Sunday, April 01, 2012
Before I review the rest of my March goals, I first would like to review my 4th goal for the month of March. You'll recall:
Actually meet or exceed 500 fitness minutes this month. Write down a workout plan each week so I'm not making it up on the fly. Having a plan should help me just get it done.
Well, I'd like to proudly report: I made this goal my bitch. I slapped it around, I made it call me "Shorty", I made it polish the souls of my New Balance Cross-Trainers with it's tongue! Not only did I "meet or exceed" 500 minutes, I more than doubled that!!! I rang in March's fitness minutes with 1,011 minutes! If I had known, I would have done 4 more minutes. My failure to do the math meant I came in 4 minutes short of 9,000 total fitness minutes logged. Oh, well. ALSO! This is the very first time in my SparkPeople history that I have logged 1,000 fitness minutes in any given month! WOOHOO!!!!
As for the rest of my goals:
"If I'm going to have something "unhealthy" to eat, I have to have something "healthy" with it." This one is still a work in progress, although I will say it made me infinitely more conscious of the food choices I make. I ate at McDonald's a few times and got chicken nuggets with fries, but also a fruit and yogurt parfait. I tried to match a vegetable or piece of fruit with everything I ate, but wasn't always successful. Still needs work, but was a definite help!
"I bought the seeds, so plant them!" I did exactly that. I planted tomato, sugar snap peas, cucumber, and sweet pepper seeds. I bought seedlings of another tomato variety, strawberries, and eggplant, too, and got those sown. Hopefully I'll have little edibles sometime.
"Continue tracking food and water. 3 days a week, 1 weekend day." I think I met this goal most weeks, but I think tracking more consistently would be more helpful. Like, I should set aside certain days to track so I know if I'm "on track" and to see if my dietary habits change during certain times of the week.
"Eat healthy, home-cooked dinners 4 nights a week." Oh yeah. I made a menu and followed it for two weeks, cooked that much the week before that, and then made sure I was eating something homecooked the week after. I need to figure out how to do the menu with more budget consciousness for all my roommates in mind.
"Eat breakfast." Ooh, uh... I am going to call this one another that is in progress. I tried for breakfast some days, but really didn't put that much effort into it. I could definitely do better with this one. I just need to sit down and have a plan for it also.
"Stay on top of homework, assignments, and attendance in class." This one needs improvement as well. I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty bored in my classes right now. I'm not finding them very stimulating and I feel like I'm not learning too terribly much. Plus, a 16 week semester is too long! My attention span runs more around the 10 or 11 week zone. So, I need to push through the disinterest and make sure I'm staying on top of things a little better.
I'll be thinking of some April goals in the next day or so. I'm currently spending my much-needed spring break at my parent's house. I got to visit with my dad (who is still caring for my grandmother full-time) and I got to spend time with my middle brother, who I almost never see when I'm down here 'cuz I can't pull him from his computer long enough. I have a cuddly kitty snoozing on my bed. I have a tummy full of legit Mexican food. And now I'm going to call it a night.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I've officially launched my food/nutrition blog! I'm so excited, which is probably why I'm still awake at 2am to get my first "real" post on there. Also, my gall stones are causing me some pain right now, so I wouldn't be able to fall asleep anyway. Rest assured, I'm calling this week or next to get my surgery scheduled. Turns out the end of the semester is an entire week earlier than I thought it was!
Crap, I digress. Must be because I'm REALLY TIRED. Anyhow, please, feel free to visit my new blog at:
I'll try to remember to post somewhere here on Spark when I've got a new recipe up.
I also appreciate the support! Thank you!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
St. Patty's is one of my favorite holidays. Top 3, easily.
I had a nice day staying mostly indoors. It was very windy and stormy here in the San Diego, so I stayed in where it was warm and calm. I cooked dinner- corned beef brisket (2), potatoes, carrots, onions, and cabbage, a pot of colcannon, and Irish wheaten (or brown) bread. I stuck the briskets and vegetables in the crockpot and let it go to town for about 8 hours. Turned out so delicious! For those that don't know what colcannon is, its basically mashed potatoes with kale and scallions. I add bacon to mine. I cooked the bacon, sauteed the kale in the bacon fat, added cabbage and green onion to the kale and cooked that, then added it to my mashed potatoes. Super delicious! The wheaten bread is my favorite, although mine turned out a little too done on the outsides. When I was in Ireland, they served this brown bread everywhere I went! It was served at breakfast and dinner and I couldn't get enough of it! Most of the time it was in a formed loaf, but I like mine rustic, so I'd just bake it after forming it into a round by hand. My one regret is not getting Kerrygold butter to smear on it. That butter is AWESOME!!! If you've never tried it, I suggest you do. (Yes, I advocate using butter over margarine any day.)
Then, to make the night special with the wind blowing and the rain falling outside, we lit a fire in our fireplace. Its the first time we did it since we moved in! It was so nice and toasty, but I think we need to do some "research" on it for the next time. Our living room still smells like a campfire.
Well, at least we were cozy. I put on my feetie pajamas that my mom got me for my birthday. Luckily, I have an obsession with all things green and Irish, so my jammies were highly appropriate!
(This pic is actually from back in January)
My nausea seems to be subsiding, but all that rich food last night was a little much and I didn't feel that great at the end of the night. Worth it. I think this coming year I'm going to corn my own brisket. I've always wanted to try it, so I've resolved to do it. If I can find plain brisket cheap, I'll pick one up, corn it now, and jam it in the freezer.
