Friday, January 07, 2011
Thinking back on my week, this is probably the thing that stands out the most: creeping portion sizes. It's amazing how little things can really add up -- in both a good and a bad way.
I've blogged about my oatmeal + almond butter + chocolate chip habit. And now I have a new love: Artisana Cashini (raw cashew butter + raw tahini). It may be expensive, but it's worth every $$ IMHO. I'm not terribly fond of tahini, truth be told, but this stuff rocks.
Only then I start with the rounded half cups of oatmeal, rounded tablespoon of cashini, rounded tablespoon of chocolate chips . . . well, you get the picture. So that is my goal this week: no creeps allowed!
Oh, there were lots of other factors in yesterday's ticker movement, but this is the one I can control. The scale wouldn't bother me so much if I hadn't been on a plateau for a frickin' year & a half.
I suppose I can't really say it's a plateau . . . technically last week I was at my lowest weight in at least 15 years. But by very little.
Ok. Moving on. Nuff said.
So, I read a little bit about the Dempsey Challenge in a magazine this week. I already knew about it a little bit -- friends of ours did it this past summer. They had the photos with Patrick Dempsey to prove it. What I didn't know is that in addition to the cycling events, there are also runs.
So, all excited, I told my husband (one of the runs is a 10k & I've been looking around for my first 10k). I figured maybe I could sweetalk him into it if our friends did it again this year. Not him participating, mind you, but just us going. As a vacation.
And while we don't yet know if our friends are doing it again, he did say he knows they are planning a trip to ME around that time. He seems interested.
Only wrinkle? He is almost always way busy traveling at that time of the year (beginning of Oct). Plus he is contemplating a new job that would require even more travel. New job at the same place, that is. We'll see how things shake out.
In addition to the snowshoe race next weekend, I am thinking about joining a group run on Monday afternoon. It's actually at a trail I know (have blogged about before), so I know how to get there & it's not too far.
Of course, it might be snow-laden (thanks, DH, like I hadn't thought of that -- NOT!). And the pace is supposed to be 10 min. miles which is way faster than I can run -- certainly for the posted 5 mile run (altho I can't see that trail actually being 5 miles).
I figure I can always start out with them and then just drop back & run by myself. That way I get to meet new people, push myself a bit, and get a run in.
I was very happy the predicted snow held off so I could get my swim in last night. I was so hoping that it would hold off long enough to walk the dogs this morning. All I needed was another half an hour, but it's already coming down thick enough that I know it's not worth trying to drag the dogs around. I don't mind walking in it, but they do. It's amazing the dead weights 2 little 10 lb dogs can be when they put their minds (and bodies) to it.
Ok, so this week let's kick all the creeps to the curb!
Thursday, January 06, 2011
It's the toughest thing to do. I'm past the "I gained weight so I might as well just eat mindset" -- yeah, the thought will cross my mind, but I never act on it. The scale still does hold power over me. For a little while.
I didn't like putting my ticker up today, but I did it. Oh, there are gazillion reasons it might've happened, some within my control, some not within my control. Will it make a difference next week? Will I do better because if I don't the whole SP world will see it (like everyone on SP even looks at my ticker -- can we say swelled head & narcissistic?). Remains to be seen.
I especially hate the feeling that I seem to be able to eat something one week and lose, the next and gain. It does play head games with me. Makes me confused. After all these years, you'd really think I'd get it. That my weight loss could just be consistent.
I have goals! Goals I *really* want to achieve! I've been asking myself a lot if this will get me to my goals -- with food, with exercise, with what I'm spending. I've been reminding myself of all my goals.
And yet . . .
So I will stay the course. Do my best to do what I know works, because I really do want to reach my goals. Re-evaluate and see if something needs to change. And remember to manage my thoughts in a positive way.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
You spend more time researching where to exercise than what to see on your vacation
You get excited by new fitness clothes, equipment, gadgets, etc.
You spend more time in the produce aisle than the candy aisle
You spend New Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and so on at a race
You need to replace your sneakers because they're worn out
You get totally excited by the selection of nutrition bars at a new store
You look forward to your bowl of oatmeal in the morning
You crave vegetables and think fruit are sweeter than candy
You make YOU the priority in your life
__________________ you fill in the blank!
P.S. Got a great night of uninterrupted sleep last night . . . my cat never even came in to sleep with us like he normally does! Wish I could say I felt better, but not yet. Gotta feel better by tomorrow cause it's time to swim again.
Oh, and got a groupon for Zumba classes at a place I said I was going to try out . . . like a year ago! So now I have to! Sadly, however, I'm not sure I'm ever going to have time for ice skating this year. You know you live a healthy lifestyle when you don't have time for all the fitness activities you want to squeeze into your life!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Don't really have much to blog about today. Or so it seemed when I started this blog . . .
I actually have been having very mild flu-like symptoms since New Year's Eve -- nothing terrible, just enough to make me tired & not feel like doing much altho I've been almost doing the full amount anyway.
It's annoying tho. I ran my race even tho not feeling 100% cause I knew it was the sort of not feeling well where I'd feel better after the race, and I did. But since then I still haven't felt better, so I decided to take a week off running (which I do about monthly anyway). Yesterday the only way I managed to almost get my steps in was by taking the dogs for a long walk (and, of course, the grocery shopping).
