Monday, June 14, 2010
I got to thinking the other day, about the people who come to meetings and say I totally blew and then they still lose weight. I feel as tho I never totally blow it -- but all I have to do is look at food sometimes and I gain weight.
But am I being honest with myself? Sure, I really do believe in some ways it's harder for me than for some people. Some people seem to be able to get away with a whole lot more and still lose weight. But that's not the whole story.
My story is the 4 crackers here. The one Hershey's dark chocolate kiss there. The two almonds here. And so on. IOW, the BLTS (bites, licks, and tastes). The biggest problem with them is that they're mindless. I only have them when I'm hungry.
But what is holding me back? If I'm honest with myself, this is a big part of my problem. I pat myself on the back that I can have these things in the house without devouring them, but slowly and surely they devour me.
I don't believe the answer is to get rid of them, either. They are part of my healthy eating plan, and I really do need them around. The question is how to control the BLTs. And here I am 2 years later still struggling with this one.
I have come a long way -- there definitely was a day when I couldn't have these things in the house at all because I would devour them. But I still have a long road to walk.
And then once I've figured out how to decrease my BLTs, I also have to figure out how to remain vigilant after a few good days or a few good weeks. Because that's another downfall that's keeping me on this plateau -- getting lax, getting lazy, getting cocky -- call it what you will.
It's a never-ending battle, but it's one worth fighting.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I read in Fitness magazine that hard workouts in intense heat can lower your immune system for up to 24 hours afterwards.
I've really been scratching my head on why I got sick so soon after the last time, and that might be it. Yes, my race was less than 60 minutes. No, the heat wasn't intense. Still, it was a harder than usual workout and it was hot & humid, and having just been quite sick a few weeks before, my immune system probably wasn't quite up to snuff anyway.
I've been really frustrated because I don't want to be laying around for the vast majority of the day, but I know that's what I need. And I know that I'm lucky that I can take the rest I need (sort of, there are still things that need to get done, like food shopping).
Does that mean you can't exercise in the heat? Of course not. But you can take a few precautions:
1. Stay hydrated. Hydrate before, during, and after exercise. I may have fallen down a bit there. I drank less than usual because I didn't want to have to pee, and didn't drink during the race either (for the same reason). That may have been a mistake. I train that way, too, so that I'm used to not drinking during my runs, but I may have to start changing that. Keep in mind I don't do long runs, tho.
2. Exercise in the early morning & late evening -- when it's cooler and generally less humid (not to mention less sun), or indoors.
3. Break up your cardio into a couple of shorter sessions rather than one long one.
Anyone got any other warm weather exercise tips?
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.
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