Wednesday, December 08, 2010
I am back home. My car is fixed. The cats slept with us last night. First time in years Giz has slept with us; he won't sleep with us when the dogs are here, and doesn't even usually sleep with us anymore on the rare occasion they're not -- guess the cold was really getting to them! In the low 20s, and not likely to get warmer anytime soon.
So, I was faced with lots of food decisions the last few days. You'd think staying in someone else's home would make life easier -- and it does to some degree -- but it also comes with its challenges -- and surprises.
Like one night we had Chinese. My SIL picked it up, and did ask what we wanted, but since we didn't have a menu I really didn't know what to say. Thankfully my MIL is not supposed to have sodium (her high BP is now damaging her kidneys with all the stress and that is obviously very upsetting) -- so they got here steamed veggies (and I ate most of them). Dodged a bullet there!
Talked MIL into some roast asparagus with the roast beef she made, and along with the salad enough to fill me up.
Luckily my SIL made brussel sprouts AND broccoli to go with the beer butt chicken, so I was good there.
Got deli one day, but since I was the one to buy it, thankfully I had control and got myself a veggie sandwich.
So about those choices -- my BIL also went out to get us fresh bagels & lox one day. The bagels were even warm. I chose not to have one. I can have bagels & lox anytime, and we have some in the freezer back home. Granted, they're not fresh bagels, but I have millet & flax bagels that I really enjoy and they even have a tiny bit of nutritional value.
It's all about choosing when to splurge and when not to. As I said, I can have bagels & lox anytime. I chose to splurge more in Hawaii, on things I don't normally eat -- and only when it was really good too.
So when you're faced with all those choices, ask yourself if this is something you could make yourself? Is it something you can have anytime? Or is it something you really want, and rarely have?
You don't have to be on the see-food diet (see food, eat food). You DO have choices.
I even had a choice last night -- our plane was late getting into Atlanta, so we had no time to get dinner. I always travel with protein bars. ALWAYS. For this very reason. I was able to eat a protein bar, we did get a snack box and I had some pita chips & hummus as well, and one square of Lindt chocolate that I had with me.
This time I also chose to go light on the exercise. I like to take one week off of running every month or so, and I'd already planned for that to be this week. I had planned to do some yoga, OTOH, but that never happened. I knew I needed some rest since I wasn't feeling 100% and it seemed like there were people coughing up lungs next to us on every flight. So far, so good.
I did get lots of walking in tho. FIL must be in constant motion. The man doesn't sit down from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed -- literally. And there is nothing that he enjoys doing anymore (other than eating). Eating and being in motion are the only times he's calm and/or happy.
We took him out on longer walks than my MIL normally does, without my MIL, on the hills she doesn't like to walk on (altho it would be good for her). It's the only thing that prevents meltdowns. We spent about 8+ hours a day with them, so my MIL could also have a break and shower or just lay down, things that are difficult for her.
She does have help most days, and normally my SIL will take my FIL for an hour or so every day, but she took a break too obviously while we were there. I truly don't know how my MIL does it. Imagine having a toddler who never naps and can't entertain itself even for a second -- and just like a toddler, you have to watch him so he doesn't try to eat something inedible. She didn't have any help except for that last day we were there, which is when we went on the chocolate tour.
We feel guilty that we can't help more, but what can you do when you're clear across the country? She's good about it, but I know my SIL resents the fact that we can't help more -- she's human.
Well, anyway, I'm rambling. Remember, you have choices. When presented with all those holiday goodies, don't just dive right in. Give it some thought. And always remember why you're making the choices you are. Write down your goals. Put them where you'll read them every day. Put before & after photos where you can see them -- to remember how far you've come, and to motivate you to make healthy choices.
You CAN lose weight before the end of the year.
Friday, December 03, 2010
I chose to walk with Leslie this morning. No, no snow here Kate (and yes, 5 hrs is a long drive & since we're visiting family hard to meet u halfway somewhere ... someday).
Just started feeling eh last night, but not bad enough not to workout at all.
I do feel I've been getting too comfortable again. Reaching for fast & easy rather than healthy, even knowing a little more effort would ultimately keep me full longer.
It's time to push past my comfort zone & be more uncomfortable to be more comfortable in the long wrong. If I can lose weight over Thanksgiving I know I can continue to lose weight this yr.
Being heavy is hard.
Losing weight is hard.
Choose your hard! And get uncomfortable with me.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
2 blogs in one day, it's been a while!
Well, the question isn't for today, cause I just got back from my run. The question is for tomorrow.
I did run 3 times this week already. I'm going to miss my swim tonight -- couldn't get my act together early enough in the day, gotta wash my hair, too much to do, blah blah blah. I really do enjoy my evening swims; I don't push real hard, it's more a way to wind down at the end of the day. I suppose I could do some yoga tonight, I haven't worked my core yet today anyway . . .
But tomorrow. I was sort of thinking an easy run. Like only 30 minutes. No pushing. Cause I'll be stuck in airplanes and airports for most of the day. There should at least be some moving at the inlaws, as FIL needs to be in almost constant motion.
Still, between Thanksgiving, this trip, my parents coming up when we get back, and then DH having time off at the end of the month -- which really ought to be a good thing but tends to be not so much when it comes to eating . . . it's a rough month! And I don't even celebrate Christmas, and thank God I don't drink, either.
So, back to the question: to run or not to run? Truly, the main drawback is that a) it'll be very cold b) I'll get sweaty without much time to clean up and c) DH would probably like some time with me.
I know so many of my running buddies would give their eye teeth just to be able to have that dilemma. To run pain free.
It is getting harder to push myself out that door. Damn, it's not even winter yet and it's still really cold! I procrastinated today, altho that sort of worked in my favor cause the mail was finally delivered just minutes before I finished so I didn't have to go out into the cold twice.
To run or not to run?
P.S. And funny how sometimes I wish for some time away from the dogs, so I can do what I want, when I want, for as long as I want . . . and now that I dropped them off at the pet sitter this morning I'm missing them terribly.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
I never thought much about this before, but an article I was reading this morning made me go d'oh!
Ever finished a workout and felt famished?
Finish the same workout another day and not be hungry?
Maybe the difference is in the amount of water you drank. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. I know when I don't get my normal amount of liquids in in the morning, I tend to be really hungry all day long, no matter how much I drink later on.
Just another reason to make sure you stay well hydrated, especially during and after tough workouts.
No wonder I have no trouble downing 2 glasses of water after a run when normally that might take me a while.
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