Saturday, May 21, 2011
So as I'm considering my eating habits & an overhaul if sorts - AGAIN - guess what arrives in my inbox? www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/che
at-day-cheat-sheet . I really think it's well worth reading - who should use a "cheat", aka treat day & how.
More on that in a minute . . . I took the cats to the vet yesterday. Always stressful. Because I clicker train them, getting them into their crates is not a problem. The chorus during the car ride would test anyone's nerves. And of course everything needs to be timed just so . . . I took them to an holistic vet my pet sitter recommended - i'd been looking for one since we moved without much success.
Simba hasn't been quite right since we moved. Finicky - which was the last word you'd
use to describe him before our move - and digestive issues that he never had before. Giz has seemed fine, but I wanted a baseline visit & I'd discovered a lump in his tail a few weeks ago.
So we have some new supplements to try, some dietary changes to make, & both boys had their first acupuncture treatments. Unfortunately the vet was very concerned with Gizmo's lump & thinks it could very well be cancer. I wasn't really expecting that. She'll see them again in a month & see if it's grown & go from there.
Just shared that cause I firmly believe in the power of prayer & good vibes. Somehow my gut says it isn't cancer - sure hope I'm right!
Anyway, to treat or not treat (when it comes to food)? It's a concept I think about a
lot. For the longest time I didn't think treat/cheat meals - and certainly not days - were a good idea.
I've slowly reajusted my attitude. For me, a treat meal might be just a decadent dessert. And it might be instead of the meal. And it's not real often - sort of depends on how things are going.
A few days ago I was thinking about it again. I was having some pasta that was fairly healthy but a bit of a treat, too. I was congratulating myself on actually getting 5 servings out of the recipe instead of my usual 3-4 when it occurred to me that having a larger portion size of something mostly healthy can be a treat meal, too.
And last, cause this is getting REALLY long, I heard some advice on how not to have a lost weekend - instead of having your treat meal/day be on the weekend, do it during the week instead. Of course this only works if you do it INSTEAD, not IN ADDITION.
Any thoughts on cheat/treat meals/days? Do you use them? Do they help or hurt you?
Friday, May 20, 2011
Lots of thoughts swirling around, it's just been a busy errand-filled week - always that way before we go away.
So one of those thoughts was about being food police. It's such an easy trap to fall into. I read people's blogs, and sometimes I'm like really? You eat that crap and yet you still lose weight?
Then I read other blogs and I'm like really? You never have any treats? I could never eat that way! It's way too restrictive!
But here's the thing: it's about what works for YOU. We're all different, and there's no one-size-fits-all healthy eating plan.
Part of what sparked this blog was thinking about my own eating. I've got exercise down; it's simply a part of my life & it has been forever now. It makes me feel - and look - good, so most of the time I just do it. Sure, sometimes I really don't want to, but even then I'll still usually just do it.
My eating's pretty good, too, but there is ALWAYS room for improvement. And even tho for the longest time I disagreed with the notion that what we put in our mouths counts for something like 80% of our weight loss, I'm reluctantly coming to the conclusion that it's true. Which does NOT mean that you get a free pass on the exercise thing.
So the last couple of weeks I've worked really hard on being really honest with myself about food. Counting the BlTs I normally would let slide.
I'm very proud of last night, too, even tho it involves chocolate. I was still hungry after dinner. Craving a little sweet, but truly hungry, too. I thought hard about what I really wanted - what would really fill me up AND satisfy my craving? Finally I settled on a couple of tablespoons of walnuts & one square of dark chocolate. It did the trick, too.
Maybe dark chocolate doesn't seem like a victory to you. Or maybe you marvel at how I could eat just one square. And that's exactly my point! Run your own race! Be inspired by others, but when push comes to shove, do the right thing for YOU.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
When I saw these at DSW online, I just had to have them. Fila Skele-toes. They're a cheaper version of Vibrams, only there's only 4 "toes" -- the little toe & the one next to it go together.
These aren't even billed for running, but I use them for it anyway. I know you're not supposed to run much the first time you try Vibrams, and I was only going to run a couple of miles (which is still supposedly too much) but it was such a nice day I went just short of a 5k.
I've used them several times since, including part of yesterday's long run on the treadmill. I did have to change them out for running sneakers after an hour & 15 minutes because my feet began to hurt -- in my big toes & my heels -- oddly enough when I was walking, not when I was running.
I seem to sometimes have less butt pain after using them -- but not always. The jury's still out. But I like them. And I really need to get my butt (and feet!) to the running store & get recommendations.
I really love running clothes from both
athleta.com and lucy.com - this running skirt is from lucy.com. I have yet to find a running skort where the legs don't ride up on me. These certainly don't!
