Thursday, October 13, 2011
So yesterday for lunch I had a home made black bean burger. First time I had it I tried to used romaine lettuce instead of bread, but the leaves weren't big enough & frankly it didn't work too well.
Yesterday I just plopped it down on the plate, squirted it with some mustard & topped it with half an avocado, sliced. And it was yummy.
And that was my aha moment: I'd definitely rather have the avocado than the bun. Of course, in a perfect world I could have both . . . but I digress.
But since I didn't have that bun, I decided I could have some garlic bread with my veggie chili for dinner. It's from Alexia, only 130 calories for 2 slices - which is plenty for me - but when I tracked it later, I realized I'd forgotten to track that avocado . . . whoopsie. Which is why I call it an almost aha moment. I would have been so much better off with baked sweet potato fries.
Still, normally I'd have cheese on my chili & I didn't.
And in the scheme of things, 2 small slices of garlic bread mean nothing. Just not real happy with where I'm at right now. Digressing again.
Back to the subject at hand. A healthy lifestyle journey is about a never-ending journey about what REALLY satisfies you.
So what REALLY satisfies you?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
2 in one week!
I was sitting here this morning, thinking how pretty the changing leaves looked. Just as we look so good when we lose weight; and even more important, how good we FEEL when we lose weight.
But it's work that has to be kept up with. I raked for an hour yesterday, front & back . . . but you'd never know that looking out at my leaf-strewn yard this morning. Just like it's a never-ending battle keeping up with our new healthy habits.
It's damn hard work, too. Just like living a healthy lifestyle.
It's also very repetitious work. I don't really enjoy raking, but it has to be done. Just like tracking isn't necessarily fun . . . or weighing & measuring . . . but it has to be done.
Yesterday was incredibly busy, but I did get another guest pass & did pilates & got in a swim. I feel sooooo peaceful after I swim . . . and just tired after the raking. Give me a good workout & I'm a happy gal . . . cleaning in general? Ugh!
But it has to be done. Sure, you can pay someone to do your cleaning for you; in fact, for the first time ever, as I type this, there are people cleaning the main living areas of my home (it was a gift from DH).
You can't pay someone to lose weight for you. Or maintain your weight loss.
I'm sure I thought of a few more insights when this occured to me this morning . . .
Monday, October 10, 2011
Yup, my back is really feeling yesterday's workout - in a good way. It's a good sore; the sore that lets you know you've worked your body.
I suspect it was actually the swimming. It's been 4 months since I swam. I wasn't swimming hard, using it as a cool down, nut they had those leg floats & kick boards at every lane & I used them for several laps.
I take the kick board & hold it under my butt so I'm sitting up right in the water & then use my legs in a bicycle motion. That didn't make me sore, but it's a good workout for your legs. Usually I'll do a few laps just hanging on to it & flutter kicking but I didn't yesterday.
Then I take the leg floaters & do a few laps using just my arms in the breaststroke. I suspect THAT is what got to me.
I stashed a banana in the car for afterwards. Sometimes swimming makes you ravenous; sometimes it doesn't. Hit the spot & it was time for lunch when I got back home anyway.
Running is funny that way, too. Sometimes I'm starving afterwards & sometimes it suppresses my appetite. We went to the all you can eat sushi place after my long run friday. I had 3 rolls (20 pieces) of maki & 3 pieces of sushi. Ifthat sounds like a lot, it is. It was really more than I wanted, but I wanted to try the 3 rolls - and since they charge you extra for anything you leave over . . . let's just say I was glad I was fasting the next day.
I wasn't uncomfortable, but I was most definitely full. The waitress brought 2 spoons for DH's ice cream, but I didn't partake. No interest. Besides, it wasn't chocolate. Ice cream doesn't hold a lot of interest for me if it's not chocolate.
This week is going to be slightly crazy & I'm still kind of scratching my head on when I can get back to the fitness center & when I can squeeze in my long run.
Sometimes hurting is a good thing; sometimes it isn't.
Do you remember the last time you hurt so good?
Sunday, October 09, 2011
I went to the rec center I'm thinking of joining (seriously, it's not just a gym, it's sort of a family center). Man, I feel so good . . . it's been a really long time since I swam. Not since Vegas.
I tried out a class. Now, I must say I didn't particularly like the class or the instructor. It was kickboxing, but it was lime 40 jabs, 40 kicks, 40 uppercuts, 40 squats . . . zzzzzzz. Boring! But a really good workout.
I chatted with one woman before the class, who's been a member for a year, & she loves it. At the end of the class she told me to have a good vacation - I mentioned I wasn't joining yet since we were going out of town.
Then I chatted with someone else from the class in the locker room . . . she also loves it, told me some interesting stuff & also told me to enjoy my vacation! Are they paying these people? Have earbuds on them & telling them what to say?
After the class I swam. A very nice pool, just wish there were more lanes - altho I didn't have to share. Before the class I might have had to share.
I'll probably do another guest pass & then join when we get back. One of the women I chatted with told me the other kickboxing instructor is excellent & they now have water Zumba that people are raving about. They have enough classes so I'm not worried about finding some I'll like better.
And my hip wasn't bothering me at all! In fact, I realized that it started really bothering when I wasn't swimming. Swimming is such great cross training! I could run at the park & cool down with a swim. Maybe it's just what I need to get thru my HM training.
Yes, I'm excited about the possibilities!
And it's SUCH. A glorious day! The leaves are really turning! I'm wearing shorts! Hope your day starts as well as mine has.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Yesterday I headed out to the park for my 8 mile run. What a glorious day! It was 60 when I left. As I did my first loop, I passed a small stand of bright red maples reflected perfectly into a pool of water (which shouldn't be there, it's washing out the trail from all our rain this summer/fall). I figured I'd take a photo on my last loop & then remembered I'd left the cell phone in the car.
There were also bright red berries on one of the trees . . . Not sure what sort of tree. Fall is slowly arriving, but we'll be gone at the peak. Which means there will be major raking when we get home . . . Thursday was supposed to be a rest day, & mostly was, but there was raking. I'm actually feeling that in my thighs from side lunging!
There was a group of kids from a local college running . . . doing drills . . . cones on the trails . . . areas roped off on the grass . . . no idea what was going on, but I enjoyed watching them run. I like to watch other people run & notice their form now: do they really bend their arms? Kick up their heels? Swing their arms across their body? Lean?
And the eye candy running shirtless wasn't bad, either.
I had a GU because I figured 8 miles wad long enough for that. I had thought it would take me 1:45, but when I looked at my watch at 1:41 I'd already gone 8.23 miles. Oops! In a perfect world, I could run a sub-3 hr HM. But with all the people (like 30,000), the travel, the time difference, the lateness of the start . . . I'm still just really aiming to enjoy it. Already visualizing running down the strip - DRY! - with a time on the finish clock.
My hip ached a bit now & again, but I guess it's settling into just another normal ache. I iced it when I got home & it's ok this morning.
Every bad run gives your self confidence a ding. I worried about this run, since I had major knee pain after my 8 mile race & am still dealing with the hip.
Every good run boosts your self confidence. Now I feel better about next week's 9 mile run. Just trying to figure out when to squeeze it in!
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