Sunday, January 23, 2011
Yesterday's dinner was a planned indulgence and mainly a gift for DH: a standing rib roast. For someone who's almost a vegetarian, I make a really, really good rib roast. Of course, it's only in the last few years that I've really begin to lean toward vegetarianism.
The rest of the day didn't quite go as planned, but in a good way.
First off, it was cold. Barely into the teens. But when I took the dogs out, it wasn't windy, it was sunny, and it really didn't feel so bad. I decided to go for a short run. I actually ran 3 days in a row this week, and no, my legs aren't sore, despite one of those runs being a long, slow run.
Then DH agreed to go the movies. The last movie we saw together was "Inception" -- that came out in the summer, if you remember. In fact, when I went to see "The Black Swan" last week that's the first time I'd been to the movies since "Inception". We went to see "The King's Speech", which was very good if a bit slow in parts.
I wasn't planning to have popcorn. I don't usually. But I'd foolishly told DH that I'd earned a free popcorn at the last movie (and hadn't used it). If you join the Regal Club, you get points for every movie you go to, and get free popcorn occasionally. In fact, you used to get free popcorn on Tuesdays but now it "only" costs $2. But I digress.
Anyway, DH remembered the coupon and decided he wanted popcorn. So I added it in before we left and decided to have some, too. In the end, I wasn't that hungry and had very little.
So we went home & had our roast. I'd eaten very healthy the rest of the day -- started out with scrambled tofu with chard & sweet potatoes (yummy!), cauliflower soup & an Ezekiel muffin with the super hummus for lunch (the hummus is good, if a bit heavy on the lemon), and I had brown rice and brussel sprouts with the roast.
Only problem was I was still hungry after dinner. I fed the animals, which takes about half an hour, and was still hungry. I'd gotten plenty of protein -- more than enough, in fact, which is very unusual for me -- and drank all but 1 glass of water. I was just hungry.
And here's where the devil came in. I ran through my list of options in my mind. I was really hungry, and a small piece of chocolate wasn't going to do it. An apple might have, and while I love apples (and had had one with breakfast), frankly I'm getting a bit bored with winter fruit (too bad winter's just getting started).
I actually had a protein bar out of the box and in my hand . . . it was one of those that is much more like a candy bar than something good for you . . . I knew I really didn't need any more protein.
I put it back.
I made myself a small bowl of oatmeal and topped it with 1 tbsp of chocolate chips. I like the Ghiradelli 60% chocolate chips currently because they aren't overly sweet and don't cause me to crave more sweets.
So much for not eating oatmeal for breakfast that day, but it did hit the spot. It put me higher on my WW points than I wanted to be -- I'll have to be creative for the next few days -- but well within my calorie range according to SP.
No huge insights, just life.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I think it will require some more experimentation, but I veganized the recipe I mentioned in yesterday's blog and it was super yummy & super filling -- even without chocolate (altho chocolate & blueberry sounds pretty good, too).
Here's my first recipe:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp tofutti
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tbsp water
Mix it all up. Bake @ 350 for 30 minutes. Drizzle on 1 tbsp of agave nectar or sweetener of choice. Enjoy!
Musing about running this morning, I came up with a new goal: to be able to run 10 miles of run/walk intervals by the end of the year. I am aiming to do a HM sometime in 2012, so that will get me close. I can already do a bit over 7 miles with 4 minutes running/1 minute walking (at a slow pace, naturally).
I just have to sit down & do the month to see what goals I have to hit when throughout the year to get there. Then I "just" have to add 3 more miles to hit the HM total. Every time I do 7 miles I think to myself you want to keep going twice this long? Seriously?
It also makes my goal to do my first 10k in 70 minutes look out of reach, too, cause it took me I think over 80 minutes to get there yesterday. But I'm going slower to go longer, and there's always race day adrenaline. We shall see.
It's part of why I do like running -- I can set weight loss goals til the cows come home, and at this stage of the game, I rarely meet them, no matter how hard I try -- and I do try hard! Racing against myself, in many ways, is easier. More attainable. Obviously I don't always meet my goals, but I do more often and I have more control over the whole process.
I am contemplating an easy run today . . . and decided not to run next week, as scheduled. I worked out really, really hard this week. Yesterday I ran/walked 7.2 miles and then shoveled for another 90 minutes. Unfortunately Tuesday's storm was also an ice storm -- and at least 50% of our driveway is still a sheet of ice. It's a large driveway & it doesn't get much sun.
