Saturday, June 12, 2010
Despite the fact that I've spent much of May and June under the weather and it feels like I'll never have the energy to run again, I'm looking for my next race.
And I've found 3 potentials. In the end, it will most likely come down to DH and his travel schedule. He's probably going to be traveling a lot again July thru October (which unfortunately includes our 25th anniversary).
Race #1: the Aflac Irongirl 5k in Seattle. I read someone's account of her own Irongirl race here, and it sounds like fun. Only of course Seattle is all the way across the country, and it's right during the time when DH has a lot of travel to do. On the plus side is the fact that DH's family is in Seattle.
Race #2: a 5k in Shelburne Farms. We lived just outside of Burlington, VT for 7 years, and have talked about going back to see how things have changed. Shelburne is pretty darn close to Burlington, and it's really pretty and would probably be a great place for a race. No idea how big a race this is. I like big races so that hopefully I won't be last.
Race #3: the race for the cure here in Albany, which is the exact same route as the race I just ran. Both my mother & MIL are breast cancer survivors.
Races #2 & 3 are mutually exclusive, as they're in the same weekend.
So even though I probably won't know which one I'll register for for several months (because getting DH to make plans is like pulling teeth -- I swear the man leaves his decision making genes at work), I'll just pretend that I'll be racing sometime in mid-Sept to the beginning of Oct, and that will allow me to plan out my training.
I'm not really expecting to necessarily see any improvement -- we're only talking 4 months here. But it's nice to have a goal to work towards.
Friday, June 11, 2010
That's what I try to concentrate on: grains & greens. I try to make sure I get some whole grains and some greens in every day. The whole grains will fill you up. The greens are just plain healthy for you in so many ways.
I don't usually eat a whole lot of bread or pasta, but when I do, I almost always make sure it's whole grain. Quite frankly, my husband, who'd quite picky when it comes to "health" food doesn't really seem to notice if the pasta is whole grain. Don't ask, don't tell.
I don't think there's anything wrong with a little white rice or some white bread once in a while. Case in point: this week I made some mushroom risottto in the crockpot. It was quite good (mushrooms being one of the few veggies DH actually likes), and I used the arborio rice the recipe called for. I'm still looking for a whole grain alternative -- I could've sworn I'd read about one, but I haven't found anything yet.
I try to have a big salad every day when the weather is warm. Usually when I'm sick I don't want veggies, but I actually continued to eat my salads this time. You really can get to a point where you just crave your greens.
I'm also trying to branch out into other whole grains than my oatmeal and brown rice standards. I recently made tabbouleh for the first time (bulgur). I already know I like kasha (roasted buckwheat groats). I'm not real found of quinoa so far, which is a shame, because it's so healthy, but I put it in black bean burgers and enjoy it that way.
What whole grains do you enjoy?
It took a while to find it. Our local paper supposedly video'd all the finishers for my race. That was a pretty scary thought, but I'm not so easy to find. I'm all the way over to the left, wearing a hat as usual, at about 29 seconds in. I was quite impressed to see my walking WW buddies were just a couple of minutes behind me -- and running! Pretty good considering they're a good decade older than me.
Now excuse me, I'm off to make some oatmeal for a snack.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We all have a million excuses why we are either stuck, or not exercising, or not eating right, or whatever it is we know we should be doing but aren't.
1. I am short, and that DOES really make it harder. There is less of you, which means less muscle, which means you burn less calories just breathing -- but that doesn't mean I have less of an appetite.
2. The hormonal rollercoaster every month. It does a real number on me. I will have a few days a month where just nothing satisifes me and I can eat all day -- and even eating good foods you can do some real damage.
3. See #1. I don't get to eat as much as a lot of people. This can be very frustrating to me. Did I mention I don't get to eat as much?
4. I have a husband who doesn't really care about healthy eating. He doesn't think about what he puts in his mouth -- or what he brings into this house -- and quite frankly he needs to lose weight as well. Plus he rarely exercises, which means he's tired all the time and often doesn't have the energy to do the fun stuff, which is quite frustrating to me.
5. I can't afford a gym right now. Mostly I miss swimming. I love to swim, and haven't been able to regularly in years.
Ok, are you getting disgusted with me yet? Sounds like a lot of whining, doesn't it? Oh, they are valid reasons to me, but that doesn't mean there isn't solutions. For most of them, anyway (still can't afford a gym right now, but if I could get down to GW and stop paying at WW, then I could).
If it was easy, everyone would be thin. If there was a magic diet or pill, Oprah would have told us about it by now.
Yes, it is hard, but instead of whining about it, we've got to look for our own personal solutions. That usually involves being flexible and trying new things -- which doesn't come easy to most people. But you already got the part where it's hard, right? The good things usually are.
