Friday, May 06, 2011
One of my buds made the comment on how she envied my curves, since she's not a curvy girl. It took me a really, really long time to embrace those curves myself.
I didn't develop early & I'm not busty, so I didn't get unwanted attention from the boys early on. But I do have a big derriere & big hips - and I did get teased a lot because of that.
You have to keep in mind this was the 70s - the era of twiggy & Peggy Lipton. Thin was in. Long before JLo became famous for her butt. The last thing you want to do when you're a kid is stand out because of your body.
I wasn't even heavy then. I was never skinny, but I didn't start getting heavy until I was a teen.
So it has taken me a long, long time to embrace my curves, but I do. That's me - I can't change it & probably wouldn't even if I could. Just like I would never get a nose job like my sister did.
We are all beautiful in our own way. It's okay to be different - being average is boring!
Accepting ourselves goes way deeper than our looks. We have to accept the consequences of our beliefs & choices, too. As frustrated ad I get, I have never really stopped believing that I will get down to a healthy weight. I know I'm almost there, but I also just know in my bones that I have just a little further down this road to a healthy lifestyle to travel.
I also know that I didn't always make the best choices last week. A gain of 1+ pounds always surprises me because I never think I stray THAT much, but it's always a wakeup call, too. It's so easy into fooling ourselves that we're making healthy choices. Little choices can add up in a bad way, too.
I WILL continue on my journey to self acceptance, I WILL accept the consequences of my choices, & I WILL continue to believe that I can & WILL get to & maintain a healthy weight.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Why do people sometimes gain weight while training for a marathon? There are many reasons, but a common one is overestimating how many calories you're burning.
Today was not a good WI, which frankly sort of took me by surprise, but even tho I tracked my food & think I ate fairly healthy this week, I think I gave too much "weight" to how much I burned off last Saturday.
I know I didn't eat as well as I could have on a few occasions & I tried to go lower on points/calories overall to compensate, but apparently not good enough. Sometimes it just sucks, plain & simple.
Moral of the story is don't think exercising hard is a guarantee to weight loss. They do say nutrition is 80% of the equation . . .
Moving on. Tried my honey stinger chocolate peanut butter protein bar today. I would give it 2 thumbs up - not bad ingredients, not a bad nutritional profile - not the rave so many people gave it, but good.
Made the chocolate quinoa protein bars from nomeatathlete.com - another disappointment. Been that kind of a week! First recipe I've made from the site that I didn't like. It wasn't horrible, just not great & I doubt I'll make it again.
DH has to work late tonight AND it's pretty chilly, so I don't think I'll be swimming. I would've gone if he were here, but the dogs hate being on their own at night. Which is really an excuse . . . they can be left. Just makes everything awkward. Plus he'll be on a business trip for part of next week . . . gonna do some ST soon instead.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a much better day weather-wise so hopefully i'll be more upbeat tomorrow!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
First, thank you for all your kind comments on yesterday's blog. I'm trying to get back to everyone individually, but if you don't hear from me it's probably a senior moment.
I think I look good in the bikini - sucking that stomach into the ole backbone, of course - but smokin? Well, all I can say is thank you for seeing something in me I don't see (and no, I'm really NOT fishing for compliments).
I cut the tag off the electric blue top (told you those were really bad photos) & wore it for DH, who noticed it & complimented me. Thanks again!
So yesterday was a weird day of eating. I usually plan out my meals the day before, but for the first time in a long time I didn't. A while back I made a spinach sweet potato frittata. It was awesome, but I kept putting the leftover portion in my plan & then eating something else instead.
Finally I ate it for breakfast yesterday. And it was still awesome - and really, really filling. So filling I wasn't hungry when lunch rolled around. I've found I really do better if I don't skip meals even if I am hungry, it's a couple of weeks before TOM, so I decided to indulge in a power bar instead if my planned salad. I knew I had an intense session of ST coming up.
But wouldn't you know my honey stinger order arrived almost as soon as I finished? People rave about their protein bars, and I admit that I was really tempted to try one after my workout, but I stuck with the strawberry protein smoothie i'd planned.
