Sunday, August 22, 2010
Even if I was forced to eat sweet potato chips.
Somehow my intentions to blog fell by the wayside . . . not that we were really doing all that much most of the time, more like the Wifi would bog down at night and be really slow.
Thankfully my intentions to exercise and eat well mostly remained intact.
It wasn't quite as restful a vacation as it could have been. On Wednesday we drove out to Cape Cod, which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive, basically to talk to my MIL's realtor and get lobster sandwiches at The Four Seas.
For those who've never heard of it, The Four Seas is famous for its ice cream. It's a little hole in the wall near my inlaws' house that my husband is obsessed with -- clearly, since he drove so far just to have their lobster sandwich (and ice cream). It was definitely a tiring day.
I ran 3 times, I did yoga 3 times, and I swam 3 times. Plus some walking. I'll talk more about the swimming in tomorrow's post I think.
Because we had a kitchenette, I had breakfast and lunch in most days -- all that stuff that was in those 3 insulated bags. Only I came back with FOUR stuffed insulated bags.
How could that happen, you might ask? Well, first there was the 2 trips to the small natural foods store in Mystic, which was better stocked than most of the natural foods store here in Albany despite being smaller. Actually better stocked than our co-op which is larger! I finally scored the new flavors of Larabars that I've been searching for forever.
And then we stopped at Whole Foods in Hartford on the way home.
I didn't spend a whole lot of money on this vacation other than on food! You know you're a foodie when you come back from vacation with more food than you left with. Tomorrow I get to hit up the brand-spankin'-new Fresh Market here and see what they have to offer. We missed the grand opening, but apparently people camped out in lawn chairs for it.
There was a huge accident in Mystic on our second stop at the natural foods store. Tied up the drawbridge and no tour boats could get out. In fact, I had to pay in cash because they lost power.
Then getting home yesterday took much longer than normal because there was an airshow that backed up the Mass turnpike for hours and we luckily saw it and bypassed it, but had to take the long way home. Literally.
My parents come for the night on Monday, we're having company next weekend . . . but today I'll mostly rest up before starting the next round of chores.
Oh yeah, almost forgot the sweet potato chips. Sorry to leave you hanging! I'd bought a hummus wrap at the natural foods store in Mystic for lunch yesterday. Ate it in the car after shopping at Whole Foods, where I picked up 2 bags of Terra crinkle cut sweet potato chips (we are entertaining next weekend, after all).
Almost 4 hours later, even tho we were close to home, I was starving when we made a pitstop for the dogs. I really wanted an apple, which I knew would hit the spot, but frankly would be too messy to eat (I was wearing a skirt I happen to like). Because I have a bonded front tooth I have to cut my apples up.
So I broke into the sweet potato chips instead. They're pretty good. Unlike regular potato chips, they actually have some fiber in there. So yesterday wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible, just a testament to never let yourself get too hungry because you'll make poor choices (altho I did have that apple for dessert last night and it really hit the spot).
Monday, August 16, 2010
Can I say how much I love my Ipod? Since we have free wireless in the room, I can actually blog.
Last week was a real whirlwind. I don't think I've blogged so little since I joined. I got my exercise in, ate fairly well, altho the sleep thing wasn't as good as usual and I'm pretty beat. I did go for an early run this morning despite sleeping late.
Had a nice brief visit with my brother & nephew, & they took us out for a yummy sushi dinner & thank God changed their train so I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn.
Hauled 3 large insulated bags of food with us -- already had a large salad for lunch -- some of that is the dog stuff, too.
Might be able to share some photos at some point since I downloaded an app to transfer photos via wifi.
Time to relax!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
It's a really, really hard thing to do. Sometimes I'm really in tune with my body, and sometimes we seem to be at odds. I kind of feel like I've been at odds with it again.
Today I decided to WI but not look at the number. Sometimes they tell you -- used to be a no-no -- but thankfully they didn't (altho usually when they say nothing it means you gained). I really felt I ate very well this week, and definitely got plenty of exercise in.
At the moment my plan is to concentrate more on what *I*'m doing rather than what the scale SAYS I'm doing. My basic thought is that if I don't know what the scale says, I can't let it rule my thoughts and feelings, and I can get down to the business of just trying to eat in a healthy manner.
