Thursday, April 07, 2011
So I already tried out a couple of the recipes from the ecookbook in yesterday's article - very disappointing. I suspect I'll be asking for my money back, but I'll give it a couple of weeks. Which is the nice thing about these offers - they really will refund your money.
I gave one of them, chocolate peanut butter protein muffins, to DH for breakfast this morning. I don't think he'll like it - it's not that they're terrible, they're just not great; and I want my food to be great cause I'm a foodie. I figured you never know.
Now, on to the question of whether or not it should be that complicated? Frankly, it's not the first time I've read to eat carb-heavy earlier in the day & less carbs as the day goes on.
I'm fascinated by nutrition, & I'm wiling to try new things as long as they're not severely restricting calories & cutting out whole food groups. And if what you're doing isn't working, you've got to change it. So far what I'm doing isn't working - it's allowing me to maintain, but not to shed those last few pounds.
Do I really need to shed those last few pounds? In a worse, yes. 130 is not an unreasonable weight for a 5'1" woman even if she is pushing 50. Plus, I'm caught in a catch-22: I need my WW meetings, but until I get to my GW (which is 132 for WW, the highest it can be!), I have to pay for those meetings. I've tried going it on my own - with SP- doesn't work. I need that weekly shot of motivation, but I have much better uses for $40 a month.
Now I will say, using just a couple if the recipes & some of the principles yesterday did leave me feeling fuller than I have in weeks - despite breaking the rukes & having healthy pasta for dinner.
I'll keep you informed!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
I didn't plan yesterday's blog. I didn't really know what the heck I was going to blog about. But the more I think about it, it really just makes so much sense. Yes, of course, I wish I'd pushed thru this plateau a long time ago. OTOH, this is probably the longest I've maintained my weight in my adult life - and that actually gives me hope that eventually I WILL find the right balance.
It may never be easy, but it will be worth it.
So here's an article for ya - www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/Mac
The gist of it is that meals shouldn't contain both a lot of carbs & fat. Which is interesting, considering that the standard advice is to have some protein, fat, & carbs at each meal.
I vacillate between soaking up this stuff & then thinking eating shouldn't be this complicated. And, as I've blogged before, always willing to try this stuff. Three guesses on whether or not I bought the cookbook mentioned (before I read this article,i got pre-launch emails).
I thought the point about how it forces you to really think about what you're putting in your body very interesting.
Well, I'm off to bake some snack bars.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I have gained weight this week - I can feel it in my clothes. As always, it's frustrating, because while I know I haven't eaten as well as I could have, I also know that supposedly it takes 3500 extra calories to gain 1 pound. The weeks I eat more than I should ire ally feel I ought to be maintaining, not gaining.
I have some more stuff I was going to whine about, but this isn't meant to be a whining blog.
No, instead the thought came to me this morning - a plateau is all about finding a sustainable "diet" - a way you can eat for the rest of your life. I don't think I've ever really looked at it that way before. Not truly.
I know I'd like this to be the last time I lose weight, but even that probably isn't the reality. Life is all about checks and balances, as I so often smugly tell my husband - it isn't about stasis. If we're not growing (hopefully not literally), we might as well be dead already.
I know I can give up things that will help me to lose more weight - but the real question is can I give up those things for the rest of my life? If the answer is no, than I'm not on the path to a sustainable diet.
The hard part is figuring out what you can give up, change, or swap out for the rest of your life. It's easy at first, but eventually we all come to a place where it's hard. REALLY hard. And for some of us, it takes a REALLY long time.
No matter how frustrating that might be, it's still ok. If it was easy, everyone would do it. And after all, we have the rest of our lives to figure out OUR sustainable diet. The only shame is in giving up.
So next time you're frustrated by a plateau, realize that it's actually an opportunity to learn what works for you.
Monday, April 04, 2011
It's going to be one of my rambling blogs - you've been warned!
It was a really nice weekend, weather-wise & otherwise. Yes, it was chilly & VERY windy, but it was also sunny & not snowing, so that was good! Even warm enough to just sit outside & soak up some sunshine - as long as you had a coat on.
Saturday we went out to lunch at a cafe I've wanted to try & used up my group on to the vegan bakery. I had a veggie panini - which didn't have much cheese, which is probably a good thing cause I got a great big honking piece of vegan chocolate peanut butter cake. That, an apple, a few almonds & some popcorn was dinner.
I gave DH a sliver of the cake. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite, but I swear I felt like my thighs, of all things, had expanded 5" the next day. Must've been the sodium, not to mention the fat & sugar.
Yesterday I ate great. My throat has been bothering me for a few days, so I have been taking it easy. Just a long walk with the dogs & DH yesterday.
Today was swimming & the forecast was for sleet & snow but thankfully it didn't get that cold so it's just rain. I had to get up in the middle of the night & my throat was worse, but not so bad when I got up so I went for my swim.
Glad I did, too, cause it was a great swim - unlike the last one, I got fast songs & slow songs in almost perfect order. And since it was just drizzling when I got home I was able to coax the dogs out again - good thing cause now it's raining pretty good.
DH has a business dinner tonight & I'm really looking forward to my pasta with white beans & garlic again. In fact, it's a day of leftovers & I plan to mostly take it easy since I did just sign up for the 5 mile race this Sunday. The cookbook that recipe came from is now waiting for me at the library.
So for now I'm just chilling with my little doggy blanket on my lap, and since I've already had first & second breakfasts I'm gonna go catch up with what's going on in the world. Here's to a great Monday, even if it is raining. Spark on!
Saturday, April 02, 2011
I like to take a week off from running every month. I feel it actually helps me come back fresher. I still exercise, I just don't run. I usually go much lighter on weight training on the weeks I don't run, too.
The idea is that you shouldn't always be working harder - if you do, you're not giving yourself enough time to recover. No recovery will lower your immune system and leave you vulnerable to injury. If you find yourself more tired than usual and not recharged by exercise like you usually are, you might be overtraining.
So this week I haven't run at all, but I have swum. I did longer, more intense yoga sessions.
Unfortunately, I plan to run a race next Sunday - potentially my longest race to date. When it's race week, I usually do lighter ST sessions too. So that means 2 weeks of little ST in a row. But it's about balance over time, not how any one week goes.
It's ok to do light exercise on a rest day - I almost always am walking the dogs, even on rest days. We are meant to move! Have you ever felt more tired after a weekend spent on the couch? I know I have.
What do you do on your rest days? Do you take rest days? Do you find you start getting tired if you don't take rest days?
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