Tuesday, August 03, 2010
I'll tell ya, it's a good thing I'm not working because work would just get in the way of my exercising and food prep.
Yesterday I decided that if I was in the mood I'd go for an easy run in the morning. I'm not sure I was really in the mood when I got up, but I put out everything the night before so it's harder to make excuses.
I woke up early enough (I don't use an alarm clock), and it wasn't raining, so I figured I might as well head out. Kate, you'll be happy to hear I left the Ipod at home today. I like to use it for downloaded running podcasts because they tend to push me harder than I'd push myself.
But today I figured I'd just do an easy run; I knew I had a difficult Insanity workout coming up, and with going out tonight -- something we so rarely do -- I didn't want to be exhausted.
Only then I decided to do hill repeats. Which worked fine without music, but so much for my easy workout. With the breeze, despite the warmer temps & higher humidity, it was a pleasant run.
Came home & went back out with the dogs.
Came home and spent some time on the computer, then tackled today's Insanity workout.
Had a smoothie to recover, hopped in the shower, and then it was food prep time. I've been on a real raw kick the last few weeks -- with the exception of dinner due to DH (oh, and that one vitamuffin that was my pre-run snack) -- and on today's menu was raw chili (no meat, that is).
It came out to swoon for, but probably took at least a half hour of chopping veggies. Well worth the effort, tho.
Raw food can be quite simple (salad, anyone?) or complex, and I like to do both, obviously. Probably wasn't the best choice considering today is a busy day, but I never said I always make the best choices.
And there was a little bit of agility fun with the dogs in there.
There should have been some bathroom & kitchen cleaning and laundry in there too, but I somehow doubt that's going to happen.
I don't really have much of a point. I enjoyed myself today, mostly, but can't say as I did the things I ought to do around the house. Oh well, summer vacation, right? And let's hope I burned off enough calories for whatever may be on the menu tonight (you'd think almost 2 hours of exercise would do it, but that remains to be seen. At least I have one more day til WI & TOM is over).
I could be cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen instead of sparking, but I need that inspiration to carry over into tonight, right?
Monday, August 02, 2010
The abundance of fresh, healthy foods available in summer ought to mean that it's even easier to lose weight. The longer daylight hours (altho they are getting shorter, have you noticed? Wish I'd cottoned on to the beauty of a very-early morning run earlier!) should make it easier to move more.
So why is it still so darn hard?
Well, the things that work for us work against us, too. There are more opportunities to eat more, too, it seems. More time to get together with friends. More parties. Fairs and the very unhealthy fair food. It's easier to go out to eat, and really, who wants to slave over a hot oven when it's 90 or more out anyway?
We went out for dinner on Saturday. Saturday was a very active day for me: I went out for an early morning run, followed by walking the dogs, some Insanity later on, and capped off with actually walking to the restaurant. Then we walked over to the ice cream place for dessert (I only had one spoon of DH's ice cream -- silly man, doesn't he know ice cream ought to contain chocolate?). Loads of activity and a fairly healthy dinner.
Yesterday is where we got a bit off track. I finally sweet talked my husband into helping me bring in my computer to be fixed. It's only been frozen more than half a year, and he hasn't been keen on sharing his computer, yet expects that mine will somehow magically fix itself.
Then I had the bright idea that we could go out to the new sushi buffet for lunch. I've been dying to try this place, and lunch is cheaper than dinner. Or so we thought. Only they serve dinner all day on Sundays.
We walked over to the buffet next door, which had a sign proudly announcing the opening of their sushi bar. Which only had a few sad rolls. I loaded my plates (yes, 2 plates) with mostly veggies, some sushi, 1 dumpling, and 1 veggie spring roll. Skipped the desserts altogether.
Still, I wasn't all that hungry for dinner so that tells you something. We had popcorn.
Tomorrow we are going out to some event for DH's work up in Saratoga. No idea what the food situation will be, only that there will be some. I have been trying my best to eat healthy with that in mind, yet I've already eaten out twice this week -- and wasn't happy with the last WI to boot. The only saving grace is that TOM has actually arrived so I'm hoping that at least I won't gain anymore.
Here are a few tips for dealing with summer:
1. Always, always, always have a healthy snack before going to a party or event. Never, ever go hungry. Make sure you have some nuts or a protein bar tucked away in your pocketbook just in case you won't have time to eat at home first.
2. Forget about portion distortion, continue to weight and measure your food. Too much of anything -- healthy or not -- will derail your weight loss efforts.
3. It's ok to say no. Don't feel obligated to go to every event you're asked to. Pick and choose.
4. When you can, bring a healthy dish of your own, so at least there will be something there you can eat.
5. Don't load up on the stuff you can eat any time -- cheese & crackers, for instance. Indulge in something truly amazing that you truly want, and make sure to sit down and savor it.
What are your favorite trips for navigating the perils of summer?
Saturday, July 31, 2010
It's not just eating we have to be mindful of.
How many times do you just go thru the motions? Get to the gym, and just wanna get it over with? Just want to get your 10,000 steps in any way you can?
Well, yesterday I made sure my exercise counted. I took a few minutes before I actually started to think about what I actually wanted to get out of it. And then as I was going thru it, I thought about the various body parts as I was working on them.
And you know what? It actually made it a bit easier. When I wasn't so focused, I would just be watching the clock to see when the torture would end. Most likely it made my exercises more effective, too.
