Sunday, November 29, 2009
Ok, I'm stretching this one. Yes, I think I saw a mountain lion while we were in Seattle (actually, not right in the city, obviously, but in the suburbs where my MIL & SIL live. The day before we'd taken my FIL to a nearby park to walk, and as he so often does, he chose a steep uphill path. Only problem was he got tired about halfway down the path, and we didn't know how long it was.
Anyway, we went back to the park the next day, with my MIL in tow, but since she doesn't like to work too hard we didn't take the same path. I needed to walk some more, so when they left, I started back up the hill. As I was walking, all of the sudden I saw what I thought was a fawn.
Only I realized it wasn't the shape of a fawn, and there were no other deer around. I thought maybe it was a bobcat, but it was too big for that, and I thought I saw a tail. I suspect that it was a young cougar (aka mountain lion), altho I never really got close enough to tell.
DH gave me a hard time -- I had my cell phone with me, so why didn't I take a picture? Besides the fact that it would probably have been a mountain lion speck, I explained to him that when you see a potentially dangerous animal and you're by yourself, you don't stop to take pictures. You turn and walk (not run) the other way. Of course, you shouldn't turn your back on it, either, but I only thought that once I'd already done it.
I stopped again to look at it when I was a little further down. It was still watching me. Obviously, since I'm here, it never actually decided to check me out, but I must admit it was a bit scary. They actually call that hill cougar mountain, with good cause, obviously, and my SIL said a cougar had been sighted there that summer. Well, yeah!
So what does it have to do with weight loss? Not much, only I suppose we can take a lesson from it. When we're faced with food we know we shouldn't eat and we're all alone, better not to stop and contemplate it. Better to turn and walk away -- literally! Often a walk will cure a craving.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Yup, that's me. We connected via the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport both ways -- a new one for me, and a very nice airport. With a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. On the way out, we had a huge walk between gates, and walked right past it. Then I walked back to it to get my one Chocolate Peanut Butter finger.
On the way back, I got a peanut butter bucket. That was sort of a mistake, as I ate the whole thing last night. Note to self: the peanut butter finger was actually more satisfying than the peanut butter bucket. More isn't necessarily better.
I did get lots of walking in. FIL (who has Alzheimers) can't sit still. Ever. Of course, he also sometimes tires out easily. But we had him out for short walks -- and some longer ones -- several times a day. Except for travel days and the day it rained all day, I got lots of steps in. I also went out for walks on my own several days when we weren't watching him.
Watching him is exhausting. I don't know how my MIL does it. My SIL comes once, sometimes twice a day to take him out, but even so, he is constantly hovering over you, anxious, wanting to go out, wanting to know what we're going to do next. Nothing other than going out soothes him. He really can't do much of anything anymore -- or doesn't want to. Except eat. He sure likes to eat. You have to put food right away or he'll eat it all, and he'll try to eat yours, too.
So I got my exercise in. I used the yoga downloads several times. I ate well, except for the extra cookie on Thanksgiving -- and, of course, that peanut butter bucket. I really didn't need that.
Thanksgiving itself was rather boring and frustrating. Helped with FIL again while MIL tried to get a turkey ready (don't ask me why she wanted to do it, as neither I nor DH are terribly fond of it, but she wanted to, so she did. We had to leave our hotel around 4 am the next morning, but they wanted to go to my SIL's for dessert, only they didn't even sit down to eat til about 7 pm. I could not convince my husband to just go over earlier to say goodbye, so we went to bed way later than I wanted to -- after a rather boring, frustrating day -- which is probably why I ate that chocolate chip cookie they give you when you check in (at least it was a really good chocolate chip cookie).
Bored + tired = poor food choices on my part most of the time.
Oh, and I forgot to mention one of the cats getting sick literally an hour before we had to leave, and not wanting to eat off & on while we were gone. But he seems ok, the dogs are back & they seem ok, now I have to convince DH to go for a walk with the dogs, and I know that suggestion will be met with anger. Too bad.
It wasn't a great Thanksgiving for us, but I am glad that we could give MIL & SIL a break -- they dearly needed it. And we have lots of time now to relax. Hope everyone had a wonderful, healthy Thanksgiving, and I'll be catching up with you over the next few days. I was totally offline this week.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I thought Martha Beck's column in "O Magazine" this month was brilliant. www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/2009
10-omag-beck-problem if you missed it.