I also stopped at Target yesterday, cause they always have an exercise DVD sale the first of the year & picked up a few DVDS (so much for my spending diet, but at least I am tracking what I spend).
Also, I am asking myself a lot if this will get me towards my goal? Which is part of why I decided to spend the money on the DVDs (also had a small Target gift card so it didn't break the bank). In this instance, I decided the answer was yes.
I have trouble getting all my steps in sometimes during the winter. I usually walk the dogs only once a day instead of twice, due to the cold. So I picked up some more Leslie Sansone. I don't particularly like her, but it gets the job done and I need variety. The treadmill gets boring sometimes.
Yesterday was a busy day with the shopping, helping to pull carpet staples out of our stairs, the long walk, and food prep. All I wanted to do at the end of the night was snuggle in bed with the dogs & my book. Unfortunately, DH disrupted the cats' routine by coming up to watch TV later than usual, then walking around talking to his sister when she called.
Normally I would be happy he was walking while talking, but it kept the cats coming into the bedroom & I had to get up 20 billion times when all I really wanted to do was lay there & I was getting so angry that at one point poor Lola jumped off the bed and cowered on the floor -- even tho the anger wasn't directed at her.
And of course this morning I slept late which always knocks my routine off kilter . . . well, it's a new day and I don't have quite so much to do today so I am working on releasing the anger. It's over & done & the anger doesn't do anyone any good.
See, there's that release again. It just might be my word for 2011. I'm leaning towards it, anyway. Still thinking about it tho.
I know I'm not the only one that has problems when her routine is altered. Don't be like me -- try to go with the flow. Embrace change. Realize that even if your routine gets shattered, you can find your way back & pick up where you left off.
If I'd known the cats were going to be such a PITA & DH would be stirring them up so long, I'd've shut the door -- but then I would've had to get out of bed to let the dogs out anyway. Sometimes there just is no peace!
Monday, January 03, 2011
I have long bemoaned my husband's total lack of interest in exercise and good nutrition. The common advice was to lead by example (I try) and not preach (again, I try). I'm much better at leading by example than not preaching.
Anywho . . . DH does have just the barest glimmers of glowing embers. I'm guessing it was turning 50 this year plus watching his Dad's dementia progress -- igniting a spark in a good way! Oh, and his brush with high cholesterol.
While his eating habits still tend towards atrocious, he has cleaned them up considerably. More willing to tolerate my more frequent veggie meals (even if he doesn't like them unless they're drenched in cheese, which defeats the whole purpose but then I'm just so grateful to actually see him eating a veggie I can almost turn a blind eye to all that cheese . . . almost).
Not complaining about the lack of beef in his diet. Choosing fish or chicken -- on his own -- on a more frequent basis.
And last night was the culmination. I had a veggie dinner all lined up, but was a bit tired after an afternoon of shopping. I suggested Chinese. He bit.
When we get Chinese delivered, it's usually at least a couple of meals for me, and sometimes more for my husband. Because he makes sure to order enough to get the General Tso's chicken.
Now, I think even General Tso's Chicken can be worked into your diet once in a while, but the problem is that he'll eat it about 3 times that week we get Chinese. Finally, he chose not to order it. I know it hurt him not to do so, since it would have been free, but I was so happy.
Oh, next I would love to see him totally give up soda. I keep thinking his frugal side would see the wisdom of this, but no, it's a real addiction.
I had mentioned a little while back that he seems to have more energy now that he's eating a little cleaner. He didn't think so, but maybe he just doesn't want to admit I could possibly be right. He is definitely a living example of what teeny, tiny baby steps can do for you.
Oh, and of course, next there is exercise. Basically he gets almost none, especially during the winter. He complains everytime I say we have to take the dogs for a walk. Somehow he seems to think it's totally my job, but I just insist -- and point out that if he didn't want to walk them, we shouldn't have gotten dogs.
He also complains bitterly that he can't get anything done if he walks the dogs -- cause he has to rest after walking them. And I point out that if he has to rest after walking dogs for 30 minutes (which includes a lot of stopping, sniffing, & peeing) then there is something wrong with that picture. Yesterday I spent 3 hours mostly walking around the mall, and came home, and we immediately walked the dogs.
I had great success at the mall, too. I've been searching for comfortable shoes to wear in the house during the winter forever. I've been wearing my slippers pretty much 24/7 in the house! I had a $10 certificate to DSW and a triple points card. I got 2 pairs of boots that are really comfy -- nothing exciting in the looks department, but not ugly either. And then one gorgeous set of heels that it sort of a leopard print with black bows & sparkly! On clearance, of course (as was one of the pairs of boots).
I know, I know, I said I was going to spend less. Well, I downloaded an app to my Ipod Touch and am tracking my spending. I truly needed the boots -- I didn't need the shoes, but yes, I wanted them and they were a good deal. And I don't intend on going clothes/shoes shopping for quite some time. Stay out of stores & I can't send money.
I also had a 50% off coupon for Borders with $5 in Borders bucks to spend, but I really didn't need anything and didn't buy anything there.
Baby steps & accountability -- it's almost all you need!
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