Wednesday, September 01, 2010
It seems so simple, doesn't it? It's what naturally thin people do. They don't even think about it, they just naturally do it, which is part of why they're naturally thin people.
It's part of what I've been working on lately. Paying more attention to my body than the scale. Only somedays I still fall into old habits, and it isn't pretty.
Like yesterday. The day started out well enough. A healthy breakfast, snack, and lunch. Not quite enough liquids tho -- didn't want to drink a couple of glasses of water right before food shopping. That turned out ultimately be a mistake.
Because when I got home, even after my satisfying healthy lunch, I started in on the crackers. A cracker here, 4 there, 4 more here . . . well, the box isn't empty, thankfully, but these can really add up. Oh, and there might have been a blondie in there, in 3 or 4 little nibbles.
I have been supremely unmotivated the last couple of days. Not sure why. Usually I have no trouble finding things to occupy my time, but lately I just haven't wanted to do the things I normally do. I'm not really tired . . . just unmotivated. With everything.
In the end, I decided that I wanted ice cream for dinner. Yup, you heard me. I read about plenty of people who do that . . . occasionally. I never do, because that smacks of my college days, when I'd go & buy a box of Poptarts and eat them in one sitting.
But I made a conscious decision, and I did it (ok, so it was actually frozen yogurt). Did it hit the spot? I'm not sure. It did seem to stem the tidal wave of noshing and so far today I'm still on track -- altho I did just put those crackers up in a cabinet that's hard for me to reach and I sent the blondies into work with DH.
Was it as satisfying as a "real" meal? No, ultimately, it wasn't. And it gave me a bit of a headache, no doubt due to the sugar in there with no veggies or protein or healthy fats to offset it. OTOH, I think it got something out of my system. Or so I hope!
And I am sharing this story with you because I know some of my spark buddies who struggle think that people that they see as successful never struggle, or never eat unhealthy food. I mean, I know they don't really think that, but sometimes I think they feel that they're failing in comparison.
We are all of us works in progress, no matter where we are on our journey. Have you ever had dessert for dinner? And nothing else? Did it satisfy you, or did it lead to more unhealthy eating?
Monday, August 30, 2010
This is almost another weight loss is like analogy, but that wasn't quite right.
We are experiencing the earliest fall on record, as far as I can remember, anyway. It was beginning before we left for our vacation. Fall shouldn't start in August! The best guess everyone has is that it's because it's been so dry all summer long. Which is interesting, when you think about it, because we did experience fall in Austin, too, only it began months later, but I digress.
We can experience an early fall, too, if we don't live a healthy lifestyle. We just age prematurely when we don't take care of ourselves. You know those people who are young for theiryears, and those that are older than they really are?
I don't know about you, but I want to be a Spring. And that means I have to take care of myself. So the next time you're tempted by something you know isn't good for you, think about what season you are. Then think about what season you want to be. And make your choice. Because it's all about the choices.
What season will you choose to be?
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Which almost has nothing to do with this post. But most people who come over are surprised by how "mellow" and obedient our dogs are. I can't tell you the number of people I've met who think chihuahuas (or any small dog) are yappy, nippy things. We used to think so, too. We've come to learn that with anything animal, it's mostly about how they're raised.
Now, small dogs are definitely more hyper than large ones. Well, most of them. I mean, I hear about those small dogs that love to sleep in. Wish I had one. Lola might actually do it, but Chester might burst if he doesn't get out by 7 am (unless there's a blizzard or it's raining).
So last night's dinner went great. It was a carnivore-vegetarian-vegan feast. Weird, huh? It's so satisfying to cook vegan food for someone who's actually appreciative of it.
I made vegan stuffed mushrooms (that even DH loved), vegan onion dip, and set out a variety of goat cheeses (not chevre, but goat brie -- very good -- and a goat parmesan-like cheese) & crackers.
The main course was steak, shrimp, salad, and the remains of the vegetarian potato leek gratin I'd made earlier in the week (that DH liked) that still tasted pretty good despite spending way too long in the oven as we chatted.
And dessert was vegan peanut butter blondies (just ok), chocolate dipped strawberries (which are also vegan since I use dairy free chocolate chips), and a mostly vegan fudge pecan pie (I bought the crust and I imagine there's butter in there). Of course you can't be mostly vegan, you either or you aren't, so ok, it was a vegetarian pie. I could have easily made it vegan by making the crust myself, but I just didn't feel like it and the wife of our guests is more like me -- eats fish, eats vegan a lot, and mostly eats vegetarian (but doesn't eat meat at all unlike me).
