Monday, August 08, 2011
I could really feel my triceps aching last week & finally figured out that it's due to those extra 10 minute morning yoga sessions. Yes, small things really do add up!
They can add up in a bad way, too. All calories are NOT created equal, it isn't as simple ad calories in & calories out. Too much sodium (aka processed foods) can bloat you. Sugar isn't evil in & of itself, but it's empty calories that could be replaced by whole foods. Diet soda is just a bunch of chemicals that frankly nobody needs & the real stuff is chemicals + sugar.
Paying closer attention to & switching up my snacks have me hopeful that maybe thus is the final piece of the puzzle. Course i've been hopeful at least 10 times over the last 2 yrs. Hope springs eternal . . .
I've revamped my rewards, too. I realized that there are a few things I really want, so:
Lose weight this week: necklace from fashionjunkee.com
Get back under 140: WW serving spoons
Maintain my weight while visiting inlaws: use massage certificate
Get below 138: necklace from robertachiarella.com
Both necklaces are on sale, so there's always a danger they'll sell out before I meet my goal. More motivation! The first is quite cheap, the last isn't expensive but is still significantly more.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Started out the day with my tuna waldorf salad. Gotta love a plan cause I sure wouldn't choose that if I hadn't planned it & I'm glad that I did. Actually, I started out the day with a 10 minute yoga session followed by 10 minutes of flexibility stretches from Core performance.
Walked the dogs. And there ended my exercise - yes, it was my rest day, I knew I wouldn't have much time for working out. Had a snack of a banana, apple & PB2. Changed, then we headed out. Dropped the dogs off at daycare & drove the 1 1/2 hour to my sister's. Sat around chatting while waiting for my parents, who were late as usual (like almost an hour late - my dad is very narcisstic, which drives me nuts, but he's unlikely to change at 85. Still drives me nuts).
My sister had decided on a different restaurant - so no quesadilla. A veggie panini instead, which was actually worse according to WW points, but sure tasted good. Left a little on my plate. It was a very nice restaurant - right on the Hudson river & we sat outside.
Went back to my sister's house, where I tried to help my dad understand his new kindle, which naturally hadn't been charged & was in danger of turning itself off at any moment. Just now realized I could've continued to tutor him on mine, but I didn't think of it at the time. I did get him registered & showed him the basics. I think I should've shown my mom . . . well, maybe on their next visit up. Obligatory photos (but I didn't tske any so none to share).
Drove the 1 1/2 hrs back up in the pouring rain, unfortunately. Snacked on some dry roasted edamame in the car. Decided to go out for dinner, too, since we were tired, the plan was to grill & it was raining. Had 2 large slices of white pizza with broccoli - left some on my plate again. Thin crust, not too much cheese & actually a good amount of broccoli.
Picked up the dogs who acted as tho we'd been gone 8 yrs rather than 8 hrs, came home, fed the cats, watched a little tv, went to bed.
I apologize for a boring post! But I figure sometimes you want to see how others handle certain situations.
Grade? B+? or maybe just a B. Weren't the best choices at the restaurants, but not the worst, either. Yes, I could've chosen salad, but it's not always the healthier choice & frankly i already eat a ton of salad. Not to mention I hate when you find out afterwards that for that salad you might as well have had pizza!
Saturday, August 06, 2011
I had my tuna waldorf salad for breakfast, oh yes I did!
Going out for lunch with the family today & since I've decided on quesadillas for lunch, the rest of the day really needs to be spot-on nutritionally. The cats, btw, thought it was a fabulous idea.
I will have a morning snack of banana & apple with PB2 & am bringing some roasted edamame for an afternoon snack.
So much of what we do is habit. Breakfast? Oatmeal. Maybe eggs. Scrambled tofu.
I have to admit even after I'd planned my salad for breakfast, I still resisted mightily. In my mind, I think, breakfast is carbs, plain & simple. But I've come to the epiphany that I truly am consuming too much sugar, even tho I rarely have cany or cookies, & I really want to get to my GW. And therefore something's got to change.
I'm sure this will be a battle. Old habits ARE hard to change.
For instance, I allow myself a honeystinger bar before runs sometimes, which I think is fine occasionally, but why not just some toast, some nut butter & a banana? Because I've convinced myself the sugar (even if it's from honey) is ok before a run because your body needs it. I'm telling myself what I want to hear.
So I'm really on a mission to overhaul my snacks. This has been brewing a while & the time is right. Of course I'll stil have the occasional honeystinger bar or chocolate nut butter (probably before a run) or sweet snack - but I'm definitely on a mission to cut back & learn some new tricks.
What have you been telling yourself that you wanted to hear?
What new tricks are you ready for?
Friday, August 05, 2011
So I spent some time thinking about goals, what I should focus on & what's not working for me.
What's not working:
-No definable goals. Duh! Better to make them even if you don't meet them - at least you're working towards something.
-No schedule of rewards. Always a hard one for me, but it's important.
-Chocolate nut butters. Really, they are still pretty healthy, but chocolate needs sugar to be palatable. I'm ok with a little bit of sugar in my life, too many little bits just drives me to want more sweets.
-Sweet snacks. See above.
What I should focus on:
-Morning yoga. Makes a difference in my body, my spirit & my energy level. Does NOT have to be every day, but at least 3 x week. Hopefully more.
-Savory snacks. See sugar musings above.
-Extra core work. If it's warm enough, want to wear a bikini in Miami.
-Journaling. Like actual pen to paper. Amazing what insights you can gain when you do that.
Goals & rewards:
-Simply lose weight this week. Going down to see the family tomorrow, to take my niece, my folks & my sister out to lunch to celebrate her high school graduation. The restaurant they've chosen doesn't have nutritional info - never a good sign. I've already pretty much decided I'm going to have a quesadilla - I know, not the healthiest option, but darn it, I don't think I've had one since we moved from austin. Already planning around it. Something as simple as that could derail my goal of losing weight this week - but not if I'm careful.
Reward: rent movie on my iPad.
-Get below 140. Would like that to happen before we go to visit the inlaws at the end of the month (which is a challenge in & of itself).
Reward: another movie rental?
-Maintain weight while visiting the inlaws, which is very difficult for many reasons.
Reward: use massage certificate that I have.
-Get below 138, which would be my lowest weight to date. I di not have time goals for most of these goals - simply doesn't work for me.
Reward: new shoes?
So how bout you? What should you be focused on?
What isn't moving you in the direction you want to go?
Do you have concrete goals you're working towards?
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