The only reason I decided to indulge in the power bar in the first place was because I'd had a fair amount of veggies in breakfast & would be having a fair amount in dinner too.
Most of the time I stick to the plan, but sometimes I do eat weird - but always try to make sure I get in enough freggies if I do. It worked for me yesterday - no cravings at all.
So I'm trying to work my core a bit more. Right now I'm doing core exercises every time I use the bathroom. At the moment, I'm doing an exercise where you get into plank position, walk your hands out as far as you can with good position, then hold it for 10 seconds, then walk your hands back to the starting position. Killer!
Looking for some variety; things that just take a minute or so. Any favorite core exercises that are out of the ordinary?
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Altho the photos are so bad not sure if you'll be able to give me an opinion. Was feeling very tired & out of sorts & decided to do some retail therapy after grocery shopping & a trip to the library.
I bought some of these thinner hangers at Target the other day . . . I've been meaning to try them forever. The original plan was to go back there & get some more, but I ended up at Marshalls instead, and lo & behold they had a bunch at the checkout line. Cheaper than Target.
This are felted, they're thinner than plastic hangers, keep your clothes from falling off them, and take up less room in your closet.
Am on the fence about this top, but I think I want to keep it after seeing the photos. This wrappy-style (which you probably can't even see) seems to be all the rage lately. My gold dress is like that, and they had tops exactly like that with v-necks, which is more flattering to me, but the material would be shredded in minutes by the animals. I think this material will stand up to them.
With a belt.
This dress isn't anything exciting, really, but I bought it for wearing around the house. Just wanted something comfy & light -- last year by the time I went looking, they were all gone. The price was certainly right ($19).
Young professional on-the-go with the jacket (if you ignore all the grey hair, of course).
It's amazing how you can change an outfit with a few items of clothing or accessories -- the belt, the jacket -- things I already owned. I'm really, really good at finding things that will go well with something I already own -- even years later.
Play with your clothes! Shop in your closet!
I bought this dress a while back. I like it a lot, and really love the color -- it's a deep green, which brings out the green in my hazel eyes -- only thing I don't like about it is the fat I get hanging over the sides around the bra area. Wish I could figure out how to tighten that up -- I know, you can't see it in the photo cause I have my arms bent.
Trust me, it's there. It hangs over the sides of my bras, too. Annoying.
And the p'iece de resistance . . . the bikini. I like this picture. It doesn't look great from some angles -- like the back or the side. I took some side photos but decided not to share. I tried to take some back photos but couldn't get the angle right.
But I really do have to hit that core some more this month. If I could just feel energized! If it would stop being so gray & rainy all the time! I know, whine, whine, whine, yawn.
Take that, Valerie!
Monday, May 02, 2011
Wanted to share some of the food I'm enjoying lately - and one bomb.
First, there's the banana soft serve - thus is not new, but it might be new to you. Peel a very ripe banana & then freeze it 24 hrs. Put it in a powerful blender, add a splash of whatever milk you drink (I use almond milk), blend, & voila! It's like ice cream. I use 3 bananas for me & DH & it makes a nice big bowl. Sometimes I add a scoop of protein powder. Yesterday I chopped up half a chocolate peanut butter bar & added that after blending - that's definitely only an occasional treat! For WW. it's basically 0 points! And healthy! But tastes like a treat!
I've also been making sort of a waldorf salad with tuna: celery, cut up apple, madarin slices, 1 tbsp walnuts, tuna & 2 tbsp mayo (yup, you read that right!). Wasn't really sure I'd like that combination but I'm enjoying it.
And the bomb? Brownie in a mug. It sounded so good, but the reality . . . The first version I tried was 1 egg, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp water, 1 scoop protein powder. Mix it all up in a mug & microwave 1 minute.
I did eat it, but it was nothing like a brownie & not something I thought i'd do again.
But then I searched spark recipes . . . there are quite a few recipes for it. One added some oat flour. Aha! I thought. That must taste more like an actual brownie. Only sadly not.
There are a lot of variations on spark recipes if you want to give it a whirl.
But try the banana soft serve. Trust me on this. I know it doesn't sound like anything special, but it really is. Today I'm going to try some with some protein powder & peanut butter as an afternoon snack.
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