Saturday, June 26, 2010
This blog is the culmination of the last couple of blogs.
Choices aren't always easy. If I eat what I want, I don't stay slim. Period. It can be a hard truth to accept, but it's still the truth and wishing I could eat like other people won't make it so.
So last night I was tired. Didn't feel like cooking. We haven't eaten out since the 5th. I do not count last weekend's pizza at my parents, since we had to drive an hour and a half to get there and of course I spent most of the time worrying that Chester might die. A little cat poop gives him diarrhea (not something he's had in a long, long time) but he can seemingly eat rat poison with no problems. Go figure.
I want to go out! Not just get pizza, I want to be pamepered and not have to clean up or prepare.
So anyway. I made leftover pizza for DH, frozen pizza for me. Amy's roasted veggie individual pizza, which is awesome, btw. And normally I eat the whole things. While it's only 410 calories, so therefore an acceptable dinner (plus a salad), it's 9 WW points -- which is half my daily points, btw.
So I chose to eat only half of it. It wasn't easy. They aren't huge. But in the end, while not completely satisfied, I didn't wake up in the middle of the night with hunger pangs like I do when I don't eat enough. Nor was I starving this morning. A little hungry, yes, but you should be hungry in the mornings. If you're not, you're probably eating too much at night.
I wanted to take the dogs to the park and go for a short run (sans dogs, DH would be walking them). He was too tired. So I told him the dogs were his responsiblility and I was going for a run in the neighborhood. I was a bit worried that running so close to my bedtime might make it hard to sleep, but once again I was fine.
I am even contemplating an early morning run one of these days. It's so nice to be able to run without having to walk the dogs first, and the only way I can do that is to go before DH leaves (or on the weekend). And right now is the time, while it's still light out in the mornings.
So there you have it. I made better choices. I was honest with myself. I want to finally shed these last 10 pounds. People do it all the time, and I know I can do it, too. I just need to make better choices and be honest with myself.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Excuse while I ramble. I'm not even sure I'll remember everything I want to ramble on about, but I'll give it the ole college try.
So yesterday's blog was supposed to be about turning corners, because I felt I had til I stepped on the scale. Only yesterday was filled with a gazillion chores and obviously I never got around to blogging (probably because I'm too busy downloading apps and reading food blogs on my new toy).
Yes, there was a small gain. Which wouldn't be so bad if I just weren't higher than I want to be. But the whole point about turning corners is that I'm feeling my attitude changing. Again. For instance, I had planned to have a scone with some peanut butter for breakfast yesterday. Planned my whole day around it. It's a healthy scone I baked myself but I know that it isn't a terribly filling breakfast.
When it came time for me to heat that baby up, I looked at it, and just knew it would never fuel me through the gazillion chores I had to do. And so I chose a different breakfast. And I didn't even regret the decision (well, not much).
My BLT eating is way, way down thanks to DAYHIKER & her pushups suggestion. I did in fact do pushups last night. It was the end of the evening, and I wanted to try something I'd bought that was new. Nothing terribly caloric, and I just wanted to try it. And didn't really want to stop to figure out points. So I had it, I did my pushups, and I went to bed.
I was hungrier than normal this past week. 2 weeks before TOM will do that for me. I ate more than I planned on more than one occasion, tracked it, and am not really surprised to be up. But sometimes it's frustrating when I go to my meeting and hear about the person who had the french fries and didn't eat well this week and still lost more than a pound! I know we are all individuals, I know we all lose differently, but just once I'd like to have a bad week and still lose weight.
I have had fruit for dessert several times the past few weeks. Sometimes it's a smoothie. Sometimes it's a green smoothie. Sometimes it's plain ole fruit. It's really hard for me to break the must-have-dessert-cravings, but I'm working on it.
My husband informed me last night that he's invited someone over for the 4th. I suppose it couldn've been worse, he could have told me a couple of days before. Now I must plot what's for dinner. And clean, of course. I've been fairly on top of the cleaning but somewhat unmotivated this week.
Which really amused me about people commenting on my friend feed that I must be unmotivated because I was exhausted from all I'd done, knowing these people probably do way more than me on a daily basis by the simple virtue of having kids. As much as I like to cook, I think I'd want to shoot myself if I had to provide meals for more than myself, my husband, and the animals every day. How do you find the time to do anything else in your day?
The jury is still out on whether or not I'm insane. I got an email from Ebay, never a good sign, and apparently that seller has been ripping people off. I'd gotten a shipment notice almost immediately after paying, so we'll see. I'm very careful -- not only do I check people's rating, I actually go and look thru about a month's worth of ratings. People had nothing but good things to say. WTH?
My Ipod Touch, so far, OTOH, has been great. I have my WW app, my SP app -- discovered the Kindle App (but haven't tried it yet), the Amazon app, the Weather Channel App, The Google App, and so on & so forth. Now I can get the weather without having the tv on or having to go downstairs! I can read my food blogs without having to go downstairs! Uh oh, it might actually get me to take less steps.
And speaking of steps, I stopped wearing my pedometer when the battery died on our NYC trip. I put it on today. I didn't stop exercising by any means, even when I was sick, but I'm curious to see if it really makes a difference.