We did get more snow yesterday, and DH used the snowblower on the driveway. But there was still some to shovel, and I was picking away at the ice. I actually had a dream last night that I woke up and all the ice was melting. I even went to look this morning -- nope, not so much.
It's supposed to be frigid this weekend, and then MORE snow next week. Ugh! Which is part of why I'm going to take an easy week on exercise, cause I've been working out really hard the last couple of weeks.
On to a GSF (grocery store find): Nasoya Super Hummus. Lower calorie, lower fat, 2 tbsp is just 1 WW point. Haven't tried it yet, but it's on the menu for part of lunch today.
Trying to decide when to do my grocery shopping. I hate doing it on the weekend. Monday is barely supposed to have a temperature (a high of 5). Tuesday looks ok, but I'm a little afraid the snow could come earlier. And it looks like my group run next weekend ain't happening either.
Talking with DH yesterday, I mentioned how I'm beginning to feel like we're back in VT -- and he said he was talking to a coworker who'd lived in Burlington and he said the same thing. I'm ready for some winter thawing!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Man, I slept really well last night. Granted, I went to bed maybe half an hour later than usual cause I needed to unwind after swimming.
Did some walking around food shopping, supplement shopping, & getting a 20 lb kettlebell (also walking around Target carrying said Kettlebell -- they don't go on sale often)
Did an easy run for 28 minutes
Shoveled for an hour -- not much snow, but our driveway is large & I was trying to get up some of the ice under the snow
Swam for 35 minutes
Not to mention I'd done a pretty good ST session & 90 minutes of shoveling the day before.
Yeah, I slept great & late. So come shovel with me & you'll sleep great. More shoveling today. It's our 3rd snowstorm in one week. I feel like I'm living in VT again, where basically it snowed at least some part of every day. Only then I didn't have to shovel since we lived in a condo -- just had to shovel off my car, which was a lot harder than it sounds.
I thought my run yesterday was slow. Really slow. I also thought I'd get to try out my Yaktrax, which I'd conveniently bought right before all the snow hit. When I left for my meeting, the roads were covered in snow (they didn't plow at all for our last storm).
But by the time I actually got out there, the vast majority of the snow had melted so I didn't wear the Yaktrax (but I'm wearing them on my boots for shoveling!). But there were still many slushy parts, so I had to go slowly thru them.
When I plugged in the numbers to my Running Log Lite app (which I love -- more on that in a minute), I was pleased to see that my pace was actually roughly 12 minute miles. While that is slow, it's not really all that bad for me. And I wasn't aiming to go fast since I'm planning a LSR inside today (that's long, slow run for you non-runners -- see? I'm beginning to think of myself as a runner).
Yeah, I actually am beginning to think of myself as a runner. I mean, I've run in single digits, I've run thru snow & slush (oddly enough not thru rain -- yet), I've run before the sun is up. Usually I like to take one week off of running every month. I actually think it allows me to come back fresher. Next week would be that week, but I'm not sure I'll be taking it off. Haven't decided yet.
Could my running log be inspiring me to run? I want to see those miles add up! I want to see myself get faster!
And speaking of running, there's also those protein bars. I'm real proud of myself: I stopped off at Vitamin Shoppe & didn't leave with a single protein bar. The vast majority of them are glorified candy bars -- even the good ones. The really good ones, like Pure Bars & Larabars -- are better. But they don't fill me up for long.
So in some back & forth with my buddy NATPLUMMER I came up with the bright of having some extra oatmeal instead of a protein bar. Genius, huh? I'm giving it a try today. And a shout-out to my buddy CAROLYN123 for sharing the cookbook "75 Ways to Love Your Oatmeal" and one recipe for blueberry cheesecake oatmeal. I'm adapting that a bit, but I'm going to give it a whirl as a pre-run snack.
You can find many of her recipes at this link:
Since I am still stuck on a plateau and most definitely won't meet my goal of being at my WW GW by my birthday -- altho I am still aiming at a new low hopefully -- I have decided to track my food on both WW & SP for a while.
SP does give you a much better idea of what nutrients you're lacking in. I want to see if I'm going overboard on something or not getting enough of something. Yeah, it's a pain to track in 2 places but since I can use both on my Ipod it's not as much of a pain as it used to be. We'll see what I come up with.
I have more rambling I could do, but y'all deserve spark goodies for getting this far -- I probably won't get around to actually doing it, I'm bad that way, so consider yourself gifted with spark goodies. How about massages all around?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I'm a big fan of the 80/20 rule: eat healthy 80% of the time, and you can indulge 20% of the time. I'm still a pick fan, but I think I look at this rule in a new way lately.
