Saturday, July 02, 2011
It's a really good feeling to know that you've drunk 6 cups of water & knocked out about 4 1/2 miles (even if they were slow run/walk intervals) all by 8 a.m. It just sets the tone for the day!
I saw 2 bunnies on my run this morning & I tried out my new Amphipod runlite fuel belt, which I think I'm going to like. It comes in 3 sizes (or one that's adjustable) & after much dithering I chose size 2; I think it's the right size for me. It's got 4 removable 8 oz water bottles - so you can run with just 1 or up to 4.
The bottles can be placed where you want them, either vertically or horizontally. There's a removable, divided pouch which fit my iPod, some honey stinger chews, my license, a credit card, my AAA card, & a $10 bill. And there's another little pocket I could slide my keys into.
I didn't really need 4 bottles this morning, but I wanted to test it out.
Yesterday I took the dogs for a long walk at a path just outside the city of Albany. I was rewarded with a deer siting, which surprised the heck out of me because there isn't much woods & it's so close to the city, tried to take pics but it was just too far away.
So, do you have a plan in place for the 4th? Normally I plan out my meals the day before, or sometimes the day of. But I actually made a plan for the 4th yesterday. I was trying to decide what to have - DH is having a bison burger, but I'm not a big fan of burgers. I considered the bison hot dogs, but they're not terribly filling.
I'd just downloaded a free cookbook to my kindle about grilling for vegetarians. Voila! An avocado goat cheese quesadilla it is, with a side of baked sweet potato fries. Doesn't that sound yummy? Does to me!
I know you may not have control over your food for the fourth, but you can still do some planning. Planning to bring something healthy, eat a healthy snack beforehand, choosing what is worth a splurge - and what isn't.
Remember, winners never quit & quitters never win!
Friday, July 01, 2011
There is no right or wrong answer, only a right or wrong answer for YOU at this point in YOUR journey.
As I was commenting to a spark buddy this morning, I NEED the accountability of my weekly WIs & WW meetings. I spent about 15 or so yrs struggling against that truth, but ultimately that denial only made me fat & unhappy.
Having a scale in my home, however, is not the structure I need & I got rid of mine years ago & am happier for it.
Following a food plan t a T? Nope, not for me. Can't do it. I'll take ideas from it, but in the end I'm happier making my own food plans.
Needing the structure of my own food plan? Absolutely. I at least need an idea of what I can eat at each meal.
So I suppose, in the end, I am both a structure girl AND a free spirit. Which one are you?
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I have learned that I can maintain my weight with lighter exercise as long as I pay close attention to what I put in my mouth.
I have learned that running, hard as it may seem at times, is addictive & ultimately energizes me.
Poor man's P90X: supreme90day.com . Looks very interesting & got really good reviews on amazon.
I've got Core Performance for Women out from the library; I'd read about it in another book. Looks interesting, haven't actually tried the exercises yet. I've also got Framework for the Knee on order from the library - it's checked in so shouldn't take too long. I want to keep the aches & pains to a minimum!
I've learned that I won't die if I wait later to eat my breakfast. In addition to trying out the Wendie plan, I'm also doing a very short fast one day a week. As in 12 hrs. Mostly while I sleep. Well, it's actually longer than 12 hrs - roughly just delaying my breakfast for a few hours. It's supposed to be good for your digestive system, it's not some diet gimmick.
And speaking of diet gimmicks, I got sucked into dr. Oz's show yesterday where he did a segment on the HcG diet. No, no interest here but I'm always interested in learning.
What have you learned?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I don't remember which spark buddy read this blog, but I'm glad she did because I read it too & I joined up. It's a 1 month challenge, led by sisters (one's a beach body coach!), and you'll get a different challenge, covering mind, body & nutrition, every day for the month of July. And who couldn't use a little challenge?
I especially love that they include the mental aspects - so important! You've got to email a request to join in the fun.
Let's see, in other news I tried frozen kefir for dessert last night. Kefir is a fermented milk drink that's supposed to be very good for you, altho I've actually never tried it. Can we say tart? And that's with 16 gm of sugar in it! I'm not sure I'll buy it again. Maybe. Maybe not.
Happy we finally got a nice day yesterday. I'm sure the weather has contributed to my ennui. Today isn't quite as nice, but I did take the dogs for a long walk by the canal. Even if Chester made it clear that he'd much rather be chillin' in some AC after about 20 minutes. Amazing how fast he can suddenly move when he realizes we're headed back.
Yesterday I'd planned to have my chocolate banana cherry protein smoothie as a snack. Or so I thought. I could've sworn i'd put a banana in the freezer but apparently once again I was delusional.
I did, however, have some frozen banana & pineapple. I didn't think it would taste all that great with chocolate protein powder, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
I liked it so much that I'm choosing to have that combination again today. Plus pineapple has enzymes that are supposed to help flatten your belly.
Guess that's enough rambling for one day & don't forget to challenge yourself today!
Monday, June 27, 2011
The dress is gone; the shorts will stay & I might end up blacklisted for returning things, but ultimately that could be a good thing! I checked up on my gold sandals at Marshalls & added another pair of shoes I'm lusting after - but did not buy. Yet.
Tight skirts. Short shorts. No, it's not a shania song! It's all about your comfort zone. Sometimes pushing outside of it is a good thing. I may feel very self conscious in a fitted pencil skirt at first, but eventually I embrace that it flatters my figure.
Today is a beautiful, warm day & now that I'm done with my grocery shopping I'm going to change into my short shorts & see if they begin to feel more comfortable psychologically.
Sorry Stacy & Clinton, I think sometimes it's ok to wear something that may not be as flattering but is comfortable, too, even tho I know how much they hate that. The Bermudas aren't the most flattering to my figure - they're not bad, but they are super comfortable.
It works with our food choices, too. Sometimes I'm comfortable eating very clean; sometimes I need to indulge a bit more. I'll never try anything super drastic, but I will continue to try new ways of eating to bust out of this plateau. Right now I'm trying the wendie plan, which s simply formalized calorie cycling using WW points. It takes just a bit more planning than I'm used to, but not too much more. Can't say as I can feel any difference this week, but we'll see later in the week.
What's your comfort zone?
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