Basically, we pick something to worry about so that you don't focus on all the other things going wrong in our lives. For many of us, myself included, that's our weight. I guess my husband was correct when he told me I'm obsessed with the fat lady (quote from "Independence Day").
She goes on to give you a way to deal with your real problems, and also gives you permission to continue to worry about your designated worry -- just not to make it the endall and beall of your existence. It's definitely worth reading thru to the end, IMHO.
We don't leave til late this afternoon, which is why I'm on here blogging. Still have a bunch of stuff to do, and I'm sure it will take me longer than I expect -- it always does -- but I'm in pretty good shape. Speaking of being in good shape, I've been giving my abs a bit more work this week and I can feel it. Which is a good thing! I was already planning to make them a focus of my body challenge next month; I'm just getting a head start. Thanksgiving and family can do that to you!
Oddly enough, we've been upgraded to first class again on the way out. We're flying on frequent flyer tickets, and they supposedly don't do it when you are, but I'll take it! Changes my food plan. I'd planned to bring the other half of the veggie sandwich I bought for dinner; now I'll have it for lunch. I already made up a wrap for lunch, but I'll freeze it. Not sure they freeze well, but the worst that happens is I throw it out, the best that happens is I already have on lunch ready for when I come back. Because now that we're in first class, we should get real food!
I'll have to be careful with my snacks -- they'll most likely serve warm nuts (and who knows, maybe a cookie, too). I've got a leftover green monster for this afternoon; hopefully that will hold me a while.
I'll shoot out some Thanksgiving greetings now. If you don't hear from me, have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Remember it isn't really all about the food; it's about good friends and family and making good memories.
Yesterday started with oatmeal. I slept very late for me (6 am), so that's pretty much the quickest thing I make.
Lunch was another avocado wrap, and a raw chocolate chip cookie.
A post-run green monster. Only it's blue because of blueberries. 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp wheat germ, some agave nectar, 3 cups kale, 1 cup blueberries. I'll have the other half today. So it's really a blue monster.
This was the same dinner as Thursday, only with chicken instead of salmon. Sides are roasted brussel sprouts & cauliflower (really, cauliflower roasted is so yummy!), and a potato smasher. An adora for dessert.
I made the fudge from the most recent issue of Clean Eating Magazine to bring as a gift for my SIL's family. I licked the bowl, but I didn't eat any. I waited to make it so that I wouldn't be tempted by it. The problem with that is you don't know if it's any good! I wasn't sure that it was all that great form licking the bowl, so I gave a piece to DH. He thought it was definitely good enough to bring.
And now after this afternoon, into the great food unknown . . .
Friday, November 20, 2009
No really theme or purpose to this blog. Maybe I'll come up with one as I go; sometimes I do.
First, thanks to all concerned about my health. Believe me, I'm trying to get a little rest in there. I've done some knitting this week -- not as much as I'd like, but I've done some. I went to the library yesterday and spent about 45 minutes browsing, picking out books for this trip. Got a couple I'd looked at in the bookstore & put on a wish list! I've listened to my meditations a couple of times this week, too (once while dog walking).
This was my oatmeal the other day. Looked sort of like a mushroom cap. Weird, huh? Altho I don't know if you can really see it in this photo. Today, for instance, I had every intention of having a piece of pumpkin kugel for breakfast, but slept late, and went with oatmeal instead.
Notice I've gone back to a large bowl. The oatmeal just cooks better in a larger bowl, I found. Gotta go with what works for you.
My latest go-to avocado wrap. These are the lavash. I know it looks like a lot of bread, but there's about 200 calories overall between the 2 pieces, and like 30 gm of fiber! Or so the package says. One just isn't enough. I'm out of them now, so it's back to Ezekiel wraps.
Here's the unwrapped wrap: spinach, red onion, mushrooms, avocado & cheddar cheese. Yummy. Really satisfying. I tend to eat them day after day so my avocado doesn't go to waste -- I only use 1/4 avocado at a time.
Here's the broccoli white pizza from the other night. Now I ask you, why are they so skimpy with the broccoli? I mean really, do I have to ask for double broccoli? It's not like it costs them a lot of money!
Finished off the chocolate pumpkin pie yesterday. Boy, is that stuff filling. That and my wrap kept me full for hours. If I find the time, I'm going to write out the recipe to bring with me. Just in case. You never know.