I think I've blathered on long enough here. Hope you actually got something to take away from it. At least I've got a few of the thoughts rattling around in my brain out.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Must be, because I just bought the Insanity workout DVDs off of Ebay for $76, which is about half price and a good deal and we all know I love a good deal. I think the insane part comes in with how do I fit that in with my running?
I already know I like Shaun T, I have Rockin' Abs (which is very different but still a great workout). I like the fact that you don't even need weights.
I have looked at this from time to time over the last few months on Ebay. Before I left for my walk, I did another search and one came up with a reasonable price and ending not too long after I planned to be back.
I was really surprised to win it . . . thought for sure I'd be outbid in the last few minutes as usual.
Not even sure how I'll use it. I still want to train for another 5k sometime in the fall, and I'd ideally like to do it a little faster. I think I got sick again after my race in June because I still wasn't quite over the first sickness, even tho it had been a couple of weeks already.
Yes, I know, everyone is into P90X. Someday, maybe. For now I guess I'll just stay insane. My husband would probably agree.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This was supposed to be yesterday's blog. Anyway, one of my daily goals last week was to put a different veggie on my salad. Surprisingly enough it was difficult to find something in the small health food store I happened to be shopping at! But I did eventually settle on water chestnuts, which added a nice crunch to my salad but not much flavor.
I'd like to continue to try different veggies in my salad, so I'm looking for your favorites. Here's my go-to veggies:
Red bell peppers
Sugar snap peas
Thankfully I really enjoy a nice big salad, but I do tend to get stuck in a rut sometimes.
Human Vitamin K, as it turns out, is exboritantly expensive. We have found some that are made in chewable tablets for animals at a fraction of the cost -- some require a prescription, others do not (the human form did). I've got to run it by my vet and/or get another prescription, since we got just enough to last us a few days right now -- he's supposed to take it for an entire month.
Chester is still his normal bouncy self, but that's the scary part -- apparently they often appear just fine til they bleed out (rat/mouse poison effects the blood's ability to clot) -- and even more dangerous it can be internal bleeding, which is why I've got to keep Lola from bowling him over or slamming into him like she likes to do.
I do think he'll be fine. After his brightly colored poop yesterday morning (sorry if that's TMI), the rest have been normal, so I think we did get him to bring up the vast majority of it right away.
Thanks for all the well wishes -- much appreciated.
Monday, June 21, 2010
In a roundabout way. My husband has a bad way of leaving things out that dogs shouldn't have (or cats, for that matter). He forgets how quickly they find stuff and how good they are at getting into things they shouldn't (just like toddlers, which we never had).
So Lola has gotten into some chocolate on more than one occasion. Chocolate is bad for dogs, but it varies -- white chocolate, for instance, is fine, since it doesn't actually have cocoa in it. Milk chocolate isn't too bad. Basically, the darker the chocolate the more deadly it is.
On that occasion, we didn't know how much chocolate she ate or what kind. So I called the vet, and they said to give her 2 tbsp of salt to make her vomit. And it worked.
Yesterday we went to visit my family. We stopped at my parents' house first, because we were going to leave the dogs there in their crates (my sister doesn't have a way to block them into one room -- or so we thought). My parents had a very-belated birthday present for me, and while I was opening that, Chester was getting into something.
When I noticed and went to look, it turned out to be mouse poison! We had no idea how much he had eaten. I had some peanut butter with me, but couldn't lay my hands on it quickly. My mom didn't have any (they don't like PB -- what's up with that?), but she did have cream cheese, so I mixed that up with the salt, took him outside to feed it to him, and sure enough he threw up about maybe a teaspoon of the pellets in the next few mintues.
We called the animal control poison line, and they said that it sounded like most likely we'd got it all, that he'd have to eat a lot to really damage himself, and told me what to look for in the next 24 hours.
Because I obviously couldn't leave them alone in my parents house now -- I needed to observe him -- we took them to my sister's. My sister has a sunroom they don't use (I'd forgotten that), and we put them in there. Unfortunately yesterday was a very hot day, and that sunroom was hotter than was really comfortable for the dogs, but not hot enough to actually harm them -- and we took them out for walks and gave them water every hour or so.
So far Chester seems fine, but my husband said there was some of the pellets in his poop this morning, so he didn't get it all out. I had planned to call our vet anyway just to ease my mind, but now I'll definitely call.
I decided to write this blog because you never know when this information might come in handy for someone else. If you have a very large dog, I'm not sure the salt thing would work -- I mean, how would you get them to just eat a cup or so of salt? I mix it with peanut butter or cream cheese because my dogs love that -- and sure enough, it's worked both times.
On a happier note, above is me with my folks. Obviously not my best side! And no, I don't really look much like my folks. I do have my mom's eye color -- but not her lovely bone structure. I've unfortunately got my Dad's nose instead of my mom's, but OTOH, I also have my Dad's hair instead of my Mom's, which is fine & straight.
Oh yea, and the only reason I look so tall is because I'm wearing my 5k-reward platforms!
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