This could blow up big time for me, but it's a risk I'm willing to try at the moment. Even with going on vacation next week. Always a difficult time for me, no matter how much exercise I get or how good I believe I've eaten, I always seem to gain a little on vacation.
Speaking of vacation, I could use some good vibes again. We're taking the dogs and right now the forecast totally sucks -- rain pretty much ever day. Not the best forecast for a beach vacation, and definitely not the best forecast when your dogs are convinced they're made of sugar and will melt in the rain and you intended to get a lot of your exercise done via running.
Getting back to the trusting my body thing . . . my brother & nephew will be here for one night this weekend, and next weekend we're having some people over for dinner. Sandwiched in between a vacation. Just what was I thinking?
Oh, and then about a week later DH goes on a long business trip, comes home for a couple of weeks, then off on the business trip to Japan . . . which all might just be good for me because I get to eat the way I really want to when he's not here.
So it's scary, but I'm going to work on trusting my body again and fueling it right without knowing what the scale says. I may not be willing to change my food and exercise right now, but there are always other things to change. So much of living healthy is mental! I'm not talking about how it makes us mental, but rather so much of it -- of anything in life we have to work for -- has to come from within first. We lose track of that sometimes when we get caught up in the details.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
My spark buddy Kate wrote an interesting blog today about the things she's learning on her road to health. Check it out -- www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
It made me think a bit about what I've learned. I'm not going to bore you with a long list. What I've learned right now is that I don't really want to change the way I eat. Or the way I exercise. And that probably means that those last 10 lbs just aren't going anywhere. You'd think I'd have cottoned on to that fact after almost 10 months, right?
My spark buddy Karen decided she needed to give up some treats, and that allowed her to move the scale after almost as long as me. But the truth is I'm not willing to give up my treats. I don't want it that badly. Maybe someday.
So where does that leave me? A bit frustrated that my happy weight doesn't really seem to be what I consider to be a healthy weight. Really unhappy that I have to keep paying for WW, and can't actually work for them, either.
Frustrated. Unhappy. Not good things.
OTOH, I am happy that I am now a runner. I have conquered (sort of) something I really didn't think I could do (hmm, like those last 10 lbs?), and that's a good feeling.
Mostly I am happy when I look in the mirror. Sure, I still have my fat days -- actually, today is one, I'm feeling bloated again -- but overall most of the time I'm satisfied with what I see.
Happy. Satisfied. Good things.
So we seem to be at a status quo. And I am not sure what to do about that.
On the good news front, while still far from certain, it looks like our trip to Kauai may be a go. DH's boss told him he ought to attend. Nothing is ever written in stone when it comes to DH's work & work trips, and they could still decide there isn't money in the budget for it just a few weeks before or the higher ups could decide that it's really a boondogle. But I am visualizing us walking along the beach . . .
It does mean that we will be apart on our actual anniversary, since he'll be in Japan. Gotta take the good with the bad, right?
Monday, August 09, 2010
We went out to dinner Saturday at an Italian restaurant DH had a coupon to. There's gotta be a coupon. Sometimes it makes me want to scream.
It's a local place, so no nutritional info. There are a lot of local Italian places; there's a large Italian population here. And even tho I love Italian food, I've yet to find a restaurant that meets my standards.
Anyway, bread comes -- not warm. Always one of my first signals of a good restaurant; the warm bread. So since I ordered pasta, I didn't have any bread.
The salad wasn't terribly exciting either. Not off to a great start here.
And then the entree comes. OMG. We joked with the waitress about whether or not the chef has heard about the obesity epidemic in this country. This humongous bowl of pasta was easily 4 servings.
Thankfully I chose a fairly healthy pasta -- chicken, spinach, and marinara sauce. Originally I thought I might get dessert, so I figured I'd stick with something a bit healthier.
I most definitely didn't finish it -- even DH who almost always finishes his didn't -- it should hopefully be at least 2 more dinners for me, 3 if I'm being really good. It was also veeeeeeeeeeery salty. I happen to like my pasta salty, but I didn't have to add any salt at all -- and that's not a good thing.
In the end I didn't order dessert because I only get dessert if the meal was really good. I don't want to waste money -- or calories -- on a mediocre dessert.
The biggest problem with these types of meals is that people think they're getting such a good deal. But it's not such a great deal if it's taking 10 years off of your life!
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