And I forgot to add why the idea for this blog sparked with me. I watched the HBO biopic of Temple Grandin yesterday. She's an austitic woman who grew up in the 60s & 70s when most people hadn't heard of autism and many were institutionalized.
She went on to college and advanced degrees, and overcome many obstacles. Obstacles that make weight loss struggles seem very petty and foolish, sometimes. I had read one of her books, "Animals in Translation", and found it fascinating, and the story of her life is no less fascinating. And Claire Danes, who plays her, did an outstanding job IMHO.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Yesterday on our walk I ran into one of my neighbors I hadn't seen in a long time. She messed up her knee using the elliptical, of all things. Who'd have thunk? Not me, so I thought I'd pass this on.
She said she would use it while watching movies, so she was doing 2 hours straight on the thing. Keep in mind, too, that she's significantly overweight. And, of course, when her knee began to bother her, she figured she'd just work through the pain.
The doctor told her she should never do more than half an hour on the elliptical at one time. That it would be okay to do 2 hours, as long as it was broken up into half hour segments. So food for thought for all you elliptical fans out there.
We all know how hard it can be to find cute clothes in larger sizes, so I thought that I'd share this site that I came across in my Mypoints emails this morning: www.onestopplus.com .
I keep writing about refocusing my energies on my weight loss efforts, so I thought I'd share one of the things I'm currently doing. I bought one of the SP motivational calendars at the beginning of the year. And I'm writing down a goal on every day -- I've got almost a month's worth of goals on it right now.
Things like do jumping jacks after every time I pee, listen to my guided meditations, drink 9 glasses of water instead of my usual 8, and so on. My goal yesterday was to have fruit for dessert. Dinner isn't dinner unless I have dessert, and fruit alone just doesn't say dessert to me. So I made some cashew cream: essentially cashews blended with some water and dates, and topped my strawberries with a couple of tablespoons of that. It worked for me.
If you're in the Albany area, my husband found out there's an online farmer's market, www.heldebergmarket.com/HeldebergMar
ket/Home.html . I placed an order for this week. Doesn't mean I'll stop visiting regular farmer's markets, but I thought I'd give it a try. The downside is that they didn't really have much produce. It will change with what's available, but other than herbs, there was only rhubarb and some greens. I ordered some rhubarb.
Not enough, apparently, the recipe I want to try calls for 1 1/2 pounds, and I only ordered 1/2 pound (and ordering is closed for this week), but I'll just make it more strawberry than rhubarb and I'm sure it'll be just fine.
It's an interesting concept, though, isn't it?
Monday, June 07, 2010
My SIL is naturally thin, and I watched what she was eating in the short amount of time she was here. She pretty much ate everything offered to her, but in very small amounts.
We went out for sushi for dinner. She ordered 2 sushi rolls (about maybe 12-16 pieces of sushi). She gave us both a couple of pieces of one of the rolls, and still left a couple of pieces over. She did eat about half the bowl of edamame as well.
I had a seaweed salad, also 2 rolls, and 2 pieces of salmon sushi. And I polished off every bite. I didn't think I would actually, but I did.
We came home and I opened up my box of chocolate chip cookies from the race for dessert. I had already decided to eat 4 (they're very small cookies -- but just as good as I remember from my childhood). She had some; I didn't count how many. She did say she had a late lunch, but so did I.
The next morning we had bagels & lox for breakfast. Actually, I ate mine a bit later because I'd had 2 vitatops about an hour after I got up. She did eat a whole bagel, with very little lox. When I had mine later, I ate the whole bagel, with maybe almost twice as much lox.
I guess this is why I'll never be naturally thin. She wants to lose about 10 pounds but frankly I don't see why.
The other thing about my SIL is that she rarely sits still. She's always doing something. I'm very good at sitting still, although actually not as good as I used to be.
And of course genetics do come into the picture. My MIL is also naturally slim. My mom was as a young woman, but I never knew her like that. She has always battled with her weight as long as I've known her.
I don't have any real takeaways from this. While there is always room for improvement in any diet, I do believe I eat healthy most of the time, without sacrificing the occasional treat. I don't ban anything. But I do have a large appetite, and sadly a rather sedentary personality. I've done a lot of work on not being so sedentary, but the appetite thing is harder to control. I don't fall prey to emotional eating too often, but all too often I find myself hungry, and that's with eating my freggies and enough protein.
And I left one thing off yesterday's blog: another way weight loss is like running is that it never even occurred to me that I wouldn't finish my race. Oh sure, I knew something freaky like getting hurt or sick could happen, but I just knew I could do it. It truly never entered my mind that I wouldn't. I did my training. I knew I could run that distance. And I'd trained occasionally at that time of day, too.
We have to have that unwavering faith in our weight loss efforts. That was easy for me before I hit such a long plateau, but I still believe in my heart of hearts that I can and will do it.
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