I really, really wish I'd taken a photo of last night's dinner, but the camera was still down here because I'd forgotten to bring it back up. I made salmon (cod for DH who doesn't like salmon) in foil packets with spinach and red peppers. You were supposed to put some pesto on it, but I skipped it and it was still really good. Some potato smashers. And I roasted a head of cauliflower and some pre-cut up butternet squash.
Seriously, roasted cauliflower is just delicious. I love broccoli, too, but it doesn't roast well to my mind. Cauliflower does, though. The dinner was so satisfying, and I was still so full from my pie, there was no dessert. Sacrilege, I know!
This is our now deserted deck (except for the grill, obviously). We took all the furniture down the other day and put it in the shed. There was a hard frost on that morning -- it was in the 20s! Lot of back & forth weather here, thankfully the days we've had rain it obviously wasn't cold or we'd have had sleet or snow already.
My healthy habits challenge is going great. So far I'm meeting (or exceeding) all my goals. I did go ahead and download 2 yoga files from www.yogadownload.com so that I could take them with me on this trip. I can do yoga in front of other people (I think). Don't look quite such a dork doing yoga, plus they don't have to hear the sometimes embarrassing teacher chatter. I downloaded on for strength, one for core (both of them free).
And here's my modified challenge for next week:
Mind: read "You can heal your life) 3 x
Body: walk at least 3 x, for 60 minutes
Spirit: listen to guided meditations 2 x
Food: get in at least 2 veggies & 1 fruit each day
The food thing could be challenging, but I hope not. I'll bring larabars & dried fruit, and either will be a fruit serving. I'm hoping to bring some chocolate covered figs, too, but we'll see how much room there is. The veggies are harder. I hope to bring some baby carrots with me. I hope that we'll be able to go out to a food store so I can pick up some other stuff if they don't have something I can use. Again, we'll see.
Well, no great epiphanies here. I owe several people comments . . . and thanks for goodies . . . if I don't actually get around to it, thank you for commenting & thanks for the goodies. Much appreciated!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Or why pizza before WIs is a bad idea. Actually, I had a good WI -- lost almost a pound. Still on this plateau, still waiting to move my ticker again. It will happen.
The last few days before going away are always busy, and because this trip comes so close on the heels of the last trip, I feel more behind than usual, altho oddly maybe less stressed about it. I know I will get it all done; I always do. Whether or not I'm stressed on Saturday is anybody's guess (probably).
I have been feeling eh off & on the last couple of weeks. Most of the time I feel perfectly fine -- sometimes with greater energy & a better attitude than normal -- and then I'll have a day or too when I feel like I have a bit of a temp, a scratchy throat -- and then it just all goes away. For which I'm extremely grateful. Few things worse than traveling while sick.
Last night I had dinner planned. Fish. But by the time dinnertime rolled around, I was just too tired, even tho it really didn't require much prep. And so we ordered a pizza. The night before a WI. Again.
And that's where the healthy attitude toward food comes in. It really shouldn't matter (much, anyway) what I eat the night before I weigh in -- or that morning, for that matter. If I'm eating healthy most of the time, which I do, it all balances out. True, a high sodium meal the night before a WI will play havoc with your weight. Other than the cheese, pizza isn't that bad. At least, if you eat veggie pizza (or even white pizzas) like I do. Pepperoni could definitely do nasty things to you.
Yet I still drink just a little less on the mornings of my WIs. I have a lighter breakfast than normal. It's an attitude I'm trying to move away from, but it's hard. Especially when trying to get these last 10 (or 9, or 8, depending on the week) pounds off.
I had the munchies on and off this week, too -- who knew cereal could pose a bigger stumbling block to my healthy eating habits than chocolate? At least the cereal is gone now, and the chocolate I no longer have trouble controlling my portion sizes (wasn't always the case by any means).
And I apologize for no food pictures today. I took them, I just didn't have time to sit down and organize them today, and DH will be home soon and he'll want to be on his computer. We both have our own computer, but this office is just a little bit too small for 2 chairs! It's a pain. My old office could easily accommodate both of us at the same time.
We also did an exercise at our WW meeting this week (we do this every year). You decide how many points you want to spend on Thanksgiving dinner. Then you decide what you're going to have. Then the leader reveals how many points are in common Thanksgiving foods. I was actually right on! Turkey, veggies, some form of sweet potato, and a slice of pumpkin pie. The only problem, of course, is that I have no idea what will be on the menu. Thankfully we leave the next day, very early in the morning (and will stay at a hotel that night so my SIL doesn't have to get up early to drive us to the airport) -- so no dealing with leftovers.
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