It was absolutely perfect weather for an outdoor dinner. Finally! Not too hot! Not to cold!
I indulged in a bit of everything. I tracked my food. I got in plenty of exercise yesterday. And today I plan to eat a bit healthier -- altho it is a rest day from exercise for me and I plan to honor that. Don't know what I'm doing yet today. It's gorgeous and I'd love to go to a park, but don't really want to go by myself, and DH probably wants to get yardwork done.
Oh, and we solved the mystery of the white stuff that floats around here in spring & fall -- cottonwood trees. Unfortunately the husband of the pair turned out to be allergic to them, which is how we found out what they were.
And, as my friend feed states, DH brought me a mailer with senior classes at a high school very close to us. You can swim in their pool in the evenings or early mornings for about $30 for 10 weeks (once a week). The times aren't great for me, but hey, it's close, it's cheap, and I wanted to start swimming again! Trying to decide whether or not to sign up for both morning & evening -- it's actually cheap enough to do that!
Morning would be tough because DH would probably have to go into work a little later to accommodate me. Still, I'm so amazed by how life works sometimes. Sometimes you really can manifest what you want!
Altho what I really want is a lap pool in my backyard that's indoors with lots of windows. We actually looked at a house here that had one! The house itself was a total nightmare, but boy, I would have just adored that pool. Of course, what I really want is an indoor lap pool with lots of windows and a pool man. Preferably a cute pool man!
When I lived in VT, I belonged to a somewhat swanky gym (had less animals then and I worked full time outside the home). It had a lovely pool with a basically a wall of floor to ceiling glass windows along one wall. It was so peaceful to swim there, even when the snow was high outside.
I feel I've been doing well lately (altho not sure what next week's WI will show), despite eating out A LOT -- much more than usual -- and entertaining. I've been trying not to stress out about my food choices, but to bring balance to them -- indulge one day, eat better the next, and not feel guilty about it all. Because it's a healthy lifestyle, after all, not a diet!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
That was the message in one of the daily emails I get today. What a great message! Wish I'd thought of it!
The meaning is that whenever you get off track, off plan, whatever you'd like to call it, examine what's going on instead of telling yourself what a bad person you are. Judging yourself only makes you feel worse, but trying to figure out what's going on, what triggered you, what you should be doing -- now that's the way to grow.
We all get off track at times, so just remember to be a detective!
Friday, August 27, 2010
And I suppose it's just another notch in my "real runner" belt.
Despite the fact that I destressed after my parents left, Wednesday night DH discovered that the computer he has the MagicJack on (aka our phone) had a virus. He informed me of that in the middle of the night, waking me up, when there was nothing I could do.
I wanted to run yesterday, but even before that little episode I knew I was just way too tired for an early morning run and I didn't lay out my clothes. But I was still determined to run.
In fact, even tho I have yet to actually sign up for it, my next race is in 6 weeks so it's time to start some training (which is why I won't finish up Insanity, but I'll probably still use the workouts from time to time.
I decided to run indoors instead, on the treadmill (I watch the Today show, which I've taped earlier, while I'm on the treadmill). And I decided to do a "long" run (long for me, that is). Because:
a) You should run longer than your race so that the race doesn't seem so difficult when you do it
b) I want to attempt a 10k next year
Since I do everything slowly, I don't just jump into a 10k lightly. I'm pretty sure I've picked out my race -- more than a year away! -- and I've got to start working on running longer distances.
I sat down at runnersworld.com and determined what pace I needed to run at to finish my upcoming 5k in the time I have in mind, then set the treadmill a bit slower than that.
Trouble started about 20 minutes into the run when I started to experience stomach pains. I guess my stomach didn't like the very large salad I'd had for lunch -- it's been a long time since I ran after lunch. I had to stop to use the facilities.
Unfortunately, when I got back on, the stomach pains hadn't subsided and I had to stop again in another 20 minutes. At this point I'm thanking my lucky stars that I'm running inside and not outside. This pitstop did the trick, altho I did decide to end the run just 5 minutes early so I didn't get to my goal of 4 1/2 miles (a 10k, for those that don't know, is 6.2 miles, give or take).
Don't laugh at me, all you long distance runners! But I've got more than a year to work up my mileage (and my pace).
I also did run/walk intervals. I haven't decided yet whether I'll take walking breaks in my upcoming 5k. Part of me wants to to see if it actually helps my speed -- but the weather is almost sure to be much cooler, so it's not really a fair comparison.
So there you have it -- I (mostly) finished my run, despite annoying stomach upsets (don't know how I would've done it had that been a real race), so I suppose that makes me a real runner.
Except I still don't really feel like one . . .
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