Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Probably gonna ramble here - you've been warned!
Yesterday was a semi-productive day. Productive in the food prep department. Not so much in the exercise department.
I made chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/03/15
/cookie-dough-baked-oatmeal/ . I'd already been making my own version of this, but I never thought to use ramekins & that works really well. I add some protein powder for an added boost & use mashed banana instead of applesauce.
In fact, I made that, baked it longer & took some with me to Vegas for breakfasts. Always travel with food!
I made a healthy raw chocolate mousse for a treat today - basically walnuts, dates & cacao powder. Works out to 1/8 cup walnuts per serving so while it is on the higher end of calories, it's fairly healthy & can definitely be worked in.
I made myself a veggie stir fry for dinner. Pretty good, except for the fact that I burned the red onion. Note to self: even when caramelizing onions at a medium heat, it's a good idea to prep the rest of your veggies before, not during.
Once I make myself a veggie pasta today, I'll have plenty of leftovers available.
I also had my first real green smoothie - i.e., not a milk-based fruit smoothie with greens. It had: apple, spinach, celery, carrot & cucumber & was surprisingly tasty. I don't have a juicer, so blended it all up in my vitamix. Next time I'll just add some water to thin it out a bit.
And now that I've got you all lathered up over food, check out: gojigourmet.com . Very tasty. For a treat, pretty healthy. Yes, they're tiny, but I had 5 for an after dinner treat for grand total of 125 calories. They even sell them in 100 calorie packs - even if you eat the whole bag you're not doing much damage. But forget about the super foods claim - there really isn't enough in there - it's a treat, plain & simple, just a semi- healthy treat.
What wasn't productive? Exercise. Since I hurt my knee about a week ago I haven't been doing much more than walking the dogs & some occasional yoga. I was going to do yoga yesterday, but I didn't. There are excuses, as usual, but they're just that: excuses. And I didn't take the dogs out for a second walk, either. And it was a beautiful day & we haven't been getting many of those lately.
I did attempt some run/ walk intervals on our walk. My knee bothered me just a little. The good news is that it's no worse today. It only bothers me when I exert myself now. I'll probably try some more intervals tomorrow if it's not raining. I really never expected it to take so long to heal up.
Hindsight being the wonderful thing that it is, I really think I would have been better off not finishing that race. Since it was multiple loops, it would've been easy to stop after 6 miles. Doesn't matter, of course, since I didn't.
Probably enough rambling for one day. If I didn't already send you off into the kitchen in search of food.
Monday, June 20, 2011
That's what discovering a healthy lifestyle is in a nutshell.
It's all about rediscovering yourself, because somewhere along the way you probably lost yourself. About what you like, what you don't like, what you can & cannot be around & so on & so forth.
Yesterday I wanted to go shopping. I wanted to go to the mall, because I've been looking for a present for my niece who graduates this weekend. Only I could just hear those hot pretzels calling my name. I couldn't really tell you the last time I had one, but I just didn't think I was in the frame of mind to resist yesterday.
Since I'd already eaten way more than I wanted to on Saturday - at least stuff that was mostly healthy! - a hot pretzel just wasn't in the cards.
So I chose to go to Marshalls instead, which puts me into a different danger zone. Turns out it's TJMaxx that has the jewelry, not Marshalls, which is a real shame cause I really needed to go to target, too & didn't have time yesterday - which means i'll still have to go sometime this week.
I spent an hour & a half at Marshalls & walked out empty-handed. Oh, not because nothing fit - quite the contrary. I was really tempted by 3 items, but I knew I didn't need any of them. One was gold sandals & I actually already own TWO pairs of gold sandals. AND they had 3 pairs in my size. So I will wait & see if they go on clearance at some point & if they sell out of my size it wasn't meant to be.
One was a tshirt. I would definitely have gotten use out of it but I already have lots of tshirts.
The last was a dress. I really liked it, it was cheap, i loved the color, but it had those funny darts on the sides making it stick out over the sides of my thighs - not exactly where I need emphasis. I really wasn't sure, but I really don't need more dresses. It was so close to being a dress I loved but slightly missed the mark.
Well, I was strong for the day, anyway. That's all any of us can be: strong for that minute, that hour, that meal, that day. Got to celebrate your victories where you can!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Guys, fair warning: this may be TMI for you.
So TOM ended Monday, as it was supposed, or so I thought. Then there was several days of spotting, which isn't extremely unusual, just a little unusual . . . mostly because now, over a week since the start of TOM, it's still going on. And for parts of some days, it's more than spotting.
And then there was the hunger yesterday . . . OMG. I got in my water, my freggies, my protein . . . and had a larger than usual dinner . . . & was still starving as if I'd fasted all day.
What do you do when you ate enough (not a binge) that you really don't want to record it because you fear you'll have to starve yourself the rest of the week? Just do it? Try to make up for it the next few days? Record it & then ignore it? I woke up still hungry this morning, which usually signals to me that I didn't overeat . . . dunno.
I am hoping that maybe, just maybe, this means menopause is coming sooner rather than later. People tell me I really shouldn't wish for it but I'd love for that part of my life to be done with.
The chipmunk finally came it's senses & ran outside, after we thought it was blockaded in the office & I found it running around the family room . . .
We wentto see Michael Buble last night - very enjoyable, even if the acoustics weren't great (we were in nosebleed seats, which was fine). He was surprisingly funny - you just never really know what to expect with the artists with the big voices.
The opening act was very entertaining, too; a group called Naturally 7 - they sang a cappella & did something they called vocal play - using their voices to mimic instruments. DH liked them better than Buble!
I also had fun people watching. I love to see what everyone wears.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
My cats are essentially indoors cats, but they do have what is basically a covered dog run to go out into. And they are very good hunters.
I'm doing some yoga this morning when Gizmo comes in & nonchalantly starts going up the stairs - with something dangling from his mouth. A live chipmunk, as it turns out.
He brings it to the upstairs bathroom, where unfortunately I'm not quick enough to shut them in. The silly thing runs back downstairs. I grab the cats, put them in the laundry room (where their litterboxes & access to their kennel is) & shut the door, which is one of those folding doors that I hate.
I spend the next half hour trying, unsuccessfully, to chase it not a box. Then I prop open the back door, block off the stairs, put the dogs outside, & try to chase it outside. And then I just sit, hoping it will go outside.
When my husband returns, it finally goes into the office, where the back door is - only he doesn't know if it went out or not.
So right now the door to the office is closed, the back door is open & we have no idea if it's in or out.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I thought I was a mindful eater. I don't read, watch tv, or even listen to music while eating. I sit down & eat off of real plates.
But then I realized one day that my mind is usually going a million miles while I eat . . . writing blogs in my mind, thinking of comments I've made or have been made to me, rehashing old hurts . . . and on & on. So much for mindful, more like losing my mind!
So in a sense, I've started to use mealtimes as a sort-of meditation. The point of meditation isn't to not think, it's to notice your thoughts, let them go, & just experience the now.
It ain't easy! But every time I find myself thinking - which is pretty much constantly - think Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love - I try to bring my thoughts back to the food I'm eating, how it tastes & what I'm enjoying about it.
Really concentrating on making good food choices last week instead of on the exercise I couldn't do rewarded me with a small loss. Which was frankly surprising since I started off the week eating more than I'd planned or wanted to mostly due to TOM, & felt as tho I was playing catch-up the rest of the week.
At the moment, tho, I'm trying to motivate myself off of this couch for some yoga since it's too wet to walk the dogs right one. Sadly, the couch is winning . . . for now.
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