I have some ideas on how to use the leftovers from dinner, but I may be lacking some ingredients (and money) for them. I know I can make corned beef hash no problem, but I wanted to make a Reuben sandwich bake thing, too. I don't have caraway seeds, Swiss cheese, or sauerkraut, so I may have to save that recipe for some other time. I also don't have Thousand Island dressing, but its so ridiculously easy to make from scratch, I'd have no problems there. *sigh*
My maybe-too-raging-fire at the end a nice night...
I hope everyone had a great, safe, and healthy St. Patty's Day!
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I'm not sure what's wrong with me today. I have been nauseated (and experiencing a little bit of pain) since I woke up this morning. I'm not sure if its related to my treasonous gallbladder or not. If it is, I just need my body to hold out for 3 more months, as the beginning of the summer is ideally when I'd like to get it taken care of surgically. That way I can finish this semester at school and have the summer to recover.
In the meantime, the nausea has left me with absolutely zero appetite today. I've forced a few bites down just to make sure I'm not totally starving, but really I have no interest in food.
Yesterday I baked a loaf of French bread from scratch, using my bread machine to do the grunt work of kneading and rising. I baked it in the oven and BOY WAS IT AWESOME! My house smelled amazing. The bread was crusty on the outside and tender on the inside. In my crockpot I had a bean-less minestrone bubbling away for dinner. I'm not sure I've ever mentioned this before, but I'm highly allergic to beans of similar variety (black, pinto, kidney, navy, cannelini, white, etc). I don't seem to have problems with soy, lentils, or garbanzos, nor nuts, so it's not a full-on legume allergy.
Anyway, my roommate said she didn't miss the beans at all in the minestrone and the soup itself was quite tasty. Unfortunately, my nausea sort of began last night, so I pretty much only picked at my dinner. That loaf of French bread turned into the bread for some low-fat ricotta, low-fat mozzarella, and prosciutto panini. Of which I ate about half. :-(
I hope this crappy feeling passes soon. In the meantime, I'm looking longingly at the photos of last night's dinner, wishes I had the will and the stomach to eat it.
Fresh from the oven
Minestrone and panini
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Six days ago (March 6) I weighed myself at my usual time, in my usual manner (before eating or drinking, with only my pj's on, after evacuating any fluids from my body first thing after waking up in the morning). I guess I just do it for consistency, but that's what I did. My scale reflected back a weigh-in number of 181 exactly. That reflected a 4lb weight loss since February 19th. Not bad, really... 2lbs (ish) each week for a little more than 2 weeks. That's about on task and healthy. I let SparkPeople do the announcing of my 4lb loss on my Feed and a handful of you lovely folks "liked" it.
What I didn't do was make a bigger deal out of it. And I probably should have. 4 lbs lost is a nice number, but it doesn't tell you the details of the journey. See, I started my SparkJourney on January 25, 2008. I was 198lbs and in my second quarter at UCSD. I was told about this website from a trainer at the gym at school. I was taking a "class" or seminar kind of thing there and she was directing it. One week involved learning about basic nutrition, one week involved learning about cardio, one week about strength training, etc. It was a great program that got me started in the right direction... for the most part. However, as life in a major university does, things got crazy. I initially dropped down to 187lbs during my time in that seminar. But, I ballooned to 210lbs by the time I was getting ready to graduate.
210lbs. That was a terrifying and depressing number. I had never before passed the 200 mark. At 198, I came close, but hadn't ever passed it. I felt awful about myself. I didn't fit in anything. I was a size 18-20 and wearing all my mom's "fat" clothes. I wore clothes that were too big because I didn't want to see my rolls or jiggle. When I graduated, I realized I needed to get serious about this. My left ovary "exploded", as I like to exaggerate. I wasn't told by doctors, but by others, that there is a correlation sometimes to ovarian cysts and obesity. Spending two days in a hospital without being able to eat or drink anything in case I had to have surgery was all I figured I wanted to handle with that.
I ditched a bad relationship, looked back once a year later, and realized it wasn't worth it, and ditched it for good. That SOB made me feel awful about myself and I'm fairly sure its because he feels so awful about himself in some way. Of course I turned to food when I couldn't cope. I had a few "low" moments when I thought it would be easier to be dead. I got scared when I recognized symptoms of battered spouse syndrome in myself. It occured to me that maybe I wasn't completely the problem. So, I said f*** you very much, I'm out! Life improved and I started back on the journey I was meant to be on.
I dropped 20lbs in the next year, so slowly that I hardly noticed. And therefore, didn't make a big deal about that, either. I stayed the same weight for a while, somewhere in the 195lb range. And began to double my efforts.
My weigh-in six days ago at 181lbs is the lowest I've been in at least 5 years. Another 4 or 5lb loss will put me at the heaviest I ever was my sophomore year in high school. I lost weight back then, too, just by eating better.
In all, from my heaviest weight ever, I've lost 29lbs. From the time I started this journey at 198lbs (my original weight, I guess) I've lost 17lbs. I didn't really sit down to think about it until now. Those are some good numbers. Certainly nothing to scoff at. And for a visual, some photos from my heaviest (210lbs or so) to 185lbs (4lbs heavier than today).
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