They have a front zippered pocket, a pocket on one leg and a ball pocket (and upside down pocket that at first I thought was an error) on the other. The legs are mesh, but the shorts portion are regular running shorts material and compressive -- so compressive that my thighs kind of bulge where they meet the mesh leggings. Doesn't bother me while I run. I like it.
I also have the wave crops, www.lucy.com/Wave%20Knee%20Pant/2143
_214332_color=RIVER%20HORIZON%20PRINT , which I love. I want to live in them. I wore them for my long run yesterday. I actually had a pair on sale in my cart, but you can't wait -- things disappear there fast. Their clothes are pricey but not terrible, and really comfortable and good quality.
I recently got Christine Felstead's intermediate yoga for runners, www.amazon.com/Yoga-Runners-Intermed
I already own the essentials DVD, which I like and use often. This one is tougher! I like the way the first one is broken down better -- foundation, lower back, hamstrings, hips. Makes it easy to do just what you want to do. This one is sun salutations (altho not like the sun salutations I'm used to), standing, seated, and cool down. She holds poses much longer than I'm used to holding them, for the most part, and it can be tough.
Yesterday's long run on the treadmill was good. I went slower, and while I did eventually get tired (8 1/2 miles overall), it wasn't as hard as some of my longer runs have seemed. I don't know if it was the clothes, the shoes, the slower speed, or the honey stinger waffle. Which I definitely liked -- thanks, FRECKS96! I was also using run/walk intervals. Oh, and no potty breaks!
Above is the hill I do hill repeats on. I know it doesn't look like much -- hills in photos so rarely do -- but it slopes gently for a while and then there's a pretty good climb at the end. I felt as tho the cranapple flowers were just strewn by my lover leading me up the hill. It was such a pretty day. Too bad it's been raining steadily ever since!
I call the house above the hobbit house. Just reminds me of what I think a hobbit's house would look like. The photo doesn't do it justice, but it was just so cheery with all the tulips I had to try and capture the moment.
And last, I have quickly become addicted to the free Kindle game Every Word. Thank God I don't do it for time -- it would be pretty pitiful. A few weeks ago I took my car to get inspected, and I couldn't concentrate on reading because they had the tv blaring. So I tried it. And was instantly hooked. Sort of a crossword puzzle & shuffled word game without clues!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Yup, I am working hard on tightening that core. If I'm going out in public in a bikini, I want be all that I can be. BTW, did you hear about the survey saying you shouldn't wear a bikini after 47? And all sorts of other nonsense.
So here's what I'm doing:
1. Above all, listen to my body. I only got in 2 ST sessions last week. Ran & walked all over creation on Friday, knew I wouldn't have time or energy for it on Saturday (didn't), thought I might get that last session in yesterday but I was still pretty exhausted.
2. Instead, I worked on my core. Did the abs portion of Jackie Warner's xtreme timesaver DVD (and feeling that today), plus a half hour of Prevention's yoga for abs. But that was it for the day -- too wet out to walk even, and I was still exhausted, altho I did feel more energized after working out.
3. Adding a short core workout to most days of the week. Just giving that core a little TLC. That's in addition to whatever ST or cardio I already have planned.
4. Doing a few core exercises most times after I use the bathroom (works fine when you don't work outside the home!). And by core, I do mean core -- not just my abs, I'm working my back, too (think supermans).
5. Being very honest with myself -- not grabbing a handful here or that & not recording it, or not recording the teaspoon of oil I use on my veggies to roast them. Things I sometimes might do.
6. Adding healthy foods, not deleting foods. I'd like to say that now that the weather is warm I'm craving salads -- except right now the weather isn't warm. It's chilly & rainy. It's supposed to rain pretty much all week, but SUPPOSED to warm up. Then again, it was SUPPOSED to be in the 70s the day of our garage sale & it so wasn't -- I was so chilled, it took me hours & 3 animals on my lap to warm up.
7. Concentrating on anti-bloat veggies & fruits: cucumbers, asparagus, celery, leeks, pineapple -- in addition to the usual suspects (helps that asparagus is one of my all-time favorite veggies).
8. I think the week before I leave I'll also try to cut wheat totally out. Still have oats, and maybe millet (I like millet & flax wraps) -- I rarely eat wheat bread, but I do every once in a while.
9. I also think I'll be making some raw desserts/bars/cookies. Which are gluten free & don't have refined sugar. And travel well.
I don't have a 10th step -- can you think of one?
Cause in addition to the bikini, I plan to bring this dress with me:
The too-big dress from last week is in my trunk to return, but I didn't have time when I was running errands on Thursday. One of those errands was to Target. I grabbed this dress without trying it on. I thought it might be too clingy in all the wrong places, but it's perfect! And really comfortable! And only cost $19.
It doesn't even look bad from the side. And I assure you, I really do still have a small tummy. The wrong dress can make it look larger than it is -- the right one, like this dress, sucks it in.
So, you got a 10th step for my core mission?
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