Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Since I thought my last few blogs were kind of weighty (pun intended), I thought it was time for a little fun. Let's see if I can actually pull this off, it's all off the top of my head.
You might be a foodie if . . .
. . . the cookbooks in your house outnumber the regular books
. . . you actually READ cookbooks, all the way thru. More than once
. . . you spend almost as much time hunting down new, cool stuff at the grocery store as you do shopping for new, cool clothes
. . . you don't blink twice at spending $20 in shipping to get cool food you can't get locally
. . . you can tell your husband how many tablespoons in half a cup without having to look it up
. . . you get as excited about a new nutrition bar find as you do about winning the lottery
. . . you have eaten alligator, frog's legs, snake, and know what durian is
. . . you choose more new recipes to try each week than you can possibly actually cook
. . . you preorder the next cookbook from your favorite author
Ok foodies, help me flesh out my list!
So what about you? Are you a foodie? Can you remember desserts from 20 years ago (but certainly not your address back then)? Do the sounds coming out of your mouth when you eat sound like they ought to be coming out of the bedroom?
Monday, March 08, 2010
This month's Fitness Magazine has an article called "Confessions of a Cardioholic" and evne tho I was already aware of my own tendencies, it definitely hit close to home.
In it, they talk about exercise dependency. Here are a few questions that can help you determine if you're overly dependent on exercise:
Feel a constant obligation to work out? Y
Feel guilty or ashamed when you can't exercise? Y
Compromise your safety to work out (i.e., working outside alone at night because you "have to")? N
Exercise even when you're sick or fatigued? N
Find yourself constantly nursing an injury? N
Experience irregular or absent periods? N
Need more exercise to get the same effects as before? N
Put exercise before family, friends or work? Maybe
Hear family & friends expressing concerns about your exercise habits? N
So even tho I answered no to most of the questions, the article says if you answer yes to ANY of the questions you may want to think about how your exercise is effecting your life.
It's such a fine line between enough and too much. I do feel driven to complete my exercise plan each week. I don't feel right if I don't exercise every day. Part of the way I think I'm going to kick this plateau is by active rest -- on the weekends I didn't used to get my 10,000 steps in sometimes. My walks with the dogs are often shorter because DH won't walk as long.
So now I usually hop on the treadmill in the morning and walk while DH is still snoozing. At an easy pace.
And I do feel driven to get my 10,000 steps in. Which is why yesterday, despite having walked the dogs for about 50 minutes in the morning and then done a 40 minute yoga DVD, I went for a run.
Altho it's never that simple. I was going to try to talk DH into a second walk with the dogs, but frankly, I was surprised that he walked as long as he did both days this weekend -- longer than he normally walks for.
I could've gotten on the treadmill, but it was just too nice out. So I decided to go for a run outside. My first since my first run outside way back in November. I made sure to go really slow, and I was able to run the entire time (minus the warm up & cool down, of course).
OTOH, I am very mindful of all my spark buddies who have injured themselves from pushing too hard, too soon. I was wary of trying to fit in the ice skating and the run on Friday. I don't want to injure myself. But I wanted to see if I could do both. And the run did actually energize me. Which I suppose is part of the equation -- if it had exhausted me, it would have been too much. But how could I know that before hand?
My appetite is pretty much the same whether I exercise or not. So I have to admit that I'm afraid if I take a complete rest day (no active rest) that I will continue to stall or gain.
I felt guilty when I didn't get my 10,000 steps in on the day I shoveled the driveway for 2 hours. But I did, at least, recognize that I'd already gotten enough exercise even with such a puny amount of steps. It was hard work shoveling a foot of snow! And I did lose weight that week.
So it's such a fine line. And this is just a crazy blog for me, the former couch potato, to write!
So how bout you. Do you feel dependent on exercise? Do you WISH you could feel dependent on exercise? Do you think you overdo it in the exercise department? Or do you feel you have a healthy relationship with exercise?
Saturday, March 06, 2010
The ice skating rink I've been going to closes next week. There's another one that's open year round, but it's farther away and more expensive. This one was convenient because it was also near the store I pick up some pet stuff at -- and normally it's a little drive for me, with nothing else to do around there.
The bottom line is that I've been making sure to go skating once aweek.
Fitting in the skating with the running has been a challenge.
So this week I decided to see if I could do both. And I did.
A little backstory: I was exhausted yesterday. DH came home late Thursday night, and I always have major problems falling back asleep once he's home. I fall asleep without any problems usually, and even manage to sleep thru him taking the dogs out for last call most nights, but every time he comes home at 11 pm or midnight I get almost no sleep for the rest of the night.
