Thursday, August 05, 2010
In a sense, this has nothing to do with weight loss, but in a roundabout way, as always, it does, so bear with me.
It will be our 25th anniversary in about 2 months -- and DH's 50th birthday in about a month -- so a big year for us.
And I've been dreaming big. DH, as always, has a work trip right on our anniversary. This has been quite good for me for the last few years -- it's gotten me to Delft, to Paris, to Dresden, Prague & Vienna.
This year the trip is to Japan. He has been to Japan at least 4 times before, but I have never been. Because it falls right on our anniversary, he was thinking of taking me this time.
And I've been saying all along that Hawaii is halfway between here & Japan. It's where we went for our 20th anniversary (the one where we always said we'd go to Alaska, but somehow when it came, we decided Hawaii sounded better).
Well, lo & behold, he now has an invitation to a conference on Kauia in Nov.
It's pretty doubtful that he'll actually be able to go. I could use good vibes, because while I'd love to go to Japan, I admit I'd rather go to Hawaii!
So here I've been dreaming of Hawaii all this time, and if I'm really lucky, it just might happen. So I've started to visualize it. I'll be fine if it doesn't happen -- I may yet be all alone on our anniversary -- but I'm still gonna dream big.
We have to dream big when it comes to our healthy lifestyles, too. Sometimes it all just seems so unreachable, but it can be. If we dream big. Then take the actions to make our dreams a reality.
I can't do anything to help make my Hawaii dream a reality. But I can take lots of actions to make my dreams of a healthy weight a reality. How bout you? What big dreams are you dreaming?
Oh yeah: my other big dream of the moment is to hear from the computer store today that my computer is fixed -- and it didn't cost an arm & a leg. All my Dreden, Prague & Vienna photos are frozen in there!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
. . . it's also about being fit and at peace.
Don't you just love that quote? It's from raw-pleasure.com.au/Articles/5-tips-
It's what I keep working on. I don't strength train only to look good -- I do it so I can carry heavy things when I have to -- like lugging my luggage (hey, I just realized that must be how luggage got its name!) up the stairs at Penn station.
The being at peace part is part of what I was trying to get at yesterday. Finding that balance that lets you make healthy choices and still live your life. I keep working towards that, but it often seems an elusive goal.
I've always been much more interested in cooking/baking than keeping house.
Yesterday I think I made fairly good choices. The food wasn't that exciting, and thankfully there were no desserts to tempt me. I had a bunch of raw veggies, 2 small slices of pita, 2 tiny crostini, 2 shrimp, 2 scallops, and about a tablespoon (or perhaps a tad more) of blooming onion dip -- my one indulgence.
I took some of my own advice and stayed far away from the cheese and crackers, since that's something I could have any time.
I was just a bit hungry when I got home. I wanted to finish off my raw chocolate mousse, but decided that I didn't really need that (plus it was slotted for today's breakfast) -- so I had a cup of grapes and one square of Lindt fleur de sel. I was proud of myself for that!
I bought the above dress maybe about a decade ago. Never wore it -- always too tight. It's kind of shapeless, too, really, but the belt took care of that. Really clingy but I stuffed myself into Assets (the budget version of Spanx that at least used to be available at Target -- haven't needed to buy anymore so don't know if it's still there).
Thank God I didn't need to use the bathroom or I might never have been able to wiggle back into them!
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!
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