Thursday, March 17, 2011
This won't be about running, but first off I have to say it's really nice to be back to normal hunger-wise. I even lost weight this week - not as much as i'd gained the previous week, but any loss is always welcome.
Getting back to the subject . . . we are all different. What works for me may not work for you; what works for you may not work for your sister; what works for you this month may not work for you next month (or next week, for that matter).
Not keeping the foods I enjoy doesn't work for me. But you have to be honest with yourself - if you can't leave the chips or the chocolate alone, then you may have to get them out of the house - and maybe try again some day in the future.
We actually talked about that in my meeting today, about how you have to work towards a normal relationship with food. And how that can take a really long time! Ok, I may not be there yet, but I no longer have trouble having nut butters & chocolate in my house. There was a day I couldn't.
As to throwing food away . . . I stand by my statement. I'm not advocating throwing food out all the time, but if I've baked something I can't resist, sometimes I really will just throw it out. In the end, this journey is about loving ourselves & being healthy. I can't donate a chocolate chip cookie pie that's half gone to a food pantry. I can't send it into work with my husband if he's not here. It doesn't do anyone good if I eat it when I really don't need it.
Not that that's a real life example, but you get the idea.
But it's about you, not me. I know myself fairly well, altho I'm always learning. Get to know yourself, and be proud to run your own race.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Rinse. Lather. Repeat. That pretty much sums up yesterday. Another attack of the munchies, where simple nothing filled me up & this time I wasn't the least bit low on protein, as I sometimes am since I eat primarily vegetarian (but not yesterday).
As my good buddy FREELADY recently blogged about, you gotta keep tempting stuff out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind -- well, at least to some degree. Some days you're just going to go after it no matter where it is, but you don't have to make it easy for yourself. Set yourself up for success, not failure.
So I finally realized that I needed to put my lentil scones (doesn't that sound appetizing? but they are!) in the freezer rather sitting right out on the counter. Of course, then I realized that I planned to have them for breakfast today so I had to take a couple (they're small) out to defrost, but still. Once it out of sight, I have more control.
This is the same reason I keep foods that I can get into trouble with -- not candy bars, mind you, but things like chips or pretzels which I rarely eat - downstairs in the laundry room closet. I've got to go downstairs out of my way to get them, and most of the time that works pretty well -- sometimes I totally forget what's down there and don't touch it for months.
I almost titled this blog "thank God I didn't buy the dark chocolate covered blueberries". They would be a treat, albeit a fairly healthy treat. But if I had bought them yesterday that would have been serious trouble. I eye'd the bean chips, too. Really, a pretty healthy indulgence. But in the mood I was in, I'm pretty sure I would have eaten at least half a bag if not the whole bag in one sitting and believe me, too much of even healthy food will make you fat.
I think the tide has turned again -- I had my banana & lentil scones for breakfast this morning and I'm feeling pretty satisfied, unlike the 2 previous days. I'm wearing one of my tighter pairs of jeans and they don't seem too bad, but I can go from feeling good in my jeans to the jeans feeling tight and back again in the space of a day so you never know.
What do you have readily available that you really shouldn't? Well, what are you waiting for? Better in the waste basket than on your waist!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Or so they say. Or so I hope. Yesterday was straight out of a horror film - you know the one - Attack of the Munchies. According to my app, it was 9 days to TOM. Course last month it was 4 days early. And often it's a couple of days late.
But it seems right on time, especially with the breaking out, too.
I was doing so well, too. Drinking lots of water. Eating lots of freggies. I could almost feel that extra weight dropping off of me. Til yesterday.
It started right away when I got home from swimming starving - but I'd planned for that with a snack beforehand and a good breakfast almost as soon as I got home. Then I didn't feel like making lunch, and I was totally craving carbs so I indulged on 2 lentil scones from the recipe at nomeatathlete.com , topped with some almond butter . With a banana, my second of the day.
Ok, ok, that was dark chocolate almond butter. You got me. If I'm gonna confess, I might at least be honest with you.
Feeling peckish before dinner, I decided to make some popcorn. Not a single veggie had
passed these lips the entire day, unless you count the popcorn. I did make up for that lapse at
dinner with approximately 2 cups of veggies. So all in all, by the end of the day, I did get my freggies in.
