Friday, December 18, 2009
I read this interesting blog post this morning -- www.choosingraw.com/january-cleanse-
eward-of-spark-wellness/ -- and what really caught my eye was the line about "the most common reason for sweet cravings is a lack of sweetness in your lifeódefined broadly, that can cover everything from a romantic connection to friendship to an adequate support system in you life".
I have y'all, but in RL, I don't have much of a support system right now. I actually didn't have much of one in TX, either, but I had more of one there than I do here. I haven't really been looking for one, either.
This all might sound too new-agey for a lot of you. It resonates with me. And if you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I have a major sweet tooth. It is, at the very least, food for thought.
BTW, how do you know when a food plan is right for YOU? For me, it has to make sense. Raw food, which as you know I'm dabbling with right now, doesn't completely make sense to me -- it almost completely cuts out whole grains, especially when you don't have a dehydrator, and I'm not down with anything that cuts out whole food groups. But it does help you get in lots & lots of fruits & veggies, and that can't be bad.
I tend to take a little bit from this, a little bit from that. I dabbled in macrobiotics for a short time. I've dabbled a lot with both vegetarian and vegan food. There's the flat belly diet, which actually got me used to the idea that I could eat more of the good fats and not gain weight, which opened the door to more raw foods.
I also know that I'm still procrastinating with stuff in my life. I keep tackling it, but it seems like there's always more stuff I'm procrastinating with!
I had such a good food day planned yesterday. Unfortunately, if you read yesterday's blog, you know that the actual shopping for the food (and gifts) derailed that plan. I had further plans to make a raw soup & salad for dinner -- not exactly difficult or rocket science -- but when it came down to it, I wasn't up for it. I ended up having a smoothie (the last of the last batch I'd made a few days ago), a protein bar, and some popcorn when DH came home (much earlier than I expected). Which is not a bad dinner, actually, the protein bar had greens in it and I'd already had a lot of fruits & veggies for the day.
And speaking of shopping, one thing I saw while there was the Magic Bullet Platinum Pro. They only had two. They weren't a great deal, but it wasn't a bad deal. The Magic Bullet is something I've been considering for months. I love my Vitamix, and am so glad I bought it back when I was still earning money, but sometimes it's really just overkill. I have a small Cuisinart mini-processor, which I also love, but it's not always up to the job.
As it turns out, the sweater I bought for DH was not only too large (I really didn't think he was a L, but he said he was), it had a hole in it, too, so I have to return it.
The other personal size blender I've been considering is the Tribest Personal Blender. Both get good reviews, altho once in a while someone says that they work good a time or two, then start leaking or whatever, but the majority of reviews on both are good. One of the things I like about the Tribest blender is that you can attach small mason jars to it -- I like the idea of using glass rather than plastic.
I'll probably be going back soon, so I need to make up my mind soon. Of course, if they're gone, then my mind is made up for me. But I do find it interesting that I specifically went looking for these products in Marshalls this time, and there they were.
Obviously, I haven't been having many deep thoughts about food and healthy eating and weight loss lately. Thoughts, but no big aha! moments. I'm seriously considering starting some Vitamin D supplements. I just can't seem to function well in this little daylight. I never could, but boy, I forgot what it feels like after so many years of living in TX!
How do you deal with all the craziness in your life right now and so little energy? Or how do you stay energized?
I did, btw, get in all my steps yesterday. It's why I didn't make a "real" dinner -- I chose exercise over food prep.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Funny, a spark buddy blogged just the other day about going too long without eating and the resultant crash.
Today was my WW meeting. I had a normal breakfast, and brought a snack and some water with me, as usual.Then I headed over to BJs. Then back almost to where I started to peruse Marshalls -- hoping to pick up a sweater for DH, which I did, and of course a couple for me, too. Darn Marshalls! I did at least have a $10 gift certificate.
Then over to Price Chopper to finish off my grocery shopping. More time consuming and costly with DH being off work next week. I left the house around 9:30 am; got back around 1:30 pm. Let the dogs out and stood around in the temps in the teens hoping for Lola to do something. Came back in, unpacked the perishables, and finally sat down to lunch at 2 pm, many, many hours after my breakfast at about 6 am -- but there was that small snack in between, thank goodness. And some water.
I had planned to actually make something for lunch, but obviously there just was no time. I also had a meal-sized protein bar with me, just in case, as I almost always do.
The biggest problem with these sorts of days is that you get over-hungry and then tend to eat the first thing you can grab. Luckily I had something ready for lunch at home that just took a couple of minutes, or who knows what I might have gotten into?
The other problem with this type of day is that I still need to get some ST in. I usually get it in before now, but again, there just wasn't time. And I was really disappointed to see that I only have about 6700 steps so far! I thought for sure I'd walked more than that. It sure FELT like I'd walked more than that.
DH is off to his other holiday party tonight. He manages to be away on the coldest day of the year so far. It's supposed to get into the 20s, but considering it's 3:30 pm now and we're still in the teens, I don't think so. And I've got to get the dogs out for another short walk. Unfortunately Lola had an accident in the house the other day for the first time since we moved. She came to us at 10 months with no housetraining whatsoever, and she does fine for months & months (8 in this case) and then out of the blue she'll have an accident. Which means I've got to be more vigilant about getting them out more often, which is very enticing with our current frigid temps.
I guess the moral of the story is to ALWAYS have some food with you. Always. So you don't end up making bad choices simply because you have no other choice.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
That's my husband's question. He will be home next week, and I asked him what he wants for lunches, as I'll probably be going shopping on Thursday. At first he pretty much ignored the question, but when I pushed (he just hates to plan anything, I swear), here's his list:
Mac & cheese
Summer sausage (oh wait, we got that at the holiday party, and he got a second one because his employee doesn't eat meat)
Soups (he likes clam chowder, and that the healthy varieties, either)
Do you see a pattern? Do you see ANY healthy food on that list?
