Friday, December 30, 2011
No, I'm not talking about will power. I started to think about my nephew saying that he couldn't run 13.1 miles. About my sister, the athlete, saying that trying to run once was one times too many for her. About my mom saying she could never run that far.
What is the common theme here? They don't want to. If they wanted it badly enough, they would at least try.
We make time for the things we really want to do. We even make sacrifices for it.
Every time we skip a workout or eat something we know won't move us in the right direction or stay up too late we are making choices. We want something else more than we want permanent weight loss.
What do you really want from 2012?
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I was going to post another almost clean-eating day blog, since people seem interested in what I'm eating.
So the day started off just fine:
1 cup cooked oatmeal + 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
And then it veered a bit of course when I decided to buy Stacy's gingerbread pita chips. What was I thinking? Oh yeah, I was thinking they could be dessert on new year's eve. As if they would last that long . . . I actually opened the bag to try one before thankfully putting all the groceries in the trunk.
Then as I let the dogs out, put away the groceries & got lunch into the toaster oven I continued to munch away. I even entertained the idea of making them lunch with some yogurt, but I came to my senses.
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup black beans (yes, actually like beans)
1 oz gingerbread pita chips
I guess I'll count them as 1 1/2 servings when all is said & done, even tho I suspect they were more.
Dinner is some clean eating chili that's already in the crockpot. Plus 1 Adora (dark chocolate calcium supplement) & 1 daily wellness (dark chocolate multivitamin).
Moral of the story: if you don't want to eat it, don't bring it into the house (and no, that doesn't mean eat it all in the car before you get home!). And especially don't buy tempting things when it's past your normal meal time & you know you have more to do before you can eat
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to give up all the foods you love - but you will have to give up some of them, some of the time.
Yesterday we met my parents & my sister & her kids for lunch. But let's back up just a bit first . . . I've been trying out classes at the rec center. So I went to a 9:15 class - I really wanted to get a good workout in since we'd had a rich meal Monday night & I knew another rich meal was possible.
Good class . . . my inner thighs are protesting today. For my first HM I really concentrated on the running . . . I wanted to make sure I was capable of running 13.1 miles. Oh, I still did my ST, but sometimes I had to choose running over ST. The end result was a small gain & a fluffier body.
Now that I know I CAN run 13.1 miles, I want to see if I can tone more while still getting the training in. And now I have the resources available to me at the rec center, too.
So I did the class, topped up the gas tank, got home, walked the dogs (at least DH filled the kongs for me) and we were off. A slightly longer drive than we anticipated. We didn't have reservations, the restaurant was packed; we didn't sit down to eat until almost 2 pm.
There really wasn't much in the healthy eating category & it was a chilly day for a salad. I chose a pesto tomato panini - good, but a LOT of cheese. I got a side salad instead of sweet potato fries (I did have maybe 3 of my mom's sweet potato fries).
Everyone except myself & DH ordered dessert. I had one taste of my parents' chocolate explosion & one taste of my niece's apple crisp.
If this had been my only big meal, probably would have ordered a dessert & the sweet potato fries. Nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence. Remember, tho, I'd had prime rib & latkes the night before.
It's all about balance. Sometimes indulging is the right thing to do - it can actually make healthy choices easier when you know nothing is off the menu. And sometimes you have to give up something to get what you REALLY want: those last few pounds gone. The peace of mind knowing your clothes fit. The pride of knowing that you no longer mind having your photo taken.
I am especially proud that when I was craving something sweet after dinner, I chose an apple instead of a cookie. I was still truly hungry & that app,e totally satisfied me - the cookie probably would've led to 2 cookies.
A little side note: it still surprises me how impressed people are that I ran 13.1 miles. I did my baby steps in training, slowly worked my way up to it, and as I'm quick to point out, when you run as slowly as I do, it really isn't all that hard.
But even my strapping 6 ft tall nephew who runs like 8 minute miles was impressed. He didn't think HE could run that far (even tho I'm quite sure he could if he wanted to).
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Just been busy!
Despite waking up & not feeling that hot Sunday morning - mild sore throat - I headed out for my long run at the park. There is a new trail I'd like to try out, but I knew there'd be people at the park despite the holiday.
There weren't a lot, especially at the start, but there were some. It was Cold with a capital C. Even to it said it was 30F by the time I got home, the weather app did say the windchill made it feel in the teens - and it sure did. I was fine except my lower half from my butt to my knees - almost wore long johns & foreskin regretted that I didn't.
Tuesday's night run showed me with 13:30 - we stopped to walk a few times trying to figure out where to go - but remember that was also the run where I couldn't keep up & thought I would die. Sunday's run showed just under a 12 mm. It didn't feel particularly difficult & I took my usual walking breaks. I've no idea what pace I really run at!
I had to start Sunday's run earlier than I wanted to because DH wanted to go to the movies - first time in a yr so I couldn't pass THAT up! We saw Warhorse - very good, but a real tearjerker. DH said that was that day's hannukah gift, which works for me.
Yesterday we had our one of the neighbors we're friendly with over for dinner. Prime rib, latkes & a melange of veggies I threw into the slow cooker with a sauce of some olive oil, Dijon mustard & agave that turned out quite well. Must remember to experiment more with veggies in the slow cooker. Dessert was chocolate dipped strawberries & creme brulee from Clean Eating magazine.
Today we're meeting my parents for lunch at a town that I thought was halfway between us but turns out is a little closer to them than to us. Oopsie. Then, quite frankly, I'm looking forward to a few days of normal eating. I kind of want to go out to dinner new year's eve (early! I don't stay up to midnight) because we didn't go out to eat at all last week.
Today I'm going to the rec center for an early class, come home & walk the dogs, fill some longs then gotta leave. It'll be a busy morning.
Tryingto decide whether to do the 3 1/2 mile race new year's day or my long run, or to do my long run the day of new year's eve . . . decisions, decisions.
What are you getting up to?
Friday, December 23, 2011
As I mentioned last week, I picked 2 days this past week & really concentrated on clean eating. The scale was nice to me this week, too.
This morning, however, I noticed something interesting. I had my reese's cup oatmeal: 2/3 cup cooked oatmeal topped with 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips & 2 tbsp PB2.
It's been quite a few days since I had that particular breakfast, and boy, did it taste good! And I think it tasted so good precisely because it had been a while since I'd enjoyed it. Familiarity breeds contempt, right? Well, maybe not contempt, but perhaps disinterest.
There will be lots & lots of treats available this next week, no doubt. Make them special. Pick something you don't normally indulge in. Bypass the stuff you can bypass. Savor it. No regrets. And remember: you have the power, it's never too late to get back on track - which starts with just one, small, good choice.
I'm trying to decide on my long run this weekend. There's a group run posted for tomorrow - the pace a bit faster than my normal pace, and no doubt they don't take the walking breaks that I do. Plus tomorrow is supposed to be much colder than Sunday (remember, I'm jewish so christmas doesn't matter to me).
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