I used to feel it meant every day. If I ate healthy 80% of the day, the other 20% could be a treat. And that's certainly a valid way to look at it. Only I've found that the longer my journey, the more my perspective changes.
I used to really struggle with how often I could have dessert. Once a week? Twice? Three times? Every night?
But since I focused on not always having dessert, I find that most of the time I'm ok with that. As long as I've filled up on healthy foods throughout the day. So now that 20% is more likely to be used on a healthy treat during the day -- usually one I've "earned" thru exercise.
If I'm going to run, for instance (more than an easy run), I might have a protein bar beforehand and some hot cocoa (hot cocoa + something more if I've run longer than maybe 4 or 5 miles) afterwards.
The protein bar is actually my treat; they're my guilty pleasure. I know I should make them myself, but a girl's gotta have something fun to pamper herself with. Sometimes I do make them, but I have to admit (as I have before) to a weakness for protein bars. The "good" ones in that they taste good -- lately that's the Powerbar Whole Grains bar.
Dessert? Most of the time I just don't have any anymore and I'm not really missing it. Well, I'm sure if I were eye to eye with a chocolate peanut butter something I'd miss it, but I try to make sure that doesn't happen. Once a week or so I might have some dessert.
I keep forgetting to mention the sandwich I came up with the other day. Essentially it was a grilled guacamole sandwich with tofu. I'd read about using mashed avocado instead of cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich. Basically you make guac and add some nutritional yeast to give it that cheesy flavor. Since I had my pan fried tofu pieces, I just smeared one side of the bread with the guac mixture, topped with the tofu, and smeared the top of the tofu with the rest of the guac, then grilled up that puppy.
It ain't no grilled cheese, but it was really, really satisfying.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
And what do they say about you?
I wasn't feeling well yesterday, we had snow & ice, so it was a good day for a movie. In fact, I didn't even help DH with the shoveling. While he didn't complain to my face, he sure complained about the fact that he had to snow blow/shovel 3 times (the last time cause the snow plow left a wall of ice at the end of our driveway. I told him think about me during your upcoming trips (one to Asia, the other to CA).
So I watched "Amelia", the movie about Amelia Earhart. I remember being fascinated by her when I was a kid. I used to read about her, about Helen Keller, about Nellie Bly. All strong women who did incredible things.
I can't say as I've really emulated these women in my own life, but even so, they are a good example of how to attack my own struggles. Be true to yourself. Be educated. Don't listen to the naysayers.
I wasn't a total slug yesterday-- I did laundry, I made my soup, I made dinner, and I did 60 minutes of yoga broken into 3 20-minute sessions. But that was about it. I took off my pedometer and didn't worry about the lack of steps (I'd be surprised if it were more than a few thousand) and I'm not wearing it today, either, altho I think I feel a bit better today and am trying to decide what sort of exercise I should attempt today. Probably ST cause the roads are definitely too icy to run on!
For those that are struggling financially, you might want to skip the next part, cause I sort of won the lottery yesterday.
I worked as an independent contractor with a company for a a long time, in addition to having my own business -- they had eventually become the primary source of my income. Anyway, a class action suit was brought against them. I sent in my info to get my share -- almost didn't -- and it arrived yesterday.
I am in such total shock. I didn't really expect anything, at most several hundred dollars (which would have been nice enough). Instead it was several thousand dollars! What a nice early birthday present. Now I can buy my Ipad -- DH is a bit put out about that, I think he thinks I'll no longer use the Kindle. They all have their places!
I was almost all set to buy that puppy immediately, but I've decided I'll sit with the decision a bit and probably get it closer to my actual birthday.
The weirdest part? I'd read again in several places recently about how you should always have your goals visible -- and I downloaded an app to put sticky notes on my Ipod. And one of those notes reads:
"Earn my own money so I can spend it as I please".
I literally did this the day before the check arrived. Spooky, huh?
I'm in a bit of shock and can't really believe the check is real. Don't worry, most of it will just go into savings.
And I have to admit that I felt physically better afterwards. Which makes me wonder just how much of illness is mental. I know there's a mental component, and my throat did continue to bother me a bit later (thankfully today I feel better -- plan to take it easy this morning and then tackle ST this afternoon -- and probably a bit more shoveling will be necessary, too).
So who are your heroes? What have they taught you?
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