I had a smidgeon of chocolate after dinner; a very tiny piece. And then cause I was still hungry, I ate 2 small apples.
All of that was at least tracked, despite not at all being what I planned on. But there were a few dry roasted edamame earlier in the day (does that count as a veggie?) and the last of the cinnamon chips, to, and those didn't get tracked.
Problem is I am hungry again today, after what should have been a filling breakfast. I know it's mostly hormones speaking, but that's cold comfort at the scale, especially when there was a large gain last week.
The only good news in all this mess is that I woke up famished, which I always take as a sign that I didn't eat too much the day before.
Do I have a point? Nope, not really, hence the title of the blog.
Monday, March 14, 2011
What has that title got to do with this blog? Absolutely nothing at all cept I bet it got your attention.
Nope, I'm gonna ramble.
I've got a great life. A husband who loves me no matter what size I am and who provides for me. Time to myself. Travel to interesting destinations.
I still have to plan, tho. Planning is one key to a healthy lifestyle. It isn't much fun, but a little planning can help you have fun.
I swam this morning for the first time in about a month. Injuries & the weather got in the way. I can't say as I really wanted to leave the house in the dark & cold, but as usual, I'm very glad I did.
If I hadn't done some planning, tho, I would have never made it. My bag was packed the night before & my clothes neatly folded on top of my bag cause I leave while DH is still sleeping. My snack was taken out of the freezer so it would be waiting for me in the morning.
I knew exactly what I was having for breakfast after I got back home & fed the animals. Good thing, too, cause I was STARVING & when we're starving we're more apt to just grab the first thing we see, healthy or not.
Thevrest of my plan for today was to do sn easy run outside, but I might push that off til tomorrow when the weather is supposed to be much nicer. It's actually coming down pretty good out there!
Instead I'll probably do some ST & hope the snow stops so I can walk the dogs this afternoon. Course tomorrow I've also got Zumba & grocery shopping . . . Gonna be a busy day, but like I said, the plan is to grill which means I only have to make the sides (it's supposed to get up to 50 tomorrow & be sunny - been quite some time since we've seen that yellow thing in the sky).
My other ramble this morning is on consistency. I am not fast, nor am I a natural runner. I so admire those who finish a race - much faster than me - and feel like they can keep going. I am soooo happy when I see that finish line!
But now I know I am capable of a 10 minute mile, even if I can only sustain that for 1 mile. But even tho I can't sustain that pace - now - I can keep going. I have something to work towards.
And I can be consistent. I can show up & do the work. And in the end, consistency will get you a lot further than natural ability. In exercise, in healthy choices, in life. So go forth, plan, and be consistent - cause then we're all winners.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I must say, it's kind of nice having my own personal photographer in tow. I was kind of bowled over when DH asked at dinner last night when the next race is. Not quite sure why he wants to know . . . it would be Freihofers, In June, only I'm still hoping we're going to Vegas then.
Gearing up. I've got my Ipod in its pouch on the right wrist; my glorified stopwatch on my left wrist; my green scrunchie also on my left wrist. Unfortunately, my bluetooth headphones which normally I love fell off my ears after maybe 5 minutes and after maybe another 5 minutes trying to reseat them I just gave it up. So I was sort of tuneless - they stayed around my neck & I could just barely hear the songs.
Yes, there were entertaining costumes.
Calm before the storm. Thankfully there was somewhere to mill beforehand -- with bathrooms!
We're off! A sea of green!
DH said he had trouble finding me. Now I see why. You never really think about your height til you see the photos! Maybe that's why I'm so slow -- short legs! Doesn't explain why my short BIL is so fast. Darn it!
It was relatively cold -- just above freezing -- wouldn't know it from these guys. DH said there was a guy running shirtless.
Yes, this is me getting my butt kicked by a little old lady. I've noticed I don't bend my arms as much as other people. Could that really make you faster? I was more aware of this after DH taking photos of my last race, but doesn't look like I've corrected it much.
Not my most flattering angle, to be sure, but just about crossing the finish line. Thanks DH, you did a great job!
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