So now it's up to me to try and find something he'll eat that's actually healthy. You can see what I'm up against!
Oh, and he had a going-away party for a coworker the other day, so he didn't eat the turkey burgers I made for dinner (I would've chosen something completely different for myself). Then he had leftovers at work yesterday, and when he told me what they were, they sure weren't healthy. Plus he has a holiday party tomorrow; I am not invited to this one. Which is kind of a relief, frankly, I'm planning to try a completely raw food day. Breakfast is the problem -- I really crave a warm breakfast at this time of year.
I have been working on this man's eating habits for 25 years, but you'd never know it! Any suggestions for fast, healthy foods that might appeal to this sort of eater?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
There is all sorts of advice for busting out of plateaus: calorie cycle, eat more, east less, exercise more, change what you eat, and on and on and on. I wonder, sometimes, if people would still have busted through their plateau at the same time if they'd just continued doing what they're doing.
I came to the realization yesterday that I'm pretty happy where I am. I could probably live with myself at this weight. Yes, I'm still heavy. Relatively. But clothes are easier to find, they look good, I don't cringe when I look in the mirror, I have more energy.
So why am I still determined to get to my GW?
1. I think it's a healthy weight. In fact, I think I'll still be overweight when I get to my GW, but I also think it's a weight I can maintain. I don't want to struggle forever. I know that it will probably always be something of a struggle, but I also already know what it's like to pick a too small GW & really struggle -- and that's not something I want to go thru again.
2. I want to stop paying for WW! I admit, this one is a biggie. I know that WW works for me, and I know that what really works about it is the meetings. I've learned thru the last 20 years that I need the meetings. Forever. For accountability. For support. For social networking. It's frustrating, because some weeks I'm only about 5 pounds away from not having to pay, and some weeks about 7 pounds away. So close, yet so far.
3. I also want to go back to work for WW!
4. Altho I have more energy, I still don't have the energy I think I should have. Maybe I never will, but I'm sure losing another 10 pounds will have boost my energy levels some more.
I am looking forward to next week for the simple reason that the days will start to get longer again. I know that it will take time for this to actually be felt, but daylight is important to me. I really just don't want to do anything after it gets dark. And it gets dark way too early these days. I think this is part of why DH has been such a beast lately. He doesn't like to get moving til about noon, and by then, there's only about 4 hours of daylight left. It's frustrating to me, of course, because I'm a morning person. And, of course, because I've been bearing the brunt of his anger.
On a totally different note, I finally inflated my stability ball this weekend. And I did one of the TurboJam DVDs that's a full body/cardio workout with the ball. And I'm feeling it. New muscles are sore. Well, old muscles, of course, but they're sure feeling like new ones at the moment. It's amazing that just moving around a stability ball can do that for you.
And even tho I've been doing well on my healthy habits challenge this month, somehow it's not quite as much in my thoughts. Like I got my guided meditations twice a week in, but only just last week (did them on the weekend). So this week I'm doing them after I shower, while I have my hair in a towel to dry. Takes about the perfect amount of time. I'm sure DH wonders why I'm laying on my bed with a towel on my head, and listening to my phone. But it works for me.
How are you doing this month? I know it's crazy-making time for so many of you. Have you remembered yourself at all? Not only should you be on your list, but you should be at the top of your list. Remember, you can't give someone a drink if your cup is dry.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I used to be the person to bring in desserts. I'd start baking cookies in the summer, freeze them, and then bring in a huge tin to work, and send another huge tin in with my husband. It was my thing. I don't do that any more.
However, when I asked my husband if he'd like some cookies to bring in for work, he said sure. I started off with some raw cookies. Raw cookies are so easy, and so good! And he likes them. Wonders of wonders. Plus he has a co-worker with celiac disease (no gluten). I have no trouble just eating one or two raw cookies at most, so they're no problem to have around.
I have several leftover batches of cookies in the freezer (uncooked -- that way I can always have warm cookies when the urge hits, but the urge hadn't hit in a long time), so I baked up most of those yesterday -- a few chocolate chip and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Didn't even feel the urge to eat them, because I already knew how they tasted.
I made up some chocolate covered peanut butter balls on Saturday, and froze them. They got me in a little bit of trouble because I had more filling than cookie dough. I got into a little bit, but not too bad. You'd think I'd learn by now that sugar on an empty stomach gives me a headache, but no. The call of peanut butter (especially peanut butter with sugar & chocolate chips) is apparently still too strong. I did, however, have a very healthy eating day and was actually pretty low on points (by design), so I'm not particularly worried about it.
I made up some chocolate chocolate chip spice cookies yesterday, baked them, baked the peanut butter chocolate balls, and had one of each -- by plan. Sooooooo good. I had planned to make some brownies, too, but decided I was too tired and he had enough to bring, anyway.
All the cookies are vegan. I want to show people that vegan baking can be awesome! That was the main reason I wanted to make the brownies. But it doesn't mean that vegan baking is always healthy, either. The chocolate chocolate chip spice cookies were pretty healthy, but those peanut butter chocolate balls definitely weren't!
I will send all the cookies off with DH today, and he has strict orders not to bring any home. He assures me it won't be a problem.
We might go to my parents this weekend, if I can convince him. They will be leaving for CA at the end of the month. They spend the winter there. All he does these days is rant about how little time he has. He has been a real bear to live with, frankly, and I can't say I'm really looking forward to having him home for the week between Christmas and New Year's at this point.
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