I was already tired from not getting quite enough sleep the entire week & a half he was gone.
So Friday started out with me exhausted already. I walked the dogs. Then I ran errands. Then I went skating. Then I ran more errands. Came home, had a late lunch, and crashed for a little while. And then I ran. And I did it! And I felt better afterwards, too.
Funny how hard it can be to talk our tired bodies into moving when we know how much better we'll feel after we move.
As I came home, I saw a sign for $10 Zumba classes at a Pilates studio of all places. One really close to home. I'm going to check out the schedule. I wish it were cheaper, but since I've been spending $24/month to go skating, I figure I can go a couple of times a month maybe. When it's warmer, I could even walk there and back. Altho not sure I'd want to be walking around in my exercise clothes . . . well, we'll see anyway.
Doesn't exercising actually make you feel good? Why do you think it can be so hard to do something that actually makes us feel good?
Friday, March 05, 2010
I think we've all been there: we think we've counted something correctly (whatever you happen to be counting) and then find out and/or realize that it was actually way more than we counted it as.
What to do?
Stick to the plan. Maybe throw in some extra exercise -- but don't feel as tho you have to counter "overeating" with extra exercise -- that's not a healthy lifestyle thought.
Take me, for instance. Sometimes, apparently, I simply can't add. I plan my day the night before, follow the plan, and find out I've used up more points than I'd planned on.
Or take last night. I'd planned to have my chocolate avocado mousse for dessert (really, you cannot taste -- or ever see -- the avocado; and if you want the recipe, just google it and take your pick). And I did. Only after eating it, I think I may have actually eaten 2 servings.
Now, avocados are very fatty -- it's a good fat, but even too much of a good thing isn't good for you.
So what am I doing? Nothing. Maybe I'll try to stay on the lower end of my points, but probably not. I'm not 100% sure I ate 2 servings, but I think it I did. The sad part is I wasn't all that hungry to begin with, but there's that quantity & quality thing. I won't try to exercise it off, either. I already spend plenty of time exercising.
Lucky for me, I did it after my WI, not right before (and it was a good WI. would've been even better if I'd remembered the big-a$$ barette I had in my hair).
What do you do when you eat something and then later find out it had way more than you counted it as? Do you give yourself permission to eat because you've already "blown it"? Do you try to compensate with exercise? Do you eat less? Or is the answer none of the above, I simply get right back to my healthy lifestyle?
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Yup, I am one of those lucky ones that needs good quality food AND good quantities, too. It's a dilemma. 3 bites of dessert just doesn't do it for me. A 1 cup smoothie doesn't cut it.
They say you eat with your eyes first -- I know I sure do! If it looks like it's bird food, then I'm still hungry. That is why the entire time my husband has been gone I never once used a large plate. The small plate trick really works!
Lately I've found that one vitabrownie no longer cuts it for me. It used to; I suppose it no longer does because I have had to cut portion sizes somewhat to get through this plateau. So I'm eating 2 of them when I do eat them. It's funny, 1 isn't enough, sometimes 2 is just a bit too much.
Planning is the key for me. It took a long time, but I've learned to plan out my days (most days) so that I am satisfied again. I was struggling there for a while. I couldn't figure out how to fit in some of my favorite treats, and I knew I just didn't want to give them up. So I just kept experimenting, and I think I've figured out a way again to stay within my points and satisfy both my eyes and my need to for good quality food. Thank you Ducky -- I owe it all to you! Now I'm even planning 2 days out, sometimes.
One place I don't have trouble with is my salads. I use a large pasta bowl for my salads. It means I have to run the dishwasher more often, because they take up more space, but I'm worth it. I generally use about a half of a 10 ounce bag of some mix of lettuce, and add some veggies to that (usually broccoli, cauliflower, carrots -- sometimes sugar snap peas, sometimes some mushrooms), and top it all off with home made salad dressing.
Soups have played a large part of keeping me satisfied, too, but as we begin to move into spring (they're forecasting mid-40s for this weekend!) I won't crave soup quite so much. When it truly gets warmer, I'll probably begin to play with raw soups again. But cold soup does not appeal during the winter.
It has been SUCH a satisfying week of cooking this week. Sometimes we choose recipes and they take a lot of work and aren't worth the effort, but everything I've made so far this week has been so yummy (Eggplant Chana Masala from The Kind Diet last night -- sooooooooo good). Of course, now that DH will be home, I have to try to balance what he will eat with what I want to cook.
So how bout you. Is quality more important to you than quantity, or are you a volume eater like me? How do you satisfy your need for both? Do you trick yourself in any way?
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