I spent some time thinking about my morning run today before I ever got out of bed. Thinking about what I wanted to get out of it, visualizing myself running with a smile on my face (should've visualized a little heater to go along with me!).
I haven't actually signed up for my next 5k yet, but I'm pretty sure it will be in the beginning of Oct. I've been visualizing that before I go to bed. Visualizing myself crossing the finish line with a smile on my face (and a certain time on the timer).
I like this new mantra I snagged from choosingraw.com :
Progress, not perfection
Ranks right up there with Imagine, believe, receive
And here are tips #11 & 12 for what to look at when you're maintaining and you don't want to be:
11. Are you getting enough sleep? I definitely make sleep a priority, which annoys the heck out of most of the people in my life because it seems that I'm surrounded by a bunch of night owls. I can function on a few hours, but I certainly don't thrive on less than 7 or 8.
12. Are you suffering from IDI syndrome, which means are you suffering from I Deserve It syndrome? I've been so good, so I deserve a treat. I'm training for ____, so I can afford to eat more. You know if you're a sufferer.
So think about what you want to get out of exercise, visualize it, take your time with it, and don't forget: progress, not perfection!
Friday, July 30, 2010
That's what I'm looking for. One of the things I read recently, which I shared, was to seek out mentors. People who have done what you want to do. Follow them, find out their secrets.
So I'm looking for a few good mentors. People who have busted through a long plateau, people who are at goal weight, people who are maintaining their goal.
Nominate yourself! Or tell me about a blog you follow with people like that.
So yesterday I was down, but not out. It's always frustrating to feel you've done well but not have the scale show it. I don't think it was all water weight, either. No, I could definitely feel it in my clothes and the tightness of my new ring -- even the way my cheekbones and my collarbones look.
I'm much more aware of those little things now, and that's a good thing. I'm glad I weighed in yesterday, even tho part of me screamed NOoooooo! Because it would have been too easy to tell myself I hadn't really gained weight, or it wasn't much, or it was just TOM.
No, it was all of the above and then some. A bit of a rude awakening, but if I hadn't weighed in, I wouldn't know, and I might not change things.
I let it piss me off for a while and then, as usual, I shook it off and we're back to business as usual. Sort of.
My brother & nephew are crashing here for the night before going on to NYC in a couple of weeks. Immediately after that we're going to Mystic, CT for a few days. I finally discovered why DH didn't want to go to the place in VT, despite the fact that it was the "cheapest" -- no, he wants lobster.
And there's a couple we want to have over for dinner sometime too, but I told DH I'd rather do that after, rather than before, our vacation. Because vacations take a lot of prep work on my part and I need to devote my energy to that -- especially since he said he really didn't want to help with any of it when asked point-blank. You don't want to help, then you've got to play by my rules! Remember, he is working, I am not.
It means Insanity will be interrupted, which kind of pisses me off. Altho maybe I can bring it with me, but that's kind of tricky because there's quite a few DVDs. And I'll miss the grand opening of the Fresh Market, which I really wanted to go to -- and have been waiting for ever since we moved here.
Still, there is much to be thankful for in my life:
1. The beautiful weather we're finally having
2. The fact that Chester never showed any ill effects from eating the poison
3. We can actually afford to take a vacation
4. DH has been a little more helpful around the house lately
5. My spark buddies, ALWAYS!
Don't forget, nominate a few good mentors for me.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I am very, very weary of gaining & losing the same few pounds. So what do you do when you're weary & really all you want to do is throw in the towel? You try to inspire someone else, of course!
So if you're in there with me, losing & gaining the same few pounds, here are a few things to look at:
1. Portion sizes. With apples the size of my head and bananas the lengths of my arms, it's really easy to eat too much even when you're eating healthy stuff. I, for one, will start measuring out my home made salad dressings this week.
2. Are you tracking your food? When you eat it? I don't know about you, but I can barely remember what I ate an hour ago, much less a day ago. I track . . . always.
3. Are you remembering to put yourself on your list? I haven't knitted in a long, long time. I keep putting it down as a daily goal, and then not getting around to it. I am very lucky, I do get to do what I want a lot of the time, but chores still sometimes seem to take over my life.
4. Are you overestimating the amount of exercise you do? They say that we tend to overestimate the amount we exercise (or the exertion) and underestimate the amount we eat.
5. How are those BLTs tasting? (BLTs = bites, licks & tastes). I must say I'm rather proud of myself in that department. I'm not perfect, by any means, but I'm having much fewer BLTs these days (and yes, doing my pushups when I do have them).
6. What sorts of foods are you choosing to eat? Is everything fat free and full of chemicals? Is it mostly sweets? Or are there a lot of chips in there? What we eat matters, whether we stay within our calorie ranges or not.
7. When was the last time you changed up your exercise routine? I'm very good at that (and changing what I eat all the time too) because I just get way too bored doing the same things over & over. But if you like the comfort of routine, just know that your body quickly adapts to what you're doing and starts releasing less.
8. Are you getting in your water every day? I have no problems with that, either, and I find it hard to believe that people would in summer but . . . it's even more important during the summer!
9. Do you believe, right down to your bones, that you can do it? Most of the time I do, but boy, on days like today, my faith is really shaken. I'm not really surprised by what the scale said today from the way I looked & the way my new ring didn't want to come off, but I sure was surprised because I truly believed I'd eaten very well this week. Most struggles are mainly mental.
10. How's your stress level? Stress will catch up with you, one way or another.
When all else fails, just let it go and go back to the basics.
Have you got more tips for busting through a plateau -- for good?
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