Tuesday, February 08, 2011
. . . you stop buying clothes, but start buying running gear!
One of the things I'm working on this year is to control my spending. So I'm mostly staying out of the malls, haven't set foot in TJMaxx or Marshalls in months, recycle the catalogs without opening them.
In addition to my iPad, however, I'm using some of my recent windfall to invest in good running clothes, like the new balance nbx windblocker jacket that arrived yesterday and the cw-x insulator compression tights I just ordered.
Be careful if you decide to take up running -- it can cost you a lot of money for something that is touted as not needing a lot of equipment!
Today, however, I need to get back to my daily kitchen cleaning routine -- I've seriously let that slide and the kitchen is a mess. Why is it I can mostly control my eating, have little trouble with exercise, but a clean household still eludes me?
I want to run today -- indoors -- but the satellite has thrown a major fit & I can't tape the Today show, which is what I usually watch while running on the treadmill. I might try watching some of it on my iPad -- not sure whether or not that will be annoying, but there's only one way to find out. Or maybe that episode of private practice that didn't tape for reasons unknown. I hope it thaws out before tonight, cause I do have a couple of shows that should tape tonight.
Any great running equipment purchases lately?
Monday, February 07, 2011
I read an interesting article in this month's "Self", about why we crave carbs in the winter. Remember it wasn't that long ago that I was musing about wanting more carbs recently? Supposedly you crave more carbs because less sunshine makes serotonin less active, making you feel tired & hungry. The carbs make your serotonin levels rise. Self medication!
To battle the bulge that can result from carb overload, the suggestion is to load up more on protein earlier in the day, because carb cravings will intensify as the day goes on. Have a carby snack, like popcorn, in the afternoon. And have a healthy carb-heavy dinner with whole grains & beans, or whole grain pasta.
Interesting. Why didn't they run this article like 2 months ago?
There's also a good article on half marathon training. oh, and cause I'm typing this on my iPad & can't seem to get to the beginning to edit, it's Fitness, not Self. I'm so glad I didn't wait longer to get my iPad, cause it allows me to type with one hand! Slow, but a lot less painful right now.
Do you alter your eating habits in winter?
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Yesterday was not a good day. It had some good moments, but overall I'm left wondering where my bad karma came from.
I had my SNL Julia Child moment -- you know the skit where "she" cuts her hand & bleeds all over the turkey? I sliced my left ring finger on a can I'd just opened -- badly. DH was not home. Do you know how hard it can be to stop gushing blood & bandage yourself? I managed, tho, and thankfully one of my SP buddies who's a nurse told me they probably couldn't do anything more for me at an ER -- I am a total wimp when it comes to needles, but thankfully can handle bleeding.
Not that I had plans to go anywhere considering we were in the middle of a pretty good sleet storm.
So I'm already trying to decide whethervor not tomdo my scheduled run today -- I'll at least attempt it. And whether or not I should swim Thursday -- probably not, can't imagine a bandaid staying on, & I could see that being incredibly painful. Which is a bummer, considering I had to miss it last week & there isn't any for the following 2 weeks.
I actually have along history of accidentally cutting up my fingers. I can remember in HS doing it by banging my little finger against a grill on a locker. You can bet I milked that for all it was worth to get out of gym for as long as possible!
And that is how far I have come -- from using an injury as an excuse not to exercise to figuring out just how soon & how much I can do. Cause exercise makes me feel good. You may be sitting there thinking that exercise sure doesn't make you feel good, but if you'll only stick with it, it will -- someday -- I promise. Just keep doing it & keep trying new things til you've found what you like & have formed a habit. Promise yourself you'll do just 10 minutes. 10 minutes can be life changing!
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Tempeh casserole from "Eat, Drink & Be Vegan". Essentially it's baked home fries wuth tempeh. Tempeh is fermented soybeans, & it looks very odd, but it's very filling & full of protein.
Makes me look forward to a savory breakfast!
I definitely want to try it again, but use tempeh bacon or sausage & probably add some bell peppers & onions.
For one reason or another, I hadn't had a good night's sleep in a couple of days. Was really looking forward to it last night. Only something started beeping at 2 am. It would start, I'd get up, and naturally it would stop. Finally I figure out it was our carbon monoxide detector.
I know what the symptoms for that are, so I took out the batteries. We're all still fine, so I think that was it. I am beyond tired, tho, with a potential snow/sleet event supposedly headed our way. At least I have nowhere to be tomorrow! Am hoping it doesn't start early so I can get the dogs out for a walk before it hits.
Eating cause I'm tired tends to be a problem for me. And when I don't get enough sleep my entire body aches. Maybe yoga needs to be on the menu today. I even have a new destress yoga DVD to try out.
I'll let you know what happens.
Friday, February 04, 2011
I wanted to share a couple of quotes from the free "Craving God" ebook I downloaded to my kindle. These spoke to me. I'm paraphrasing a bit, since oddly enough I can't cut & paste between these apps on my iPad.
"The goal shouldn't be a smaller measurement, but a larger measure of peace."
How true is that? So true, so simple, and so easy to lose sight of.
"Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial."
Now THERE'S a mantra to live by!
Like I knew those pretzels would be trouble. I was patting myself on the back because I realized I didn't have to make chocolate dipped strawberries the day I bought the strawberries. I really just couldn't work them into my plan yesterday.
Then I ate 2 servings of the pretzels (which are now downstairs with the sweet potato chips that probably need to be thrown out cause they've been there for months). Which would have been fine if I hadn't ate some chocolate to wash it all down -- it wasn't a lot, but I might as well have made my chocolate dipped strawberries -- which I plan to do today, anyway.
There's really no moral to this story, no lesson to be learned. The only lesson is it happened, I'm forgiving myself, and I'm right back on plan today. Or so I hope!
I did make an appt for my massage yesterday; unfortunately not on my birthday since she wouldn't be in that day. Then DH gave me my birthday present early -- that man is on a roll. He got me a groupon for a massage (you knew it had to be a deal). Maybe this place will have availability for my birthday.
He redeemed himself a bit. He is working really hard, but also often taking out his frustrations on me. I particularly hate when he walks around muttering "I've got to do everything". Oh really? Are you feeding the animals, walking the dogs, cleaning the house, doing the grocery shopping, taking out the trash, making your breakfasts -- and all those other jobs you hate so much that I do?
"The One Year Book of Devotions for Couples" is another free book I downloaded to my kindle. I do love all my gadgets! It's another lesson a day type book, and I'd recommend it.
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