Saturday, August 18, 2012
I must say, it is definitely satisfying to know I've run 10 miles, consumed 6 glasses of liquid already, didn't get lost - and it's only 9 am! And I have a sushi dinner waiting for me tonight.
Because I've been having some vague knee twinges lately, I am also icing one knee as a precautionary measure. Chester is not too happy about that, but he's still on my lap, giz is purring behind my head & Lola is curled up next to me.
I would've like a slightly faster pace, but it was actually just slightly faster than the average pace of my last HM & a very hilly route, too. Last week I was faster, but it was flatter & 2 mi,e's shorter. A beautiful morning to run. Hopefully I'll be feeling good enough to take the dogs to the fatmer's market in an hr or do, but that's really all I have planned for today.
I've been using the Sally Hansen nail wraps & hadn't finished my review of them. They're adhesive strips of nail polish. The first set started chipping almost immediately - oddly enough worse on my left hand.and while they were supposed to come off with nail polish, they didn't seem to want to the first time I tried - they did the second time but it was a lot of work.
The first set was a sparkly, almost pebbled gold. This second set is a plain light bronze & it's not chipping nearly as badly.the interesting thing is they seem to actually protect my nails - they grew much longer than usual & the couple that were on the verge of breaking never did.
Maybe a B-? But I have to admit I kind of like having my nails done & will probably keep doing it. Easier than painting my nails, less expensive than a manicure - but way more expensive than regular nail polish.
Yesterday I tried Amy's light & lean spaghetti italiano. Very good! Too small a portion, but very tasty. I'm already thinking I could make 3 & then have 1 1/2. Before a long run, of course, which is how I used it this week.
And finally, I tried the oikos honey frozen yogurt this week. I thought it would just be sweeter than regular vanilla, but it was vanilla with whirls of honey in it. Yummy! A+!
Friday, August 17, 2012
My buddy SKFEREBEE had a great comment to make on my blog about deserving it:
"We don't "deserve" treats. We want them. We deserve to be happy and healthy"
So true! And yet . . .
This is actually a topic I've given a lot of thought to & blogged about numerous times.
She's right, of course. But here's the thing: I no longer think of it in terms of deserving a treat - food wise, clothes & shoes are a different story, but I'm working on that - without huge successes; it's also an addictive activity- now I view it in terms of what I can afford.
I've run x amount of miles so I can afford my treat of choice. But that's not really a healthy attitude, either, & I recognize that fact. Just another behavior to work on.
I also believe that when you deprive yourself too much, you will only end up hurting yourself by overindulging eventually. I ALSO believe that food SHOULD be pleasurable; that it IS one of life's great pleasures - but definitely shouldn't be your ONLY pleasure.
We had a great WW meeting yesterday about this very subject - never did talk at all about the assigned subject. Can you change your habits? Yes; there was a day I couldn't keep nut butters or chocolate in my house; I'd binge on them. Now you could live for months on the nut butters & chocolate in my house (I stock up during sales). I have small amounts daily & don't eat nut butter directly from the jar anymore.
Will it ever be automatic & effortless? No. I just have to accept that.
Last night we had a company picnic to go to. I knew from last year it wouldn't be challenging foodwise & it wasn't - altho I kicked myself later for choosing a small bit of pasta salad over the honey cornbread. Can't change that, tho, so gotta let it go.
I mention it because we chatted with one of his coworkers who recently took up running. I've met this man on several occasions, but we really bonded talking about how great exercise makes you feel. If only some of that would get thru to DH . . . this man was an athlete when he was younger & is working his way towards his first 5k. He looked dumbfounded to hear I'd be running 13 miles . . .
Interesting life's twists & turns.
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on deserving or affording treats, whether they're even necessary, etc. it is definitely food for thought!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
On some GSFs, that is. Well, food anyway.
Tried out the Vitapizzas yesterday. Yes, I had one for lunch & one for dinner. And realized afterwards that all that sodium - about 490 each - probably wasn't the best idea the day before WI. I got lucky & it went my way anyway.
Verdict? Meh. Very filling (19 gm fiber!), but where's the cheese? It wasn't bad; it wasn't good - certainly not as tasty as my American flatbread vegan pizza - but much more filling. I'm kind of on the fence about it.
So yesterday was all about tbe processed foods; a high.y unusual day for me. I also tried the TJs chocolate chip brownie & oat bar, which looks exactly like the Luna (and WW) cookies that have now disappeared. Yum-mo - highly recommend that one.
I also had half a dark chocolate speculoos bar from TJs - while I bought the speculoos, after hearing the blogosphere rave about it so long, I've yet to actually open it. Yup, these tasted like Reese's cups somewhat. I only highly recommend if you can control yourself with that sort of thing.
Today I tried TJs salmon burgers. They were somewhat small, but tasty. And they're vacuum packed in twos; you're not supposed to defrost them first, but I had to a little just to get them apart!
So there you have it. Some tasty foods, some ok but filling food & a scale that continues to defy expectations. And still waiting on TOM & really hoping it holds off til after my 10 miles Saturday.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Aside from portion sizes, this is probably what I struggle with the most: IDI (I deserve it) syndrome, because I've worked so hard.
So let's do a post mortem: last week I ran 8 miles, which potentially burned 800 calories. During my run I had 1 GU, which is 100 calories. Afterwards I had a honeystinger bar, which is 200 calories; 1 banana, about 60 calories; and a half serving of peanut butter filled pretzels, another 60 calories or so.
So I burned 800 calories, but I consumed 420 during & afterwards! Which is fine, as long as you realize you are doing this.
When I first started running, I used it as a good excuse to have something like sport beans during or after my runs, no matter what the length. I'd have a few after I swam, too. Hey, I worked out hard, right? I needed to refuel. I get to eat sweets while running? Sign me up!
Now I only have something during a run if it's over an hour (that's when your carb stores get depleted) & I only drink water after a swim.
But I still feel the need for a decadent dessert after a long run, anything around 8+ miles. Last weekend I got to thinking about that. Do I really? Sure, it's fine once in a while, but I don't really "need" it. Why not a protein bar instead? Y'all know how much I love my protein bars. I do not consume them daily; I treat them as the treats they really are.
So it's time to start treating myself right. At least to try! How bout you?
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Not the blog i'd planned to write today, but I'll bet I caught your attention.
Of course I'm not throwing in the towel on my healthy lifestyle; I just threw in the towel on not using my extra activity points this week. Normally I do better if I don't use them. But nothing is filling me up these days.
I'm getting my protein, my freggies, my water. In fact, i'm eating tomatoes from the farmer's market like they're going to disappear -- which of course they will, soon. Still waiting on TOM. The weather's a tad cooler. Who knows? I'm hoping that it's just what my body needs right now.
Oh, I must also give a shoutout to patty pan squash. I roast them like any other summer squash & they're delicious - and don 't go bad as quickly as zucchini.
Unfortunately i've been totally craving carbs & sweets along with the tomatoes. Adding in more snacks has done nothing to dent my hunger.
I've certainly earned the activity points . . . we'll see what happens.
Now, y'all keep telling me you can never have too many shoes. Y'all are enablers. Is it wrong that I currently have a dozen pairs in my shopping cart at DSW? Of course I won't be buying all of them, but there are a couple that will definitely be finding a home with me eventually if they're comfortable.
The irony is that I spend much of the summer walking around barefoot.
Have you tried anything this summer that's new that you love?
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