midnight. It was nice of them to ask first. I was then awakened by Rod Stewart singing "Maggie May" at 1 AM at which time I went and thumped on son's bedroom door and asked him to turn it down. He didn't mean any harm, he likes to sleep with music blaring, and at least it was Rod Stewart instead of Evil Clown Posse or whatever the other kids are listening to these days.
We have worked out this agreement that allows the kids to stay up later than I do because they "aren't babies anymore" and all that whine, but our agreement needs some ironing out of the details.
Tuesday I will repeat Day2 and I had better gotten some peaceful sleep the night before or no one is going to like me.
I have not shared a recipe in a while, so here is the one I've been using to make my own yogurt. Yogurt made yourself is so fresh and inexpensive. I strain it through a coffee filter overnight if I want Greek yogurt.
Here is the recipe... http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
I always make mine using 3 cups of 1% milk and the rest skim. It turns out fine.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Eating healthy and staying properly hydrated while traveling is quite the challenge. I planned extensively for last week’s trip and packed plenty of healthy snacks, but I did not stay on track as much as I had hoped. Still, I feel it was far from failure and I had a wonderful time, so I am considering it a good trip.
I did keep up with the C25K running program. I ran all three days of week 4 and I really enjoyed the change of scenery offered by running city streets as opposed to my usual rural surroundings. I was not able to keep up with my strength and toning, but I walked a lot and went swimming a few days.
Most days of my trip I did take in more than my daily caloric allowance. I accepted that because when travelling I do enjoy eating the local treats and specialties. One day lunch consisted of a thick, decadent slice of cheesecake topped with glazed fruit. My diet while travelling consisted of whole, fresh foods, so I feel the calories were well spent.
It is empowering to be able to stray from my usual routines and dietary habits and regain my footing when the trip ends. I have had to “begin again” a few times due to the usual life-occurrences and I am always grateful to return to my healthy habits. By the end of this trip, I was happy to be back to my usual routine, but it was a wonderful break from the ordinary.
Friday, June 04, 2010
I have mostly moved into the “maintenance” phase. I may lose about 10 more pounds, but at this point I know that weight will come off much more slowly than my previous weight loss. Honestly, if I weigh as much this time next year as I do today I will be very pleased.
I am finding that maintenance is a constant struggle with numerous ups and downs. Perhaps losing huge amounts of weight was enough to motivate me before, while now, I struggle all the time to keep my eye on the prize. Before I wanted to be stronger and healthier and knowing what I wanted was enough to keep me going. Now the goal is not so tangible and it is easy to eat poorly or skip a workout when you are reasonably healthy; it is easy to think, “Oh, it won’t kill me.”
I have been sick since yesterday with a stomach virus and family issues have left me heartbroken. I am not eating well and it is difficult for me to work up the motivation to exercise. Today is Day 3 of Week 2 of my C25K program and I am determined that I will get that run in today or tomorrow and line myself out by Monday, but it is hard. It is difficult to remember that I am worth the effort.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Today was difficult. Day 2 of the C25K was harder than Day 1. I hope it gets easier. I hope I get stronger.
Last night while the family made sundaes, I ate this...
Fake Out Sundae
1/2 Frozen banana
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
5 ice cubes
Fake Out Chocolate Syrup
1 TBS unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 tsp Stevia or other sweetener
Enough water to make into a syrup
Add banana, yogurt and ice to food processor or blender and mix. Freeze about 30 minutes. Cover with "syrup."
I didn't have time to freeze mine. It was very good and offered a great chocolate fix. Entire dessert is under 200 calories.
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